Tom Harper River Cruise Company?

Old Apr 26th, 2015, 01:58 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 640
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tom Harper River Cruise Company?

I've posted a query on the Cruise Forum a few days ago with no response as yet. Wondering if anyone reading this has heard of or has had experience with this fairly new river cruise company? I'm considering a week Bordeaux river cruise which encompasses four additional land days in Spain. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
travelchat is offline  
Old Apr 27th, 2015, 09:16 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 73,058
Likes: 0
Received 50 Likes on 7 Posts
Even fewer fodorites read this forum than the cruise board.

If you are asking about cruises in Europe you will get more 'eyes' on the Europe forum (and also check Cruise Critic)
janisj is online now  
Old Apr 27th, 2015, 01:45 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 640
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks, Janisj!
travelchat is offline  
Old May 1st, 2015, 05:17 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 235
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We took a trip with Tom Harper last year and couldn't have been happier. It was their first Russian cruise. It was so nice to have all meals, tips, and tours included. Our tour director was outstanding, and everyone went the extra mile to be sure we were happy. I can definitely recommend them.
lilla is online now  
Old May 3rd, 2015, 07:15 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 640
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Lilla
Thanks for your input. What size was your tour group and were you on a ship as a "group within" other passengers aboard? I'm curious because I understand Tom Harper has only one ship actually under their name currently. Do they have separate local tour leaders for their specific itinerary?
travelchat is offline  
Old May 25th, 2015, 08:43 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 235
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were the only passengers on the river ship that Tom Harper had contracted with. Our group had about 80 people. Since the ship was only half full, we had plenty of space and attention. We had one tour director and local guides in St. Petersburg and Moscow. We were divided into two groups, and our local guides were with us the entire time in each of the cities, so we got to know them and them us.

It's my understanding that Tom Harper contracts for most of their ships, rather than own them. We really appreciated their all-inclusive pricing and hope to travel with them again.
lilla is online now  
Old May 28th, 2015, 07:42 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 10,210
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tom Harper went out of business a few weeks ago, so I would not book anything with the company.
doug_stallings is offline  
Old May 28th, 2015, 07:49 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 10,210
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Or rather I should say they "went dark." Apparently they have not yet filed for bankruptcy, which puts booked passengers in limbo.
doug_stallings is offline  
Old Aug 15th, 2015, 07:25 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The bankruptcy filing was entered in June, 2015 by Tom Harper Cruises LLC, the company under which Newton, Mass.-based Tom Harper River Journeys operated. It states that the company’s estimated assets ranged from between $500,000 and $1 million and that its estimated liabilities were between $1 million and $10 million.The filing also states that there will be no funds available to distribute to uninsured creditors. It is signed by Bret Gordon, CEO of Tom Harper Cruises.

Bret Gordon notified only very few clients who had been stranded in Scotland. There are around 463 creditors who did not receive any notice from Bret Gordon.
marcsinny is offline  
Old Sep 10th, 2015, 03:11 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
anyone looking at ways to sue these folks by pooling resources.
I'm out 11k.
ericlwarer is offline  
Old Sep 11th, 2015, 03:11 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 854
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
11K, Ouch! Not much point in suing if they don’t have any assets to distribute. It seems as an uninsured creditor you are SOL. However, you might have some recourse if you paid with a credit card. Many credit card companies reverse charges if you don’t get what you paid for. A small airline here in Canada, JetsGo, went belly up the day before spring break a few years ago. Stranded would-be travellers who had used their Visa were reimbursed. Check your credit card terms and conditions.
eliztravels2 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
myrrha
Europe
15
Sep 25th, 2019 11:21 PM
Dreamer2
Cruises
23
Sep 26th, 2016 09:32 AM
yheckman
Cruises
18
May 26th, 2016 06:35 PM
Titi
Europe
4
Apr 18th, 2015 09:33 AM
Rastaguytoday
Cruises
5
Jul 31st, 2012 02:17 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -