Sun Country Airlines Will No Longer Book Cruises

The Mendota Heights-based company’s vacation-booking business will no longer book cruises; the company will instead focus on its packaged air and hotel vacation services.

Next month, Mendota Heights-based Sun Country Airlines will stop offering cruises as part of its travel-booking services.  
 
While air travel is the company’s main business, its “Sun Country Vacations” business provides international flight, hotel, and car rental booking services and packaged deals.
 
But November 30 is the last day Sun Country Vacations will accept new cruise reservations. The company will honor existing bookings through April 30.
 
Sun Country notified customers by email that it is eliminating cruises “to focus on the development, management, and execution” of its packaged air and hotel vacations.
 
Sun Country representatives could not immediately be reached on Thursday to comment on the decision to exit the cruise booking business.
 
Sun Country previously booked cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Mexican Riveria through cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Disney. In its email to customers, the company recommended contacting St. Paul-based Midwest Travel Service for cruise travel services in the future.
 
Sun Country has experienced a number of recent changes. In 2008, the company filed for Chapter 11 protection just after its majority stockholder Tom Petters was arrested on investment fraud charges. Sun Country searched for a buyer and after it emerged from bankrupty in 2011, it was purchased for $34 million by the Davis family (Minnesotans who own the Le Sueur-based Davisco Foods International, Inc., and Cambria Holdings, LLC).
 
Stan Gadek was appointed CEO of the financially unsteady company in the midst of its struggle and remained in the position for five years until he abruptly exited the company in February. Vice President and General Counsel John Fredricksen briefly assumed the role of interim CEO until he was appointed president and CEO in February.