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Our weekly blog posts outline the latest news, facts and statistics from across the cruise industry.
Scarlet Lady set to take cruising to a new generation
Last week saw Sir Richard Branson announce the name for the first Virgin Voyages ship. Scarlet Lady, set to launch in 2020, will revitalise the cruise industry.
P&O Cruises unveil plans for Iona
As smaller ships depart the P&O Cruises fleet, we take a closer look at the brand new Iona and how she outlines the future of traditionally British cruising.
Passengers enjoy traditional British seaside in Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth has become the latest addition to the range of British ports, with Seabourn Quest guests able to experience everything the town has to offer.
Royal Caribbean acquires majority share in Silversea
Last week saw the Royal Caribbean holding company acquire a 66.7% share in Silversea. This marks the company’s bold new venture into the ultra-luxury sector.
Cruising with Jane McDonald travels down under for fourth series
Channel 5’s ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ has returned for a fourth season, with the presenter singer embarking on cruises around New Zealand and South America.
New images of Virgin Voyages’ first ship released
Branson’s vision for Virgin Voyages outlines an intention to do things differently. This is depicted in new renderings, which were released last week.
Iona symbolises the future for P&O Cruises
Scheduled to launch in 2020, P&O Cruises’ newest build, Iona, will be environmentally friendly and come equipped with a range of new features.
Silversea orders new €320million ship
Silversea is one of the biggest lines in the Ultra-luxury sector and, this week, the line has revealed plans to launch a new €320million ship in 2021.
World’s longest cruise to depart out of London in 2019
Spanning a total of 113 ports over 59 countries, Viking Cruises’ 245-day sailing is the longest cruise itinerary ever put together by a cruise line.
Swan Hellenic set to make comeback
British discovery cruise brand, Swan Hellenic, went into administration in 2017. Now, the brand looks set to make a comeback under new owners, G Adventures.
What we know about Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum-Ultra Class
In 2019, Spectrum of the Seas will become Royal Caribbean’s first Quantum-Ultra class ship. We take a look at some of the features she might have on board.
Retired Cunard ship finally set to open as floating hotel
Cunard’s iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 ship was once dubbed one of the most important vessels in recent history, bringing consumers back to the cruise industry.
Liverpool’s £50 million cruise terminal gets green light
This week, Liverpool unveiled plans for a new £50 million cruise terminal, which will be able to support some of the world’s largest super liners.
MSC Bellissima to be christened in UK
MSC Cruises has confirmed their new vessel, MSC Bellissima, will be christened in the UK. The ceremony will take place in Southampton on the 2nd March 2019.
See all seven continents in one sailing
For passengers struggling to decide exactly where they want to go; Silversea is now offering an exclusive sailing that incorporates all seven continents.
Viking to boost ocean cruise fleet with additional six new ships
Viking is one of the most renowned names in river cruising. The line is now looking to ocean cruise, with plans to launch as many as 11 new ships by 2027.
Symphony of the Seas is coming this month
Symphony of the Seas will arrive in Barcelona this month prior to sailing out of Barcelona. We take a look at why this is the ultimate family-friendly ship.
Fred. Olsen targets growth in ‘exploration cruising’
Fred Olsen Jnr has unveiled plans to roll out exploration cruises. The line is looking to launch a new ship and has exciting plans for the existing fleet.
The Cruise Line Guide to Tipping
Tipping may be far from commonplace in British culture and each cruise line has a different procedure. To make things easier, we have created an easy guide.
Cruise lines pledge to remove single-use plastics
Over the next 5 years, cruise lines will seek to abolish all single-use plastic items from on board their ships – creating less of an impact on the environment.
Record breaking number of passengers depart from Southampton
In 2017, a record-breaking number of passengers boarded a cruise out of Southampton. With new ships coming in 2018, this figure is set to be broken once again.
Good for Mind, Body and Soul
Cruising offers an enjoyable way to see the world in a short amount of time. But did you know it is also considered to be good for you? Our blog explains all.
A Guide to Cruise VISA's and Travel Restrictions
Arriving at your dream holiday destination and being refused entry for not having the right documents is a holidaymaker’s nightmare. Our guide is here to help.
Why 2018 will be the year for millennial cruising
2018 will see many new trends introduced in a bid to attract millennial holiday-makers. We take a closer look at how this could shake-up the industry.
ITV’s ‘The Cruise’ returns for third series this month
ITV’s ‘The Cruise’ will return next week, 11th January 2018, and will offer a unique insight into the operation aboard Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess.
Combining expedition and luxury
While expedition cruising has opened up many inaccessible areas, it has failed to associate with luxury. Many lines are now beginning to cater to this sector.
The big winners at the Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards
The annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards outline the best lines and ships in the industry across a number of fields including entertainment and dining.
St. Maarten reopens to cruise ships
St Maarten was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma during the summer. Now, three months late, the island is ready to welcome cruise tourists once more.
Combine skiing and cruising in Norway with Hurtigruten
Many cruise lines are competing to offer the most appealing experiences to millennial holiday-makers and Hurtigruten has found a gap in the market.
MSC Cruises announce first Meraviglia-Plus ship
MSC Cruises embarking on a new path of exponential growth. Last week, details of the line’s brand new Meraviglia-Plus ship were received to the public.
Azamara’s new ship to be christened in the UK
Azamara Club Cruises has announced their new ship, Azamara Pursuit, will be christened in the UK after agents received a significant increase in demand.
Five exciting new ships launching in 2018
2018 looks set to be another monumental year for the cruise industry. We take a look at five of the most eagerly anticipated vessels set to launch next year.
Virgin Voyages unveils new details of first ship
In 2014, Richard Branson announced he would launch his own cruise line. New details of the line’s first ship were finally unveiled at a ceremony in Genoa.
Viking looking towards further expansion
Since 1997, Viking has grown significantly and is the most recognisable river line in the industry. Last week, the line announced plans for further expansion.
Brand new Celebrity Edge to sail out of Europe in 2019
Celebrity Cruises has confirmed the brand new Celebrity Edge will operate sailings out of Europe including an inaugural sailing out of Southampton in May 2019.
U by Uniworld to cater for young cruisers
River cruises may be about elegant ships, port lectures and walking tours, but U by Uniworld is set to redefine the industry by appealing to a younger market.
Does Adonia's transfer mark the end of smaller-ship cruises?
The transfer of Adonia from P&O Cruises to Azamara marks a statement of intent from P&O Cruises and asks questions about the future of smaller ships.
Cunard announces details of new ship
Joining Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, Cunard’s first new ship in 12 years will sit comfortably amongst these three luxurious ships.
Guide to ultra-luxury cruise lines
The ultra-luxury cruise sector is one of the most diverse in the industry. Our guide, this week, offers a guide to each of the ultra-luxury lines.
Silversea looking to expand with new ship and options for two more
Ultra-luxury lines are continuously striving to offer the most elegant cruise product. Now, Silversea has stepped forward with the announcement of a new ship.
Cunard and P&O Cruises launch 2019 summer programmes
With demand for cruise holidays continuing to rise, Cunard and P&O Cruises are both launching their full range of 2017 itineraries later this month.
New series of Cruising with Jane McDonald to start this Friday
Channel 5’s ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ is returning for a second series, with episodes set to focus on larger ocean-bound vessels and river cruise ships.
Work begins on Royal Caribbean’s new Spectrum of the Seas
Royal Caribbean have detailed plans in place for the next few years and last week marked the beginning of their work on the brand new Spectrum of the Seas.
Debunking the myths of cruising
Many holiday makers hold reservations when considering embarking on a cruise for the first time. This week, we debunk some of the myths that are most common.
P&O Cruises - first British line to offer same-sex marriages at sea
For the first time, P&O Cruises will be able to offer same-sex marriages on board their ships, with the first ceremonies taking place on Azura in January 2018.
Symphony of the Seas beginning to take shape
Currently under construction at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire; Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is beginning to take shape.
P&O Cruises launches competition to name new ship
In 2020, P&O Cruises will launch the newest addition to their fleet. The line is inviting members of the public to name their new 5,200-passenger flagship.
GoCruise Conference - June 2017
In June 2017, franchisees from around the UK gathered in the charming Belgian town of Mechelen for the Annual Summer GoCruise Conference.
How the cruise industry can tackle pollution
Channel 4’s Dispatches shed light on the dangerous levels of emissions emitted by cruise ships. We take a look at how LNG ships are a necessary solution.
How do cruise ships stay afloat?
While cruise lines continue to build ships that are increasingly larger in size, considerable efforts are also being made to ensure each vessel stays afloat.
Ritz-Carlton to become first hotel chain to enter the cruise market
If ever you needed evidence that the cruise market is expanding to suit a more eclectic range of tastes and desires, Ritz-Carlton’s decision to enter the industry may do just that.
New CMV Ships on the way following Columbus?
Last week saw Cruise and Maritime Voyages launch their new ship, Columbus. At a glitzy launch event, the line also teased that more ships may be on the way.
What to expect from MSC for Me
The past decade has seen vast technological leaps within the cruising industry and MSC Cruises are set to make ripples with their latest RFID gadgets.
Cruise TV documentaries helping the industry
ITV’s ‘The Cruise’ and Channel 5’s ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ have both received the go-ahead for new series – which is great news for the cruise industry.
Balmoral set to sail from Newcastle
From 25th May, Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral will commence a series of 13 voyages out of Newcastle’s Port of Tyne, taking passengers to destinations throughout Europe.
New river cruise vessel confirmed for Fred. Olsen
Following the rise in popularity for river-based cruises, Fred. Olsen has decided to purchase their own river-specific vessel – which is set to sail in 2018.
Making a difference around the world
While holiday-makers enjoy the benefits of cruising, the sector is also having a positive effect around the world and attempting to create a sustainable image.
Princess Cruises’ ‘Medallion’ set to revolutionise cruising
The future of cruising has arrived in the form of wearable technology, which is able to track the whereabouts and monitor the habits of passengers on board.
Norwegian Joy to set sail for China
On the 27th April, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Joy will head to China, offering a range of exciting and luxurious amenities to a new market.
Plans for new £50 million Liverpool cruise terminal set to go ahead
Proposals for the construction of a new permanent cruise terminal in Liverpool could see the return of Cunard transatlantic itineraries operated out of the city.
CLIA statistics indicate another year of consecutive growth for the industry
Every year, CLIA publishes their review of the state of the cruise industry. This week, we take a look at some of the findings and statistics in this year's edition.
Norwegian Cruise Line to offer all-inclusive cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Premium All Inclusive offering will see cruise fares that include all meals, selected drinks, gratuities and much more.
Could MSC Cruises rival P&O Cruises in catering to British consumers?
In 2018, MSC Cruises will operate their first vessel out of UK shores in three years and the line plans to offer a product that appeals to British consumers.
Symphony of the Seas to become world’s largest cruise ship
Royal Caribbean has confirmed its fourth Oasis-class vessel will be named Symphony of the Seas and this exciting new ship will become the largest in the world.
New Fred. Olsen 2018/19 brochure launch sparks possibility for new ships
Speaking at a launch event for the new Fred. Olsen 2018/19 brochure, Fred Olsen Jnr announced that plans for new ships were in fact on the table.
P&O Cruises to operate first Arabian Gulf Season
In 2019, P&O Cruises will operate the line’s first fly-cruise season to the Arabian Gulf, with Oriana taking guests to destinations in UAE, Bahrain and Oman.
Follow your favourite ship with the cruise tracker
Throughout 2017, some of the finest ships will sail out of the UK. The cruise ship tracker allows you to follow your favourite ships prior to docking in the UK.
Disney Cruise Line to visit Cork for first time
Since 1998, Disney Magic has provided cruisers with a range of opportunities across a range of unique destinations, the newest of which will be Cork in 2018.
Six exciting new ships set to launch in 2017
Throughout 2017, the cruise industry will welcome many exciting new ships. We take a closer look at six vessels which could be game changers for the industry.
New Channel 5 TV Show to offer insight into the Cruise Industry
This Friday, Channel 5 will launch a new cruise TV series. 'Cruising with Jane McDonald' will deliver an insight into a range of ocean and river cruise vessels.
Top 10 Most Expensive Cruise Ships Ever Built
The 21st century has seen the introduction of many new and amazing cruise ships. This week, we take a look at the most expensive cruise ships ever built.
Princess Cruises announce further addition to Royal Class
Princess Cruises’ Royal Class represents a new era of elegant cruising. This unique fleet is set to be joined by four brand new vessels between 2017 and 2022.
New Cruising Destinations for 2017
With cruising becoming more and more popular, each cruise line strives to offer new experiences across a range of untouched destinations.
GoCruise Conference – January 2017
The turn of the New Year meant that it was time, once again, for the annual January GoCruise Conference, which was held at Coombe Abbey in Coventry.
Why owning a franchise with GoCruise may be the best decision of 2017
The cruise industry looks set to grow once again in 2017. You can take advantage of this growth by embarking on an exciting business opportunity with GoCruise Franchise.
Five US Cruise Lines Receive ‘Go Ahead’ for Cuba Cruises
Carnival Corporation’s social impact line, Fathom, has paved the way for 5 US lines, including NCL and Royal Caribbean, to operate itineraries to Cuba in 2017.
Celebrity Cruises to offer itineraries out of Dublin from 2018
In 2018, Celebrity Cruises will homeport Celebrity Eclipse in Dublin, making her the first vessel from a major cruise line to sail out of the Irish capital.
Christmas Cruising Opportunities
Christmas presents a chance to escape the bitterly cold winter with a number of new cruising opportunities that enable passengers to enjoy sunnier climes.
MSC Cruises to return to UK in 2018
Following a push for fly-cruises last year, MSC Cruises have announced they will return to the UK in 2018, operating itineraries out of Southampton.
Royal Caribbean announces plans for new ‘Icon Class’
With as many as four new ships set to launch between 2018 and 2021, it may seem difficult to think what Royal Caribbean has in store beyond this - but exciting plans are already in the works.
Virgin Cruises rebranded as Virgin Voyages
Richard Branson has admitted to never setting foot on board a cruise ship. Therefore, he wants to create a product that appeals to current non-cruisers.
Need a motivation boost? Take advice from the experts
Many of the world's most respected figures started at the same point. But through their own unique philosophies, they have enjoyed years of respect and success.
Pursue a passion on a themed river cruise
River cruising enables passengers to travel through a variety of regions while exploring interests such as wine, cuisine, art, music, culture, and much more.
A Guide to Family Cruising
With the right planning, a cruise can be an affordable holiday option. Our guide highlights the factors that should be considered when booking a family cruise.
P&O Cruises announce order for largest ever ship
P&O cruises have announced plans for a new 5,200-passenger vessel, which will be built by Meyer Werft in Germany and is set for delivery in 2020.
A Guide to Cruise Ship Weddings
With the average UK wedding costing in excess of £21,000, more British couples are making the decision to get married on board a cruise ship.
Largest cruise ship to ever sail the Northwest Passage embarks on pioneering journey
Crystal Cruises vessel, Crystal Serenity, will embark on a controversial journey through the Northwest Passage. A journey made possible through climate change.
GoCruise Conference – July 2016
Last year's venue for the GoCruise summer conference, Copdock Hall, played host once again to Geoff Ridgeon and Bridget Coe as they offered an insight into the past year of business.
Second series of ITV cruising documentary to showcase Royal Princess
Since the 1970’s, Princess Cruises has enjoyed being in the limelight. In 2017, Royal Princess will become the star of ITV documentary series ‘The Cruise’.
Cruise industry worth more than £2 billion to the UK economy
According to statistics released by CLIA, the cruise industry remains vital for the UK economy, having contributed a total of £2.58 billion in 2015.
Regent Seven Seas Explorer - The World's Most Luxurious Ship
Set to launch in July 2016, the highly anticipated fourth addition to the Regent Seven Seas fleet could well be the most luxurious vessel to ever sail.
Cruising Trends as according to Google
Utilising data from Google Trends from the last few years, we at Cruise Franchise are able to establish the most popular cruise lines and destinations.
Disney Magic arrives in Scotland
In June 2016, Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream will make her call in the Scottish port of Invergordon as part of a series of European itineraries.
The Most Popular Ports of the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is home to some of the most popular cruise ports in the world. This week, we take a closer look at the ports which are set to gain the highest numbers of visitors.
What to expect from Harmony of the Seas
Other than being the largest cruise ship ever built, what else does Harmony of the Seas have to offer? We take a closer look at the ship's unique features.
Harmony of the Seas in Numbers
Two robotic bartenders, three waterslides and a slide that will see you drop ten storeys. It all adds up on board Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas.
GoCruise Nominated At The Agent Achievement Awards
We are proud to have been nominated in the 2016 Agent Achievement Awards under the category of 'Homeworking Agency'.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages to operate Itineraries out of Wales in 2017
From 2017, Cruise and Maritime ships, Marco Polo and Magellan, will operate itineraries out of Newport and Cardiff to a variety of European destinations.
First American Cruise Ship arrives in Cuba
Following an extensive travel embargo between the US and Cuba, diplomatic discussions have taken place and paved the way for cruises from Florida to Havana.
CMV to relax adult-only policy on board Columbus
Passengers sailing on board Cruise and Maritime Voyages brand new ship, Columbus, in 2017 will be able to bring their children on board for the first time.
Ovation of the Seas in numbers
Earlier this month, Ovation of the Seas became Royal Caribbean’s third Quantum-class ship. This week, we break down this huge ship into digestible figures.
Hurtigruten pledge environmentally friendly cruising
Hurtigruten offers cruises to some of the most naturally amazing destinations on earth and is determined in its efforts to protect the environment.
The rise of Viking Ocean Cruises
Following the launch of Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises has continued to receive critical acclaim and receive accolades within the cruising industry.
First US Cruise Line given Green Light for Cuba Itineraries
Following an extensive travel embargo, Carnival Corporation has become the first American cruise company to establish regular itineraries to Cuba.
UK Cruise Market up 8.8% in 2015
The latest CLIA statistics released earlier this month indicate significant growth within the cruise industry in the UK and Europe throughout 2015.
Harmony of the Seas completes sea trials
Royal Caribbean’s new vessel, Harmony of the Seas, has taken a step closer to operating itineraries this week after successfully completing a range of tests.
Disney Cruise Line to build two new vessels
Disney Cruise Line provides unforgettable family experiences. Last week, the line announced two more vessels will join the fleet within the next 8 years.
British Cruisers Announce Favourite Ships at Cruise Critic Awards
The widely respected cruising forum, Cruise Critic, has awarded vessels across a variety of fields including dining and entertainment based on customer reviews.
Peter Ruck – Caring about the Customer and Selling the Luxury Product
Successful cruise specialist, Peter Ruck, provides insight on how to sell the luxury product and offers advice to those looking to join GoCruise Franchise.
GoCruise Conference - January 2016
Earlier this month, cruise specialists from across the country gathered at Coombe Abbey in Coventry for a review of the past year of cruising.
Cruise Ship Tracker
Some cruisers fall in love with a particular vessel. With this week’s blog, you will be able to track the whereabouts of any cruise ship all year round.
The First Robot Crew Member
In a cruising world of technological advances and modern amenities, Costa Cruises has become the first line to feature robotic crew members.
"Look after the customer and the business will take care of itself."
Whilst Cruise Franchise offers high commission earnings; Carnival UK Chairman, David Dingle, has stressed the importance of looking after the customer.
The Future of Green Cruising
Last week, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris saw plans for an environmentally friendly cruise ship known as the 'Ecoship', set to launch in 2020.
New Details of Crystal River Cruises Itineraries
River cruise is a fast-growing market, with many lines claiming to offer the epitome of luxury. Crystal River Cruises, set launch in 2016, will one to watch.
Sports Extravaganza on Harmony of the Seas
Upon launch next year, Harmony of the Seas will become the largest ship in the world. She will feature a whopping 3,415 pieces of sports equipment on board.
Five Unique Things to do on a Cruise
A cruise can offer many of the activities you can experience with a land-based holiday. From fine dining to skydiving - a cruise is an exciting holiday option.
Royal Caribbean bolster fleet
Last week, Royal Caribbean confirmed the order of a fifth Quantum Class vessel. With so many ships on the way, we take a look at what the future may hold.
Crystal Cruises expand River Brand
Following the announcement of expansion plans; Crystal Cruises has revealed plans to double the size of its river brand and bring the launch date forward.
Carnival agree Joint Cruise Venture in China
During his visit to the UK, President Xi Jinping and David Cameron watched Carnival Corp agree a $4billion deal to establish a prominent cruise line in China.
Global Demand for Cruising up 68% in 10 Years
Recent CLIA statistics depict significant growth within the global industry between 2004 and 2014. Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at the data.
More Cruise Ships head to Asia
This week, Carnival Corporation announced it would be operating four cruise lines in China. We look at the overall impact this could have for UK cruisers.
The Battle for Ultimate Cruise Luxury
Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea all claim to offer "Ultra Luxury". The question that remains is: Which line is the most luxurious?
How azipods are changing the way we cruise
The first question is what is an Azipod? An Azipod is an extremely powerful unit that hangs from the stern of a ship. Find out more with this week’s blog.
Norwegian Escape - What we Know
Norwegian Cruise Lines offer something for all the family on board their ships. Their newest vessel, Norwegian Escape, will enter service in October 2015.
How to sell World Cruises
There is no better way to see the world than on a world cruise. When it comes to selling world cruises, it is important to keep your customers well-informed.
Green Light for Greenwich Cruise Terminal
Following our post in February, plans for Greenwich to become an international cruise hub have been officially approved by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Cruise Tourism on the Rise in the Falkland Islands
The number of cruise passengers visiting the Falkland Islands has doubled in the last few years, with 60,000 expected to arrive in Port Stanley this season.
Harmony of the Seas - What We Know
Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class ships are record breakers in every sense of the phrase - but their third ship looks set to revolutionise the cruise industry.
The Growth of River Cruise in 2015
Whilst 2015 has been a fantastic year for ocean cruise lines, the river cruise industry has been significantly boosted with the addition of 19 new ships.
Can Former Cunard Ship QE2 be Saved?
Cunard’s former ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, restored the pride of the nation. The ship was retired in 2008 and is gathering mould. Can this iconic ship be saved?
Costa Cruises to add two new 6,600 capacity ships
Two huge ships will join Costa Cruises’ fleet, following the signing of a new ship-building deal with Meyer Werft by parent company, Carnival Corporation.
The Expansion of Crystal Cruises
Since being founded in 1988, Crystal Cruises have led the way in terms of luxury on the seas. In July, the firm announced their biggest expansion plans to date.
GoCruise Conference - July 2015
In July, cruise specialists from around the country gathered in Ipswich for a day of talks, networking and entertainment at the GoCruise conference.
Could Cruise Ships be heading to Hull?
Plans for a new cruise terminal and riverside berth to be built in Hull have been approved by senior councils as part of a project to transform the city.
Virgin to offer Seven Day Caribbean Cruises from 2020
Virgin has signed a deal with Italian shipyard Fincantieri for the construction of three ships – the first of which will launch in 2020 and sail out of Miami.
What is Voluntourism?
From youngsters seeking a gap year alternative; to parents who want to open up their children’s eyes to the world. Voluntourism is a dynamic new cruise market.
Insight into Carnival Corporation’s 7,000 Capacity Ships
Carnival’s four new ships will provide capacity for 7,000 people. But can such a high passenger capacity provide a tranquil and relaxing on board experience?
Business Inspiration from the Experts
We all have moments where inspiration can be hard to find. Many leading business figures know the feeling and have made a record of their solutions.
175 years of Cunard
We take a closer look at the 175 years of Cunard – going back to 1840 and how the line has influenced the cruise industry as we know it today.
Turning Statistics into Sales
Statistics tell a story of their own, but how can they translate into sales? We take a look at the latest passenger trends and how to win over new customers.
How to Sell to Cruise Sceptics
A cruise provides a great value holiday experience. Not everyone is convinced, though, and so we provide a list of tips that may help you to change their minds.
Anthem of the Seas Review | Gary Donaldson
Cruise Specialist, Gary Donaldson, travelled all the way down from Edinburgh to Southampton in order to see Royal Caribbean's latest Quantum Class ship.
Anthem of the Seas Review | Tracey Holt
Being a GoCruise Specialist provides a life of many opportunities. On April 18th, Tracey Holt climbed aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. We interviewed Tracey about her experience on board this futuristic cruise ship.
Number Crunching Anthem of the Seas
Finding words to sum up Royal Caribbean's latest and most innovative ship, Anthem of the Seas, is a difficult task. So we've come up with some numbers instead.
Peter Ruck: "Get to know your Product"
Peter Ruck joined GoCruise only 18 months ago, having previously worked for a travel agency, and reveals his secrets to success in the cruise industry.
Behold New Viking Ocean Cruises
In 2013, Viking Cruises took a leap of faith and announced the launch of Viking Ocean Cruises – with their first ship, Viking Star, sailing April 11th, 2015.
Growth of the Asia Cruise Market
The latest statistics from CLIA suggest Asia has seen significant growth within the international cruise market. We take a closer look at some of the statistics released earlier this month.
Rise of the World Cruise
As the British economy becomes more stable, more people are opting to embark on a world cruise. We take a look at the cruise firms placing more emphasis on grand voyages over the next few years.
March - Cruise News Update
New ships, new ports, new statistics and new cruise lines. It's all happening in the world of cruise and GoCruise Franchise provides a round-up of the latest news.
Paul and Jo-Ann Kennedy: Building Relationships
Having worked as bankers in a previous life, Paul and Jo-Ann Kennedy decided to embark on a journey with GoCruise in 2001. They describe their experiences as Cruise Specialists.
Painting the Cruise Industry in 2015
22 new ships are set to brace the seas and rivers of the world in 2015 and it's worth taking a step back and trying to comprehend the state of the industry.
Latest Cruise Industry Statistics from CLIA
CLIA's 2015 report on the state of the cruise industry provides insight for the year ahead. We provide a general overview of the report.
Roy and Margaret Jones: Perseverance, Personalisation, Passion
They say when you find a job you love it won’t feel like work and that’s exactly the case with Roy and Margaret Jones who joined GoCruise in 2003. With a passion for cruise travel, they decided to share their knowledge.
Could Greenwich become an International Cruise Hub?
Since the closure of the Royal Docks in London in 1981, London has been without a major cruise port. Whilst other options have served as cruise terminals within the capital – the appeal of being able to embark on a cruise ship from the hear…
GoCruise Conference - January 2015
Cruise specialists meet on a yearly basis to discuss progress and collaborate ideas for the year ahead. 2015 marks ten years of GoCruise under the ownership of Fred. Olsen Travel.
Chris Roberts: Ten Years of Bookings
Chris Roberts has been a member of the GoCruise franchise for ten years and describes the story of how his first booking still bares relevance to this day.
Knowing your rights on board a cruise
CLIA’s International Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights helps maintain passenger safety on board cruise ships with a commitment consisting of 10 rights. Cruise Franchise takes a closer look at the Bill of Rights.
Cruise Events and Itineraries to look out for in the New Year
Going into the new year; there are many exciting cruise events to look out for in 2015 and we at GoCruise Franchise have listed a few of these for you.
Seven destinations to look out for in 2015
We at GoCruise Franchise have looked into travel trends for the New Year and have devised a list of destinations people are most likely to visit in 2015.
Insight into the Seven New Cruise Ships of 2015
2015 will see the cruise industry boosted by seven new ships - bringing an additional 18,000 travellers to the seas. We take a closer look at what to expect from each of the new ships.
How will Virgin Cruises slot into the market?
With Richard Branson already owning successful enterprises within the rail and flight industries; we look into how his latest venture could impact the industry.
Importance of blogging and how to do it successfully
Immersing yourself into the digital era will present a whole range of possibilities. Blogging is free and easy and will almost certainly attract readers and potential customers to your website.
Travel Insurance Statistics
Some travellers are yet to be convinced of the benefits of protection whilst abroad, but these statistics will emphasise the importance of insurance.
What do ABTA and ATOL Protection Schemes Provide?
ABTA and ATOL provide protection for passengers on holiday. This article provides a stronger background into the protection they provide.
Is the Future of Cruising Based on Size or Substance?
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas is now the largest ship in the world. We look at whether the future holds larger cruise ships or if there will be more focus for on board amenities.
Worldwide Cruise and Travel Statistics Worth Noting Down
It always helps to be knowledgeable about the worldwide cruise and travel industry and these statistics are a good starting point.
What Makes a Successful Cruise Franchisee?
A list of hints, tips and advice for becoming a Go Cruise franchisee.