March - Cruise News Update

The first week in March has seen many events and news stories across the cruise industry. Ship launches, new ports, statistics and even new cruise lines have all been making the headlines this week and, to keep you up to speed, GoCruise Franchise provides an overview of the week in cruise.

New Ships


Tuesday, March 10 saw Her Majesty, the Queen officially name P&O Cruise’s latest and largest ship, Britannia. VIPs were invited to witness the spectacular show which saw comedian Rob Brydon show his comic genius before the Red Hot Chilli Pipers recreated an excellent collection of contemporary music using bagpipes. Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed to the stage by Executive Chairman of parent group Carnival UK and the Captain of the ship, Paul Brown, before being given the honour of smashing the bottle into the ship. 

Britannia is P&O Cruises' largest ship and will showcase the very best of the United Kingdom. P&O Food Heroes: James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard and Olly Smith will all be bringing their own influences to the new cruise ship with their own inspired wining and dining venues on board. 

Cruise and Maritime will this week also be revealing the latest addition to their fleet, Magellan. The vessel will become the fleet’s new flagship, operating purely as an adult-only ship and able to carry roughly 1,250 passengers. 

New Cruise Lines

Moving on from Britannia - Sir Richard Branson is hoping his new cruise line, Virgin Cruises, will one day rule the waves. Following an interview with the Telegraph, Branson revealed that negotiations for the cruise line are in the final stages. The two ships are likely to be built in either a German or Italian shipyard and will take no longer than five years to complete – costing around $1.7 billion.

Richard Branson has already secured the services of Tom McAlpine, who was part of the management team that founded Disney Cruise Line in 1996. Following the disaster last year with Virgin Galactic, Branson is pulling out all the stops to ensure he recovers the image of the Virgin franchise. It’s not the only new venture for the successful entrepreneur, though, as Branson is also launching his own hotel chain.  

New Ports

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' has announced their plans for 2016 and 2017, with the announcement of many new ports. A record 253 ports in 84 countries will be visited by the four ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet. Sales and Marketing Director, Nathan Philpot stated that most people live 90 minutes away from their chosen port of embarkation and so Fred. Olsen Cruise Line are looking to introduce more local ports around the UK.

Their largest cruise ship, Balmoral, will be moving from Southampton to be deployed from Newcastle – boosting capacity there by 45%. This news comes at a time of celebration for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines', with the 200th anniversary of the birth of the line's founder.

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Stepping slightly away from new ports, Crystal Cruises have announced they will be operating two world cruises for the first time. The cruises will embark in 2018 on board Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. 


Following on from Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s announcement, their new list of ports includes various locations in Scotland. There will also be the first direct sailing from Scotland to the Caribbean on Black Watch. These Scottish sailings and arrivals have led to a multi-million-pound boost to the country’s economy. A total of 434,530 passengers is projected to arrive on Scottish shores in 2015 – an 8% rise on 2014.

Greenock Ocean Terminal alone is due to receive 100,000 passengers this year in its busiest ever season. Additionally, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 will make a maiden voyage to Oban to celebrate the line’s 175th anniversary. Collectively, this is fantastic news for Scotland and the increase in passengers could bring a £3 billion boost to the Scottish economy over the next four years.

GoCruise Franchise provides the latest news and statistics from the cruise industry and hopefully, this blog will help provide an overview of these latest updates. If you love cruising and want a flexible career in an industry that you love and enjoy, why not enquire about becoming a GoCruise Specialist? If you have any questions, our dedicated team at GoCruise Franchise are ready to answer any enquiries you may have.

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