The Cruise & Travel Industry
Since the earliest days of sailing, there has been something special about travelling by sea. Fresh air, breathtaking views, new cultures and wonderful discoveries make cruising a popular choice for holidaymakers around the world.
Rapidly outpacing land-based travel, cruising is fast becoming one of the most lucrative sectors of the industry and you can be a part of it with GoCruise. According to the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) 2016 ‘State of the Cruise Industry Outlook’, the industry shows no signs of slowing down with 25.3 million passengers expected to sail in 2017, up from 24.2 million in 2016.
Cruising is also no longer the once-in-a-lifetime, expensive, unreachable dream it used to be. In fact, it is an ideal alternative to a land-based holiday or short break and enjoys high passenger satisfaction levels along with a healthy repeat passenger record. All of this means that you can continue to attract new customers as well as see your current customers come back to you time and time again.
Every day is different in the travel industry, and there aren’t many jobs that can promise that. Working in travel can also be very rewarding - there is no better buzz than the one you get from knowing you have met your customer’s every need and sent them on their first step towards an unforgettable journey.
One obvious benefit of working in this industry is that you will get to travel yourself! You will also get to experience new and exciting things – whether it’s trying out a new cruise ship, visiting a new country, trying out new foods, or even just meeting new people.
As a GoCruise franchisee, you will be given opportunities to attend new ship launches, go on familiarisation trips (also known in the industry as a FAM) and ship visits, as well meet and network with your travel industry peers at conferences and award ceremonies throughout the year.
Why do people cruise?
More and more customers are choosing to cruise as either a repeat of the holiday they know and love or as a first time experience. It's the fantastic value for money that this type of holiday represents – with so much included in the price - that keeps people coming back time and time again.
Today there is a cruise for every kind of traveller. Ranging from family ships complete with kid’s and ‘teen’ clubs to high-end vessels offering world-class spas, there’s a cruise experience for everyone.
Great value for money
In addition to meals, accommodation and onboard activities that are typically included in the price, cruises also allow travellers to see multiple destinations in one trip, and for one cost.
River cruising is experiencing a huge surge in popularity as it allows travellers to reach inland destinations that were never thought possible. They can also get up close and personal to local cultures and spend more time exploring on shore.
Making multiple destinations more accessible
Cruising not only allows you to travel to multiple destinations but also makes touring foreign countries accessible and less intimidating. A cruise can take travellers to foreign lands without the worry of navigating airports, restaurants or tourist sites.
Never a dull moment
Many cruise lines offer a variety of onboard activities to keep guests entertained, day or night, as they travel from port to port. From simulated surfing and skydiving to wine and chocolate tastings, the offerings are diverse and abundant.
It’s hard to please everyone when it comes to holidays, but cruising is designed to appeal to every age from toddlers to seniors. From family reunions to the trip of a lifetime, cruise experiences are perfect for sharing with children, parents or grandparents.
See the world and only unpack once
There is no need to carry luggage through multiple customs clearances or unpack and repack every time you get to a new destination. In fact, your bags will be taken to your cabin for you and then collected again at the end of the cruise.