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The Battle for Ultimate Cruise Luxury
7th October 2015
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?
River cruise passengers from UK up 21% in 2017
5th September 2018
While the appeal for ocean cruising has continued to expand, so too has the interest in river cruising with more than 200,000 embarking on a sailing in 2017.
P&O Cruises to scrap service charges across entire fleet
21st August 2018
After recently upping the daily service charge onboard its ships, P&O Cruises has announced it will be scrapping it across the entire fleet from May 2019.
Scarlet Lady set to take cruising to a new generation
25th July 2018
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
18th July 2018
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
5th July 2018
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
20th June 2018
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
13th June 2018
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
6th June 2018
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
30th May 2018
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
16th May 2018
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
10th May 2018
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
25th April 2018
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
12th April 2018
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
5th April 2018
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
28th March 2018
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
22nd March 2018
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
14th March 2018
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
7th March 2018
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’
28th February 2018
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
22nd February 2018
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
15th February 2018
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
7th February 2018
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
25th January 2018
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.
Why 2018 will be the year for millennial cruising
10th January 2018
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
3rd January 2018
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
21st December 2017
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.
St. Maarten reopens to cruise ships
6th December 2017
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
29th November 2017
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
22nd November 2017
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
15th November 2017
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
8th November 2017
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
1st November 2017
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
5th October 2017
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
18th October 2017
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
11th October 2017
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?
4th October 2017
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
27th September 2017
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
20th September 2017
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
13th September 2017
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
6th September 2017
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
30th August 2017
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
23rd August 2017
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
16th August 2017
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
2nd August 2017
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
26th July 2017
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
19th July 2017
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
13th July 2017
In June 2017, franchisees from around the UK gathered in the charming Belgian town of Mechelen for the Annual Summer GoCruise Conference.
How do cruise ships stay afloat?
28th June 2017
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.
New CMV Ships on the way following Columbus?
14th June 2017
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
7th June 2017
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.
Balmoral set to sail from Newcastle
24th May 2017
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
17th May 2017
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
10th May 2017
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
3rd May 2017
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
26th April 2017
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.
Could MSC Cruises rival P&O Cruises in catering to British consumers?
29th March 2017
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
22nd March 2017
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
15th March 2017
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
8th March 2017
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
1st March 2017
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
22nd February 2017
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
15th February 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
8th February 2017
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.
Princess Cruises announce further addition to Royal Class
25th January 2017
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.
GoCruise Conference – January 2017
11th 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
4th January 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
7th December 2016
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
30th November 2016
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
23rd November 2016
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
16th November 2016
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’
2nd November 2016
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
19th October 2016
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
28th September 2016
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
21st September 2016
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
14th September 2016
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
7th September 2016
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
31st August 2016
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
24th August 2016
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
20th 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
6th July 2016
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 - billion to the UK economy
29th June 2016
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
22nd June 2016
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
15th June 2016
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
8th June 2016
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
1st June 2016
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
25th May 2016
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
18th May 2015
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
12th May 2016
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
11th May 2016
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
4th May 2016
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
27th April 2016
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
20th April 2016
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
13th April 2016
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
6th April 2016
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
30th March 2016
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
23rd March 2016
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
16th March 2016
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
9th March 2016
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
24th February 2016
The widely respected cruising forum, Cruise Critic, has awarded vessels across a variety of fields including dining and entertainment based on customer reviews.
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