A Recent Study Shows Increasing Interest in Sailing the Ocean Blue, and Why There's No Better Time Than Now for You to Become a Travel Franchisee
Are you a travel enthusiast? Are you simply wanting to be your own boss and work from home? No matter your motivation, now is the time to catch the wave of excitement in the travel industry! 2018 is making waves BIG TIME with the MOST, new cruise ships released by major cruise lines. Approximately 27.2 million passengers are expected to cruise this year alone, according to a recent Cruise Lines International Association study. The current travel trends are also indicating that the number of cruisers are on the rise as more people seek new and different experiences at sea. Cruise Planners® gives you an inside look at some of the ships coming to a sea near you, and why starting a travel franchise in 2018 is the right time.
So, what’s the scoop?
Michelle Fee, Cruise Planners® CEO and Founder, sat down with leaders throughout the cruise industry for individual interviews uncovering the latest on each of these highly anticipated, new ships. The cruising industry is thriving and cultivating more unique and immersive attractions.
Hear what they had to say about their “big ship reveals” through the links below:
- Symphony of the Seas (March 2018) ––Did someone wish for a Royal Genie? Royal Caribbean exec, Vicki Freed dishes on exclusive details.
- Carnival Horizon (April 2018) –– Carnival Cruise Line’s “really big baby” is making its debut and Adolfo Perez of Carnival Cruise Line shares the inside scoop!
- Norwegian Bliss (June 2018) –– Camille Olivere of Norwegian Cruise Lines Michelle Fee, discussing whales, race cars and Jersey Boys, oh my!
- MSC Seaside (June 2018) –– is a sun-lover’s paradise. Check out the exclusive interview with Senior VP of Sales, Joe Jiffo.
- Celebrity Edge (December 2018) ––it’s EDGY! We have the exclusive on Infinite Verandas, the Magic Carpet and more with Senior VP of Sales, Trade Support and Service Dondra Ritzenthaler.
- MS Nieuw Statendam (December 2018) ––Arts and music come alive on this ship! Find out more from Eva Jenner of Holland America Lines in this exclusive interview.
So, what does this mean for Travel Agents?
Approximately 27 ships will make their entrance into continental waters in 2018. This will include an array of ocean, river and specialty cruise ships that just may be a match made in heaven for your next travel client. With this news, more ships mean more options for cruisers. With all of these superb additions, deciding which ship is right for a cruiser may get confusing. That’s where travel agents come in.
Consumers will be looking for more opportunities to book their next vacation through friendly, knowledgeable and specialized independent travel agents who have the exciting opportunity to play matchmaker for their clients, pairing them with the perfect cruise ship that matches their unique needs and travel personality. This ultimately means more sales for travel agents, now and returning clients in the future. With so many new and innovative cruise ships on the seas, travel agents will be there source for the latest information in travel and Cruise Planners® gives our travel agents the training and travel agent certifications they will need to be the best travel agent possible, no travel industry experience required!