Cruise Mantra bullish about growth of cruise vacations in Indian market

CruiseCruise Mantra, a cruise boutique based out of New Delhi, is optimistic about the growth of cruising as a holiday option

among Indian travellers. The company is expecting a growth of about 30 per cent in its business this year. Currently, Cruise
Mantra is promoting packages of MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe for the June to
September period.

Gurjit Singh Ahuja, CEO & Founder, Cruise Mantra, said, “Asia Pacific has emerged as a popular destination for cruising, with
Singapore as the hub. Brands like Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean are looking at the opportunities offered by this
development. Also, Dubai has opened a separate cruise terminal and has started offering multiple-entry cruise visa. This
enables Indians to enjoy cruise vacations near to home. Singapore and Dubai are short-haul destinations from India and the
visa process is quite hassle-free, which is imperative to growth. The misconception that cruising is an expensive travel
option is fading away. It is an all-inclusive holiday with a plethora of offerings like swimming pools, spas, gyms, casinos,
restaurants, theatres, shopping, kid areas, etc., all under one roof. Travellers can choose to disembark at a port of call or
relax onboard. We have noticed more and more middle-class travellers are opting for a cruise vacation.”

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Royal Caribbean International Begins Construction On Fourth Oasis-Class Ship

international cruise breaking newsOasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship will soon have a new sister to welcome to the Oasis class family. Today marked the steel cutting for a fourth Oasis ship, scheduled to be delivered in 2018. The steel cutting, marking the official start of construction, took place at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the third Oasis-class ship also is being built.
The Oasis class took the cruise industry by storm with the introduction of Oasis of the Seas in 2009, featuring a revolutionary design with a split superstructure and the cruise line’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas. At 225,282 GRT and spanning 16 decks with 2,700 staterooms, the Oasis-class ships also introduced extraordinary “firsts” at sea such as an 82 foot-long zip line, a handcrafted carousel, the Rising Tide bar, the AquaTheater high-diving performance venue, and the Central Park with more than 12,000 live trees and plants. The Oasis class also OFFERS amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean, such as twin FlowRider surf simulators, cantilevered whirlpools, an ice-skating rink, the H2O Zone kids aquapark, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that stretches nearly the length of the ship and flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques, among many others.


CruiseOne Certified as a World-Class Franchise By The Franchise Research Institute



CruiseOne, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has received World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute® for 2015.

The recognition comes after an independent survey conducted by the Franchise Research Institute. The survey was designed to determine the level of franchisee satisfaction within the CruiseOne franchise system.

“One of the most important means of creating and maintaining a truly successful franchise system is to meet or exceed the expectations of its franchisees,” says Jeff Johnson, founder and CEO of the Franchise Research Institute. “A key step in this process is to obtain open, honest feedback from franchisees through confidential, third-party research. CruiseOne was not afraid to ask their franchise owners tough questions, and their high marks provide scientific proof that they are consistently meeting franchisees’ needs.”

The survey asked CruiseOne’s franchise owners to rate their franchisor through a series of questions in categories such as overall quality, growth potential, support and communication.