Personal Backgroundread more ↓
I have been married to Alison since October 1974 and we have two daughters. Our eldest daughter is married and my son-in-law Patrick Warner helps with my business. We all love cruising and try to take at least one a year.
I have completed almost 40 cruises and because of my love for cruising commenced my franchise business in 2001.
Prior to working as a cruise consultant, I had spent most of my working life in finance. I have worked for Lloyds Bank, Hill Samuel, Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd and as an Independent Financial Adviser. A number of my financial clients are now my cruise clients. Arranging cruise holidays is very satisfying as I know the clients will almost certainly have a fantastic holiday. I almost see this business as a hobby, so strive to be as helpful as possible to get the best deal for my clients. I thoroughly enjoy talking about cruises and have noticed more people are willing to talk about them, as opposed to pensions, when I am at parties.
My assistant and son-in-law Patrick runs the social media arm of my business and helps me generate leads through our networks Facebook and Twitter.close ↑
Why GoCruise with John Mooreread more ↓
I believe my knowledge of the cruise industry has been a big help in driving the business forward, as well as utilising new social media platforms. I have completed cruises around the Hawaiian Islands in the west, the Philippines in the east, and many ports in between.
My passengers find it very useful when booking their cruises to be able to receive information on the different ports of call. I find it helpful to run through the itinerates and advise on the most fruitful and economical ways to enjoy the different ports.
I believe it is best to take time when booking a cruise to ensure the passengers receive the product they dreamed about. Clients who really enjoy their holiday will return and book with me again and again, if their dreams have been fulfilled. Having cruised with P&O, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen, Holland America, Costa, NCL, Ocean Village, Thomsons and AMA Waterways, I feel that I am in a position to pass on my experiences and ensure the client’s holiday requirements are matched with the correct cruise advice.close ↑
Cruise Experienceread more ↓
I have enjoyed many cruises and particularly like cruising areas, where I have not travelled before.
The Braemar took me up the Amazon, which is still unspoiled. It is one of the few areas in the world, which I have visited, that has not been commercialised. You rarely see a car, and much more likely to see the natives fishing with spears, and children speedily canoeing towards you with their sloth, caimans or parrots. They still live in huts on stilts in the river, which look worryingly close to the surface during the rainy season. The pink dolphins swimming behind the ship were also a sight never seen before or since. On the Norwegian Dream in Alaska, I watched a bald eagle flying towards me until it was only thirty yards away from me. Then there was Ketchikan where I watched a seal swim directly into a shoal of hundreds of salmon. I also visited Devil’s Island off the coast of French Guiana where Papillion was filmed. Here we were able to watch turtles, monkeys, iguanas and agouti in the wild.
Other interesting and different cruises were found in the Far East, where I have taken Costa’s Classica and Allegra on cruises from Hong Kong. Visiting countries such as the Philippines, Borneo, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka and India would not have been achieved if it had not been for these wonderful vessels.
The Panama Canal is worth a visit on its own, just to marvel at the incredible engineering that has made a transit possible. To watch caimans scuttling along the banks and watching the cliff divers when arriving at Acapulco only add icing to the cake.
Would I have seen all of this without my floating hotel? I DOUBT IT.close ↑