Three of The Cruise People’s Top Past Employees Help Celebrate Twenty Years in the Sea Travel Business in the UK

As The Cruise People Ltd first opened in London on October 1, 1992, this weekend saw us celebrating our 20th Anniversary in the UK – the Canadian company of the same name has been going for forty years. So on Friday night, three top staff from years gone by managed to surprise me with a celebration of this fact. Showing up at close of business on Friday were Mona (1996-98 and 1999-2002) and surprise guest Caroline (1995-98 and 2000-06), who had brought appropriate decoration for the front window of our London office. After champagne and cake on the premises, we adjourned to celebrate further in two of our local pubs, where (another surprise) we were joined by Eva (2000-05). These three ladies and others have been the strength of our business over the past two decades.

Appropriate window decoration as supplied by Caroline.

We were also joined by telephone by Zjelka (1997-99) . During the celebration that followed at a popular local Italian restaurant, the ladies presented Kevin with a birthday plaque in honour of The Cruise People’s twenty years in the UK and an impressively engraved pen set complete with company logo.

These ladies and Marie-France, Corine, Carmela, Margery, Helene, Nem, Marianne, Judi, Christine, Szilvia, Dessy, and more recently Gay and Miri, have helped The Cruise People get to where it is today and I’d like personally to thank all of them, and particularly Caroline, Eva and Mona, as well as Gay and Miri who deal with our customers today, for their contributions to our success over the past twenty years. Of the ladies present on Friday, Mona still lives in London, working in the conference business, Eva is planning to emigrate to Sydney with her husband and two small boys in November, and Caroline lives in the West Country (within view of the ships and the sea) with her husband, son and daughter  and works in a local school. Zjelka is now married with son and lives in  Croatia, where she works for a large accounting firm.

So thanks again, in order of appearance on Friday night, to Mona, Caroline and Eva for a wonderful surprise dinner, and to all those who have worked for us now and in the past for all your efforts on our behalf. It has been both a pleasure and an honour to work with all of you during those twenty years!

To learn more about The Cruise People, ultra-luxury cruising, small ship, cargo ship and expedition voyages, feel free to call us in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk.

By Kevin Griffin

The Cruise People Ltd – Coming Up On Its 20th Year Of Selling Sea Travel In The UK

As we sign a new lease on our premises in London’s West End this weekend, it occurs to us that we are coming up on our 20th year of operating in the UK. And as of yesterday, fifteen of those years have been spent in the offices above, at 88 York Street, in a graceful Georgian terrace that dates back to 1790 in the Marylebone area of London.

When The Cruise People Ltd first opened in London in 1992, it was around the corner in Seymour Place. Having agreed with the company of the same name in Toronto to be able to use that name in the UK, we incorporated it under the laws of England and Wales. The Toronto company was the first cruise specialist agency in Canada when it opened in 1972, and is coming up on its own fortieth anniversary next year.

So what have we been doing in all those years? Just as we started, we are still Specialists in Sea Travel. But while we would sell anything in those early years – 228,728 UK residents took a cruise in the year we opened – now that that number has risen to 1.65 million we specialise in certain specific products – Ultra-Luxury Cruising, Expedition Voyages, Small Ships and Freighter Travel – as well as general retail and wholesale sales of cruise products. And as 40% of our business comes from outside the UK, we operate bank accounts in all of Sterling, Euros and US Dollars.

For fifteen years we have also been the European representative of the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and for ten years the General Passenger Agent for the Polish Steamship Co‘s Transatlantic service to the Great Lakes.

People sometimes ask so why don’t we tell you that the logo used by both the UK and Canadian companies is a silhouette of one of  the last quartet of ocean liners built by Cunard Line for its St Lawrence River service to Quebec and Montreal. It is a fitting choice as these four ships, the Saxonia, Ivernia, Carinthia and Sylvania, maintained an important link between the UK and Canada, where our two offices are located.

So for any type of cruise, but particularly the hard-to-find niche products, please feel free to give us a call in London at +44 (0)20 7723 2450 or e-mail us at cruise@cruisepeople.co.uk. If you’re in London and would like to visit our office the closest Underground stations are Baker Street, Marylebone and Edgware Road.