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Cruise Planners

2014 Franchise 500
#19
At a Glance

Products & Services: Travel agency

Number of Locations: 1,758

Total Investment: $2.1K - $21.99K

Founded: 1994

Began Franchising: 1999

About Cruise Planners

Since 1994, agents for Coral Springs, Florida-based Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, have been connecting business and leisure travelers with the ideal cruise. Franchisees work from their homes, selling cruises full or part time.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 1,757 0 0 1
2013 1,500 0 0 1
2012 1,172 0 0 0
2011 994 0 0 0
2010 947 0 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $2,095 - $21,990
Franchise Fee: $495 - $9,995
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 3 %
Term of Franchise Agreement: 3 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $1,000 off franchise fee, $500 marketing credit, free training for second person, 3 months of website hosting & support
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $17,100
Liquid Cash Available: $9,990
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 1 - 2. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (97% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Training available
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #19 (2014), #34 (2013), #44 (2012), #51 (2011), #62 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #6 (2014), #12 (2013), #46 (2012), #19 (2011), #44 (2010),
Low-Cost: #3 (2014), #6 (2013), #7 (2012), #11 (2011), #16 (2010),
Top Home-Based: #2 (2014), #6 (2013), #10 (2012), #12 (2011), #16 (2010),

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