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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

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, is a home-based travel agent network. Cruise Planners travel agents work from home selling full-service travel packages, including cruises, land-based vacations, travel insurance, car rentals and more.

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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