Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners

Travel agencies
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#37 Ranked #46 last year
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Initial investment
$2K - $24K
Units as of 2020
3,151 22.8% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About Cruise Planners

Industry
Recreation
Related Categories
Travel Agencies
Founded
1994
Leadership
Michelle Fee, CEO
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The #1 travel franchise 18 years in a row

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel franchise company with over 2,800 franchise locations in all 50 states. Cruise Planners has been named the # 1 home-based travel franchise by Entrepreneur for 18 straight years. Our unmatched training, marketing, technology and personalized coaching allow you to work from anywhere, be your own boss, and travel the world.

The Cruise Planners model

As a Cruise Planners franchise owner, you will run your own travel advisor business from anywhere while having the support and leverage of the nation’s largest travel franchise network behind you. As we like to say, you are in business for yourself but never by yourself. We provide you the training and on-going coaching to establish and grow your business.

As an independent travel advisor, you will earn money helping clients plan amazing travel experiences such as cruises, land tours, all-inclusive resort vacations and more. Our home-based model gives you the flexibility to work your business from anywhere you choose — no storefront is required! As your own boss, you also get to determine a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Work the business full-time, part-time, your time!

Why purchase a travel franchise now?

One thing we know is the travel industry is incredibly resilient. After 9/11, the travel industry bounced back. After the 2008 recession, the travel industry bounced back. After H1N1, the travel industry bounced back. And after the coronavirus, the travel industry will bounce back.

The world will reopen, and let's face it, after spending so much time cooped up in our homes, we’re all going to need a vacation! The demand for travel will be high - already, bookings at Cruise Planners are up for 2021 - and travel advisors will be key to the rebirth of the travel industry.

Travel advisors will be in high demand

Being a travel advisor is more than just knowing the trendiest travel destinations. Advisors protect their clients’ travel investments. When travel restrictions went into effect, travel agents advocated for their clients to get them home safely and get refunds or credits for future travel. Travelers who opted to book without a travel professional often found themselves on hold for hours and with limited options.

Even as the world opens back up, travelers will need to navigate a web of guidelines that will vary from destination to destination. Travel agents will play a critical role in providing guidance on safe destinations and activities and protecting travelers’ investments.

Capitalize on the surge in travel

We’ve made it as simple as possible, but getting a new business up and running doesn’t happen overnight. Now is a good time to start establishing the foundation of your business so you can capitalize on the surge in travel we know is coming.

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Invest in your passion for travel – no experience needed!

For more than 25 years, Cruise Planners has been giving people with a passion for travel and desire to be their own boss a low-cost franchise opportunity that can yield high returns. Best of all, owning a Cruise Planners franchise requires no travel agent experience! We provide comprehensive training and a personal business development coach who will be with you every step of the way to help establish and grow your business. So, whether you’re a work-from-home parent, a recent retiree, a veteran or just looking for a career change, we will provide you the training and tools to start and grow your own travel advisor business.

Work from home, be your own boss

Our home-based business model gives you the power to set your own schedule and be your own boss. With our cutting-edge technology, you’ll be able to run your business from anywhere, whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or poolside at a resort in Mexico.

Instant credibility with American Express Travel

Cruise Planners is the #1 cruise sales franchise for the American Express Travel brand, one of the most trusted names in business. With the American Express Travel affiliation, you will gain instant credibility and access to double the amount of group inventory and promotions. You can also utilize exclusive tools and travel programs for your clients, such as the Pay with Points Program, all while earning full commission on every sale.

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More than just cruises

We’re proud of our name. It is one of the most recognized names in all the travel industry, and we have the sales numbers to prove it! But you can sell more than just cruises. We are top producers with all major travel partners, including cruise, land, travel insurance, excursions, flights, car rentals and more. In fact, we are the #1 top global producer for Sandals and Beaches Resorts.

Marketing and technology to help you grow your business

Cruise Planners has a comprehensive "MarTech" suite – a true blend of marketing and technology to help you grow your business. Our award-winning marketing and advertising programs are turnkey, without any hefty monthly fees. Plus, our robust CRM and booking system, agent and client mobile apps, email automation platform and Amazon Alexa compatibility allow you to sell more and truly work from anywhere.

A Great Business Opportunity for Veterans and First Responders

A Cruise Planners franchise is a great business opportunity for military veterans and first responders. The versatility and flexibility of a Cruise Planners franchise make it ideal for active military, veterans, and military spouses to run their own travel agencies from anywhere in the world.

At Cruise Planners, we are forever grateful for those who have sacrificed so much to ensure the safety and well-being of so many. That’s why we are proud to offer a special incentive program for first responders, active military personal, retired veterans, and their immediate family members to help grow their businesses.

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Your success is our #1 priority

Unlike other travel franchises, our corporate office does not own competing travel companies and does not sell travel. Our focus is entirely on building your business. We provide comprehensive training to help get your business off the ground as well as a dedicated business development coach who provides you individualized attention every step of the way.

An involved executive team that is invested in you

Our executives aren’t just figure heads. They are hands-on and 100% dedicated to your success. Each member of our executive team attends all our trainings and draws upon decades of industry experience to lead informative classes on how to grow your business. Their main objective truly is to help you succeed.

Pursue your passion for travel!

We’d love to talk with you more about your aspirations and goals. Contact us today to learn how you can start your own travel advisor franchise with Cruise Planners.

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Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1999 (22 years)
# of employees at HQ
118
Where seeking

This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.

# of Units
3,151 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
3111 N. University Dr., #800
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Cruise Planners franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$695 - $10,995
Initial Investment
$2,295 - $23,665
Veteran Incentives
27% off franchise fee, free training for owner and 1 guest, $200 marketing credit, $60 design credit, marketing assets, 1-year free errors & omissions insurance, free Amazon Echo Dot
Royalty Fee
1-3%
Term of Agreement
3 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

Classroom Training
66 hours
Additional Training
Training available
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Yes
Can this franchise be run part time?
Yes
# of employees required to run
1
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

Compare where Cruise Planners landed on this year’s Franchise 500 Ranking versus previous years.

Additional Rankings

Curious to know where Cruise Planners ranked on other franchise lists? Find out below.

Ranked #37

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #31

Fastest-Growing Franchises

Ranked #19

Top Franchises for Veterans

Ranked #26

Fastest-Growing Franchises (U.S. & Canada)

Ranked #3

Top Franchises for Less Than $50,000

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Updated: February 8th, 2021