Cruise Planners

Franchise Costs

Liquid Capital Required: $10,995
Total Investment: $2,295 - $23,617
Franchise Fee: $10,995

Franchisee Options

Financing: Available
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: $3000 Active Military & Veteran Incentive Program

Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: Cruise Planners
Total Units: 2500
Year Founded: 1994
Franchising Since: 1996
Home Office: Tulsa, OK

About Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation's largest home-based travel advisor franchise network. As a Cruise Planners travel franchise owner, you have the flexibility to run your own travel agency business from anywhere. Cruise Planners provides you with access to award-winning, innovative marketing, cutting-edge mobile technology, dynamic, hands-on training, lead-generating tools, as well as professional coaching and development.

Values & History

In the early 1990s, Michelle Fee sat at the desk of her travel agency business and thought, "If we don't change, we will be dinosaurs: extinct." This thinking was certainly not common. At the time, there were 34,000 retail travel agency locations in the United States with steady streams of customers. But Michelle could sense a change coming. So despite the fact that she was a young mother living paycheck to paycheck, in 1994, along with two other travel agents, Michelle set out to change the travel world and launched Cruise Planners.

Cruise Planners was an unconventional travel agency. Rather than setting up a brick-and-mortar location, Cruise Planners implemented a home-based model, recruiting and training travel advisors who worked remotely. The home-based concept minimized overhead costs and allowed both Cruise Planners and its travel advisors to be nimbler and more efficient.

The concept was a big risk. At the time, a home-based business model was largely unheard of, but the risk paid off. Cruise Planners quickly took off and sold two million dollars in travel in its first year, and has been going strong ever since.

Industry Performance

The travel industry is booming, with Americans traveling more than ever, taking more than four vacations per year and spending over $1 trillion on travel annually. The cruising industry has seen growth each year for the last 30 continuous years with double digit growth during the last 10 years. Land-based vacations and all-inclusive resorts are at an all-time high with record breaking volume and no end in sight.

And the demand for human travel agents as opposed to internet search engines is growing too. With the information available on the internet becoming increasingly overwhelming for the average traveler, our services at Cruise Planners are in high demand.

Purchasing a Cruise Planners Franchise

A Cruise Planners Travel Agency franchise is listed among the lowest cost franchises to own, which makes it a smart franchise investment for entrepreneurs. Our competitively priced initial franchise fee is $10,995. Attend an upcoming travel franchise opportunity webinar to learn more about our low-cost franchise investment opportunity.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

If you are passionate about travel and managing a growing travel business opportunity at the same time, then Cruise Planners may be the right choice for you. We look for people who take a hands-on approach to managing their business and stay involved in their local community. Ask yourself these questions: Do you like the planning part of a vacation? Do you have friends and family who call you for advice when planning their vacations? Do you talk about your trips for months afterward? Do you start planning your next vacation while on your current one? Do you want to be your own boss? Do you want the flexibility to work where and when you want? If you answered yes to any of these, then you need to be an owner of a Cruise Planners travel franchise!

Training & Support

Your ongoing training will never end. Our online virtual training platform, Cruisitude Academy, has hundreds of webinars, videos, and modules for your continuing education. All of our learning materials are on-demand and at your leisure. Along with Cruisitude Academy, we host four to six live webinars each week on different topics all associated with helping you grow your travel business. These too are housed for on-demand viewing so you can learn at your own pace. Also, all of the cruise lines and land suppliers have their own individual educational series as well. Some even reward you with free travel if you complete their classes! And we provide you with access to it all.

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Available In:

Cruise Planners is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming