Own the cruise franchise ranked #1 in the industry for 16 years in a row and #34 in the world!
Cruise Planners/American Express is a low-cost franchise opportunity which yields high returns and requires no travel experience. Our home-based business model is a family of over 900 franchise owners and is one of the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded travel franchises in the country.
Why choose Cruise Planners/American Express?
Cruise Planners is one of the best travel franchise opportunities with a proven sales system that’s been successful for more than 20 years. Here are some of the many reasons to become a Cruise Planners franchise owner:
- Ranked #1 travel franchise for 16 consecutive years by Entrepreneur magazine
- #1 in category for 5 consecutive years by Franchise Business Review
Based on a franchise satisfaction survey of our franchise owners
- 30+ years of industry growth. Economic downfalls do not affect the travel industry.
- American Express Travel affiliation lends instant credibility, reputation, and increased amenities for your clients
- Managerial and travel industry experience with 80+ home office team members dedicated to your success
- Power in numbers with more than 1,000 franchisees nationwide
- Established purchasing power — you get better pricing, more negotiated vendor programs to choose from, and more “clout” with cruise lines, tour companies, hotels, and all-inclusive resorts
- Training and on-going support you can’t get as an independent travel agent
- Ability to sell all types of travel-so much more than just cruises
- Personal travel benefits and perks for you
Are You the Ideal Cruise Planners® Franchisee?
Cruise Planners® franchise owners come from all different backgrounds, are at many different stages of life and are motivated for different reasons. Quite simply, there is no average Cruise Planners® travel advisor. Whether you are a work-from-home parent looking for flexibility to match your family’s busy schedule, a seasoned professional looking for a change but not quite ready to retire, or just someone looking to break into the travel industry, Cruise Planners provides you the tools to grow a successful business that matches your lifestyle and goals.
- Retirees – Stay active in retirement and do something you love. Whether you work part-time or fulltime, Cruise Planners allows you the flexibility to work on your terms while still leaving plenty of time for travel.
- Work From Home Parent – Don’t feel stuck choosing between career and family. Cruise Planners provides the flexibility to run a successful business while never missing important family activities and milestones.
- Young Professionals – Escape the 9-5 grind and pursue your passion, all while making money. Cruise Planners lets you take control of your career and gives you the flexibility to travel the world.
- Teachers – As a teacher, you know how to take care of others. Why not trade lesson plans for travel itineraries? Cruise Planners can be your perfect part-time opportunity or an exciting fulltime career change.
- Military – Life doesn’t always stay in one place. Whether you are active military, transitioning into civilian life, a veteran or a military spouse, Cruise Planners lets you work on your own schedule from anywhere in the world.
- First Responders – Whether you are looking to supplement your income or transition into a new career, Cruise Planners is the perfect, flexible franchise option for police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, nurses and other first responders.
- Travel Industry Professionals – Cruise Planners was founded by travel agents, so we understand better than anyone the needs and demands of travel professionals. See what sets us apart from other franchises and host companies.
Travel Agent Perks
- Discounted travel agent rates
- Cruise Planners hosted familiarization trips, where you get to experience the travel product
- Seminars at Sea
- Reduced hotel rates
- Booking bonuses
- Annual top producers’ trip
Cruise Planners Unit Growth
“We offer a business in a box for our new franchise owners. Even if you don’t have experience in the travel industry, we can still make you successful if you have the desire and passion to succeed. From our award-winning marketing tools to our cutting-edge mobile technology, we have the franchise you can run from literally from anywhere” – Michelle Fee, co-founder & CEO
Cruise Planners franchise owner discusses why she made the switch. She claims technology at Cruise Planners is light years ahead of the competition.
“After working as an operating room nurse for 20 years, I wanted to do something that would broaden my horizons and allow me to share my love of travel with others. With hard work and the exceptional training, marketing assistance and all round support from the home office, I am now a full-time, home-based travel professional. Joining the Cruise Planners family was the best career choice I’ve ever made!”
“John and I have been with Cruise Planners for 11 years and we are amazed at the exciting vehicles they constantly create for us to market to our clients. Thanks to the Creative Center, the home office can send us just about any size ad that fits our advertising needs – quickly.”
“I’ve been a Cruise Planner for four and a half years. I had previously been in retail and have really enjoyed the flexibility, creativity and freedom of owning my own business. I love the support and relationships I have with other agents and the home office team – it’s a strong family atmosphere that we all benefit from. I highly recommend joining because it’s a great company and it’s definitely changed my life. It is, after all, how I met my husband! And I think it will change others’ lives as well.”
“Cruise Planners delivers. They have a solid reputation, welcoming family atmosphere and professional, personal service. From the first phone call our experience was golden. We knew immediately this was the right choice and their Corps Care program was an excellent final touch.”