Cruise Planners/American Express


Quick Summary

Cruise Planners, an American Express Representative, home-based business model is one of the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded cruise selling agencies in the United States.


Quick Facts

Minimum Cash Required$10,495
Financing AssistanceAvailable
# of Existing Units725
Training & SupportYes
Military/Veteran PromotionYes
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Overview

Cruise Planners/American Express

 
Do you have a passion for travel? Then ignite your passion with entrepreneurship!
 
For more than 20 years, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has been a low-cost franchise opportunity that can yield high returns and requires no travel experience. Our home-based business model is a family of more than 1,800 franchise owners and is the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded travel franchise in the country.
 
Why choose Cruise Planners?
 
Cruise Planners offers you what others cannot. With Cruise Planners, you’ll have access to:
  • American Express Travel affiliation so franchises earn instant credibility and respect
  • Full-service travel franchise - sell more than just cruises
  • Free lead generation
  • Mobile technology allowing you to operate your business from the palm of your hand
  • Personalized consumer mobile apps for smart phones and tablets
  • One-on-one coaching and development – no travel industry experience needed
  • Highest commission levels in the industry
  • Multiple revenue streams per vacation
  • Turnkey, award-winning marketing and advertising programs including free direct mail
  • Social media management tool and content development
  • On-demand virtual training programs featuring more than 1,400 modules, videos and webinars for continuing education
  • Proprietary accounting and customer management web-based software
  • Travel Agent perks such as free or discounted travel

Low Investment

Our franchise is a low-investment, low-risk opportunity – no inventory, no employees, no retail space, no construction, no time clock and no more corporate America!
 
Award-winning marketing
 
We have the hottest tools in the home-based travel industry, making your first step into marketing your new business seem effortless. We are the go-to travel marketing partner for all the cruise lines and land vendors, garnering some of the hottest offers and promotions which you can push to your clients in both print and digital marketing pieces.
 
Cutting-edge technology
 
With our smart phone apps, back-office access and customer relationship management tool, we help you build your business and you have control of your information right in the palm of your hand. You’ll have your own website with unlimited pages, which is search engine and mobile friendly with access to Google analytics.
 
Top-Notch Training
 
Our 6-day training classes in Ft. Lauderdale are hosted by our executive team along with one of the best training and development teams in the industry. Among our team, we have someMichelle Fee of the most respected people in the travel profession here to train and support you! Training, hotel and most meals are included with your franchise. You will get to visit cruise ships, learn from supplier seminars and a trade show, receive hands-on training with our technology team and much more.
 
“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 make you successful if you have the desire and passion to succeed. Do what you love and love what you do. Celebrate your passion for travel.”– Michelle Fee, co-founder & CEO

Testimonials

"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!" Joel Wilder, RN, MCC
"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."Ruth and John Shaw
"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." Tammy Lackey
"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." Crystal and Ric Rooney (Crystal served with the U.S. Air Force)

Military & Veteran Promotions

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, offers a $1,000 discount to qualified military veterans.

Cruise Planners/American Express Video(s)


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  • 2017’s Top Travel Trends

  • Michelle Fee, CEO & Co-founder

  • Our new online booking tool for our owners!

Press Releases & Awards

5/22/2017 - Cruise Planners is the “Best of the Best” in Travel
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3/17/2017 - Cruise Planners’ Business Model is Ideal for Armed Forces and First Responders – Earns Praise from Franchise Business Review
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3/6/2017 - Cruise Planners Remains in Top Spot as Best Travel Franchise to Own on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List
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2/24/2017 - Cruise Planners Reigns as a Top Travel Franchise for Women
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2/16/2017 - These aren’t your grandmother’s cruises. Think exotic destinations, adventure travel or decadent poolside lounging
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2/2/2017 - Cruise Planners Remains in Top Spot as Best Travel Franchise to Own on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List
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12/15/2016 - Cruise Planners Says Bon Voyage to 2016 and Hello to Travel in 2017
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12/18/2015 - Cruise Planners Continues to Dominate as Best Travel Franchise to Own on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List
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5/22/2015 - Cruise Planners Offers 30% Discount to Military Community
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4/30/2015 - Sun Sentinel Names Cruise Planners Home Office to South Florida’s Top Workplaces
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7/2/2014 - Cruise Planners Promotes VP of Franchise
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4/4/2014 - Cruise Planners Answers "Is Franchising The Right Choice?"
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12/10/2012 - CRUISE PLANNERS – AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL KICKS OFF THE CRUISITUDE™ REVOLUTION
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1/10/2012 - Cruise Planners ranks high on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 TOP FRANCHISE LIST.
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Additional Investment

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, offers in-house financing of up to 50% of the franchise fee over 12 months.