Franchise Opportunity Rating
Review completed: November 2019
$2,295 - $23,465
Cruise Planners is a travel agency specializing in booking cruises to destinations around the world. Cruise Planners conducted their franchise review in November 2020, and collected feedback from 53% of the active franchisees (1076).
For brands to be successful, it has to work for both franchisees and the franchisor as they grow. All marks on the survey show the Cruise Planners team has created a culture of caring and supporting their franchisees.
In addition, being able to learn from other franchisees in the system- what has worked for them in their markets AND what they would have done differently, is a powerful relationship for new franchisees just joining the system.
Franchise Business Review has worked with over 1,100 franchise systems. We independently contact all open and active franchisees and invite them to participate in our satisfaction survey. Only the brands that exceed our satisfaction benchmark are displayed on our website. Not all brands share their results publicly, but Cruise Planners shares their satisfaction scores to show their commitment to franchise relationships, their culture, and transparency.
Actual owner reviews from our third party, independent surveys.
"It is staggering how much progress the [Cruise Planners] HO has made over the last 15 years. Mind blowing. We can always do better and I feel like the HO spends every waking hour striving towards perfection."
Phillip, Single Unit, Major Metro (500,000 + population)
"Unbelievably rich training and support...This system gives us the best possible chance of making money in a volatile travel industry."
Patrick, Single Unit, Major Metro (500,000+ population)
"It is excellent, they provide everything that we need for training, technology is kept up-to-date. We are very happy and would refer people to our franchise."
Carlos, Single Unit, Medium Market (100,000 - 249,999 population)
As a Cruise Planners franchise owner, you own and operate your own travel advisor business. You earn money helping clients plan and book a variety of travel experiences and services including cruises, hotels, car rentals, passport services, insurance and more. This money is paid to you in the form of a commission from the travel provider. The client is not required to pay a fee. The franchise owner pays a royalty to Cruise Planners ranging from 1%-3% of gross commissionable sales.
Cruise Planners marketing is comprehensive and award-winning.
The franchise cost is $10,995. We have special incentive programs available for veterans and military family members, first responders and existing travel agents. Franchise owners pay a monthly administrative fee of $59 and a royalty ranging from 1%-3% of gross commissionable sales.
As with any business, this depends on several factors. While marketing your Cruise Planners business is important, the most important factor is you and the effort you invest in your business. We have franchisees who work their business part-time and others who work fulltime. It’s completely up to you, but this too will affect your earning potential. While we cannot tell you how much money you will make, during your due diligence period, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with other Cruise Planners franchisees about their experiences with running a home-based travel business.
You can start selling travel the day you finalize your franchise agreement. You’ll immediately be given access to start your self-guided orientation process and online training through Cruisitude Academy. We will then help you plan your in-person, hands-on training in Ft. Lauderdale, FL which is offered every two months.
No previous industry experience is needed. In fact, the majority of our franchise owners have no prior travel experience. We provide comprehensive training and ongoing coaching to help you succeed.
Yes! Cruise Planners offers veterans:
Flexibility: Our home-based model gives franchise owners the flexibility to work their business on a schedule that fits their lifestyle, whether full time or part time, and from anywhere they choose — no storefront is required .
Included in the franchise fee is STAR University, a 6-day in-person training in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Each franchise owner also gets a personal business development coach who provides ongoing, one-on-one coaching to help establish and grow your business. Additionally, franchise owners get access to Cruisitude Academy, an online learning platform that houses hundreds of training videos and learning experiences. Finally, our home office team hosts six to eight live webinars per week, each of which is housed in Cruisitude Academy for future reference.
"I love owning my own business, the freedom to make my own decisions, hold myself responsible and accountable for my success. I love travel and this is the perfect franchise for me!" Read More about Adam Martindale's experience as a Cruise Planners Franchise Owner Here.