Cruise Planners Franchise

Cruise Planners is a travel agency specializing in booking cruises to destinations around the world.

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Cruise Planners Franchise Opportunity

Cruise Planners is the nation’s largest home-based travel agency franchise with over 2,500+ franchise owners in all 50 states. Cruise Planners franchise owners own and operate their own travel agency business and earn money helping clients plan amazing travel experiences such as cruises, land tours, and all-inclusive resort vacations.

Cruise Planners Owner Satisfaction Report

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. Cruise Planners conducted their franchise review in November 2020, and collected feedback from 53% of the active franchisees (1076).

Highlights include:

  • 100% of the franchisees “strongly agree” or “agree” the franchisor cares about their success. 
  • 100% of franchisees agree that the franchisees are supportive of each other
  • 90% of franchisees are likely to recommend the franchise to others, 18% higher than our overall industry benchmark.
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Cruise Planners
Franchise Owner Satisfaction Report
Review completed: November 2019
0-49 Below average
50-69 Average
70-100 Best
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  • Training & Support
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  • Self-Evaluation

Not all franchise systems share their results publicly. Cruise Planners does. Download the franchisee satisfaction report on Cruise Planners for free.

Cruise Planners Reviews & Testimonials

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)

    Overall Brand Rating:

    FSI
  • 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)

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    FSI
  • 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)

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    FSI

Franchising with Cruise Planners

Business Model

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.

Key Benefits

Flexibility: A home-based business 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!

  • Low Cost: At just $10,995, Cruise Planners is one of the lowest cost franchises to own and requires virtually no overhead costs.
  • No experience needed: The majority of franchise owners come with no previous travel experience, just a passion for travel. The company provides robust training at their STAR University and on-going personalized business development coaching to help franchise owners establish and grow successful businesses.
  • Robust resources: The company is truly invested in its franchise owners’ success. They provide industry-leading technology, award-winning marketing, comprehensive training and personalized coaching to help franchise owners sell more travel.
  • Proven Success: With a 25+ year legacy of franchising, the company has developed and honed proven systems and tools designed to create successful franchise owners.
  • Travel the world: As a travel advisor, franchisees are encouraged to travel to learn more about the products. Exclusive travel agent discounts make traveling far more affordable and state-of-the-art tech tools allow franchise owners to run the business from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  • People and Culture: It’s all about people. It’s the franchise owners, the Home Office Team members, and Cruise Planners clients who make the brand special. The company strives to remain a leader in the travel industry through its people, while helping franchisees achieve the dream of entrepreneurship through proven methods. They are committed to always providing superior training, top-notch marketing, support and innovative tools to help franchise owners run their business efficiently from anywhere in the world.
Marketing Support

Cruise Planners marketing is comprehensive and award-winning.

  • Weekly emails to your clients featuring deals and specials as well as a luxury e-newsletter for high-end clients.
  • Beautiful Travel Planner magazine sent to your clients twice per year, personalized with your information.
  • A huge library of print-on-demand postcards with variable text fields for increased personalization.
  • Social media support including posting to your Facebook page up to 4 times a week and to your Instagram up to 2 times per week.
  • Segmentation data on your clients to assist in more targeted marketing efforts.
  • Enrollment in their Full Sails program – they design, print and send up to 23 direct mail campaigns on your behalf. You also receive a mailing list with 250 names.
Training Programs

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, the home office team hosts six to eight live webinars per week, each of which is housed in Cruisitude Academy for future reference.

Contact Information
  • Corporate Address: 3111 N. University Dr #800, Coral Springs, FL 33065
  • Contact Name(s): Dan Hicks, VP of Franchise Development
  • Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Website: Cruise Planners Franchise
  • Phone #: (888) 582-2150

Cruise Planners Cost & 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 Investment

    The total estimated cost for establishing the business (including: franchise fee, fixed assets, inventory, deposits, other fees and costs, and the working capital required for initial start-up).

    $2,295 - $23,465
  • Cash Requirement

    Your liquid capital, or the cash you need on-hand in order to be able to enter into the franchise agreement.

    $10,995

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Strong Company Culture Inspires Franchisees to Climb Aboard Travel Franchise

Not only was Cruise Planners identified as a top franchise opportunity because of their high franchise owner satisfaction, but the travel franchise was also recently recognized for its commitment to building a strong company culture. Franchise Business Review last month announced the franchises named to its first-annual FBR Culture100 awards list, of which Cruise Planners was one of the franchises named.

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Cruise Planners Awards from Franchise Business Review

2022 Rock Star
FBR Hall of Fame
2022 Top Low-Cost
2022 Top Women
2022 Top 200
2022 Best Culture
2021 Top Low Cost
2021 Top Veterans
2021 Top Women
2021 Top
2020 Second Career
2020 Best Culture
2020 Top Home-Based Franchise
2020 Franchise Rockstar
2020 Top Low Cost
2020 Top Veterans
2020 Top Women
2020 FBR Top
2019 Services
2019 FBR Top
2019 FBR Rockstar
2019 FBR Innovative
2019 FBR Veterans
2019 FBR Womens
2019 FBR Low Cost

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Cruise Planners is a travel agency specializing in booking cruises to destinations around the world.

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  • Cash Required: $10,995
  • Total Startup Investment: $2,295 - $23,465
  • Franchising Since: 1999
  • US/Canada Franchise Units: 2,500

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