Cruise Planners Honored With Travel Impressions’ ‘Best Of The Best Globe Award’

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. – January 31, 2012 – Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, was honored with the “Best of the Best Globe Award” by Travel Impressions, one of the country’s largest tour operators selling destinations worldwide.

Cruise Planners received the award at Travel Impressions’ 16th annual “Best of the Best” gala held at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach in CancĂșn, Mexico. “Best of the Best” honors are bestowed on a limited number of agencies that are top producers for Travel Impressions and are considered to be its best partners. Those in attendance at the four-day event

heard an industry update from Travel Impressions’ President and CEO Steve Gorga as well as participated in round table networking sessions with attending suppliers. There were many sponsored events and activities including a welcome dinner hosted by the CancĂșn Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office, a dinner reception on the second evening sponsored by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, and the gala cocktail reception hosted by Mexican Tourism Board.

Travel Impressions
Founded in 1974, Travel Impressions is one of the nation’s largest leisure tour operators and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Express. The company offers FIT vacations to over 200 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Islands of Tahiti, Canada, Hawaii and the Continental U.S., and features more than 2,800 resorts, hotels and luxury villas. Travel Impressions has received multiple industry awards for outstanding customer service, best overall operations, best technology, most knowledgeable reservations staff and leading marketing materials – all dedicated to better serving travel agents and their clients.

About Cruise Planners/American Express
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, is the largest home-based travel agent network in the cruise industry with more than 800 franchise owners across the country that independently book cruises and associated travel. Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur magazine for the past eight years, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include Agency of the Year from American Express (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2010), Norwegian Cruise Line Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year from Celebrity Cruises (2010), four coveted Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2010, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Awards (2004 – 2010), Globe Award from American Express Vacations (2008 – 2010), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009, 2010), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009, 2010), and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. For more information, please visit

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