Company will put on a grand celebration and reveal 2014 cruise trends in Fort Lauderdale

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – September 23, 2012 – Cruise Planners—American Express Travel, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary at its upcoming annual convention. As it’s come to be expected, this year’s convention will be bursting with “Cruisitude”™ in signature Cruise Planners style, with  more festivities than ever before to mark this company milestone.

Taking place October 24-27, 2013 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla., this is Cruise Planners’ key event of the year where the company will release new programs and products for 2014, talk about travel trends and bring agents and travel partners together for insider scoop. This year’s sold-out event is themed “Power in Partnerships” and will focus on the importance of Cruise Planners partnerships with cruise lines, land vacations, tour operators and more. Nearly 500 agents will be attending to immerse themselves in the latest travel-related news and will then board the North American debut sailing of Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on October 27, 2013.

From what started with just five people in the first training class, Cruise Planners has made its mark on the travel industry with more than 800 travel franchisees to date. Recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, the company has come to be one of the most successful franchise businesses due to its turn-key business model, low start-up fees, programming, support and unique family-style operation. Convention is a special opportunity for travel advisors to learn from the executive team at Home Office, meet top vendors and cruise partners as well as liaise with other agents to share best practices.

“We work really hard to make our annual convention informative and useful for our agents, as well as entertaining. Every year is bigger and better, and this year is very special for me,” said CEO and Co-founder Michelle Fee. “We’ve come a long way, and it’s because of our amazing team and travel advisors. We have some impressive news to share, and we’re eager to see the agent’s reactions when we announce our new products.”

This year’s Cruise Planners convention will cover what’s buzzing in cruise travel from industry trends to 2014 forecasts and showcase innovative technologies, products and partnerships. With more than 120 of the industry’s leading travel and ancillary partners participating in the event, Cruise Planners is planning to bring everyone in the cruise industry together to make this a big birthday bash. Pre-training sessions, trade show and welcome reception take place on Thursday, October 24. Opening day kicks off the convention on Friday, October 25, with a multitude of products, sales, trends, programs and more being announced that are not to be missed. Breakout sessions will commence on Saturday, October 26, with everything wrapping up on Sunday, October 27 before boarding the Royal Princess.

Cruise Planners is celebrating its 20 year anniversary in January 2014. For more information on Cruise Planners, please visit “Like” Cruise Planners on Facebook at, follow Cruise Planners at @Cruisitude and stay up to date on convention by using #CPconv2013.

About Cruise Planners–American Express Travel
Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for the past 10 years and recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, 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 a record nine Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2012, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2012), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2012) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer and International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Member. For information, visit