New Year’s Reflections
Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.
Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright New Year arrives.
And when we ponder those who do,
We immediately think of all of you.
Thank you for making 2014 another record-breaking year full of success for all of us. May the upcoming year be as prosperous with new attainable goals, many trips to sea, and many, many new Cruise Planners American Express prospects for business.
Happy New Year!
Santa was so tired
from having to deliver
fantastic Cruise Planners
cruises to friends from all
over the world, he decided he needed to take a cruise
As you can imagine, Santa too needs a break
from the cold and snow!
He can relax now because he isn’t due back to the
North Pole until 2015!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas from your Cruise Planners American Express
Family, Staff and Friends!
Cruise Planners is No. 1 within the travel category for the 12th consecutive year
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – December 19, 2014 – Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative , the nation’s largest home-based travel agency franchise network in the industry, continues to be one of the best franchises to own and remains in the highest ranking in the “Travel Industry” category for the twelfth year in a row. In 2015, Cruise Planners ranks in the No. 22 spot on Entrepreneur’s Annual Franchise 500 List.
“Our first-place ‘Travel Industry’ ranking for the twelfth consecutive year is a testament to our innovative style and longevity within the industry,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners. “This year, we have extensively developed new techniques for building success, have grown our in-house support team for franchise owners so they are never alone in business, and created new in-house technology, so this accolade is quite an honor.”
With this placement, Cruise Planners remains the No. 1 franchise opportunity in the “Travel Industry” category for 12 consecutive years, which makes Cruise Planners stand out among similar travel franchises. Also, since Cruise Planners is one of the best home-based business opportunity, the work-from-home business model is ideal for anyone with a passion for travel.
“Entrepreneur’s ranking is something savvy business people trust when deciding to invest in a franchise,” Garcia said. “Our franchisees are set up for success from day one with our award-winning marketing efforts, innovative technology and top-notch training programs, and our accomplished Home Office team to help build successful businesses.”
Entrepreneur magazine judges all companies by the same criteria with financial strength and stability, growth rate and the size of the franchise as the most important factors when reviewing best franchises to own. The magazine also researches the number of years the company has been in business and working as a franchise as well as startup costs, litigation, percentage of franchise terminations and if the company provides financing.
About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a franchise network of more than 1,000 franchise owners who are experienced travel professionals who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office team 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. The company continues to be lauded and was named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 12 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology and named to the Fast 50 by the South Florida Business Journal .
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. for 20 years, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, 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 – 2013), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and 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) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For information, visit www.cruiseplanners.com .
Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room , following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook . For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them . For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise site .
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Caitlin Murphy, Director of Public Relations
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
As we move into the Holiday Season, we will remember ALL faiths, practices and ethnic groups. We celebrate everyone that makes up what Cruise Planners American Express stands for as a business. May we ALL unite during the season and embrace the meaning and peace that all the various holidays can bring to us.
We Begin with Hanukkah which begins on December 16, 2014.
1. Gather the family around the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah. Begin by reciting or singing the additional Hanukkah blessing. Of the the three Hanukkah blessings this blessing, called Shehecheyanu, is said only on special occasions and is used to offer gratitude for being able to experience new things. It is customary to recite the Shehechaynu only on the first night of Hanukkah. In Hebrew: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha’olam shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higi’anu laz’man hazeh. (Amein)
2 Translate and recite the prayer in English for friends and family who may not understand the Hebrew. Though this is optional, the English translation is often recited so that children will learn the meanings as well as the words of the blessings. Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and allowed us to reach this season.
3 Light the shamash and recite the first Hanukkah blessing. The shamash, also known as the “helper candle” will be used to light the other candles from left to right, so that each night the newest candle is lit first. Should the first night of Hanukkah fall on Shabbat, it’s necessary to add “v Shabbat” after the word “Chanukah” at the end of the blessing.This will ensure that the blessing also sanctifies the lights of the Sabbath. In Hebrew: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha’olam asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu l’had’lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)
4 Recite the blessing in English: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.
5 Recite the second Hanukkah blessing while the shamash is still lit and prior to lighting the first Hanukkah candle: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melech ha’olam she’asah nisim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)
6 Say it one more time in English: Blessed are you, Lord, our God, King of the universe/Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.
7 Light the rest of the Hanukkah candles with the shamash immediately after finishing the blessings.
Note: Next blog, we celebrate the meaning of Christmas, for December 25, 2014, and in January, Kwanza.