Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, was recognized by three top travel companies with awards reflecting dedicated corporate partnerships and support to the cruise travel industry. The awards include the “Globe Award” from American Express Vacations; the Globus “Top Producing Premier Partner” award and recognition in Oceana Cruises’ Cruise Connoisseur Club.

Recognized for delivering outstanding customer service and booking unforgettable travel experiences for clients, Cruise Planners was one of 47 travel agencies that received the coveted “Globe Award” from American Express Vacations, one of the country’s premier, private-label tour operators selling destinations worldwide. Recipients were chosen based on their business growth, innovation and partnership with the tour operator.

For the fifth year in a row, Cruise Planners was once again acknowledged with the Globus “Top Producing Premier Partner” award for 2009. Cruise Planners earned this award for their annual sales and support of the Globus family of brands, which includes Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways.

“We awarded Cruise Planners with this recognition because we believe they represent the best in the travel industry,” said Paula Hayes, vice president of sales for the Globus family of brands. “Over the years, Cruise Planners has demonstrated how committed they are to booking their clients with us because they understand how their clients would appreciate our award-winning, escorted travel packages.”

In addition, Oceania Cruises, the world’s largest upscale cruise line featuring a fleet of intimate and luxurious mid-sized ships, announced Cruise Planners is once again a member of its exclusive Cruise Connoisseur Club through 2010. The Cruise Connoisseur Club is the line’s recognition and rewards program for its top producing travel agency partners who have demonstrated their support to the company.

“These three award recognitions are a testament to how much we value our partners in the travel industry,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and cofounder of Cruise Planners. “We are dedicated to providing our clients with memorable travel experiences, and by working with and nurturing our partnerships with these top travel companies, there is only movement toward success and continued support on both ends.”  

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 700 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 seven years, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovating 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 Royal Caribbean International Home-based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2009); Regent Seven Seas Top Producer (2009); and American Express Travel Representative Excellence Awards (2004 – 2009). For more general information, please visit

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