Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, has been named a Platinum Circle member by Viking River Cruises. The honor identifies Cruise Planners as one of Viking’s very best sales producers.

“Cruise Planners has directed many of their clients to our river cruising destinations, and seeing satisfied customers return to Viking through Cruise Planners has shown us they want to treat their clients to quality, adventurous and scenic river cruises,” said Michele Saegesser, vice president of sales for Viking River Cruises. “The Platinum Circle agents know the support and commitment from Viking and that they can rely on very happy customers returning from their trips.”

In March, Cruise Planners and other agencies recognized as Platinum Circle members were rewarded with a private, first class charter cruise in Europe on the new Viking Legend. The exclusive cruise took 100 guests through Amsterdam and into the surrounding waterways winding through cities such as Kinderdijk, Gouda and Hoorn.

“Cruise Planners agents are attentive to its clients’ interest in finding destination and travel accommodations that they have never experienced before, which is why we push our clients to try a Viking River cruise,” said Vicky Garcia, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Cruise Planners. “Experiencing Viking’s river cruise through Amsterdam helped me understand why river cruising is what Viking does best and why our clients return to them for memorable river cruise vacations again and again. We’re so proud of this accomplishment and look forward to continued success with Viking.”

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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