Cruise Planners Recognized Among Affordable Franchises by Entrepreneur, Fundera

Our low-cost franchise is definitely worth it.

Cruise Planners has been recognized on both Entrepreneur’s “24, Top-Ranked, Affordable Franchises You Can Buy for $25,000 or Less” list and Fundera’s “13 Best Low Costs Franchises for Aspiring Business Owners.”

Fundera“We’re so excited to have been named a low-cost franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur and Fundera, two very reputable publications,” said Michelle Fee, Cruise Planners CEO and founder. “We work hard every day to be able to provide a low cost of entry for anyone to start a business, and we’re looking forward to continued growth as more people recognize the value in taking ownership of their lives by investing in their very own Cruise Planners franchise.”

The cost to start a Cruise Planners travel franchise is $10,995, making it one of the smartest investments entrepreneurs can make. The investment also includes an American Express Travel Representative affiliation, 6-day, in-person training, ongoing business development support and more.

Additionally, Cruise Planners provides you with award-winning marketing collateral and management applications so that you can run your own travel company from anywhere, on any device. And the icing on the cake? Owning a Cruise Planners franchise doesn’t require you to have a physical storefront, saving you even more up-front money so you can see a return on your investment faster.

Cruise Planners is always seeking people with a passion for travel – no experience needed – to become the boss of their own business. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Cruise Planners, download our virtual brochure.


Cruisitude in the Air at Cruise Planners’ Travel Advisor Open House

Travel Advisors Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Where the Magic Happens

In the spirit of growth and collaboration, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, recently held a open house for its franchise owners at its freshly-unveiled corporate headquarters. The new office, which welcomed more than 200 of Cruise Planners’ home-based travel advisors, was built to support the company’s growing, nationwide network of franchise owners. The invitation was extended to the entire network of Cruise Planners’ franchise owners with some traveling across the country to attend.

Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners

“We’re tremendously proud of all of our home-based travel advisors, and we’re so grateful to those who were able to come out to experience our open house,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners. “This office serves as the command center for all that we do to help our agents succeed, so having them visit our new headquarters helps them build connections with our Home Office Team who they’ll continue to work with as they grow their travel businesses.”

Cruise Planners headquarters in Coral Springs, Florida

Agents who attended the open house toured the Google-inspired office, seeing firsthand the Cruisitude in the different departments at Cruise Planners and taking a closer look at the work that goes into building the tools, technology and partnerships that provide the foundations for their businesses. Some agents in attendance have been with Cruise Planners since its inception 25 years ago, while others just joined months ago. But no matter how long they’ve been in the CP Family, everyone enjoyed mingling time with the Home Office Team and the executive team.

“Having the Home Office Team behind you makes you feel like you’re part of a huge company even though you’re running a small business, so it frees up the worries that you might have about having an accounting team, a marketing team and technology team, because Home Office does all of that for us,” said Andrea Campbell, a Cruise Planners travel agent. “It frees us up to spend our time working with the clients, building those relationships and giving us the ability to spend more time doing what we love – which is planning travel.”

Cruise Planners franchise owners at Travel Advisor Open House

Cruise Planners travel advisors get to be their own boss while living out their passion for travel. Reach your potential on your own terms and download our virtual brochure to learn more on how to become a Cruise Planners home-based travel advisor today.

Celebrating the Women of the CP Family

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the Lady Bosses who make up the Cruise Planners family. Over the past year, our hard-working and fearless Cruise Planners female travel advisors have checked off their travel goals with highlights such as hiking Machu Picchu and salsa dancing in Mexico, all while building their businesses and making their client’s wildest travel dreams come true.

When Michelle Fee started Cruise Planners 25 years ago, she was looking for a way to help travel agents adapt at a time when the Internet was drastically changing the world of travel. Little did she know she was laying the foundation for women and men nationwide to run successful travel businesses in a way that best suits them: part-time, full-time, as a side hustle, while the kids are sleeping, while traveling the world…the possibilities are endless.

Since its inception, Cruise Planners has championed women and is a place where women both succeed and lead. The majority of Cruise Planners franchise owners are women and when it comes to the Cruise Planners Millionaires Club, it’s definitely a women’s world. Women have a voice and influence at Cruise Planners, with Vicky Garcia and Theresa Scalzitti also on the executive team with Michelle Fee and women making up more than half of Cruise Planners directors and managers. No matter their background or career goals, our franchisees can be assured that the incredible and diverse group of people who make up our Cruise Planners Home Office Team are here to support them in growing their travel businesses.

If you’re looking to live your passion for travel, connect with one of our Franchise Development Managers and find out more about starting a work-from-anywhere travel business.

Cruise Planners Ranked one of MSN Money’s Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America

What makes Cruise Planners one of MSN Money’s Hottest Businesses to Franchise?

With the opportunity to work from virtually anywhere while helping clients turn their travel dreams into reality, it doesn’t come as a surprise that MSN Money has once again ranked Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the only travel company in the top 20 of MSN Money’s Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America list.

Cruise Planners gets you started with live, in-person training and industry-leading tools, and continues to provide travel enthusiasts with world-class, award-winning technology to help you become your own boss and travel the world.


And the best part of it all, unlike most other franchises on MSN Money’s Hottest Businesses to Franchise in America list, Cruise Planners has a low startup cost does not require a physical storefront – This means you’re free to run your business on your own terms.

Learn more about becoming a travel agent by downloading our virtual brochure or watching one of our upcoming webinars.