Posted on: January 21, 2011

Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, was once again recognized by Royal Caribbean International as its Home-Based Partner of the Year for 2010 for the fourth consecutive year.

“Cruise Planners is always striving to create top-notch training and marketing programs for its home-based agents by dedicating time and energy to help them succeed in today’s competitive travel market,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales for Royal Caribbean International. “The company’s professional and personal corporate culture, mixed with the smart and energetic qualities of the home office team, is the reason why Cruise Planners continues to be recognized as our top home-based travel partner.”

“Cruise Planners’ home office team works very hard to come up with new programs to support our home-based agents so we can contribute to the growth and success of Royal Caribbean International,” said Michelle Fee, co-founder and CEO of Cruise Planners/American Express. “The respect and camaraderie we share as partners is one that I appreciate and value. It truly is an overwhelming honor to attain this achievement four times in a row and to be the only travel agent partner with Royal Caribbean International to ever receive it.”

Every year Royal Caribbean International recognizes its preferred travel agent partners with awards honoring the unique business models and significant contributions that assist with the overall success of Royal Caribbean International.

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 eight 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 Platinum Circle Member by Viking River Cruises; Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2010); Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer (2009); Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2010); Agency of the Year from American Express (2010); Globe Award from American Express Vacations (2010); Travel Agent Partner of the Year from Celebrity Cruises; American Express Travel Representative Excellence Awards (2004 – 2009) and winner of four coveted Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2010. For more information, please visit

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