Cruise Planners is an outstanding company with a great team. I purchased my franchise in 2013 and have never looked back - it was a very good decision. It takes work to be successful in any enterprise, but for me the CP family makes it fun at the same time. You couldn't ask for better leadership, technology, or support in the travel industry.
My Wife and I just wrapped up the March training class and I can say that we’re very appreciative we met Cruise Planners at a national travel show. I have high hopes for Cruise Planners, and everybody from top to bottom far surpassed my expectations. From the positive energy of Michelle and Vicky, to the technical genius of Brian and Phill and the rest of the IT team, to the kindness and willingness to assist of the Business Development Team, everything was seamless and brilliant.
We were nervous about the first year, but we are at $35,000 and haven't even begun our fiscal year! We'll be utilizing all the tools we learned about in training and I can't wait to learn more. I'm looking forward to a long and prosperous career with Cruise Planners.
Purchasing this franchise was a great decision.
My brother and I just came back from the training in Ft. Lauderdale. I was a travel agent with AAA for over 10 years (10 years ago)and they use excellent travel partners, have an amazing support staff and the training was top notch! Debbi Dunn was so incredible keeping everything running smoothly. We are so excited to get started and are planning on returning as a millionaire team member to help others just starting out one day! Can't say enough about this franchise so far
I can honestly say that I couldn't be happier with my decision to join the Cruise Planners family. The destination/supplier training, technology, and agent support are second to none. With no prior travel agent background, I am amazed how far I have come. Cruise Planners gives us the resources and home office support that enables us to run successful travel businesses. When people ask me what I do, I proudly tell them that I sell travel and am a Cruise Planners agent.
This agency is a SCAM!!
....over-promising and under-delivering.......Lots of rah-rah during orientation in Ft. Lauderdale, with lots of powerpoint presentations by suppliers butt training, in terms of delivering tools for success, fell miserably short (big time during and after the event) with no level-stteing regarding lengthy sales cycle explanation involved in selling travel.
As part of your due diligence, I would suggest asking:
What is the franchisee retention rate after the 3 yea4r obligatory sign on? They ram through lots and lots of new franchises each year, but their owners seem to be rather stagnant. Hmmmm......?????
What is the mean and median revenue and income history for CP Agents for 1st, 2nd & 3rd year agents , based on the most current data,.
Don Luria, from CP, mentioned the following (when I was considering joining CP) we have an 80/20 principle here, where 20% of our agents generate 80% of our revenue. So, I had listened more closely ........think could have have myself a slot of grief!....Lesson learned!!!sd!
It’s unfortunate Steve feels this way. It’s very important to all of us at Cruise Planners that we support and listen to our franchise owners in order to understand, address and assist them with issues or challenges they’re facing and to come up with individually-tailored programs to help them grow their businesses. In that spirit, our business development coaches have reached out to Steve via email and phone multiple times and he has not responded to any of those communications since May 2015. Also, we agree with Steve that it is important for each franchisee to do their due diligence before investing in a franchise. In fact, we encourage our prospects to talk to other franchisees to learn about running a successful travel franchise.
Cruise Planners has been named No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur 13 consecutive years and has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row – both of these accolades take into account franchise satisfaction and demonstrate our strength as a company. We are committed to each franchise owner and want each to be successful 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.
I joined Cruise Planners 3 months ago and continue to be impressed on a daily basis with the level of support home office provides us. From the initial training, to the daily support, proprietary programs and industry partnerships, it really gives us a competitive advantage when selling travel experiences to our clients.
I've owned successful businesses before and have always had a personal passion for travel. This was the perfect "next chapter" when I sold my last company in 2014. I was looking for something where there was a solid infrastructure and marketing tools along with accessible support. I also hoped to make some new friends along the way within the franchise system. Cruise Planners has lived up to that from Day One. The tools, marketing programs, support, training and flexibility available in a "business in a box" format are really, really impressive. The networking among colleagues is invaluable, especially for a newbie who has at least 100 questions a week!
I can't wait to continue to build my business and reach some key milestones in the next year!
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"I joined Cruise Planners in 2012 as a way to work from home and watch my son grow up. Since then, I've had so much success and support that allowed me to have a second child while taking care of my business.
Being at Cruise Planners and a full-time mom is no walk in the park, but it is definitely worth it.
The key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right balance between professionalism and parenthood. Each day, I focus on the priorities of the moment while never feeling alone since my business development coach is always a phone call or an email away from me. At Cruise Planners Home Office, there is a whole office of business development coaches who are constantly available to give me support throughout the day, which makes me feel that even though I am in business for myself, I am not by myself.
To make my family a priority, I do not multitask when I am with family, so when I am working I am as productive as I can be to make the most use of that time. There are so many helpful tools available at Cruise Planners that free up my time to prioritize my family and run an efficient business. It is a lot of work, but it is the type of work that, if you manage your energy well, can create amazing memories to all those around you."
I have had my cruise planners franchise for almost two years and it has been a wonderful journey. It is great having a great host behind you that can help with training, issues and coaching to keep you being the best you can. Also, being affiliated with Cruise Planners and AMEX gives us access to groups, specials that would not be the case otherwise. I love the CRM and it makes everything easy! Also, CP is like a family and everyone helps everyone.
Back in 2011 I was looking for new opportunities, and a new direction for my professional life. After spending nearly 22 years in “Corporate America”, I was ready and excited about a change. I was fortunate to find Cruise Planners. I had done a lot of due diligence looking at a variety of different opportunities to own my own business. I had a love for travel, and a personal passion for Disney-based travel, and figured I could make something good for my family’s future with Cruise Planners. There was something extra special about the information that the company shared, but it really came to light when I spoke with numerous franchise owners, separate and away from the organization’s franchise sales team.
I purchased my franchise late in 2011 and dove in feet first, no looking back. Using the skills and traits I had used in my previous career positions, I have been able to successfully grow my business beyond what our initial expectations were for our first three years in business. We’re currently in our fourth year with Cruise Planners and it has truly been a wonderful experience. We are growing year over year, and I have personally been able to expand my business footprint with the addition of an associate on my team in 2013, and I’m currently in talks with another potential associate. Cruise Planners allows us lots of flexibility in how we operate our individual franchises, and definitely encourages us to “work smarter, not harder”, and having associates absolutely helps me to grow my business.
But it doesn’t stop there. The marketing support from Cruise Planners is phenomenal. Being able to get to know and interact with all levels of the Home Office team is fantastic, as well as very beneficial. There have been so many times when I can reach out and ask questions with no problem. But it’s also great to be able to serve others and mentor one another. I have enjoyed having personal relationships with many long-time franchisees who are also extremely willing to help; and in turn, I offer my time and guidance to newer franchisees, or any franchisee who might have a question that they might be struggling with.
Cruise Planners also offers each of us an amazing palette of technology options, which allow us to a) be mobile – we can work from anywhere in the world, and b) keep our primary focus where it really ought to be – fostering and building relationships with our clients, not worrying too much about paperwork or back-end issues. I am blessed to have so many great options at my fingertips, and can only imagine what other great innovations the CP tech team will dream up next.
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