Liquid Capital Required: $0 - $10,000 (USD)


Cruise Planners/American Express
The #1 Cruise Travel Franchise


Cruise Planners/American Express offers in-house financing of up to 50% of the franchise fee over 12 months.

Did you know you could own a franchise business you actually enjoy working? You can love what you do. Cruise Planners/American Express is a low investment business opportunity which yields high returns with no travel experience required. Our home-based business model has a family of over 725 franchise owners and is one of the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized and continually awarded cruise selling agencies in the country.

The blue box

Americans have trusted the brand name American Express above all others in travel for over 150 years. We are an American Express Travel Service Representative agency which lends instant credibility to our new franchise owners with a trusted, well-recognized brand.

Did you know a cruise vacation is an incredible value?

It's a fact: people want to travel. Studies find almost 34 million Americans plan on cruising in the next three years. And the cruise lines will be introducing 26 new ships into the waters at the same time. We will need travel agents now more than ever. It's time you joined a recession-resistant industry!

We offer unique benefits to our franchise owners:
  • Highest commission levels in the industry
  • Turnkey, award winning marketing and advertising programs
  • Lead generation and website programs
  • Enormous buying power and group inventory
  • CPU - our continuous training program
  • Proprietary accounting and customer management software
  • Dedicated support staff
"This remarkable company rose to the challenge and achieved a ranking as #1 in category of home-based franchises. With vision, commitment and a steadfast determination, they have truly made a difference." - Entrepreneur magazine

Low investment. High ‘tide’ returns

Our franchise opportunity is a low-investment, low-risk opportunity with high returns and no inventory to buy.

Top-notch training

We have one of the best training and business development teams in the industry. They are distinguished members of our home office team. More importantly, they are here to help you.

Cruise Planners University

We’ve expanded our strong commitment to training and continuing education with the launch of our Cruise Planners University program. CPU is a total continuing education program just for Cruise Planners. You'll find CPU opportunities at our annual convention, regular seminars at sea, webinars and our franchise training program.

CPU educational programs are found nowhere else in the travel industry. Each seminar is created and facilitated by our subject matter experts and each program is suitable for all levels of experience. Plus, the program is constructed, along with new franchise owner training, to build accreditation towards CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.) certification. Because the more you know, the more you sell.

We support you like family

We are a family business. And you’ve joined a family of travel professionals when you buy a franchise with us. Our CEO has an open-door policy and you can call upon her or anyone at the home office at any time. Plus, our franchise owners offer each other support, advice and friendship whenever needed. Our annual convention is more like a family reunion. And our Seminars at Sea are the perfect way to reconnect with members while you learn.



"This company was built from the ground up by three people in 1994. Our first class had only five people in it and now we have over 700 agents in 42 states. Today, we continue our commitment to you and we are all here to help you grow your business. Our motto is 'You are in business for yourself, but never by yourself'."

- Michelle Fee, CEO & co-founder of Cruise Planners



Stop dreaming. Start planning!

At Cruise Planners/American Express, we're anchored in your success. We look forward to welcoming you to the Cruise Planners' family. We have the team, the talent and the dedication to help you succeed. And we firmly believe your success is our success.

Note: franchises opportunities within the U.S. at this time.