Cruise Planners-American Express Travel Kicks Off New Year with Top Industry Awards

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Cruise Planners is lauded for high sales, franchise development and commitment to valued partnerships.

“We are honored to be selected by our valued partners through these coveted annual awards” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel.

Cruise Planners - American Express Travel, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry, is already off to a strong start in 2014. With four new industry awards, the work-from-home travel franchise company continues to be a leader in the travel industry.

This week, Cruise Planners received the following awards from cruise lines and travel partners:

  •     Home-Based Partner of the Year for the seventh consecutive year, Royal Caribbean International
  •     Home-Based Account of the Year for 2013, Celebrity Cruises
  •     Franchise Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year, Norwegian Cruise Line
  •     The Globus family of brands recognized Cruise Planners as a top performing agency in 2013 and anticipates continued success in 2014
  •     Recognized at American Express Vacation's Best of the Best Awards along with receiving the exclusive Globe Award

“We are honored to be selected by our valued partners through these coveted annual awards” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel. “Our more than 900 travel franchise owners value the partnerships Cruise Planners forged with major cruise lines and these awards solidify our combined efforts over the years.”

Throughout the year, Cruise Planners franchisees work diligently to grow their own small businesses every day. All of these industry honors are a reflection of the dedication that the Cruise Planners’ franchise network has to create memorable vacations for their clients.

Cruise Planners also continues to earn accolades as a valuable franchise to own, based on direct feedback from franchisees.

  •     Cruise Planners was just named “Best in Category” for Travel & Hospitality on Franchise Business Review’s 2014 Franchisee Satisfaction Award, based solely on actual franchisee satisfaction.

“Cruise Planners has a unique work-from-home business model, which allows our franchisees to enjoy the work/life balance that is best for their personal satisfaction,” Garcia said. “We value each of our franchisees and ensure they have access to the best-in-class technology, award-winning marketing and our strong industry partnerships so they can outperform year after year.”

About Cruise Planners–American Express Travel
Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for the past 11 years and recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success 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.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include a record 11 Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly in 2013, Special Needs Group Accessible Travel Advocate Power Partners™ for 2012, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for eight years in a row (2004 – 2011), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2013), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement for 2012, Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2013) and Home-Based Agency of the Year (2010), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Globe Award (2008 – 2012), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2012), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer and International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Member. For information, visit

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