October Deals Out Greater Offers with Cruise Planners’ “Plan a Cruise Month”

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Cruise Planners franchisees offer exclusive, month-long cruise deals to travelers who book early for next year and take advantage of October’s historically low rates

Cruise Planners franchisees offer exclusive deals to travelers during Plan a Cruise Month

“Booking a cruise farther out is necessary when searching for the optimal prices and accommodations, if you play your cards right and book early, your cruise for 2017 will be smooth sailing,” said Cruise Planners COO and co-owner, Vicky Garcia.

The strongest offers, value-added amenities and more cruise benefits are the rewards for travelers who book their trip during the month of October – which is “Plan a Cruise Month.” This year, Cruise Planners, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent network, is celebrating all month long with a #CPCruiseIsInTheCards campaign making it easy for cruisers to get value-added deals for cruises in 2017 and beyond. The entire Cruise Planners travel advisor network is working alongside the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to make October’s already great national deals even more enticing.

“Booking a cruise farther out is necessary when searching for the optimal prices and accommodations, if you play your cards right and book early, your cruise for 2017 will be smooth sailing,” said Cruise Planners COO and co-owner, Vicky Garcia. “October has proven to have great rates so it is the perfect opportunity for those looking to book a 2017 cruise to take advantage of early-bird savings and the great amenities being offered.”

To celebrate Plan a Cruise Month and help promote these deals, CLIA is holding a cruise-a-week giveaway throughout the month of October. Each day from October 1 through October 31, 2016 anyone can enter for a chance to win one of 31 unique cruise vacations. Anyone can post their 'cruise smile' on Twitter or Instagram using #CruiseSmile and #Sweepstakes hashtags. Participants will have the opportunity to share their posts for more chances to win. Cruise Planners travel agents are encouraging travelers to share their excitement on social media using #CPCruiseIsInTheCards.

Using a travel agent continues to be the most popular and best way to navigate the ins and outs of planning a cruise and maximizing cruise deals and promotions. In fact, studies show that most cruisers – both first time and veterans – are more likely to use a travel agent to book their trip.

“When it comes to cruising there is a boundless array of options, which we know can make it complicated for travelers,” Garcia said. “People planning with Cruise Planners travel advisors have an ace up their sleeve to customize the best cruise experience from pre-cruise to shore excursions, debarkation and the flight home.”

This year, Cruise Planners has exclusive offerings including prepaid gratuities, shipboard credits, reduced deposits, onboard savings, air and cruise fare discounts, stateroom upgrades and Cruise Planners’ in-house customized Completely Packaged Vacations, to name a few.

Some of the biggest cruise lines – from ocean-going vessels to river cruise ships and even luxury yachts – are providing these exceptional deals to customers. To lock in the best rates and book a cruise using a professional Cruise Planners travel advisor, travelers should find a cruise travel advisor near them to customize their next vacation experience by visiting: http://www.cruiseplanners.com/franchises/locateAgents

About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,400 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office Team positions a nation-wide network of franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 13 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology, has been consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 5 years in a row, and was recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel since it started ranking companies.

Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 22 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past seven years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004-2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International Chairman’s Award (2015), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007-2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2015), Celebrity Cruises Field Sales Account of the Year (2015), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Celebrity Cruises Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008-2015), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009-2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.

Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise website.

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Media Contact:
Caitlin Gardner, Director of Public Relations
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

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