Cruise Planners Sweep to Victory as the Franchise Partner of the Year at World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards

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Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative wins the most awards at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards taking home four Franchise Agency Network Excellence Awards for Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

Cruise Planners needs an extra hand for winning the most awards from Carnival Corporation’s cruise lines

Winning one award is an honor but winning four in one night was overwhelmingly wonderful! In the face of the economy and constant outside fluctuating factors, Cruise Planners remains a strong, loyal and consistent partner to continue to drive sales.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative wins the most awards at the World’s Leading Cruise Lines Excellence Awards taking home four Franchise Agency Network Excellence Awards for Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

“The power of the Cruise Planners model is the winning combination in all that we do – it’s not just marketing, sales, technology or business development,” says Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner, Cruise Planners. “It’s the whole enchilada and the strong relationships our travel advisors have with industry partners and how they manage their clients with personal touches using the tools Cruise Planners provides.”

CEO and Founder Michelle Fee of Cruise Planners adds, “Winning one award is an honor but winning four in one night was overwhelmingly wonderful! In the face of the economy and constant outside fluctuating factors, Cruise Planners remains a strong, loyal and consistent partner to continue to drive sales. There is no doubt in my mind, we have the best travel advisors in the industry, and it also shows that our programs, processes and tools help advisors build their businesses year after year. Their commitment and enthusiasm play a key role to continue our long legacy of success.”

The five Carnival Corporation’s cruise brands, including Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn, honored their top travel partners in Miami Beach by celebrating their excellence in cruise sales in multiple categories on the national and regional levels, as well as sectors of the business such as consortia, franchises and online agencies.

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 2,500 franchise owners who independently book vacation and travel experiences for their clients. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners supports its network of franchise owners with innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, professional development and training with the industry’s top executives. Cruise Planners and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 16 consecutive years and was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology. Consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, Cruise Planners is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the No. 1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 6 years and is recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.

Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as well as many land vendors such as Travel Impressions and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As an American Express Travel Representative, Cruise Planners maintains a reputation for quality and offers exclusive American Express Travel benefits such as Pay with Points. Cruise Planners has earned the American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award since 2004, as well as numerous marketing, technology, franchise and philanthropy awards including an International Franchise Association FranTech award for innovation, Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and Travvy Awards from travAlliance media. Cruise Planners celebrates diversity and supports are troops as one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Visit our website, http://www.cruiseplanners.com, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors.

Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our Media Room or Socially Yours page for social media updates and handles. 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 the Cruise Planners franchise website.

Media Contact:
Caitlin Gardner, Director of Corporate Communications and Digital Strategy
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
CGardner@cruiseplanners.com
954-344-8060

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