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CruiseOne Franchise Review

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All the major cruise lines have endorsed CruiseOne by offering them a preferred “top ranking” status plus numerous awards for professionalism and customer service. CruiseOne has nearly 500 locations nationally, and offers each franchisee the latest technology and a support system that includes expert advice and close attention to detail. According to their website CruiseOne is recognized as "best in class" by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the International Franchise Association (IFA), and the Franchise 500. In addition, World Travel Holdings and its partner companies including CruiseOne were named "Partner of the Year" by Royal Caribbean International in December of 2007.

Background and Benefits

Franchisees enjoy discounts, invitations to inaugural cruises, and seminars at sea. CruiseOne has nearly 500 established franchises and Parent company, World Travel Holdings (WTH) is one of the nation’s largest online/offline leisure travel companies. Customers can book through franchise owners, use the franchise owner’s private website, or walk into a branch. New to the travel industry? No worries. CruiseOne offers complete sales mentoring and training with the promise that you will never be in competition for business with the Home Office.

How Much Does a CruiseOne Franchise Cost?

Your $9800 franchise fee gets you the whole business, lock, stock, and discount prices. Roll out of bed in the morning and hit the laptop. Stay in your pajamas if you want to, no one will know. This is telecommuting at its best. Marketing thrust is up to you and any additional money spent will be in what you decide to do to promote your business. Travel is still big business even in our current economy. Check out the video and decide for yourself. There are no net-worth or liquidity requirements. This franchise is so simple to get into that even a caveman could do it. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

What We Like

CruiseOne’s online reservation system gives 24/7 access to rates and specials in real-time. Licensing and bonding is secured for you in your home state with no territory restrictions so you are free to promote and market in any area. World Travel Holdings global buying power muscles into the travel industry gaining market share by offering their “Low Price Guarantee.” CruiseOne also offers an unprecedented “Satisfaction Guarantee” that promises to refund the unused portion of your cruise and fly you back to your port of origin if they cannot resolve your concern. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Pros

  • Telecommute - Work from an office that you set up or work from home and save on fuel!
  • Fam Trips - Fam trips mean you travel at greatly reduced rates in order to familiarize yourself with the cruise before you recommend them to your clients.

Cons

  • Difficult to know - The web is silent on complaints, even in blogs. In fact, there are many happy franchisees. This one needs to be tried.

Cruise One Franchise Information

Business Established: 1989
Franchising Since: 1993
Start-up Cost: $9,800
Total Investment: $9,800 to $25,400

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