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Initial fee: $495 - $9,800
Royalty fee: 3%
Total investment: $4,625 - $26,265
Term of agreement:  5 years, renewable

Cruise & travel agency

CruiseOne is the largest cruise retailer. It is a daughter company of World Travel Holdings /WTH/, the world’s leading cruise distributor that works directly with customers. CruiseOne was founded in 1989. It has been franchising since 1993 and all 900 offices are franchises. 


Cruising is the fastest growing travel sector. Holidays are considered as a necessity rather than as a luxury. Cruise travelers are loyal and typically rebook with the same retailer. Having a network of clients is the key to success for distributors. CruiseOne is expanding internationally and is seeking outgoing franchise owners in the USA, Mexico and Western Europe. 


Franchisees sell deals from a few niche cruise brands. They get a commission for each deal sold which varies for different cruisers, but averages about 15%. Retailers have multiple additional opportunities to increase their income. CruiseOne offers customized packages of services and products to make holidays a memorable experience. Some of these packages include airport services, pre-cruise hotel booking, shore excursions, cabin and flight upgrades, etc. Internal and external incentives from travel partners for exceptional results could be yet another source of income.


Starting your own business with CruiseOne is easy. Franchisees can work from home. They pay a low franchise fee starting from under $500 and a royalty fee of $3 each month. They go through a two-week introductory course where they learn in depth everything about retailing and operating a cruise business. Trainings can vary for individuals but are usually focused on three main business branches – systems, products, and sales and marketing. Franchisees receive online trainings, their own website, telephony system access, and attend regular seminars and conferences.


No previous experience is required to become a cruise franchise. For CruiseOne training is an essential element to success and it provides comprehensive information to franchisees.


CruiseOne is a subsidiary of World Travel Holdings. It is the largest distributor of cruise holidays. There are over 900 offices in the USA and the company is expanding internationally in Mexico and Western Europe. Cruising is the fastest growing sector in the travel industry. Franchisees can work from home and manage their own business.

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