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Cruise Holidays is a chain of cruise travel agency services and is North America's largest cruise-travel franchise, with 170+ franchises currently. Cruise Holidays was founded in 1984 and acquired by Carlson Travel Network Associates, Inc., one of the world's largest travel franchisers.
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Cruise travel has been growing at an average rate of 8.4% since 1980, and approximately 84 million passengers have taken a cruise of 2 days or more.
Cruise Holidays offers franchisees sales support via a toll-free call, an extranet site available 24/7, and proprietary software called CruiseWeb which manages all of the cruise reservation processes, and provides a wide array of financial reports and mailing list management.
Small business, sales, and marketing experience is beneficial to a potential franchisee, but not essential.
$30,000 is the initial franchise fee, with an additional initial investment (including the initial franchise fee) ranging from $78,169 to $136,719. An existing independent cruise-only travel agency carries an estimated initial investment of $4,419 to $18, 969.