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FAQ

How much does an Expedia Cruises franchise cost?

The total estimated investment required to begin operation of an Expedia Cruises franchised travel business ranges from $169,950 to $299,650.
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What makes Expedia Cruises different from other travel franchises?

We focus on cruise vacations and are the largest cruise seller in North America. Our franchisees also operate as travel brokers — not just travel agents. Instead of selling trips themselves, they manage and train a team of agents, and benefit from much higher potential revenue and profits.
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How much can I make?

Mature stores in the United States generated a median annual net revenue of $191,000 in 2017. For a fuller look at financial performance — including the ramp-up time for businesses — click below.
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What are the minimum financial requirements to start a travel agency with Expedia Cruises?
To qualify for an Expedia Cruises franchise, you will need to have access to at least $100,000 in liquid capital and must have a minimum net worth of $300,000 or more.
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How much are royalties?

9% of the gross revenue paid to you by suppliers, mostly in the form of commissions.

What size location do I need?

We recommend at least 1,000 square feet for an Expedia Cruises office.
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How many employees do I need?

None. Franchisees support a team of  Vacation Consultants who work as independent contractors. Vacation Consultants are paid commissions for their sales. We recommend that franchisees recruit at least 30 travel agents in their first year. Our support team provides recruiting strategies and training materials to help you grow your team.

How long does it take to open?

Once you sign a franchise agreement, we estimate that your location will be open within six to nine months.
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What locations are available?

Expedia CruiseShipCenters is growing aggressively throughout the United States with over 300 locations throughout North America. However, there are still some prime territories available in most regions. Speak to our Franchise Advisors today!

How are you related to Expedia.com?

While we’re not directly associated with Expedia.com, we share a parent company. Expedia Group®, decided to invest in our franchise system after we experienced two decades of consistent growth. In 2007, the travel giant formed a partnership with CruiseShipCenters® to tap into our network of brick-and-mortar locations and travel agents to offer personal service to cruisers. In 2020 we rebranded to Expedia Cruises, integrating further with the number 1 brand in travel.

Will I only be able to sell cruises?

While we specialize in cruise, Each Expedia Cruises location helps customers book All-Inclusive Resorts, Coach & Rail Tours, Vacation Packages, Homes & Villas, Insurance, Flights, Hotels, and Activities. Plus, Expedia Cruises franchisees enjoy tremendous buying power with every cruise line and land supplier. This means that you’ll earn some of the highest commissions in the industry.