How much does an Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® franchise cost?
The total estimated investment required to begin operation of an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchised travel business ranges from $99,430 to $183,900.
What makes Expedia CruiseShipCenters 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.
How much can I make?
Mature stores in the United States generated a median annual net revenue of $172,790 in 2015. For a fuller look at financial performance — including the ramp-up time for businesses — visit our “How Much Can I Make?” page.
What are the minimum financial requirements to start a travel agency with Expedia CruiseShipCenters?
To qualify for an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise, you will need to have access to at least $50,000 in liquid capital and must have a minimum net worth of $250,000 or more.
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 CruiseShipCenters office.
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 four to six months.
What locations are available?
Expedia CruiseShipCenters is growing aggressively throughout the United States, and there are prime territories available in all regions. At the beginning of 2016, we had 54 locations in the U.S. and 162 locations in Canada. We plan to open several hundred U.S. locations by 2020.
How are you related to Expedia.com?
While we’re not directly associated with Expedia.com, we share a parent company. Expedia®, Inc. 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.
Will I only be able to sell cruises?
While cruises are the focal point of our centers, our Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchises are full service travel agencies offering vacation packages, tours, resorts, flights, travel insurance and more more at a competitive prices and commission levels because of our robust non-cruise program and our partnership with Expedia, Inc.