What Does Expedia Cruises Offer Customers?
A love for travel is, and will always be, something that unites us as humans. Whether it’s exploring a city in your own backyard or traveling across the world to an off-the-beaten-path destination that you’ve only ever dreamt of, there is something profoundly fulfilling about embarking on that next great adventure.
“If there is life, there is travel” – Barry Diller, Expedia Chairman
It’s no surprise that cruise is our bread and butter – there’s a reason we have it in our name! However, we can’t discuss cruising without talking about the impact that COVID-19 has had on the cruise industry. Although 30 million people cruised in 2019, we knew this number was going to fall significantly in 2020 and 2021, due to the cruise lines making the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel many of their sailings. However, despite the impact on the 2020/2021 cruising season, passenger volume is expected to match 2019 levels by the end of 2022 and surpass it by 2023 (CLIA). The upward trajectory is also projected to continue well past 2026.
Cruisers are loyal. With cruise lines adapting for a safe return to sea, we’ve seen the cruising community come together to champion the resurgence of cruise. With new pre-cruise regulations, adjusted embarkation and debarkation procedures, and enhanced onboard safety measures, cruise lines are taking the necessary steps to ensure that guests will be able to enjoy worry-free vacations in the future. As we see the demand for cruise ramping up in 2022, so too will the demand for cruise specialists.
According to CLIA, 70% of cruisers choose to book their vacation with a travel agent. Or better yet, a cruise specialist who can navigate through the sea of options available to today’s cruisers. With so many destinations, ships, and staterooms to choose from, more and more travelers are looking for expert, in-person advice from a trusted professional. Plus, cruise lines are still investing billions of dollars to meet the expected demand for cruise vacations, with an impressive 105+ new ships still planned to enter the market between now and 2027.
The cruise industry is extremely resilient and now is the time to get your foot in the door with an Expedia Franchise. Get ready for the resurgence of travel by starting your franchise journey today!
At Expedia Cruises, we are more than cruise. Although we are cruise specialists, our land vacation options are vast and are rapidly becoming a larger segment of our sales. As a full-service leisure travel agency, our franchisees reap the benefits of secured partnerships with our Preferred Land Partners.
Each Expedia Cruises’ franchise location offers customers the ability to book All-Inclusive Resorts, Coach & Rail Tours, Vacation Packages, Homes & Villas, Travel Insurance, Flights, Hotel, Car, and Activities. You can rest assured that we’ve partnered with the best to offer customers tailored land vacation tours and packages to meet their every want and need.
Expedia Cruises’ franchisee and Vacation Consultants help customers with All-Inclusive Resorts offered through all Tour Operators in the USA and Canada. From small boutique resorts to midsized and larger properties, our franchisees and Vacation Consultants are experts at delivering the perfect all-inclusive getaway!
Coach, Land & Rail Tours
Another fantastic alternative to a cruise vacation is a coach or rail tour. Offered through a variety of contemporary and luxury Tour Partners, Expedia Cruises’ franchisees and Vacation Consultants can offer customers a rich selection of private tours and small group tours. Whether your customer is seeking culturally-rich tours of ancient cities, a breathtaking train ride through a majestic mountain pass, or a thrilling activity-filled getaway – there is a tour or package for everyone regardless of budget, interests, or age group.
The Complete Vacation
“The Complete Vacation” model is how Expedia Cruises’ centers create customers for life. The Complete Vacation is made up of five products:
- Cruise or Land Package – Vacation Consultants are experts at recommending the right cruise or land vacation by listening to the needs and wants of each customer
- Air – Vacation Consultants ensure that customers enjoy a seamless flight to and from their destinations
- Hotels & Transfers – Vacation Consultants ensure that customers start and end their vacation on a high note
- Excursions – Vacation Consultants help create lasting memories by assisting customers in booking the ideal excursions
- Insurance – Vacation Consultants ensure that customers are protected and have peace of mind during their entire trip
Add-ons such as air, hotel, excursions, and insurance are not only a great way to provide your customers with the complete vacation, but also reduces the likelihood of cancellations by making bookings “stick”.