February 21, 2008 // Franchising.com // - Cruise Planners, a South Florida-based national cruise agency with a franchised network of more than 700 experienced travel professionals, announced today that it has been inducted into Carnival Cruise Lines' Pinnacle Club. One of the industry's highest honors, the Pinnacle Club was created by Carnival to acknowledge high-volume agencies that also exhibit excellence in promoting and selling the "Fun Ship" cruise experience.
"Travel agencies are an important part of our distribution system, which is why we created the 'Pinnacle Club' to recognize those high-volume agencies like Cruise Planners who are truly experts in their field and exhibit the highest levels of professionalism," said Carnival's Vice President of Sales Maurice Zarmati.
To celebrate their induction into this elite group, Cruise Planners executives were presented with a highly detailed replica of a Carnival "Fun Ship" to display at their headquarters in Coral Springs, FL.
Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners, commented on the honor, stating: "As a long-time, strong supporter of Carnival Cruise Lines, this is particularly gratifying. We take great pride in our ongoing training and educational programs, as well as the exceptional sales and marketing support we provide for all of our agents. Everything we do is designed to help our agents succeed, and this award proves that our efforts are paying off."
Cruise Planners' induction into Carnival's Pinnacle Club is the third major honor bestowed upon the company in recent weeks. In January 2008, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Cruise Planners as the #1 cruise agency franchise for the fifth consecutive year (2004-2008). Royal Caribbean International also named the company "Homebased Partner of the Year" in December 2007. Other notable past awards include Carnival's "Agency of the Year" award for 2005, and the American Express Travel Services Rep Excellence Award, which Cruise Planners has received multiple times in recent years.
About Cruise Planners
Founded in 1994, Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Services Representative national cruise agency headquartered in Coral Springs, FL, that operates a franchised network of 700+ experienced travel professionals who independently book cruises and other associated travel. Cruise Planners gross sales totaled $110 million in 2006. Cruise Planners has achieved the highest industry awards year after year; Royal Caribbean's Homebased Partner of the Year (2007), Carnival's Agency of the Year (2005), American Express Travel Services Rep Excellence Award (2004-2007) and Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise 500® ~ ranked #1 cruise agency franchise (2004-2008), to name a few.
For more information about Cruise Planners, including details on how to become a Cruise Planners agent, please call 1-888-582-2150 or visit www.beacruiseagent.com.