(PRWEB) September 29, 2015 - The month of October is “National Plan a Cruise Month” and a great time for travelers to book a cruise to get the strongest offers, value-added amenities and more cruise benefits. The nation’s largest home-based travel agent network, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is celebrating all month long and making it easy for cruisers to get value-added deals for cruises in 2016. The entire Cruise Planners franchise network is offering incredible values and exclusive cruise promotions.
“We are seeing a shift in cruisers booking farther out, so for 2016 cruises, booking early will be key,” said Cruise Planners COO and co-owner, Vicky Garcia. “For those who haven’t booked their 2016 cruise yet, now is the best time to book a cruise and get the most money-saving deals since October is National Plan a Cruise Month.”
To help promote these deals and celebrate National Plan a Cruise Month, the Cruise Lines International Association is holding a cruise-a-day giveaway throughout October. Each day from October 1 through October 31, 2015 people can enter for a chance to win one of 31 cruise vacations from 23 different cruise lines. Anyone can post a 'cruise smile' on Twitter or Instagram using #CruiseSmile and #Sweepstakes. Participants will have the opportunity to share their posts for more chances to win. Cruise Planners travel agents are encouraging people to share their excitement on social media using #CPTime2Cruise.
Using a travel agent continues to be the most popular and best way to book a cruise as well as take advantage of cruise deals and promotions. In fact, studies show that most cruisers – both first time and veterans alike – are more likely to use a travel agent to book their trip.
“There are so many options when it comes to cruising, and it can get complicated for travelers,” Garcia said. “People who plan a cruise using Cruise Planners travel advisors know that using an expert is the best way to get access to the industry’s top deals, at no additional charge to the consumer.”
This year, Cruise Planners has exclusive offerings including prepaid gratuities, shipboard credits, reduced deposits, onboard savings, air and cruise fare discounts, stateroom upgrades, coupon books with up to $375 in savings, and shore excursion credits to name a few.
“Each of the cruise lines is offering something different,” Garcia said. “So it’s best to work with a travel advisor to find the right deals for your travel preferences and help customize your cruise vacation.”
Some of the biggest cruise lines – from ocean-going vessels to river cruise ships and even luxury yachts – are providing these exceptional deals to customers. To lock in the best rates and book a cruise using a professional Cruise Planners travel advisor, travelers should find a cruise travel advisor near them to customize their next vacation experience by visiting: http://www.cruiseplanners.com/franchises/locateAgents
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 1,000 franchise owners who independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients. The Florida-based Home Office team positions franchise owners for success by providing innovative marketing, booking and lead-generating tools, as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry’s top executives. The company continues to be lauded and has been named the No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur for 12 consecutive years. Cruise Planners was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology and named to the Fast 50 by the South Florida Business Journal.
Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. with more than 20 years of experience, Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line. Accolades include numerous Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly for the past six years, American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award for 11 consecutive years (2004 – 2014), Silver Stevie Award for Management Team of the Year (2014), American Express Agency of the Year (2010), Royal Caribbean International President’s Award for Overall Achievement (2012 and 2014), Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year (2007 – 2013), Norwegian Cruise Line Franchise Agency of the Year (2011-2014), Celebrity Cruises Home-Based Account of the Year (2013-2014) and Southeast Region Travel Agent Partner of the Year (2010), American Express Vacations Best of the Best Globe Award (2008 – 2014), Globus Family of Brands Premier Agency Partner (2009- 2014), Platinum Member of the 500 Club for Sales Excellence (2014), Platinum Circle Member with Viking River Cruises (2009-2012), Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Top Producer (2008-2014) and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer. Cruise Planners is one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, has been named one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. For more information, visit http://www.cruiseplanners.com.
Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room, following us on Twitter @Cruisitude or on Facebook. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit our franchise site.
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