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Cruise Holidays Makes Top 50 in New Entrepreneur List

Minneapolis, MN (May 27, 2010)—Cruise Holidays, North America’s oldest cruise-specialty travel agency franchisor, has climbed higher in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2010 list of the top 101 home-based franchises. In the new listing, Cruise Holidays ranks number 37. The previous two years, the Cruise Holidays home-based program (then known as SeaMaster Cruises) came in at number 61.


According to Entrepreneur magazine, their rankings are based on "…objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”


"The Cruise Holidays home-based franchise builds off nearly three decades of experience that we’ve gained by running a successful cruise-specialty franchise across North America, said Mark Schiffner, vice president of Cruise Holidays.

Cruise Holidays is recognized for its instant credibility within the cruise industry and outstanding value to the cruising customer. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Strength and Integrity - A hallmark of Cruise Holidays
  • National Marketing - The Cruise Holidays national marketing program includes the design, print, owner customization and mail fulfillment to the franchisees’ clientele. One-point-five million marketing pieces were mailed on the behalf of Cruise Holidays franchise owners last year.
  • Cruise University - Award-winning cruise industry training program.
  • Continued Education Program - Continuous training online, at sea, and at headquarters. Support Service experts are just a toll-free number or e-mail away.
  • Opening Support - Step by step assistance with the launch of your new business.
Technology - Cruise Holidays’ proprietary software program helps franchise owners deliver the best customer service in the cruise industry. The software also helps them manage their back office. In addition, the Cruise Holidays intranet site for franchise owners, The Bridge, provides a one-stop shop for news and information.

In addition to its ranking as a top home-based franchise, Cruise Holidays also made an impressive leap earlier this year in Entrepreneur magazine’s venerable Franchise 500. In that ranking of the top franchise systems – including home-based and retail – Cruise Holidays jumped more than 200 spots, from number 346 to number 134, putting it in the top three of all cruise-specialty franchises.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Cruise Holidays, go to or call 1-800-824-1481.




The Cruise Holidays brand currently includes more than 200 storefront and home-based franchisees in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1984, Cruise Holidays is part of the Travel Leaders Leisure Group division of Travel Leaders Group. With approximately 1,300 travel agency locations in the United States and Canada, Travel Leaders Group serves millions of individual leisure travelers, as well as select corporate clients and destinations.