The cruise industry has been growing at an average rate of more than 8 percent since 1980. An estimated 84 million passengers have set sail on a cruise of two days or more in the past 25 years. Of that 84 million, 64 percent took to open waters in the past 10 years, and 33 percent during the last five, according to research by the Carlson Travel Network.
Anyway you look at it, the potential in the cruise marketplace is enormous. Studies indicate that taking a cruise is a dream of 50 percent of all adults-particularly in the baby-boomer category. With only a small percentage of the U.S. population ever having been on a cruise, there’s a lot of untapped potential.
From SeaMaster Cruises to Cruise Planners to Cruise Holidays, franchise opportunities abound for potential franchisees who want to help travelers set sail. Most of these franchises offer the time-tested support, tools, and experience to help franchisees build and manage a successful cruise business.
“When we founded SeaMaster Cruises in 2004, our goal was to attract savvy business men and women who wanted the freedom to run their own exciting, home-based businesses,” says Mark Schiffner, general manager at SeaMaster Cruises. As part of the Carlson Travel Franchise Group, which includes three travel agency franchised brands, franchisees working from home can tap into the parent company’s resources, suppliers, technology, and marketing power.
If you’re considering a future with a cruise franchise, you’d be wise to be well informed of the latest industry developments and its future prospects before wading in.