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Cruise Planners

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Cruise Planners

This vacation-planning franchise is aimed at folks who want to work from home and have a passion for travel. Franchisees sell full-service vacation packages, including cruises, land-based vacations, trip insurance and car rentals.

The Coral Gables, Florida-based company was started by veteran travel agent Michelle Fee in 1994 and began franchising in 1999. Getting started costs $10,495 and includes a six-day in-person training course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ongoing home-office support and $1 million in insurance.

Source: Cruise Planners