Janice Sinardi had been in sales for Princess Cruises for 10 years when she decided at age 55 to join her husband in retirement. "I had been working in the travel industry since I was 18, and I was just tired," she said. Working for Princess, Sinardi was tasked with calling on travel agents throughout western Florida to promote the cruise line and wanted a break from being on the road so much. Yet retirement, she quickly discovered, did not suit her. "I was bored and realized I had retired too soon," Sinardi said. "I still had a passion for the industry and wanted to be involved again."
That's when she started looking for a home-based travel agency with a strong reputation and solid support for their franchise owners. In 2008 she discovered Cruise Planners and by January 2009 was in business for herself. "I spoke to a lot of my cruise-line friends and colleagues, and about 95 percent of them recommended Cruise Planners," she said. The company is affiliated with American Express as a travel representative company, and that brand strength was another attractive feature, she added.