Bobbye Haupt made her foray into the cruise business in 1989 when she became an independent contractor for Cruises Inc., a company that arranges cruise vacations for clients. She liked the work and did it for nearly 20 years, but in 2007 she decided that she wanted to be in control of her own destiny. The parent company that owns Cruises — World Travel Holdings — owns the home-based franchise arm CruiseOne, and Bobbye and her husband, Robert, decided to buy one.
"I like being in control and knowing that, good or bad, we're the ones making the decisions and growing the business," she said. The decision to sign on with CruiseOne was fairly simple, given that she was familiar with the company and liked the management team. "They are always available to answer questions, whether it's something silly, like an email problem, or if there are questions about different cruise packages," she said. Although CruiseOne franchisees can also book land vacations for clients, Bobbye said she and her husband decided to specialize in cruises, adding, "I just love them."