Expedia CruiseShipCenters


You Can Own a Profitable Business Backed by the #1 Brand in Travel

Expedia CruiseShipCenters allows Franchise Partners to own a retail travel agency that’s connected to their community – backed by the largest travel brand in the world. As a full service travel agency specializing in cruises, each franchise can offer customers Expedia prices AND the personal service and advice that people expect from a locally owned business.

Today’s travelers are overwhelmed with information online and as a result, there has been an increasing demand for travel agent expertise, especially for complex vacation bookings like cruises. Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchise Partners will support a large team of Vacation Consultants who will not only sell travel, but navigate spectacular vacation experiences for their customers.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters is owned by Expedia Inc., the largest travel company in the world. Franchise Owners can earn additional revenue by selling Expedia’s non-cruise product including hotels, tours, car rentals and packaged vacations, both in store or through their local website.

*Currently offering franchises: across the US, with a focus on: WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, TX, NY & Eastern Seaboard. Select Canadian territories available – please inquire.

Business Type:
Retail (Brick and Mortar)


Year Established: 1987
Year First Franchised: 1987
Franchised Units: 100 - 250
Actual number of units: 190
Company Owned Units: 1

States referrals areaccepted in:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Background Notes

Territory Description:
Population of at least 100K including a strong number who match the targeted demographics for cruisers. Franchise territories are geographically protected, however, other locations may market to customers in the area.

Territory Availability:
We presently have territory available in all 50 states. Target growth regions include: Southern CA, WA, FL, TX, NY (and Eastern seaboard).



Financial / Terms
Cash Investment (Liquid): $70000
Minimum Investment: $149000
Maximum Investment: $189000
Minimum Net Worth: $300000
Franchise Fee: $39000
Discounts: Vet Fran
Average # of Employees: 20 (Independent Contractors)
Financial Performance Representation / FPR-Item 19 in FDD: Yes
Ownership Participation:
Royalty Type: Flat Percentage Fee

Royalty Fee Structure:
9% (commissionable revenue)

Ad Fee Structure: $600 / month

Financial Terms Notes:

The average franchise supports approximately 20 Vacation Consultants working in the office who operate as Independent Contractors paid by commission only. A franchise may also support an unlimited number of Independent Consultants working from home. As the business grows, Centers may choose to hire a Cruise Sales Manager paid as an employee to provide additional support and handle administrative duties.

Franchise Sales

Single Unit: Yes
Multiple Units: Yes
Area/Master Developer: No
Resales: No

International Expansion
International Expansion Opportunities: Yes
Regions outside of U.S. available for Expansion:
Canada / North America

Inquire with Corporate on Canadian availability.

Single Unit Availability Outside US: Yes
Multiple Unit Availability Outside US: Yes
Area Development or Master Avail: No
International Expansion Notes:
International Opportunities: Only Canada
Countries, outside of United States, where the concept is currently available or plans to expand: Canada
Single Unit Availability: Yes
Multiple Unit Availability: Yes
Area Development or Master Availability: No
Cash Investment: $70,000
Total Investment: $94,500 - $179,500



Support & Training Provided

Financial Assistance Provided: Yes
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: Yes
Support and Training Notes:
Financial Assistance Provided: SBA registered
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Co-operative Advertising: Yes, with suppliers

Initial Training takes 3-5 months prior to store opening. Franchise Partners will complete the Consultant training modules through the International Cruise Academy to learn the cruise sales process before attending our 5 day Cruise Management Academy training in Vancouver, BC. The start-up team at corporate office will guide new Franchise Partners through the process every step of the way.

On-going Support will come from our 100+ Corporate Support team and a dedicated Franchise Performance Coach. Our culture of Stronger.Together is encouraged through networking opportunities with our executive team, travel suppliers and fellow Franchise Partners. Regional meetings are held semi-annually, while an annual National Conference is held each year aboard a 7 day Caribbean cruise.

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Freddy O'Pry

Franchise Development