Cruise Planners Named Top Travel Franchise for Women

Cruise Planners franchise owner Jennifer Klingsmith prepares to embrace CEO Michelle Fee at Cruise Planners’ 2016 Convention in Miami.

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, has been recognized as a Top Franchise for Women in a newly debuted report by Franchise Business Review. The franchise rankings are based solely on first-hand experiences around franchisee satisfaction and performance.

Cruise Planners said its business model, which includes those seeking home business opportunities, is a good fit for women and those looking to supplement their family income and those interested in entrepreneurship. One franchise owner, Jennifer Klingsmith, has benefited from the home-based business model as a foster mother to more than 100 children in addition to having 5 children of her own. 

The Klingsmiths work-from-home travel business allows for flexibility, Cruise Planners said. Running her home-based business out of their busy house in Indianapolis allows Jennifer to work when she can and take care of the children first.


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"You have to be organized, use a calendar and be flexible, which Cruise Planners helps me do,” she said. “We love traveling with our special needs family!"

Cruise Planners is also ranked as a top women-owned business in South Florida. Co-owners Michelle Fee, CEO, and Vicky Garcia, COO, have been recognized for their accomplishments with awards such as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Fee) and Top 25 Influential Business Women Award (Garcia) and serve on the boards of industry partners such as Royal Caribbean International, American Express Travel and Norwegian Cruise Line.

“As a mother and grandmother myself, I understand the importance and need for a career that has a flexible schedule,” Fee said.