Do you dream of helping people plan and experience their perfect vacation or just love planning and organization on its own? Consider joining the cruise industry as a franchisee to start bringing people and destinations together while setting off on your path to success. As a franchisee, you are your own boss, and your hard work will contribute directly to your own finances instead of someone else's. The cruise market has actually grown significantly over the last decade, with more than 13 million passengers in North America making a trip in just 2015 alone, according to Cruise Market Watch. The Cruise Lines International Association also reports that the industry accounts for around $42 billion in the U.S. economy annually, and that the market is still expected to grow in the years to come. While a cruise may bring the image of a luxury liner visiting exotic ports to mind, the industry has seen some changes. Many cruise franchise brands offer themed vacation experiences, which can be a good source of revenue, and are expanding special diet offerings and internet options to reach a wider market. Co-branding of a sort is also becoming more common, with major food, luxury goods and bar brands opening locations inside cruise ships in arrangements that benefit both parties. As an owner of a cruise franchise business, marketing and sales will be a huge factor in your success. People who want to book cruises consider more than price, and their experience as your client can also be a deciding factor in whether they use your service. This is an industry to join if you're experienced in or comfortable with marketing and sales. If you don't have prior marketing or cruise experience, you should be able to take advantage of the training and support offered by your franchiser to hit the ground running. Review all the training and support offered by the franchisers you're considering to help you reach a final decision. With horror stories of people losing their money or experiencing a bad time using an independent vacation service easy to find online, having an established franchise brand behind you can also make a huge difference in the cruise market. With a recognizable brand comes instant credibility with and trust from potential clients, making it easier for you to sell your services right from the get-go. If you're ready to enjoy the benefits of owning your own cruise business, check out our cruise franchise listings today.