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Frequently Asked Questions

*If your question is not answered here, e-mail Steven Gelfuso and he'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

  • Who Can Join?

    This opportunity is available for anyone who is interested, regardless of whether or not you have travel experience. The idea of this program is for people who do not know the travel industry to still be able to earn money from helping people book their travel reservations.
  • How Does It Work?

    As a CruiseBrothers.com Associate Agent, you will earn 50% of the commission on each sale you make online. For example, assume the average commission on a cabin is $350.00. The Associate Agent will receive $175.00 and the Cruise Brothers will retain the rest in order to support the back-end administration of the booking. High volume producers will earn a higher commission. Email Steve for details.

    As a CruiseBrothers.com Associate Agent, you will make contact with relatives, friends, business associates, social groups, church groups, and anyone else who you believe wants to cruise. Once you book them, Cruisebrothers.com support staff does all the rest including invoicing, payment processing, document management, flight arrangements, complex scheduling, etc.

  • How Soon Can I Go On A Free Or Reduced Fare Cruise?

    As a productive associate, you'll be eligible to travel at reduced rates. As a top producer for all of the major cruise lines, CruiseBrothers.com and our associates are invited to attend Inaugural Celebrations aboard band new ships - where everything is FREE. CruiseBrothers.com also offers various sales contests throughout the year where agents can win FREE cruises and airline tickets.

    After you earn $5000.00 in commission, you will qualify for an official IATAN (International Air Transport Association) Travel Agent ID card. The IATAN card allows you to take discounted trips such as cruises and tours and also allows you to receive many discounts at hotels, rental car companies, and more.

    IATAN CARD OVERVIEW

    • You must complete our training program.
    • You must earn $5000.00 or more in commissions in a one year time period.
    • Please Visit www.iatan.org for more information

    Reduced rate cruises are offered by the cruise lines to agents and associates based on their ability to provide bookings, so the more you book, the better your chances of qualifying for those special fares.

  • How Much For This Business Opportunity?

    Nothing!, Nada!, Zilch! There is no sign up fee. If you would like extras like your own personalized website, there is an initial fee of $99.00, with no annual renewal charges.

    Business Cards are recommended and we suggest you get in touch with your local printer or an online business card provider. Be creative when you design your business cards. However, if your stuck, we do have a template file that can be sent to your business card provider.

    With regards to insurance, as a cruising free associate, all your business activity is covered under our errors and omissions insurance policy and thus there are no insurance expenses to you. In essence, we are your safety net.

    Regardless of how you would like to enhance your business, there are no monthly fees, EVER! You can start earning money as soon as today.

  • Do I Need My Own Personalized Website?

    No, you do not need your own personalized website to book a cruise for your clients. Cruisebrothers.com associate agents without websites can book in the following ways.

    • Through a Cruisebrothers.com booking engine
    • Calling a Cruisebrothers.com customer service representative
    • Filling out an online pricing request form which results in a cruisebrothers.com customer service representative assisting you step by step with your booking.

    However, if you want to be open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you may want to explore this option. There's nothing better than making money while you're sleeping, at work, or running the kids around.

  • When Will I Be Paid On My Bookings?

    After travel is completed (the customer returns home from the trip) and the cruise line sends the commission check. We will then mail your portion of the commission to you.

  • How Do I Find Customers?

    The first thing you should do is let everyone know that you are now a CruiseBrothers.com Associate Agent. Tell everyone - even those people who you know don't travel often because they may know people who need a travel agent.

    Business cards are a very convenient tool. While you are spreading the word about your new business, you can pass out the cards to further drive the message home.

    You can place an ad in your local paper, make up flyers and put them on bulletin boards or pass them out to friends and family. There are so many people who travel and they are looking for someone to help them get the best price.

    If you let everyone know that you can help, then word of mouth will result. Steve has a 101 ways to sell cruises and every week, during the Sales Meeting, he will share a few with you.

  • I Live So Far Away, Will It Work?

    Distance and geography do not affect sales or doing efficient business. In fact, most of our customers prefer to book over the phone and online. You could have your own personal website and your customers can book their cruise online from virtually anywhere. Or, you can book cruises for your customers using our booking system online. And remember, you are using 800 numbers for Cruise Line and CruiseBrothers.com calls so there are no "hidden" phone charges whatsoever. In most cases, you can obtain pricing from the cruise lines via the internet as well.

  • What Special Equipment Do I Need?

    A quiet, comfortable workspace, a computer with internet access and a telephone is all you need. As your job requires you to provide professional travel services to clients, your workspace should be free from distractions so that you can concentrate on providing the best possible service. Clients should not have to listen to children playing or crying in the background, dogs barking, birds chirping, or any other non-work environment sounds.

    While we recommend a high speed internet connection for your computer (cable or broadband), it is not absolutely required. It does however, make things faster. Other than that, we'll provide you with all the tools you'll need.

  • Why Work With CruiseBrothers.com? Why Not Do It Myself?

    CruiseBrothers.com is one of the most recognizable names in the cruise business. Some people think of the Blues Brothers, others tell us it's the sailor outfits, and still others have seen our television commercials where Steve gets hit with a bucket of water. One thing is for sure, our logo sells cruises.

    CruiseBrothers.com is one of the largest family owned cruise agencies in the country. Three generations and still going strong. We've been in business since 1972. That's over 35 years of experience as a cruise agency...specializing in all aspects of cruising. This makes us YOUR experts on the cruise lines, the ships, and destinations. Our success stems from our well trained international network of expert cruise agents and our award winning customer service department.

    Year after year, the Cruise Brothers consistently ranks among the top sales producers with cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, Celebrity and Carnival. This fact alone allows us to offer the best prices available.

    Time and Effort - Start-up fees, forms, and costs could be thousands of dollars. The time to learn and develop the contacts would take you many months.

    More Commissions - Alone, you would be working on much lower commission level. When you share with us, you get the highest commissions in the industry.

    Ease of doing business - Become an expert, know what you're doing. As part of the largest cruise vacation agencies in the country, CruiseBrothers.com Associates are respected by the Cruise Lines. You will do business faster, do more deals and you will do higher volume. You get knowledge and personal back-up. YOU are on a TEAM!

    No need for secretaries, receptionists, and the like - We do it for you. Our professional support staff is Second To None. We take care of all the invoicing, paperwork, etc., all in the name of making you more profitable selling cruise travel.

    Access To Special Discounted Rates On Most Major Cruise lines - The cruise lines give the CruiseBrothers.com special rates such that their sales force can pass these on to consumers. These rates in most cases can't be beat by anyone in the industry and thus, the consumer is more likely to buy from a CruiseBrothers.com Associate than other agencies just on the cost factor alone.

    Great Support CruiseBrothers.com utilizes information processing technology to distribute information to its Associates via the internet. Every CruiseBrothers.com Associate Agent is assigned an Inside Agent to help answer any questions, either by phone or email. We Want You To Sell. So, it is in our best interest to help you do so. And so, we won't leave you out in the cold.

  • Am I An Employee of CruiseBrothers.com

    No you are not an employee. You are an independent contractor and can use your own business name or work as an independent associate of CruiseBrothers.com. You will be using our travel agent association identification numbers to make bookings.

  • Do I Have To Check With My State Department Of Business Regulation?

    Yes, you should. Because you are independent contractor, you are by definition, in business for yourself. That means that your form of business may be a sole proprietor, S-Corporation, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or even a C - Corporation.

    Your structure of business is your preference and thus you should consult with your state to determine what requirements, if any, apply. It is also recommended that you consult with an attorney; much the same as any business does in order, in order to determine any requirements.

  • What Do I Do Next?

    If you have a customer (or you simply want to book yourself) and are ready to book your first cruise as a CruiseBrothers.com Associate Agent, then simply click on the link below. We'll guide you through your first booking.

    CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FIRST CRUISE

    If you still have questions, contact Steven to see how to get started. Or, you can call us at our main offices (800) 827-7779. We'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.