Agent Issues Franchise now, pay later, says CruiseOne By Donna Tunney / August 14, 2009 Share 1 -- CruiseOne, the cruise agency franchisor based in Fort Lauderdale, rolled out a financing plan for prospective franchise owners. Under the program, new "Level One Franchise Owners" would pay $2,500 toward their initial franchising fee rather than pay the full fee of $9,800 up front, and CruiseOne finances the remaining cost of the franchise. The new franchise owner then pays in 24 monthly installments. A Level One Franchise Owner refers to an individual who has minimal or no travel industry experience yet possesses strong entrepreneurial traits and skills. Monthly payments can be as low as $300, depending on the interest rate and other financing variables, said CruiseOne. The company is offering several other incentives for expert agents and prospective Franchise Owners with other types of professional experience, including reduced initial fees. "We've seen an influx of interest from very bright, passionate, entrepreneurial people who have been laid off from another industry or are working presently, but challenged to produce the initial CruiseOne Franchise Fee," said Dwain Wall, senior vice president and general manager of CruiseOne. "We want to eliminate any barriers to success for people who show such strong potential and offer a stimulus plan, of sorts, to help aspiring entrepreneurs seize the moment and start their own cruise travel business." CruiseOne was founded in 1992 and has about 550 locations. Agents can learn more about the finance offer online at www.cruiseonefranchise.com.