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ByRick Deutsch

Testimonial from SpeakOnCruises graduate: hard work, but worth it

Fred R. put in the time and effort to become a bona-fide cruise speaker. His first trip was on Royal Caribbean.  He said the ship and service was great..albeit they tend to charge ala carte for many things.

Fred is a multi-talented guy and we decided  his stories about famous crimes/trials would be a hit.  He followed our advice and applied it. We worked with him to develop his bio and four talk titles and summaries.

Read our Press Release we created SpeakOnCruises.

He is now a “cruise ship speaker” and looking forward to many more to come. FREE.   Are you ready?  contact us.

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Think of an interesting topic

Here’s his comments as sent us. Congrats Fred!!

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“Rick Deutsch knows his stuff! 
 
When I first began working with Rick to learn the process of becoming a Cruise Speaker my perception was quite different from the reality. I had never even been on a cruise and had my own ideas about topics I thought would be of interest to cruise lines. Rick helped me understand the concept of how passengers wanted to be “info-tained” and not “brain-drained”.  He detailed the process of creating my Bio, Topics and Talks to appeal to the cruise lines and the various agencies that place speakers on these wonderful cruises. His insight and industry knowledge proved to be invaluable to me on my very first cruise which, based upon passenger feedback, I consider an overwhelming success.
 
Rick is a knowledgeable professional who will share his wealth of knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested in joining the ranks of Cruise Speakers.  Follow his advice and get booked – TODAY!”

 

 

ByRick Deutsch

Frivolous lawsuits moving cost of cruises up; Judgments get passed on

 

For every court case brought by a “wronged” passenger, the cruise lines have to recoup by adding a few bucks to your fare.  They have to. Most are settled out of court and you’d think some of these folks are looking for ways to get hurt – then blame the ship.

We’ve talked about some of these. Walking into a sliding door. Getting hit by a stick during a shuffleboard game.  Gosh… no signs.

It’s way cheaper for the line to just pay up front rather than go to court. Their lawyers get big bucks and the plaintiff will gladly accept a few hundred grand, than risk losing their claim.

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Royal Caribbean gets sued

Here’s the latest one I found. A lady filed a complaint that she suffered an ankle fracture while roller skating aboard the giant ship. Turns out she said that ping-pong balls fell onto the roller skating rink. This was on April 3. Geez, stuff happens. Why wasn’t she watching where she was going?

The case was taken to the U.S. District Court in south Florida – Miami Division. Poor “deep pockets” Royal Caribbean Cruises was accused of negligence. Why? Well they were responsible since they didn’t use reasonable practices to keep foreign objects from falling onto the skating surface. Makes me cringe.

The woman insists on a jury trial. She wants compensatory damages that are higher than the minimum this court can approve. Oh, toss in interest and costs.

If you ever need an ambulance chasing legal staff….they hang out in Miami.

Lady get a life.  Stuff happens. And someone always has to pay. Nice country we have.

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ByRick Deutsch

Anniversary of Titanic sinking – it’s rusting away

Just a few days ago, the anniversary of the April 14, 1912, sinking of the first true luxury cruise ship, the RMS Titanic passed. It sank after colliding with a huge iceberg in the North Atlantic.

It slowly sank, sending 1,514 people died, to a water grave. About 300 survived.  As a result, maritime rules were immediately improved.  The number of lifeboats onboard was standard for the time.  Really?  Only 22? For over 2,000 PAX?   Turns out there had never been a large disaster at sea  like this…before, most incidents were small and usually other ships were in the area and the lifeboats could easily ferry passengers off.

Not that day.

One estimate has that iceberg over 200 ft tall.  We recently had a cruise to Antarctica – yes, they grow that large!

What’s been happening to the old boat since?  We all have seen the movie and a few “amusement” areas offer artifacts to view.  Clive Parker – the Aussie billionaire – still says he’s going to build a replica. We’ve been waiting years for the keel laying. The Chinese are moving forward with a Titanic of their own. It will not move.

Read more about Clive Parker’s plans

Rust is eating away at the ship. Entrepreneurs are clamoring to take “guests” down for a first hand look for mega-bucks.

Many want to leave it a cemetery. What do you think?

Send us a comment. First reply in wins a Tesla Model 3. Or not.

Bonus trivia – The RMS in RMS Titanic stands for Royal Mail Service.

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