Generally, speakers travel on cruises Space Available. That means you are NOT locked into a slot. If the line can fill a room for a few grand, you are expendable. They have enough entertainment that you, frankly, are not needed. Sorry. It happened to me twice. I was even “confirmed.” Dang, what about your planned, announced and approved vacation time. Well, that’s the risk of not being a celebrity.
I highly suggest you get travel insurance. .. AKA Trip Cancellation Insurance. Since the tour is free, you need to protect your airline investment. I did a cruise and the company booked my air. Great – nohassle. But when I got bumped I had to pay the cancellation fees on my credit card I gave the line. Gee, is that fair? No. But but but…I paid the $400 rather than ruffle feathers. I did politely protest to no avail. I did not want to stink up the banquet table. That line has some awesome and expensive cruises. So I ate it. Trip insurance would have covered that. There are many on the market, You cruise line will even recommend one. Most cover weather delays and a family death.
For a few hundred – about 10% of your money put-out can get you up to $2500 in coverage. Ask and read the policies. A good idea.
With almost 50% of the cruise market, Carnival is the elephant in the room. They own several lines. Check these out. Did you know these are all related . . .AND they welcome speakers. You can do it.
AIDA Cruises, Germany
Carnival Cruise Lines, United States
Costa Cruises, Italy
Cunard Line, United Kingdom
Holland America Line, United States
Ibero Cruises, Spain
P&O Cruises, United Kingdom
P&O Cruises Australia, Australia
Princess Cruises, United States
Seabourn Cruise Line, United States
Specifically, here are the actual ships you can be on – FOR FREE!
Carnival Spirit in Sydney, New South Wales
Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory
P&O Cruises – Adonia, Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana, Oriana, Ventura
Holland America Line – Amsterdam, Eurodam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam
Princess Cruises – Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Ocean Princess, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, Sun Princess
Seabourn Cruise Line – Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest
Costa Cruises – Costa Atlantica, Costa Classica, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Luminosa, Costa Magica, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Pacifica, Costa neoRomantica, Costa Serena, Costa Victoria, Costa Voyager
AIDA Cruises – AIDAaura, AIDAbella, AIDAblu, AIDAcara, AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAmar, AIDAsol, AIDAstella, AIDAvita
Ibero Cruises – Grand Mistral, Grand Celebration, Grand Holiday
Let us help you snag a booking! SpeakOnCruises.com can get you on board.
The major agencies are a “cottage industry” of former cruise ship staff. Many were founded by skilled Cruise Directors and on-board staff. They just get it tired of always being away from the USA. They know what the cruise lines want. A big part of their job is to “vet” candidates to find good speakers. There is an application process that must be completed. In addition to references, testimonials, bio, and talk titles, candidates need to submit a YouTube of them speaking. Agencies used to accept VHS tapes, then DVD’s, but now YouTube is very easy for all involved.
The YouTube will show the agent just how the speaker does in front of an audience. They will not trust that you have given 30 presentations over the year. Ideally, your video should be you in front of an audience, doing your talk. This is not always possible to do. Often the agent will only watch a few minutes to see if you have poise, good presentation skills and are worth their time to submit you to a cruise line.
They are hanging their reputation on you. If you do not deliver, the agent will lose points with the lines. Agents will charge anywhere from $30 to $65 per day for their value add. This is well worth it considering you are getting a cruise worth many thousands dollars just for working about 5 hours.
At SpeakOnCruises, we specialize in getting our clients ready to apply for speaking assignments. We can even film, produce and edit your YouTube. We know the agencies and can fast track GOOD speakers.