I ran into this woman woman on an excursion I took we traversing the Panama Canal. It was a little native village on the north side of the Canal. She cracked me up. Looked very worn but a sage woman. I was a speaker and went on the excursion for free by escorting the tour. The ship had many tours and this one seemed pretty unusual.
Other tours included the old town Panama City..then the modern downtown with over 120 high rise buildings. Who would have guessed? Many Americans are escaping and retiring in Panama. I guess it’s a tax thing. 9 months of rainy season and I don’t mean “Seattle” rain – this is hard pounding jungle tropic rain.
Another neat tour is to the Mira Flores locks. They are on the Atlantic side of the traverse. There you can watch ships up close going through the locks and there is a fine museum with exhibits to amaze – describing how they build the canal. 22,000 French workers (from the East Indies) died and 4,000 Americans (also Caribbean men). Pus another 11,000 when the built the railroad across the isthmus in 1855. The canal was opened in 1914. A USA government project – done early and under budget. We hardly hear that anymore.
My point is that by being a cruise ship speaker, you can learn a lot about the world. We can show you how to enjoy the many benefits. Hit the HIRE US button and let’s engage.
48 passengers and 20 crew members passengers have been trapped on a Russian ice breaker in Antarctica. Stuck 1500 miles “south” of Tasmania. It’s a scientific trip to count birds in the area and drill through the ice surrounding the ship to photograph sea life. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in ice estimated to be 8 meters thick. China’s Snow Dragon is the first ship to render help.
Folks on board were going nuts trying to find things to do. Enter YOU as a good speaker. If you were a quailed speaker, you could easily secure an audience to listen to your talks. Try to keep MANY talks on your laptop and ready to go. Think of the rapt audience who want “something to do” while waiting for rescue. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t get publicity and even follow-on gigs based on your observation of the happenings. What a great story this would make.
Antarctica or the Med or the Baltic. “Stuff happens” – be prepared to step in and ply your craft!
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As a cruise ship speaker, you may want to use your free trip for two to visit faraway places. Dubai, New Zealand or maybe Vietnam. All these are very, very far away and getting here is a bugger. Plan on flights at 20+ hours. That’s just the flight time. Terminal waiting for connections will add to that.
The inflight experience can be trying. Here are some tips:
1. As soon as the Line/Agent gives you the go-ahead via a confirmation number AND airline BOOKING number, get on the horn to request your seats. Seat Expert is a great place to sort out the good seats from the bad.
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2. Try to get all your carry-ons in the overhead. The more leg room you have on a long flight, the better.
3. Get up once an hour. Really. I have seen people NEVER move on a 15 hour flight. Stretch your legs. In the old days, before the tight “stay in your seats” restrictions, I used to get down and do sit ups and leg lifts. Now I can only do some standing stretches.
4. Consider wearing compression stockings. Your legs risk thrombosis as blood pools over a long duration. See #3 above.
5. Drink. Drink water – or at least NO caffeine. I prefer Ginger ale…not sodas. You do not want to get dehydrated. Cabins are inherently dry and your throat may be susceptible to visiting viruses.
6. Bring earplugs, eye shades, a warm jacket, an inflatable pillow and your own music/videos. Time will pass faster – and try to sleep so you arrive rested halfway around the world.