Author Archives: Rick Deutsch

ByRick Deutsch

The Costa Concordia has risen!

After a year and a half sitting on its side, a multi-national team of engineers rigged up a cradle to upright the ship. Two bodies are still inside plus all the waste and toilet overflows. Yuck. Concordia is the 300 yard long monster that Captain Francesco Schettino, drove into a rock off the Italian island of Giglio in January last year. 32 people died . Four of the crew have been found guilty and the Captain is awaiting trial. A new 3,700–passenger mega-ship is being built to replace it. Read the background.

Here’s how they floated it….it’s going to salvage next. Click to enlarge.

The Plan to raise the Concordia

The Plan to raise the Concordia

ByRick Deutsch

San Francisco to Alaska and Mexico Cruise Meetup

Our next MeetUp is at 7:30 pm on Monday Sept 23. We promise a lively meeting and networking opportunity. Our Guest Speaker is Madlen Mirzaian-Saddik. She is a leisure, luxury travel and cruise consultant. She has been a LOT of places and can give you a real world opinion of places, prices and lines. She’ll focus on trips out of San Francisco to Alaska and Mexico. It’s nice to depart from near home. 

We meet at the same place: Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Rd. No religion here – we just use the room.  

Please RSVP on our MeetUp site. 

See you there!        

SpeakOnCruises Team

ByRick Deutsch

Lifeboat drills can save your life; be sure to go.

Standard Life vest

Standard Life vest

When on a cruise, the most important thing you are going to do is attend the lifeboat drill. It’s mandatory, yet many just show up and go through it with glazed eyes. The recent crash of the Costa Concordia off Italy should wake up people to the importance of the briefing. Without a life vest, you can tread for maybe an hour. That is, if you are lucky and in your heated pool back home. Try floating in 55 degree water. Heck even in the tropics, if the water Is a warm 88 degrees – your body is at 98.6 and the heat will be sucked out of you.

So – know where your life vest is. Practice putting it on. Learn how to connect all the buckles and straps. Notice where the light is (it will come on in contact with the water). Notice where the whistle is. If you are floating away from the ship, your voice will only carry a few yards. The whistle will extend your call over several  hundred feet. And rehearse just where your “group” is to assemble.  The life you save might be your own.