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ByRick Deutsch

Young boy drowns in Cruise ship swimming pool | Do we need better protection in ships’ pools?

I recently came across an interesting perspective by Manhattan cable station NY1. Their Valarie D’Elia notes that the Norwegian Breakaway, whose “home” is New York City, suffered the tragic  drowning of a 4-year old boy earlier this month in the ship’s pool. His 6-year-old brother also had to be yanked from the same pool and is in the hospital.  In my years of speaking on cruise ships, I frequent the pools for a nice dip and some aerobic swimming. I have never seen a lifeguard or cameras monitoring the pools. D’Elia raises the question about cruise lines not having lifeguards. Is it time?  Since the ships are NOT registered in the USA, they tend to be exempt from certain directives and laws.

See any lifeguards?

See any lifeguards?

Most lines assume that parents are watching their kids, but it doesn’t take much for a parent to get distracted by reading or getting up to grab a burger.  With the large number of children on board, Disney is the only major cruise line with lifeguards. They didn’t do this until they suffered a drowning.  It’s reported that a kid drowned onboard a Carnival cruise ship. They still don’t have lifeguards.

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I always thought that US swimming pools HAD to have lifeguards when children under 18 are splashing. My health club does any time kids are in it. They have a kiddie camp with dozens of kids yelling “Marco”  “Polo” which I cannot stand.   Why that? Why not “Where are you?”  “I’m over here”

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Cruise ship Speaking Enrichment Topic: Memoir Writing

Writing on a ship can be fun

Writing on a ship can be fun

If you’ve ever thought about writing the story of your life, here’s your opportunity. Many cruise lines offer memoir writing as one of their activities. You’ll learn everything from how to focus and organize your memoir to how to edit it yourself and find a publisher.

In addition to one-on-one coaching throughout the trip, you’ll be able to get your document reviewed and a seasoned writer will critique your manuscript. If you’ve been thinking about your legacy or if your family has been bugging you to “write this stuff down!” for years, don’t miss this chance to finally get started. As a speaker you are usually able to partake in the offerings. The one caveat is that you can only be in the class Space Available. Odds are good that a slot or two will open up, so try and get in. There are limited seats, so that makes sense.

Often, the teacher is permitted to coach for fee after the class presentation is done. The rates are about what they charge at home.

A good read => Tuxedos needed?

Your sessions will be an hour on a PC, provided by the cruise line. Few do cursive on paper anymore. In fact, in time, the children of today will not even know what that is – many schools are not teaching it. Another aspect is that other classmates can critique your material if you want. This is good to get another set of eyes. If you do a real good job, you may even get published. Contacts are very useful.

I’ve bugged one of my sister’s to write about the wacky things she has done. Seems she’s the one that has funny stuff happen. For example, on a Hawaii vacation, she packed up the family for the flight home. When they arrived at the airport ready to board, the gate agent told them their tickets were for the next day… AARRGGHH. That would be just one entry in her memoir.

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Topic suggestions for lecturers | Clever titles draw audiences

One of the secrets of snagging speaking assignments on luxury ships is to come up with catchy titles.  If you just think about it, you can easily come up with interesting titles to support your overall theme.

Turn sailing into speaking topics

Turn sailing into speaking topics

We are working with a woman who has sailed a yacht around the world. This is good stuff. It’s more than just “How I survived.” While that’s not bad, let’s see how we can turn this into titles that will attract and audience to her talk.  This is something we at SpeakOnCruises do for clients.

Related => Owning the platform

OK, let see. How about an overall theme of “A woman circumnavigates the Globe.”

Talk #1 The history of small craft sailing.

Talk #2 Preparation for a 5 month voyage.

Talk #3 Hazards of the sea: 30 ft waves and coping with loneliness.

Talk #4 How the sea changed my life.

These are first cuts, but you get the idea. I need to know more about the voyage. Was she alone? If not, who else went? How many stops did she make? What were he actual hazards? What did she eat? Any close calls with hostile natives or highjackers?

Once we get to know a client, we draw out their passion and get them excited about telling their story. Audiences don’t want facts, they want stories.  And pictures. The talk should be a verbal presentation supported by exciting pictures. Surely she took a lot. Any videos to include? Any neat show-and-tell items to share with the audience? That’s a process the agencies love.

Once you pass our “vetting,” and are good, we will introduce you to the agencies. No guarantees you will be accepted, but we will show you the tools. We want you to get on ships. It’s good for you and good for us. We have landed 70% of our clients on ships.

The work is up to you. It’s worth it.

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