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.
We recently talked about the problems the cruise industry had in 2013. Speakers can be subjected to the same problems in ship safety as passengers. Just because you are giving talks, does not mean you give up your rights if something catastrophic occurs. Print these out!
We mentioned the Passenger Bill of Rights and gave a few examples… Here is the complete list of things passengers can expect in the future.
2013 was a bad year for many cruise ships. Without mentioning names, here are a few of the incidents. As a speaker, you are free to select the line you wish to sail on. Do a bit of homework and check out their record.
1. A ship had engine problems that resulted in it floating like a log in the Gulf of Mexico.
2. An engine fire knocked out propulsion of a large ship and 4,000 passengers were stuck onboard for five days. It got pretty . . well, smelly and worse. This made headlines for canceled cruises, onboard illnesses and engine problems aboard two of its vessels.
3. A ship caught fire while en route to the Bahamas.
4. Several trips were cancelled or rerouted to fix problems.
All this resulted in many upset passengers who had saved for years to take their dream vacation.
To make things right and continue to get bookings, the industry approved a Passenger Bill of Rights. This allows that emergency power would be provided if a main generator died. Also, transportation would be provided to the port of disembarkation or the passenger’s home if a cruise is cancelled. For up to 4,000 passenger!! A hunk of money.