You will get a free cruise for two when you get an enrichment or destination speaking gig. But where will you stay? Each line is different so there is no general rule. Remember, you travel on a Space Available basis. The line is more interested in gaining revenue that keeping you living in high style. They are very considerate of speakers, however. In my career, I have been treated very well. I have never had an inside cabin. I have been given a porthole.
Your room doesn’t really matter, as you are only sleeping in it. On several high end lines, there are no inside cabins. And many are suites only. Try to get a job on those! I once had a 300 sq ft suite all to myself. I traveled alone and loved it. That was with two HD TV sets and a bathtub. One line even had a butler for every 4 rooms! A call on the tele and I could get a bowl of popcorn sent up.
Usually you will not get the choice rooms – upper deck middle. No, plan on a forward (or rear) room down low. Yes, you will feel most of the ship motion; better you than a paying guest. Some lines will indeed put you into an inside room or even in what they call “Crew.” In general, you are not allowed in the crew parts of the ship. It’s kinda like Disneyland where the staff can let down their down hair in private.
Since you are the expert on a speaking gig a major cruise ship, you need to be able to respond to all questions with authority. First, REPEAT the questions into the mic. Many venues are too big for the audience to hear the little woman in the front row’s question.
Now 4 ways you can handle “tough ones.”
1. Answer it.
2. Indicate that you don’t know the answer but that is a great topic you’d like to include in your talk and can the asker meet you after to chat.
3. Admit you don’t know but you WILL find out the answer and let them know.
4. If the question is really dumb (yes there are some dumb questions) OR if you answer it would take a whole lot of time to give, say that you are out of time, but would love to continue with the person in the hallway.
You must get out of the room at the agreed to time. The passengers want to get to Bingo and the room might be used after you for mahjong class. Be the expert during your talk and during the Q&A.
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.