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.
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.