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ByRick Deutsch

A speaking opportunity for prepared cruise ship lecturers

Stuck in ice - opportunity for speakers!

Stuck in ice – opportunity for speakers!

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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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers: your cruise ship may be thousands of miles away. 6 tips to be flight ready.

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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Speakers: find the best seats

Speakers: find the best seats

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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.

 

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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise ship speakers – know the Passenger Bill of Rights

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!

Speakers - know your rights!

Speakers – know your rights!

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.

  1. The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master’s concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.
  2. The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.
  3. The right to have available on board ships operating beyond rivers or coastal waters full-time, professional emergency medical attention, as needed until shore side medical care becomes available.
  4. The right to timely information updates as to any adjustments in the itinerary of the ship in the event of a mechanical failure or emergency, as well as timely updates of the status of efforts to address mechanical failures.
  5. The right to a ship crew that is properly trained in emergency and evacuation procedures.
  6. The right to an emergency power source in the case of a main generator failure.
  7. The right to transportation to the ship’s scheduled port of disembarkation or the passenger’s home city in the event a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.
  8. The right to lodging if disembarkation and an overnight stay in an unscheduled port are required when a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.
  9. The right to have included on each cruise line’s website a toll-free phone line that can be used for questions or information concerning any aspect of shipboard operations.
  10. The right to have this Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights published on each line’s website.

 

 

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