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ByRick Deutsch

UK cruise departures from Southampton a boon to European Speakers

The massive Southampton docks hold several cruise ships

The massive Southampton docks hold several cruise ships

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Our clients in the United Kingdom have good news heading their way. Southampton, is on the western side of England and is a major cruise ship port. Many of our clients prefer not to have to fly to the US to begin their trips. Speakers do have to be flexible as to where they will join the ship. But why not make it way easier without jet lag?

Some of the cruise lines with Southampton departures include Cunard, P&O and Fred. Olsen They all will be departing from Southampton. Speakers need to be alert for the timing of these departures. Unfortunately, most are around this Christmas. there will be 11 different routes form these lines. Durations will range from 10 to 25 days.

The lesson here is to get approved by an agency. THEN you can shop for the destinations and dates you want to go. If you have your four talks in the can, you will be more likely to snag one of these trips. Other lines use Southampton as the take-off point for their Mediterranean season re-positioning back to the Caribbean or other locales. They will be back in the spring to continue their programs.

We post openings as they are available. A word of advice – apply early as many of these popular trip are in demand. Competition among speakers is keen. Jump on it!

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ByRick Deutsch

Want to speak to 100,000 people on a mega-ship?

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Currently, the biggest ships in the world are under the Royal Caribbean banner – the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas, Oasis has almost 7,000 passengers, 2,394 Crew,  7 neighborhoods and 25 dining options. Huge, right? That is bigger than most towns in Iowa!!

Well, get ready. How about a ship that is a mile long. That is no typo… ONE mile long.

The Freedom ship.

The Freedom ship.

Plans for the floating platform were recently released. It would hold 100,000 people, with half being permanent residents. Of course, it will have a mall, schools, cinemas, etc. The ship would circle the earth every two years. It will be in ports 70% of the time and at sea the remainder.

So where did this crazy idea come from?  A rich guy named Norman Nixon. After the 2008 financial crisis hit, he gave up. He’s dead now, but his former business partners are looking at doing it. So much for going through the Panama Canal. The locks are 1,000 feet long now; going to 1,800 in 2015. We shall see.

But just think, if you were giving talks, you could live there!!

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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise Ship speakers practice high ethics to ensure they get invited back

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Getting free cruises is a huge benefit to enjoy. How often do you get chance to see Rome, Venice, Barcelona, London…… and for free. If you can speak on 4 topics under one genre…..and are GOOD; you may qualify. You can even take another person for free.  Take your spouse, partner, buddy, aunt – whoever. I took my sister to the Mediterranean. She loved it.

Many passengers AND some of our clients are single and travel alone. There are a lot of single women traveling. Many daughters are treating their mothers on her dream vacation. Widowed men sail to move on with their lives.

Restrain your hormones on cruises

Restrain your hormones on cruises

Onboard, when you are not speaking – you are treated as both a passenger AND part-crew. This means you  need to resist temptation as far as “getting involved” with passengers. Most cruises lines have a “non-fraternization” clause. You are not allowed in a guest room and vice-versa. Violation can result in your being dropped off with your suitcase at the next port.

If you are smitten, an exchange of phone numbers or email is fine. But be cool and ethical.

 

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