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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise Ship Lovers Meet up 9/23/13 Recap

The last MeetUp for Cruise Ship Lovers featured Madlen Saddik. She is a travel consultant who provided a lot of information on Cruises sailing out of San Francisco.

Madlen Saddik tells us about San Francisco based cruises

Madlen Saddik tells us about San Francisco based cruises

She explained that Princess is basing a ship at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero. Either the Star Princess or the Grand Princess will originate trips from there. These include Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal and California Coastal runs. It is VERY convenient to just drive to San Francisco to depart then pick up your car at the end and head home. Just think – no jet lag as before when you had to fly to far away ports.

Last year, I did a ship speaking gig out of SF. My wife drove me up and picked me up at the end. If you are further away, you can make a long weekend of it and stay in the City before you get on board.

Madlen Saddik

Madlen Saddik

Madlen also told us that the Grand Princess has a neat offering. You can visit the ship while in dock and take a tour before it heads out. No obligation. This is for those who want to “see what’s it’s like,” before committing to a cruise. For $39 each you get a nice lunch and access to roam around the major areas of the Grand PLUS get an included high rez photo of you on the ship. Those alone usually sell for $30 and up on cruises. The point being that if you like the digs, you can apply that money to a future booking. Neat.

Frank and Karen won the raffle for a travel book.

Frank and Karen won the drawing for a travel book.

If you missed the meeting – you really missed out.  Madlen is at for more information. See you in October.

Bon Voyage!


ByRick Deutsch

Cruise Ship Lovers Meet Up adds a bonus


Cruises can earn  money by writing

Cruisers can earn money by writing

 The Sep 23 Cruise Ship Lovers MeetUp will not only feature a popular speaker, Madlen Saddik (San Francisco based cruises) but we will also have a drawing for Gordon Burgett’s seminal book, “Travel Writers Guide.”

Why not make some extra money describing your cruises to others?  Travel writers get placement in a variety of media – from Sunday inserts to feature articles in national magazines. This book will tell you how to sell your articles BEFORE you travel. Learn how to convert your one idea into many articles.

I took a few courses from Mr Burgett. he is a spark plug of ideas. Very enthusiastic and down to earth with REAL practical advise. this book is a FREEBIE to one lucky attendee.

RSVP now to ensure a seat. See our MEETUP page for details. Our meeting room is a nice, quiet place to network. If you have info to share, let us hear it! Find singles who want a cruise partner, go with a group or alone.


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ByRick Deutsch

Cruise Ship Lovers MeetUp September 23 Agenda



Cruise Ship Lovers
MeetUp Agenda
Sep 23, 7:30 pm
Palo Alto Church of Christ
3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA


7:30 Sign in – Name badges
– Socialize, network
7:45 Welcome, Introductions
– Rick Deutsch
– Website / Forum Review
8:00 Cruising out of San Francisco – Alaska / Mexico
– Madlen Mirzaian-Saddik
Leisure, Luxury Travel & Cruise Consultant
8:30 Other Free Cruise Opportunities – Entertainer
– Benjamin Belew, Concert Pianist
9:00 Q & A – Socialize, network
9:30 Adjournment