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ByRick Deutsch

Is business class really worth the extra expense?

The wife and I recently had a cruise assignment from Chili to Antarctica then Argentina. It was a 23-dayer.  6 sea days in a row around the continent. Plus many others. We did not touch the “land” but if you are below 60 degrees, it counts as having been. We were down to 65 – yeah! So now I have been to all 7 continents.

We even saw penguins on the Falkland islands.

King Penguin

King Penguin

My wife decided that for this L O N G flight, she was NOT going to fly coach. We flew AeroMexico.  The routing was from SFO to LA to Mexico City to Valparaiso. Add them all up and you get close to 18  hours in the air. Plus the in-terminal connection time.

It’s pretty expensive. I said “no way” we’re spending that much.  I even suggested that she go business and I go coach. Then every 4 hours we swap. Dunno if the carriers allow that…but I’d do it.

Well, we went ahead and paid for business. Seems that planes are made now with Economy…. Economy PLUS… then a single “Premium” class that merges the old First and Business classes.

First the obvious.  Huge seats, way better food, small area for all the “rich people,” away form the rabble in the back, A/C outlets, big TV screens, USB charging slots, free “goodie bag” – BUT the big carrot is LAY FLAT seats.

I’m 6-2 and I fit. My head touched one end, and my soles the other….but it was heaven. I actually dreamt and soundly fell asleep. They even give you a hug blanket. Man, with earplugs, I was OUT.  I didn’t use my laptop and all, nor did I watch any of the zillion movies.

See some common destinations – these are old, but you will get the idea.

When we arrived, we were fully rested. We had a touch of jet lag but only because of the 5-hour time difference.  AND we are the first ones off the plane, so at the head of the Customs line.

We also got to use the Airline Lounge at the airports. Wow, free food, wifi, drinks..and in LAX – SHOWERS!!! Yup, with towels and boy did that make us feel alive.

As we finally got home, we both said we’ll do it again.


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ByRick Deutsch

More photos of exotic places – get there for free–> give talks!

Here are more photos of places we’ve been to on cruises. We haven’t paid for a cruise since we were dating in the 80’s. My first (and only) wife does none of the adventures I do. Hiking, scuba, biking etc. She’s a knitter. OK…..I guess opposites attract. It’s been 33 years. Sigh.

The one thing we found out early on is that we like cruising. Everything is in one place for 2 weeks. No packing up daily as you move around. I am NOT a Rick Steves fan of the way he goes. One rollaway and a train ticket. Sorry. I like more than 2 pair of boxers.

So here’s a sampler of some places YOU can get to. Want to give it a go? We can teach you how. Many of our graduates keep reading this blog for poop about on the industry. Newbies are also welcome. When you want to take the leap and sail for free  –  this is the place to come.

SEE more Turkey photos

We teach – you do. . .aka DYI. Do it yourself. A 2-hr seminar will give you the roadmap to follow to get assignments. Like to talk? – share what you know more about than most people.

It’s fun.

And now the show.


Hagia Sophia Turkey


Obelisk taken by Turks from Egypt

Stone house

Where Mary lived after Christ’s death

marble marker

Site where St Paul gave his Epistle to the Ephesians

guest room

Our room for trip to Turkey

So there’s a tease to Turkey. We are so glad that we went back then. It’s going to be risky to go to many parts of Turkey with the Islamic Terrorists…aka ISIS…killing everyone who is an “infidel”. Sad

I’ll post pix of other locations in future blogs

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ByRick Deutsch

Rock & Roll speaker continues to get free cruises

SpeakOnCruises graduate, Bob Ray, is lined up for his 5th speaking assignment. He’s already got several under his belt and will be doing the Panama Canal twice.  His 5th gig will be a highlight of his cruise speaking passion.

He’s been booked on Crystal – the carrot for all of us. They are numero UNO….all inclusive….high end.    We did them from Chili to Antarctica to Argentina.  $10K apiece!  I am not worthy.

Bob talks about Rock and Roll: its history, evolution, cross-over with Country Western and the stars of that genre.  Yup, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and their ilk.  My kinda tunes.

See Bob’s testimonial on our page. He was an active student and asked us many, many questions. I knew his background in the R&R world would allow for some interesting stories.

disc jockey

Bob Ray – Seasoned and sea worthy

He lives in Silicon Valley, like I do, and we’ve had a sub-sandwich lunch a few times to help him out.  He did free speaking at service clubs to test his material. He wrote his Bio, got 4 talk summaries and a YouTube done and applied with gusto. Bingo – he’s off to the races. He’s sailed Princess and others.

Keep up the good work, Bob. And tell your friends – SpeakOnCruises works. And to you, Dear Reader, JUMP INTO THE POOL!

Oh – I almost forgot – He also teaches photography on European workshops that he puts on. Carpe Diem, Bob – Carpe Diem!

Wanna travel free for two like Bob does?  We can help. See his website for more info on his offerings.

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