1. A memory stick with ALL your talks on it. Not only the 4 or so you are going to give, but any others you might have. You may be asked to give more. Your PC may die – mine did and I had to borrow one from another speaker. It went fine but was bit tacky. Without my USB stick I would have been hosed. Extemporaneous without images is pretty poor. All the ships require PowerPoint or other presentation tool.
It’s been over 35 years since our relations with Vietnam was one of war. Times have changed. Most citizens there are under 30, and like our millennials, they have no clue about that war. The country is still communist, but many US companies now have plants building things from memory chips to coats there. Check your labels – they are not all Made in China.
They are enjoying the rewards of capitalism and many are wealthy and spending. Cruising is a favorite. It’s estimated that 2017 produced 4.3 million passengers. Vietnam now ranks sixth among the regional cruise tourism markets. Over 400 ships stopped there last year.
Princess Cruises carried nearly 60,000 guests on twenty cruises to Vietnamese ports. Typical stops include: Phu My, Nha Trang, Danang, and Cai Lan. For 2018, that line is focusing six ships in the area. They plan thirty trips. This will yield nearly 80,000 guests – a 40% rise over 2018. Many Vietnam Vets want to see the land they served in.
Did you read about Richard Branson’s Adults only ship? Click here.
The year round weather allows a long cruise season, although it can be brutally hot and the monsoons hit in summer.
It’s said that Vietnam’s middle-class is the fastest-growing one in Southeast Asia. They are making money and spending it. The cruisers are not just old people. 55% are between 30 and 59 and 33% aged 20-39.
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This was a good day to tune in. We’re sharing photos of a recent FREE trip we took to South America in December.
First off, it’s a long way to get there. We boarded our ship in LA then sailed down the western side of Mexico – Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, Lima, and finally Valparaiso/Santiago, Chile. That was 17 days.
I got free airfare but only one-way. For me. Not my guest. So I picked the haul from Chile to SFO. I paid to upgrade to Economy Plus – highly recommended.
Although I’ve been through the Panama Canal three times, I was really surprised that the ship didn’t go in. Many do the U-Turn after passing the outermost locks. Too many sea days!
The hit for me was the stop in Pisco. At first glance it’s a “who cares.” Mostly desert. BUT I paid $700 for the excursion to fly over the lines of Nazca. These are the “drawings” etched into the hard soil that can only be seen from the air.
In his 1970’s book: “Chariots of the God’s,” he said they could only have been made by aliens. They are images of a monkey, birds, a spider – about 30 in all. We flew about 500 feet above them. You cannot tell what they are from the ground.
So who made them? The who is easy – the Nazca people lived in southern Peru from 0 to 800 CDE. But how did they do it? That’s easy also – it’s very hard soil – VERY little rain. With a hoe type tool, you can scrape these lines.
Why? It’s believed they were done for a religious purpose. They had a plan and executed it – for the gods.
Check these photos I took:
Questions? Let us know. See you next week.