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ByRick Deutsch

SpeakOnCruises to be taking December for business planning

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE / Silicon Valley, CA Dec 3 , 2017

SpeakOnCruises, the premier cruise ship speaker training company, has announced that seminar and coaching services will not be available until January 2, 2018. The core of the management and staff will be engaged in detailed business planning for the 2018 cruise year.  The uptick in cruises has opening opportunities for many prospective speakers. The office will be on minimal staffing during this time.

Clients who have initiated contact with SpeakOnCruises will be scheduled for their class in January – at a mutually agreed to date.  Email and phone support will be slower than usual.

A surge in openings for speakers through 2018 has been noticed.  It was revealed that many cruise lines are booking trips that require speakers all the way into early 2019. Caribbean cruises are in strong shape despite the recent hurricanes.

“Many clients are landing trips. Destination speakers continue to be in demand, but engaging Special Interest talks are hot,” said Co-founder, Bill Belew. “We’re even doing them ourselves – it’s a good deal to get to take our wives on these.”

SpeakOnCruises curriculum is delivered in a 1-1 in-person manner for local candidates and via internet technology for students as far away as Australia.

These opportunities to speak on an InfoTainment theme are rewarded with a complimentary cruise for two. There is no financial payout, however.

Company contact: Rick Deutsch, ricky.deutsch@gmail.com

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ByRick Deutsch

Tips on sailing out of Southampton, United Kingdom, Part 2

England is neat….but I hear the traffic is as bad as Silicon Valley.  Our freeways are jammed until about 10 am now!  “We need the jobs.”  Really? What about the quality of life? Apple, Facebook and Google are hiring like there’s a boom on. Now Google plans to build a 22,000 worker campus in downtown San Jose.

That’s my rant for today…I’m a no-growth guy.  The message is to be prepared for traffic heading to Southampton.  If you leave in the a.m., you will be wise as the bulk is heading into London.

As promised in the last blog – here’s Part 2 of our tips on getting to Southampton.

Tip 3 – Traffic Circles everywhere. When you get off the “motorway,” i.e. the “M4.” Most of the the arterials like the “A383,” are controlled by “Traffic Circles,” aka “Roundabouts.” The problem for us yanks is that we are driving on the left side and are thrust into a counter-clockwise flow….then need to come out of it to our left and into the next left lane. This can take some thinking.  Don’t chew gum and try this at the same time.  You may have to continue circling until you have the confidence to get out.

Tip 4. – They use diesel fuel. Before you turn your car in at the port, you need to fill it up. DO THIS on your own. The car rental place will gouge you real bad. Pay attention. Your car is probably diesel. To throw you off, the GASOLINE pump hoses are green.  In the USA they are black.  This could be a costly mistake.

Stonehenge

Be sure to visit Stonehenge on your way to Southampton

Tip 5 –  When you check out your rental car – be sure to have them mark prior damages. Check the left front wheel carefully. Have them mark the dings on the wheel down.  Americans have a tendency to drift to the left. And it’s hard to make turns without dinging the wheel.  You don’t want to  be charged.

Tip 6 – You need to have an International Driving Permit – not to rent the car, but to show to a “Bobby” if you get stopped. This is the dumbest thing ever – you need to have your normal Driver License anyway. The rental car company doesn’t care –but the cops must.  They cost $30 at AAA plus two passport photos. A rip-off!!

All for today – give us a shout!

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Tips on sailing out of Southampton, United Kingdom Part 1

Many European cruises begin at the huge port of Southampton. This is at the southern end of the United Kingdom.  As a trivia item, the Titanic set sail on its fateful maiden voyage.

Typically, your Baltic, Med or North Africa cruise may begin out of here. Another large port is up north at Liverpool (home of the Beatles).

Ok, let’s give you some advice.   Most people fly into London after a 5 – 10 hr flight. You will be zoned out upon arrival. Try and get some sleep and don’t watch movies the whole time.

Try the Caribbean – post hurricanes.  Prices are cheap. Read the story.

Tip 1. Heathrow is the airport to fly into. It is very convenient to get into. But – it is huge. It has 5 terminals and they have to be 5 miles apart! Good luck on finding signs. They seem to keep a secret on how to get between terminals. You will be recognized as a Yank – we stand out.  The men over there are wearing what looks like “too small” suits with tight pants…and those Wizard of Oz pointed shoes.  Americans tend to wear baseball caps, tennies and a college sweatshirt.   “Hollister?”  I live near Hollister California. It’s funny when I see people with them on – “You from Northern California?”   Huh?

Druid monuments

See Stonehenge on your way to Southampton

Get a hotel.  You will really appreciate it.  I highly recommend the Hilton. The hotel is right in the airport. Warning: You need to get to the hotel in Terminal 4. Heathrow is huge…I mean really big.  It’s not a walk. No tram. You need to take a bus….but they don’t advertise how to get to it.  You are going to have to ask for most everything.  The bus is actually a commercial transit…but if you are going from your landing gate to Terminal 4, it’s free.

Tip 2. Rent a car to get from the airport (even if you are not staying there)  Be aware. They drive on the wrong side of the road. Actually – it’s the left side. And manual transmissions are the rule. In the USA, stick shifts are very hard to rent. Automatic shift rentals are a LOT more money to rent.  Be careful – it will take you a while to get used to it. And LOOK BOTH WAYS.  You will instinctively look left….but cars are coming from the right! Renting is way cheaper than a bus – it’s only 90 minutes away.

See you next week for more handy tips on getting to the English dock.

Drop us a comment – we’ll help YOU get a cruise out of Southampton.

 

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