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ByRick Deutsch

4 things you should bring on your next cruise

I learned that their are few items that any speaker needs to bring on a cruise to make life much easier. Besides the obvious – like your laptop, your should pack:
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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.

2. Your own slide clicker. Don’t expect the ship to provide one. I put a glob of glue on the > NEXT SLIDE button so I don’t have to look down at it – I can feel it. It is REAL tacky to accidentally hit the back slide.  Amateurish.
3. A bright green laser pointer. If you are in a big theater, the wimpy red ones on your slide clicker will not illuminate well – especially  on a colored image.  I highly recommend the internet to buy these. I have two. They came from China for about $11.00.  They take 2 AAA batteries and will almost burn a hole in the screen. When using it, do not wave it around. Don’t wiggle it. Just point it at the thing you want and hold it there. Talk through what you are pointing at. When the ship records your talk for playback in the rooms, the audience will NOT see your pointer, so  short “On the right side of the screen is the Lithuanian Fruit Fly.”  Bring extra batteries as they are so high power they last about 3 presentations. I take out the batteries when traveling to prevent them from accidentally turning on.  I keep both at the dais.
4. A small analog clock.   You need to get off the stage when they say. Not 5  minutes later. End your talk even you are not finished. Fake the last missed slides.  They won’t know. A small analog clock is easy to read from a distance. You will not be able to see the time on “Presenter View” and a smart phone that rests on the podium and goes dark will not cut it.
We can help you get on board. We are now also working with a UK based agency to provide speakers to their client ships. We’ll prepare you to succeed.

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ByRick Deutsch

Vietnam is becoming a hot Cruise ship destination in 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

We occasionally see opportunities for speakers on those ships.  Let us teach you how to get one. Contact us now.

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ByRick Deutsch

Are the lines at Nazca a message from UFO’s?

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.

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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:

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The Monkey at Nazca

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A perfect spiral in Nazca

Spider on earth

Can you see the Nazca spider?

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A perfect bird – only recognizable from the air – one of Nazca’s treats

Questions?   Let us know.  See you next week.

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