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ByRick Deutsch

Montenegro joins the ever-expanding list of historic towns getting overrun with tourists

On this site we cater to speakers on cruise ships – and those who want to be one. We’ve blogged about the state of the ports that ships are stopping at. They unload tourists who partake of up to ten “excursions,” aka tours done by locals.  Many of those destinations are getting  tired of all the  visitors.

You can add Montenegro to that list – along with Venice, Bacelona, Mallorca, Santorini and Dubrovnik.

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Montenegro yacht harbor

The main town of Kotor is ripe with history and a charm found only in medieval times.  It was sheltered from “invaders” by a wall that provided a strong defense.  Today, that same wall needs to keep tourists out!

Can you believe that this World Heritage site has over 400 cruise ships arriving a year. 400! – most come during the summer and shoulder months. Like most destinations, things slow down during winter; thus the crunch is concentrated into just a few months.

About 90 souvenir stores now populate the village. With ships getting bigger and bigger, it will only get worse.  These “cute” destinations fear when the mega-lines begin to arrive. Giant ships are a major source of concern.  The Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, holds 5,518 passengers. Yikes.

READ our latest post about Mallorca and its problems. The mission of SpeakOnCruises is not to entertain you with stories like this…we do…but to get you interested in taking our program to help get you free cruises by giving lectures. The HIRE US page tells it all.

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ByRick Deutsch

Who is the best company to help me get a job speaking on cruise ships?

SpeakOnCruises is the only firm that is neither a booking agency nor part of a cruise line. There are no hidden agendas. The founders are both veterans – the US Navy and Air Force respectively. Both served in the Cold War: the one we won!

We come up #2 when you enter this in a Google search:  “How can I speak on a cruise ship.” We are just after Cruise Critic – a monster in the industry. Often #1. We do not advertise. People find us!  We’ve had over 500 inquiries in 5 years.

Bob Ray

Meet Bob Ray; a SpeakOnCruises graduate

With over a decade of combined experience (and nearly 40 cruises under our belts), the team has figured out the process to get a free cruise for two by speaking. If you can provide “InfoTainment” to generally older, retired people on vacation, the lines will love you. You should also note that a younger demographic is beginning to sail, so don’t dwell on yesteryear.  Many will not know what the Cold War was, who Jacques Cousteau was, nor even Lucille Ball. Tailor your talk to your audience.

Our fee covers a 2-hour seminar where we teach – you do. These are in-person in the SF Bay area…or via Skype if you are elsewhere….with some hand-holding along the way. We “open the kimono.” Here I go assuming you know what that means. It means we hide nothing. No teasers to buy a book, or pay us more.

The next step?  Read our HIREUS page

We don’t guarantee that you will get a cruise – that is up to your ability, the topics you select and your presence as a public speaker. But we will do our part to make you pretty for the agencies and the lines.

Give us a shout. We’ll explain things further that might help.

You want to do this – or else you would not have found us.  Get wet – jump in.

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ByRick Deutsch

Are cruise staff trained on emergencies? Why are people falling overboard?

If you‘ve been keeping up with the news lately you heard that a woman fell off a ship and treaded water for 10  hours. That is no typo – again TEN hours.  Details on WHY are not public. This is the second person to fall off a ship of this cruise line in two months.

Kay Longstaff

Brit Kay Longstaff, 46, after her miraculous ordeal.

The reality is that it’s the person’s fault – end of discussion. There are mandated railing all around the ship. But when a person has too much to drink and/or sits on the railing to get a selfish (I mean selfie) photo they can lose balance and over they go. 10 hours of treading water must be a record.

In 2016, nine people went overboard…that’s about one in nearly three million passengers. And  yes, their fault.

So, are you confident in the crew to provide direction if an emergency happens?  The team that searched for the woman found her about 2,000 meters from where she fell off the coast of Croatia. This is a rare occurrence – but what about more minor things.

Staff, including the housekeepers are taught maritime safety rules and regulations, emergency signals and evacuation procedures.

Back story – Modern lifeboat design.

The most important device is the life jacket. Every crew member needs to know where to locate life jackets and to help passengers in putting them. The mandatory lifeboat drill is so very important, yet many passenger talk during it.

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