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ByBill Belew

Caribbean is Most Popular Cruise Destination Despite Hurricanes

Despite the recent hurricane blasts, people are still going to the Caribbean. A look at the statistics just out shows the affinity people have for the warm climate and sandy beaches. In 2016, about 1/3 of all cruises visited the islands.

Popularity of Caribbean Cruises

Popularity of Caribbean Cruises

After two recent massive hurricanes several islands got demolished. Most suffered flooding and extremely high winds, Puerto Rico is still “under water” – weeks after the deluge.

I, for one, will not attempt a trip down there from September through December. That is when you really need motion sickness pills. There are YouTube videos posted that show lower cabins actually going underwater!

Backgrounder: The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

The next most popular destination is probably not a surprise – the Mediterranean. The region drew about 18% of the  market. Europe as a whole, settled in at 11%.  This was followed by Asia, South Pacific, Alaska and South America was in at 2%.

It seems odd, but Alaska came in at single digits.  That is a great cruise. They speak English and take American dollars! The season is just so short. First trips head out in May and the last stops about mid-September.  The scenery is incomparable.

During my speaking career, I have been up north three times.  The last one I skipped the tours and brought my hiking clothes and headed up into the hills. I have some great photos looking down at the ship.

Finally, I did notice that the Middle East is not even listed in the charts.  Must be in the 13% of “other”destinations. I know they are building up harbors to entertain world visitors.  We will be going soon to Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Mumbai – Phuket and Singapore.  Can’t wait.

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ByRick Deutsch

PRESS RELEASE / Silicon Valley, CA October 22, 2017

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE / Silicon Valley, CA Oct 22, 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 staff will be on cruises in November and December. The office will be on minimal staffing during this time.

Clients who have initiated contact with SpeakOnCruises and book a session before January 1 will be extended the previous rate of $200; a $100 reduction from the current seminar fee.

The company said that upcoming cruises for the staff include the Canary Islands and a longer one to South America. The latter will include Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica, Lima, and Valparaiso/Santiago, Chile.

A strong up-tick in cruise openings through 2018 are appearing. It was revealed that many clients are booking trips that request Enrichment speakers. Speak On Cruises 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 layout, however. Shipboard discount are also provided.

Interested parties may contact the firm at SpeakOnCruises.com

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

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ByRick Deutsch

National Speakers Association (NSA) offers help to budding speakers

The National Speakers Association is the industry organization for professional speakers.  NSA has many chapters.  The San Francisco group meets monthly near SFO.   If you are in this area, you may consider attending. You can be a guest until you secure the required number of “paid” assignments.  Then you can be eligible for both national and local membership.

The Northern California chapter will be offering several “help” events in the near future.

Oct 19, 6:30-8:30 pm Convert More Prospects Into Clients with a Proven Follow-Up Success System.
Oakland, CA near Lake Merritt TBA

 

Nov 4, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Marketing Espionage: How to Spy on Yourself, Your Prospects & Your Competitors to Dominate Online
Lafayette Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

 

Speakers Academy Event

November 18,  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mining the Treasure Trove of Your Experiences to Uncover Content Others Will Pay to Hear
Lafayette Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549

Contact NSANC to find out more.

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Don’t make a monkey of yourself – get speaking training.

We endorse the NSA and enjoyed our membership.  If you are out of the area, use the search engines to find an organization near you. There is a lot of cache by being a member. Many earn nice incomes only speaking.  You will meet and learn from experienced professional speakers. NOT wanna-be’s.

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Contact us to learn about our own public speaking coaching program. We are full until January, but sign up now to guarantee a slot. This is a 1-1 program – in person if local or internet if remote.   From the SF Bay area to Sydney, we will help you. Our goal is to get you booked on free cruises for two by lecturing.

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