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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers – a tip to keep your talk successful when all fails.

On a recent cruise I was set up to give five enrichment talks. Oh, I sail for free by giving these kind of Enrichment talks. Today was “Aviation.”

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Speaking on a cruise ship to Alaska

When I got backstage, the speaker before me was going way over his 45 minutes. So he left me with only 5 to set up – not the 15 we are supposed to get.

Well, the “house” system would not let my video and audio both run together. It got my PowerPoints OK, but short video clips either did not play or the sound track was quiet. Not good. In the few remaining moments before the 400 person audience would be restless and walk out….the staff pulled up their laptop and I put my USB backup in. It has my entire file on the talk.

If you only have the actual PowerPoint, you will not be able to access your videos! Well, it all worked fine on their PC. Odd.  I use Office 2003 – they were current – so maybe they are not 100% compatible. Way to go Microsoft!

The show went on and I got good reviews….but underneath I was upset at the previous speaker for cutting hard into my time. I later met with the techies and after playing with various  cables (this ship only uses VGA – not HDMI ) to no avail, they think that the “dual monitor” setting on mine has to be manually set.  All this despite everything working on other ships.

Take away:  PUT YOUR TALKS ON A USB BACKUP.

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ByRick Deutsch

The replica Titanic is now on firmer ground

We’ve talked a LOT about the project funded by Clive  Palmer, the billiionaire Aussie who wants to construct an exact replica of the Titanic ship that went down into 12,000 feet of the Atlantic in 1915.

READ More about Clive’s efforts on our blogs. and search on the site for numerous stories.

So now we learn the the project is back on his front burner.

Titanic II should have floated in 2016. Problems arose and things slowed WAY down. Maybe by late 2019 or into 2020.

His venture is called Blue Star... a play on the original White Star line. The Titanic II will have identical interiors and cabins. But it will boast modern systems. The ever-changing routing is now said to be Southampton to New York…just like the fateful trip.

It will burn diesel instead of coal, but will be graced with four fake smoke stacks. Oh, the real one was a “real” fake – it was there to look more powerful! Nine decks will hold over 840 cabins for 2,400 guests.

Titanic II

Titanic II will even have authentic gym equipment.

You can even enjoy first class, second, or suffer in a shared bath third class.

As things evolve, we’ll keep you posted. Although I doubt that speakers will be employed – it’s just too early to tell….but there will be a lot of sea days.

We can show you how to get free cruises for two on real – modern ships. Just give talks on interesting subjects. 45 minutes. The audience is generally older people who are retired. Make them fun and not classes. Soft mush topics don’t get accepted by the lines. We can help you with your topics.

Our program works – we have helped dozens of folks become cruise ship speakers. In fact, I leave this week for a cruise from Shanghai – to Vietnam.  Cool – Oh yeah, free.

Send us an inquiry – you’ll get info and even a 15-min free chat. We’ll toss in a free e-book on all this.

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ByRick Deutsch

Carnival now has a small city at sea – the AIDAnova rolls out soon

The world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Holdings, now has a monster ship. How does 6,000 passengers sound? And 1,500 crew. Yikes! That’s a small city where I come from. Births, deaths … whatever you can imagine.  The name is AIDAnova.

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AIDAnova Carnival’s biggest ever ship

The beast cost shy of $1 BILLION to build. What do you get for your dollars? A an elevated rope course, three waterslides, 17 restaurants and 23 bars. A first – it will run on liquefied natural gas,

It’s a thousand feet long and displaces 180,000 tons.

AIDAnova will feature a real TV studio at sea, Studio X, where programming will be created right there … in front of hundreds. (Cruiser’s got talent?)

READ about Carnival’s first trip to Cuba: in 2016

For adventure, you can climb though a mini-forest (sans monkeys), lazy down a river or scream down any of three waterslides.

To kick back, “manana” style, The Beach Club, sports a Caribbean atmosphere. It is enclosed by a dome built such that the sun shines in but any rain doesn’t.

Read this. I’ll be careful not to have fat fingers….there is a 40,000 sq ft Spa. Stop and imagine how big that is. Again — 40,000!!

The first cruise will be in December 2018. It’ll hit the Canary Islands. You can join the fun for as little as $600 per person.

Subscribe to keep abreast of the cruise industry. We can help get you on ships – free cruise for two by offering your expertise as a speaker. Carnival doesn’t host speakers, however. But it’s fun to see what’s going on.

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