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ByRick Deutsch

Want cheap airfare to your next cruise speaking gig?

Most assignments to lecture on ships do not include airfare. Some do, but most have you get there on your own.

Take notes on this one.

Work with your agent on this tip. Inquire about “marine rates.”  Crews get decent discounts for travel to/from their ships. Think about it. There are thousands of cruises that go out annually. The parent Cruise Line books a heck of a lot of passengers AND crew on airlines.

They get discounts. If they concur, have your cruise line book your travel and request marine rates. Don’t pester your agency – they have enough to do – but it’s a legitimate request.

READ more about the cruise agencies

Also, ask about getting transfers through them. This is critical. If you try to get from the air terminal to the berth – you are at risk of not getting there. New cabbies may not know where to go. Buses can take forever. If you miss the departure – YOU need to get to the next port on your own. Ugh.

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Don’t miss the boat!

If you are under the cruise line’s umbrella, you will be met after Customs with a name sign.   SMITH  Whew what a relief after a LONNG flight. They will guide you to your luggage – even get it and move it to a bus for you. If that bus is late – it’s on the ship to pay for get you to your ship.

Keep the port contact info handy in case you do have travel problems. Tell them your situation and they will sort it out. They often have work-arounds. BUT they will not hold a ship full of 2,000+++ guests just for you.

We share these kind of tips on this blog Take our class; be a par of this fun industry. . See the HIREUS page for the process.  You can’t get any more help for $300.  Really.  Get off your duff and make the move.

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ByRick Deutsch

Evolution of Cruise ship power plants means lower emissions.

The focus over the last couple decades has been on the “carbon footprint” of the hundreds of cruise ships out on the oceans. This has led major cruise lines to focus more on what “comes out the tailpipe.”

Advances in the generation of needed energy at sea are now rolling out. A quick history. The days of the “tall” ships are long gone. The first cross-Atlantic ships were not used to haul people on vacations. They were mail delivery vehicles. The exploding migration to America drove folks to communicate via letters well before the age of the telegraph and radio. British ships were dubbed “RMS” – meaning Royal Mail Ship.

Soon, coal fired steam engines made for quicker mail delivery. The generated steam would expand and turn large cylinders or turbines that led to the propellers at the back. Occasionally, a person or two could take passage for a fee. The idea caught on. An industry was born.  In the early days, the routing was primarily England to New York City.  The Titanic was doing just that when she went down. Long distance boats rides soon caught on and the demand for overseas transportation rose.

Today, over 25 Million passengers enjoy cruising. Most ships are powered via petroleum products. These tend to dump tons of waste into the air (and a lot settles into the ocean). To help the environment, low sulphur fuels and electric propulsion are trending. Nearly $7B is being spent on new ships.

Cruise ship

Cruise ship pollution

Regulators are now watching smokestack emissions. The European and North American Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) encourage low sulphur fuels. Their reach will soon cover international operations. A major issue for ships is the short life of catalytic components. Estimates of replacement of whole units is about a million USD – labor included.

Although not an Elon Musk (Tesla) idea, we are seeing most newer ships outfitted with electric propulsion. 20 million watts generated is not uncommon. This provides a quieter ride with less vibration.  If you’ve ever roomed at the rear (aft) of the ship, you can feel the engines groaning away.

How about hydrogean power?  That means the most abundant element in the universe is used to generate power and the only waste is water. Norway will develop the world’s first hydrogenpowered cruise ship. Viking Cruises is aiming at zero-emission technology.

I don’t want to forget to remind you that SpeakOnCruises can teach you how to get free cruises for two by giving lectures. Our rates are going up – Save $100 by booking before Oct 15, 2017. See HIREUS.

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Crystal Cruises CEO leaves the #1 rated cruise line

Edie Rodriguez

Edie Rodriguez

In a move that shocked the cruise industry, the CEO of Crystal Cruises abruptly resigned yesterday, Edie Rodriguez has left the company she lead since 201. Under her command, the #1 rated all-inclusive cruise giant was purchased by Hong Kong base Genting.

Ms Rodriquez led a complete transformation of the line fro two stellar ships, the Serenity and the Symphony to an offering that will comprise 3 more ocean liners (one a condo arrangement), 5 river ships, a fleet of yachts and two aircraft.

A 777 is being reconfigured from holding  300 pax to one with almost 90.  It’s focus will be for high rollers to take extended vacations with a theme – like golf courses of the world.  Imagine Scotland on Monday, Pebble Beach on Wenesday.

Crystal has been based in LA for many years but has expanded operations to the Miami area. Key personnel have left the company in the last few years, including the VP of Entertainment, VP of Marketing and the COO.

READ – Genting owns shipbuilding facility

Specific reasons for Ms. Rodriguez departure were not released – but it’s said it was amiable. It’s hoped that more will come out soon.  She has no immediate announcement as to a new position in the industry.

Tom Wolber, fresh from Disney was announced as the new CEO – effective now. While with Disney for 28 years, Wolber  has been President and CEO of Euro Disney and held posts at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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