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ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – The interview

Continuing on in my log on how to become a cruise ship speaker.

I have interviewed a lot of people over the years. I have hired folk and let some go. Going into the interview to be a cruise ship speaker, I had complete confidence.

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

Mostly because from my experience people have no idea how to interview. That means I can usually take control and lead the interviewer to ask questions I want them to ask me. Not this time.

I was on the phone for 45 minutes with one agent. An hour or so with another. And an hour and half with yet another. We went over our cell phone minute allowance for the month. 8-(

“Why do you want to be a cruise ship speaker?”

“Tell me how you gained your expertise in your area?”

“Where have you spoken in the past? What size crowds? Topics? Response?”

“Can you do powerpoint?”

“When are you free? How flexible is your schedule?”

And and and … and I asked a lot of questions, too.

“Great. Mr. Belew. We will take our recommendation to our committee that decides and get back to you.”

” … ”

“Mr. Belew?”

“Great. I will be waiting to hear from you.” = I will never hear from them.

A week later an email came. “Congratulations. Mr. Belew. We are happy to have you on our list of recommended speakers. Please keep in mind that the ship will make the ultimate decision. Please let us know which cruises you would like to be considered for and we will contact the ship on your behalf.”

Uh… more waiting. (I didn’t say this.) But I thought it pretty loudly.

“Where can I see a list of cruises that are looking for speakers?”

“We will send that to you, Mr. Belew. Congratulations again. Glad to have you on board.”

Point – The interview is not a done deal. Lots of waiting. Persistence is key. But still not enough. The ship will ultimately decide.

ByBill Belew


My agent posted this on her Facebook page.

Have you ever wanted to go to Barcelona, Italy and the Greek Isles for free?

Ever considered speaking on a cruise ship?


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Celebrity Equinox
September 14-26
Roundtrip Barcelona
Italy & Greek Isles

Opening for: Destination Speaker

email me for a proposal form if you want to apply:

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain 5:00 PM
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Docked 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
Day 4 Naples, Italy Docked 7:00 AM 6:30 PM
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Santorini, Greece Tendered 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
Day 7 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey Docked 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 8 Mykonos, Greece Tendered 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 9 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Docked 6:00 AM 6:00 PM
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Valletta, Malta Docked 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Day 12 At Sea
Day 13 Barcelona, Spain 6:00 AM


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ByRick Deutsch

Lifeboat drills can save your life; be sure to go.

Standard Life vest

Standard Life vest

When on a cruise, the most important thing you are going to do is attend the lifeboat drill. It’s mandatory, yet many just show up and go through it with glazed eyes. The recent crash of the Costa Concordia off Italy should wake up people to the importance of the briefing. Without a life vest, you can tread for maybe an hour. That is, if you are lucky and in your heated pool back home. Try floating in 55 degree water. Heck even in the tropics, if the water Is a warm 88 degrees – your body is at 98.6 and the heat will be sucked out of you.

So – know where your life vest is. Practice putting it on. Learn how to connect all the buckles and straps. Notice where the light is (it will come on in contact with the water). Notice where the whistle is. If you are floating away from the ship, your voice will only carry a few yards. The whistle will extend your call over several  hundred feet. And rehearse just where your “group” is to assemble.  The life you save might be your own.