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ByRick Deutsch

Titanic Immersion Exhibit making the rounds – now in Australia

We’ve blogged a lot about the Titanic. The ship is favorite of cruise ship aficionados and the public at large. A topic I don’t speak about onboard, but it is a fascinating story. While there are other Titanic displays around the world, this one is worth checking out.

A company called Imagine Exhibitions is famous for their work on developing first class exhibits including ones on Jurassic Park, Downton Abbey and Body Worlds to name a few.

In an excellent project, they have reconstructed key parts of the ship that sank with 1500 lost lives. They have built a replica grand staircase, cabins and a deck among other things.

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Replica Grand staircase

The exhibit features over 300 artifacts – real and replicas from the ship. The identical sister ship, the Olympic, and family members provided many of the real-deals.

A key attraction is a Virtual Reality tour of the ship that lies at 12,000 feet. They have stitched together  actual images to product a 3D view thru goggles.  A person can “see” what various areas looks like today!

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VR “tour” of the Titanic at 12,000 feet

Another fun thing to enjoy are many of the props and costumes from the movie. These include Leo DiCaprio’s outfit and Kate Winslet’s dress.

The exhibition will be in Australia starting in April. Some of our clients live there. Take note.

It’s not known if/when the show will be in the USA. It takes a museum to allocate the funds to bring it and to assemble it all.  If we find out, we’ll tell you.

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ByRick Deutsch

Do you have trouble sleeping on a cruise?  Help is on the way.

­­­While it sounds tranquil, trying to sleep on a cruise ship can be frustrating. If your room is at the bow or stern area, you may experience more of the up and down motion than those who paid a bit more to get center suites.

Inside cabins work for most folks and the price is the best you can get. Actually you are only in your room to sleep. If you need to see the ocean, walk out to the promenade deck.

Then it is hell if your room is near the elevator. All night long, the chatter of people getting off will keep you awake.

How about those annoying creaks and groans of the ship as it moves along the waves? Once we heard occasional  20-minute bursts of water flowing through pipes above our ceiling.  We were told they purge the boilers or such.  No sleep that night.

Royal Caribbean has been spending a lot in the past few years to make their ships your first choice. They are most known for their gozilla-size ships. Those huge behemoths can carry nearly 10,000 humans. Wow.

RCL is investing in technology to help you slumber. They are putting in wall-sized monitors in inside cabins that will show you the outside. Just like you are looking out a window. Live images of waves, birds and maybe someone looking at you!

The idea is to divert your attention from your crummy room.  Imagine the astronauts on the space station. The more their craft can replicate a homey environment, the better they will rest. Same idea for you.

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ByRick Deutsch

Richard Branson’s new Cruise line to cater to adults only

Cruises with a gaggle of kids can make for an unpleasant cruise for older people. Many millennials and grandparents bring kiddies on the more economical trips. Like the Caribbean or end-of-season reduced price re-positioning voyages. The ambient noise level rises to 120 dB with children who have no home training.

In an effort to focus on older, retired people on vacation, the new Virgin Voyages enterprise by Richard Branson, the Brit with the bucks, will roll out a new industry offering. No children. The cut off age is 18.  Branson is trying something new. Heck, there are gay cruises, nudist cruises and eclipse cruises!  Why not target the “adult” market and go after it hard?

The unnamed first ship in the fleet just had its keel laid in the Genoa shipyard; it will roll out in 2020.

Imagine the peace and quiet with a tad over 2,800 pax and no tweens.  The plan is really fuzzy, but Branson hopes to sail first out of Miami (after getting the ship from Italy) and ply the Caribbean.

Artist conceptions are out for what Virgin will call “Lady Ships.” They show silver paint with red highlights. A red-headed mermaid is the logo.

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Richard Branson’s adults only ship

Passengers are not called “passengers” nor “guests”….rather “sailors.”  Aye, Matey.   No word on entertainment or other fun attractions, but “most rooms will have balconies.”  We’ll let you know about any opportunities for enrichment speakers.

I like Branson. He and Elon Musk are doers….ala Tucker and Edison.  Just ‘git ‘er done.

More to read – Learn about our Coaching program for fledgling speakers.

Oh…”Adults only ” is not a wild Club Med type of free for all….no hanky panky on this one.

We specialize in getting speakers on ships for free. Free as in no cost for the cruise. Note – you will pay an agent fee for them to market you..but not another penny to us at SpeakOnCruises. We are not an agency – but we get you ready to sail.  There is a process to getting gigs – and we share it.

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