We are seeing Viking emerge from being a “river” cruise line into an ocean going one. They are first class. Yes, there are opportunities to get a gig on Viking. We can help with our seminar on “How to do it.”
The feedback we are getting is that speakers are saying it was their best experience and now hope to only cruise with Viking. A high point of the Viking Star, was the noticeable décor and art of Scandinavian design. And I’m not talking IKEA.
Most of the ship’s admin, front desk and activity areas are easy to find – all the good stuff is on Decks 1, 2 and 7. (I am usually lost on ships until the last day!) I carry a map with me all the time. They have 5 ships on the water now and about 900 pax is their load. At about 50,000 tons, they are on the small size.
Speakers are berthed in one of four cabins set aside for us. You’ll get a nice decent-sized LCD TV. Talks are given in the 500-seat Star theater via a very large TV monitor. Real unusual as a computer projector with a white screen is not used. A first for me with a large audience.
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The ship has a good fitness room with the standard treadmill, elliptical trainers and dumbbells. HOT NEWS – Wi-Fi is free!! If you volunteer to escort a tour – it’s free. Your job is to herd kittens…keep track of everyone.
We can work with you to be ready to apply to get a Viking Cruise. We know the agencies that book them. Send us a note with your areas of expertise. Almost any topic can work if it’s developed properly. We’re good at that.
It’s been over 35 years since our relations with Vietnam was one of war. Times have changed. Most citizens there are under 30, and like our millennials, they have no clue about that war. The country is still communist, but many US companies now have plants building things from memory chips to coats there. Check your labels – they are not all Made in China.
They are enjoying the rewards of capitalism and many are wealthy and spending. Cruising is a favorite. It’s estimated that 2017 produced 4.3 million passengers. Vietnam now ranks sixth among the regional cruise tourism markets. Over 400 ships stopped there last year.
Princess Cruises carried nearly 60,000 guests on twenty cruises to Vietnamese ports. Typical stops include: Phu My, Nha Trang, Danang, and Cai Lan. For 2018, that line is focusing six ships in the area. They plan thirty trips. This will yield nearly 80,000 guests – a 40% rise over 2018. Many Vietnam Vets want to see the land they served in.
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The year round weather allows a long cruise season, although it can be brutally hot and the monsoons hit in summer.
It’s said that Vietnam’s middle-class is the fastest-growing one in Southeast Asia. They are making money and spending it. The cruisers are not just old people. 55% are between 30 and 59 and 33% aged 20-39.
We occasionally see opportunities for speakers on those ships. Let us teach you how to get one. Contact us now.
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.
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!
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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