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ByRick Deutsch

Ultra luxury residence cruise ship coming – rooms for sale!

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The bathroom in one of the Utopia Residence condo’s.

Utopia Residences is rolling out a new idea in cruising – buy a condo. While the WORLD has had a ship doing this for a few years, this new idea takes it a big step further. The WORLD is way cheaper. Utopia (unknown what the final name will be).

It’s planned to sail in 2022, so things may change.

How does a starting price tag of over $4 million to the high end of $36 million suit you?  Got it? Spend it.

It’s actually a yacht – when it hits the water, it will be the largest one the world. 190 apartments will peak at 6,200 square feet. No more mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters or painting the outside. If you are in the stratosphere of wealthy people (why are you reading this?) and own everything else, give them a call.

LEARN about the norovirus – it’s still around.

You will have to cook your own meals…yes, you get a huge kitchen…but no worries, and there will be rooms for your servants….just like your current suburban home. Yes, I’m sure their market research has shown that there will be takers. Well, how many billionaires do we have in the country? 680 in the USA.

They are thinking that folks may be used to paying that much for a place in NYC, London or Paris. Right.

The ship will not hit the “usual”  ports over and over. Rather, it will dock for up to a week…not the usual 8 hours.

So, dream on…and get your deposit in!

See you next time. Drop us a note – we’ll teach you how to get free trips for two by speaking. There are a ton of ships sailing weekly – your odds are good.

 
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ByRick Deutsch

The luxury cruise market in 10 years | some surprises

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2027 market share for luxury cruise lines

 

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Cruising is a very fast growing segment. A good economy is feeding the trend to sailing. Figures of 25 million worldwide passengers is predicted for 2018.

Giant floating cities with over 7,000 souls-on-board are taking a big chunk of folks on their lifetime treat.

While the senior crowd is well … dying off …the lines are targeting the older millenials who are starting to run companies. This crowd is spending.

I live near Google and the salaries are astronomical. A lot of Ferraris are sold in Silicon Valley.

As a result, when they plan a vacation they go top banana. Ultra-luxury. I speak on many classes of ships – Ultra luxury is the way to go…if you can get it free. I do. I give talks. You can to. We’ll teach you.

To show you the market share of this segment, Cruise Industry News has come out with their forecasted ranking.

Backstory: Learn how to be a speaker on ships

As can see, Viking is pushing hard to overtake the traditional leaders, Crystal, SilverSea, Seabourn, Oceania. Viking will be have 18 ships by then.

Viking has spent big bucks to penetrate hard. NEW ships seem to be rolling out every 6 months. They have owned the river boat market and want to dominate the high seas.

To get a slot, you need to be a destination speaker. They don’t want enrichment talks. Boo – that’s my forte.

Send us a comment. Tell us what you want to talk about. If you can handle audiences, have the credentials and a desire – you’re in good shape.
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ByRick Deutsch

Add Bergen, Norway to the list of towns who have had enough of cruise ship crowds

Bergen is Norway’s busiest cruise destination. But like many other “hot tourist spots,” the citizens are in an uproar over the hordes that are taking over the ambiance of their village.

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Big ships wearing out their welcome in Norway

The port is asking for permission to reduce the number of cruise ships to three per day or a maximum of 8,000 cruise passengers.

Small neighborhoods are being overrun by gawkers. 14 story ships look like Godzilla rolling into port. Note Vince, Italy: the same view is there. With the constant flow of tourists, locals have no privacy.

Don’t the businesses love the new customers?  Well, actually, people pay a lot of money to just get on the ship and say they are “just looking.”  Maybe, they will spring for a $10 TShirt or a ‘fridge magnet for $2.00. Cruise passengers tend to touch but not buy anything but Chinese made souvenirs. They eat free onboard so they smuggle food off and don’t eat at local restaurants.

Learn what Venice is doing to curb the crowds

Pollution is beginning to be visible.  Bergen wants cruise ships to use electricity or hydrogen by 2026. The government is now defining the regulations.

All this while Norway wants visitor growth to rise 2.5%per year from 2018 until 2028,

Oslo is the place that folks want to see. But even that city’s cruise growth has not risen much. High berthing costs are not attractive to the ship lines. Frankly, Norwegian ports on the West Coast are cheaper and easier for European cruises to get to.

The people want the arriving masses cut back. One party proposed a total ban on cruise ships in Oslo.

Of course, the other side says that cruise traffic is as an “asset.”

Tune in next week for another entrancing story from SpeakOnCruises.

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