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ByRick Deutsch

New advances in Cruise ship entertainnment

Here’s one we had to share. You say that the ship you are on is rocking a bit? Makes you waddle down the hallways?

Here’s a very innovative idea. How about a pool table that stays level with the earth…not the swells. Amazing that a company would actually think of this….then build it…then sell it!

Check out the video!

In a way, it’s a big expense for a pool table.  Only 2 and maybe 4 can play.  Gee, 2000+ folks take a number.

Hey, a better use – a bed during rough seas.  O, O, O, that’s the ticket.  Install these into staterooms.  No one will get sick! I’m sure the high rollers would pay.  I’ve been on trips and had to hang on when trying to sleep and we went up/down/left/right.

My wife takes pills. The patch made her nauseous when she took it off. I bought her the wrist band thingies but the latest pills worked – not Dramamine.  Ginger works also. I have small boxes of it that were given to me by the owner of the Berkeley (CA) Marina. You can also drink Ginger Ale.  Keep off of caffeine.

Also, that’s what you  should drink on long flights….Ginger Ale with ice and keep off Cola’s.  I don’t drink  – not a religious thing, I just don’t like the taste of beer and I get sleepy with wine and I barfed with hard stuff.

Billiards anyone?

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ByRick Deutsch

Middle East cruising is a “no more” disappointment

It’s very very sad what humans can do to each other. In the name of religion, hundreds have been killed and antiquities destroyed.

Now the world cannot visit spots in the Middle East to meet the people and see the sights.

To protect their passengers and their investment, most cruise lines are no longer stopping in Turkey. The list is now: Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Disney, MSC Cruises and Holland America Line. ALL have all pulled Turkey from itineraries this year.

On my speaking gigs, I’ve been to Istanbul three times. Beautiful City.  The mosques and heritage are spectacular. Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul – three evolving names for this city on the border to Asia and Europe. We resisted buying a carpet on the semi-mandatory stop after tours…but it was fun to see how they are made.  Bargains? I dunno. Plus you can’t return it!

Istanbul is a popular stop between Greece and Venice. Toss Dubrovnik in also.

The only major line still hitting Turkey is Silversea. They are planning to stop in  Kusadasi, Marmaris and Canakkale. This actually surprises me. I’ve spoken on a Silversea Caribbean trip and it is first class. There is just too much risk to passengers with all the terrorist actions going on. The Istanbul airport and the downtown city center have all been hit.  ISIS would love to harm American tourists.  Sad.

LEARN about the Istanbul bombings.

There you have it. More news from SpeakOnCruises.  We have the time to keep up on all this…get your news blips here.  Let’s cruise!!

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ByRick Deutsch

Celebrity Equinox almost wipes out a Florida home!

You gotta take two minutes and watch this video.   In Ft. Lauderdale a million dollar home nearly had a giant cruise ship in their living room.

Looks like the Captain needs a bit of Driving School.   Stay until the end of the video – it shows the ship heading straight at them before turning.

To see the whole story on CBS local news, watch this.

The Coast Guard is determining if an investigation is needed.   Especially if they hit bottom.

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