ByRick Deutsch

The Costa Concordia has risen!

After a year and a half sitting on its side, a multi-national team of engineers rigged up a cradle to upright the ship. Two bodies are still inside plus all the waste and toilet overflows. Yuck. Concordia is the 300 yard long monster that Captain Francesco Schettino, drove into a rock off the Italian island of Giglio in January last year. 32 people died . Four of the crew have been found guilty and the Captain is awaiting trial. A new 3,700–passenger mega-ship is being built to replace it. Read the background.

Here’s how they floated it….it’s going to salvage next. Click to enlarge.

The Plan to raise the Concordia

The Plan to raise the Concordia

ByRick Deutsch

San Francisco to Alaska and Mexico Cruise Meetup

Our next MeetUp is at 7:30 pm on Monday Sept 23. We promise a lively meeting and networking opportunity. Our Guest Speaker is Madlen Mirzaian-Saddik. She is a leisure, luxury travel and cruise consultant. She has been a LOT of places and can give you a real world opinion of places, prices and lines. She’ll focus on trips out of San Francisco to Alaska and Mexico. It’s nice to depart from near home. 

We meet at the same place: Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Rd. No religion here – we just use the room.  

Please RSVP on our MeetUp site. 

See you there!        

SpeakOnCruises Team

ByRick Deutsch

Press Release – Cruise Ship Lovers

Contact: Public Relations Dept
San Jose, CA

SpeakOnCruises of Silicon Valley, CA announced an in-person MeetUp for August 26 in Palo Alto, CA. The MeetUp is for cruise ship lovers. Co-founders Bill Belew and Rick Deutsch will host the event designed for new and veteran cruisers to share their experiences. As of press time, nearly 100 people have registered for the MeetUp with half of those RSVPing to attend.

After the highly successful July session, the theme will focus on the Caribbean. Guest speakers will discuss the ins and outs of cruises, the advantages of visiting the islands and insider tips.

In addition to their MeetUp program, conducts group webinars, technical instruction on the tools speakers need master, individual webinars, and in-person  face-to-face consulting. Their website displays a robust blog with free information to visitors. Free white paper program is also available.

Belew and Deutsch are both worldwide travelers and have developed this unique offering to share their experience with candidate speakers. They have relations with industry agencies to assist in the placement of qualified speakers.

Media kits are available through the website CONTACT page.