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ByBill Belew

Five 2014 Cruise Ship Trends for Speakers and Travelers

Bon Voyage!

2014 Cruise Ship Trends

It’s not the way things used to be, nor is it the way things are going to be.

Trends in the Cruise Ship industry effect the Special Interest Cruise Ship Lecturer.

Here are 5 cruise ship trends for 2014.

1. Build Your Own Cruise – people don’t mind paying more or less if they can get what they want or not have to pay for what they don’t want.

Related: Get Your Pearl Harbor Kit

2. Short Escape or Get Away Cruises – think 2, 3 or 4 days around the Bahamas or from LA to Acapulco.

3. Accommodating Smokers or not – Cruise lines from Disney to Cunard to Royal Caribbean to Seabourn are following “the smoking lamp is out.” policies

4. Personalized bookings for ports of call – more choices of things to do, smaller groups. You want it, we will bring it to you.

5. Better Cruise Ship Lecturers – One of my agents (I have 5 covering ALL the cruise lines) recently told me that they were looking for “meaty” presentations. Going beyond infotainment and delivering real substance to the cruisers.

The last one is especially of interest to me. Indeed, cruisers are on vacation. But they also want there to be good reason to give up 1 to 4 hours to hear what the speaker dude has to say.

We can teach you how to raise the level of your talks.

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ByBill Belew

How to make a cruise ship change its itinerary | Freedom of the Seas

Get out of your Comfort Zone

Winds will change a ship

It may surprise you but you can make a cruise ship change its itinerary.

You may not want to. But it’s doable.

I wasn’t on it when it happened, (I spoke on this ship earlier this year) but three medical emergencies caused Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas to alter it’s itinerary.

Instead of St.Thomas, the ship made one change for San Juan.

Related: Pearl Harbor Kit

One person had to be airlifted off of Coco Cay. A little out of the way place in the middle of nowhere.

And two more people were evacuated when the ship was diverted to Nassau.

Don’t know if the other passengers were compensated in some way because of the change OR if the patients were reimbursed for the portion of the cruise they missed.

In any event, I don’t think I want to be responsible for rerouting a cruise ship in this way, would you?

I do remember my last cruise, however… a bunch of us were in the gym on stationary bikes and treadmills that happened to be way up front and under the bridge. Try as we might … we could NOT get the ship to move. 😎



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ByRick Deutsch

Professional Speakers: Don’t violate copyright laws; it can cost you plenty

When preparing your presentation for use on a cruise ship or a keynote or training etc, be careful as to where your source material comes from. US Copyright law gets revised periodically, and ignorance is no excuse in a courtroom. In summary, the public domain consists of ideas, facts, mathematical theories, history, and works with expired copyrights.

A work does not enter the public domain simply because it is accessible to the public online. A “work” has a copyright the moment it becomes fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The author of the work does not need to take any formal steps, such as registration, to receive a copyright. It is NOT necessary to put the © mark, although it will deter amateurs. It can’t hurt. Copyright is automatic, and thus a work cannot enter the public domain until its copyright has expired. Anything before 1922 is fair game – there was no law then!

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

Violation of copyright law can land speaklers in court.

The Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyrighted work five exclusive rights: (1) the right to reproduce the work; (2) the right to prepare derivative works; (3) the right to distribute the work; (4) the right to publicly perform the work; and (5) the right to publicly display the work.

My suggestion – be careful. You never know who “owns” the photo or words. They can sue you for big bucks. Attribution may help but is not legally binding. Check with your lawyer for an in depth discussion. Read this article for more information.


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