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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.

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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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ByBill Belew

Cruise Ship Lecturers to Compete with Tony Award Winning Mama Mia on Royal Caribbean

Quantum of the Seas

Quantum of the Seas

As if we cruise ship lecturers didn’t have enough to compete with to get the attention of the 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 or more cruisers.

To be sure, the cruise lines go out of their way to make cruises the experience of a lifetime for its passengers – including putting the best lecturers on board possible. And why not?

Royal Caribbean has announced that they will have Tony Award-winning Mama Mia playing on one of their cruise ships – The Quantum of the Seas. Coming in November 2014.

When I am not talking on board, which is about 164 out of the 168 hours I am on board, I, too, look for other things to do.

Related: 23 Thoughts to Improve Your Speaking Skill Set

I have seldom been disappointed by the evening shows. There was this magician once, however.

Royal Caribbean does great shows. Their on board staff works hard and it shows for their musical productions.

RCI has done Hairspray, Chicago: The Musical and Saturday Night Fever.

If I were a cruise ship lecturer, I’d do a series on musicals, their history, their impact, their stars, their venues …

My bet is there is somebody reading this who knows a LOT about musicals, has done many a review, or just has seen a lot of them.

Wanna be on a cruise ship and give talks?

You know what to do.


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