2013 was a bad year for many cruise ships. Without mentioning names, here are a few of the incidents. As a speaker, you are free to select the line you wish to sail on. Do a bit of homework and check out their record.
1. A ship had engine problems that resulted in it floating like a log in the Gulf of Mexico.
2. An engine fire knocked out propulsion of a large ship and 4,000 passengers were stuck onboard for five days. It got pretty . . well, smelly and worse. This made headlines for canceled cruises, onboard illnesses and engine problems aboard two of its vessels.
3. A ship caught fire while en route to the Bahamas.
4. Several trips were cancelled or rerouted to fix problems.
All this resulted in many upset passengers who had saved for years to take their dream vacation.
To make things right and continue to get bookings, the industry approved a Passenger Bill of Rights. This allows that emergency power would be provided if a main generator died. Also, transportation would be provided to the port of disembarkation or the passenger’s home if a cruise is cancelled. For up to 4,000 passenger!! A hunk of money.
With almost 50% of the cruise market, Carnival is the elephant in the room. They own several lines. Check these out. Did you know these are all related . . .AND they welcome speakers. You can do it.
AIDA Cruises, Germany
Carnival Cruise Lines, United States
Costa Cruises, Italy
Cunard Line, United Kingdom
Holland America Line, United States
Ibero Cruises, Spain
P&O Cruises, United Kingdom
P&O Cruises Australia, Australia
Princess Cruises, United States
Seabourn Cruise Line, United States
Specifically, here are the actual ships you can be on – FOR FREE!
Carnival Spirit in Sydney, New South Wales
Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Breeze, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, Carnival Victory
P&O Cruises – Adonia, Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana, Oriana, Ventura
Holland America Line – Amsterdam, Eurodam, Maasdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, Ryndam, Statendam, Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaandam, Zuiderdam
Princess Cruises – Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Ocean Princess, Pacific Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, Star Princess, Sun Princess
Seabourn Cruise Line – Seabourn Legend, Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest
Costa Cruises – Costa Atlantica, Costa Classica, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Fortuna, Costa Luminosa, Costa Magica, Costa Mediterranea, Costa Pacifica, Costa neoRomantica, Costa Serena, Costa Victoria, Costa Voyager
AIDA Cruises – AIDAaura, AIDAbella, AIDAblu, AIDAcara, AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAmar, AIDAsol, AIDAstella, AIDAvita
Ibero Cruises – Grand Mistral, Grand Celebration, Grand Holiday
Let us help you snag a booking! SpeakOnCruises.com can get you on board.
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth is one of the grandest ships on the sea. If you are a west coast speaker, be advised that this ship will be coming to your town soon. San Francisco will host a 2014 visit from the both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. San Fran has 76 cruises on the calendar.
The Queen Elizabeth is the 2nd largest Cunard ever built. This is a very high end ship…YOU could go for free by giving presentations. You have to be good to get accepted. We at SpeakOnCruises and help get you onboard.
Most cruises begin in Southampton, so our UK speakers can have an easy time getting to the ship. But Americans can arrive after only a 4-6 hour flight to join in. Queen Elizabeth is well worth the minor hassle of getting onboard.
Watch this neat overview of the ship – we can help get you a gig on it.