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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers on ships: Medical care is there in case of emergencies

We talked about some medical emergencies and the real world. People do get ill. When you may have well over 2,000 people of all ages and medical condition sailing for 2 weeks, the odds are a few will need emergency treatment.

Related   –>  Emergency evacuations

On a recent speaking trip on Crystal Cruises, I poked around to see what the medical room was all about. Like most ships, they a have a full time medical doctor on board.  They are not staff, but sail for free, just like us speakers. The “clinic” is well able to take care of most contingencies. There were a few “I gotta cold,”  “I have a cut,” or “I need seasick pills” type cases. Don’t expect to see X-Ray machines or other heavy duty equipment. Many ships have a small operating room that they can take care of appendectomies, set bones and other small operations. Usually, it’s best to off load the patient at the next port that will have a full emergency room to deal with heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, etc problems.

A "real" doctor will be on every cruise

A “real” doctor will be on every cruise

Now, even if you are a healthy specimen….”stuff” happens. As a speaker, you are both kinda crew and passenger. During your application you will need to provide proof (copies) of you health insurance.AND it has to also cover you internationally. If you are treated off ship, make sure your credit card is with you as you will have to pay then work with your insurance to get reimbursed.

And a bit of the macabre. With so many seniors taking their dram vacation, don’t be alarmed if one or two die during the cruise. Death is part of living. On mega ships of 4,000 – 5,000 passengers, like a small city, the Grim Reaper may also have a boarding pass.
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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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