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ByRick Deutsch

Coming: Orientation to Cruise ship Speaking

Prospective Cruise Ship Speakers 

Orientation Webinar

Thursday December 19, 12 noon Pacific Time

Learn how to sail for FREE by speaking

Learn how to sail for FREE by speaking

SpeakOnCruises will be hosting a courtesy orientation to the world of traveling for FREE on cruise ships. Cruise lines are seeking skilled speakers to present Destination or Enrichment talks. Many professional, retired, or active individuals realize the benefits of being a speaker on cruise ships.

This brief group webinar will introduce you to the SpeakOnCruises team and present an overview of our program to secure an assignment. We are not an agency, but we have been speaking on ships for over 7 years and are able to help you understand the industry, the opportunities, how to get accepted and techniques needed to be rated highly. SpeakOnCruises can give you the tools to succeed.

We will record the webinar and send to everyone who registers – even if you are outside the USA or unable to hear the LIVE seminar. You will see and hear everything on the recording. We use GoToWebinar – it’s free for you. You’ll need to download their software. When you join the event – get on early as they need to check your system for compatibility.

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ByBill Belew

Cruise Ship Lecturers Wanted with Expertise on Dr. Seuss

Norwegian Getaway

A Boat in the Moat

Carnival Cruises announced that they have an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

But what do you know about Dr. Seuss? What is his real name?

Theodor S. Geisel is the answer.

When I read this I immediately thought that Carnival may soon be looking for special interest lecturers with an expertise in this field. Not necessarily just about Dr. Seuss, but may comics or children’s books in general.

Is that you? Would you like to take a cruise?

The Boat in the Moat.

The boat in the moat

Is a ship that’s hip

With a boy named Pip

And a girl with a tote.

Up the ramp

When it’s damp.

Into the sun

For a day of fun.

The boat in the moat

Doesn’t gloat.

But it does float

And the director’s a goat

That writes a note

Which when he is done was wrote

on a boat in a moat.

Okay, I get it. I am not Dr. Seuss.

But I do know some things about children’s books. But not enough to be a special interest speaker on the topic.

But maybe you are that expert.

Reach out to us.

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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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