The obvious benefit of lecturing on ships is the places you can go. My wife and I went from Singapore to Capetown and saw places we’d only read about.
One of the guest speakers was an expert on the Zulu’s. Rob Caskie grew up with the Zulu’s and speaks the language fluently. This African tribe gave the British the worse defeat ever. Ever! It was a lopsided victory for the natives. We learned a lot about this battle and the Boer Wars.
Like Rob, when writing your talks, make them fun and interesting. Stories are key. Rob didn’t use a single note. He told about these battles and our minds filled in the images.
In his talks, he carried a baseball bat looking stick. He said the Zulu’s carry them and he also uses it as a prop. In his four presentations he built up the drama. I am making a YouTube for him. I am using the clips I took with my video camera and use the Apple iMovie program to edit them. Rob wants to speak in the USA. It’s hard nut to crack – he needs to get paid and the airfare will be a killer.
While he enjoyed the cruise, but as we know, speakers don’t get paid. Hon your skills and you’ll get ovations after you talk.
Most speakers on 2 week cruises do it because they want to see the world. Riding on a ship for days looking at blue oceans is not exactly something we all have on our list. Boring. No, we want to see sites that we only dream about. One of my favorites – NO, the favorite – is ancient Egypt. The place to be, of course, is Cairo. The plains of Giza to be exact. I’ve been there 3 times on cruises.
The port is either up in Alexandria (3 hours north) or the east off the Red Sea. Either easy it’s a long bus ride. These days you will travel in a security convoy with several buses and a military convoy. Plan on a nice man in a 3-piece suit packing heat. Yes, things are tight over there.
But I digress. The complex at Giza (which overlooks downtown Cairo) comprises the 3 large pyramids. Father, son and grandson. Khufu has the giant one – 482 feet high. Then there are 3 small weathered ones – for the wives.
Unfortunately, because to the long bus ride – and the mandatory side trip to the museum of Antiquities, – you are allowed only about an hour at the actual pyramids. That includes the walk through the Sphinx. All this is available to the speaker – and often for free if you volunteer to escort the tour bus.
Enjoy some of my favorite photos:
Most cruises to Alaska include a half day in Glacier Bay. Small icebergs float in the water near the glacier, so your ship is careful to keep a safe distance. Calving is when sheets of ice detach and fall into the ocean with a loud roar. When you this on PBS or in a video, it seems like the icebergs break lose a big chunk every 20 seconds. In reality. I sat and waiting patiently with my camera at the ready. And waited… and waited some more. By the time you hear the CRACK and turn your head, all you hear is a loud roar; all you see is the big splash. Dang, missed another one.
There are over 600 named glaciers and over100,000 unnamed glaciers in Alaska. Many are growing but 98% of the state’s glaciers are shrinking, losing over 20 cubic miles of ice each year. A lot of the early knowledge about glaciers was reasoned by John Muir, the great conservationist. He made three trips to Alaska in the late 1800’s and today Muir Glacier honors him. Most ships give you an up close view of it.