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.
World travel is amazing perk that speakers can enjoy. As a speaker, you can pick the destinations that interest you. Once you decide on the cruise line or route you prefer, you can apply to be a featured speaker on that cruise. Following are photos of places that the principals of SpeakOnCruises.com have traveled to.
On the Caribbean Island of Barbados, captive trained dolphins give guests a free ride across the lagoon. It’s all very safe and the dolphins seem to enjoy the workouts.