Most assignments to lecture on ships do not include airfare. Some do, but most have you get there on your own.
Take notes on this one.
Work with your agent on this tip. Inquire about “marine rates.” Crews get decent discounts for travel to/from their ships. Think about it. There are thousands of cruises that go out annually. The parent Cruise Line books a heck of a lot of passengers AND crew on airlines.
They get discounts. If they concur, have your cruise line book your travel and request marine rates. Don’t pester your agency – they have enough to do – but it’s a legitimate request.
Also, ask about getting transfers through them. This is critical. If you try to get from the air terminal to the berth – you are at risk of not getting there. New cabbies may not know where to go. Buses can take forever. If you miss the departure – YOU need to get to the next port on your own. Ugh.
If you are under the cruise line’s umbrella, you will be met after Customs with a name sign. SMITH Whew what a relief after a LONNG flight. They will guide you to your luggage – even get it and move it to a bus for you. If that bus is late – it’s on the ship to pay for get you to your ship.
Keep the port contact info handy in case you do have travel problems. Tell them your situation and they will sort it out. They often have work-arounds. BUT they will not hold a ship full of 2,000+++ guests just for you.
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The NSA, as it’s called (not that one), is the organization for professional speakers.
It is actually international in nature, through formal relations with sister clubs. The benefits are huge for budding speakers. The organization hosts local chapters. Where I live, there is a San Francisco group. Just poke around the www and you can find one.
You will get a monthly magazine with information from high paid speakers. Many actually make a career out of speaking. They might be on the “podium” or conduct coaching or related services. Their main talk is the Keynote. I have one – do you?
There is also a annual National Convention where heavy hitters talk to over 200 attendees. Quarterly training sessions are also held. Local chapters bring in value-add “thought leaders” to help you learn the business.
To join you need to have 30 documented paid gigs. These can be for a dollar at the Lions Club – don’t just do it for a free lunch – ask for $1. And get a receipt/invoice to prove it. Annual dues are $400. The local chapter may ask you for $100.
Think about it – find a chapter – and attend as a guest. I was a guest for maybe 5 months while I was building up my entry qualifications.
Contact us – we can help you in all phases of speaking.
If you are on a voyage, you will experience the opportunity to take tours in the ports you are landing at. That’s why people go on cruises. Yes, the food is good, the on-board activities keep you busy, the shows are entertaining and the swimming pools are wet. But you go for the tours.
Passengers can pay good money to take local tours. We’re talking anywhere from $25 for a walking tour of an old village, to maybe $125 for a bus to a castle, to thousands for a flight to an archaeological site or glacier. Besides the cost of the ride on the boat, bills for excursions can run near $1,000 per person.
We’ve been on cruises and there is a way to actually get to go on a tour for free. How to do it? Well, first you have to be a lecturer. We’ve been sailing and speaking for nearly ten years. We figured out the game.
We can show you how you could easily save the $1,000 the guy who rooms next door to you pays. Really. Take our class. Become a cruise ship speaker. See the HIREUS page.
Knowledge is good. We want to share and do a Vulcan Mind Meld with you. We open the kimono and don’t hold back.
Just do it!!! You won’t get wet until you jump into the pool.