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ByBill Belew

Caribbean is Most Popular Cruise Destination Despite Hurricanes

Despite the recent hurricane blasts, people are still going to the Caribbean. A look at the statistics just out shows the affinity people have for the warm climate and sandy beaches. In 2016, about 1/3 of all cruises visited the islands.

Popularity of Caribbean Cruises

Popularity of Caribbean Cruises

After two recent massive hurricanes several islands got demolished. Most suffered flooding and extremely high winds, Puerto Rico is still “under water” – weeks after the deluge.

I, for one, will not attempt a trip down there from September through December. That is when you really need motion sickness pills. There are YouTube videos posted that show lower cabins actually going underwater!

Backgrounder: The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

The next most popular destination is probably not a surprise – the Mediterranean. The region drew about 18% of the  market. Europe as a whole, settled in at 11%.  This was followed by Asia, South Pacific, Alaska and South America was in at 2%.

It seems odd, but Alaska came in at single digits.  That is a great cruise. They speak English and take American dollars! The season is just so short. First trips head out in May and the last stops about mid-September.  The scenery is incomparable.

During my speaking career, I have been up north three times.  The last one I skipped the tours and brought my hiking clothes and headed up into the hills. I have some great photos looking down at the ship.

Finally, I did notice that the Middle East is not even listed in the charts.  Must be in the 13% of “other”destinations. I know they are building up harbors to entertain world visitors.  We will be going soon to Abu Dhabi – Dubai – Mumbai – Phuket and Singapore.  Can’t wait.

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ByRick Deutsch

Want cheap airfare to your next cruise speaking gig?

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.

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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.

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Don’t miss the boat!

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.

We share these kind of tips on this blog Take our class; be a par of this fun industry. . See the HIREUS page for the process.  You can’t get any more help for $300.  Really.  Get off your duff and make the move.

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ByRick Deutsch

Speakers can greatly improve their business by joining the National Speakers Association

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?

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Look like professional speaker

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.

 

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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.

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