Most assignments to lecture on ships do not include airfare. Some do, but most have you get there on your own.
Work with your agent on this insider 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 bug your agency – they have enough to do.
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 here. 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 under the cruise line’s umbrella, you will be met after Customs with a name sign. 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 get you to your ship.
Keep the port contact info if you do have travel problems. Tell them your situation and they will work with you. They often have workarounds. BUT they will not hold the ship full of 2,000+++ guests just for you.
We share these kind of tips on this blog and MORE in our seminar. See the HIREUS page for the process. Make the move. Sail for free.
You DO have a checklist – don’t you?
I have found three things that really should be on your checklist when planning a cruise. I learned the hard way.
If you wear contact lenses…bring a spare pair. I got an eyelash on my right one and it felt like sandpaper. Somehow it was under the lens and would not move when I teared up. Pain. The only option was to pull it out. Do not put them in your mouth to wet them. A gaggle of bacteria will end up in your eye with really bad consequences. The same reason you don’t soak them in water – use the cleaning fluid.
I didn’t have any of that so I had to toss it. l had a spare, so I completed the trip with one eye. I’m pretty myopic so I had to limp and squint. My good eye got me home.
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Your meds. I didn’t count correctly prior to a two week trip and was a day short. I have to take a cluster of meds after some aorta surgery: aspirin, blood pressure, ACE inhibitor, beta blocker, yada yada. Well, since these must be taken every day….I cut some of them in half and went with half dosage. Not good. I felt the effects.
Spot remover. I often drop pasta sauce on my shirt. I can try to cover it with my necktie, but feel like a 5 -year old. Tide makes postage sized stain removers. I now put a few in my kit.
So keep your checklist up to date. If you don’t have one – think about it.
Want to sail for free? True – two people go comp. All you have to do is give some lectures. We can teach you the process.
After you develop your talks, the hard part is getting someone to pay you. It’s true missionary work. Marketing is key. In our world, this ties in strongly with Sales. The business school adage is “Marketing drives sales.”
But how to get your name out? Well, contact as many associations, companies, and groups that you can and solicit your services. OR try meeting planners. These are the folks will post your credentials to their website that is read by people that want to hire speakers.
To cut to the chase: Get your profile loaded on their sites. The most efficient way I’ve found is to contact eSpeakers. Engage with them – your capabilities will be posted to these meeting planner sites. Cover your bases, give it a try.
Business Speakers Bureau
Event Tech Guide
Manzella Trade Communications
Marketing and Networking University
Meeting Professionals International
My Pharmacist Now
Prestigious Speakers Bureau
SPiN:Senior Planners Industry Network
The Keynote Shop
The Women’s Information Network
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