Rick told me I could do this. It never occurred to me to try until he brought it to my attention.
Cruise lines are looking for escorts (not the high-priced ones) to help with tours.
On my last cruise speaking gig, I thought I’d give it a try.
Simple enough. I went up to the excursion desk:
“Hi. I am the guest lecturer for this cruise. I understand sometimes you need help guiding tours.”
“Yes, Mr. Belew, we’d love to have your help. Thanks!”
A few minutes later and I was designated the official flag holder, sans flag, for a tour to some Mayan ruins with a guide who talked about human sacrifices.
The price of the tour was $112 for everyone else. I went for free.
The ruins … so, so. But I know now to chase such opportunities again in the future.
Not only does the cruise ship lecturer get a huge feather in his/her cap, s/he gets moxie from the cruisers, crew rates for other amenities – spa, internet, etc. and sometimes free tours.
Next up – the Vatican.
Great advice, Rick!
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