Speakers on cruise ships: wear your best

ByRick Deutsch

Speakers on cruise ships: wear your best

You only get one chance to make a good impression. When you speak on a ship, the advice is to look better than the guests. YOU represent the line. The passengers think you are part of the staff. You need to look the part of a subject matter expert. The audience needs to be engaged in your content, not on your college logo necktie. Pick subdued colors. Nothing flashy; leave that to the Hollywood celebrities. For men, one dark suit jacket and 3 ties will suffice for 2 weeks. Bring a pair of different color pants to get more mileage out of your clothes. You should have a complete suit that you can wear to after hour gatherings. Guests dress up for many evening events. If you are dining with them you should look sharp.

NOT appropriate !

NOT appropriate !

While you are bounding about the ship, I suggest nice shorts, white tennis shoes and white socks. Wear a polo shirt and you’ll be styling.  Don’t wear cut offs, flip flops or otherwise look ratty.

The ship will have a laundry service. I use the dry cleaning for my suit. The white shirts come back snappy. You may also consider a small shoeshine kit. When you are up on stage, the audience can easily see if you just romped through a dirt pile. Look spiffy.  You will get compliments – especially from the ladies.

Be prepared for inclement weather. Many ships provide umbrellas for guests, but don’t count on it. Toss in a small one, as well as a waterproof jacket. I find one the hardest things is packing when it’s 70 degrees at home. On a recent cruise from Montreal to New York City, the best thing I packed was a down parka.  It was VERY cold on the St Lawrence seaway.

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