Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – West Coaster on an East Coast Cruise

ByBill Belew

Diary of a Whimpy Kid, um, Cruise Ship Speaker – West Coaster on an East Coast Cruise

Last evening all the cruisers gathered in the theater for a show and to meet the cruise director.

“By show of applause, where is everyone from? East coast?”


“West Coast?”

“Clap …”

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

I think it was me and three other people.

There were more people from the UK than from California.

I didn’t know it at the time, but unless I wanted to add another day to my trip, I couldn’t get from the West Coast to the cruise ship on the same day as the ship sails.

Get out your calculator and your calendar.

Ship sails at 4:30 pm. Must be on the ship no later than 3. It takes about an hour to get thru the lines. Gotta be in line by 2. Cape Canaveral is one hour away from Orlando. But the shuttle does not sit there and wait for me. I stand around and wait for it. So … aim for noon to be on the shuttle. My shuttle bus driver had to stop and buy gasoline on the way. No kidding. Noon was good. I needed about 45 minutes to gather my bags at the baggage claim in Orlando after landing and get to the shuttle bus pick up. Meaning, I needed to be in Orlando by 11, to catch the noon shuttle to get to the port by two and on the boat by 3.

Head to Expedia and Cheapoair. No direct flights from San Jose or San Francisco to Orlando. Best I could do is about 7.5 hours through Phoenix.

11 am in Orlando minus 7.5 hours equals leave the west coast by 3:30 am! Oh, and there is a 3 hour time difference between east and west coast meaning 12:30 am! No flights. The closest I could find was 7:30 pm the night before that got me in to Orlando in plenty of time to make the connections. Can you say 5:13 am?!

I am smarter now. At least a little.

Point – Taking an east coast cruise from the west coast means adding a day to your itinerary or sleeping on a plane the night before.

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Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

    2 Comments so far

    Vern LundPosted on2:49 pm - Sep 1, 2013

    Great adventure story Bill. My wife Lennie would like to hear more about the cruise ship guest speaker class.

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