The first cruise we ever did was on the now defunct Home lines Oceanic out of NYC to Bermuda & Nassau in 1981.Still the best food we ever had on a cruise !! Things were made table-side for you !!I still say the Oceanic was the best Italian restaurant we ever had dinner at !! You could say Celebrity came out of Home Lines !! The Horizon & Zenith was going to be the next new ships for Home lines .But HAL brought out Home Lines and Celebrity brought the ship plans .The owner of Home lines was Greek and best friend was the owner of Celebrity !! We been on all the cruise lines .We do alot of back to back cruises !! on different ships !! The reason is .The food and shows are different the following week Then if you stay on the same ship .The only difference if the ports of call !!
Another way to do a free cruise? Be the group leader and get a free berth with 8 cabins booked and a free cabin with 16 cabins booked. Of course that doesn't include the taxes but use a reputable travel agent and I'm sure they can work something out with you to make it even cheaper.
@The Cruise Explorer, Can you share what you were contracted to speak about exactly? Curious what your specific specialty knowledge is. Im guessing/hoping/wondering (?)..the company does a background check and looks into the credentials of an applicant who contacts them to speak on board. Does Sixth Star also go and seek out specialty speakers? There must need to be a strong interest in the topic as well. I cant see speaking about internet SEO to seniors- I don't care how engaging someone is, the interest just wouldn't be there. Also curious, how many times do you speak, do you have to have multiple things to discuss at different sessions and so on?
@Mets123 - Ahhhh, the Oceanic (Out of NYC baby!) That is the ship that started it all for me and I NEVER even sailed on her! But, oh the fond memories I have as a young girl going to see my Grandparents off on her!
Well, is anything in life really "FREE" anyway? LOLOL
My speaking engagements vary depending on the sailing, but involve Alaska nature and history generally. When contracted as naturalist, it's actually a job and the hours are long but the pay is quite good. As Destination Speaker, I and another person (my wife, my Dad, or...) get a cheap cruise and typically do 3 talks in the main theater on a 7-night cruise, and the cruise line chooses from a list of topics that include Alaska Native cultures, the history of Alaska cruising, Glaciers of Alaska, the Gold Rush Trail from California to Alaska, Brown Bears of Alaska, etc. Sixth Star does contract Special Interest Speakers as well, and the list of possibilities is endless. I expect that SEO isn't on the list, though :) My only Caribbean sailing as speaker so far (on Costa) was about cruising Alaska, for a company bringing a full-ship charter up.
Thank You CruiseExplorer. Impressive! *smile* And, 3 talks on a 7 night is not bad at all for reduced rate cruising. Especially when you're passionate about the topics and love to share your knowledge. (I only used SEO because its one of the most modern topic I could think of at the moment and throw out there, lol)
Thanks for sharing, I appreciate the information.