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Week 1 Cruising Part 1


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Week 1 Cruising Part 1

  1. 1. Boomer Buzz Travel Talk Series By Dianne Tuttle, CTC
  2. 2. Cruising – Part 1 <ul><li>Is Cruising for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Cruising – misconceptions & myths </li></ul><ul><li>Booking your first cruise </li></ul><ul><li>9 tips for cruise safety </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is Cruising for me? <ul><li>WHO IS A TYPICAL CRUISER? </li></ul><ul><li>So, you're thinking about taking a cruise for the first time, and as anyone should, you have questions. What is cruising really like? Is it right for me? Where should I go? What can I see? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Typical Cruisers….not! <ul><li>I don't believe there is a &quot;typical&quot; cruiser </li></ul><ul><li>Cruisers are as wide and varied a lot as the ships that they sail on. </li></ul><ul><li>Gen-X'ers (25-35 years old) </li></ul><ul><li>Gen-Tech'ers (15-25) </li></ul>
  5. 5. IS CRUISING RIGHT FOR ME? <ul><li>Well of course it is!! </li></ul><ul><li>Cruises offer something for just about everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Cruises offer excellent value as they include your accommodations for the length of the cruise, meals and entertainment. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cruising – Misconceptions & Myths <ul><li>Getting people on their first cruise is the hard part. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of people who continue to cruise after trying their first cruise is extremely high. </li></ul><ul><li>All it takes is one cruise before all of the misconceptions are gone. </li></ul>
  7. 7. . Following are some of the most stubborn myths about cruising <ul><li>I‘ll get sea sick </li></ul><ul><li>I‘ll be bored </li></ul><ul><li>I know nothing about ships : I‘ll look silly </li></ul><ul><li>I won’t be like other people </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone on a cruise is old </li></ul><ul><li>Cruising is to regimented </li></ul><ul><li>All there is to do is eat! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Booking your first cruise <ul><li>Call a travel agent </li></ul><ul><li>Cabin selection is most important </li></ul><ul><li>cabins to avoid such as those above, below or adjoining the disco or showroom </li></ul>
  9. 9. A good agent will provide you with: <ul><li>Ship and sailing date </li></ul><ul><li>Category and cabin booked </li></ul><ul><li>Dining Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Cruise price </li></ul><ul><li>Port Charges and Taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Applicable Air Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship, Entry Requirements (Do I need a passport and/or Visas?) </li></ul><ul><li>Deposit requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Final payment amount and due date </li></ul><ul><li>Applicable cancellation penalties </li></ul>
  10. 10. Your First Cruise: What to Expect <ul><li>Embarkation </li></ul><ul><li>X-ray machine and metal detector </li></ul><ul><li>You'll be greeted by cruise line personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Some cruise lines welcome you onboard, hand you a mini-map, and dare you to find your cabin before bedtime. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your First Cruise <ul><li>Accommodations </li></ul><ul><li>Your dining assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Ship's newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Boarding card </li></ul>
  12. 12. A lesson learned! <ul><li>On my first cruise I think I emptied four trays of drinks, handing them to everyone nearby, before the server asked for my &quot;card.“ </li></ul><ul><li>It was a $200 lesson, but it wasn't a bad way to meet new friends </li></ul>
  13. 13. mandatory lifeboat drill.
  14. 14. mandatory lifeboat drill.
  15. 15. <ul><li>And when you return to your cabin each evening, the bed is turned down, a chocolate is left on your pillow and a copy of the ship's newsletter listing all the possibilities for tomorrow is waiting for you </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>One cruise line ad you can believe says </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It's like no vacation on earth.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>In my view, that applies to all cruises, and couldn't be more true! </li></ul>
  17. 17. 9 Tips for Cruise Safety <ul><li>Check out the report card </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your guard up </li></ul><ul><li>Store your money, jewelry & passport in the ship’s safe </li></ul><ul><li>Eat modestly, you want that swim suit to fit comfortably </li></ul><ul><li>Easy on the booze </li></ul><ul><li>Gamble prudently, you want to afford another cruise </li></ul><ul><li>Be cautious about getting to close to crew members </li></ul><ul><li>Land ho! </li></ul><ul><li>Report anything suspicious </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thank you! <ul><li>Thank you for attending tonight’s </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Talk Series </li></ul><ul><li>You can contact Dianne Tuttle @ </li></ul><ul><li>Academy Travel </li></ul><ul><li>“In The Creamery” </li></ul><ul><li>570 Higuera St. #225 </li></ul><ul><li>San Luis Obispo CA 93401 </li></ul><ul><li>781-2630 </li></ul>