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#1
Hudson Valley, NY-USA
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What better place to ask for help then here from all you cruise experts.

I'm taking a pass or fail course for 5 days on giving presentations starting next week. At the end I have to give a presentation on something not work related but that we are passionate about.

So guess what I think I will pick? You guessed it cruising.

Now for the help, I haven't started the course but we have to submit my info before the class begins and then we can change it.

1st - I need a catching title, I'm looking for some unique suggestions.

2nd- what part of cruising should I talk about? It's a 20-30 minute presentation. One idea I had was as if it was for first time cruisers that have no idea where to begin. Another one, I don't like as much was tips or tricks but can't really think of a great way to lead into that. I'm open for any and all ideas.

3rd - I need to maybe add audiovisual, handouts (I thought some of you might know some websites where I can print some handouts.) , audience interaction and I must conclude with a summary of the main points.

I'm hoping I will get some great ideas from fellow cruise lovers. I might also convert others in the class to cruise lovers.



Please help me get moving in the right directions with lots of ideas!
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I think advice for first-timers is a great idea. You could clear up some of the misconceptions, and may even convince somebody to book a cruise!

Best of luck, whatever you decide.
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I have a thought....why don't you ask first time cruisers what they are nervous, scared or unsure about....I am sure once you see what first time issues are you will be able to expand on them and but first timers mind at ease.
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For a title - how about "Cruise Control- tips for first time cruisers."

Viv
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I think alot of people have no real idea what a cruise is all about...so how about a "day in the life of a cruiser".
Take a typical day at sea and start with getting up in the AM and either having breakfast in room or going out and then proceed with the day as it unfolds.
I think when people realize the vast array of options, they may decide that your passion is well founded.
Good luck.
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BARBARA
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www.cruiseclues.com

This site will have Dailies(activities), menus, schedules, etc....great for handouts...a little outdated, but good none the less.

How about "Cruise into the best vacation ever!!!"

or

"Choose a Cruise....you won't lose!!"

Good Luck!

Sharon
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You may be able to get some materials from a local travel agent for handouts. Giving everyone brochures might be a fun hands-on part of your presentation.
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Can you make some sort of fruity drink ( with or w/o alcohol) and put some umbrellas in them.
You could also serve Chips Ahoy Cookies
or more extensive food if place and budget allow.
This is a fun topic, keep us posted on what you
decide.
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Toms River NJ
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Topic could be "Anchors Away"
Sorry, couldn't resist...I'm in advertising and love
to create names and themes.
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BARBARA
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One thing I might include is how cruising is really a great value for a vacation, and then list why. If you need help with that, just let me know. I will be glad to give you my thoughts.
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Not unique but maybe this will give you ideas to expand upon, "All Aboard" or "Anchors Away", I would cover eating venues since I think that is what draws most first time cruisers along with entertainment provided, for tips refer audience to this Board to explore on their own, emphasize that all cruise lines "herd" millions of people through the process and beleive it or not just show up and you will be taken care of and find your way eventually, just learn port and starboard, aft and front for a beginning.
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Or you could just title it "How I got everyone else to do my thinking for me" How about sharing some of your ideas
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Judy, I guess there's nothing wrong with brainstorming - when it's a group project - but hey this is your deal. Why with all your posts and cruises under your belt would you need to solicit ideas? Sorry, but that confuses me. It's just like in school; pass or fail by your own doing. KWIM?
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#14
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Thanks for all the great ideas, Please keep them coming, I will keep you posted.

Sorry if this bothered some, I have tons of ideas. But just thought it would be great to get new ideas from others. Then I will put them all together for hopefully a great project.

terrymtex01, I would love your ideas!!!!

Thanks
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#15
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Originally posted by judyf
Thanks for all the great ideas, Please keep them coming, I will keep you posted.

Sorry if this bothered some, I have tons of ideas. But just thought it would be great to get new ideas from others. Then I will put them all together for hopefully a great project.

terrymtex01, I would love your ideas!!!!

Thanks
I would either try to find the average cost of hotels on a national average, or, try to use an example of how the least expensive decent hotel will run you $xx.xx. Then include say gas costs if you were to use a road trip as the example (since most cruise liines go to different ports, a road trip goes to different cities, etc). Then factor in the cost of food, entertainment (shows, movies) and anything else you can think of. Then show how much that would be PP PD. Compare that to the cost of a cruise for the same seven days for like an inside cabin or maybe even an outside stateroom. I am not for sure where Hudson Valley is, but be sure to include the cost of transportation to the port of NY as that would only be a fair comparison. Run with it. I wish I had a project like this to do. I talk people's heads off at work about cruising. A guy just yesterday asked me for info for an Alaskan cruise.. basically wanted to know who would be best to cruise with for Alaska..He just wanted an idea, I sent him what would equate to two pages worth of info, if he were to actually print it. LOL
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" ALL HANDS ON DECK" OR "MUSTER TIME"

Talk about how each Island has its own personality and cultures, the influence of the French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Africian. Looking at your been there done that you should have a good feeling on the above.
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You could hand out copies of the Freestyle Daily with highlighters and ask each person to "map out their day". It would be interesting to see what different things people would choose to do (or not do).
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#18
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Originally posted by judyf
What better place to ask for help then here from all you cruise experts.

I'm taking a pass or fail course for 5 days on giving presentations starting next week. At the end I have to give a presentation on something not work related but that we are passionate about.

So guess what I think I will pick? You guessed it cruising.

Now for the help, I haven't started the course but we have to submit my info before the class begins and then we can change it.

1st - I need a catching title, I'm looking for some unique suggestions.

2nd- what part of cruising should I talk about? It's a 20-30 minute presentation. One idea I had was as if it was for first time cruisers that have no idea where to begin. Another one, I don't like as much was tips or tricks but can't really think of a great way to lead into that. I'm open for any and all ideas.

3rd - I need to maybe add audiovisual, handouts (I thought some of you might know some websites where I can print some handouts.) , audience interaction and I must conclude with a summary of the main points.

I'm hoping I will get some great ideas from fellow cruise lovers. I might also convert others in the class to cruise lovers.



Please help me get moving in the right directions with lots of ideas!
I have actually done this! Our financial counselor asked me to give a 15 min. talk on cruising to a group of his clients. It was my choice on which direction to go. Since many of the audiance had never cruised I decided on a PowerPoint presentation (of our pics) that showed the different aspects of cruising ... and dispelled some of the negative myths (ie, I will be so bored on a ship for that long, the staterooms are way too small, etc.). I also lured several of them with pics of exotic ports of call.

I'm a Cruise Consultant and two couples booked onto a group cruise I had going at the time.

It was sooo much fun ... talking about my passion. I found I did not have nearly enough time to cover everything ...

Have fun!

~dianne
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CC is the best!!! Thanks for all the tips. I love them all. I could talk about cruising for hours as I do with friends and co-workers.
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Let us know how it goes ...
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