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Norwegian Cruise Line and YouTube Partnership Announced

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “”%5DIt was 2 weeks ago when I asked the Social Media related question to the Cruise Lines: How do we get more passenger generated content like this:

This morning I received a press release announcing the YouTube & Norwegian Cruise Line Partnership.  I almost fell out of my chair due to the timing. I’ve said for years that cruising and social media are like peanut butter and chocolate; two great tastes that taste great together. Cruise vacations are full of passengers creating fun memories captured digitally as photos and videos. 75% of the US hasn’t been on a cruise vacation yet, so the cruise industry has tons of room to grow. After non-cruisers view their friends and family’s vacations online they will want to experience it for themselves.    Now, NCL needs to integrate onboard marketing and programs that will lead passengers to editing and sharing their vacations when they get back home.  Enjoy the Press Release below and make sure to checkout The YouTube Vacationer,!

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YouTube Launches New Travel Channel Powered by Norwegian Cruise Line

Robust channel provides travel ideas and inspiration from experts along with ability to create personalized Freestyle Cruising videos


MIAMI – Sept. 8, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line today announced it is working with YouTube to power the first-ever YouTube Vacationer, a travel-specific channel within the world’s largest online video site providing vacation inspiration with ideas and advice from well-traveled experts, such as Lonely Planet, National Geographic and Travel Channel. The YouTube Vacationer,, is also interactive, offering visitors a first of its kind opportunity to create their own “Vacation You” video experience and share it with others.

            Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature Freestyle Cruising approach is at the heart of this site, providing users the freedom, flexibility and choice to interact with more than two million combinations of video content enabling them to create and share their own unique Freestyle vacation experience.

When interacting within Norwegian’s “Vacation You” section of the YouTube Vacationer channel, visitors will select from a series of short video clips that tap into their vacation mindset to produce a customized 60-90 second montage of their ideal Freestyle Cruising vacations. Visitors can then share their personalized “Vacation You” video with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter or email. 

“By working with YouTube on their first-ever travel-specific channel, we are giving visitors the opportunity to experience our brand and all the options that Freestyle Cruising offers,” said Maria Miller, Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president of marketing. “From a marketing perspective, this opportunity is compelling because it provides a truly organic user experience and represents another great way for brands to work with YouTube.”

“We are pleased to be working with Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovators in cruise travel, on our first branded travel channel,” said Mark Day, Sales Development at YouTube. “The YouTube Vacationer channel brings the best of our partners’ travel videos into a single destination to help users explore, plan and dream about their next vacations, and it gives users a way to see themselves in a customized vacation video with Norwegian’s ‘Vacation You’ application.”

To experience the YouTube Vacationer channel, visit

About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

Today, Norwegian has 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.

Norwegian’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010. Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of Blue Man Group, debuting for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, Second City® Comedy Troupe, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, Gibson Guitar, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.


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Alert: NCL Villas and Suites on Sale

I’ve posted many articles, pictures, and video of the NCL Villas and Suites on The private Courtyard Villa complex found on many of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships including the NCL Pearl, Jade, Gem, Jewel, and Epic set NCL apart from the other cruise lines. For celebrities like OutKast’s Andre 3000 who recently vacationed on the NCL Epic, being able to spend all of your time enjoying the privacy of the courtyard complex makes for a relaxing vacation that is not possible on most other cruise lines.

Thanks to a NCL drastically reducing rates on their Suites and Villas for new bookings made between August 12th & 15th, this exclusive luxury just got very affordable. This sale includes almost 100 sailings! Get the complete list of sailings and savings for Free!

For instance on the NCL Jewel 7 night Bahamas Cruise departing New York City on 11.14.2010, a Family of 4 in a 2 bedroom villa is $1999 for the 1st and 2nd passenger. The rate for the 3rd and 4th passenger in each cabin is only $199 per person. So the total price for 4 people in a two bedroom Villa is $4890. This gets you the exclusive luxury that only the NCL Courtyard Villas offer for about $1200 per person. This sale is offering savings of $1000s and includes almost 100 NCL Cruise vacations to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Greecs, Panama Canal, and the Mediterranean.

Epic Private Courtyard Villa Pool


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Week Recap: WSJ, Twitterview, My Brother Walks

My Best Week Evar? Probably not… the week my daughter was born was pretty special. The Cruise to Italy on the Inaugural sailing of the Costa Deliziosa rocked… and I am pretty sure there are some others that rank up there. Life isn’t always roses! As a former Quizno’s Franchise owner/operator, I’ve had my share of miserable weeks too… especially the ones where our store was broken into (the one where they knew the code to the safe was the worst). Luckily those days are way behind me!

As a Cruise Geek who loves Social Media, this week was pretty awesome. I was Twitterviewed by @nclandy, Andy Stuart EVP of Global Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. A twitterview is a public, open interview live on Twitter in which the audience can participate. I was quoted this week in the mecca of business print, the Wall Street Journal about cruise pricing trends this summer. @93octane (Lyell Petersen) and I hosted a South by Southwest Q&A at our local Business Tweetup, #btynbiz. @ericfraz, writer for the Charlotte Observer, wrote a quick article about the Q&A session. The best part of the Tweetup was meeting several local business people joining us to learn more to start their journey into using Social Media to strengthen current relationships and to generate new business. To cap off the week, last night I came in second in the Twitter Poker Tour weekly game out 30+ entrants.

THE BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK: Mike, my younger brother, walked for the first time since his car wreck on December 17th, 2009. He first used crutches and has now walked a few steps without the crutches… he was lucky to have lived through the accident, and even luckier that his feet were not amputated due to compound fracture and . After 3 months of being in a hospital bed and wheelchair, it made my week to hear that he’s able to begin the process of strengthening his legs to be able to walk again. ~ Happy Sailing, Rich Tucker

Mike at New Year's - 2 Weeks after the Accident

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Time to Focus on 2010 – CruiseSource

We’ve hit “Wave Season”, the time of the year when most people book their cruise vacations for that year.  It’s off to a great start and you can notice that a lot of the rates are starting to inch upward which is a great sign for the industry.   I spent my last blog post recapping 2009 for  It was an awesome year, but now it is time to focus on the future. 

2010 is setup to be an even more amazing year.  If you were not following along in 2009, hoepfully you will start following along in 2010.  You can subscribe to by putting your email address in the top right hand corner of this page to make sure that you do not miss out on New Ship reviews, advice, and the deals.

Where will take you in 2010?

Costa Deliziosa – On January 30th, my wife and I will be in Italy joining Costa Cruise Line as they take ownership of the Brand New Costa Deliziosa from the ship yard.  Costa will be taking her on a 5 day spin around Italy showing off the new ride.  We’re honored to be one of a few in the US Cruise Industry invited on this inaugural event. 

Celebrity Solstice – On April 4th, my wife, son, and I will be cruising aboard the Highly-Reviewed Celebrity Solstice visiting St.  Kitts, Puerto Rico, and St. Maarten.  When I was on the Oasis of the Seas, several people I talked to compared the Celebrity Solstice to a W Hotel at Sea…so we are very excited.

NCL Epic – On July 8th, I will be on one of the NCL Epic inaugural sailings out of Miami, FL.  I will be taking dad on this 2 day event.  It will be the first time we’ve cruised together. 

Social Fresh Cruise 2010 – Just announced this week: Social Fresh Cruise 2010, the premier social media conference at sea will be departing from New Orleans, LA on December 2nd.  The Social Fresh Cruise Alums are excited to get an opportunity to meet the New Orleans Social Media Community. The New Orleans Social Media Community is excited to get to show off what makes the #NoLa  Community to special!

Follow CruiseSource on Twitter, Youtube, and here at the blog to get pictures, videos, and reviews of all these events.

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2009 – Year of the Tweet

2009 was my best year ever, and I owe most of it to the incredible relationships I’ve made on the Social Media platform Twitter.

2009 started with me winning a Shorty Award for providing the best travel content on Twitter with the Twitter ID @CruiseSource. On February 11th, 2009, I accepted the award in NYC, and in my 140 character acceptance speech I announced that we would be planning the premier cruise for social media professionals — the Social Fresh Cruise (hashtag #SoCruise). The Wall Street Journal got a real kick out of me using my acceptance speech to promote the Social Fresh Cruise.

Shorty Awards with @MCHammer @misskatiemo & @kitmueller

At the Shorty Awards Gala in NYC I got to meet and connect with tons of amazing people including @MCHammer, @GaryVee, @WaltRibeiro, @AlohaArleen, @KitMueller, @girlwithnoname, @pawluxury, @danzarrella, my NYC Tour Guide @misskatiemo and many more. Vote now for 2010 Shorty Awards.

A couple of weeks before my trip to NYC, I volunteered to be the lead planner for Charlotte Twestival, the local event of the Global Charity event organized and promoted via Twitter scheduled for February 12th, 2009. Thanks to Twitter we were able to quickly assemble a team of amazing volunteers who organized a very successful event in barely 2 weeks. It was a powerful display of the power of Twitter and the strength of the Charlotte, NC, Twitter community. The awesome team included some of the earliest adopters of Twitter in Charlotte who’ve helped the local social media community flourish. The team included @jakrose, @NathanRichie, @jruckman, @kateydietz, @jarodhillerman, @CLTNightLife, @crystaldempsey, @DavidKyle, @mtyndal and others.

@NathanRichie and I at the #CLTwesitval

In July, I live-tweeted and videoed 4 different Carnival cruise ships including the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Liberty.

In August I live-tweeted during a 7 night Hawaii cruise aboard NCL’s Pride of America. This was an incredible cruise vacation that I was able to share with my wife — a great chance for us to reconnect as she was beginning to feel like a “Social Media Widow.”

Jess and I on Hawaii ATV Tour

As soon as I announced plans for the Social Fresh Cruise at the Shorty Awards, I teamed up with @ChrisBrogan, @93octane, @jakrose, @CruiseDeals, and @GregCangialosi to plan and promote this unprecendented conference. It was an invitation-only social media conference at sea for leaders and influencers in the industry who wanted to get away, unplug and focus on creating some of their strongest relationship with their peers. So the 1st Annual Social Fresh Cruise departed Miami November 12th, 2009, with 50+ Twitter Rockstars on board, was a huge success and plans for a 2010 repeat about to be released.

The Social Fresh Crew at Carlos & Charlies

But what would a social media cruise be without a huge Bon Voyage Tweetup the night before? I co-hosted the largest tweetup in Miami history with help from the local social media luminaries including @yvetteferry, @miamiandbeaches, @alexdc, @refreshmiami, @smcsf and many more! While at the tweetup I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with online friends @CouchSurfingOri, @ViceQueenMaria, @steph_rose and so many more.

I was also fortunate to be invited on the inaugural cruise of the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Prior to the inaugural the Miami Herald wrote an article about the cruise industry’s use of social media, and in the article the Miami Herald instructed their readers to follow @CruiseSource for live tweets from the Oasis during the inaugural. My quote from earlier in the year that “Social Media and Cruising are like Chocolate and Peanut Butter, two tastes that taste great together” made it into the article.

I also live-tweeted from the Celebrity Century that sailed to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. I was on board to teach other travel agents “Social Media 101,” which of course included a heavy dose of Twitter training.

Of course throughout the year on Twitter I posted the best cruise deals on the Internets! — and we were recognized by AARP Magazine, CRM Magazine and other publications for providing the Best Travel Deal Tweets.

2009 was a success because I was able to use Twitter to team up with smart, energetic people to accomplish BIG goals. @93octane was the only friend mentioned above that I knew prior to Twitter…he was the evangelist who introduced me to Twitter… Thanks, Lyell!

2010 is looking like it will be bigger and better, and none of it would be possible without my friends, my community of readers, Twitter, my followers and the blog. The Best part is that I have a ever growing list of online friends who I can’t wait to meet Face to Face. Traveling with online friends, sharing a once in a lifetime experience creates life long friendships and I hope to share that gift with many more people in 2010!

You can nominate @CruiseSource for this year’s Shorty Award in the Travel Category by Tweeting the following message (click on it for a quick two click process):

I nominate @CruiseSource for a Shorty Award in #travel because [your reason here]

My Office At Sea - Celebrity Century


Filed under Carnival, Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line, Social Media, Travel Reviews Clients Protected with the Fuel Surcharge Guarantee

Big announcement from  In the face of rising fuel costs and with the cruise lines having policies in place that would allow them to add fuel surcharges to bookings. assures their clients that they will never pay fuel surcharges if they book their cruise in the month of September at is calling this promotion their Fuel Surcharge Guarantee.  Cruise Bookings all the way out to 2011 are protected as long as they are in an Oceanview Cabin.  Royal Caribbean Cruise line is not participating in this promotion. 

“The last thing you want to worry about after you’ve budgeted for your vacation and paid your cruise fare is the possibility of the cruise lines reinstating their fuel surcharges and having to pay up to $140 per person or more at the pier before you can go onboard,” explained Jared Smith, general manager of “Many travelers don’t realize that cruise lines have reserved the right to reinstate their substantial fuel surcharges introduced last year if oil surpasses the $65 mark per barrel for a set period of time, and oil prices have been hovering close to those parameters recently hitting $69. The only way to be certain that you won’t be responsible for additional fuel surcharges is to book your cruise with ”

This promotion was written about today on the USA Today Cruise Log:

Full Disclosure, I am the Business Development Specialist at and this blog is my hobby! If you have any questions about this promotion, please call one of our awesome Cruise Consultants, 800.668.6414

Happy Sailing, Rich Tucker

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Pride of America Cruise Ship Conference Facilities

Have you thought about doing an Incentive Cruise for your Sales Organization? Or training your company at Sea? Or Industry  Trade Shows/Conferences at Sea? Then you need to check out the potential of NCL Pride of America for your next event.

The NCL Pride of America cruising weekly around the Hawaiian Islands has the best set up for conferences at Sea. On the top deck at the front of the ship, the Pride of America has a huge circular room with large flat screen TVs facing all sides of the room. In the center of the circular room the floor is wooden and has been used by Square Dance Groups for dancing lessons/practice. The Lighting and sound system in the room rivals the best night clubs. On the exterior of the room there are windows that can be used for viewing the scenic night cruising.

Circular Conference Room Pride of America

Circular Conference Room Pride of America











The Pride of America also has another large conference room that can be used for presentations, classes, meetings etc. with room for about 60 people. It also has 5 other smaller breakout rooms for groups of 15 – 20. In the same area, they have a lounge/bar that is not used for the public. The Lounge is used for the VIP party with Captain and it is ideal for post-conference cocktail parties.

Conference Area Private Bar & Lounge

Conference Area Private Bar & Lounge

We are a leader in Conferences at Sea, check out Social Fresh Social Media Cruise as an example of our conference cruise planning, promoting, and organization.   If Hawaii is not the destination of choice, we can plan your conference cruise on most other ships.   Conference Cruises are a great value because lodging, food, entertainment, and meeting space is included in the total price which will be less than at a Hotel.  The Pride of America has the best set up at Sea for conferences considering technology, square footage, layout and privacy. Most agents do not even know that this space exists on the Pride of America. You have any questions about conference cruising, email me I am happy to answer them:




Large Rectangular Conference Room

Large Rectangular Conference Room

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