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Social Fresh Cruise 2010, 2 months away

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/07/social-fresh-cruise/”%5DWe are now 2 months away from the 2nd Annual Social Fresh Cruise. I’ve been passionate about new media and it’s ability to introduce new people to cruising for a few years now. So for a Cruise Geek, the Social Fresh Cruise is my dream voyage. On December 2nd, 2010, I’ll be unplugging, relaxing, and reconnecting with some of my favorite online personalities.

@DougMeacham & @CMajor #SoCruise

@DougMeacham & @CMajor Karaoke

Social Media is all about the relationships and Social Fresh Cruise takes those relationships to the next level.

Joining us for Social Fresh Cruise 2010 will be successful bloggers like @SteveHall of AdRants.com, @JennFowler of FrugalUpstate.com, Jordan Cooper, the funny guy behind NotaProBlog.com and @MommaDJane of MommaDJane.com. We have entrepreneurs like George and Jeff from GroupStory.com and CEOs/industry thought leaders like Ted Murphy of IZEA and Adam Holden-Bache of MassTransmit. We have Social Media Marketing professionals from large corporations like @AshevilleAllie from Playboy and I will be representing Travel Leaders Leisure Group. We have Social Media rockstars like @LucretiaPruitt & @KatebuckJr who have built strong audiences across multiple channels. As you can see the Social Fresh Cruise attracts a diverse group including Social Media Managers of large corporations, Bloggers, Consultants, Higher Ed., Government, non-profits, Start-ups, Social Brands, etc. The common thread is that we are all passionate about the future of the Social Web and we all enjoy building deeper relationships with our online friends.

@ChrisBrogan on #SoCruise

Chris Brogan speaking at Social Fresh Cruise 2009

Are you a social media leader?
Social Fresh Cruise includes interactive social media conference sessions, meals, 4 day cruise, entertainment, cocktail parties, and a beach party in Cozumel. All of this for about the same price as just the admission to many conferences. You have the opportunity to share a lifetime experience with 80 other social media leaders. You will go home with a much stronger network for 2011. Want more information about the premier social media conference at sea? Click here for all the details.

#SoCruise Beach Party

Carlos & Charlies #SoCruise Beach Party

Social Fresh Cruise is invitation only, but if you are truly passionate about Social Media, I’m confident that you’ll manage to find an invite code. If you book by 10.20.10, you will be entered to win a $125 Spa Package while on the cruise!

Contact me with any questions: rtucker [at] cruisedeals [dot] com. No one paid to be in this post and unfortunately I left out all of the other smart, cool people who will be joining us on December 2nd, 2010. See the whole list at http://socialfresh.com/cruise


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#IndieCruise Now Booking!

#IndieCruise 2011When Donna Marie, CEO and founder of the Indie Business Network started to research her idea of having Indie Business Owners join her on a Cruise Ship for networking, education, and of course fun she contacted CruiseDeals.com, the leader in Social Media group cruises. After a few weeks of planning, we’re excited that the Indie Cruise is now open for reservations, Twitter Hashtag: #IndieCruise.

Conference events at Sea, like the #IndieCruise display the incredible value of cruise vacations. We are able to offer conference style sessions, meals, room, transportation to tropical islands, entertainment, and more for the same price that most conferences charge just for admission to the conference.

The Indie Business Cruise is for Indie & Small Business Leaders. Indie Business leaders know how to connect, collaborate and succeed. They know how important it is to remain close to their industry peers so they can stay on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the world of small, independent and artisan business owners, artisan business owners.

They know that it’s vital to take online connections offline so they can be solidified and with face-to-face interactions that always result in building stronger and more robust business networks. Indie Cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you combine travel and relaxation with learning and sharing, plus the creation of life-long personal and business friendships. #IndieCruise will allow these leaders to do what they do best over 4 days with other leaders.

Follow @IndieCruise on Twitter and join the Indie Cruise Facebook page to interact with other Indie Businesses before the cruise!

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Style Pod – Fashion Social Media Cruise

CruiseDeals.com, the Cruise Industry’s Social Media Leader has teamed up with top Fashion Industry Social Media Mavens to host the first Fashion Social Media Cruise Event: Style Pod.

Modeled after the successful Social Fresh Cruise, Style Pod will give an opportunity for Fashion Industry insiders to learn, network, and have fun on a 4 day Royal Caribbean Cruise departing Fort Lauderdale on October 14th, 2010. Kimmie Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Kitten Lounge, Karen Robinovitz, Creatrix of Purple Lab and Jeannine Morris, Editor in Chief of Beauty Sweet Spot are hosting and providing content for the Social Media Conference Sessions.

Kimmie Smith, Editor-in-chief of Kitten Lounge

Passionate about Social Media and Fashion? It will be tough to find a better event to deepen your social network with others who are using the social web to increase the reach of their fashion brands. Conferences at sea are growing in popularity thanks to their incredible value. Style Pod’s rates start at only $460 which includes the conference style sessions, meals, 3 hour drinks included beach party Cozumel, and shipboard entertainment. Space is limited, Reserve your spot now on Style Pod.

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Social Fresh Cruise Recap

Social Fresh Cruise, 11.12.09 – The recap

Cruisedeals.com and Social Fresh, LLC teamed up to bring the 1st Premier Annual Social Media Cruise to the Carnival Destiny on 11.12.09. CruiseDeals.com is a leader in Group and Conference Cruises and Social Fresh is a leader in Social Media Conferences. on 11.11.09, we teamed up with the South Florida Social Media Community to throw the Social Fresh Bon Voyage Tweetup which was the largest Tweetup in Miami history. By the end of the Social Fresh Cruise, we proved that “Social Media and Cruising are like peanut butter and chocolate, two tastes that taste great together”. Most of the Social Fresh attendees have been long-time evangelist for the importance of making online connections stronger by taking advantage of opportunities to meet face to face. On Social Fresh Cruise, we took Face to Face to another level.

Chris Brogan Videoing, Allie Sullivan, Katey Dietz & Kit Mueller Sailing away

We shared many once-in-a-lifetime experiences with those who are equally as passionate about the impacts of Social Media on all aspects of business. We had a diverse group of attendees who create incredible content online for a wide variety of audiences. We even had few owners of Social Media Applications in the mix of attendees. Cruising with a group of people who share a passion whether it is Golf, Poker, Bridge, etc. adds value to the cruise experience. Cruising with some of the most Social people involved with Social Media today, and it was a homerun.

Chris Brogan Questioning the Social Fresh Cruisers

Chris Brogan Questioning the Social Fresh Cruisers

We had 6 hours of Interactive Sessions with content and direction from Jason Keath, Chris Brogan, Greg Cangialosi, Amber Naslund, DJ Waldow, Lyell Petersen, Ryan Wynia, & Katie Morse. We had an impromtu Bloggers Roundtable that was wide open with all kinds of great lessons learned flying around the table. At the bottom of this post are links to the note for all of the Sessions.

Ryan Wynia Presenting Audience to Army at #SoCruise

We were in Cozumel from 7AM – 10PM. We had a 3 hour beach party scheduled from 2 – 5 PM at Carlos and Charlies. Everyone went their own way in the morning and we all met up at 2PM. At Carlos and Charlies, everyone shared fun stories about how they spent the morning in Cozumel. Many like @Kitmueller and I rented scooters and toured the entire Island. @ChrisBrogan and some others ate Fresh Grilled Lobster on the backside of Cozumel. At Carlos & Charlies (Charlos & Carlies according to Greg), 3 hours of Beach + Sun + Cervezas + Social Media Peeps = one of the highlights of the Cruise.

@nikinotes, @ashevilleallie, @Cmajor, & @girlgamy

The Social Fresh Crew at Carlos & Charlies

Each night we ate dinner as a group in our own designated section. The Dinners on the Carnival Destiny were delicious as always. I’m surprised Carnival did not go broke after @DJWaldow and @LuggageBoy put away multiple entrees each night. I can’t talk too much since I did eat two Lobster Tails on the formal dinner night. Social Fresh Cruise is one of the few Social Media Events that your non-social media spouse wants to attend. And with the amount of time that we put into social media, we sometimes need to reconnect with them too.

Dinners on the Destiny were Delicious!

At night, we played together in the Casino, sang Karaoke, danced in the discos, watched Rick Springfield perform on the Lido Deck, and on the last night we all dressed up in our Bathrobes to dance to ‘I’m on a Boat’ in the Piano Bar.

@dougmeacham & @Cmajor Rocking the Mic

For the past 2 years, my big two passions have been Social Media and Cruising. So although I’ve been on a lot of cruises, the Social Fresh Cruise was by far the most fun and valuable. The Cruise attracted the FUN Social Media Leaders who needed a vacation and saw the value in getting away with 50 other Social Media Insiders. By disconnecting for a couple days we actually made our strongest online connections. While the Cruise was close to perfect, we did have some places where we can improve the experience. We look forward to making the Social Fresh Cruise 2010 even better.

@JakRose, Founder of Social Fresh & @Nikisnotes

@LuggageBoy aka @findmespecials and Autumn enjoying the Sunset

All Photos in this post were taken by Steve Hall, @Adrants.

We book 100s of group cruises each year. If you would like to do a conference or themed group cruise please email me at rtucker@cruisedeals.com .

A few of the tweets from attendees after they returned from the 2009 Social Fresh Cruise (#SoCruise is the Twitter Hashtag):

@GeekMommy DITTO! I’m looking forward to CO in Feb, and #SoCruise next year!
Posted By MissKatieMo

Really missing all of my #socruise #sofresh people. I’d break an ankle instead of just sprainig it to cruise w/ them all again. Wild.
Posted By @GeekMommy

@93octane Lyell! I had a blast! Thank you for being such an awesome host! #socruise
Post by @JenChicago

@tomtravel2 Sure thing! Most valuable for me was an informal bloggers roundtable – a great peer-to-peer discussion. Very helpful! #socruise
Posted by @MaidenVoyage

@RichTucker many thanks again for an awesome trip. Finally got to relax for a bit;) #socruise
Posted by Elizabeth Hannan

Links to the Session Notes:

Real Online Communities – Amber Naslund of Radian 6 & DJ Waldow Community Mgr. Blue Sky Factory

The Future of Connectivity – Greg Cangialosi CEO of Blue Sky Factory

Future of MicroBlogging – Lyell Petersen aka @93octane the dotcom in CruiseDeals.com

Reverse Q & A with Chris Brogan Author of Trust Agents

The Recording and Music Industry Today – Katie Morse aka @misskatiemo


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2009 Social Fresh Cruise Bon Voyage Party Recap

I apologize for being silent at CruiseSource.us for a week, but what an amazing week it was. I had been planning the Social Fresh Social Media Cruise for 9 months and last week I got the opportunity to see my dream come to life. The Date of the Cruise was 11.12.09 on the Carnival Destiny. I will recap the Cruise in the next couple of posts.

Social Fresh Bon Voyage Tweetup, 11.11.09:
When members of the Miami Social Media Community heard that we were bringing 50 Social Media Leaders from across the US down to Miami to Cruise the Caribbean for 4 days, they contacted me immediately. They wanted to take the opportunity to meet as many of us in person and send us off properly with a big Tweetup. As written in the Miami New Times By Maria De Los Angeles, I worked with the South Florida Social Media Community and the Greater Miami Conventions and Visitors Bureau to throw the largest Tweetup in Miami history! There was no way that a “Cruise” Dude from Charlotte, NC could have been the catalyst to such a successful event in Miami without social media. The event truly displayed the power and collaborative spirit of Social Media. The South Florida Social Media Community shined by helping host such a successful event.

Social Fresh Bon Voyage Party, DoubleTree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay

Awesome Photo by Francisco Jose Palacio

The Venue, the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay Hotel could not have been a more gracious host providing the event with complimentary wine all evening. The DoubleTree Hotel is where the Social Fresh Cruisers stayed the night before the cruise and we all had a very nice stay. Their facilities are excellent for conference events and mixers with emaculate views of the Marina.

Great Twitter People I got to work with on the event included @miamiandbeaches @yvetteferry @AlexDC @BrianBreslin @SMCSF @AWCSF & @refreshmiami.

One of the highlights of the Social Fresh Bon Voyage Party is that I got to meet Online Friends who I have been following for years like @CouchSurfingOri @Uftukel and @Steph_Rose. Social Media facilitates quick connections, but meeting face to face moves a weak connection to a strong connection almost immediately. If you are not meeting the people you meet online, you are missing out on what makes it special.

I have a ton of content from the Social Fresh Cruise and from Oasis of the Seas coming in the next couple of weeks, Subscribe here to get all the posts from the Social Media Leader in the Cruise Industry.

Social Fresh Cruisers at the Bon Voyage Party

@CruiseSource with @Uftukel at the #SoCruise BonVoyage Tweetup

@CruiseSource @93Octane & @CouchsurfingOri

All Pictures taken by Blancastella.

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: rtucker@cruisedeals.com




Large Rectangular Conference Room

Large Rectangular Conference Room

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Conference Cruises, Business or Pleasure?

I feel like we, the cruise industry have done a poor job educating businesses about the value of Conference Cruises.
We are planning the Social Fresh Cruise, which is the premier Social Media Conference on a Cruise Ship. All of the attendees are leaders in Social Media and they attend multiple social media conferences each year. The companies they work for pay the other conference throughout the year, but because this conference is on a cruise ship several of the individuals have to pay for it themselves. It appears that about 30% of the attendees are paying for the cruise on their own.

The Social Fresh Cruise starts at $395 per person, which is close to the price for tickets for many of the conferences through-out the year. Then they have to pay for Hotels and Meals which adds up quickly. The $395 includes a 4-day cruise, 8 hours of Social Media Sessions, breakfast and lunch buffets, semi-formal dinners, 2 cocktail parties, broadway style shows, free shore excursions, etc. The conference sessions content will be managed by Jason Keath, Greg Cangialosi and Chris Brogan, one of the best in the Social Media industry. But, it appears that many companies do not get it. The fact that it is on Cruise Ship…they label it a vacation. I admit that it will be the funnest Social Media Conference of the Year, but is that reason enough for the company not to pay for it? We need the companies to focus on the amazing value…not that most people go on Cruise Ships to vacation.

Fortunately, Leaders in Social Media understand the huge personal benefit of networking with other leaders in a more relaxed setting like a Cruise Ship.  They also cross paths all year and never really get to focus on strengthening their relationships.   As I look toward planning Conference Cruises for other industries, the fact that some companies will not pay for their employees attendance because it is on a cruise ship could be a potential deterrent to making the attempt.

Any Cruise Agents run into this issue while planning business-related group cruises?  Have you planned an event on a cruise that an Employer would have paid for if it were on land but because it was on a cruise ship it was a vacation? What can we do better to Market Conference Cruises so that Companies are more willing to pay for the Cruise?

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