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SportsAgentBlog.com Teams up with CruiseDeals.com

CruiseDeals.com has teamed up with Dynasty Athlete Representation, LLC to host a group cruise for the agents and their growing client list of Professional Baseball players. They will set sail on October 4th on the Monarch of the seas to the sunny Bahamas. This is an awesome opportunity for the players to get away, relax, connect with other players, and of course have FUN! Dynasty Athlete Representation shares my passion of interactive media. They are a leader in Sports Blogging; you can find all of their original content on SportsAgentBlog.com.

While on their cruise you will be able to follow them on Twitter at @DynastyReps, @Darren_Heitner, and @BryanSwalley…. (if you enjoy Baseball and Sports start following them Now!)

CruiseSource.us and Cruisedeals.com are teaming up with the best content producers on the internets to create one-of-a-kind group cruise experiences. We are excited to now include Dynasty Athlete Representation to that list of partners!

If you are an awesome content producer, have an audience, and have thought about using a group cruise to share your passion and to strenghten your connection with your audience and friends, call me 704.965.0228 – that is what I do!
Happy Sailing ~ Rich Tucker


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Christmas Gift: Spring Break Cruise

I was looking through old pictures over the weekend and came across some of my favorite college memories. As a college student dedicated to studying and playing intramural sports during the week and partying on the weekends, Spring Breaks were the highlight of my college career. It was a chance to get-a-way to warmer weather before Spring took hold in Atlanta, GA. It was the best opportunity each year to meet girls not from my University. It gave me something to look forward to when the stress would buildup from the schoolwork and it gave me extra motivation in the Gym through the winter months.

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During this time of year, I’m always reminded of Spring Break because I would’ve never been able to go on Spring Break if I did not ask for it as my Christmas gift from my parents. So, for 3 years on Christmas Day all I had under the Tree was a Card that said Merry Christmas Enjoy Spring Break!

My parents thought I was foolish to only want Spring Break for Christmas, but they’d never experienced the craziness that is College Spring Break. I was getting a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I would never be able to duplicate after I graduated college. Asking for Spring Break as my Christmas gift was the only way I could afford Spring Break because I only worked a few hours each week. Back then, I didn’t realize that those who book Spring Break trips in December are the ones who get the best deals because rates typically start to go up at the first of the year. I just got lucky. Do you have any suggestions for how to Pay for Spring Break, leave a comment!

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For Spring Break 2010, we’ve teamed up with the best Party Promoters in the Southeast to bring you the Carolina Night Life Spring Break Party Cruise. Get Santa to pay for it today, so that you get Santa the lowest rate possible and you ensure your spot on the biggest party at Sea. Book now, call Kelly @ 800.668.6414 ext. 148.

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Turtle Creek Bridge Group Cruise – Recap

The Turtle Creek Bridge Club returned from their 1st annual Bridge Group Cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Galveston TX. The Cruise was the ultimate success because minutes after the 64 bridge players got off the cruise they were planning next years cruise. Cruisedeals.com, the Turtle Creek Bridge Club and the Players at Turtle Creek experienced one of those rare relationships/partnerships where everyone is a winner.

From the beginning of the relationship between Turtle Creek Bridge Club and Cruisedeals.com in September 2008, I have given updates about the progression of the planning of their first group cruise without knowing the final outcome of the cruise. From day 1, I was confident it would be a success because Cruisedeals.com is the leader in group cruising. If you have group/club to take on a cruise and you want to match the success of the Turtle Creek Bridge CLub, give Cruisedeals.com a call 800.668.6414.

Here are a couple of pictures of the Turtle Creek Bridge Club’s Cruise:

Turtle Creek Bridge Players on 1st annual Cruise

Turtle Creek Bridge Players on 1st annual Cruise

3 of the 4 Turtle Creek Hosts/Directors

3 of the 4 Turtle Creek Hosts/Directors


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Group Cruise Success: The Turtle Creek Bridge CLub

A month ago, I wrote an article announcing the teaming up of CruiseDeals.com and the Turtle Creek Bridge Club to plan the 1st Annual Turtle Creek Bridge Club.  Due to this being the first Group Cruise for the Turtle Creek Bridge Club, the Bridge Clubs leader Marilyn was anticipating 28 attendees.  Marilyn has done an excellent job promoting the group cruise and we are excited to announce that we have reached 68 attendees in a little over a month. 

Kim Henson, the booking agent at Cruisedeals.com for the Turtle Creek Bridge Club recently said, “The momentum is building and the excitement from the group cruise attendees has been contagious.”

Group Cruises are a fantastic way to spend time with others who you share a common interest and to use the time at sea participating in that interest whether it is playing bridge, poker, sewing, or many other hobbies/interest.  If you have an idea for a group cruise and you are looking for a partner with many prior successes, please do not hesitate to contact me, 800.668.6414 ext 151 or by email Rtucker@cruisedeals.com.  

Congratulations to Marilyn and the Turtle Creek Bridge Club for the Success so far in planning the first annual Bridge Club Cruise.  We have enjoyed working with The Turtle Creek Bridge Club and with their attendees, it truly has been a great partnership.  Happy Sailing ~ Rich Tucker

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Turtle Creek Bridge Club Cruise

At Cruisedeals.com we have successfully booked many Bridge Club cruises. We are excited to announce that Cruisedeals.com, Turtle Creek Bridge Club, and Carnival Cruise Lines are partnering together for the First Annual Turtle Creek Bridge Club Cruise

We find that members Bridge Clubs love playing bridge with their friends. And that traveling with friends on Cruise where the Club has scheduled organized Bridge Games is an event that they look forward to each year. We even have some groups that cruise twice a year together!
If you are part of Bridge Club and you want to plan your own Bridge Cruise please contact me at rich.tucker@cruisedeals.com . 

The Turtle Creek Bridge Club is located in San Antonio, Texas.  The Turtle Creek Bridge Club Cruise will sailing out of Galveston on the Carnival Ecstsy, 3/2/09.  If you are in the San Antonio Area and Play Bridge or interested in getting started, Click Here: Turtle Creek Bridge Club


The Greatest Card Game

The world’s most challenging mental sport, bridge, is a game of skill, communication and infinite possibilities.  Millions of people play worldwide.  Bridge is a partnership game using a standard deck of 52 cards dealt equally among four players.  The players bid to describe their hands to their partners and then play to make their contract. 

Bridge traces its origins to the British game of whist, first played in the 16th century.  The American Contract Bridge League was founded in 1937, and today it is the largest bridge organization in the world.  The ACBL determines internationally recognized rules of bridge, sanctions clubs and tournament games, and encourages participation at all levels of proficiency and experience.

ACBL member demographics for 2008:  50% male, 50% female; 63% between the ages of 60 and 75; 20% college graduates and 45% have graduate or professional degrees; 56% have incomes of $100,000 or greater.

From Mind Games May Trump Alzheimer’s, Shankar Vedantam, The Washington Post, June 19, 2003        Playing chess, bridge or a musical instrument significantly lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, according to the most comprehensive study to examine the benefits of challenging intellectual activity among the elderly.

Seniors who regularly engaged in pastimes that stretched their minds – sorry, watching TV doesn’t count – lowered their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 75 percent, compared with those who didn’t exercise their minds.  From a scientific standpoint is the idea that mental activity such as playing bridge can alter the molecular march of a neurological process.  “Using the mind actually causes rewiring of the brain, sprouting new synapses – it may even cause the generation of new neurons, “said Joseph Coyle, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, “so psychology trumps biology.” 

To be sure you have a “full deck” later in life, play bridge.”Parade Magazine, May 16, 2004




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Fundraising Cruise, Part II

In the first article, Fundraising Cruise, I might have made the whole concept of a fundraising cruise sound too easy.   To be honest, we have had a couple fundraising cruise attempts fail.  And when I say fail, I just mean that we did the up front planning work with the group leader and then the event never came to fruition. 

As far as booking the cruise, collection of payments, answering questions about cruising for your members, planning, and help in creating promotional materials we do most of the work.  So all of Cruise Related work is easy for your organization because we do it.   If your organization would fail at promoting a Bake sale or Yard sale, then your organization would not be a good candidate for trying to plan a cruise as a fundraiser.   Now if your organization has a history of successes in promoting other types of fundraising events, then promoting a Cruise Fundaraiser will be easy and you are the ones that I want to contact me. Once you have momentum of people booking the cruise the groups usually grow pretty fast. And each year they get bigger and bigger with less promotional work.

Our agents take care of everything related to the cruise but it is your job to get your people excited about traveling together and financially benefiting your organization.   You are the Cheerleader and Promoter of the event.   If you have been successful at other fundraisers, then please contact me.  If you have had trouble promoting a yard sale, you may want to get a couple of successful donut fundraisers under your belt first.   ` Happy Sailing

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Fundraising Cruise

Is your organization starting the process of coming up with great ideas for a fundraiser?  Why do the same old boring fundraisers year after year….sure everyone loves Krispy Kreme Donuts and/or Carwashes…but you could be the member who comes to the next meeting with the idea of a group cruise fundraiser.    Most people do not know that you can setup a cruise as a fundraiser…and with the right booking agent how easy it can be…

I know it sounds like a daunting task, planning a whole cruise for your group…collecting money, promoting, etc.  Don’t you worry, I have agents who specialize in fundraising cruises.  We are the experts and we do most of the work.   So instead of picturing the difficulty of trying a new type of fundraiser, picture yourself cruising from Island to island enjoying the sand and sun for the benefit of your organiztion.  Seems a lot more rewarding than Donuts…  Think of any question you can on how you can earn money with a group cruise and Call today 800.668.6414 ext. 151…We are always willing to help you raise money for your organization or cause…if your preferred method of communication is email: rich.tucker@cruisedeals.com

~ Happy Sailing

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Fundraising Cruise Part II


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