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NCL Epic Video Contest – Win a Free Cruise

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “http://cruisesource.us/2010/10/22/ncl-epic-free-cruise/”%5DBack in August, I came across a fun high-quality passenger-generated video about their NCL Epic Cruise Vacation. I quickly posted the NCL Epic video below in a blog post and asked the Cruise Lines: How do we get more of this?

This is the Remix V.2 version of the original:

Norwegian Cruise Line has repeatedly shown their commitment to Social Media, so it does not surprise me that they are now experimenting with a solution on how to get more high-quality passenger generated video shared across the internet. Norwegian Cruise Line is giving away a Free Cruise for 2 for best Epic Moments Video. Details:

Winning video receives a cruise for two on Norwegian Epic

Direct from NCL Press Release:

MIAMI – October 21, 2010 – Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its “Epic Moments” video contest (www.ncl.com/myepicmoment), where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line’s newest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship.

Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic’s entertainment director. Every two weeks for the next nine weeks, Norwegian will choose which video is the Epic Moment Semi-Finalist for that period. In mid-February, the 10 semi-finalists will be featured on Norwegian’s YouTube channel and http://www.ncl.com and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite Epic Moment. The video with the most number of thumbs-up on YouTube will win a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on Norwegian Epic.

“Freestyle Cruising gives our guests incredible freedom and flexibility on board our ships to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive officer. “Our newest ship, Norwegian Epic, takes Freestyle Cruising to the next level giving countless opportunities for couples, families and solo travelers alike to indulge in vacation moments of a lifetime. We look forward to seeing them come to life through our Epic Moments video contest.”

The first of 10 semi-finalist videos will be chosen on or around November 8, 2010 and will follow with nine more semi-finalists being announced every two weeks. To submit an Epic Moment video, head to www.ncl.com/myepicmoment.

I doubt I am eligible to win…. but I’m still going to go post my video now. ~ Rich Tucker

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Family Cruising with Nickelodeon and Dreamworks

Watchout Disney…NCL and Royal Caribbean are bringing it. I was recently on the NCL Epic 2 day Inaugural cruise and was introduced to Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer. When I returned home my kids loved the pics of the water slides and of the Nickelodeon characters. Within hours of showing my family the pics from my 3 day NCL Epic adventure, a Norwegian Cruise Line commercial came on Nickelodeon advertising Nickelodeon at Sea. My 3 year old went crazy, saying “daddy take me on that cruise”. Of Course the NCL commercials did a much better job than my pics at making the Nickelodeon characters come to life.

Sponge Bob & Dora at Sea

Sponge Bob, Dora, & Jimmy Neutron on NCL Epic

A few days later, I saw a TV commercial advertising the Royal Caribbean Dreamworks Experience with Shrek and Donkey. The beauty of these relationships is the advertising that will draw families onboard for a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. Parents have a hard time saying no to their kids. If your kids have seen these commercials featuring their favorite characters placed in the middle of their cartoons, I am sure you are already well aware of their effectiveness. It’s a page out of the McDonald’s Ronald McDonald playbook. Get the kids constantly asking to go on a Cruise vacation with Dora the Explorer and sooner or later that family will be on Nickelodeon at Sea vacation. This is the main reason why families have been paying a sizeable premium to cruise on Disney Cruise line for years.

The only issue now is which cruise to take my family on next NCL’s Nickelodeon at Sea or the Royal Caribbean Dreamwork’s experience. Are your kids more into Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, or Disney? Would that be a driving factor in choosing your next family vacation?

Here is a video from Kevin Tacher’s family reunion cruise. They were one of the first families to cruise 7-nights on the NCL Epic. 

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NCL Epic first time in Miami, video

Here is a quick video from the NCL Epic Welcome party in Miami Florida:

We’ll post more today live from the NCL Epic!! Check out http://nclepic.posterous.com for all of our NCL Epic pics, videos, and reviews!

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NCL Epic, Welcome to Miami!

I’ll be flying out with my Dad at 6:15 AM in the morning on Wednesday July 7th (tomorrow) headed for Miami, FL. I’m so excited to be among the first to welcome the brand new NCL Epic to her home port.

From 2 – 4 PM on July 7th, there is a NCL Epic Welcome party at Bicentennial Park. She is set to pass by the park at about 3PM. This event is open to the public, just RSVP here: http://epic.ncl.com/epicmiami

From 5:30 – 8:30 PM, just a couple blocks from the Welcome Party there is a NCL Epic Bon Voyage Happy Hour at the upscale sports bar, the Bleu Moon located on the Double Tree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay property. Here is an easy map so you don’t get lost:

Map Bicentennial Park to Bleu Moon

We will board the NCL Epic at 11AM on Thursday July 8th! Where we will run around the ship as fast as possible capturing as much video as possible, so that by 3 PM I can focus on enjoying 2 days of Fun and Sun on one of the most innovative ships at sea!

All content from this trip will be posterized at http://nclepic.posterous.com – – everything is setting up to make this an Epic Trip! Follow @CruiseSource along live on Twitter !


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NCL Epic and Social Media

In a short period of time, cruising and social media is proving out to be a perfect match just as I was quoted last year in the Miami Herald:

On Cruisesource.us, Rich Tucker, business development specialist at Cruisedeals.com in Charlotte, N.C., writes: “Cruising and social media are like peanut butter and chocolate. Two tastes that taste great together.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/11/12/1330897_p2/wave-of-social-media-precedes.html#ixzz0sHNrLOCl

Cruise vacations are a natural source of rich content. The new ships being built today like the NCL Epic are architectural masterpieces loaded with innovative technology and design. 2 years ago, I was almost the only blogger taking advantage of Inaugural Cruises to get content for the CruiseSource and flickr pages. The times have changed. Over the next few weeks, the internet will be flooded with video, pictures, and reviews of the brand new NCL Epic. To get an idea of all the high quality NCL Epic content being created by travel pros and media check out the CruiseDeals.com dedicated NCL Epic site a growing collection of the best NCL Epic videos, photos, and articles from across the internet.

My two passions are social media and cruising; I try to combine them when at all possible:
I will be in Miami in time for the NCL Welcome Party at Bicentennial Park in Miami FL. We’re hosting a NCL Epic Bon Voyage Happy Hour Tweetup with our friends @24K & @VegasBill to network with the South Florida social media and technology community as well as all of the media and travel professionals coming to Miami to attend the NCL Epic 2 day inaugural event.

Imagine all the pictures, video, and status updates created from cruise vacations:
Each week 100+ cruise ships take thousands of passengers to beautiful destinations where each one of them are taking tons of pictures and video. An extremely high percentage of them come home very pleased with their once-in-life-time experience want to share it with friends and family.

Content is only one reason why Cruising and Social Media are like peanut butter and chocolate:

Using Social Media, to stay connected after the cruise:
Cruises are the most social form of vacationing. From the moment you get on a cruise ship, you are sharing your vacation experience with 1000 – 4000 other passengers from start to finish. You meet other passengers in the casino, at the shows, in the discos, on shore excursions, Surfing on the Flowrider, on the grass lawn, etc. It is not rare for cruise passengers to make lifelong friends while on cruise vacations. Some even choose to cruise together on future vacations. The high adoption rate of social media application like Facebook and Twitter makes it fairly effortless to stay in touch with new friends. All of these new cruising friends will lead to larger group vacations.

Why the cruise industry has so much to gain from Social Media:

Almost 75% of the US has yet to go on a cruise vacation. Many have not tried cruising because of objections like being confined on a small cruise ship, not enough to do while on board, or other misconceptions. Some others have long standing traditions when it comes to vacations, like always going to a local beach for a week. When 25% of the population goes on cruises and post pictures and videos from their cruise vacations, their friends will ask questions and become more interested in trying out cruising. People do not trust advertising, but they trust their friends. In order for the cruise lines to take full advantage of social media, they will need to significantly reduce the cost of the Wi-Fi onboard the ships. If I was the cruise lines, I’d look at the passengers using Wi-Fi as advertising and price it at the break-even point. Or make Facebook and other social apps free of charge while on the ship.

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