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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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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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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
@CruiseSource

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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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Social Fresh Social Media Cruise

Quick Intro Video that I taped this morning for the Social Fresh Cruise sailing 11.12.09. 100 Social Media Leaders, Innovators, and influencers getting away to relax, unplug and focus on building key relationships while attending 8 hours of Fresh, Advanced Conference Style Social Media Sessions.

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