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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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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 CruiseSource.us 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] http://bit.ly/CShorty

My Office At Sea - Celebrity Century


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Merry Christmas, Follow Friday

Happy Holidays to all of our CruiseDeals.com Twitter Friends who booked a cruise this year through CruiseDeals.com! And as Christmas falls on a Friday, I’m giving a #FollowFriday shout out to all of them because they ROCK! If you’re not on Twitter… you should be. Twitter is a great resource for getting reviews on products and services as well as referrals to trusted companies.

Merry Christmas!

CruiseDeals.com takes pride in offering better prices and exceptional service, just ask one of our friends:


We also recommend following a few of our Twitter friends who booked a cruise this year through Cruisedeals.com but unfortunately had to cancel. They enjoyed the fact that CruiseDeals.com does not add on booking fees or cancellation fees.


If you ever have Cruise related Questions, hit me up on my Twitter Account @CruiseSource, leave a comment on the blog, or send me an email rtucker [at] cruisedeals [dot] com – – I’m here to help. 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.

Photo by Adrants

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!

Photo by Adrants

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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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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JenChicago’s Post Social Fresh Cruise Video

While I have been slow to get all of my Social Fresh Cruise Content out… Our good friend @JenChicago shows off all her Talent in her Post Social Fresh Cruise The SAUCE video. This video give you an great idea of the people who attended and the quality content they create online. So while you wait for me to get all my videos and recaps out from the Social Fresh Cruise, enjoy Jen’s video.

Full Disclosure :, Jen was a paying attendee on the Social Fresh Cruise who added much value to the event with her fun loving attitude. Jen had an amazing time (I think). We did not pay or bribe Jen in anyway for this video. Social Media Business is all about the relationships and that was the key to Social Fresh Cruise. It was all about the awesome attendees who “got it” and joined us ‘on the boat’ making friendships that will last a lifetime. After watching several of Jen’s Videos, I believe her personality in front of the camera will have us saying, ‘I knew her when’.

Happy Sailing,
Rich Tucker

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Cruise Industry, Making Waves on Twitter

I’m anticipating that the Cruise Industry will get a lot of chatter on Twitter next week and of course I am very excited. My opinion has been that Cruising and Social Media are like peanut butter and chocolate…two tastes that taste great together. I think the Cruise Industry has as much to gain from Social Media as any other and this upcoming week (11.09.09 – 11.17.09) will put the spotlight on what is possible when the cruise industry properly utilizes Social Media.


On Twitter next week you will want to follow the #SoCruise Hashtag. CruiseDeals.com & Social Fresh, LLC teamed up on the Social Fresh Cruise. The Social Fresh Cruise is a networking vacation for 50 Social Media Insiders like Chris Brogan, Jason Keath, Missy Ward, Greg Cangialosi, and many more! The Cruise Departs on the Carnival Destiny on 11.12.09. Adding to the Buzz, The Social Fresh Cruise BonVoyage Meetup in Miami Florida on 11.11.09 has about 200 RSVPs and was recently featured in the Miami New Times.

The other Hashtag to watch next week is #Followmeatsea. Princess Cruise Lines is paying for 10 bloggers/social media personalities like my friends Simone di Santi and Shannon Hurst Lane to go on the Crown Princess and write online about their experience. I’m assuming that Princess Cruise Line realized I was going on Social Fresh Cruise and that is why they did not ask me to go on #followmeatsea. Joking aside, it is great to see the Cruise Lines starting to understand the potential power of Social Media and I think this promotion will be a big win for the Industry and for Princess Cruise Lines.

The Last Hashtag I’d watch next week is #OasisoftheSeas. The Massive Oasis of the Seas upcoming Inaugurals will be big buzz through all media outlets. This ship is a design and architectural wonder that will change the face of cruising. The Today show will be live on the Oasis of the Seas on 11.20.09. Plus with 3000 – 5000 Travel Agents on the first couple of sailings, I am guessing that you will see lots of Tweets with the #Oasisoftheseas Hashtag. I will be live tweeting from the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas on 11.22.09.


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