But I’ve always loved cruising and working on ships is something I’ve always wanted to do and it turns out I enjoy it and folks like me doing it . . . so, what the heck! It beats being a greeter at Wal Mart!
So I spend part of my time lecturing on ships and traveling around the world, part in “Paradise” either on our beautiful coffee farm outside of Boquete, Panama or at our little casita overlooking the Chiriqui Islands in the Pacific at Boca Chica..
In addition I work with Panama Relocation Tours showing folks who are thinking of moving to Panama around the country. And I consult with a friend who is developing a world-wide virtual university. And I continue blogging and writing. Both Escape To Paradise: Living & Retiring In Panama and Cruising The Panama Canal: Centennial Edition are enjoying good sales and reviews and both are available in trade paper and Kindle. One of the great things about publishing on demand is that the books can be continually update, yet another task.
It’s a nice life! Not that it is without challenges, as you know if you’ve read this blog, and it really IS a lot of work! What ever happened to “retirement”?
So what are the Panama Relocation Tours? Well, not “real estate tours” or the Panamanian version of time-share “presentations”. Panama Relocation Tours are boots on the ground tours where nobody is selling anything, but folks have an opportunity to experience the real Panama, visit some of the places expats like to call home, and meet and talk with real expats and get the straight scoop on living in Panama.
What do I do when I’m on the ship? Here are a couple of sample lecture clips that will give you an idea . . .
“Holy Cities” - This is the first 15 minutes of a lecture on the “Holy Land” for ports in Israel. The entire port lecture was 60 minutes. This was recorded on PACIFIC PRINCESS to be run continuously on cabin TV. Unfortunately due to limited equipment the slides are recorded by a camera filming the projection screen (sometimes moving with the ship!) and not pulling directly from the computer so the quality leaves much to be desired.
“Enchanting Egypt” – This is a 15 minute clip from the middle of a talk for Port Said and Cairo for a series of Egypt cruises on Princess calling in Egypt 8 months after the 2011 February Revolution. The interesting thing about the first part of this clip, is that once I started asking people to check out the prices and quality of cartouches onboard before going off on tour to Egypt, the number of cartouches being sold in the jewelry shop on board zoomed from 2 or 3 per cruise to as many as 27 per cruise.
“Let The Adventure Begin” - This is a clip from a video designed to be shown to guests on ZUIDERDAM on embarkation day. Part of my assignment as Travel Guide was to soft sell shore excursions. This section deals with Panama and a little part of Costa Rica.
“More Than Johnny Depp: The History of Piracy” – This is a 15 minute clip from a 55 minute talk on the history of piracy, tracing it from it’s beginnings right up through the present day.
What do folks say about my onboard presentations? Here are some of the comments folks have made: Richard Onboard Comments. And if you happen to work for a cruise line or be looking for a destination/port lecturer, here’s contact information and a list of lectures I’ve done: Booking Information