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05.28.2009


  Blue Man Group Will Bring New Wave Theater to the NCL Flagship Norwegian Epic

Blue Man Group Coming to Sea
Dear readers, I have been very prescient lately; predicting with amazing accuracy what the rest of the media seems to be missing when it comes to the cruise industry. Part of it is reading between the lines to ferret out what they are not reporting. Another part of it is simply that I know how people and companies think. Now to announce yet another correct prediction; I have an email to NCL on file dated June 12, 2008, one year ago, where I ask the manager of Public Relations for NCL if they are going to put Blue Man Group on the new Norwegian Epic F3 ship debuting early next year. Yes, although she denied it at the time I was right. NCL just announced it last week in a special meeting in New York.

In fact, I first mentioned putting Blue Man Group on a cruise ship back in 1993 when I was working for Holland America. And now I have another prediction for you - Blue Man Group will be the first cruise ship "smash" hit. It will be the first cruise ship ever to be booked solely because of the show onboard.

Why am I so confident? I have personally seen Blue Man Group four times, in the Astor Place Theater in New York and in Las Vegas. It is a great show and perfect for a cruise ship because of its universal, all-ages, geek to freak appeal. There has never been a cruise show like that before and it will change the way cruise lines look at shipboard entertainment.


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Royal Caribbean: 1-800-Royal Caribbean

Where else have my predictions been good? A lot of people were saying that Royal Caribbean wouldn't get financing for their new ship projects. I disagreed by saying that shipbuilding is too important to Finland and that they would step up make sure Oasis of the Seas arrives on time. Sure enough, the banking arm of the Finnish Government, Finnvera, did step up to guarantee the loans of two European banks.

People were also saying that the company's cost-cutting measures were a sign that they were struggling financially. I disagreed strongly, saying I believed that what RCL was doing is the correct strategy for the company. Sure enouh their earnings report surprised "to the upside" as they say on Wall Street.

As for shipboard entertainment here is more news; Royal Caribbean will put Hairspray on Oasis of the Seas. It is also a brave and good choice to license a working Broadway show instead of creating yet another "Salute to Broadway" fashion show revue. My new prediction is this; Oasis will win big with the media and the cruise world. It will be hailed as the most exciting cruise ship ever and a feat of human engineering. No, it isn't too big and yes you will sail upon it even if you are now saying "you'll never get me on that thing."


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This week we had a plethora of media reports about an 18 year-old young man who had "fallen" from a cruise ship. I knew intuitively that this kid had not fallen, that he had actually jumped. Now, I think most of us knew that, but the point is that not a single media source was reporting it that way. They all said he "fell" and the word "jumped" or any indication that he had gone overboard intentionally was completly absent from all media reports.

I put myself on the line and said I was certain it was an intentional act - not an innocent "falling" from a cruise ship. I knew because his parents did not call for any investigation, all they asked for was "privacy." Is that how you react when someone "falls" from a high place and is now missing? So, why didn't the media report this story more accurately? I don't know.

Is the media purposely trying to sensationalize cruise news these days? Certainly a story that someone "fell" from a cruise ship is far sexier than a boy jumping an gone missing. But wouldn't the media be doing all of us a service by reporting the actual events? There were eyewitnesses to this event. Wouldn't you like to know if they threw him liferings? Wouldn't you like to know if they could see him in the water after he landed? Did he just disappear, was he swimming? Don't you want to know? I know I certainly do.

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