Azamara Club Cruises is one of Cruise Critic’s most enthusiastic partners when it comes to hosting onboard meet-and-greets for our members. But during my recent Singapore-to-Hong Kong voyage onboard Azamara Quest, the concept was taken to another level when I was asked to give a couple of enrichment lectures during the trip.
I was momentarily thrown for a loop. What would I talk about? I was told: How about cruising ….
And so I did. In a marvelous expansion of our longtime meet-and-mingle-style get-togethers (that gathering for registered Cruise Critic members was held separately, on the first day at sea), 150 or so fellow passengers showed up at the Cabaret Lounge to hear what Cruise Critic had to say.
I was more interested in what was on the minds of my cruise comrades onboard (and I loved that about half who attended had never even heard of Cruise Critic before). What transpired was Cruise Critic’s first town hall-style event. Ostensibly, I came prepared with a topic for each lecture (how to sightsee like a traveler rather than a tourist was the first, and I followed up with a session on saving money), but as is always the case on Cruise Critic, the best information came out of the fun and spirited debates.
This may have been Cruise Critic’s first-ever onboard town meeting, but I’m hoping it’s not the last.
After all, talking about cruising while cruising is obviously a natural.
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