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Jose Maria Figueres Olsen A Motivational Speaker

Jose Maria Figueres Olsen A Motivational Speaker

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Here you find the best seller How to Survive a Disaster:


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 ==== ====Here you find the best Handbook to Survive All Disastershttp://amzn.to/A8fKBu ==== ====On July 10, 2010 we returned from a fabulous cruise vacation to the Italian, Spanish and FrenchRivieras. Costa loves groups and I love Costa. This group of 68 was our sixth with them. Ourmega-liner, the Concordia held 3780 passengers and 1100 crew. Of the dozens of differentnationalities onboard, only 318 spoke English and yet surprisingly, I felt privileged to be in such aminority. The cruiseline went beyond the call of duty to make us feel special. On day 2, they gaveus a private cocktail party. On day 6, they surprised us with an exceptionally generous event. Webegan with a "Galley Tour" to view the massive kitchens. We saw the appetizer zone, the soup,salad and pasta stations, the steamy hot bakery that runs 24/7 and the dishwashing area wherethey wash 60,000 dishes daily. Later in the Vienna lounge, dancers came to do a powerfulperformance for us. Then the top officers arrived to greet us including the Michelin Executive Chefwho heads 91 other chefs, hotel manager of 1500 cabins and even the Captain himself, an affableseaman from Cinque Terre. We ended with a geography game in 2 teams attempting to guessworld capitals. Few Americans know of Costa, Italy's 3rd top company in terms of reputation behind Ferrari andArmani. Their prices are competitive and like AFS, they maintain a 70% return guest ratio. Thiswas the biggest ship I've been on. I was happy to learn Costa's new ships will not exceed this size.(We booked a group July 2011 on the new Flaviosa, which is under construction.) RC Oasis of theSeas holds nearly 5400 passengers. I'm told the Epic of the Seas will hold 10,000 including crew. Iwonder if they'll provide Segways to get to breakfast. I had anticipated some chaos on the Concordia but each day was remarkably smooth. I neverwaited over 5 minutes in any line and always had a deck chair. There were no tenders to board sowe could leisurely disembark anytime. Over the years, I've cruised dozens of lines. Most make itdifficult for groups with strict Gestapo-like rules that must be adhered to, such as specific chairs fordinners to being the last passengers allowed to disembark at each port. Only Costa allowsflexibility with a laid back attitude of "as you wish." No cruiseline is perfect, but with groups, this iswhat sets them apart. I chose this cruise for the diverse ports of call in 3 countries. Most enjoyed Barcelona, Marseilles,Avignon, Sorrento and Mallorca. I heard the favorites however to be the Isle of Capri, ruins ofPompeii, glamorous Monte Carlo, charming Portofino and exotic Tunis. Least favorite, PalermoSicily. In Tunisia I arranged a private tour with a passionate guide named Amel who had just 5hours to show us her beloved Tunis. We visited ancient Carthage, Sidi Bou Said, a mountainvillage by the sea and in the crowded souks of the Medina we bargained for treasures. En route back, heavy traffic delayed us, which put me on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Wewere to board our ship at 1pm. Impossible. When our coach stopped outside the parking gates, weran as if we were on fire. With the ship blaring, the last one in our group made it within seconds to

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