Yacht event 5/31/15

Yacht event on 31st
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 05/31/2015 03:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Coconut harbour
Coconut grove Barbour,
Miami, Florida 33146
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Cost: Free

we are hosting a high end yacht event to prompt Miami to Chinese Market. We need promotion models to join the event to make a good impression on Miami. You can bring a gf of yours and enjoy the sight seeing, free drinks and top chef prepared dinner on yacht. This event is to impress Chinese bureau on Miami about its ocean, weather and water sports experience. The selected models might be hired later on for a fashion show in Brickell later this year and also as the promossion ambassador of miami to attend promotion events in China.

Event will be on 31st of May. On board time will be 3:00pm. We will have a simple interview this week and please send your profile and your understanding of miami to [email protected]

Final Days to Book Your Ticket Aventura Dance Cruise!

If you love Latin dancing, its music or its culture, this is the weekend cruise for you!  Back for its second year as a full ship charter and seventh time cruising the high seas, Aventura Dance Cruise (ADC), the world’s largest floating Latin dance cruise, will be setting sail out of the Port of Miami on board the Carnival Ecstasy from November 7-10, 2014. Attendees will be treated to an amazing musical  lineup including some of Latin music’s most celebrated, award-winning artists, like Chino y Nacho, the Latin GRAMMY-winning and Billboard Latin chart-topping Venezuelan reggaeton duo with a romantic, tropical style; Leslie Grace, Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist for Best Contemporary Tropical Album 2013, as well as one of Latin music’s most influential vocalists and living legend José “El Canario” Alberto.

The Carnival Ecstasy boasts 1,028 cabins, with lodging for up to 4 of your best friends, accommodating 2,400 on board. Included onboard are mini-golf, a full jogging track, a swimming pool, two main dining rooms and the lido buffet restaurant. Service is one of the bright spots on Ecstasy; so don’t be surprised if your waiters or waitresses remember your name or even your meal preferences.

 Aventura Dance Cruise Official Video Trailer: http://vimeo.com/aventuradancecruise

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Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy world-class dance performances, take any of the 60+ dance workshops, two private island Bahamas beach parties, 70+ hours of social dancing with several interactive performances.  There’s even a workshop especially for beginners or novices that may need to brush up on their Latin dancing skills. It really is a pretty sick deal!

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Additionally, the Aventura Dance Cruise is hosting several day and night parties with various themes such as ‘represent’, superheroes, whatever floats your boat, pirates of the Caribbean, white hot and the red carpet start.  Check out the website for the event schedule.

ADC2014 Theme parties

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One of last year’s themed parties

Last year, our friends who took the cruise said it was one of the most amazing and most fun experiences they ever had! We are booked any ready to go, so come salsa and party with us. You don’t want to miss it!  Hurry because booking ends November 1st.

For bookings and payment information on the  Aventura Dance Cruise, please visit: http://aventuradancecruise.com/prices-registration/

“Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour” 9/13/14

“Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour”
Saturday, 09/13/2014 – 09/13/2014 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Venetian Lady Yacht
401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33132,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $199-$228

Join us the weekend of September 13th & 14th 2014 for the “Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour” hostedby Courtney Adeleye of The Mane Choice. This empowering tour will kick off in Miami and is designed to celebrate and honor the beauty of self-confidence, by learning, understanding, and flaunting your tresses. Get up close and personal on hair with special guest Chrisette Michelle and gain expert advice on taming and maintaining tresses from Courtney Adeleye along with a selection of expert healthy hair panelists. The result? One luxurious night full of sailing, fun, fine food, live music, socializing, and premium open bar.

Purchase your tickets today ranging from $199-$228 for the Sunset Yacht Dinner Cruise & Breakfast. Limited quantity available. Use coupon code LABOR14 for 10% off up until September 3rd 2014.

SeaFair Miami Cruises


SeaFair Miami Cruises

seafairDaily excursions Tuesdays through Sundays
Open to the public at dock
100 Chopin Plaza
Bayfront Park South Dock
Downtown Miami, FL

Ticket prices vary: Make Reservations Online Tell them Soul Of Miami sent you!

Sunset and City Lights Cruises
It is no secret, Miami truly comes alive after dark, and our City Lights Cruise is the quintessential Miami experience.
Friday and Saturday nights, 9PM to 11PM
Gourmet buffet or ala carte menu available. Visit website for pricing and details.

Brunch and Bay Cruises
What better way to top off the perfect Miami weekend or holiday than with a sun soaked cruise, shopping and gourmet buffet brunch aboard a luxury megayacht?
Saturday and Sunday, Embark: 10:30 AM, Cruise: 11AM-2:30PM, Disembark: 3 PM, (2 Brunch seatings, 11-12:30 and 1-2:30)
Gourmet buffet brunch or ala carte menu available. Visit website for pricing and details.

Afternoon Bay Cruise
Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Cocktails will be served at three bars and a tapas menu is available on the Sky Deck. Visit website for pricing and details.

Seafair Miami Dockside
For the land lover, SeaFair Miami offers dockside hours at Chopin Plaza.
Tues – Fri: 5-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sat: 3-7pm & 11pm-midnight | Sun: 3-6pm
SeaFair is docked at Bayfront Park’s South Dock at Chopin Plaza next to the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami. Ample public parking is available within walking distance as well as free people mover access.

Cruise the crystal waters of Biscayne Bay on the $40 million MegaYacht for Dinner, Brunch, Holiday Celebrations, or just a lovely tour of the city lights.

SeaFair Art Galleries and Shoppes: While cruising browse the unique offerings of 20 art galleries and luxury boutiques. Local and internationally renowned artists, receptions, art performances and more. All on the MegaYacht Grand Luxe SeaFair.

Celebrate Miami: What better way to enjoy the Miami sunset than with cocktails on the Sky Deck followed by a gourmet dinner after dark watching the City Lights in the VIP restaurant? Enjoy family celebrations for Saturday and Sunday brunch on Miami’s only MegaYacht.

SeaFair offers a Miami experience like no other combining the best of intracoastal cruising, unique boutiques, and sophisticated dining. It is a truly memorable once in a lifetime experience for visitors and the ultimate venue for special occasions.

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SeaFair is the world’s first mobile megayacht venue and one of the ten largest privately owned yachts in the United States. The $40 million custom-built yacht was designed by internationally acclaimed yacht designer Luiz De Basto. At 228 feet and 2,800 international tons, it is the largest ship built for commercial operation on the Intracoastal Waterway and requires a draft of only 6.5 feet allowing it to dock at small yacht facilities in central city locations such as Chopin Plaza.

The well-appointed luxury venue features an impressive formal marble entryway, 28 individual exhibit spaces, a coffee bar, the Luxe Lounge, an open-air champagne and tapas bar on the aft deck, Sapore’, a formal glass-walled restaurant/club on Deck 3, Bistro360, an informal open-air restaurant and Bar360, a sky deck cocktail reception area.

Cruise, shop and dine aboard the uber-luxe 228-foot megayacht, SeaFair, offering the ultimate excursions where sea and sky converge with the glamour of iconic Miami.

seafairbanner1Enjoy four passenger decks with open-air sky deck dining, an elegant glass-walled club lounge, champagne and caviar bar and three decks of unique shops and galleries offering luxury must-haves including art, fine jewelry, designer trunk shows and more. International cuisine, tapas, fine wines and Champagne combined with live music ranging from jazz to island rhythms tops off this truly unique Miami experience.

The 2nd Annual Masters At Work at Sea with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope 3/26/14

The 2nd Annual Masters At Work at Sea with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope
Wednesday, 03/26/2014 – 04:00 pm – 09:00 pm
DOCK LOCATION: 4535 Collins Ave (Across from the Eden Roc Hotel),
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Facebook Link
Cost: $150 + $9.24 fee
Limited Tickets Available:

An Unforgettable Musical Experience aboard the exquisite Lady Windridge
Full Complimentary Bar
5-Star Catering

Produced By: MAW . Creations PMG

Their name says it all – Masters At Work.
For over 20 years “Little Louie” Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez have pioneered a journey through house – defiantly melding elements of hip-hop, disco, jazz and funk to amass an overwhelming body of dynamic and universally celebrated work. In the process, the two native New Yorkers have established themselves as iconoclastic producers, remixers and musical visionaries, purveying a sound and rhythm that has moved dance music enthusiasts across the globe.

On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 set sail with the Masters at Work aboard the exquisite Lady Windridge Yacht in Miami for what is sure to be one of the most exclusive gatherings of the Winter Music Conference. Set aboard a luxury yacht, the first ever ‘Masters At Work at Sea’ will cruise along spectacular Miami waterways from 5pm – 9pm and feature a complimentary bar and 5-star catering. Join us for an unforgettable musical experience curated by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, and co-produced by Carmel Ophir (The Vagabond, Creations) against the backdrop of a majestic Miami sunset.

For this event, tickets are non-transferable. The person purchasing the ticket must present their ID and credit card at the event to gain entrance. If the person purchasing the ticket is not present or does not have their ID and credit card, the tickets will not be honored and refunds will not be issued. DO NOT purchase this ticket through a third party, as it will not be honored at the event.

UK-Miami invasion 5/27/14

UK-Miami invasion
Tuesday, 05/27/2014 – 06/03/2014 11:00 pm – 05:00 am
imageClevelender Hotel
1020 Ocean drive , Miami Beach,
Miami Beach, Florida 33990
Webpage Link
Cost: $35

This is a 7 day Classic Soul , R&B , Vintage Reggae Event . The DJs and Artists will be Flying in from the UK . The event consists of 2 nights on South beach then a 2 Night Bahamas Cruise where UK DJs will be Playing on Board and the last 3 Nights will be on Fort Lauderdale Beach . 10 Parties in 7 days . This is strictly a Mature ravers Event .

GMCVB Launches Inaugural Miami Cruise Month in January 2014

GMCVB Miami Cruise Month

With close to five million consumers expected to pass through PortMiami – the Cruise Capital of the World™ in 2014, the Greater Miami and the Beaches is offering a wealth of pre- and post- cruise options for cruise passengers to extend their travel or vacation with stays in the destination. This January 1-31, consumers can prepare for wave season, the most popular time to book cruises, as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) introduces Miami Cruise Month, sponsored by MasterCard’s Priceless Miami program.

Miami Cruise Month features enticing offers to book cruises departing from PortMiami and special pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, attraction visits, and Heritage Neighborhood Tours.

“Greater Miami and The Beaches has been welcoming increasing numbers of visitors for many years, resulting in record-breaking tourism and further growth and traffic at PortMiami,” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “More than ever before, cruise passengers are taking advantage of pre-and-post cruise stays to explore the destination’s many attractions, culturally rich heritage neighborhoods and pristine beaches that continue to attract visitors from around the world.”

To date, participating cruise lines with special offers and incentives for consumers booking cruises in January include:
Azamara Club Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Celebrity Cruises
MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International

Port Director Bill Johnson said the 2013 cruise season was one of PortMiami’s best with the addition of two new cruise brands-Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Disney Cruise Line-and the arrival of three new build ships including: the Carnival Breeze, Celebrity Reflection and the Oceania Riviera.

“Last year marked our greatest fleet expansion ever in a single cruise season,” Johnson said. “Looking ahead, 2014 promises to be yet another banner year. We are anticipating a surge in cruise traffic with close to five million cruise passengers traveling through PortMiami in the coming year.”

New for the 2014 Cruise Season is MSC Cruises; the Mediterranean brand, which began sailing one of its newest ships, MSC Divina, from Miami last month. Additionally, PortMiami will welcome Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Norwegian Getaway, in February.

Calling all Cruise Directors…
During the month of January, consumers may enter the PortMiami Adventure Sweepstakes for a chance to win weekly cruise-inspired prizes and the grand prize of a trip to Greater Miami and The Beaches, courtesy of the GMCVB. Simply visit www.facebook.com/VisitMiami to create your own PortMiami adventure mentioning your favorite things to do, places to stay and dining hot spots.

Consumers looking for pre-and-post cruise itinerary ideas can visit Miami and Beaches’ Pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches/ using the new Pinterest Places interactive City Guides feature. From places to sleep and eat to places to play and discover, including destination heritage spots, Pinterest boards will have inspirations for planning a cruising trip out of PortMiami.

“Miami Cruise Month is a great marketing and promotion program providing tremendous options for a cruise vacation departing from PortMiami,” said Christine Duffy, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “We congratulate the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for recognizing the importance of the cruise industry to bring more people to the destination and for opening up the market to global travelers. PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world and Miami offers many pre/post cruise activities and reasons to come early and stay longer. I’m sure that this promotion will be very successful and a great boom for the cruise lines, Miami and PortMiami.”

Tempting Options for 2014 Trips to Greater Miami and Beaches…
Miami Cruise Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices.

Other programs include Miami Romance Month, Shop Miami Month, Miami Sports Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice Restaurant Month, Miami Attractions Month, and Miami Live Month. For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

Ring in 2014 at Sea Onboard the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast Cruise Ship Fire and Ice Party 12/31/13

Ring in 2014 at Sea Onboard the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast Cruise Ship’s Fire & Ice Party
NYETuesday, December 31st, departs at 9 pm and arrives back at 6 am.
Departing from Port Miami’s Terminal H (Parking in Garage G)
Tickets Available Online
Guests 18 and older must have a valid I.D.

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at sea on the fastest cruise ship in the Americas! The New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party will feature DJs, dancing, casino action, champagne toast and a firework display over Bimini!

The New Year’s Eve “Fire and Ice” party cruise includes live entertainment and dancing under the stars, gaming action in the ship’s casino and sports book, a champagne toast and a spectacular fireworks display over the island of Bimini. The Bimini SuperFast will depart PortMiami’s Terminal H at 9pm and return at 6am on January 1st. Reservations begin at $149 per person, with a VIP package including a three-course dinner and private disembarkation lounge priced at $199 per person.

Party Boat Sundays 11/30/13

Party Boat Sundays
Sunday, 10/06/2013 – 11/30/2013 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Vessel-Discription-CS78 Foot Sailing Catamaran
401 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: $50

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sail, Splash, Snorkel

Sail to the ocean on the biggest commercial catamaran in North America, Anchor and splash. Then swim with a Giant Floating Water Mat, Water Trampoline Water Noodles, Mask and Snorkel.

Departure Point
Bayside Market Place behind the Hard Rock Cafe
401 Biscayne Blvd Miami 33132

The crew unloads Water toys Free use of:
Snorkels, Masks,
Water Trampoline
Water Noodles
10 Person Floating Water Mat
1/2 day fun cruse

Vessel Description
78 foot long catamaran (Largest Commercial Sailing in North America)
30 foot wide
2 Marine Bath
Certified for up to 125 people
Covered & Cabin Seating
Bar with Sodas and Snacks

We take you to the ocean or Sand Bar on a 78 foot catamaran and provide a multitude of activities for your enjoyment. This includes use of the following , Snorkels, Masks, Water Noodles, Water Trampoline and 10 Person Floating Mat.

Call for details 786-529-7787

Chamber Sunset Cruise 7/31/13

Chamber Sunset Cruise
Wednesday, 07/31/2013 – 05:30 pm – 08:30 pm
Sunset-CruiseCaribbean Spirit at Bayside
401 Biscayne Blvd ,
Miami, Florida 33132
Buy Tickets Link
Cost: $25 Members, $35 Future Members

Join the Miami Brickell Chamber & Spirit Charters aboard the Caribbean Spirit (Behind the Hard Rock at Bayside) Boat departs at 6pm. Come out for a chance to network, enjoy some champagne & wine sponsored by La Cacciatora and Top Wines Import, snack on some lite bites, and possibly win one of our raffle prizes, all while watching the beautiful Miami sun set from the deck of North America’s largest catamaran. For info, call Heather Lopez at 305-647-9275 or e-mail [email protected] Special thanks to our supporters: Fabulous Miami, ASE Events, SoulofMiami.org, MEC 261, EDC & more! Only 100 tickets available to be sold!

Photographs of our 2013 Cruise Vacation May 11-19, 2013

This was one of the best cruises I have been on!!!  We went on an 8 day Carnival Cruise aboard the Carnival Breeze.  We visited Grand Turk, La Romana – Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba.  The cruise it self was amazing, the food and the staff were so awesome.  One night we did splurge and ate at the steakhouse, it was so worth the extra price. I was stuffed and had one of the best bone-in Rib-eye steak I have ever had.  I have to say that of all the stops Aruba was my most favorite, James had to drag me back on the ship.  My next favorite stop was Grand Turk, I loved the little town the people were so nice and the scenery was beautiful.  There are a lot of pictures I hope you enjoy them.


Desolatismus On A Boat Featuring Loco Dice 3/23/13

Desolatismus On A Boat Featuring Loco Dice
Saturday, 03/23/2013, 03:30 pm – 09:00 pm
Desolatismus-Boat-A1-RZ.inddLady Windridge Yacht
Dock Located at 4833 Collins Avenue (Across from The Miami Beach Resort and Spa),
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Facebook Link

Saturday March 23rd, 2013

“Desolatismus On A Boat”

Loco Dice
Martin Buttrich . Tini . Guti
Robert Dietz . Yaya
Livio and Roby

Join us for this very exclusive musical experience aboard
The Lady Windridge
Complimentary Bar . 5-Star Catering

Check-In: 3:30 PM
Board: 4:30 PM
Sail: 5:00 PM
Return: 9:00 PM

Tickets Available At: www.wantickets.com/vagabond

‘We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat’ with Tenaglia, Digweed and Wink 3/21/13

‘We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat’ with Tenaglia, Digweed and Wink
Thursday, 03/21/2013, 03:30 pm – 09:00 pm
bigger-boat-for-webLady Windridge Yacht
Dock Located at 4833 Collins Avenue (Across from The Miami Beach Resort and Spa),
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Facebook Link

The 1st Ever

We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
John Digweed . Danny Tenaglia . Josh Wink

An Unforgettable Musical Experience
aboard the exquisite
Lady Windridge
Full Complimentary Bar
5-Star Catering

Dock Located at 4833 Collins Avenue
(Across from The Miami Beach Resort and Spa)

Check-In 3:30 Pm
Board 4:30 Pm
Sail 5:00 Pm
Return 9:00 Pm

Advanced Tickets Available At: http://www.wantickets.com/vagabond

Produced By:
Creations PMG . Bedrock . The Vagabond

Masters At Work At Sea with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope 3/20/13

Masters At Work At Sea with Louie Vega and Kenny Dope
MAWatSea3-20-13-Turqouis-with-Tix-Info-12Wednesday, 03/20/2013, 03:30 pm – 09:00 pm
Dock Located at 4833 Collins Avenue (Across from The Miami Beach Resort and Spa)
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Facebook Link

Their name says it all – Masters At Work.

For over 20 years “Little Louie” Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez have pioneered a journey through house – defiantly melding elements of hip-hop, disco, jazz and funk to amass an overwhelming body of dynamic and universally celebrated work. In the process, the two native New Yorkers have established themselves as iconoclastic producers, remixers and musical visionaries, purveying a sound and rhythm that has moved dance music enthusiasts across the globe.

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 set sail with the Masters at Work aboard the exquisite Lady Windridge Yacht in Miami for what is sure to be one of the most exclusive gatherings of the Winter Music Conference. Set aboard a luxury yacht, the first ever ‘Masters At Work at Sea’ will cruise along spectacular Miami Beach waterways from 5pm – 9pm and feature a complimentary bar and 5-star catering. Join us for an unforgettable musical experience curated by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, and co-produced by Carmel Ophir (The Vagabond, Creations) against the backdrop of a majestic Miami sunset.

Check in begins at 3:30pm with boarding beginning promptly at 4:30pm. The yacht departs at 5:00pm – don’t let this ship set sail without you!

Dock Located at 4833 Collins Avenue
(Across from The Miami Beach Resort and Spa)

SAIL 5:00 PM

Produced By:
Creations PMG . MAW . The Vagabond

Buy your tickets today:

Masters at Work:

Little Louie Vega:

Kenny Dope:

Oasis of the Seas Ship Tour 12/1/12

Oasis of the Seas Ship Tour
Saturday, 12/01/2012, 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive,
Ft Lauderdale , Florida 33316
Webpage Link

American Institute of Architects, (AIA Miami) is hosting a tour of Oasis of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world.

Harold Law, Sr. Project Associate for Oasis Class ships and Architectural Oversight for Royal Caribbean, guides you through seven distinct neighborhoods including the first Starbucks® at sea, Broadway hit musical Chicago, the DreamWorks® Experience, Boardwalk®, AquaTheater and
Central Park®.

Must be 18 and older, photo ID is required. Comfortable shoes recommended.

AIA Members $15; Non-Members $25

Photographs of Sea Tweetup Day 3 on Norwegian Sky on 10/14/12

Sea Tweetup Day 3 on the Norwegian Sky on Sunday, October 14, 2012.  The weather cleared up and we arrived at Nassau, Bahamas.  We where meet at the pier by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and took a tour bus ride to The Bahamas National Trust and was treated to a traditional Bahamanian breakfast which included, grits with a conch stew and a fish stew, hash, pan cakes, real homemade jelly – banana, guava, coconut, pineapple and mango, these were amazing the banana was my favorite.   We also had an assortment of pastry’s, amazing breads and fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh squeezed lemonade, fresh coconut water and tea. Then we got to see a presentation of several of the island, I had no idea that the Bahamas was that large – 700 islands make up the Bahamas.  Then we hoped on the bus again and visited three art galleries and saw some amazing art all local artist.  The first gallery was Doongalik Studios Art Gallery they had some amazing local artist and then we headed over to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and they had a great exhibition by Amos Ferguson know as the Bahamian Outsider. Our next stop was at Hillside House the studio and gallery of Antonius Roberts and his work is truly amazing.

The next stop was Senor Frogs for a tweetup and a shot of Patron XO Cafe before heading back to the ship.  Once on board we had our second roundtable discussions with cocktails sponsored by Bacardi.   The first speaker was Brenda Mallett with Socially Engaged and our last speaker was Nathan Stobezski.  We had a wonderful question and answer session for all of the speakers with sipping cocktails.  Then we all headed to dinner and dancing.  What a wonderful end to a great Sea Tweetup.  Hope to see everyone back again next year and lots of new faces.

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Photographs from Sea Tweetup Day 2 on Norwegian Sky on 10/13/12

Sea Tweetup Day 2 on the Norwegian Sky on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Because of the tropical depression we were not able to go to the private island so we had another day at sea.  MillerCoors came to the rescue and we had a great get together by the pool with Blue Moon, Fosters, Coors Light, Miller Light, Grolsh and Crispin Cider to go along with the poolside BBQ. Then that night we had our first Social Media Roundtable with presentations by Jeff Cohen, Director of Social Media of MDG Advertising, Sebastian Rusk, CEO/Founder of SocialBuzzTV,  Aubrey Swanson, Founder of AUBOOM Media, Jacqueline Jimenez, Founder of The Innovative Consultant, Michael Alcantara, Founder of Alcantara Media and Rich Tucker, Social Media Manager for CruiseDeals.com.  Then on to our next cocktail party sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line.

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Photographs from Sea Tweetup Day 1 on Norwegian Sky on 10/12/12

Sea Tweetup Day 1 on the Norwegian Sky on Friday, October 12, 2012.  After we boarded we had a wonderful beer and food tasting sponsored by MillerCoors we got to try Blue Moon, Fosters, Coors Light, Miller Light, Grolsh and Crispin Cider which is a wonderful cider.  As we set sail we watched as Miami slowing vanished in the sunset and ate again at the poolside BBQ.  Later that night we had a cocktail party sponsored by CruiseDeals and got to meet and mingle with everyone that was part of the Sea Tweetup.  What a wonderful day one!

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Second Annual #SeaTweetup 10/12-15/12

Go cruising with the Soul Of Miami on the Second Annual #SeaTweetup

October 12-15, 2012
Norwegian Sky
Shipping out of The Port of Miami
Reserve the best rate online now!
Facebook Fanpage
Twitter @SeaTweetup
Call 800.668.6414 xt. 123 now and tell them Soul Of Miami sent you.

The first #SeaTweetup was so much FUN, we had no choice but to do it again.

Enjoy exclusive cocktail parties, fast-paced Social Media sessions, special events on Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island), a commemorative t-shirt, giveaways and a weekend filled with awesome networking opportunities and the chance to meet some great people! Create one-of-a-kind connections on what is guaranteed to be one of the best weekends of your life!

Imagine getting the best deal on a cruise, plus a whole lot more. Well, that is the #SeaTweetup!

The first ever #SeaTweetup social media cruise took place on board Norwegian Sky from November 18-21, 2011. More than 45 social media enthusiasts came together to share and learn social media tips, tricks and best practices. From the moment guests stepped on board Norwegian Sky for the very first SeaTweetup cruise, they felt like VIPs! Read: Why you should go on the #SeaTweetup.

This year’s cruise will be similar to the original, but even bigger and better! The one-of-a-kind cruise allows attendees to enjoy a relaxed three-day getaway to the Bahamas while building lasting personal and business relationships.

Don’t believe us? Check out the photos from 2011!

This promises to be the best conference you have ever attended! Some of the perks and activities include:
* Fast-paced workshops
* Complimentary happy hours
* Free WiFi
* Contests & Prizes
* Networking
* Special Events
* Souvenir T-Shirt
* Giveaways

The planning committee includes members of the South Florida social media community including Soul Of Miami (@SoulofMiami), Social Buzz TV (@socialbuzztv), Jeff Cohen (@iamJeffCohen), Social Esquire (@socialesquire), Aubrey Swanson (@AUBOOMmedia), Cruise Source (@CruiseSource) and Norwegian (@CruiseNorwegian).

Current Agenda as of 9/14/12

Schedule of #SeaTweetup Group Events
(All group events are optional)

Friday, October 12: Miami, FL
*12:00 – 3:00pm – Guests board Norwegian Sky
*1:00 – 2:00pm – Beer & Food Pairing Trivia Sponsored by MillerCoors (Pool Deck);
Be one of the lucky winners to enjoy a day in a Cabana on the Private Island!
*2:00 – 3:00pm – Photo Booth & Baggo Competition Sponsored by MillerCoors
*5:00 – 6:00pm – Sail Away Tweetup & Poolside BBQ
*7:00 – 8:00pm – Cocktail Party Sponsored by CruiseDeals
*8:30 – 10:00pm – Group Dinner
*10:00 – 11:30pm – Karaoke – Belt out your rendition of all the classics while getting to
know other members of the group!

Saturday, October 13: Great Stirrup Cay
*8:00 – 4:30pm – Enjoy a beach day on Norwegian’s private island with exclusive access
to group activities sponsored by Norwegian & MillerCoors
*6:00 – 7:30pm – Social Media Roundtable
*7:30 – 8:30pm – Cocktail Party Sponsored by Bacardi
*8:30 – 10:00pm – Group Dinner
*11:00pm – White Hot Dance Party Under the Stars

Sunday, October 14: Nassau, Bahamas
*8:00am – Meet in the ship’s atrium for disembarkation
*8:45am – 2:00pm – Group is greeted by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Enjoy a
traditional breakfast and exclusive tour of the island– WiFi included! (see below for full itinerary)
*2:00 – 3:30pm – Tweetup at Senor Frogs – WiFi HotSpot
*4:00pm – All aboard Norwegian Sky
*6:00 – 8:00pm – Roundtable discussions & cocktails sponsored by Bacardi
*8:30 – 10:00pm – Farewell Group Dinner

Monday, October 15th: Miami, FL
*7:00am – Arrive at PortMiami – Back to reality!
*8:00am – Farewell Breakfast

Welcome to the Islands of The Bahamas Itinerary
Sunday October 14, 2012
8:45 am – Welcome and greeting by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Social Media Team.
9:00 am – Social Media Influencers depart Prince George Wharf by private bus (10 minute travel along East Bay Street) to The Bahamas National Trust on Village Road.
9:15 am – Arrival at The Bahamas National Trust & Retreat for official Welcome to the Islands of The Bahamas by Mr. David Johnson, Director General, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
9:15 am – Hosted Bahamian breakfast prepared for Web 2.0 ‘Tastemakers’ and ‘Sharers’ to blog on this Bahamian ‘weekender delight’ for webzines.
10:30 am – Presentations by the Bahamas National Trust and Bahama Out islands Promotion Board – Interactive tour and video, highlighting Bahamian National Park Systems and Travel experiences around the archipelago of Islands. The presentations will provide for unique hashtags on the biodiversity of Grand Bahama, Andros, Abacos, Exuma and Inagau. The experience for ‘discovers’ seeking content on “Blue Holes” and underwater Cave Systems of The Bahamas.
12 Noon – For the ‘curators’ and ‘syndicators’, come experience and tweet during an afternoon of Art, Culture and Heritage:
Doonglaik Studios and Art Gallery with ‘Junkanoo’ and Bahamian celebration – www.doongalik.com
PopPop Studios will showcase a local community of artist and group exhibitions – www.poppopstudios.com
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is truly about Bahamian Art and Visual Culture amidst our National Collection at historic Villa Doyle – www.nagb.org.bs
Hillside House will highlight indigenous arts forms – www.antoniusroberts.com
Ground Transportation courtesy of Bahamas Experiences and WiFi access provided by BTC – Lime

Photographs of the #SeaTweetup from 11/18/11 thru 11/21/11

SeaTweetup on the Norwegian Sky from Friday, November 18, 2011 to Monday, November 21, 2011.

Brought to you by Soul Of Miami @soulofmiami, Norwegian Cruise Line @CruiseNorwegian, SocialBuzzTV @socialbuzztv, Kaufman Rossin & Co @aubrey_swanson, Social Esquire @socialesquire, Jeff Cohen @iamJeffCohen and CruiseDeals @richtucker!

Thanks to our sponsors: Norwegian Cruises, MTN Communications, MillerCoors, Kaufman Rossin & Co., Senor Frogs Bahamas, Cruise Deals

(Long writeup coming, feel free to skip straight to the photos.)

So, it all started by mistake, like many good things do. Norwegian smartly decided to host some Tweetups on their ships while in dock, to give local social media enthusiasts a chance to tour the ship and talk about it on Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, etc, in order to generate some buzz. Awesome idea.

For the very first one, they invited a few high-powered social media personalities. But, not us. I was perusing Tweetvite one day (an activity I highly recommend) and I happened to notice this Tweetup on a cruise ship! Two spots left! Well, I certainly was not going to miss out on that, so I hit up @thepumagirl and told her to RSVP right away! Total luck that we were on it.

It was great. Fifteen or so social media hacks clamored aboard the ship way earlier than most of us get up (9am) and immediately started creating havoc. We did not stay with the group, we did not follow instructions, we ran all over the ship taking pictures and video, trying to find coverage to Tweet and generally misbehaving.

As the party came to a close, Sebastian Rusk had the brilliant idea of not leaving the ship. Unfortunately, they found us hiding in the life raft and we had to leave that day, but we determined to return.

We gathered a few social media people together (basically, the ones who could make time in their busy schedule to meet) and brainstormed this plan to host a big “Tweetup” on a real cruise! (Of course, it wasn’t an actual “tweetup” because internet access was limited and it was promoted across other mediums than just twitter, but the idea did germinate from Twitter originally.)

I have to admit that, even as one of the organizers, I was a little skeptical that it would work out. Why ruin a perfectly good cruise by making it into a business trip? Would anybody show up? Would it be hard to organize the events while at sea without any real communications or access to Office Depot and Kinkos?

Well, it turned out my fears were totally unfounded. It was so much better than I expected! We had over three dozen people, from all over the country, show up, participate, interact, share knowledge, have fun, party, hang out, get drunk, and generally have a wonderful time. It really did feel like a 3-day long tweetup (minus everyone with their nose in their phone all the time).

One of the biggest reasons it went so smooth was because Norwegian sent along Kristine McGlinchey as their liaison. She was spectacular and helped keep everything rolling along without any glitches.

DAY 1 – Friday
Boarding, MillerCoors Tasting, Scavenger Hunt, Sail Away Tweetup, Sleeping

The reception by our host, Kristine, was spectacular. She has been so helpful and instrumental in making this all happen. Thanks to Norwegian for working with us, too! The weather was terrible, windy and rainy, and the seas were really rough, but despite all that, we were having a fabulous time.

After boarding the ship, we headed up to the pool deck for the tasting with MillerCoors. They hooked us all up with plenty of Fosters, Blue Moon and Miller Light and food pairings to go with them. The speakers were very interesting, and I actually learned a better appreciation of beer and how it enhances food (Disclaimer: normally I’m not a beer guy, preferring the hard stuff).

After a short break, we gathered for a sponsored cocktail party, hosted by Cruise Deals. Open open open bar for an hour! Not something you usually get on a cruise ship because they make a lot of their revenue off drinks.

I tried to make it to dinner, but after a week of almost no sleep preparing for the  #SeaTweetup and Art Basel, and then drinking all day, I was wiped out and uncharacteristically crashed out really early.

DAY 2 – Saturday
Chillaxin’ on the ship, Tweetup Presentations, Drinking, Dancing, and more Drinking.

Saturday started very chill. The seas were rough, so the Captain rightly decided not to send the Tenders out. (I’ve been on a Tender in high seas and, believe me, NObody wants to do that.) We caught the art auction, of course, and enjoyed a glass of free champaign.

Then, the afternoon really picked up with the social media presentations. It was seriously one of the best programs I have ever been to. Each presenter had about five minutes. That is enough time to get across your point, but not so long that you blather on about nonsense. I learned a lot of valuable information in a short amount of time. Each presenter was very informative and succinct.

We adjourned immediately to a cocktail hour sponsored by MillerCoors. Even the Captain joined us. Nearly the whole #SeaTweetup group was there and it was great to be able to chat with everyone for a bit. Such a good bunch of people we had with us. Everyone was already talking about next time.

After dinner, we hit the dance floor. And I mean we crushed it. #SeaTweetup owned the White Hot Party (somewhat different than the White Party we know in Miami). So much fun hanging out and meeting with people from all over the world.

Walking Nassau, hanging at Senor Frogs, sleeping and drinking.

As we often do in port, we eschewed the regular cruise excursions (though I highly recommend those for newbies) and just wandered into the city looking for local food and color. Little did we know that on Sunday nearly everybody goes to church and nothing is open except the touristy area by the port.

We did run into some very helpful locals who directed us to the nearby Fort and the beautiful Queen’s Staircase. We even got lucky and happened upon a tour guide just as he was explaining the history of the staircase.

Hours later, still foodless, we wandered back to the touristy area. Luckily, bumped into some other tourists who told us that good local fare could be had at the beach some blocks away. We found a couple of shacks and picked up some of the best jerk chicken and FRESH made conch fritters ever.

We made it back just in time for the meetup at Senor Frogs, who had graciously offered us free use of their WiFi. They even comped us a bottle of Patron Coffee Tequila! SO much fun there. The MC gave us some shoutouts, we drank yards of frozen drinks, got guacamole made table-side and generally just had a good time with people from all over the country.

After that, we were pretty much toast. Crashed in the room for a while. Ordered pizza. Managed to get up for another cocktail party with more great networking and knowledge sharing.

All in all, it really could not have gone much better for a first time out. We had people from all over the country. I wish more south Floridians had represented, but it was cool to connect to new friends from other places. This is one thing I love about Social Media, how easily it is to meet people from all over the world. 

I hope that Norwegian decides to do it again and I hope that more of you out there will join us!
– James Echos

Pre-cruise Publicity
Miami Herald -Business: Sailing planned for social media fans
Elite Choice: Norwegian Cruise Line Offers The World’s First SeaTweetup
Sex and the beach blog: Silicone Bitch: Interview with Rohit Bhargava (Last paragraph.)
Cruise Mates: Norwegian Cruise Line Twitter Cruise
The Independent – UK: Cruise line to host at-sea “tweetup”
Travelblogger: Twitter-Kreuzfahrt auf die Bahamas
Herald Sun – Australia: Man the torpedoes, there’s a ship full of twits ahead!
Scribbal: Twitter Sets Sail, Norwegian Cruise Line Holds First #SeaTweetup
Fox Morning News Indianapolis: News report
Miami New Times: First Twitter-Themed Cruise to Set Sail from Miami in November
Where2Butlers: “#SeaTweetup,” A Social Media Network Cruise excursion leaves Miami..All Aboard!
 USA Today Norwegian Cruise Line to host Twitter-themed cruise
SocialBuzzTV #SeaTweetup Promo Video – South Florida Social Media Cruise

Other #SeaTweetup After-Event Photos, Videos and Write-ups:
#SeaTweetup – Networking on the High Seas By Aubrey Swanson
SocialBuzzTV.com – #SeaTweetup on Norwegian Cruise Line [VIDEO] recap
#SeaTweetup Photos from KC Gal Stacey Gregory on Facebook
Kaufman, Rossin & Co #SeaTweetup Aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Photos on Facebook
SocialBuzzTV [PICS] from the #SeaTweetup! – 11/18-11/21/2011 on Facebook

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