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Cruise Ship School- Caribbean Cruise!

Miss Cynthia's cruise ship school includes a "carnival" view of the Caribbean Sea! Enjoy! ♦  ♦  ♦ The Caribbean is a sea of cultures, its people as diverse as the world itself. Their languages include English, France, Spanish and Dutch – yet it is a Creole dialect, based on French vocabulary and African grammar, that is used on many of the islands... Read More

Travel Agent Training- Tour of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Miss Sheila knows that effective travel agent training starts with a love to travel and tour! *   *   *  To be a successful travel agent there are a few things you can do.  At the very least, have a detailed understanding of the products and services sold. Have solid research and computer skills. Have sharp sales, service and communication skills... Read More

Travel Agent Training- A Tour of Vietnam!

Check out Miss Leslie's blog covering her trip to Vietnam- travel agent training in action! ♦♦♦ In the news this past week we’ve seen images of U.S. President Obama in Vietnam on a political, social and economical visit. Wow! This country hasn’t been thought about outside of Memorial Day celebrations honoring our Veterans- or some long-forgotten... Read More

Flight Attendant School- Know Your History!

Miss Lynn's lesson in today's flight attendant school covers a brief history of the flight attendant profession. ♦ ♦ At the age of 25 Ellen Church was a registered nurse and a licensed pilot, but she wasn’t interested in occupying the left hand seat in the cockpit. She wanted to be a flight attendant in the cabin attending to the passengers. She... Read More

Flight Attendant School- Beverage Time!

Any good flight attendant school should teach the basics of a great beverage service. Take notes! ♦   ♦    During your flight attendant briefing, discuss how you will do service. How many passengers are there? Will the B flight attendant be able to assist in the aft? Agree on when service should start – usually 20 min. after take off Agree on... Read More

Flight Attendant School- Know Your Crew Lounges!

Miss Deanna knows that any good flight attendant school should teach future flight attendants how to find good food, so take notes! ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦ Stay away from the hotel restaurant; the food is... Read More

Cruise Ship School Tips for First-Time Cruisers- Part IV

Check out part IV of Miss Cindy's "Cruise Ship School Tips for First-Time Cruisers"! ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ Let's continue with information on tipping. After experiencing the service on a ship, you will definitely want to tip the wonderful staff!  The following people are tipped –      Cabin steward/stewardess      Servers     Assistant servers  The... Read More

Travel Agent Training- Go With Someone New!

Miss Leslie was a travel agent for many years. Part of her travel agent training included taking chances and being adventurous! Enjoy! ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦ For the first time my two sisters and I recently took a... Read More

Travel Agent Training- Miss Sheila's Tips for New Agents

Students have asked me what to expect when beginning work at a travel agency. It can vary depending on what type of agency they will be working at. However, the best advice is to learn as much as you can, be helpful, and be ready to help when the opportunity arises. Most agencies will have the new employee shadow another employee, listening to... Read More

Cruise Ship School- Know Your Cruise Types!

In this blog and in her cruise ship school class, Miss Cynthia discusses some of the many different kinds of cruises available!  ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦   ♦ Not convinced cruising is for you?  Traveling alone, on a honeymoon, or with the entire extended... Read More