Join us January, 2019, for a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss. It's a great combination of business and vacation, with three days at sea in classes led by Michael Stone and three days exploring different ports.
You'll spend time with fellow contractors in a relaxed setting, as you can see in the photos from our 2018 cruise. You can also read comments from the 2018 cruise below. This is an opportunity to get away and unwind while networking with fellow business owners.
- Saturday, Jan 19: Depart Miami, Florida
- Jan 20-21: At Sea (training available)
- Jan 22: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
- Jan 23: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Jan 24: At sea (training available)
- Jan 25: Nassau, Bahamas
- Saturday, Jan 26: Return to Miami
The Norwegian Bliss is a brand-new ship; the first sailing was this month. We have meeting space reserved in one of the specialty restaurants (Cagney's Steakhouse) between 8 am and 3 pm all three sea days.
Book a cabin at the best current available rate by contacting Kristof Chin, our group coordinator. He can be reached at 1-800-514-9986, ext 7375, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Central. More information on the cruise and details about the group are available here. GROUP INFO
Things to know:
- We are working with Vacations To Go, the world's largest cruise agency. Through the group, you'll receive the amenities listed below and a lower price on our training classes onboard. You'll also receive the same (or better) rate on the room than you'd get anywhere else; if you find a better rate or promotion, ask Kristof if it can be matched.
- To book a cabin, contact Kristof Chin at 800-514-9986, ext 7375.
- Any questions, let me know.
Accommodations for 6-days, 7-nights, all meals and snacks in the standard dining venues, all taxes and port fees.
Each cabin booked through the group also gets a choice of two of these amenities:
- Prepaid Gratuities
- Ultimate Beverage Package for two (includes gratuities)
- 4-meal Specialty Dining Package for two (includes gratuities)
- $50 Shore Excursion Credit per port (except Miami)
- Internet Package
What’s Not Included:
Training, gratuities (unless chosen above), alcohol (unless chosen above), shore excursions at the ports, shopping, gambling, transportation to and from Miami or between the airport and the cruise ship, specialty restaurants, any extras while on board the ship.
Tentative Training Schedule and Topics:
Sunday, January 20, 8 am to 3 pm
2 hours: Markup, Margins & Cash Flow
2 hours: Estimating problems and solutions
2 hours: Round table
Monday, January 21, 8 am to 3 pm
1 hour: Contracts, change work orders, punch lists and payment schedules
1.5 hours: Buying or selling a construction company
1.5 hours: What your spouse needs to know about your business
2 hours: Round table
Thursday, January 24, 8 am to 3 pm
1.5 hours: Common business blunders
2.5 hours: Sales, problems and solutions
2 hours: Round table
The networking and training is available for $225 per person or $375 per couple if you register for the cruise through our group coordinator. (It will be more for those who book the cruise through another agency.) We expect at least twelve hours of training, plus group discussions and round table opportunities. We'll email those joining us a link next fall to sign up for training; if you've booked through another agency, please let me know you're planning to join us.
Who is invited? Can I bring my kids and/or my extended family?
Anyone can register for the cruise as part of the group. As long as there is space on the ship, Kristof can book your room.
Next fall everyone registered through the group will receive an email with a link for the training. Once you've paid for training, you'll be included in all communications explaining dates and locations for training and social/networking events.
Social events, of course, are for all members of your party. For example, if a spouse chooses not to attend the training, they are certainly welcome at all group social or networking events. That applies to any children you're traveling with as well.
If someone registers for the cruise through the group but doesn't purchase the training, we'll assume they are only along for the cruise. That's okay with us.
What is the difference between the cruise and the 2-day class?
The topics covered and the amount of networking available.
Topics covered: The 2-day class is 12 hours of intensive training. Michael covers estimating, pricing (markup and margin), sales, contracts, and much more. We provide a 124-page handout with copies of many of the slides and space for notetaking, a necessity with the amount of information that is provided.
The cruise is less-intensive and more laid-back. We won't cover all of the topics that are included in our two-day class. Instead, we'll discuss topics that are often requested but don't fit into our two-day class.
Networking: The 2-day class offers networking opportunities during the day and if you choose to join Michael and Devon for dinner Thursday evening.
The cruise goes beyond that. Some of the socializing will be organized by us; we'll reserve tables for a group dinner one or two nights during the cruise, and hold roundtable discussions on sea days. But there will be many other opportunities as well, either during meals while on the ship, or at port. The opportunity to discuss business and personal topics with other contractors in a comfortable setting is almost as valuable as the training.
More than half of those on our first cruise previously attended a two-day class.