Exciting Details About TBEX at Sea 2015

We’ve already had a couple of registrations for TBEX at Sea, and we’re barely gotten our booking page up!

What we’ve heard so far is that bloggers are looking forward to the indepth and extended conversations that can happen over seven days together. It’s the kind of conversations that are facilitated among peers, rather than in large groups, and should lead to discussions and actions that raise the bar of professionalism among travel bloggers. Plus, you have the opportunity to discover editorial content, and add in the opportunity to make it a little mini-vacation, bringing family and friends along, and we think it makes a value added proposition.

Here are a few thing you should know to make your decision about whether TBEX at Sea is right for you.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Oasis of the Sea

The Ship

The Oasis of the Seas is the flagship vessel in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. Its innovative design includes seven distinct neighborhoods built for ultimate enjoyment. Hop on a classic carousel on the Boardwalk or watch acrobats splash down in the AquaTheater, the first amphitheater at sea. Kids can let their imaginations soar in the Youth Zone—the largest kids’ area at sea—or at the Pool & Sports Zone, where there are FlowRider surf simulators and zip lines. If you want to unwind, consider a stroll in Central Park—a meandering garden lined with shops and fine restaurants—or melt away stress at the spa. For evening entertainment, catch an impressive show, or head to the Royal Promenade for memorable moments with DreamWorks Experience characters and duty-free shopping.

For more information about the specifications of the Oasis of the Seas,  head here to take a look.

The Itinerary

This 7-night cruise will take you through the Eastern Caribbean, with ports of call in Nassau, Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.

You can find detailed information about the time in port, along with a preliminary schedule of the TBEX activities here.

Who Will Find Value in Attending TBEX at Sea 

TBEX at Sea is designed for those bloggers and industry representatives who want to spend a week focused on education and networking in a way that can’t be done in a 3-day event.

Educational sessions will be held while we’re at sea, and will be led by skilled presenters who have solid bona fides on their topic, and also have the presentation skills to lead advanced mastermind level classes. This isn’t the time to sit and take notes, although we know you will, it’s a time to become a part of the conversation about the frustrations facing you as you build a sustainable business. It’s an opportunity to be involved in discussions that we hope will raise the bar in professionalism in travel blogging. If you’re a professional, strive to be a professional, or want to learn how to conduct your business in a more professional manner, TBEX at Sea is for you.

Educational topics will range from writing to podcasting, from culinary tourism to business planning. And even though these are high level discussion, it’s still all very casual and relaxed, giving you plenty of time for private networking of your own, or for just enjoying all that the ship has to offer. Educational sessions will be structured as 3-hour workshops, with plenty of time for instruction, discussion, and planning.

If you are a travel blogger who specializes in cruising, family or luxury experiences, TBEX at Sea will provide you with unprecedented access to the backside of the ship. You’ll discover content to share with your readers, establish you as the expert on these important travel and tourism topics.

If you are a travel industry professional in marketing, public relations, social media, or community management, TBEX at Sea gives you the opportunity to network with professional and influential bloggers who may the perfect business partner for your next campaign. There are opportunities to host a special event, ground excursion, special meal events, etc. Contact us for information about creating a custom partnership package that fits your budget and accomplishes your goals.

We know that TBEX at Sea isn’t for everyone. If it doesn’t fit your needs this year, we hope you’ll attend one of our other events:  TBEX Europe in Lloret de Mar, TBEX Asia in Thailand, or TBEX North America in Ft. Lauderdale.

Registration for TBEX at Sea

If you register for TBEX North America 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, there is no registration fee for TBEX at Sea. You will receive a registration code after registering for TBEX North America to use on your TBEX at Sea booking. A guest sharing your cabin gets the same amenities, including free wi-fi and discounts on excursion packages.   If you are planning on bringing your family, or have questions about staterooms, and other amenities, you can email tbexatsea@seaplanners.com or telephone :  1-877-990-9223  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST, Monday – Friday.

Cruise Pricing

A variety of cabins are available, depending on your preference and budget. Interior staterooms are priced at $967.50 all in (includes base price, taxes, fees, port charges, and gratuities), and the Sky Loft Suite is priced at $4,623.25 all in. And there’s a whole lot of choices in between. There are reduced rates for third and fourth persons in a cabin in some categories. Single supplement is 200%. If you are interest in attending in TBEX at Sea and are looking for a roommate, please let us know. While we can’t match you up, we will attempt to get information for you to connect with other bloggers who might be interested in sharing a cabin.

You can see what the staterooms look like here, and the breakdown of the categories and pricing here. The TBEX rate is the lowest rate available for this sailing that includes all the special TBEX amenities.

What Does that Include

In addition to everything the cruise includes, we will have the following TBEX amenities:

  • Unlimited High-Speed Internet (a $160 per person value)
  • On-Board Credit of $25 per cabin
  • 10% Discount on Shore Excursions (a TBEX Exclusive)
  • Opening and Closing Receptions
  • Welcome gift bag
  • TBEX Educational Programs and Workshops
  • Access to a private Facebook community to network and being discussions prior to boarding
  • And other surprises we’re still working on

Booking Your Cruise

Book now for the best cabin availability for TBEX at Sea. We have an allotted number of cabins in our block and we want you to get the cabin selection that you prefer.

A deposit of $275 per person ($550 per person for the suites) will hold your cabin for TBEX at Sea. Final payment is due before August 1st. Cancellation rules apply, but there is no penalty if cancelled before August 1st.

You must book in via the TBEX booking form to receive all the TBEX benefits and amenities (see above). More information about that here.

If you are a member of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society this sailing is eligible to accrue points. Provide your account number when making your booking and checking in.

Are you Excited?

We’re excited and hope you are too. We know there will be additional questions that come up and we’ll use those to create a FAQ. Ask your questions in the comments and we’ll get you answers as quickly as possible.

Click here to book your cabin for TBEX at Sea



Announcing Workshops for TBEX Europe 2015

gardens in Lloret de Mar Spain

Last year we debuted the concept of small, indepth workshops at TBEX. These were a big hit with attendees as they got to dig into a topic in a way that shorter sessions don’t allow for. Attendees got to learn and practice right in the workshop sessions. The writers wrote and got critiques as did the photographers, and the technology and design session produced better designed and functioning websites.

We are again offering workshops as a fee-based add on to our traditional TBEX programming. The workshop fee is $200, and you must be registered for TBEX Europe 2015 to register for a workshop. Workshop registration in non-refundable; transfers are permitted.

All workshops will be held at our conference venue, Evenia Resort, on April 29-30th. Session times will run from 10 am -4 pm. The workshop instructor will be in touch with all participants regarding specific needs, to answer questions, and to help attendees best prepare and maximize their participation in the workshops.

Registration for the following indepth workshops is now available.

Writing Workshop

David Farley will be reprising his Writing Workshop that was offered in Athens. This sold out session drew rave reviews from participants, inspiring them to do continued work on their craft.

Workshop Description: From itinerant traveler to writer about our travels, one’s mindset shifts from casual observer to active participant. This two-day writing class workshop in Lloret de Mar will focus on what it takes to be a travel writer (or blogger or best-selling superstar author)—from pre-trip research and spotting a story while on the road to writing the perfect lead and making the pitch to editors. We’ll discuss story ideas and the elements of good and not-so-good travel writing; debunk some myths of travel writing; create structure for your story; critique each others’ work; and turn recollections into a marketable travel piece. Lectures will be followed by in-class writing exercises. And there will also be an opportunity to workshop a piece of your own writing (that you’ll submit to the instructor and peers prior to the first class meeting). Do your research on Costa Brava and Spain; we’ll be brainstorming story ideas so that you just might start working on a story about Spain while you’re there.

About David Farley:  David Farley is the author of the award-winning travel memoir/narrative history, “An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town” (Penguin, 2010), which was recently made into a documentary by National Geographic. He’s a Contributing Writer at AFAR magazine and also regularly contributes to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. He teaches travel writing at New York University and Columbia University.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Technology & Design Workshop

In Athens, Mitch Canter provided one-to-one instruction to help participant’s learn how to create blogs and websites that incorporated best practices and solid technology. They walked away not only with knowledge, but with changes actually made. Mitch has incorporated some changes into his workshop, based on feedback from participants, to make it even more practical.

Workshop description:  Blogging has changed the way that we publish content.  But, good writing is only half the battle; it’s important to have a blog that looks nice, functions properly, and that you feel comfortable working with in order to get the most out of your content. What if you could take two days and truly master the nuts and bolts of your platform?

Veteran Web Designer and Developer Mitch Canter draws on nearly 10 years of experience, and can break down the complex parts of running a website down to easy to understand steps.  From the basics of the web such as HTML and CSS to an in-depth overview of WordPress, Mitch can empower even the newest blogger make their website amazing.

About Mitch Canter:  Mitch Canter is a WordPress Developer and marketing strategist from Franklin, TN. He strives to push technology and online media to new levels to help businesses, non-profits, and industry leaders tell their story online.

This workshop is limited to 6 participants.

Branding Workshop

The branding breakout session in Athens connected with many attendees who are struggling to find their voice in the travel blogging world or who, as their focus has changed, are considering a re-brand of themselves and their blog. This workshop will dig deeper into the hows and whys, and help you leave with concrete ways to improve your brand strategy.

Workshop description:  This workshop is designed for intermediate travel bloggers, with a strong business focus, or for those looking on a rebrand or a launch of a new brand, as well as for small businesss who are looking to solidify their brand in the marketplace. The workshop will take a mastermind approach, combining a tangible step-by-step outline with detailed analysis and feedbck.

Topics covered will include everything from brand name, logo, mission statement and tagline, to content, social media strategy, PR outreach, freelance work and monetization strategies. Participants will get help honing and refining their branding message, along with tips on how to use that message in every aspect of their business.

About Bret Love and Mary Gabbett:  This husband and wife team combine years of experience in journalism and industrial psychology into their passion for eco-tourism. The founders of Green Global Travel, and creative services agency Green Travel Media, they have created one of the leading brands in their field.

This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Go here to sign up for a TBEX Workshop



What We’re Reading This Week

James Bond Island, Phuket, Thailand

James Bond Island, Phuket, Thailand

Do you have something you think we’d be interested in knowing about? Add #TBEX to your tweets or Facebook posts and we’ll take a look. We’ll share the best of what we find each week here on the blog.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

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Michael Collins to Keynote at TBEX Europe 2015

michael_collins_travelmedia.ie_headshot_for_tbexWe are very pleased to announce that Michael Collins will be a keynote speaker at TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar.

Michael packed his breakout room in Dublin, and then again in Athens. Both times he received rave reviews.  We are excited to have him presenting on a larger stage to the entire TBEX audience. His lively and informative style has made him popular with bloggers and industry attendees alike, and we know you’ll love his take on The Future of Travel Media and Travel PR.

Michael loves to travel. That’s why he works in the travel industry. It’s as simple as that.

He started out in the travel industry as a travel publisher with Backpacker, Abroad, and Irish Business Traveller magazines.

In 2006 he founded TravelMedia.ie, a specialist travel PR and trade representation company, working with airlines, tour operators, travel agents, hoteliers and tourist boards. His companies assists the industry with all their travel media needs, from media buying, social media, and PR, to SEO and strategy.

Make sure you’re  in the audience to hear Michael by registering now.

Discount Train Travel Available for TBEX Europe 2015

If you’re traveling to TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar by train, this discount may be a good savings for you.

Renfe, the National train company of Spain, is offering TBEX attendees a 35% discount on all national train tickets. The discount is valid from travel between April 22nd and May 10th, so you can use it for extending your stay in Spain.

The voucher is below, with an English translation. You can get your ticket online using the discount code found on the voucher, or print out and show your voucher at the station when you purchase your ticket.







What We’re Reading This Week

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Do you have something you think we’d be interested in knowing about? Add #TBEX to your tweets or Facebook posts and we’ll take a look. We’ll share the best of what we find each week here on the blog.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

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Announcing TBEX North America 2015 & TBEX at Sea

convention center

Today we enthusiastically announce the destination for TBEX North America 2015, along with a new, companion TBEX event.

TBEX North America 2015 will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on October 28-30th, 2015. The venue will be the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, located at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale.

Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and a myriad of scenic inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale truly lives up to its designation as the “Venice of America.” Blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and pleasant year-round ocean breezes, world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment. The picturesque Riverwalk serves as the cornerstone of the City’s arts, science, cultural and historic district which features the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Art and Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum. Las Olas Boulevard has gained international acclaim as Fort Lauderdale’s centerpiece of fashion, fine dining and entertainment.

paddle boarding fort lauderdale

Registration for TBEX North America 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale is now open, with super early bird rates of $127 for bloggers and $397 for industry representatives. The call for speakers will open next week.

Click here to go the TBEX North America 2015 registration page

Immediately following TBEX North America 2015 will be a new event, TBEX at Sea, October 31-November 7, 2015. Our venue for this niche event will be onboard Royal Caribbean’s beautiful Oasis of the Sea.

Oasis of the Sea is one Royal Caribbean’s most innovative and imaginative ships, featuring the first-ever neighborhood concept where everyone can find their unique experiences in one of seven distinct onboard districts, including: Central Park – a public space combining nature and nautical; Boardwalk – dedicated to family, fun and featuring the new and entertaining AquaTheater; and the Royal Promenade – the heart of many Royal Caribbean ships, that’s now bigger and better than ever.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Oasis of the Sea

The Oasis of the Sea will depart Ft. Lauderdale on October 31st at 4:30 pm, with ports of call at Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas, USVI, and St. Maarten, returning to Ft. Lauderdale in the morning of November 7th.

This event is ideally suited for bloggers in the following niches:  cruising, family travel, luxury travel, couples travel, adventure, and baby boomer travel. Sessions will be designed as advanced, indepth workshops suitable for experienced bloggers, and will be held on days when the ship is at sea. There will be special TBEX events onboard as well as free time to enjoy all the amenities the ship offers, or just to kick back and relax. Port time will be available for shore activities and excursions at your option.

Registration for TBEX at Sea 2015, to be held on the Oasis of the Sea,  will open on February 23rd. If you are attending TBEX North America 2015, there will be no additional registration fee, you need only to book your cabin at the low TBEX rate. Friends and family are invited to book cabins at the same low rate, making this a great getaway option as well.

Speaker selection will be by invitation only; there will not be a submission process.

Click here for additional information about TBEX at Sea 2015


What We’re Reading this Week

gardens in Lloret de Mar Spain

Do you have something you think we’d be interested in knowing about? Add #TBEX to your tweets or Facebook posts and we’ll take a look. We’ll share the best of what we find each week here on the blog.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

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About Commerce

About the Travel & Tourism Industry

About Travel

  • 15 reasons to visit Spain in 2015 - And we’d add on attending TBEX Europe 2105! The week after TBEX, Girona hosts the Temps de Flors, with elaborate carpets and sculptures made out of flowers. Read more here 15 reasons to visit Spain in 2015
  • My Camino de Santiago - The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage may call to you to stay on in Spain after TBEX Europe 2015. These tips and recommendations can help you prepare for the journey and the experience. Read more here My Camino de Santiago

How to Get to Lloret de Mar

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona Airport (BCN)

TBEX Europe 2015 will be held at the Evenia Olympic Resort, located in a quiet residential area of Lloret de Mar. The closest major airport to Lloret de Mar is in Barcelona (airport code BCN), about 90km (56 miles) away. A regional airport is located in Girona-Costa Brava (airport code GRO), and is about 30km (19 miles) away.

Here are the best ways to get from Barcelona to the Evenia Olympic Resort:

  • By Car:  Travel north from Barcelona via the coastal C-32 motorway as far as Palafolls, then drive the last 10km along the Gi-600 to Blanes, then on to Lloret de Mar. Approximate travel time 1:10.
  • By Car:  Traveling south from France, take the AP-7 to Exit 9 (Lloret de Mar), then drive the last 14km along the C-63 road.
  • By Bus:  Take the bus (Sarbus line) Sarfa from the Airport directly to Lloret de Mar. There are two bus stops in the airport, one in front of Terminal 1, and another in front of Terminal 2 between gates B and C. Buses run every one-two hours, depending on the time of the day. The bus stop in Lloret is about an 8 minute walk or a 3 minute taxi ride. The bus cost is 12.90 Euro. Look for discount ticket information coming soon.
  • By Train:  There is no train directly to Lloret de Mar. From Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport take the train to Sants Estació, then change to R1 to Blanes. In Blanes there is a bus every 30 minutes from Blanes to Lloret de Mar, departing every 30 minutes betwen 7:00 to 23:40. The bus takes 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 6,15€ for the train, and 1,85€ for the bus (total 8€).

Here is the best way to get from Girona to the Evenia Olympic Resort:

  • By Bus:  Take the bus Sarfa at the Airport to Lloret de Mar (Sarbus). This service is offered together with Sagales, and the departures are at 8:50, 10:00, 11:50, 14:30, 15:30, 18:00, 20:20 and 23:20. From the bus stop in Lloret to Evenia is about an 8 minute walk or a 3 minute taxi ride. The bus is approximately 35 minutes and costs 10 Euros. Purchase the tickets on the bus.

This transporation information can also be found on the TBEX 2015 page located here.

What We’re Reading This Week


The Dali Museum in Figueres, Costa Brava

Do you have something you think we’d be interested in knowing about? Add #TBEX to your tweets or Facebook posts and we’ll take a look.

We’ll share the best of what we find each week here on the blog.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

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  • How to Improve your Photography with Filters - In the middle of recovering from a serious accident, Dave Bouskill shares some photography tips about using filters. Read original article here: How to Improve your Photography with Filters
  • The NFL wants you to think these things are illegal - If you’re spending time discussing and writing about the Patriot’s win in the weekend’s SuperBowl, it’s all okay – depsite what the NFL might want you to think. This discussion about trademarks and copyright may be about football, but it has application for all writers and content creators. Read original article here: The NFL wants you to think these things are illegal

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  • Conde Nast Unveils Branded Content Shop Powered By Editors - Conde Nast launches 23 Stories, a branded content initiative designed to allow advertisers to buy quality content across all of its magazines, saying that quality writing will win out. Read original article here: Conde Nast Unveils Branded Content Shop Powered By Editors
  • Hotel Marketers’ Wish List For 2015: 10 Things That May Surprise You - A look into the thinking of hotel marketers as they share their wish list for the coming year. Who can argue with global prosperity?! Read original article here: Hotel Marketers’ Wish List For 2015: 10 Things That May Surprise You

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