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NSSEA Winter Conference Cruise 2010 Aboard the Celebrity Solstice

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Published on Feb 16, 2010

The NSSEA Winter Conference Cruise of 2010 was likely the best NSSEA conference that my wife and I have attended. We learned so much and had a wonderful time connecting with our industry friends. Ports of call included a departure from Fort Lauderdale, followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, B.V.I.; and Labadee, Haiti. We had two full days at sea packed with informative meetings including hot topics such as effectively promoting a school supply retail store, staying up on the latest legislative requirements, financial management, what's hot in education, and ways to use social networking with your business. Whew! Lots of information and lots of fun. In this video you will see scenes from the Celebrity Solstice, gorgeous views from San Cristobal fort in San Juan, a wild ride on the Scoot Coupes excursion in St. Maarten, a fantastic team-building experience at The Baths on Virgin Gorda, and a surprisingly enjoyable day in Labadee Haiti. You may want to see my other video where I interview our tour guide for the Malfini Beach excursion, Alain, to get his thoughts on whether it is right for cruise tourists to have a good time in Haiti so soon after the devasting earthquake of January 12. He has enlightening things to say about this subject that initially generated lots of interntional controversy.

The week went by too quickly, although I was excited to get back and apply some of the new things I learned for my business. I even formed some new professional relationships that are proving to be quite valuable. If you are a member of the school supply products and equipment industry, I highly recommend the NSSEA Winter Conferences.

Incidentally, the Celebrity Solstice is a fabulous ship! The crew, the entertainment, the food, the rooms, the public areas... all first rate. My wife and I had a fun time taking waltz dance lessons with professional dancers Larry and Leanne. If you are considering an Eastern Caribbean cruise, I definitely recommend the Celebrity Solstice.

Finally, I shot this video with my new Sony HDR-TG5V. It does a good job considering how tiny it is. It does not handle low light as well as larger cameras, but it's easy to take anywhere and was great to have when we were driving the Scoot Coupes. I just need to remember to hold the camera a little steadier and pan slowly. I edited this video myself using iMovie. I didn't want to bother the professional production team where I work because we're very busy right now finishing up some new children's educational videos, but I found it is amazingly simple to edit my videos with iMovie, and I'm sure I will get better.

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