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Join The NASB on a Cruise for Shortwave Broadcasters and Listeners
The next annual meeting of the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB) meeting will take place on the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship from May 13-16, 2011. The ship sails round-trip to the Bahamas from Miami, the "cruise capital of the world."
The Majesty's pool deck
"Many cruise ships, like the Majesty of the Seas, are equipped with full-fledged conference centers nowadays," said Jeff White, NASB President and general manager of WRMI, which is organizing the event. "They offered to provide us with meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, etc. Plus we'll have the added benefit of offering conference delegates a very interesting itinerary which includes stops at Royal Caribbean's private island CocoCay and at Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas."
Part of the Majesty's Conference Center
"Hotel rooms on land in Miami typically cost at least $150 per night just for lodging," added White. "On the ship, it will cost $100 per night per person, in double occupancy, and that will include lodging, three meals per day at a choice of restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment and transportation." The cost for an inside cabin with private bath on the three-night cruise is $299.00 plus $66.41 in taxes, based on double occupancy. "Since rates are based on double occupancy," said White, "we thought this would be a perfect opportunity for people to bring along their spouses and family members, who will have plenty of activities to keep them busy both on the ship and on the islands."
The Majesty of the Seas' reception and central lobby area
For many years, the NASB has invited shortwave listeners and anyone with an interest in shortwave radio to take part in its annual meetings, and at least a few listeners participate each year. "But in 2011," said Jeff White, "we hope a lot more shortwave listeners will join us on the cruise because of the exotic venue and the reasonable price. And both the ship and the Bahamian islands are exotic places to do some interesting shortwave listening and DXing. We're also expecting to have presentations by shortwave broadcasters from the U.S. and other countries on a variety of topics that will be of interest to broadcasters and listeners alike."
An all-you-can-eat buffet offers breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas was built in 1992 and was refurbished in 2007. The ship holds over 2700 passengers and around 1000 crew members who come from all over the world. "It's like a miniature United Nations onboard," commented White. The conference center has three main meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a business center with computers and Internet connections. There is even cell phone service onboard for those who have activated international roaming on their phones.
The world-famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island near Nassau, Bahamas
The ship's main dining room (left) and all-night pizzeria
The Majesty of the Seas has two main restaurants, as well as a large buffet restaurant, a pizzeria, a deli restaurant and 24-hour room service, all of which are included in the basic cruise fare. There is a fast-food restaurant, a coffee shop and an ice cream parlor which are available for a small extra charge. A large theater is the scene of a Las Vegas-style stage production each night with musicians, magicians and comedians. Other facilities include special programs for children and teenagers, a discotheque, game room, Internet cafe, casino, spa, gym, rock climbing wall, several lounges with musical entertainment, a small shopping area, swimming pools, jacuzzis and sports deck. The ship's cabins have private bathrooms, flat-screen TV's and other standard comforts. Passengers can explore the ports of call on their own, or they can take a variety of optional excursions ranging from snorkeling trips and glass-bottom boats to sightseeing tours and swimming with dolphins.
One of many lounges with live music Stores offer souvenirs, clothes, fragrances, jewelry
Part of a standard inside cabin with queen-size bed
The NASB cruise rate of $299.00 is guaranteed for those who register before October 27, 2010 with a deposit of $100.00 per person ($200.00 per cabin), and on a space-available basis after October 27 at current rates. The balance of the cruise fare does not have to be paid until March 4, 2011. Participation in the meeting itself is free of charge; there will be no conference fee.
An online registration form is available by clicking on this link: ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
Tentative presentations during the NASB cruise will include:
· “DXing in the Arctic,” by Risto Vahakainu of the Finnish DX Association
· Shortwave broadcasting to and from Latin America
· South Florida's shortwave stations, WYFR and WRMI
· Dr. Jerry Plummer of WWCR will reveal the results of the NASB's Shortwave Listener Survey
Adventist World Radio
Assemblies of Yahweh
EWTN Shortwave Radio (WEWN)
Family Stations Inc.
Far East Broadcasting Co.
Fundamental Broadcasting Network
La Voz de Restauracion Broadcasting, Inc.
Le Sea Broadcasting Corp.
Radio Miami International
Trans World Radio
World Christian Broadcasting
World Wide Christian Radio
NASB Associate Members
Babcock (formerly VT Communications)
Comet North America
Continental Electronics Corporation
George Jacobs & Associates
Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers
HCJB World Radio
Kintronic Labs, Inc.
TCI International, Inc.
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