Back On Bass, James Hill standing tall

September 26th, 2011

On July 13th at 10pm, James Allen Hill passed away in the company of his family, at age 49.  For those of you that knew him, you knew how talented a bass player he was.  I interviewed James personally around 1988 and rated him a 5/5 at the time.  His kind of talent is exactly what we seek, so Proship hired James on his first cruise ship gig with Chandris Fantasy Cruises.  Subsequently James Allen Hill became a regular ship musician working for Celebrity, Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian Caribbean, Princess and Regent Seven Sea Cruises.

I’d like to share his talent with you so his memory lives on:

 

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Time Of My Life

May 23rd, 2011

Throughout my career as founder of Proship Entertainment, I’ve been asked countless of times: “Did you ever worked on ships yourself?”  The answer is: yes and I had the time of my life.  In fact I had so much fun, I started this company whilst onboard my first vessel, in cabin CW-8 of the SS Amerikanis.  During the two-day crossings between New York City and St-Georges in Bermuda, I was able to borrow the purser’s typewriter to put together our company’s first agreements, procedures and correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cruise Ship Industry: Recession-Proof

May 3rd, 2011

On my recent trip to England where we met one of our clients, P&O Cruises aka P&O UK, aka the oldest cruise line in the world, not to be mistaken with P&O Australia its sister company down under, I brought along some interesting reading material: portions of 2010 annual report for Carnival Corporation & PLC, their consolidated statements of income.  Because Carnival Corp. is a public company, their financial statements are available to the general public and you can find the latest here:

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/815097/000119312511018320/dex13.htm

I am not a financial analyst, but I find this yearly report to be a trove of information on the state of the industry and without being an expert, I believe some conclusions can be drawn from those numbers.   Read the rest of this entry »