Sample Proposals

Sample Proposals

Before a guest speaker can be placed on a cruise ship assignment, Sixth Star must first propose him or her to the cruise line for approval. Typical proposals consist of the following four elements:


If you have a professional headshot, please send this in to our office via e-mail in JPEG format, saved in a low resolution (preferably 72 dpi). If you do not have a professional headshot, we can also crop a nice 4×6 photo, as long as you are close enough to be recognizable.


Please send in a 250-word bio written in the 3rd person that highlights your area of expertise as it pertains to your topics. This is the primary way to sell yourself to the cruise lines as the best candidate for the job. If approved, many ships print speakers’ biographies in their newsletters and they become a major form of advertising for your presentation.

Lecture Titles

During a typical week at sea, guest speakers deliver three to four 45-minute presentations, with 10-15 minute Q&A session to follow. Please send in a minimum of four topics written with a short catchy/creative title and a one-sentence synopsis. If approved, these titles will be featured in the ship’s newsletter. Please put a lot of thought into your titles as they may help determine whether a passenger comes to hear your talk… or decides to go to bingo instead!

Technical Requirements

Cruise Lines require that a PowerPoint presentation accompany each talk. If you do not use PowerPoint (or other slideshow software) we will not be able to consider you as a guest speaker with our cruise brands.  After listing your titles in the application form, please detail your technical needs, such as “LCD projector (for PowerPoint), lavalier microphone, etc.” Please note that most cruise ships feature state-of-the-art presentation tools. All speakers MUST bring their own laptop on board as one will not be provided for them. Also, speakers must bring back up copies of their presentations. Mac users must also bring their own VGA cord to connect to the ship’s projector.

In order to assist you with providing the information above in the correct format, we have included below a sampling of proposals for you to review prior to submitting your own information.