Dear Costa Cruises…
Hi, my name is Niall Doherty. Nice to meet you. Virtual handshake and all that.
Listen, I’m trying to travel around the world without flying, started more than a year ago from Ireland. Right now I’m in India, hoping to get to Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, it’s proving very difficult. I’ve looked into overland routes via Nepal and Pakistan, contacted dozens of cargo ship companies, and even made a trip to the only marina on the subcontinent to see if I could hitch a ride on a sail boat. So far, all those efforts have been in vain. Sad face.
Oh, but hey! Look at you with your lovely big cruise ship named the Costa neoRomantica, headed to the south of India as we speak. I see that your fine, sea-faring vessel makes a stop in Cochin on November 11th, and then docks in Phuket five days later.
I couldn’t have dreamed it better!
So, how about having me aboard for those few days? I understand you don’t typically let passengers embark mid-cruise, but I also know exceptions can and have been made in the past. Just yesterday I spoke with the lead dude at the marina in Cochin, a legend of a chap named Jose who looks like James Earl Jones would look if James Earl Jones was Indian, and he assured me that I can get stamped out by the immigration office in Cochin no problem, just like they do for the foreign sail boat folks.
I would of course be willing to pay my way, not looking for a free ride or anything.
To sweeten the deal on your side, I’d also be happy to write about my cruise experience here on the blog. I get 20,000 hits a month, so that’s potentially 40,000 eyes reading about the great time I had on my Costa Cruise. Oh, and I could also record a video while aboard, like I did for Royal Caribbean earlier this year. More than 600 people have watched that video on YouTube. And these aren’t just any ordinary people reading my blog and watching my videos, but really cool people who love to travel and don’t get seasick1.
So, what say you, Costa Cruises? You know this is a great deal: nothing to lose and some excellent, grassroots publicity to gain. And you have to admit, we look so happy together…
I’ve already emailed you via your website and apparently my request has been sent along to HQ. But the clock is ticking away relentlessly, hence this public appeal.
You can contact me by email, or give me a call here in India: +91 960 002 4863.
Looking forward to cruising with you
UPDATE: 24 Hours Later
Email from Costa’s PR people:
Costa is going to make this happen.
We are covering the cost of your cabin. You will be responsible for port charges (approx. 129 euros), gratuities (11 euros/day), Internet time and any incidental on-board expenses (bar tab, spa treatments, merchandize).
I need from you your full name, nationality, date of birth and passport number.
Go see James Earl Jones regarding visas, etc.
We’re excited about the PR possibilities.
AH-MAZING! I’ll be in Thailand in two weeks! Thanks so much for the help spreading the word, everyone. They couldn’t ignore 450+ social media mentions. So grateful.
The adventure continues