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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 — A Year in Review


2015 a year in review our numbers
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015 from Sub Sea Systems


Sung to the tune of "Let it Snow!"

 

We wish you happiness and good cheer as you and your loved ones gather around the lights of the tree and enjoy the warmth of each other's company this holiday season. May your days be merry and bright!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warmest Wishes,
Sub Sea Systems



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Friday, December 18, 2015

A Letter from Santa


We just received a letter from Santa and we thought it would be fun to share. He also sent a picture and some links to his social media accounts. Did you get a letter from Santa this year? We love our letter and hope you enjoy reading. Merry Christmas!

 



Dear Sub Sea Systems,

Mrs. Claus brought me your letter this morning as I was drinking cocoa and checking my Twitter account. I wanted to thank you for the Sea TREK gift certificate you gave me last year. It was amazing to walk under the sea with the fish in the warm Caribbean waters. Mrs. Claus loved it as well, and we would like to try another location.

I look forward to visiting Clear Lounge in Cozumel after the busy season is over. Thank you for the complimentary tour. It looks like so much fun, and after all the stress and work during Christmas — I look forward to trying out the rejuvenating effects of Oxygen. Do you have a candy cane scent? I already told Mrs. Claus that I would be shooting her with the bubble gun! Look for Pics on my Instagram.

Also, I am relaying a message from the polar bears. They are very happy to hear that you are using solar panels on the FunCat electric catamaran boats. It is great for the environment, will help keep the polar bears’ homes safe, and it saves money for families and businesses around the world.

Congratulations on another successful year making people smile with your exemplary products and experiences. Keep it up and you will definitely find yourself on the ‘nice’ list again next Christmas.
Cheers to another year of magic under the sea!

Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!
Santa Claus


P.S. Rudolph wants to know if his antlers will fit in the helmet?







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Friday, December 11, 2015

A Blue Christmas Under the Sea


As the holidays get closer and your to do list gets longer, Sub Sea Systems would like to remind you — between watering the tree, baking cookies, wrapping presents and attending hectic Christmas parties — to enjoy the season. Take a break and get some inspiration for your shopping list with this fun, interactive illustration — Blue Christmas Under the Sea. Rollover and click to find videos, gift ideas, photos, and more. You can even print out a coloring page to keep the kids busy while you book them a Sea TREK tour for the best Christmas gift ever! Then sit back with a warm spiked cider and a piece of chocolate fudge and listen to Elvis Presley's Blue Christmas.

Enjoy!



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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Sea Lover’s Guide to an Ocean Inspired Christmas








This Christmas add a little sea into the season. Whether you live on the beach or you are a landlubber that dreams of crashing waves and white sands — this simple guide will get you started on a beautiful, beachy holiday. So gather your sand dollars and starfish, put Mele Kilikimaka on your playlist, and pour yourself an eggnog (with brandy of course), because we have some really unique and creative ways to bring the ocean into your home for Christmas.




The main attraction of any home at Christmas is the Christmas tree. The decorations, the lights, the scent of pine, the piles of gifts, and the gathering of family make the tree the center of all things Christmas. Each year people follow traditions. They cut down a tree in the forest, or caravan with family to the local tree lot, and try to figure our how to tie 3 trees to the roof of 2 cars. They argue about the bald spot on the tree and the way the lights should be placed. They carefully unwrap ornaments that have been present for generations of happy holidays, and they create new ornaments to commemorate the year.

Bringing the beach into your Christmas is a wonderful way to add a new tradition to your holidays. The ocean provides natural beauty. From sea glass and driftwood to seashells and sand — there are many ways to add the sea to your tree. Each year collect things from the beach, and save them. When the holidays arrive, use the mementos to create decorations and ornaments for Christmas. There are many DIY (Do it Yourself) ocean ornament projects that are perfect for displaying your collection. Here is a favorite:

Seashell filled ornament


  • Collect tiny shells
  • Collect sand
  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Twine or ribbon


Carefully remove the top from the glass ornament. Add a little sand, and some small seashells and sea glass. Replace the top (it can break the glass so be cautious). Add some twine or ribbon, and voila! — a beautiful beach ornament to add to your tree.



You can purchase pre-made ornaments to bring in the beach. We like these from etsy.com


What holiday would be complete without delicious, mouth-watering feasts surrounded by family and friends? This year try something new and serve up some savory seafood, like this linguine with red clam sauce.



Or these lemon butter scallops.



Also, bring the sea to your Christmas cookies! Sugar cookies make perfect sand dollars and add ocean charm to any dessert table or cookie tray.




Another important aspect of Christmas is gift giving. The glow of warmth you feel when you see the faces of your loved ones as they open up those gifts that you carefully hand selected — nothing compares. For some ocean inspired love we have created a Pinterest board call Sea Style. There are a lot beautiful beachy gift ideas.



Additionally, for a gift of a lifetime, check out Sea TREK locations around the world. There are a lot of holiday specials right now. There is nothing like those first breaths underwater, and the weightless feel of walking on the sea floor surrounded by sea creatures.


Whatever you do to bring in the sea, we hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas, and wish you many new memories with your loved ones.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving — Thankful Quotes



In this week leading to the Thanksgiving holiday we are reflecting on all of the things we have to be thankful for. 2015 has been a year of discovery, growth and innovation. We are so thankful to all of our operators around the world. They maintain beautiful dive sites and strict safety standards. We are thankful for all of the Sea TREK guides, who entertain our guests, and make them feel at home in the underwater world. We are thankful for our business associates who help Sub Sea Systems' network expand. We are thankful to our employees who work hard every day to make sure Sub Sea Systems' products are manufactured precisely, packaged and shipped in a timely manner, and presented to the world through design, web presence and social media.


We have combined beautiful inspirational quotes about gratitude and thankfulness with fabulous underwater photos. Please enjoy.






















And, speaking  for the employees of Sub Sea Systems, we are thankful for having such a wonderful place to work, and kind, compassionate people to work for. It is easy to come to work and smile every day when you are surrounded by wonderful people who appreciate honest, hard work and creative intelligence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for the beautiful photos:

Miami Seaquarium
Coral World
Underwater World Guam



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Vacation Activities and Shore Excursions in the Caribbean


Christmas is just around the corner, which means vacation and candy canes, the smell of pine and good food, and warm hugs from your loved ones. Christmas need not be celebrated around a fireplace with snow falling outside. Christmas can be balmy beaches, shared experiences, and ornamented palm trees. The Caribbean is the perfect place to visit and celebrate the season in a new way. Enjoy experiencing wonderful sights, new adventures, and relaxing on a cruise, while everything is prepared for you.

From Sea TREK underwater walking tours to historic fortresses and magnificent views, we have compiled a list of amazing shore excursions all around the Caribbean.

Please check out our fun interactive map and begin planning your Christmas vacation today!


*For the best experience, please view on a desktop, laptop tablet or iPad.


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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

World Waterpark Association's 2015 Trade Show and Symposium Recap


WWA show 2015
The WWA or World Waterpark Association is an international organization dedicated to enhancing profitability, safety and standards in the water park industry. Each year the WWA hosts a trade show and symposium that brings together waterpark executives and industry vendors from around the world. This year the event was held in beautiful Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Tramway
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — The World's 2nd steepest aerial tramway


Palm Springs was gorgeous and the Palm Springs Convention Center was packed with exhibitors displaying a wide variety of products and experiences meant for the water park industry — including delicious food vendors such as Blue Bunny, Dippin’ Dots, and Johnny Rockets alongside water cannons (Big Squirt), headwear (Foamula), and decorative lighting in metal palm trees (Designer Palms). The Public Restroom Company, an innovator in building restrooms, handed out whoopee cushions, while SnappyScreen, a full body sunscreen application device, displayed a beautiful wooden booth design. Water toy, floatie, surfboard and wave machine manufacturers also presented their unique take on each product.

The WWA conference offered many classes and seminars to educate, train, and inspire people in the waterpark industry. Sessions on safety, park design, marketing and risk management rounded out presentations on trends in food, understanding customer needs through surveys, and how to recruit the right employee for your business.

Kyle Mayfield, Clear Lounge Product Director, attended a class to become a Certified Pool Operator (CPO). The class was informative, providing knowledge on water chemistry and health standards. “We want to make sure that Clear Lounge has the most up-to-date systems in place, keeping our water crystal clear and balanced,” said Mayfield.



Sub Sea Systems also exhibited at this year’s trade show, and we were a hit! Our unique products stood out among the other exhibitors, generating significant interest from the show attendees. People were excited about Clear Lounge, and our scale model made it easy to envision the real life product. Hannah de Bie, Director of Marketing and Communications, shared that her favorite part of exhibiting was watching people walk by, do a double take of the Clear Lounge model, and then decide to walk up to the booth to find out more about Sub Sea’s extraordinary products. “You could see people walk by other booths, avoiding eye contact and ignoring sales pitches…but our booth was consistently full; people wanted to approach us,” shared Hannah. Jim Mayfield, President and CEO, and Hannah were unable to walk around the trade show because they were so busy sharing information about Sub Sea Systems’ products.



The Clear Lounge 5% scale model was definitely the star of the show. Sub Sea Systems is now in serious discussions for 3 new Clear Lounge locations! Visitors to Sub Sea’s booth also received a can of spearmint flavored, oxygen — it was the most popular giveaway (although, Kyle did love the whoopee cushion!). The 2nd day of the show (after a night on the town), many people visited our booth just for the canned oxygen — word must have spread that oxygen is the ultimate hangover cure!



We met with our suppliers Reynolds Polymer and Pentair; and many other vendors pursued us hoping to get a chance to bid on our projects.

There was plenty of interest in Sea TREK as well. A meeting with an executive from an up and coming Texas aquarium has us gearing up for a potential new project, and developers from China were extremely interested in Sea TREK for their aquariums. Additionally, a gentleman stopped by our booth just to tell us how much he loved Sea TREK when he and his wife experienced it on their honeymoon. It is always good to hear from our TREKKERS!

FunCat, likewise, got attention, and we will be in touch with a real estate company representing homes on the water soon.

People from all over the world came to this 2-day trade show. Executives from China, Spain, Belgium, Kuwait, Australia and Canada, to name a few, walked through the exhibits and stopped at Sub Sea Systems’ booth.

We are very excited about these new opportunities and look forward to meeting with more interested parties during the upcoming IAAPA expo later this month.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Haunted Waters — Ghost Stories to Read on Halloween


Oceans, rivers, lagoons, bayous, lakes and seas hold secrets throughout the millennia of shipwrecks and ghost ships, voodoo curses and ghosts, swamp monsters and kelpies. For a Halloween thrill we have found some of the eeriest apparitions that live on the waters. You might want to keep all the lights on for this read.

We thought it would be fun to find a local ghost story about the famous Lake Tahoe. Sub Sea Systems’ headquarters is in Diamond Springs, California. We are about 1 hour and 20 minutes west of the gorgeous lake. There are legends, folklore and ghost stories from every part of Lake Tahoe. One particular story concerns Emerald Bay.

Captain Dick



Emerald Bay is on the southwestern edge of Lake Tahoe. In 1862 a British sea captain (Richard Barter — AKA Captain Dick) was commissioned to be the caretaker of a newly built 2 story, 5-room resort at the foot of Bald Mountain on Emerald Bay. At that time the harsh winters prevented people from staying in the region year round. Captain Dick was considered somewhat of a hermit because he spent so much time alone caring for the resort. In fact, he was called ‘The Hermit of Emerald Bay.’ The Englishman had to travel 16 miles, in his boat ‘Nancy,’ to Tahoe City to get supplies and visit the Tahoe House Saloon. Captain Dick was a heavy drinker, and was widely known for his wild tales about bears, avalanches and his own prowess.

Captain Dick’s whiskey habit and his fiery personality made him a brave soul. He would venture into any storm to visit the saloon and refill his flask — which he would empty a few times — before heading back across the lake in wind, snow and freezing temperatures. According to Captain Dick’s own account, on one such adventure in 1870, a strong wind overturned ‘Nancy’ (his boat) and threw Captain Dick into the freezing lake. In the subzero water and pitch black night, Captain Dick righted his boat and swam 10 miles towing ‘Nancy’ along behind him, and shouting “Richard Barter NEVER surrenders!!!” When he finally collapsed upon his bed he passed out for days, and upon awakening found his toes had become gangrenous from frostbite. He cut them off himself with a carving knife and preserved them in a special box that he would show visitors. “Them’s my toes!” he would say.

This experience made Captain Dick contemplate his mortality. He decided he wanted to be prepared for his death, and went out to Fannette Island where he carved a tomb into the granite. Above it, he built a wooden chapel with a cross. He would tell anyone who would listen that when he dies he is to be buried on the island in his tomb. It wasn’t too long before he met his untimely death.

On the night of October 18, 1873 Captain Dick had been drinking at his usual pace of way too much at Tom Rowland’s Saloon on the south shore. Tom Rowland’s Saloon was the premier social establishment, so many people saw the Captain, and some even saw his boat headed toward the rocks at Rubicon point. That night a storm struck. Captain Dick always rowed until he passed out and then woke up to finish the trip home. On this night he was not so lucky. They never found his body, but pieces of his beloved boat ‘Nancy’ and one of his oars were recovered. He never made it to his tomb.

On October nights, when a cold fog settles into Emerald Bay, the spirit of Captain Dick can be seen clawing his way up the weathered granite boulders, forever trying to climb into his grave.

Maybe you can see him tonight…


El Caleuche




Off of the coast of Chile there are about 30 islands known as Chiloé. In the waters surrounding the islands the locals know that El Caleuche roams. El Caleuche is a phantom ship. Every night she appears, 15 sails billowing bright, white and blazing with lights and surrounded by a glowing fog. The voices, laughter and music of a massive party ring through the air. As quickly a she is seen, she disappears. El Caleuche has the ability to navigate above and below the surface and she is capable of shape shifting. She knocks fishing boats over, in the way that a whale might, in order to capture fishermen to serve her passengers and crew the ship. The fishermen are mutilated to mark their servitude — their heads twisted backwards and their legs mangled. It is said if the slaves leave, their memories are wiped clean, but their disfigurement remains.

The passengers aboard El Caleuche celebrate a perpetual festival. La Sirena chilota is a beautiful youthful mermaid with long, flowing, blonde hair and golden scales. She is keeper of the fish, and with the help of her brother and sister she carries the drowned bodies of sailors to the ship to revive them and bring them joy by hosting an eternal party. Pincoya is La Sirena chilote’s sister. She is a sea spirit that represents beauty and the abundance of the sea. She is beautiful, sensual and compassionate. Pincoy is their brother. He is half sea lion and half human with golden fur and long blond hair. Together they protect the sea, bringing hardship to any who would do harm.

It is said that Brujo chilote visit the party at times. Travelling through the sea to find the ship by riding caballo marino chilote — horses that have fins for hooves and tail — Brujo chilote are wicked sorcerers that feed on the flesh of human babies and mutilate children into Invunche. They fashion cloaks from the flesh of Christians to gain the ability to fly.

Some stories say that if you see El Caleuche you will be instantly killed. Others say that the crew will bring you on board and take you to the depths of the sea to see glorious treasure and riches. Then they will give you gold in exchange for your promise of never revealing the secrets of El Caleuche. I don’t know which one is true, but if you ever visit Chiloé maybe you will find out.


Isla de las Muñecas

In Mexico, south of Mexico City, there is an island in the Xochimilco canals. It is named Isla de las Muñecas or Island of the Dolls.

A long time ago Don Julian, the caretaker of the island, found a young girl who had drowned in the waters of the canal. He was very saddened by her death. Not too long afterward he found a doll floating in the same area where he had found her little corpse. He picked up the doll, and out of respect for the little girl’s spirit he placed it high in a tree.
   

Soon, out of the corner of his eye, Don Julian noticed that the doll would sometimes move. Don Julian knew that the girl’s spirit was communicating with him. In an effort to please the spirit, he began to gather dolls from the trash he collected when caring for the island. He would place them, in whatever state he found them, in the trees, on the ground, anywhere he could. He started to trade produce — which he grew on the island — for dolls, and soon dolls filled Isla de las Muñecas. He was not picky about the dolls, and all different kinds decorated the island. Doll heads, broken dolls, doll parts, and dolls with crushed faces grew dirtier and more worn over time.



Don Julian noticed that many of the dolls would move or blink, and he knew that other spirits of other dead little girls had come to the island. He started decorating the dolls and filling his sheds with them. There was no place on the island that did not have wide, painted, plastic eyes peering through the trees. Soon people became interested in the stories, and Don Julian began to offer tours on the island, sharing his tales about the spirits there. People would bring dolls, as offerings, and Don Julian would use the money he collected from the tours to buy even more.


One day Don Julian was found drowned in the canal in the exact same place where he found the little girl. Don Julian no longer takes care of the island, but the dolls remain. They deteriorate and fall apart, growing moss, collecting spider webs and moving and blinking their eyes in the dark.

People still visit the island and bring dolls.



We hope you enjoyed our Halloween stories about haunted waters. Sleep well tonight.

Happy Halloween from all of us at Sub Sea Systems!



Sources

Captain Dick


https://www.edcgov.us/Living/Stories/Hermit_s_Ghost_Haunts_Emerald_Bay.aspx
http://www.calexplornia.com/fannette-island-an-emerald-island-haunted-by-captain-dick-barter/

El Caleuche


http://esoterx.com/2013/01/22/dead-and-loving-it-spectral-seafaring-with-the-ghost-ship-el-caleuche-of-the-chilean-chilotes/
http://www.nightwatchparanormal.com/the-caleuche.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caleuche
http://www.livescience.com/48489-tales-of-ghost-ships.html
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/into-the-cave-of-chiles-witches-20138093/?no-ist

Isla de las Muñecas


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x28nxp6_ghost-adventures-season-10-episode-4-island-of-the-dolls_fun
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/islas-de-las-munecas_n_5663181.html
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/la-isla-de-las-munecas
http://www.isladelasmunecas.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJnB5zcH2Qc

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Sub Sea Systems is Celebrating 30 Years Under the Sea


Sub Sea Systems has been innovating and developing products and programs that allow people to interact with the underwater world since 1985. 2015 marks our 30th year.
In honor of the achievement and in memory of all of the hard work that brought Sub Sea Systems to where it is today, the office staff collaborated to plan a surprise party honoring SSS principal business owners Jim and Melissa Mayfield for all of their dedication and perseverance.

The party was held on October 16th, 2015 (coincidentally Bosses’ Day) at Manzanita Kitchen & Events in Diamond Springs. The venue is a beautiful intimate space with an eclectic style consisting of rustic charm and industrial details. Stained cement floors and exposed steel ductwork meet wood trimmed doorframes and wine barrel accent pieces. Leather couches and dark wood banquet tables allowed for plenty of seating. Simple elegant centerpieces made from glass bowls, sand, seashells, and tea lights twinkled.



A large World map with all of Sub Sea Systems’ locations decorated the back wall above a table that held specially designed gifts for Jim, Melissa, and the employees of Sub Sea Systems. Steel buckets of ice held beer and bottles of wine sat on the bar. Guests were given commemorative 30-year drink koozies in pink, orange, blue or camo. Wild Hog (a favorite local BBQ joint) catered the event. Delicious pulled pork, brisket, green beans and corn bread were presented in chafing dishes. Employees and friends contributed decadent homemade desserts, including blueberry cake, blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, and caramel apple pies from local Apple Hill.

 Employees and their families, longtime friends and Mayfield family members filled the room. As guests arrived they were directed to write a note and color a portion of a custom poster featuring Sub Sea Systems’ mascots and illustrated sea creatures. Drinks were poured as everyone anxiously awaited the guests of honor.



It was difficult to get Jim and Melissa where they needed to be without ruining the surprise... but, finally they arrived! And everyone was lined up and ready to receive them. The front door opened as Jim and Melissa entered to a joyous cheer with beers and wine glasses raised high —“CHEERS TO 30 YEARS!” The delight and surprise on their faces was priceless. After rounds of hugs and explanations everyone began to dish up the delicious, aromatic food.



While people were eating, a slide show played on a giant projector screen. Images from 1985 to the present showed semi-subs from the beginning to Clear Lounge in 2015. The styles of hair, facial hair, clothing and even company branding have definitely evolved over the years!

As people served themselves dessert the office staff and family members passed out champagne for toasts. A video specially made for the event kicked off the toast/roast. 30 years in 30 seconds (coming soon to our YouTube channel) highlighted great moments in Sub Sea Systems’ history. After the video, staff and family members took turns telling stories and expressing gratitude for being a part of a company that really is a family.


During the roast, we learned that Keenan Mayfield, FunCat Product Director, secretly has implemented ‘Dress like Dad Mondays'. Every Monday morning he learns what his Dad, Jim, is wearing, and then replicates the outfit. Same shirt, same pants and even similar socks and shoes. This has been going on for many weeks and is now a running office joke — and the best part is, Jim has never even noticed! He was overcome with laughter when this was revealed!


Many stories recounted the hard work, trials and triumphs of Sub Sea Systems', its owners and its staff over the past 30 years. The most apparent through all of the praise and teasing was that Jim and Melissa are wonderful people and well loved bosses!

The genius of Sub Sea Systems is in the company’s ability to utilize the unique perspective every person brings to the table. Ideas are valued, creativity is prized, and people are utilized to their strengths. This offers a unique, quality work environment for employees — creating a strong sense of loyalty and commitment among the staff. Appreciation, respect, kindness and care are apparent in Sub Sea Systems' business values, and this is a direct reflection of its owners, Jim and Melissa. They really have created a company family.


The event was a success and I believe Jim and Melissa were able to see themselves through their employees' eyes — even if just for an evening.



Thank you Jim and Melissa — from all of us at Sub Sea Systems.


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Friday, October 9, 2015

The 2015 FCCA Conference


The FCCA Conference and Trade Show is a yearly event that brings together cruise line executives, tour operators, and innovators to analyze industry trends and create relationships. The FCCA is a non-profit trade organization that provides a forum for industry wide discussion about development, direction, and safety in the Floridian, Caribbean, and Latin American waters.


Shown above are Sub Sea Systems President and CEO Jim Mayfield, Director of Marketing Hannah de Bie, Chief Financial Officer Melissa Mayfield, Regional Coordinator Javier Fortunado, General Manager of Clear Lounge Cozumel Julie Ferrera and Regional Technical Specialist Calin Rosado. This year’s event was held in Cozumel, Mexico, from October 5th to October 9th. The objective of attending FCCA is two-fold — not only does Sub Sea Systems introduce its latest innovations and products to cruise line executives, we also meet with our existing operators and offer guidance in continuing development, enhancement, and marketing, as well as presenting them the most up-to-date products that SSS has to offer.



The FCCA convention was very exciting for Sub Sea Systems. Our first Clear Lounge location opened earlier this year at Carnival's Puerta Maya port, located in Cozumel, Mexico. Because the 2015 FCCA event was in Cozumel, we were provided with the opportunity to invite many shoreline excursion executives and supporting staff to actually participate in a Clear Lounge experience. Last year we presented the concept, and this year people had an opportunity to experience what makes Clear Lounge so unique and entertainingEvery reaction was extremely positive.  Mico Cascais — VP of Tour Operations for Carnival Cruise Lines — expressed his appreciation for the system design and efficiency. Within a very small footprint Clear Lounge offers a briefing area, locker storage, showers, a top deck lounge/staging area, the entire experience, and a smoothie bar. Because Clear Lounge is customizable, future Clear Lounge operations will have the ability to utilize the spaces in ways that are organic to their specific locations.

Clear Lounge will be promoted as a "last minute" shore excursion on Carnival Cruise ships visiting Puerta Maya, beginning next week. The experience will also be offered at sales locations on the pier and may be charged to cruiser's on-board accounts. It is expected that Holland America and Princess Cruises will be next in line to offer the Clear Lounge experience.



SSS had excellent meetings with a number of Caribbean Sea TREK operators. Sub Sea Systems is working directly with Sea TREK in Cozumel to reintroduce a newly updated program for the upcoming high season. The new tour is being reimagined and renovated with expanded guest capacity and an extended Sea TREK pathway. Guests will be able to shoot bubble guns at underwater targets and experience underwater dancing. A Mayan pyramid is being installed along with a table and chairs for unique photo opportunities.

Sub Sea Systems is also pleased to announce that our newest Sea TREK location in Curacao is working toward offering its experience to Carnival Cruise Line guests, and other cruise lines in the future. SSS had the pleasure of meeting with a number of potential new locations in the Caribbean that may offer Sea TREK and/or FunCat.

The Cruise industry is the fastest growing category in the leisure travel market. With the European Cruise Lines TUI, AIDA and MSC increasing their visits to Caribbean ports of call, expectations are that it will continue to grow even more. The focus of the FCCA convention was to push innovation. Cruisers and Cruise Ships have choices. Each destination has to compete to stay relevant. The message was clear: enhance, innovate and maintain standards in safety and cleanliness.

Clear Lounge has come at the right time. New business opportunities appear at cruise destinations worldwide as the industry continues to grow. Sub Sea Systems’ innovative technology, standards of excellence, and marketing support are the perfect combination for businesses wishing to increase revenue and lead the way in tourism.



The FCCA Convention and Trade Show was a success. From new tours like The Mayan Cacao Company near Playa Mia to the grand opening of a 3rd pier at Puerta Maya, the event was busy, interesting, informative, and rewarding. We look forward to next year’s event in Puerto Rico.

To learn more about Sub Sea Systems' visionary products please visit our website at www.subseasystems.com
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Would you survive?


FunCat electric catamarans are chaise-lounge-style leisure watercraft. They are perfect for watersport rental businesses. The FunCat is a unique product that fills a niche market, as well as diversifying rental lineups. Take our quiz and find out if you are fit enough to run a FunCat business.



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Friday, September 18, 2015

What if Sea TREK was...?


Sub Sea Systems has already imagined and implemented some pretty creative and innovative ideas. From Dolphin TREK to Clear Lounge Underwater oxygen bar, Sub Sea Systems' ideas run the gamut of genius to unbelievable.

We thought it would be fun to imagine other inventive and unique ways Sea TREK can provide entertainment, education and/or delight. From plausible to outlandish, we present some of our most interesting concepts in this week's blog post.

What if Sea TREK offered a Tour of Atlantis?

Imagine you could enter a super sleek luxury submarine, travel to the gates of the lost city of Atlantis — while enjoying limousine style amenities — and don Sea TREK diving helmets that allow you to walk into the history and mystery of Atlantis under the sea. What would Atlantis be like? Ancient ruins and sunken treasures? A city with advanced technology and a hidden civilization? Creatures from another world?





 

What if Sea TREK had mermaid interactions?

Imagine arriving at an underwater grotto filled with the sea's finest coral, shells, pearls, and glittering reef fish and walking by beautiful mermaids. You watch the charming creatures swim, twirl and dive in sparkling bubbles and filtered light. Visualize meeting them face to face under the sea.


 

What if Sea TREK offered Arctic tours?

Envision walking on the sea floor under 10 feet of crystal blue ice. The visibility is exceptional. You trek by ice formations, and schools of fish. You watch in wonder as polar bears teach their cubs how to swim. You glimpse a narwhal gracefully swim past. Imagine what you might see under the ice.



 

What if Sea TREK had an underwater wedding chapel?

Picture walking down the aisle to say your I do's under the sea. Your backdrop would be the colorful reef and your decorations the brilliant sea creatures. You could bring your whole family under water to witness you marriage. No one would EVER forget your wedding.



 

What if Sea TREK had an underwater carnival?

Descend into a fantasy of fun and lights! Underwater carnival games, an underwater petting zoo, and underwater rides! You could even get a photo on an underwater carousel.


 
These are just some of the crazy and fun ideas we came up with. What would you do under the sea with Sea TREK? We welcome any ideas from impossible to plausible. Write them in the comments below or email andrea@subseasystems.com 

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