FCCA Cruise Line Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico


The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 member cruise lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American water. The organization sponsored the Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico.

All photos taken by Omari Breakenridge; see more FCCA images on Flikr.

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The ​FCCA ​Conference ​is ​a four-day ​event ​designed ​to ​foster ​a ​better ​understanding ​of ​the ​inner ​workings ​of ​the ​cruise ​industry and help attendees improve their cruise tourism business. Through a ​specialized ​forum that blends meetings and workshops with social functions, attendees have a unique opportunity to develop relationships with, promote products to, and learn from approximately 100 executives from FCCA’s 18 Member Lines who decide where ships call, what is sold and used onboard, and how to invest in destinations and infrastructure.

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Hello FCCA Friends!

I made an animated video for you!

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FCCA Cruise Line Trade Show 2018 in San Juan Puerto Rico

NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

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Exhibitor at the 25th Annual FCCA Cruise Line Conference and Trade Show (#D2).


(787) 497-0007 – Office

(718) 809-0034 – Cell


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Good Times at Casa Bacardi


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Florida Caribbean Cruise Association

The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 member cruise lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American water.


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Sponsors of the Event

Puerto Rico’s strategic geographic location and economic incentives deliver unique advantages that few other locations can provide. – Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Booth #D2 EXHIBITOR bike rent puerto rico.co

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Event held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center

100 Calle Guamaní
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: (787) 641-7722

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Puerto Rico Convention Center

The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest and most technologically advanced in the Caribbean. Let our dedicated and experienced staff help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. Enter your email and our team will contact you promptly. (learn more)

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Puerto Rico’s strategic geographic location and economic incentives deliver unique advantages that few other locations can provide. – Puerto Rico Tourism Company

Puerto Rico Tourism Company logo




The gallery contains reproductions of powerful original photographs no display at the ASOCIACION DE FOTOPERIODISTAS DE PUERTO RICO – reproductions by Mark Derho.

Things to Do in Puerto Rico

When considering things to do in Puerto Rico, we enjoyed an interesting and free historical tour of the ASOCIACION DE FOTOPERIODISTAS DE PUERTO RICO installation, in August 2018.

We were particularly moved by the beautiful and poignant protest photos, and images of the Puerto Rican people bravely protesting authoritarian rule, and being tear-gassed for peacefully protesting.


Dr. Bailey K. Ashford

Dr. Bailey K. Ashford cured approximately 300,000 Puerto Rican’s (1/3 of Puerto Rico population) of Hookworm and saved their lives.  – Wiki

Colonel Bailey K. Ashford (September 28, 1873 – September 10, 1934) was an American physician who had a military career in the United States Army, and afterward taught full-time at the School of Tropical Medicine, which he helped establish in San Juan.

A pioneering physician in the treatment of anemia, while stationed in Puerto Rico Ashford organized and conducted a parasite treatment campaign against hookworm, which cured approximately 300,000 persons (one-third of the Puerto Rico population). This reduced the death rate from associated anemia by 90 percent. He was a founding member of the Puerto Rico Anemia Commission


Ashford Residence

In his honor, the main avenue in the San Juan, Puerto Rico district of “El Condado”, bears his name as does Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital, also in Condado. His home in Condado, the Ashford Residence is being preserved and renovated and currently houses the ASOCIACION DE FOTOPERIODISTAS DE PUERTO RICO.

In 1941, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, established the “Bailey K. Ashford Medal”. This is awarded for distinguished work in tropical medicine to a worker in his or her early or mid-career. The first person to receive the award was Lloyd E. Rozeboom. The medal is awarded every year, and more than one award may be given.

Dr. Ashford died on September 10, 1934, in his home in San Juan. His remains were interred in Puerto Rico National Cemetery in the city of Bayamón.

Inexpensive Things To Do in Puerto Rico


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“”To Share our Passion for Puerto Rico and Bicycles with the World”.
“¡Para compartir nuestro amor por Puerto Rico y Ciclismo!”.

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There Are Many Enchanted Things To Do in Puerto Rico

Have you made your “Things to do in Puerto Rico” list yet? There are so many wonderful things to do in Puerto Rico – aptly known as “The Enchanted Island”! You can also see more of Puerto Rico with a beach cruiser bike rental than you would by just walking.

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Start with the Amazing Weather

80’s and gorgeous all of the time, barring storms.


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Here’s a few of MARK’S favorite Puerto Rico Sightseeing experiences.

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Mark’s Favorite Things To Do in Puerto Rico … so far!

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1. Snorkeling in Culebra

We had so much fun that we went back again, and again.

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2. Jet-Skiing in Santurce, Puerto Rico

See the GoPro Video from Mark Jet-Skiing in Santurce in 2016!

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3. Sightseeing at El Yunque Rainforest

We were fortunate to see the rainforest before the hurricane.

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Puerto Rico is Amazing by Any Name

Puerto Rico is Spanish for “Rich Port” – officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or “Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico”. The literal translation is “Free Associated State of Puerto Rico”, and was briefly called Porto Rico. The wonderful island is an unincorporated territory of the United States and is located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida.

An archipelago among the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller ones, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques.

The capital and most populous city is San Juan, where Bike Rent Puerto Rico is headquartered. The official languages are Spanish and English although Spanish dominates in the local culture while English is most-popular among tourists.

The island’s population is 3.4 million approximately. Puerto Rico’s culture and history, tropical climate, natural scenery, traditional cuisine, and tax incentives make it a destination for travelers from around the world.

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The Enchanted Island also welcomes more than 6-million tourists annually. bike rent puerto rico recommends a premium yet cost-effective Beach Cruiser Bike Rental or a guided San Juan Bike Tour, if you are visiting Old San Juan. Mention this blog post online or on social media, then show it to us and SAVE 20% inside the store!

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Knowledge of History Leads to Authentic Experiences

Are you more interested right now in the History of Puerto Rico?

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Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bike Rental

The Best Beach Cruiser Bicycles available anywhere in San Juan for rental (2019).


Choosing a World-Class Beach Cruiser Bicycle and Meeting Dave Weiner (again) from Priority Bicycles



Meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

… chronicling major development in our journey to become the best-run and most socially-connected bike rental and bike tour business in Puerto Rico – and the world. The following is a brief summary and our story of meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bikes – July 2018.

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Priority Bicycles Carbon Fiber No-Chain Bikes

Priority Bicycles Makes Amazing Modern Premium Unique Carbon Fiber Belt-driven Bicycles

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Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

I briefly met Dave Weiner as a competitor in 2016, at the meeting at The Citadel in Central Park to publicly review the Central Park Bike Rental Concession (RFP).

After leading the winning effort and acquiring the exclusive 6-year contract for bicycle rental inside Central Park and NYC Parks; Dave contacted me about the possibility of purchasing a fleet of Priority Bicycles for Bike Rent NYC. I researched the bicycles and his local NYC-based business, and realized that these high-quality bikes would offer better ROI over a two-year period (or longer), as opposed to churning the fleet annually with less-expensive bicycles. I expressed this conclusion to the owner of Bike Rent NYC but he decided against the purchase.

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Dave and I stayed connected on LinkedIn, and once again spoke in 2017. I had called Dave for a quote when writing the business plan and proposal for a real-estate and management company that was considering sponsoring a bike share program in Connecticut. The plan featured Priority Bicycles and accessories, and the implementation of a cutting-edge Dockless Bike Share technology from Donkey Republic – based in Copenhagen.

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Today we met 1-1 and in-person for the first time at the showroom located at 175 Hudson in New York City. I was very impressed with the big windows and large open minimalist space, it was more like a Soho Art Gallery than what I expect from a bicycle showroom. The difference was that the variety of Priority Bicycles were the art pieces displayed. A central kitchen and bar are near the entrance and there were no visible desks or cubicles.

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Talking Bikes with Dave Weiner

Dave and I “talked bikes” as I am considering Priority Bicycles and the primary supplier for the beach bike rental fleet I need to acquire for service in Juan, Puerto Rico – launching in 2019.

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Dave’s internal marketing and PR are phenomenal, he and Priority Bikes are often featured in the press: Why This CEO Quit His Job to Pursue a Childhood Dream (inc.com).

We also discussed-agreed that…

 “a technology background is a distinct competitive advantage for any small businesses, and that the advantage extends through production, operations, and sales and marketing”.

As a successful small business owner (SBO) and the former CEO of an International Software Company, Dave has unique insight.

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The next step is to test the Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle. I’ll post the results on this blog when ready.

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Thank you for reading, Mark

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Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle

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