Meet the CruiseMates Staff

  • Paul Motter is CruiseMates Editor. With seven years experience working as the publisher and business manager of CruiseMates, he is now in charge of the editorial focus of the site. Previously, Paul wrote for Motley Fool and various web sites, and worked on cruise ships in the entertainment department for two years.
  • Kuki is our CruiseMates Cruise Director. He wants you to get the most out of your cruise. He's a "real guy" who's more fun than a catamaran of Cubra Libra.
  • Jim Glab is our copy editor. Jim has been a freelance writer and editor in the travel field for many years. He contributes regularly to Travel + Leisure magazine and Travel + Leisure Online, and also writes a weekly newsletter on business travel for American Express. He has also written for several other consumer and trade publications, including Budget Travel, The Economist, Travel Weekly, Parents and Air Transport World, and has been interviewed as a travel expert on ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and other media. Before he started freelancing, he was the editor of an industry newsletter, Travel Management Daily.)
  • Rita Ippoliti Rita will live on as one of our favorite Moderators although she passed away unexpectedly in 2009. At the time she was planning the 30-day Hawaii/South Pacific Voyage on Holland America she already had booked. You will see Rita's post as Kryos throughout the boards, and you may even run across some of the fine article she wrote for us.
  • Donna Belanger Donna Belanger is one of our Message Board monitors, her favorite being "Chit Chat for Cruisers". She's been a CruiseMates regular for over five years now. Donna's husband introduced her to cruising in 1995, and she's been addicted ever since! She has now enjoyed 9 cruises, and isn't happy until the next one is booked!
  • Mike Mastellar is one of our Community Leaders. He helps moderate the message boards and does some other things behind the scenes. He loves cruising and has fourteen under his belt and is hoping to add a few more notches to that belt.
  • Donna Nye is one of our Message Board Monitors. Donna fell in love with cruising after her first cruise on a Premier ship back in the mid 80's, and has been hooked ever since.
  • Linda Pearl is our Chat Hostess. Linda has been addicted to cruising since she first walked onboard a cruise ship back in the olden days -1990! Since then she has cruised at least once a year, and more when she can finagle it! In her opinion there is no better way to thoroughly enjoy a vacation. LOok for Linda on Monday and Wednesday nights in our chatroom.

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