Written by: Kuki
Over 15 years ago Paul Motter and Anne Campbell approached me inviting me to join them writing for their new website, CruiseMates.com.
At the time I had spent 15 years in the bar and restaurant business, and was a relatively new but avid cruiser. I had somehow stumbled into a position hosting a cruise message board, and live chats for Cruise Critic, when it was on America Online (and the site and the internet were really in its infancy).
When Paul and Anne asked if I would write for CruiseMates I thought they were “Kukier” than me! The experience has been a total delight!
They’ve always allowed me to be myself in my writings, without pretending to be a “real journalist”. I was always allowed to express my own honest opinions; without ever even a suggestion of censoring or censuring my thoughts on ships or cruise lines.
My intent was to always attempt to share the cruise experience, and the experience of community which somehow bonds cruisers together, no matter which cruise lines they preferred.
Eight years ago, I sold my business interests, and retired from the “work-a-day” world, but kept my position with CruiseMates because it always brought so much fun, and so many great people into my life. Through CruiseMates and cruising I’ve had the good fortune to make so many life long friends!
That’s one thing I’ve found to be an amazing attribute of the cruise community; the willingness of cruisers to not just be friendly, but to truly become friends!
I have a mind full, if not overflowing, of incredible cruise memories; of the places I’ve been so lucky to travel to on cruises; of the foolish but fun things we got to do with our cruisemates on our 60+ cruises; of the roll on the floor laughter we got to share with so many people while at sea; and of the genuine joy one can experience by being onboard.
However, I believe now it is time for me to take a step to the side from writing for CruiseMates. Mrs. Kuki and I have become snowbirds, and it seems the right time to spend some time just enjoying that change in lifestyle for awhile.
I have no doubt there will still be cruises in our future, but I’ll step aside from feeling the need to be watching the developments in the industry so closely. I’ll still be around to visit with all our friends on the CruiseMates forums, and will continue to try and share from whatever experience I have.
I would be remiss to not thank Paul Motter and CruiseMates for all the wonderful memories and opportunities my position here provided me. And, even more importantly, to thank all of you who have read my ramblings over this past 15 years. I’ve always been appreciative and amazed that people would read what I wrote!
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Posted: October 29th, 2014 under Kuki.