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Gone Kuki

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Over 15 years ago Paul Motter and Anne Campbell approached me inviting me to join them writing for their new website,

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!

– A Final View From The Kuki Side of Cruising –

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Comment from kevin
Time October 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

thanks Kuki for all your posts. i enjoyed all of them

Comment from Lisa
Time October 31, 2014 at 6:29 am

I will miss your comments and appresiations on cruisecompanies

Comment from STEVE WILHITE
Time October 31, 2014 at 9:23 am


Comment from millis glashaus
Time November 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I always found some very interesting insights to share with fellow-curisers or even first-time-cruisers who were trying to fnid what they really like or what they need to do/be careful of etc.
Enjoy the next step of your life.
All the best.

Comment from Adrienne
Time November 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

Kuki, I too have enjoyed your blogs. Insightful with a great sense of humor, always quotable. Honest and funny. You will be missed. Best wishes in your “retirement.” Bon Voyage! Adrienne

Comment from Commodore Dave
Time November 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Sad to see you casting off from Cruisemates, but I can understand from experience just how demanding the life of a snowbird can be!
You may remember we met at the Sea Trade convention in Miami back in 2009. We made a pact that I would give up my Captain’s hat if you gave up your habit!!
Best wishes for a wonderful retirement — at least from the world of travel blogging.
– Commodore Dave

Comment from John Hudson
Time November 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Kuki, you Geela have been wonderful friends for many years and lots of cruises!!! Gone to miss your outstanding writings. Always a joy to read. We know you guys are enjoying your snowbird life. John & Priscilla 🙂 🙂

Comment from Cindy Weinstein
Time November 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Kuki, we always enjoyed reading about your interesting cruise experiences and the helpful advice you shared. All the best to you and “Mrs. Kuki” for happy retirement days. Cindy & Mort

Comment from Karen
Time November 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Thank you for all of the knowledge and experience you shared! We were on a cruise quite a few years ago for which you were the Cruise Mates Host. What fun. Enjoy this new phase of your lives.

Comment from RobBar
Time April 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

I just came across your post as I have not been on the site for awhile.
Just want to wish you both the best in your travels on land. Have enjoyed your writings and hope you add a piece when doing a cruise again. Maybe you can test the skydiving one on the Quantam of the Seas or the bumper cars or best might be the Drink Robots. Just remember that Uncle Sam is always watching snowbirds to see if you exceed the annual limit of days, about 183 over 3 years for tax purposes … ouch In fact they plan to share information with Canadian Government,

Comment from Justine
Time August 27, 2015 at 4:47 am

Hi Kuki,
Enjoyed your forum a lot!
As I am conducting a research in relation to language assistance on board cruise liners, would there be any way to ask the cruise lovers here to fill out my online survey?
Looking forward hearing from you,

Kind Regards,
Justine Pouw

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