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This is already a LARGE group. Some of us know each other from here at CruiseMates, others are "newbies". Some are active posters who get into all the chit chat, others aren't. But we want to make certain everyone who's booked into this group FEELS WELCOME!!!

So.. let's use this thread to introduce ourselves.. get to know one another... and welcome everyone else in the group!

As the group grows the friendships will grow too!!
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My lord.. you folks are shyer than a salmon meeting a bear.
I'll try and show you how this works..........................

Hi ALL!

Mr. & Mrs Kuki here. We're from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We're both 58 yrs. old, and have two Kuki Jrs., Judd & Jonathan, and Sammy the frisbee crazed border collie.

I was in the hotel, bar and restaurant business for 30 yrs, until Dec. 06, when we sold out. I'm presently looking for a new business (actually made an offer on one Friday, and waiting to hear).

I've been with CruiseMates from it's beginning in 1999. Think we're creeping up on 60 cruises. Yup.. I've been a lucky guy, and don't try and steal this job or I may have to kill you

The best thing about my job is getting to meet new cruise friends all the time, and I can't wait to meet ALL of you on this cruise!!!

See.. not that hard!
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Kuki - you've caught me at weak moments tonight.....so here it goes.

I'm Lisa. 46 now and will be 47 by the time the Bloggers Cruise 2 comes around. I am single and a nurse.....I work in long term care. I love this field of nursing. I have an 11 year old black lab named Gusto who is more my Dad's dog than mine. If Dad is around and I give Gusto a command, he ignores me in favor of my Dad. If Dad is not around I have the best dog in the world!

I live in a suburb of Milwaukee......I never thought I would leave here, but after this winter, I am seriously considering getting out of here in the next few years. Don't know where I will go, but I am beginning to really, really hate winter. Having to drive to work in a couple of blizzards this year has really driven that point home.

This will be my 5th CM group cruise......I did the original Let's Get Lei'd cruise in 2002, the Carnival Legend in Jan 2003 (a Kuki birthday celebration cruise), the Island Princess Panama canal with Mike M in fall 2003 and the Century cruise for New Years 2007.

I'm looking forward to meeting many more CM's on this cruise!
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Hi,

My name is Melody! I am an auditor for the State of LA. I live in Baton Rouge, which is a short drive from New Orleans. I travel a lot with my job, so I get to see the Louisiana up close and personal. During hurricanes, I am pulled from my regular job and assigned to disaster duty.

I am single and life is great! I have four children ages 30-19 and two adorable grandchildren ages 10 & 7. They are my life!

I've been posting on this board for at least a couple of years and usually hang out on the Chit Chat board under the Cruisin Club thread with my friends! We joke around and cut up! Most of our humor would be considered "adult", but it's all in good fun and NOTHING should be taken seriously. Stop by for a visit! I stay "in trouble" with the moderators here and I'm sure they cringe when they see my name.....but I know they love me!

I've met a few of my fellow Cruisemates! We've had some great times in the French Quarter. I would name them, but they might prefer to remain anonymous! If you are ever in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, call me...I would be glad to meet you and show you around. We believe it's the best place in the world!

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Hi Kids,
Linda & Bruce here, from just outside Boston. Bruce is a printer, and I work in a ladies boutique, and design jewelry, which is sold in our 2 stores. We have 3 kids, and 5 grandkids, #5 is a brand new baby girl almost 7 weeks old!

I have, along with Kuki, been here from the get go, and have done a few Cruisemates cruises...Once you sail with a nice bunch like we have, you get spoiled..There is always someone to wave to, and, sit and kibbitz with for a while. Great fun!

I am also Kuki's personal "thong " designer, for his cruises, so get ready for a Mardi Gras themed one!!!!!!!

Looking forward to meeting this group, it will be lots of fun!
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Okely, dokely, here we go...

Hi, my name is Laura (aka Princess Laura, the sweet and innocent). I'm 38, soon to be 39 in 3 weeks (March 5th). I'm from Hoboken, NJ (right across the Hudson from Manhattan). I do programming/help desk for a very small software company in NYC that does software for the diamond industry.

I'm not single, I live with my boyfriend of 6 years. However on the Bloggers Cruise, I will be "cruise single". !

I've been a silent member of cruisemates for a couple of years. But started posting again because of this cruise and my own personal crusade to get more publicity for the piano bar entertainers (my one peeve with Carnival).

As you may or may not have guessed by now, I have a serious jones for piano bars. I love 'em all on land and sea. And when I'm on a cruise, I tend to park my butt on a stool around the piano (and occasionally on top of the piano... !) and remain there for the duration. So if you're looking for me on the Bloggers Cruise, that is most likely where I will be.

I was on the first Bloggers Cruise this past January and had one of the best times on a cruise that I can remember. It really was all about the people on that cruise. I fell in with Big Ed's Evil Bloggers Crew and they helped make it a memorable time. I'll be interested to see what lessons John and Carnival took away from the 1st cruise and how they apply that to the second.

This is my first Cruismates group cruise, I booked with a different site for the last one and was a little disappointed in the lack of organization (thank goodness for the Evil Bloggers!) So, Kuki has given me high hopes for this one!

Oh, and there is not one of you that will believe this by the time this cruise ends, but I really am a shy person! I swear!
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I'm Linda my husband is Leo and we have two children, daughter Eryn who is 17 and graduating from High School in June. My son Loren is 20 and in the United States Navy (I'am so proud of him). We live in Vacaville Ca. which is between San Francisco and Sacramento. We went on the "Turkey" cruise last November and had a good time with our Cruisemate family. I don't really post much but I'am on the site several times a day. One day I might even venture into the "live chat". I'am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a rather large family and we normally cruise together. My sister "shortcake" post on this site also. We are so excited about this cruise. I have a cruise schedule for October and "shortcake" is going on the Cruisemates transatlantic cruise, but all we talk about is how much fun this one is going to be. We are thinking about doing the B2B but need to get past these two first.
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Good to see u posting! Not sure why you guys are so shy about posting. You're certainly not on the ship

Before the Turkey's cruise I figured you were all the stay in your cabin types.... NOT
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Hi! My name is Elaine, also known as Princess Elaine (the quiet and single). I am a member of Big Ed's Evil Crew and just got back from the first bloggers cruise and am looking forward to the next one!
I live in Gainesville, Florida (GO GATORS) and my favorite past time is cruising. This next cruise will be my 6th, my 2nd on Carnival. I have never cruised out of New Orleans and am really looking forward to spending time with my friends from the 1st bloggers cruise and making new friends on the next cruise![/img]
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Welcome Elaine..remember when you come to New Orleans please leave all of your Florida Gator colors in Florida, you will be in LSU Tiger land
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No, I'm the shy one! And quiet, too!

I'm part of the Texas flavor on the cruise. I live the small town of Alvin, 30 minutes NW of Galveston. I'm retired from a college and DH will be retiring in the next few months. Yippeeeee!

I have been on 10 cruises, and that isn't nearly enough! I've only been on one CM group cruise, that was the 4B's on the Conquest last September. I enjoy spending a little of my time in the casino. My husband doesn't, so I explain to him that since he doesn't gamble, I spend half the money and have twice the fun!

I'm sooo looking forward to this cruise! Things are shaping up right nicely!
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Hi, I am Ann. I am 53, live in south Ga and am married to Jim. We have two daughters and 3 grandsons. Twins that are almost 4 and a 5 week old. I will be keeping the new little one when mom goes back to work. They have been kind enough to give me time off to go on this cruise. But, I don't have the heart to ask them for the extra 4 days for the B2B.

Jim will not be on this cruise. My great friend Cheryl will be joining me. You will love her, she is a hoot! She loves the casinos and we both love dirty martinis.

We cruised on the Fantasy in 1999 with our husbands and had a great time. I cannot wait to see all the changes. This is our first cruisemates cruise and we are very excited to meet y'all and join in on the fun.
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Hi everyone,

We are Mike and Cathy and we live in Cleveland, TX, about 25 miles north of Houston on Hwy 59. Mike has recently taken early retirement and I work in Houston for the company that fuels all the airplanes that come in to IAH. No - I do not get to fly free, nor do I get any discount. The airlines like to say that our paychecks come from them, because they contract us to fuel their planes, but trust me, they don't share their wealth with us at all!

We fell in love with cruising in Dec. of 2005 when we went on our first cruise on the Conquest. We were originially booked on the Rusty Wallace cruise - Valor 12/5/05, but due to a medical emergency had to cancel that one, but that is another story. It all worked out and we got our cruise, same day, different ship, so we were happy.

We have a son and a daughter, Craig and Jodi. They are both married to wonderful people and they each have 1 daughter, a 7 year old and a 10 year old, making us very proud grandparents.

We were fortunate enough to go on our second cruise with our son and his family this past Dec. on the Ecstasy, and now they are hooked. It was really funny, because they used to laugh and make fun of us because all we could do was talk about our cruise, and now they are busy planning their second one. Ahh - the addiction of cruising goes on!

Can't wait to meet all of you, this sounds like it is going to be so much fun!
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Hi, I am Ann. I am 53, live in south Ga and am married to Jim. We have two daughters and 3 grandsons. Twins that are almost 4 and a 5 week old. I will be keeping the new little one when mom goes back to work. They have been kind enough to give me time off to go on this cruise. But, I don't have the heart to ask them for the extra 4 days for the B2B.

Jim will not be on this cruise. My great friend Cheryl will be joining me. You will love her, she is a hoot! She loves the casinos and we both love dirty martinis.

We cruised on the Fantasy in 1999 with our husbands and had a great time. I cannot wait to see all the changes. This is our first cruisemates cruise and we are very excited to meet y'all and join in on the fun.
Ann, I too love dirty martinis! However, on one of my cruises I lost count. (oooooops) The next day I thought I was seasick. About 3:00 I realized I was just HUNG OVER! Be sure to drag me to the martini bar with you! I'll go, kicking and screaming, but twist my arm!
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Ann, I too love dirty martinis! However, on one of my cruises I lost count. (oooooops) The next day I thought I was seasick. About 3:00 I realized I was just HUNG OVER! Be sure to drag me to the martini bar with you! I'll go, kicking and screaming, but twist my arm![/quote]


Darlene, not to worry, with twin grandsons, I won't let a little kicking and screaming bother me.
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due to the fact that I am currently in the Federal Witness Relocation Program, my FBI handler has advised me to share only limited information on the internet and since I had to have a new identity not post any photos at this time..By the time we go on BLOG2NOLA cruise, it will be my 30th cruise..The Feds will only allow me to take 7 day cruises

I like to be called Venice Santorini Tortola (Venice for short)..I currently reside somewhere in the south by the Mississippi River..I secretly married Halle Berry in 2004 while she was filming Monster Ball in my city..due to arrears in my child support payment, I only acknowledge one son..who loves me in spite of my past...

my ambition...is to win the lottery and buy out Kuki's interest in Cruisemates and go on all the cruises that he currently does

turn-ons....having intellectual discussions on the "chit chat board" of CM ... defending the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina

turnoffs...I hate jazz, reading books and magazines (especially the magazine that has great articles)..women who will bring their thongs on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..cruises that start in Venice Italy with stops in Greece and Turkey and any cruise that is a full charter that features jazz musicians that I can hang out with the entire cruise..F-22 Raptor pilots who are "ring knockers"...LSU Tiger or Saints fans that live 30 miles from my current residence

Oops..sorry, my handler (who will be my cabin mate on the cruise) has signal me that I've shared too much information already..I look forward to meeting all of you in person on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..
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Venice...you are CRAZY!!!!

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VENICE! You're a MESS! rolf (Never could type very well!)

Not to mention, very creative!
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due to the fact that I am currently in the Federal Witness Relocation Program, my FBI handler has advised me to share only limited information on the internet and since I had to have a new identity not post any photos at this time..By the time we go on BLOG2NOLA cruise, it will be my 30th cruise..The Feds will only allow me to take 7 day cruises

I like to be called Venice Santorini Tortola (Venice for short)..I currently reside somewhere in the south by the Mississippi River..I secretly married Halle Berry in 2004 while she was filming Monster Ball in my city..due to arrears in my child support payment, I only acknowledge one son..who loves me in spite of my past...

my ambition...is to win the lottery and buy out Kuki's interest in Cruisemates and go on all the cruises that he currently does

turn-ons....having intellectual discussions on the "chit chat board" of CM ... defending the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina

turnoffs...I hate jazz, reading books and magazines (especially the magazine that has great articles)..women who will bring their thongs on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..cruises that start in Venice Italy with stops in Greece and Turkey and any cruise that is a full charter that features jazz musicians that I can hang out with the entire cruise..F-22 Raptor pilots who are "ring knockers"...LSU Tiger or Saints fans that live 30 miles from my current residence

Oops..sorry, my handler (who will be my cabin mate on the cruise) has signal me that I've shared too much information already..I look forward to meeting all of you in person on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..
That's really great. After reading your introduction, I find out that you have disclosed to much information about yourself. Am I in any danger with the.......loud knock at the front door................second very loud knock at the door, They just identified themself, " F B I " :-


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due to the fact that I am currently in the Federal Witness Relocation Program, my FBI handler has advised me to share only limited information on the internet and since I had to have a new identity not post any photos at this time..By the time we go on BLOG2NOLA cruise, it will be my 30th cruise..The Feds will only allow me to take 7 day cruises

I like to be called Venice Santorini Tortola (Venice for short)..I currently reside somewhere in the south by the Mississippi River..I secretly married Halle Berry in 2004 while she was filming Monster Ball in my city..due to arrears in my child support payment, I only acknowledge one son..who loves me in spite of my past...

my ambition...is to win the lottery and buy out Kuki's interest in Cruisemates and go on all the cruises that he currently does

turn-ons....having intellectual discussions on the "chit chat board" of CM ... defending the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina

turnoffs...I hate jazz, reading books and magazines (especially the magazine that has great articles)..women who will bring their thongs on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..cruises that start in Venice Italy with stops in Greece and Turkey and any cruise that is a full charter that features jazz musicians that I can hang out with the entire cruise..F-22 Raptor pilots who are "ring knockers"...LSU Tiger or Saints fans that live 30 miles from my current residence

Oops..sorry, my handler (who will be my cabin mate on the cruise) has signal me that I've shared too much information already..I look forward to meeting all of you in person on the BLOG2NOLA cruise..
Don't worry Venice! Your secrets are safe with me! I'll never reveal any of your secrets. They can do want to me and I'll never tell. The can handcuff me to a chair! I'll never tell! They can tie me up! I'll never.... excuse me for a sec...

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Laura...the official policy of Cruisemate is torture is not in our general guidelines...so feel free to rat me out
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Okay...well here is the scoop....Venice is a very handsome gentleman...northern born, but southern converted!!! He lives in LaPlace...just outside of New Orleans.....and he works for the *mmmmm*** om***** "Quit covering my mouth!"

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Mel...my FBI handler will be contacting you shortly and making you "an offer you better not refuse" for divulging any information about me

Kuki..I may be able to solve your "situation" before cruise time :: regarding...you...know...who (who's last name rhymes with kill) ::
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Venice,
Sorry, but I will be PROUDLY wearing ALL my GATOR attire as I walk off the airplane. You might have won it this year, but just remember, we beat OSU first!
And to all...don't let Princess Laura fool you for a minute...a little Tequila and she LOVES the handcuffs and ties (Leather, please!) !
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Hi gang,,,

My name is JoAnne,,,aka Jo,,,aka Travelnut,,,I've been hanging out here for awhile now,,

We live in the Tidewater area of Va. on the Chesapeake Bay. However we are comehere's from Michigan many years ago,,but this is home.

I have been married to my best friend Dan for the last 41 years. But I don't know how that is possible as I'm only 49,,,

We run our own flooring business in partnership with Lowe's.

We have one fantastic daughter Leah,son-in-law Jamie and 3 gorgeous grandson's 3,8,10.

This will be my 2 Cruisemate group cruise,,we did the Sail of the Century last year. Guess we are glutton for punishment cuz we are back for more. It will also be our 11th cruise. Guess you can say we are hooked.

This will be our 1st time on Carnival and our 1st time in NOLA. Really looking forward to this,,,,

Now all we have to do is get thru the next year,,,Yikes!!!
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Hi! I am Jackie. My husband is Brian. We have 3 boys - Bill 26, Matt 20 & Caleb 6. Matt will be marrying his girlfriend, Nicole this summer. Matt, Nicole, Caleb and my parents, Bill & Betty will be coming on the cruise.

I also talked several of my friends and co-workers to come. There is a total of 23 people (10 cabins) from the Mason Dixon area (MD/PA). Some are seasoned cruisers and some are cruise virgins. Hopefully they will sign on and introduce themselves.
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Hi ya Jackie, Brian et all!!

Welcome Aboard!! You've got quite a collection there And we're delighted you're joining us.

Hope you can get the others in the group to "come out" and say hi, and play with us for the next year. Way more fun to share the anticipation together!!
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Hello Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls,

After many years of living under assumed identities, which included; Honey, Sweethart, Hey Babe, and my least favorite of all ... B---- , I have been liberated! I now have my very own personal idnetity back (gotta love those divorces) .... I am ..... Trudy! AKA ... T C.

I am also an auditor for the state of Louisiana, and a co-worker of the ... very low key ... never get in trouble ... Melody! But I'm sure you won't hold that against her ... or me!

I celebrate my annual 39th birthday every August, I have 3 grown children, one of which has now joined me in celebrating his annual 39th birthday. I have one absolutely adorable grandson.

I've been on 4 cruises, the last 2 were both Carnival and I am hooked!

I use to raise & sell Yorkies, but had to stop because I kept keeping the puppies I only have 4 of them now. I also have horses and I ride often. These things put a serious crimp in my cruising because I always have to find someone to care for the animals while I'm gone. (grown children who live 70 miles away form Mom are not much help ... ex-husbands aren't either)

I am looking forward to the Blog2NOLA and the chance to meet & party with my fellow Cruise Mates. Not to worry ... of course I know how to 2nd line, Cupid Shuffle, Macarana, Electric Slide, and all the other required cruise dances, and am more than willing to teach you how.

Be Happy! T C
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