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Old March 21st, 2002, 03:52 PM
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I feel a bit like a voyeur reading your messages without introducing myself. I'm Laurel. I have been avidly checking the net for information on cruises and discovered this site. I have learned alot from your wonderfully sharing site.
I leave in 7 days for my first cruise. I'm on the celebrity mercury. Its going to south america. My port stops are valparaiso and aric chile, lima peru, manta ecuador, puntarenas costa rica, acapulco, mazatlan and cabo san lucas mexico, and it ends in san diego california.
For someone who doesn't travel much this is a stretch but it should be fun.
Anyway thanks for the informative site. You look like nice people.

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Old March 21st, 2002, 03:59 PM
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Hi Laurel,
To Cruisemates!

Glad to see you posting and not just lurking :-) If you have any questions, feel free to post them here, you have found the friendliest boards on the internet. All of us here try our best to be imformative and friendly and I think it shows!

If you haven't already read through the section for "first cruisers", here is the link, lots of great tips:
http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...time/index.cfm

Enjoy your first cruise, would love to hear how you enjoy it when you return, have fun!

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Old March 21st, 2002, 04:45 PM
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First of all....welcome aboard, Laurel....and next BON VOYAGE!!!! You are going to have so much fun here with us and you will come back from your cruise totally addicted.

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Old March 21st, 2002, 04:45 PM
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Hey Laurel, welcome!!!!! Right now one of our own, CruiseAholic is on the Mercury - sure wish you could meet up with him so he could give you the lowdown on what's going on.

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Oh, Laurel ...

What a fabulous trip !!! I just wish the twin (there are three of us which makes for a lot of confusion) who's on the same cruise right now could answer your questions.

Do spend an extra day in San Diego just so you can go to the ZOO!

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Old March 21st, 2002, 05:04 PM
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CruiseAholic will be returning the same day you leave.

His "brief" reports back have been very good about the ship and the ports.

You will enjoy - what an exotic itinary you chose! Have fun!
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Old March 21st, 2002, 05:50 PM
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I will have to compare notes with the CruiseAholic when I get back. Thanks for the welcome everyone.
I pick up my tickets tomorrow. I'm getting excited. This has been a last minute trip for me. I have planned and booked this trip in a week. From planning to leaving it will have been 2 1/2 weeks. Talk about spontaneous! I'm leaving hubby and children at home. I'm going to quilt in the sun. It should be great.

I'll report back to you in late april.
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Old March 21st, 2002, 06:31 PM
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AHOY Laurel.. and WELCOME

Spontaneous is RIGHT! WOW! I couldn't decide on new underwear in 2/12 weeks.

Please join in while you're waiting to cruise.. and be sure to come back and give us a FULL report on your return.

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Old March 21st, 2002, 06:56 PM
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Hi, Laurel, and WELCOME! Don't forget about us when you get back from the Mercury. Come on back and share your cruise with us! I am just green with envy. My husband, Jose, and I REALLY want to do South America! Have a great cruise and post often.
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Old March 21st, 2002, 07:55 PM
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Hi Laurel,

Glad you stepped out of the shadows at least soon enough for us all to wish you a Bon Voyage. For sure you will enjoy the cruise and we will all be waiting for you to return and share your adventures with us. Have a great one.

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Old March 22nd, 2002, 05:28 AM
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Welcome Laurel! WOW what a trip on such short notice! And your first one to boot! You go girl! Have fun quilting in the sun! We look forward to your report when you return.

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Old March 22nd, 2002, 06:20 AM
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Welcome!! Spontaneous trips are always the best! Have a great one! Look forward to your report when you come back.
signed ..... totally hooked!
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Old March 22nd, 2002, 07:31 AM
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Welcome Aboard, Laurel!! from one of the recently new (2/3 weeks for me), but I couldn't keep my fingers off the keyboard, even when what I say sounds dumb! I am still trying to figure out all the different "CHARACTERS" here, but it is fun!! You are one spunky lady planning this cruise in such short order and going alone! I admire you and I envy the cruise! We will be holding our breath for your reports! Gloria
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Welcome aboard Laurel!! Wow you have a great first cruise booked. So glad you have decided to join us. This site has a lot of wonderful and knowledgeable people. Please make sure you let us all know about your cruise when you return.

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