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Old April 2nd, 2008, 09:31 AM
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One of the other sites I like to visit, Cruise Cal, is now charging and requiring registration.

This site has always been a wealth of information showing where the different ships are, on any given day, which ships will be in port at the same time, etc.

Well, darn! Do I bite the bullet?
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 09:40 AM
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Not on a good day! Let the fact of who will be with you in port be serendipity..........Lets see how long it is, before they go back to FREE!
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 10:26 AM
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I was there only a few days ago and didn't have to subscribe, when did this happen? I will miss them but won't pay for it, just Google it and find another site that is free.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:25 PM
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Adding that feature would be a great addition to CruiseMates?!

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Adding that feature would be a great addition to CruiseMates?!

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What a good idea Dean.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 02:49 PM
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No way!!! I don't need to pay when I get my info from the BEST!!!

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Don't know why websites do this....... my DH has a couple he goes on every day that recently went from free to pay-per-view, I guess you would say. Needless to say, he no longer visits these sites. I don't mind registering, but don't expect me to pay for what you've been giving away....... you should have charged from the gitgo.
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Ships offer the view for free also.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 09:38 AM
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This happened overnight. Visited on Tuesday and Wednesday it is a subscrpibtion site. Won't pay if he already has paid advertising.
If that advertising is paid they should support the cost. Many sites that
do this usually go under(die) or go back to free. I can see registration like this site and others see that the webmaster can block people who are a pain in the neck.

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It does go to show you how much work it is to run a web site like this. You can't do it on "love" anymore. When we first came online there were a couple of large cruise web sites that were very good - the wheelhouse, and cruise2.com. The Wheelhouse is gone, and Cruise2 just sort of went nowhere after about 2000.

I thought cruisecal was a novel idea, but to me it seemed like far too much work just to see what ships will be in port in the future together.

I mean I know how to build that (theorhetically) but it would be a lot of work, plus regular maintenance to add new information all the time. Not worth the effort for what you get out of it, IMHO, which is probably why the subscription won't work.

I am glad that people on the web now realize that this can't be done for free. I remember not even so many years ago readers here asking why we had to have advertising on this site, as if a site like this can run itself.

Anyway - here is a VERY COOL tool that plugs into Google Earth to show you the position of cruise ships in the real world.

http://pack.google.com/intl/en/integ...tm_campaign=en
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I used to have Cruise Cal in my favorites, but not any more, no need as I won't be visiting their site anymore. I know it's only $3/month to subscribe, even cheaper if you sign up for longer, but it's just the thought of them putting the screws to us again.....we are getting screwed enough at the grocery stores, fuel pumps, health insurance companies, and on and on. Grrrrrrrrrr.....
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I love Goggle Earth.

I like to find cruise ships at various ports.
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