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Old June 8th, 2010, 05:18 PM
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My TA suggested that I join and read as much as possible .I've recommended the site to 4 people ,2 joined but basically only lurk .I am urging them to be active posters
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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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Way back when, I used to visit another cruise site and heard about Cruisemates and I've been here ever since, I think over 10 years now?? Wow, how time flies....Cruisemates has grown to an amazing number since then, we have some of the best cruise articles on the net and very friendly posters that contribute and help others, its been and still is a great place to research your next cruise.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 08:14 PM
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10 years ago, Anne Campbell asked a few people she knew from her previous site, to come help launch Cruisemates. We came, and became part of this wondefrul community of people with a passion to cruise. Hard to believe how the time has flown.

With people from all over the world becoming Cruismates, it's surely a global community, rich with information!
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:14 PM
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I discovered Cruisemates while surfing. I had just completed hanging ten on my boogie board and upon reaching the beach discovered an unattended lap top computer open to this cruising website I hadn't previously run across. When I got closer, I saw this picture of a dude in a sailors cap named Dave the Wave surrounded by about a dozen bikini clad lasses and figured well, maybe there's some promise here!

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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:23 PM
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Very creative response ,Todd .
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:26 PM
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I found Cruisemates while researching an Alaska cruise about 5 yrs ago. I am so glad I found it! This site has helped me with many questions and concerns. The best part is all the wonderful friends I have made here. Even though I have only actually met 2 of the members I feel as if I know them all. It is a great bunch of people and hope to someday meet more of them.
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Old June 8th, 2010, 09:57 PM
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Oh my! I'm really not sure how I "discovered" Cruisemates! I think that I was reading the AOL cruise site (now long gone!), when someone directed me to the CM's site.

I've always been happy to be here !
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OK, it was 10 years ago...OMG, at first thought, I thought no way, not that long ago,
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Old June 8th, 2010, 11:19 PM
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when I entered the Witness Protection Program, the United States Marshall who was assigned to me, suggested this site as part of my new identity

found it thru Anne Campbell
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Old June 9th, 2010, 12:43 AM
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It was by accident! My DH was extremely ill, and I came on the internet "to soothe my soul," as it were. And there was CruiseMates. I came on each night, and did, indeed, bare all my anguish about a husband who regularly had seizures, some of them gran mal. It was a terrifying time. The people on this board were encouraging and sympathizing, especially Mike. I am so thankful for all the support they gave.

Now the days are happier. We went on the Cruise of the Century a couple o years ago so we could meet many of these wonderful people. In May 2011, we will go on our 17th cruise.

Happy sea days, everybody!

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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:19 AM
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It was late 1999 and I was researching my February 2000 cruise on Celebrity Mercury. Yes: I had it backward. I booked and then started researching. I found Cruisemates through a search engine.

I had gone to a few other boards and looked for information and on "another board" I asked the infamous "Can you bring your own alcohol on board?" question." The responses I received were that I was an alcoholic, cheap skate, didn't care about my fellow passengers and I should be ashamed of myself.

I never received an actual answer.

At that point I said to "heck" with them and came over here and asked the same question. Within a few minutes I received the answer to my question that: "Cruise line regulations do not allow you to bring your own liquor on board but you may bring a bottle of wine."

After that it was history. I was asking questions and getting answers. I hung around here so much that they put me to work.

My original screen name was M&M and I changed it to Mike M because people on Cruise Chat told me it was too hard to hit the & every time they wanted to address me.

It's been a fun 10+ years.

BTW: Cruisemates anniversary is August 23rd. The site opened on August 23, 1999. The first story was about the accident between the Norwegian Dream and a cargo ship in the English Channel. It also featured Kuki's first feature article: "Middle Aged and Sexy".

Here is a link to it. Cruise Opinion and Humor; Middle Aged and Sexy?.

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Well.... CruiseMates discovered me
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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:54 AM
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I discovered CruiseMates around the same time I got a computer and joined the 20th century!
At the time, I was researching cruising as my husband to-be had got me hooked, and we were planning our 2nd cruise. 16 cruises later, I'm still here, and so happy I found all these wonderful people who live here at this site.

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when I entered the Witness Protection Program, the United States Marshall who was assigned to me, suggested this site as part of my new identity

found it thru Anne Campbell
I was going to use the name Henry Hill but it was taken .
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Unlike Venice, I needed a cozy spot in the other Govt. safe haven: The Witless Protection Program.
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Henry..good one one of my alltime favorite movies
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I followed the gang over with Anne, Kuki and the group from CC. Way back yonder.
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I honestly can't remember. (Must have been a search engine).
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We were on a cruise with Beenie Weenie and she gave our CC group representing about 100 cabins coupon books from her TA. As our TA did nothing for us, I was pleasantly surprised to see the deals that Nancy had to offer, so we booked another Hawaii cruise.
Sorry to say that we were already booked on the EPIC and I won't be able to meet Chef Matt. I love Hell's Kitchen ...and all the other foodie shows. (Maybe someone could leave the door open and I could eavesdrop on his presentation....)
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I was researching a cruise. Spent a morning "googling" cruise sites. Found this one and here I am to stay.This site and the citizens in it have supported me and guided me to my present life.I sat in cold NH reading this site. It did not take me long to figure out that the people here were warm, sincere and friendly. I used to read the stories of CM's getting together for dinners in various places around Florida. I wanted to be part of the fun. I had always wanted to live in Florida and decided that I would eventually move here. I chose Lakeland as a place to live. I had lived there briefly as a young woman. When the time came I packed up my belongings and Miss Lilly my cat and off I went. I drove away from NH without looking back. In my preparations to move south a citizen of CM sent me detaild directions to drive from NH to Florida without having to drive through NY city, Washington or any large cities. I had great interstate driving every bit of the way. My tolls were minimal less than $2.00. Many CM's sent me notes of encouragement one offered me a place to stay until I got settled. I took my time after the first day which I drove 10 hours to Scranton PA. After that I limited my driving to around 300 miles a day. I would take a motel room and settle Miss Lilly in and then go out for dinner. I checked in to CM every evening to let them know I was ok. It was the most adventurous thing I ever did. I really enjoyed the trip south. I had done a lot of research before leaving NH. I had a line on a job, which I got. I also had researched places to live and found a place in less than a week. I am still in that complex 3 years later. Shortly after I got here Ray arranged a dinner and I got to meet even more CM's than I already had met. They were and remain an important part of my social life here in Florida. This site is special to me and the people here are the greatest cruisers on earth! Thanks CruiseMates for being here.

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What a great story!
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What a great story!
Thanks and it is all true. CruiseMates have done a lot for me over the years. I used to take care of a lady who is mentally retarded. Some cruiseMates sent her gifts. I took her on a CM group cruise and everyone went out of the way to make her cruise special. Just a great bunch of people here for sure.

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For me it was search for cruise forums and found CM. Joined Oct 2005 but was probably a lurker for a while before that. Have found so much good information on here.

I am one of the 2 that travelgalSue has met. It was a cruise this year in Jan. So nice to be able to meet someone from here. Hope to meet more!
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