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Trip September 5th, 2012 10:57 PM

Lurkers, come say hi...we love newbies!
I know for many Cruisemates coming onboard, checking out our forums for your particular needs is paramount,and, we sure hope we are supplying you with helpful advice, to make your cruise experience, the best it can be.

Our staff has an emormous amount of knowledge to share, but, I bet all our faithful lurkers do too. So, we hope you might consider joing our community, and sharing your stories, and opinions, the good the bad and the ugly! Your experiences can help others,and we are all about paying if forward at Cruisemates.

If you've been lurking for a while, we know you can see we are a welcoming community, and would enjoy imput from experienced, as well as first time cruisers. C'mom and share...we know you want to...Jump in won't you & introduce yourself, we don't bite.

Lakers Fan September 5th, 2012 11:34 PM

For some reason a lot of people prefer to lurk than post . I've met people who have a handful of posts but read the boards every day .

Manuel September 8th, 2012 10:18 PM

If you are lurker, please post. We love to hear from new people.


bonnyprincecharlie September 9th, 2012 06:03 AM

Browsers don't count like PBS viewers who don't contribute

Originally Posted by Lakers Fan (Post 1445297)
For some reason a lot of people prefer to lurk than post . I've met people who have a handful of posts but read the boards every day .

I'm not sure but those person who do not send in a thread or contribute to a thread do not count toward the total audience count which advertising rates are based. In other words, Paul's and every editor's efforts are not rewarded in the form of revenue which keeps the site alive. It's like those people who watch and enjoy Public Broadcasting System great shows and do not contribute to keeping PBS on the air.

I think that "lurkers" prefer term "browsers" should just say something nice about the site and compliment all of the wonderful information sources that are available.

Actually, I might be wrong about revenue generation information. But this email is not meant to be criticism Cruisemates a form of capitalism and free enterprise that does not have a government subsidy or a loan - yet!!!

Trip September 9th, 2012 08:55 AM

BPC....I like that term browsers;)

Manuel September 9th, 2012 10:58 AM


Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1445773)
BPC....I like that term browsers;)

From now on, we will call them browsers.

To all the browsers, I wish you a nice day.


ToddDH September 9th, 2012 03:01 PM

For all you browswers out there, we're just a family. However, we can be a very important and supportive one when you need it the most. I know. I'm living proof of that.

Dreamers2 September 9th, 2012 07:28 PM

Ok i will
Thank you for the invitation to post,i like to read all the info when i am getting ready to go on a cruise,i have read many helpful posts that have saved me money as well as helped to avoid mistakes, leaving on Imagination Oct 1 with 3 single girls sharing an OV key west and coz..we are very excited for the break !.just 4 nights ..thanks to everyone for posting...Happy Cruises ;)!

Trip September 9th, 2012 07:32 PM

Nice to meet you Dreamers,and welcome..these 2 ports will be great for singles...Please come back, and, share your sea tales...have a ball!!

Manuel September 9th, 2012 08:42 PM

Dreamers2, I hope that you enjoy your cruise.

Do tells us about it when you come back.


Dreamers2 September 10th, 2012 05:35 PM

Yes i will post when we return...this will be my first time out of miami...we are staying 1 night in hollywood beach my old stomping ground...then i thought i would drive thru south beach on the way to the port maybe stop for lunch there (if i can park lol) will be a monday so may be easy..any one know of a place for lunch that we girls may like maybe a people watching type place that reflects being in south beach?...thank you for your help ..also is it easy to get to the port from south beach?..we will be using the parking garage at the port..

Trip September 10th, 2012 05:39 PM

Try this place...a fabulous people watching spot!

News Cafe - Restaurant Cafe - Miami Beach - Open 24hs

Ok now, we are all going to cruise vicariously through you:)

Dreamers2 September 10th, 2012 06:55 PM

News Cafe does look good! the web cam the weather looks perfect right now and lots of empty tables.wish i were there now too! :)..Thank You!

Trip September 10th, 2012 06:59 PM

Check out this has FLL, Pier 66 view, Miami, Pt Canaveral & NYC....watching the sailaways can get addictive.:)

Dreamers2 September 10th, 2012 08:49 PM

Hello TRIP... the link did not post for the web cam in your last post..Thanks!.

Trip September 10th, 2012 08:51 PM

OY! Port Everglades Webcam - A Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ship Web Cam

AR September 13th, 2012 01:02 AM

So after one week and 199 views, exactly one lurker (er, browser) has posted.

How many of them do you suppose there are? Curious.

Kuki September 13th, 2012 01:57 AM


Originally Posted by AR (Post 1446180)
So after one week and 199 views, exactly one lurker (er, browser) has posted.

How many of them do you suppose there are? Curious.

At this very moment, 19 registered users, and 424 unregistered users are visiting the web site.

When you click on Message Boards, scroll to the bottom, and it shows the current number of visitors to the site at that time.

It doesn't hurt to encourage them to register and join in the conversation, rather than question who or where they are.

We all got here one person at a time

Cruznut2 September 13th, 2012 04:17 AM

Hi!! Welcome to CruiseMates! Join up and join the fun. We are fun and friendly here. I stumbled in here in 2004 and have been a happy member since. Cruise advice is what we do here and the staff and members do it better than any other site out there. Even better than the cruise advice is the friendliness of everyone here. We are a huge family and we have lots of fun together. Many friendships have been born in this site. Many have met on the fun CruiseMates group cruises. In addition to the cruises a number of us get together around Florida for dinner. So just sign up and join the fun. I just know you won't regret it.


Dreamers2 October 8th, 2012 06:30 PM

Back from imagination Oct. 5
;)Hello everyone, I said i would post opon return so here i am...we had a blast on the imagination (first time on her ,my co-worker and myself she is 49 and me well umm 54...shhh)...the second show living in the usa was fabulous the other show shout was go also but i;m not much into oldies...the ship was a happy well kept ship...the clubs and lounges were full of energy..the parking and boarding was easy ..long walk to the ship after getting checked in but very great...i found a few slot machines i was very fond of...didn't lose or win much but almost broke even..:)....staying hollywood beach 1 night before cruise was so worth it the water there was perfect and eautiful...would do this one again!!;)

Trip October 8th, 2012 07:08 PM

Dreamers, welcome back! So glad you enjoyed the cruise,and good to hear the ship is in good condition! Researching & planning another, will get you through the post cruise depression:)

Donna October 8th, 2012 08:20 PM

HI Dreamers,
Welcome home....sounds like a fab time, glad you enjoyed it. Have you booked your next cruise yet??

Dreamers2 October 8th, 2012 08:59 PM

I wish i could plan ahead but for me 2 months out is the farthest i can predict, i do think after easter and again in oct. seem to be my best time to get i will be keeping an eye out and hoping!...thank you for asking!!

ftcruiser October 14th, 2012 08:10 PM

I have been a member for a number of years but, basically, I am too lazy to log on:oops:, and I don't frequent the boards when I am not booked, it's too depressing. But...My DW and I are booked with her parents for 8 days on the Norwegian Jade to the Greek Islands and Turkey next July! I will try to log on and be part of the conversation.

Best Wishes to All,


Trip October 14th, 2012 08:17 PM

Frank..welcome to the family! What a fabulous cruise to look forward to. I so enjoy NCL. Those ports are on my wish list too! Once you log on, don't log we can be part of your excitement!

ToddDH October 14th, 2012 11:45 PM

Welcome Frank from here in upper East Tennessee and I think I write for all when I state I'm looking forward to your impressions of the cruising experience. Warning! Frequent visitors to this website will not only get you hooked on the site but as time passes the people (especially our regulars to this particular thread) will become like Family and will do everything possible to help you vis-a-vis where to stay prior to the cruise as well as best bang for your buck. There will be someone in this community who has sailed on whatever ship or line you sail.

Oh, and unlike some other websites our evaluations and answers to your question are never made to steer you to a particular ship or line unless you request such info and then you'll get all the opinion you want.

Just check the morning post if you wish and I truly mean it that in no time you'll be part of our unique family. The support afforded me when my wife died unexpectedly as we all figured she had about four years left (cancer), I don't know what I would have done without this family and that is what it is........FAMILY!

Welcome aboard, Frank! :D

Thomas October 20th, 2012 06:05 PM

I still lurk occassionally but don't post as much as I use to.


Lucky Guy October 23rd, 2012 08:06 PM

I guess I am a newbie . My name is Guy . I live in New Jersey now but I have lived in California ,Texas and New York . I have recently retired and plan to do my first cruise in 2013 with my wife . We have been together nearly 48 years so I guess that makes us old fogeys .

I thought this place was all about cruises and traveling but I see people also discuss politics . Although I go back to when FDR was President I really have no desire to discuss politics ao maybe this is not the place for me . If I just ask cruise questions or talk about my travels will people be angry if I do not discuiss politics ?

Trip October 23rd, 2012 08:23 PM

Hi Guy,and welcome to CruiseMates. Just so you'll know, the Open Debate forum is relatively new,and, many of us have chosen not to partake in the discussions. First and formost, this is a cruise site, so dive in and share with us what you have planned, what ship, etc...anything we can do to help, just ask...

Lucky Guy October 23rd, 2012 08:37 PM

Thank you .I was about to say thank you sir but I thgink you are a woman .

We have traveled all over the world but never by boat . My wife leaves all the planning and research to me .

I am thinking of cruising to places we never went to . We live prtetty close to the cruiseport in NJ and not that far from NY so I think there are alot of options .
We currently have two children who also have never cruised and my thinking is to maybe do something with them.
If we go as a couple or two couples can we get adjoining cabins ?
Can we get a table of four in restaurants ?
For a first cruise is it better ro do a long or a short cruise ?

Also what are the things herte that say like ?

Sorry if I do not spell right as I cannot see that well

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