Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Chit - Chat for Cruisers
Register Forgot Password?

Chit - Chat for Cruisers Open Forum for non-cruise posts. Please refrain from inflammatory rhetoric that could be considered offensive. We reserve the right to edit or delete for any reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 03:49 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 11,010
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default All Visitors - Please Read Feb-2017. CruiseMates closing

CruiseMates will be ending its service at the end of March or sooner (we do not have a set date yet).

You will soon be redirected to Fodor's, the very highly respected cruise and travel site, instead.

We at CruiseMates wish to thank all of the regulars, and not so often visitors alike, who contributed to the CruiseMates community over the last 18 years. It was a great run.

I also want to personally thank my staff, acknowledge Anne Campbell, the cruise editor for the first seven years, and also thank all of the other writers who contributed over the years.

The community leaders; Trip, Donna, Mike, Pete and Roy - thanks to you, and also a big thanks to all the past moderators through the years. None of this would have been the same without you!

All my best -

Paul Motter - editor
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 04:15 PM
Moiraine's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: on my computer
Posts: 5,395
Default

I'm going to miss this place.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 04:19 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 27,174
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default

Me too
__________________

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 05:03 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Posts: 2,166
Default

Will definitely miss the exchange of information from many great people and the camaraderie with those who shared a wonderful common bond.

Pete
__________________
Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/15 yrs exp and 50 Cruises on 12 different cruise lines in many parts of the world! VIETNAM VETERAN OWNED & OPERATED. Certified Accessible Travel Advocate. Specializing in unsurpassed personal service to insure you have a hassle-free vacation!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 05:13 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,313
Default

All good things must come to an end.

It was a great run and I'll not regret the seventeen years I was part of the site. I met so many great people, both in person and virtually and they have enhanced my life.

You can continue on Fodor's but I'm not sure what the rules are and I think there will be less interpersonal communication but I encourage all to give it a try.

I hope Internet Brands gives it more attention and deals with things better than they did with Cruisemates.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 06:16 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 20,329
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

It was a great ride, in its heyday.....my thanks to everyone who made this a friendly cruise haven....
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old February 24th, 2017, 08:17 PM
Fern's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 5,557
Default

I've enjoyed this site for a long time and I'm sad to see it go, but, hopefully, I'll see y'all on FB? I hope you'll Friend me there.
Thanks to Mike, Trip, Donna, and all the other's who've kept thing's going !
__________________
Fern
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Carnival Inspiration2002CarnivalElation&
GrandPrincess2004NCLSun2005
SunPrincess2006NCLDream&
CaribbeanPrincess2007NCLDawn&
IslandPrincess2008IslandPrincess&
GoldenPrincess2009CarnivalConquest&
GrandPrincess2010IslandPrincess&
GrandPrincess2011CarnivalMagic&
CarnivalDream2012IslandPrincess&
CarnivalMagic2013CarnivalLegend2014&
CarnivalMagic&CoralPrincess2015
CarnivalLiberty&CaribbeanPrincess2016
EmeraldPrincess2017
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old February 25th, 2017, 12:27 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 21,433
Default

I too have gotten to know some nice people. I will not dwell on the negatives I have had on CM.

I realize that message boards cannot go on forever but I want to illustrate that a board I have been posting on since 1999 had financial problems 10 years ago and in order to continue asked members to donate $25 each which would entitle them to lifetime posting with no maximum number of posts.Those not interested in doing this were limited to a maximum of 2 posts per day.
This is a nostalgia board not a cruise board but it still exists today and is going strong.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old February 26th, 2017, 08:30 AM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 17,378
Default

I am sorry to hear this, Cruisemates has been a wonderful place to visit daily for the past 10 or more years for me. Thanks to all who made it a welcoming, friendly, helpful place, and those who taught me everything I know about how to use a computer!
I will miss writing and sharing my cruise reviews and photos with you all.
Hopefully we can all keep in touch on facebook? Maybe we should make a CruiseMates page!

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old February 26th, 2017, 12:13 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,492
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default

Well, a sad turn of events, but not really unexpected. When I resigned two years ago, I could sort of see the writing on the wall.

I truly loved my time working for Cruisemates. It enabled me to meet hundreds of great people, and cruise, and share with so many different and interesting people...and make some life long friends.

Unfortunately the site did not keep up with technological advances and changes with social media etc. Cruiselines jumped into the world of the Internet with their own sites, blogs, and social media department, while CM remained pretty stagnant. Anyone remember My Space?

And we members share the blame in the demise, as cruise questions went unanswered and cruise discussion faltered. CM grew and became successful as an affinity group. Over time the basis for that affinity got a bit lost in the shuffle.

At any rate, it was a great run, and I hope everyone stays well.
__________________
Kuki
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old February 26th, 2017, 07:17 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 21,433
Default

After I was banned by Kuki and advised that I could not post for one year I received 16 e-mails/PM's from CM regulars who said they felt it was unfair and would no longer post on CM.Although I urged them not to do that most of them stopped posting . When I returned 16 months later at the urging of Manny the people who left were angry because they felt I should not have come back.
I am not sorry that I came back .
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old February 26th, 2017, 08:19 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,522
Default

Please CM's come over and join us at Laura's site.http://cruisetalkcafe.forumer.com/
It's a nice little place that we can stay together in.
http://cruisetalkcafe.forumer.com/
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old February 27th, 2017, 07:23 AM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 20,329
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default I

I think a chorus of Let it Go, should be played now LF...
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old February 27th, 2017, 11:54 AM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,313
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trip View Post
I think a chorus of Let it Go, should be played now LF...
I echo that.

I guess I still have to be nice.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old February 27th, 2017, 09:25 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
Posts: 23,420
Default

I am sad, but I will always remember many wonderful posts that so many of you posted.


When times were fun and when times were difficult you were there for me.


Thank you very much.


TM
__________________
CRUISES
Century 4/1998
Mercury 4/2000+4/2006+7/2007
Sensation 4/2002
Infinity 4/2003
Summit 4/2004+4/2005
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Solstice 4/2009
Oasis 4/2010+4/13/2013
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Equinox 4/11/2011+4/4/2016
Independence 12/29/13
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Freedom OTS 3/6/16
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old February 27th, 2017, 11:31 PM
storybookcruises.com's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Posts: 2,166
Default

Could try Cruise Line Fans.

Pete
__________________
Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/15 yrs exp and 50 Cruises on 12 different cruise lines in many parts of the world! VIETNAM VETERAN OWNED & OPERATED. Certified Accessible Travel Advocate. Specializing in unsurpassed personal service to insure you have a hassle-free vacation!
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 05:57 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,675
Default

I agree about Kuki never that pleasant to me...
__________________
Some answer questions...I also question answers
JTD 2010
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old March 3rd, 2017, 06:03 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,675
Default Sorry to see it go...

I found this group very good but since i started on Facebook I didn't visit as much, maybe I should have. I keep in touch with Ray & Mike there. My group is mostly UK based but has a good international membership with a lot of Americans including one admin. So if anyone wants to keep in touch....
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cruiseloversgroup/
__________________
Some answer questions...I also question answers
JTD 2010
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old March 6th, 2017, 12:50 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,518
Send a message via Yahoo to Luanne Russo
Default

Thank you everyone. You taught me so much.


Love,


Luanne
__________________
Ecstasy 2005
Conquest 2005
Elation 2005
Conquest 2006
Conquest 2007
Ecstasy 2008
Valor B2B 2008

Conquest Virtual Cruise Topic Link
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old April 3rd, 2017, 01:21 AM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 84
Default

I too am sad to see this site go, but understand it is probably not feasible to keep it going. While I rarely post, I do lurk and value many opinions here, plus I refer my friends to this site. I am not active enough on this site to have developed relationships with folks that share the same 'other' sites, but if you could share with me sites I can sign up with, I would love that. I found one that someone posted and signed up for that, but if you have Facebook sites, please send me a private message so that I may ask the person(s) that can add me as a member. I am glad to private msg you my info so you know I'm not a robot or a troll. Lastly, I want to thank those at Cruisemates who have done the hard work over the years! I have truly enjoyed it and learned a lot, and I will really miss it! Michelle
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old April 30th, 2017, 01:25 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Carrollton, TX
Posts: 453
Default

This site is still running.
What happened?
__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
All Visitors - Please Read Feb-2017. CruiseMates closing Paul Motter Seeking Cruise Companion 13 June 7th, 2017 04:07 AM
Alaska locals/recent visitors please advise Phil&Liz Shore Excursions 0 June 8th, 2008 07:52 PM
Alaska locals/recent visitors please advise Phil&Liz Carnival Cruise Lines 0 June 8th, 2008 07:50 PM
Hello to All visitors CherrryGostS Chit - Chat for Cruisers 2 September 18th, 2006 05:04 PM
ReaD Read Read!!!....READ Vic Teen Cruisers 3 January 27th, 2004 09:44 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:27 PM.
design by: Themes by Design



Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1