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Old March 2nd, 2017, 05:40 PM
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I just had a nice phone conversation with a friend that I met on Cruisemates.
We have seen each other in person talked on the phone and have sent emails back and forth.
There are other friends in the USA and Canada that I would not have met if the CM website hade not existed.


So once again I say ''thanks for the memories''.


It won't be quite the same in future but it was a very positive place while it lasted.


Thank you to all the people who made this site possible.


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I agree with you Manuel,
Lots of great memories through the years. I was able to make a few Cruisemates group cruises, met so many great people as well. I will truly miss this place....nothing quite like it.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 06:29 PM
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Manuel, indeed it was......I noticed today, I have made over 20,000 posts..reread messages I had with a man from Portugal, who needed help with a cruise he was on, and was glad to do it...conversed with a survivor of the Concordia wreck, and found out firsthand how he survived..we had a great fun run......thanks for the memories.
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I will treasure my good times here and attempt to forget the bad
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 08:25 PM
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As Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories!"

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Old March 2nd, 2017, 08:45 PM
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I will treasure my good times here and attempt to forget the bad

That is the way to do it. But for me there were no bad moments. I read a few posts that I did not agree with the ideas expressed but I understand people's right to their opinions.

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Manuel, very nicely expressed thoughts.

Having been here since before the site opened to the public, and watching and being a part of its growth, and I feel blessed to have enjoyed all it for more than 15 years.

I got to write, and review ships, and host many group cruises, but the most delightful part was the hundreds and hundreds of people I got to physically meet. For many trips we had a lot of the same people joining on many of the group cruises. We used to have very well attended get togethers in Florida, including people who weren't even cruising with us. We even had a fairly significant group of Cruisemates who honored us when they came to Canada to attend my son's Bar Mitzvah.

I retired from CruiseMates two years ago, as I saw the site slipping, and because I also retired from cruising. However I've always enjoyed coming back every once in awhile to catch up on those remaining.

Of course, I'm sad to see the site go, And there's many who I wished I'd met, but never got to. You would be one of them.

I wish those who were a part of the CruiseMates family well, and I'll go back to being retired and enjoying the six or so weeks of snowbirding I have left.
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Old March 3rd, 2017, 08:53 AM
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The impending demise of Cruisemates is sad. I never met any of you in person. although I met Trip's daughter while on vacation in North Carolina. I will be meeting up with Rollerdonna and her spouse on our next cruise. Cruisemates was my first encounter with the world of cruising and it really helped because I got many tips and advice so I didn't enter the world of cruising blindly. I have some of you as friends on Facebook, just look for Douglas Roberts.

I will miss this place and look forward to seeing some of you on Facebook.

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Manuel, well said! We will always have our memories.

I first joined CruiseMates to keep up with the "exploits" of my long-time friend, Rollerdonna, and soon became interested in all of the stories posted, I've never posted much myself, but I check the posts almost every day. Wayne and I managed to meet several of you, at one of Ray's Florida dinners, and on a CruiseMates cruise to Hawaii about 6 years ago. Ray also arranged for us to meet Manuel and his lovely wife the first time we spent a couple of days with Ray. And as for Ray - you have become a very dear friend to us! My life has become richer because of meeting you all, whether in person or through your posts.

If any of you would like to say hello or stop for a visit on your way through the area, you can find me as Donna Lynne on Facebook, or send me a PM for my email address.

I wish you all smooth seas and fair sailings!
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So what have I missed here??
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johnthed0g, Cruisemates is shutting down, sometime this month. We're all just taking the chance to say goodbye, and hope to see you all elsewhere, cruising, or at Cruise Talk Café, or on facebook.

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Yes thanks for the memories.
I've now become FB friends with a few of you so that makes me happy.
I've cruised with 3 CM's and wished it could have been more.
Thanks for all the happy times , may you be blessed with happiness and many more cruises.

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I will certainly miss the site and the memories from the 10 years I have been a 'Mate.......and just when I was thinking I could make Admiral this year. So many great people here and I always felt that I was part of a big family.
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