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Cruisemates.com No More! Why Do Message Boards Attract & Foster Vermin?

A while back I started The Gold Standard Luxury Travel Forum as “This is the place to have intelligent discussion and discourse about cruising, travel or just about anything related to having great experiences.”  It has a great deal of information and, to be sure, has been a place for “intelligent discussion and discourse”. A few

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Message Boards – Do They Reflect The Cruise Experience Being Discussed

One concern I frequently encounter, and a commenter on this blog mentioned again yesterday, is that some message boards reflect a certain personality and people wonder if the board’s posters are a reflection of passengers on board.  My answer is emphatically:  NO.  There is a very interesting dynamic.  Taking any cruise line, message board posters (those

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Perspectives on Travel Agents – “Only The Best Are Likely To Survive”

Last night I received a most unusual, and welcome, email from CruiseMates.com; a website that I visit once in a great while. It is more of an information hub than a message board community (which also has information but mostly from its members) such as CruiseCritic.com. The CruiseMates email was entitled, “Thank Your Travel Agent”.

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