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#1
Indiana
13 Posts
Joined May 2012
I've been lurking for months. Our first cruise will be later this month on the Paradise. I've so enjoyed reading reviews and port of call experiences. Thank you for all that you've shared. I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I am Melissa and DH Eric and I will be taking our first trip away from our daughter since she was born 5 years ago!!!
#2
Chicago by way of Boston and NOLA
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Welcome to Cruise Critic!

Hope you have a great first cruise Melissa. Cruise Critic is a wonderful resource for obtaining information.

You might want to check out the Roll Call boards here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise. You will then be able to chat with others from Cruise Critic that will be on that same exact sailing with you.
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#3
Fredericksburg, va. USA
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Joined May 2001
My kids are named Melissa and Aric! Have a great trip! Don't fret about being apart from your child...she'll be fine, and you two will get to "reconnect"....it's a win-win for everyone!
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Welcome to CC and I hope you have a wonderful experience on your first cruise.

This place is amazing...the wealth of knowledge that everyone provides is awesome.
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Pittsburgh Pa.
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Welcome to cruise critic. Join your ships roll call before you do anything else. Ask tons of questions and our members will have an answer. Once you start cruising you will never stop.
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#7
ohio
13 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
welcome melissa!! This is also going to be our first cruise in December. I have read alittle every night and havent even scratched the surfure here on CC lol Have a great cruise and please posts pics and experiences!!
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Vancouver, BC
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Joined May 2012
Welcome to Cruise Critic. Here you will find lots of information from seasoned and well travelled cruisers.

Have fun on your upcoming cruise and we hope to hear from you regarding your cruise when you come back.
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Kansas
2,022 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Welcome to CC! I bet you're excited to have a nice romantic vacation!!!
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#11
Midwest USA
1,765 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Welcome aboard. Dont worry about your children they will be fine. Go eat, drink, and have a wonderful time on your criuse.
#12
New York
181 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
Hello Melissa! Welcome!

I'm a first time cruiser as well - this coming August.

While it will be weird at first to go on vacation without your daughter, you will see that it will be a wonderful time for you guys to be a couple again. Then before you know it - Three's Company again!
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#14
Church Point AKA Cajun Country
10,747 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by LivsMom2006
I've been lurking for months. Our first cruise will be later this month on the Paradise. I've so enjoyed reading reviews and port of call experiences. Thank you for all that you've shared. I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I am Melissa and DH Eric and I will be taking our first trip away from our daughter since she was born 5 years ago!!!
Welcome to Cruise Critic. So, how was our cruise?
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Rosemarie
#15
NH USA
578 Posts
Joined May 2012
Hi Melissa,

Welcome! Newbie cruiser and CC member here, too.

Cruise Critic is a fantastic site. The info here helped me to take the plunge. Signed up for 2 cruises!
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#16
Tampa Bay, Florida
9,733 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Originally posted by LivsMom2006
I've been lurking for months. Our first cruise will be later this month on the Paradise. I've so enjoyed reading reviews and port of call experiences. Thank you for all that you've shared. I just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I am Melissa and DH Eric and I will be taking our first trip away from our daughter since she was born 5 years ago!!!


Hello fellow Hoosier. Our first cruise was out of Tampa too. We sailed the Legend in 2010 and the Inspiration for our honeymoon last Oct. We loved the layout and size of the Fantasy class ship, it was so easy to find our way around. The Paradise is a Fantasy class ship as well. It will be a perfect size for a first cruiser. Also, the port of Tampa is very organized.

Wishing you great weather and smooth sailing.


Cari in Anderson.


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