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Old February 23rd, 2014, 04:46 PM
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Default Greetings from Host Jazzbeau

I want to introduce myself as the new host of the River Cruise forums.

I have been an active participant on a number of Cruise Critic forums. As you can tell from my signature DW and I have been cruising a lot in the last few years, since I retired from a job as a higher ed administrator. Most of our cruises have been ocean but we enjoyed our first river cruise so much that we immediately planned another, and we have several more on the wish list for future years.

I found Cruise Critic an invaluable help in planning many of these cruises, especially the river cruise. The advice of so many knowledgeable cruisers helped us pick the cruise line, choose an itinerary, and figure out which of the excursion options to select. Because of this great advice, all those decisions worked out really well and I’m very grateful to Cruise Critic and the CC community.

The one area that I felt needed some help is the organization of the River Cruise area. I know that several approaches have been tried and that there is a downside to each. But I suggested a way that the existing arrangement could be made to work better, and since no good deed goes unpunished it was suggested that maybe I would like to become a host and handle it!

I will explain more about that in a separate thread, because I want to solicit your opinions before implementing anything.

So I’ll sign off for now, except to say that I can be reached at this Cruise Critic email address:
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 05:04 PM
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Thank you and good luck. It is something that has been needed for sometime.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 05:32 PM
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 05:34 PM
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I'll second that thank you and good luck. Hope we can help you get things organized.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 05:51 PM
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Thank you for volunteering to host this River Cruise area of CC. If there is any way we can help you please let us know.
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Old February 23rd, 2014, 08:19 PM
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Glad to hear you are up to getting things organized, and i am willing to help in whatever capacity.

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Old February 23rd, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Old February 24th, 2014, 05:57 AM
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Thank for taking this on as there seems to be a bit of a cause at the moment. I don't have a problem, maybe because I am a bit of an archivist so am used to doing research, I find you can always discover little snippets of useful information in the most unlikely of places, mind you it can be distracting. Good Luck EJK
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Old February 24th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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Organization my be good sometimes but don't ruin a good thing. I feel there is nothing wrong with this forum.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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Good luck with this Jazzbeau...can't wait to see what you've come up with and of course, anytime you need an opinion......
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Old February 24th, 2014, 11:04 AM
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Congrats on your new appointment! The river cruise forum, ports of call etc. definitely need some improved organization! As river cruising is apparently increasing in popularity, I expect the river cruise forums will start to have an escalation in number of threads, posts and users.
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Old February 24th, 2014, 02:28 PM
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Congrats!!! And thanks for taking on such a big job...


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Old February 24th, 2014, 03:43 PM
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Congratulations on your new assignment!!!!

I agree that the River Cruise segment of CC will be growing as more and more people take RCs and realize they can learn and share SO much here!!!! You are SO correct about improvement being needed and admire you for "sticking your neck out" and helping!!!

Good Luck and I wish you much cooperation from everyone!!!!
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Old February 25th, 2014, 01:54 PM
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Thank you...

I am sure that you will get lots of "suggestions".... But, good (I think....) that so many always have an opinion...


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Old March 8th, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Yeah!!!!!

Glad at least a look at the River Cruise Forum(s) are being contemplated.

Now if you could just get those posters (especially some newbies) that post a question/comment and never return - to follow-up, that would be great too!!! - tongue planted firmly in cheek here -

As an new river cruiser (with more planned) I look forward to seeing what ideas / thoughts are considered.

Thanks for taking this on......
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Old May 18th, 2014, 11:31 AM
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Just curious...... Did anything get going with regards to the River Cruise Forums?
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The biggest change I've seen is that lots of miscellaneous posts are being moved to their proper places from the "Ports" section. I think the rest is still a work in progress. Lots of discussion about making a separate heading for Viking posts as there are always so many to weed through !!
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Old May 18th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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The biggest change I've seen is that lots of miscellaneous posts are being moved to their proper places from the "Ports" section. I think the rest is still a work in progress. Lots of discussion about making a separate heading for Viking posts as there are always so many to weed through !!
Ah thanks for the update.... Admittedly I have not been on the River Cruise thread much recently as I'm concentrating on our upcoming Med. Cruise, but will be back in full swing after that.

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I'm back from my recent cruise and will now turn my attention to making some proposals. Please note that because of serious criticism to the last attempt to reorganize the river areas (before I became a Host), I expect that the admins will want to think long and hard before making any permanent changes.

If I understand it correctly, that previous reorganization split the river boards up by line. The problem was there was no place to post general questions, and many lines have so few Cruise Critic posters that they were dead areas (much like the non-Europe port forums when I took over).

A simple split between Viking and All Other might make more sense, but I can foresee lots of complaints about this. So I'm leaning toward something that we can do without getting the IT department to reprogram the site [so that I can take it apart later if it turns out to be a mistake ]
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