Chris Harms (a.k.a. Cruiserccl) is starting high school next week, but he's no freshman when it comes to cruising -- he's been on eight cruises to date and is now such a fan of taking to the sea that his entire bedroom is decorated with cruise ship memorabilia. But beyond that, you may know Chris by way of his pal Bennie, a Beanie Baby who's a bit of a celebrity on the Royal Caribbean forum. Since March 2008, Bennie has been traveling from ship to ship -- each time with a different Cruise Critic member. Chris founded and runs the popular program via Bennie's very own Web site, wheresbennie.com, where you can read about his travels on various ships on various itineraries.
So how can you take Bennie on a cruise ... and when will he be making his debut aboard Oasis of the Seas (after all, the bear's booked solid well into 2009)? What's Bennie's biggest achievement to date: Dinner with the captain, a parasailing excursion or something far more exciting? Has Bennie ever "missed the boat"?
We've finagled some time with Chris, who's taking a time out from his busy social calendar of back-to-school shopping and end-of-summer parties to answer all of your questions in this special Q&A -- exclusive to Cruise Critic! He'll also be able to talk about cruising from his own unique perspective, discussing how cruise lines can make the cruise experience even better for kids and teens -- and what it is about Oasis of the Seas in particular (from the Boardwalk to areas well beyond) that could make it the holy grail of family vacations.
Bennie (and Chris) might also venture a few guesses as to what's going to be revealed about Oasis of the Seas during the event, and would certainly love to hear yours!
Post your questions below; Chris will answer as many as possible from 6:30 until 7 p.m. EDT on August 26 -- but feel free to post questions beforehand. Our Q&A will be available to read all through the week.
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