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Cruise critic username: 2heartsare1
From: Northern California
Pre cruise: Arriving early to spend a couple of days with brother and sisterinlaw, permanent residents of Andalusia area.
Post cruise: We plan to be home for Christmas.
Excursions: Cairo etc with JollyG and all
Email: [click to send email]
About: Traveling with three others--not cruise critic members but definitely experienced cruise travelers. We love to cruise but also love more rugged travel. I am a retired elementary school teacher and my husband a semi-retired EMT and medical volunteer in Third World Countries. Looking forward to meeting you and you and you AND being able to say thank you to Greg for managing our overnight in Cairo.

Marian - Dianne - Paul
Cruise critic username: Minuteman III
From: Omaha
Excursions: Meet & Greet Party; Private Ephesus Tour; Greg's Cairo/Alexandria Day Tour
Number of cruises: 5
Age: 50's & 20
About: We are into Family, God and Golf big time. This will be our 6th Cruise and the vacation of a life time.

Alan and Rachelle
Cruise critic username: ragatan
From: Johannesburg South Africa
Cabin: 11622
Pre cruise: 12/12/10
Post cruise: Barcelona one night and then to London
Excursions: Egypt overnight
Number of cruises: 7
Age: 55;54
Email: [click to send email]
About: Love travelling, music, reading, mosaic, business

Andy & Kristi
Cruise critic username: AK Smokehaus
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Cabin: TBD
Pre cruise: 12-12-2010 -- no plans
Post cruise: 12-24-2010 -- no plans
Excursions: right now thru NCL -- might consider other options
Number of cruises: 1
Age: 52-50
Email: [click to send email]
About: This is our second cruise, first was a Caribian out of Galveston on Royal Caribian.
Looking forward to the sights.

Angela - Tom -Jessica - Amanda
Cruise critic username: GeorgiaChick
From: Atlanta
Pre cruise: 12/10
Post cruise: leaving on the 25th
Excursions: Planning an excursion for each port
Number of cruises: 9
Age: Angela/Tom - late thirties/early 40s (HA! Tom is in the latter category, Jessica- 12, less than a month away from 13 on the cruise, Amanda 4
Email: [click to send email]
About: We are originally from DC, moved to Atlanta about 12 years ago. We have been going on annual Disney cruises for the past 6-7 years, so I will likely be looking for Disney characters roaming the hallways. ( :
Tom is interested in playing tennis on board if he can find anyone willing! I would love to find Jessica and Amanda friends to play with on board. We are traveling with my dad and his wife. I am really looking forward to this trip!

Brenda & Katie
Cruise critic username: Us

Caryn, Brandon and Jay
Cruise critic username: busterc3
From: Boca Raton, Florida
Pre cruise: Dec 11 Le Meridien Barcelona
Post cruise: Dec 24 home
Excursions: Rome small cruise critic group, Ephesus private tour, Cairo private overnight tour
Number of cruises: 10+
Age: 50's, 21
Email: [click to send email]
About: We love to travel. We have traveled throughout the world. We are very dedicated to our four legged baby girl, Belle - I wish she was therapy certified - we take her most everywhere. Jay is a semi retired dentist who loves to read, Brandon is a college student who is very into music and computers and I am a part time CPA who loves to shop, any type. I think we have been in supermarkets in every country we've been to.

Chris and Sharon
Cruise critic username: Chrissy_f
From: MA and FL
Pre cruise: Barcelona for a couple of days
Post cruise: home
Excursions: Overnight Cairo, NCL tours in Athens and Turkey
Number of cruises: 10ish
Age: 35 and 69
Email: [click to send email]
About: I current work in Human Resources in Boston and my mom is a retired school teacher living in Orlando and is also a part time cast member at Animal Kingdom. My mom and I love to travel together. We've been to New Zealand, China, Costa Rica and many cruises most recently to the Galapagos. I'm really looking forward to Egypt but haven't visited any of the stops on this cruise so every port will be a new experience!

David & Kelly (Dkkai)
Cruise critic username: Dkkai
From: Las Vegas (Now live in Bristow, VA)
Excursions: Greg's Cairo & Dkkai's Izmir group
Number of cruises: 4
Email: [click to send email]
About: Dkkai - aka - David and Kelly Bowers.
David and I are in our early fifties, we both originate from Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently we call Northern Virginia home. David spent 20 plus years serving in the U. S. Navy, I spent 20 plus years following along with our three daughters. During David’s naval career we had the opportunity to live in Texas, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Florida and Japan. While in Japan (12 years) we traveled all over Asia loving every minute. David works in the defense industry supporting naval weapon systems and teaches a few university classes for fun. I teach school, and spend my extra time planning how to retire, until then we have found that cruising is always a welcome vacation. We have recently developed a new hobby. We are learning to dance. Presently we are crummy dancers but we hope to change that someday:)

Gil and Fernanda
Cruise critic username: gilmaia
From: Curitiba - Brazil
Cabin: 9502
Pre cruise: 12/07 on Apartamets Casp 74
Post cruise: 01/02 direct to the airport
Excursions: Cairo overnight tour w/ Greg
Number of cruises: 1
Age: 31 and 28
Email: [click to send email]

Greg, Allison, Shane and Lauren
Cruise critic username: gfpike
From: Westmont
Cabin: 14506
Pre cruise: December 11, 2010. Hotel Condado.
Post cruise: Heading to Zurich for XMAS after the cruise!
Excursions: So far, only the Vatican.
Number of cruises: 8
Age: 44,42,10,6
Email: [click to send email]

Greg, Janel, Chayce, Nicole, Brayden, Holly
Cruise critic username: Jollyg
From: Rigby, Idaho
Cabin: 11518
Pre cruise: Dec. 11 staying at the Fira Palace hotel
Post cruise: We'll be touring Paris, Budapest and London before going home.
Excursions: We're taking an excursion at each port, but really looking forward to Cairo.
Number of cruises: 4
Age: Kids ages Chayce (15) Nicole (10), Brayden (6), Holly (4)
Email: [click to send email]
About: My wife works as a registered nurse and I own and operate my own computer business.
My wife enjoys scrap booking and watching her younger brother play football for the Oregon Ducks.
I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic and enjoy flying when I get the chance.
Our son Chayce enjoys sports, but especially enjoys karate. He recently received his 3rd degree black belt.
Nicole loves to dance and both she and Chayce are learning to play the piano.
Brayden is full of energy and loves to play with friends.
Holly is 4, but thinks she's 10 and wants to do everything her older brothers and sisters do. She's been very excited because she started preschool this year.

Ian Lara Jenny

Jackie & Maggie & Nicole (Batigoal)
Cruise critic username: Batigoal
From: Vancouver BC ,Canada
Cabin: 8552
Pre cruise: Dec. 11, 2010
Excursions: Greg's Cairo Overnight and still looking for others
Number of cruises: 1
Age: 33 & 33 & 3
Email: [click to send email]
About: Hi we are couple with a 3 yr old girl from Vancouver Canada. Can't wait more for the Party time on NCL. This is the 2nd cruise for me and Maggie but the definitily the fist try for our 3 ys old Nicole. Sure we will have great fun with all of you around.

James, Nealofier, Rachel
Cruise critic username: LMHC
From: Pensacola, FL
Excursions: Cairo with Jolly G and a few on our own
Number of cruises: 6
Age: 40's for the adults and Rachel is 10 years old
Email: [click to send email]
About: James and Nealofier are both counselors. We enjoy travelling, church and family time. Rachel plays piano and is a competitive gymnast. We are looking forward to meeting everyone.

Jerry and Alison Kaplan
Cruise critic username: designers0
From: Santa Fe, NM
Pre cruise: Dec. 10th, 2010/Hotel H10 Marina
Post cruise: Dec.245h, one nite in Hotel H10 Marina
Excursions: overnite Cairo
Number of cruises: 10
Age: 62 and 67
Email: [click to send email]
About: travelling, hiking, guitar, golf

Jim & Norita Nickerson
Cruise critic username: GoHuskies!
From: Green Valley, Arizona--it's a dry heat!
Cabin: 9614
Pre cruise: 2 nights in Barcelona, hotel TBD
Post cruise: Straight home Christmas eve!
Excursions: Cairo so far with Greg and you all; will arrange others too
Number of cruises: 5 previous, 4 on NCL
Age: I'm 73 and Norita is 71
Email: [click to send email]
About: Norita retired as secretary/admin assistant at our church, and for the last nine years has volunteered as a reading tutor in 3rd grade public schools. She’s a reader of biographies and a Sandra Day O’Connor fan. Maggie, our collie, is AKC registered as a therapy dog and Norita takes her to visit several retirement and assisted living communities twice a month. Jim retired from computer management and project management, beginning with IBM in 1966, and still does occasional consulting. Jim holds a commercial pilot’s license and is a CFI. He’s also a professional musician, playing trombone with numerous groups in southern Arizona, big bands, dance groups, semiclassical, jazz and Dixieland, and played with a cruise ship band. They owned and managed a horse boarding stable for some time and enjoyed riding their horses through forest trails in western Washington. Quite a bit of fine furniture (and occasional toys) come out of Jim’s shop. Jim is a student of wartime history; the more he reads, the less he knows for sure.

Jim and Brenda
Cruise critic username: Portside27 and PortsideToo
From: Chicago, IL
Cabin: 10000
Pre cruise: 12/11. Airport Rennaisance
Post cruise: 12/25. Airport Rennaisance
Excursions: Private Cairo Tour; Ephesus with Dkkai; Rome on our Own; Athens with Ruthinbc and Paul
Number of cruises: About 6
Age: Pre-Retirement
Email: [click to send email]
Homepage: http://www.dailykos.com/user/LeftOfYou
About: Jim reads a lot of history with considerable focus on the ancient world of the Mediterranean, cruised these same waters from the bridge of a destroyer in the 1970's and is anxious to return.
Brenda is very enthusiastic about the trip. Her interests include dance, music, gardening and hand work, like knitting and crochet.
We are attorneys representing federal agencies in Chicago.

John, Maggie, Danny, Sarah
Cruise critic username: Magsi
From: Miami
Cabin: 10146
Pre cruise: December 12, 2010
Post cruise: December 24, 2010
Number of cruises: 2
Age: 55, 55, 24, 23
Email: [click to send email]
About: Dear Cruise Friends,
John, Danny, Sarah and I are super excited to meet you on board!
Until then, safe travels,

Karen and Melissa
Cruise critic username: Luv2travel44
From: Karen - Covington, Louisiana, Melissa - St. Amant, Louisiana. Originally from New Orleans.
Cabin: 9594
Pre cruise: Arriving 12/10/2010 for two nights in Barcelona. We should have more information about our hotel and flight times soon!
Post cruise: We will be flying back after the cruise on Christmas Eve :-(
Excursions: The Cairo tour wiht Jolly G is the only one we have planned so far. Time to get on the ball!
Number of cruises: My mom, Karen, has been on at least six, this will be my 3rd.
Age: Karen - 65, Melissa - 44
Email: [click to send email]
About: My mom is a hospice social worker, and I am a disability rights attorney for an advocacy group. My mom is semi-retired, giving her some extra time to do her favorite thing - travel! She and I try to get away at least once a year for a trip together, and our trips (happily) seem to be getting much more frequent :-). We just got back this summer from a trip to Cancun, and have our next trip planned for Cozumel in June. We used to own a restaurant, and we still love to cook (and eat :-) in our spare time. This is my first European adventure, and we are both VERY excited. Going to Egypt in particular has been a long time dream for both of us, so we are so excited about the wonderful tour Jolly G put together. We are looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great time on the Cruise!!

Keith - Ginny (Virginia)
Cruise critic username: cruisin2x2
From: FL
Pre cruise: 12/10/10
Post cruise: 12/24/10 ship direct to airport
Excursions: Cairo&Athens w/Greg;Turkey w/Paul;Spain w/Caryn
Number of cruises: 22
Age: mid 50's
Email: [click to send email]
About: Love to cruise,fish,read,live and enjoy life. We have a TT we love to camp in with friends and family. Enjoy making new friends and traveling.We have twin sons & 7 grandkids (2 girls,5 boys) ranging from 1 yr to 14 yrs old. Family is very important to us.

Linda and Gerry
Cruise critic username: Sablehrt
From: Abbotsford, BC, Canada
Cabin: 9170
Pre cruise: Dec 2; Montblanc Hotel (taking the Canary Island leg prior to the Dec 12 departure)
Post cruise: Dec 24 - Flight home
Excursions: Excursion at every port, through NCL
Number of cruises: 6
Age: 60 and 56
Email: [click to send email]
Homepage: http://users.uniserve.com/~gborden/welcome.htm
About: Gerry:
Sings with and directs a barbershop harmony chorus
Involved in the leadership of the Barbershop Harmony Society on a local, district and international level - committees, trainer, leader
Work as an event planner and volunteer coordinator for Parks Canada at Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
Enjoy playing games on my computer and Wii
Interested in travel and history
Listen to travel podcasts
Works as a senior purchaser for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (MetroVancouver)
Serves on three community boards (Friends of Fort Langley, Langley Animal Protection Society, Fraser Valley Humane Society)
Enjoy meeting new friends, visiting new places, experiencing good food, wine, wildlife, culture, architecture and scenery

Lisa & Bob
Cruise critic username: CruisingBum
From: McDonough, GA
Pre cruise: December 11, 2010 - Airport Radisson
Post cruise: December 26, 2010 - Somewhere in Barcelona!
Excursions: Cairo Overnight
Number of cruises: 3
Age: 40s
Email: [click to send email]
About: Parents to five furry children - 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Interested in photography, hiking, biking, or just about anything else outdoors.

Liz, Larry, Ethan, & Alexis
Cruise critic username: Old Sole
From: Winter Springs, FL (Liz & Larry), Anderson/Carmel, IN (Ethan & Alexis)
Pre cruise: arriving Dec 10 for 2 nights pre-cruise in Barcelona
Post cruise: back home right after the Dec 12-24 portion of the cruise
Excursions: Joining jollyg's fabulous overnight tour in Egypt, private tours for the rest
Number of cruises: This will be the 14th for Liz & Larry and the 3rd for Ethan & Alexis
Age: mid 60's, 13 & 11
Email: [click to send email]
About: Liz enjoys crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, and other artsy pursuits - and spoiling grandchildren. Larry is a retired chemist & dept head from the consumer products group at Dow, and is now the family travel agent & chief putz'er around the house.
Ethan & Alexis are the greatest kids on the face of the planet :)) Both are math whizes, Ethan is sometimes 13 and sometimes 40, curious about just about everything about the world. Alexis is active in volleyball and is learning the piano.

Merry and Jim
Cruise critic username: MerryC
From: Oklahoma City
Cabin: 9602
Pre cruise: 12-10-2010 Advance Hotel
Post cruise: 12-24-2010 fly to USA
Excursions: Greg's Overnight in Cairo and Nile Dinner Cruise,Rome with Ruth,Turkey with Dave
Number of cruises: 15 approximately
Age: 74-84
Email: [click to send email]
About: Jim and I are brother and sister in law. We lost our spouses and my sister last year. This is a trip that the four of us planned to take, but sadly, things happen to change that.
We are looking for tours in each port, because we don't want to miss anything. This will probably be the only Med. trip we take, so we are excited about seeing all the historic sights. Jim retired this year after being in the Newspaper business.
He was the Editor and owner of a weekly newspaper. His wife(my sister) was assistant editor. He was in the Navy in WWII and is a Civil War buff. I am a retired teacher but have been called back to substitute for teaching children of all ages in mental hospitals and the county jail. My husband was a high school, college and pro football coach, so we lived in Southern California, Palm Springs, Seattle, Corvallis, Oregon,Salt Lake City, Alamogordo,New Mexico and Calgary Alberta Canada. My hobby is travel. I have been on cruises to the caribbean, Mexican riviera, Hawaii,and Panama area. We stayed extensively in London, Paris, Scotland, Ireland and Mexico.

Orlando & Carmen
Cruise critic username: wdiamond
From: Puerto Rico
Cabin: 10648
Pre cruise: Friday, November 10th, Hotel close to Las Ramblas
Post cruise: Depart to Puerto Rico as soon as ship docks
Excursions: Cairo through NCL, Greece and Turkey, awaiting Malta
Number of cruises: Cruising since 1998...two per year, approximately 18-20 (lost count)
Age: 53, 52
Email: [click to send email]
About: Love cruising!!! This is our first european cruise...very excited...just booked cruise a few weeks ago. First cruise in 1998, haven't stopped since... done quite a few caribbean cruises from both San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, Fl, Alaska cruise...so far my favorite. We have three great kids (adults) and no grandkids yet. Still looking for Rome excursion...
Looking forward to meeting you all!!!

Paula & George
Cruise critic username: pauladolla
From: Orlando
Cabin: 9012
Pre cruise: Dec 9
Post cruise: Dec 24
Number of cruises: 10+
Age: 60's
Email: [click to send email]
About: We both golf and love traveling especially cruising. George likes the casino and we'll be at the crap table in the evening.

Randi and Margaret
Cruise critic username: misskitty123
From: Orlando
Pre cruise: 12/10/2010 - 2 Days in Barcelona Hotel TBD
Post cruise: Depart 12/24
Excursions: Private tours in Rome and Ephesus, Cruise Critic Tour in Cario, Ships Tour in Athens, Malta TBD
Number of cruises: 7
Email: [click to send email]
About: My mother and I love to travel and are frequent cruises. This is our 7th cruise and our second on NCL (last year we did a Baltic Cruise on the Jewel) and had a blast. We are very much looking forward to exploring these new cities.

Robert and Ellen
Cruise critic username: grannyk
From: Jackson, TN
Pre cruise: On Dec 3 cruise
Post cruise: Dec25, staying Marriott airport
Email: [click to send email]
About: reading,knitting, travel

Ruth and Paul
Cruise critic username: Ruthinbc
From: Gibsons, British Columbia
Cabin: TBD
Pre cruise: Barcelona Hotel InterContinental Dec 11
Post cruise: Barcelona Hotel InterContinental Dec 24, 25
Excursions: Great tour by Jollyg in Cairo, Athens & Turkey
Number of cruises: 6
Age: 40s
Email: [click to send email]
Homepage: https://www.ahacreative.com
About: Paul and I have two dogs (mutts - Missy, a choc lab cross and Sassy, a coyote cross) no kids, but lots of nephews and nieces.
We own and run a small PR firm.
I love to drink wine :) Paul is more of a beer guy.
I love the casino, Paul loves kareoke (and I am very hopeful that there will be those on there who might like to sing kareoke too -- there may be a drink in it for you! )
I love to read, Paul loves watching sports (especially the NFL)
I am a Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jack Johnston kind of music girl and Paul likes his music ... a little louder (STP, Nickelback etc)
Sometimes I wonder what we have in common!! But we love to have fun and laugh and go off on adventures together. We're always up to do something fun and it looks like this cruise will be a blast!
We try to get our exercise in first thing in the am on a cruise so we have no guilt about eating and drinking and eating and drinking some more!!

Cruise critic username: Tinapan
From: Orlando, FL
Cabin: TBA
Pre cruise: Dec 9
Post cruise: Dec 14
Excursions: Cairo overnight
Number of cruises: 0
Age: 49
Email: [click to send email]
Homepage: https://Mariedees.com
About: I write paranormal mystery and paranormal romance novels. My last vacation was at a romance writers conference. For some reason all my photos include hot male cover models. The one in the photo is Franco. Unfortunately, he won't be on the cruise, but he did serve as wonderful inspiration for a novel. I have a feeling I'm going to find Rome full of inspiration.
(I'll be traveling this trip with my father. I'll have to set up photo for him.)

Tuantong , Leeying , Keegan(13) and Keeshia (8)
Cruise critic username: LY of Mal
From: Kl, Malaysia
Cabin: 10016 and 10658
Pre cruise: 9Dec 3 nites in Barcelona
Post cruise: 24Dec
Excursions: Athens (Depends on availability) and Cairo overnite with jollyg and all
Number of cruises: first major cruise not counting 3d2n local cruise.
Age: 40's , 13 and 8
Email: [click to send email]
About: Tuantong is in construction business while I am the home administrator. Keegan is 13 and loves cars .Keeshia is 8 and taking ballet lessons. Travelling with my brother and his wife on this cruise.
See you all at the meet and greet.

Van & Gwen
Cruise critic username: happycruisers41
From: Conroe, TX
Cabin: 9589
Pre cruise: 12/11/10
Post cruise: 01/08/11
Excursions: Cairo Overnight, Athens, Ephesus
Number of cruises: 10
Age: 69 & 77
Email: [click to send email]
About: We Love to Travel. We are RV'ers and have been to all 50 states as well as 34 countries. We are planning a EURAIL 15-day trip after the cruise to visit more of Europe before coming home.

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