Our community leaders — or hosts, as we call them — are the more active users of our cruise community and are often passionate about the area for which they volunteer their time. Our hosts contribute to various discussions and keep discussions running smoothly. Our volunteers are drawn from a wide circle of daily life. Most of them are experienced travelers — either real-time or “armchair.” All are outside the travel field in their professional lives.
Take Host Randy: He’s been with us for more than 10 years and has hosted more official Cruise Critic group voyages than any of our other hosts — and probably members for that matter. He lives in Dallas and returned recently from his 28th cruise in the past 11 years — with two more planned this year.
Host Randy, like all our hosts, is a volunteer for us, but he does have a regular job: He’s a professional builder/remodeler and has been for most of his adult life. He fell in love with cruising in 2000 and enjoys having people join his groups when he hosts such sailings as December 2011’s “Team Magic” out of Galveston.
When he plans a cruise, he makes sure his group has fun — but he doesn’t want to overload everyone. Why? According to Host Randy, a cruise vacation should be like any vacation — relaxing and fun, but without a schedule.
He hasn’t been as active on the threads as he used to be because his regular business is booming, and he has limited time. Still, he’s watching every day — especially his group threads. Plus, he’s taking care of some things behind the scenes at Cruise Critic, so just because he’s not posting on everyone’s threads like days gone by, that doesn’t mean he’s not still enjoying the site and all of his group cruises.
Want to find him? Look for Host Randy on our Carnival Cruise Line forum or hosting one of our many Cruise Critic Member Cruises.
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