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Old 03-18-2006, 07:06 PM
Oggy Boy Oggy Boy is offline
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Well, I have finally returned from over a month in South America. I will be posting 10 new port reviews shortly, as well as two new cruise reviews. On the second cruise, I had a ton of time to think about and my friends here at It occurred to me that I have been remiss in recognizing a person that has been instrumental in the success of and the rest of the sites that make up the complex of cruise information.

Raoul Fiebig has been a friend of mine since almost the beginning of In fact, Raoul took over when I was just about to shut it down out of frustration in its early years and Raoul managed the site for almost a year.. I was introduced to Raoul by Mr. Ken Stutt, who was the publisher of the website where Raoul was a major contributor and also began writing his bi-monthly newsletter, Cruising and Beyond.

Raoul has given more support and information to avid cruisers than any other person that I can think of. He has consistently contributed to (even when I wasn’t) from its inception in both English and German (as he does several other discussion boards and forums). His website, Das Ruderhaus ( ) is the top German cruise website on the Internet and also offers a section in English for non-German speaking visitors.

Raoul’s newsletter “Cruising and Beyond” (Subscibe at is without a doubt, the best cruise newsletter on the web. Raoul has faithfully published the newsletter for years without missing a single issue. The thing that is amazing, but never mentioned is that Raoul’s activities are done for the love of cruising and nothing more. Both Raoul’s newsletter and his website are non-commercial. Raoul derives absolutely no revenue for his efforts.

I am proud to call Raoul my friend and want to thank him publicly for his contributions to avid cruisers everywhere. If you feel as I do, why not drop Raoul an e-mail of thanks and friendship at I am sure he would appreciate hearing from you.

Raoul, thanks for what you do.

Tom Ogg