Tom and I have been considering a way to recognize those in our Cruise-Chat Community that have made a significant contribution to the site. After extensive deliberations, we have decided to bestow upon Marita (aka Oppis) the honor of being the very first recipient of the "C-C Spirit Award". Her self-initiative and willingness to translate and post many of our recent messages onto the German forum is worthy of our thanks and appreciation. In addition to our public thanks, she will receive a CruiseReviews.com hat for her contribution to our community. Congratulations!
Not to mention her consistently positive outlook, her willingness to diplomatically stick up for someone who may have an unpopular viewpoint, the unbelievable gusto with which she approaches a new thread, and the true love of cruising that comes through with everything she writes. She never seems to edit what she says for what might be a jaded audience- her love for cruising and the experiences associated with it seem almost childlike at times. At the same time it is clear that she uses great discretion in what she says and takes care never to offend anyone. She is supportive, positive, knowledgable about the subject matter, and I am glad to have her as a C-C friend.
But hey, let's not forget the best thing about Oppis: no matter what time I wake up she has posted a response to the last thing I read before going to bed.