My name is Linda Pearl and I have been addicted to cruising since I walked onboard a cruise ship back in the olden days :) Since then I have cruised at least once a year,and more when I can finagle it! In our house there is no better way to thoroughly enjoy a vacation. Since I intentionally over pack, only unpacking once is a bonus..and waking up in a different port almost daily is sublime.. My husband Bruce and I live and play in Massachusetts, have 3 children, Michael, Jonathan, and Nicole, who will be married this year. We also have 3 adorable fabulous and well behaved grandchildren of course:) I have been in the retail business for many years, most spent in the jewelry business, and now in ladies clothing, in a great boutique in Wellesley. I joined Cruisemates invetro, and with my penchant for shopping have had the pleasure of doing extensive research for shopping articles:) What a hardship!... Cruising gives me the opportunity of spreading the word about Cruisemates..knowledge is power..And hosting is a valuable tool, in a give and take atmosphere to expend information and at the same time meet great chatters! LINDA Cruisemates Chat Host Come sail with us !!