ATTENTION: Bloggers Cruise 8 has been announced! Here is all the info you need to know:

When: January 31, 2015

Where: Carnival Breeze out of Miami, FL

Ports of Call: St. Thomas, USVI | Antigua| San Juan, Puerto Rico | Nassau, The Bahamas

Registration: Please book the best rate/options for your party and registration will open closer to sailing.

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Didn’t make it to Bloggers Cruise 6? Here’s a recap the beards put together to show you what you missed if you were too busy watching Judge Judy reruns to make it to a past Bloggers Cruise:

 

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  3. lyleba says:

    We’d love to sail with you again out of Galveston!! Texas is full of fun loving friendly people!!!

  4. Todd Ruckle says:

    John,

    you are the heart and sole of Carnival.

  5. Mike Lawson says:

    Hi John, Mike here, I gave stephanie a note on the Glory about the Splendor. I am curious if you received the note , and if you can help? ( John please respond) Thanks, your friend Mike

  6. Betty says:

    When is the next Bloggers Cruise? I’d like to be a part of that one.. Couldnt do this one here.. But want to do the next one.. Thanks!!!

  7. jessica says:

    I think there should be more videos of tips for new cruisers. Like what you should pack and what you should take advantage of on the ship!

    • Hi, actually while cruising southern region make sure you take sunscreen with you because it affects more over there and many times people forget to cover scalp so take care of it

  8. Robbie Holmes says:

    Told my mom about your bloggers cruise!!! i think im going to take that semester off from school just so i can go on your cruise!!!

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  10. harun says:

    hi john ı m from Türkey..ı m 30 years old and ..ı was working in Türkey 5 stars hotel kusadası. bodrum. antalya barboy. barman bar waither….but now ı dont have work my dream ı want working cruise..maybe you are help for me job…thanks ı will wait from you news ..take care….

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  12. David says:

    Any clues into the “special events” you will be doing on the Bloggers cruise? Mach is posting teasers on CC that are useless to those who need to know. Their group rates are excessive and they say there will be events only those who pay those rates will be able to participate in. Personally, I plan to pick up a $300 cabin on the Lido deck the week before sailing, but you might change my mind if you are doing any “can’t miss” activities. Thanks

    • Janey - OKGIRL says:

      David, You don’t have to book useing the Blogger’s fare code (PBL) to be part of the Blogger’s activities. I generally book the ES rate through Carnival’s website and that’s what I’ve done on BC5 as well.

      The group cruise rate on Cruise Critic comes with special gifts from CC as well as OBCs and stuff like that. Again, you can participate in all of the CC events but won’t get any of the perks if you book directly with Carnival.

      Sometime closer to the cruise they will put up a link for everyone to post your name and cabin number on to show who is participating in the Blogger events.

      On BC4 we had a special “Superstar Live”, special cocktail parties and a shore excursion. We got lanyards, backpacks, ball caps and photo albums as gifts.

      • Teri says:

        Thanks so much for the info on the bloggers cruise! We are going to go on the one in March..(our first bloggers cruise but our 6th CCL cruise)we use a travel agent that has become a good friend to us and don’t want to book thru anyone else. If I understood you correctly at some point we will be able to indetify ourselfs as part of the group before we sail right?
        Thanks again!
        -Teri

  13. Janice Dubiel says:

    My husband and I splurged on a cruise for our 25th Anniversery. We left Long Beach for cabo and Puerto Vallarta on the 15th of may on the Splendor. Our Grand Suite was nice and the people that took care of the room wre lovely.
    We never were able to go swimming or get into a hot tub. It seemed that the same 350 pound hairy men got in the tubs in the morning and stayed all day every day. We know ’cause we watched hoping to get a break. So we set our sights on the Comedy show and tried every night to get in there but again no room. With little to do we decided to try the casino. We talked to a lot of people but everyone said the same thing. No ne reported ever seeing anyone win.
    We were Looking forward to our first dinner at the Pearl where we thought we wuld be dining together just the two of us as we requested but were told that was not going to happen. Another couple was crowded into the booth. This other couple were not people we would have spent under any other circumstances utterly erasing our hope for our intimate anniversary dining. The staff danced on the tables and seemed to be enjoying that.

    At one dinner the Cruise director or dining director took off his dinner , jumped on a table and began rubbing his balls with it as if he were wiping himself. At that point I figured things couldn’t possibly get tackier!

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  16. Brian And Tina says:

    John- Just off the Carnival Victory- Wonderful Cruise- Great Staff. Nothng- absolutely nothing to not like or complain about. Met Karl with a K. Left the poop bumper sticker with the Purser (Guest Services) desk and they said they will get it to you. Cabin Steward Joey possibly best we have ever had, waitress Knock Knock in Atlantic Deck 4 dining room also the best along with Tatiana. The casino hostesses were also great along with all the casino staff. Another amazing cruise aboard Carnival with many many great memories. I hope everyone knows how much they contribute to the success of Carnival.

  17. Teri says:

    Hi John,
    My friends and I were lucky enough to have you as our CD on the Conquest last year! Best time we have ever had! (you were thrown down on the stage and rode by a passenger during the bedtimne story..I almost wet my pants and still watch the video we bought!) My question is…if we are able to go on the next bloggers cruise on March 4th 2012 is there anything special we need to let our travel agent know so we are identified as part of your “fan club”?
    Crossing my fingers we get to see you again!
    -Teri

  18. Frank Corey says:

    John, I booked the bloggers cruise online through the link on the blog and it shows up as 3/4/2012 CCL Magic, do I need to do anything else to be part of the bloggers group?

  19. Laurie Schauer says:

    Hi John! I am really excited to take my first cruise with Carnival leaving Tues. July 5th on the Carnival Spirit headed to Alaska. My husband and I will be celebrating his birthday through this cruise, we will be staying in stateroom 5201. Hope you are having a great 4th of July weekend

  20. Carol Famulari says:

    Hi John Thought that you would like toknow that Corky aka Chucky did his litte dance when you said TEXAS in the Cucina today August 7, 2011 and thanks for the strawberries
    Regards,
    Carol aka Diane

  21. sandy sammy says:

    dear sir.

    mr.john hello, I am a eksperience holland american lines, want to work at the company that you lead I wish I could join your company may have an opening for my position as a cabin steward.
    for your attention and cooperation you accepted the love I say.

    best regards

    erisal Sabirin

  22. Joe Dombrowski says:

    We met you on the Freedom in 2007, then again on the Splendor in 2008, then two more cruises on the Freedom and Splendor with Ron Pass. Now we are finally signed up for one of your Blogger cruises (Magic March 4, 2012) and looking forward to seeing you again as we celebrate our almost 35th anniversary (September 2012 but we are celebrating a little early). You certainly have been a loyal and valuable employee for Carnival – but way more than that you are certainly a very Good Will Ambassasor. See you in Galveston.

    Love and Hugs to and your beautiful girls!
    Barb and Joe Dombrowski

  23. Barbara Hamill says:

    My daughter Angeline and I are sailing on the Oct. 28, 2011 cruise from Barcelona, Spain. We want to partake in the Chef’s Table. Booking #91Z7B4, cabin 11246, Angeline and Barbara Hamill, from the Great State of Texas. Thanks, and I can’t wait to meet you. B

  24. Neal Victa says:

    Hi John I will be partaking in the Western Caribbean Cruise on board the Carnaval Legend. I had quite the experience on my last Carnaval Cruise so I am back again with friends and family! As mentioned before, it was my first time cruising and I was quite overwhelmed with the many activities available. Is there anything you can recommend that can make my experience even more memorable?

  25. Neal Victa says:

    Western Caribbean Cruise date will be on October 9-16

  26. martha leftwich says:

    me and my best friend are going on our frist cruise sept 12 will you post on here if the weather may cause a change and if so will they go some where else? thanks again.

  27. Brenda says:

    Dear John,
    I am interested in the bloggers cruise, but due to the fact that I am wheel chair bound, I know I have to book through a special dept for my cabin. Is that possible to do? Thank-you,
    Brenda

  28. LaVerne Wizy says:

    Hi John,

    I was truly amazed about my recent experience on the Carnival Dream which went to the islands of Nassau,Grand Bahamas,St. Thomas Virgin Islands,and also St. Maarten. We encountered rough waters but our Captain Massimo Marino steered us out of harms way. The storm diverted and we set sail on our original course. The expertise of the staff and crew were terrific. The food was excellent. The comedy shows were great and Butch plus 6’3″ Amy was terrific. We had the time of our lives and a trip to remember for years. We plan on going on another cruise within a year or two. Thanks to the staff who made our trip so very memorable. Bon Voyage for now. Will return.
    A very satisfied couple: Steve and LaVerne
    Riviera deck room 1204.

  29. Edie says:

    WHAT NO NAKED TWISTER!!!

  30. John – do you know if grill chicken breast will be available still on the lido deck. Currently I have that two or three times a week. I know that you will now have Guy burgers; however, since I am not a beef eater, that does not excite me (it does my husband). Unless Guy also decides to serve turkey burgers.

    Thanks

  31. tina says:

    John we had the privilege of having you on our very first cruise (mind you we had no clue who you were at the time).You made the cruise so much more fun. Loved ya!! Now we get the joy of having you again on the bloggers cruise. Never been on a bloggers cruise but looking forward to it. See ya in march!! Tina

  32. Hadi Kassam says:

    My wife & I just came back from our 1st crise on a 7 day western caribbean & mexico. We had a terrific time and all the cruise crew were excellent specially Raj Chellam, Ni Made, Ma May, Calvert, Remesto, Milos were really helpful and very accomodating. We are already planning our next cruise with Carnival.

  33. Ward says:

    John-
    I sit here in my underpants typing you this little note. I am an avid reader of your blog, and have finally booked the bloggers 5 cruise. Mach form the CC boards convinced me that this is a cruise not to be missed. I look forward to a week of new friends and tons of laughs! see you on the ship (please dont forget your pants)

  34. thom schaffer says:

    john would guy consider doing sliders on whole wheat ?./i am gluetin in tollerrant if u can do whole wheat slider being that i have a small stomach .a full size burger would be a waste.though u have not repiled to me out of four e mail i wont hold my breath this time.

  35. Les Halla says:

    I new to this,just how do you join a bloggers cruise? My wife and I are sailing out of Galveston,Tx Nov 14 on the new Magic with our daughter and 2 grandkids. We can’t wait. We have loved every Carnival Cruise we have taken. We’re looking at a 12 day out of Barcelona for next year.

  36. Roberta Erber says:

    Hi John, I am really excited, me and my friend are turning 40 next year and we are taking both our families on the splendor 7 day cruise to Mexico, leaving March 11th. We are very sad you wont be on our cruise, you are one funny guy. Anyways, we are really having fun watching the webcams daily. Just wondering why you only have the two spots with webcams We would really like to see more areas or cams that rotate. Maybe I’m asking too much, but please think about it. Looking forward to our trip and many more after. Thanks for all you Facebook comments and blogs, really enjoying them. You ROCK!
    Roberta Erber

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  39. Brenda says:

    Sounds like this was a wonderfull cruise.
    Ports of call that I’d really like to see.
    If I hadn’t just take a cruise in November I’d book the Blogger Cruise #5.

    Have a GREAT time and please show a few shots of each port.

    Thanks for all the blogs John

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  41. Peggy Price says:

    Hey John! Looking forward to Bloggers Cruise five. My husband charles and I will be aboard the Magic and really looking forward to a very relaxing week I hope we get an opprotunity to meet you sometime during that week. I do have one question for you. Are you a boxer or a brief kind of guy? I want to make sure I have the proper visual in my head as I am reading your blog! *wink wink* Thanks so much for your up front REAL way of sharing your thoughts and feelings here on your bloggy thing.Thanks for the laughs. Hope to see you soon! Cheers….

  42. stephen mcwilliams says:

    Dear John. a group of six of us have booked a cruise on the Costa Classica sailing out of Singapore on 16th March, 4 of us have previously cruised with Costa. Initially we had booked inside cabins and all-inclusive package, sadly due to current events off the coast of Italy thw women are petrifed. I have tried to placate them and I have asked Costa if we could have Free Upgrades to o/s cabins, initially they told me that the ship was fully booked and later on in the conversation they said that I would have to pay for the upgrades. there was no concern in thier conversation. We cannot afford to pay for the Upgrades and I know that it will be a nightmare experience if we do not get o/s cabins. So I implore you to find a way of making this a cruise to remember. In anticipation Yours S Mcwilliams, E A Mcwilliams A Dormer A griffith P Pavitt R Pavitt

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  44. Becky says:

    I love viewing Mr. Radu’s photos on your blog. He is truly brilliant with his work! I just returned from the Magic, Jan 29th cruise and missed seeing him and attending a seminar. I think your idea of a seminar on each ship would be a terrific and well received idea. Guests would love it! Just don’t burn him out, allow him the freedom to keep going to ports and sharing. That makes a guest want to travel to the ports of call.

  45. GulliverLouie says:

    I have no idea what a “Bloggers Cruise: is but I am booked. I hope it means you will be the CD. If not, I hope it means you are on the ship and we get to meet a bunch of people who have joined this Blog. I’m game.
    This is our cruise # 4–but I just recently joined Funville–excuse my lack of knowledge.

  46. Marcia says:

    What can you tell me about the shows that will be on Miracle 3/17/12. We have 6 women sailing then. I have looked for things to do on ship,have not found much.

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  49. To whom it may concern:

    We are both regular guests on the Carnival Dream and we loved our visit to the many interesting islands and we are going to be returning on Sept.29,2012. I have a general question which is: Who is our cruise director for the time we both will be on board? We are looking forward to coming back again. We love the ship and the crew.
    Very satisfied guests LaVerne Wizy and Steve Cymbal. Ahoy mate!

  50. Carl says:

    Hi John,

    Hope all is well! I need to sign up for the bloggers cruise, we booked it at our travel agent. So what do we need to do to get into the fun?

    Carl and Sheila

    PS we left a message at carnival headquarters for you did you get it?

  51. Jeanne Pittman says:

    John, I am not sure if you remember my post on Facebook but I am the one that will be on the January 19, 2013 cruise with my husband celebrating our 10th year wedding anniversary. I see that Bloggers Cruise 6 is on the same sailing! Does this mean that you will be on the sailing and if so, how do I participate? :-)

    Thanks,
    Jeanne

  52. Kathy says:

    John, tell us more about Bloggers Cruise 6 – we want to go – what special arrangements need to be made to part of this event? Thanks.

  53. Friend says:

    Sad to report the passing of Carol Schoenberger. She loved Carnival and John.

  54. Lisa Dekle says:

    I sail in 4 days on the Carnival Imagination! This will be my 3rd cruise and I have a 4th one booked on the Ecstacy in Sept. My husband has food allergies and I’m so impressed by the way the Carnival dining room staff takes care of him every night. My hats off to them. One of these days I hope to sail with you John! Love your blog!

  55. Ronny & Mandy says:

    We had a terrible experience with Carnival’s Group booking reservations in Miami. Do not book with Carnival! They are awful! Such rude customer service. We are disgusted

    • Tammy says:

      They are not really rude, But I am not happy to talk to them. Sorry that I booked the cruise directly through their website. That’s a mistake. I should have let Carnival my travel agent book for me. Easier that way.

  56. TomPug says:

    Seems like fun! What do you use to book the cruises? I know for Carnival it is good to use their main site, http://www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com – Seems to be the easiest way!

  57. katie says:

    I am a food blogger and will be on the Med 10/1 cruise. Is their any way I can do some food reviews and/or get private tours in exchange for a few blog post?

  58. Bernice Capers says:

    Hi John,

    Just a quick question. My husban and I will be sailing on the breeze Dec 8th 2012. Will you be on the ship then? We hope to see you then!

    Thanks,
    Bernice

  59. Gerald N Niland says:

    My family was on a 12 day cruise that departed Barcelona on about the 26th of June on the Carnival Breeze. You would think the highlights of the cruise were all of the wonderful ports of call, but one of the highlights was also the wonderful dinners. The food was great, but the service was outstanding. The first few nights we bounced around until we landed at Vitaliy’s table. He was the head waiter. Peter was the assistant and Slobodan was the beverage person.
    Vitaliy’s professionalism added greatly to the dining experience. He was friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. I am retired Army Colonel and was raised in San Francisco. I have dined at many high end establishments. Quite frankly, I am surprised that Vitaliy is not working at 5 star restaurant. He certainly has all the right skills. It got to the point that he knew what we would order and his suggestions were always on the mark.
    Peter was always friendly and took the extra time to get to know us personally, even when he was busy, he made us feel like we were special. He is perfectly suited for the cruise industry. He has tools beyond the dining room. We were amazed with his friendliness. Even though logically we knew were just another cruise in a long line for him, his enthusiasm gave us the impression that this was his first cruise and we were his favorite passengers. It is amazing how he keeps such a positive attitude after several months at sea.
    Slobodan was always very polite and he remembered after the first night what we all drank, and who took decaf and regular coffee with dessert. We didn’t even have to ask.
    We sat at their table for 9 nights.
    The entire crew was very friendly, but these 3 stood out with their high level of service.
    If I was a competitor, I would make them offers that couldn’t refuse.
    If they worked in my city, that’s whether I would eat.
    Carnival Cruise Lines should feel very fortunate to have these men as employees. You should promote them all as soon as possible.
    Thank you for a wonderful cruise.

    Sincerely,

    Gerald N Niland

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  61. Tony Childers says:

    Slogan for BC6

    “Breezin’ and Bloggin’ with John Heald,
    our main Noggin.

  62. taunisha Campbell says:

    Don’t sail for less Breeze with the best…Bloggers 2013

  63. Joel Niten says:

    Opinionated words from interesting people!

  64. Diana Schlosser says:

    I just booked the Breeze on January 19, 2013. Could you tell me how I join the Bloggers activities. I tried to register, but don’t see any place where a registration is available. Appreciate your help.

  65. Duchess Sandy will be there…along with Duke Richard the Great!

  66. Kathy Cochran says:

    So excited to have just signed up for the Bloggers Cruise! When will more details me coming our way? Thanks, John!

  67. Tania LoNero says:

    I wish I could go on the Bloggers cruise with you! My daughter and I love to be apart of the Shows and events on board. Here is hoping we get picked for the T=Shirt contest!

  68. Yeah! It’s official and we are booked and signed on for John’s BC6. Can’t wait to sail with John again on our first bloggers cruise.
    Mary Ann and Robert aka Marie and Bob Wolff

    • We had a blast with the bloggers this past year, will be sailing with a friend since hubby will have too much going on with his business..But Teresa will be loads of fun thats for sure!!

  69. Fantastic!! We will wait!

  70. John, I’ve Registered Mary Lou & I for the Bloggers Cruise 6. Last January I arranged for our cruise even before you set the Blogger’s Cruise. I was so happy when I found out that the Blogger’s Cruise was the same one that set up. We are very happy and excited for this cruise. Hope to see you my friend.

    Paul F. Pietrangelo

  71. Denise W. says:

    I’ve been on many cruises. this is the worst most aqful cruise I’ve ever been on. The food was awful and everything that is way too much to list. Just don’t do it!!!

  72. Roger Monson says:

    Hi John –

    Wife, daughter and I will be sailing with you on Jan 19. This will be our second cruise (first was on Liberty in 2010 with Butch).

    I booked it before I knew it was Blogger 6, but I like blogging about favorite things football, music, politics to name three), so I am interested and intrigued by the opportunity presented, but am very ignorant of the associated expectations, requirements, etc.

    Is there somewhere I could get more info?

    Thanks.

    Canadian Carnivaller

  73. Rania alazem says:

    Hi John,
    I sent you a personal message and I still did not get a reply from you, Can you please reply to my personal message.
    thanks

  74. Kathy Dimmick says:

    Hey John,
    If you loved your Boxer last bloggers cruise Remember (THE MAN THE LEGEND) ?? YOU are going to love even better your new pair for BC6 … There packed and ready to meet you on the Breeze

    See ya not soon enough
    Kathy

  75. Kathy Dimmick says:

    John,
    I wanted to email you and tell you that I just completed my 13th Carnival Cruise and I had the pleasure of being on the Legend 3rd time , loved every mineute of it even while we were fogged out of the port of tampa, That just extended my ship time, What an awesome and great Cruise it was. I really want to let you know about a few very special carnival staff that do not get the reconition there deserve, Firt of the Photo staff what a great job they do with the very long hours they work and all the wonderfull pictures they produce from the ship in such a short time. I also had the oppertunity of being able to visit with Captain Valpori whom has been the captain on 5 of my 13 sailings now he is off to retirement , what a Great Captain so friendly and caring Carnival Crusie Lines has the very best, Now… Let me tell you that I finally decided to do the Chef’s Table Oh my that was the most amazing tour and fun I have very had other than the BC5 21 tournament with you.Chef Panda he is an outstanding Chef I would do that again in a minute, I can not tell the Guest what they are missing by not taking the opportunity to particapate in this the best very best .., Please tell the Legend Staff thankk you so very much.
    Kathy (KDCUTIE)
    see you 76 days BC6

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  77. Steve Rissman says:

    I ready to go what special events are planned?

  78. Linda (Mom of DJ) says:

    We have changed cabins because we added Josh….do we need to resend our info???

    Thanks
    Linda (Mom of DJ)

  79. Michael Notfree says:

    You gotta B kiddin me,,, no more bathroom aminities,,,sad

  80. Linda (Mom of DJ) says:

    Just making sure that you got our cabin change to 2247 AND the addition of JOSH…

    (our oldest son now a Naval Officer)

    woo hoo

    Linda, David, DJ and JOSH!!!

    The Powell Family!!

  81. Steve Rissman says:

    When are we going to get info on the cruise. I’m booked but what happens on the cruise.
    Steve Rissman

  82. KATHERINE says:

    Dear Sir, I know you do reviews of Carnival, but I am wondering about advice to make sure that my husband and myself can get a reservation on the royal princess’ chef’s table? any advice? thank you

  83. lisa reskovac says:

    how do we get signed up for the blogging activities? we are on this cruise jan 19th.

  84. James says:

    Hi John… my mother is going on the bloggers cruise on 1/19/2013. I know that there is a charge for internet access usually but she wants to know if internet is free as this is a “bloggers cruise” and she wants to bring her laptop.
    Thanks…

  85. ron says:

    a friend of mine will br married on the 1/19/13 hope to see pi c,s

  86. Dee Sarro says:

    Hi John,
    I just love your blog,you are so cute.You have a great sense of humor and make me laugh. My husband and I are going on our 25th cruise on Carnival on Feb. 2nd out of Port Canaveral. Our home is in Cocoa Beach real close to the Port. We always look forward to the cruises they always treat us right. Maybe someday we will try to make the Bloggers Cruise. Till then keep up the good work.

  87. James McDonald says:

    Hello John I have become hooked on cruising and would love to be on the next bloggers cruise how do I become eligible for it?

  88. Andy says:

    I just returned from a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream. I am a single traveler and I am disspointed there are no price allowanaces for single travelers. The dining room personal found it awkward to seat me with other singles. Even though I had requested this when booking. There where no single meet and greet programs offered that I was aware of. I have experienced the same on othere Carnival trips have taken. Although I still enjoyed my time it could have been better.

    Andy

    • Doug says:

      I was on the “Blogger Cruise 6″. We didn’t book this cruise based on the Blogger event. I have to admit, I have no idea what this event was. Are all these people bloggers or just people that follow this blog? There’s scant information about what Blogger Cruise actually meant. I guess you get to be in a secret club and get a t-shirt.

      We enjoyed the cruise anyway although Butch is a bit much to take (and the Hasbro game show is a complete dud in my opinion).

  89. Molly says:

    Just booked the bloggers cruise where do I sign up so I get to attend all the fun stuff?
    Does my roommate need to sign up seperatly as she is a blogger or is just by the cabin?
    Thanks Molly R

  90. Gale Westburg says:

    My wife and I were on the Breeze for a back to back cruise from Jan 19th through Feb 2nd. The ship and everyone involved were just great. The gal that did the Internet was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and helpful. This was our 17th Carnival cruise. We have never had a bad cabin steward but we have never had a better one than Jose who was our steward for this trip. The back to back part of this trip worked very well. Carnival has taking care of folks that stay on down to a science. They would have to try very hard to improve what they do know. We have already booked on the Valor for another back to back next January from San Juan. The only negative was we thought we were booked on the Bloggers cruise. When we checked about the only explanation we received was it was full and there must have been a paperwork snafu. Happy sailing – Mirth & Gale Westburg

  91. Connie Moran says:

    John, I was on Bloggers Cruise #6. On the last night of the cruise I was notified that my brother had died. The purpose of this e-mail is to share with you the wonderful care and support I received from one of the staff on board. I hope that I remember the young lady’s name correctly–Valeria, and she was from Belarus. She was so helpful and kind and caring from then on until we left the ship. Carnival Cruise lines has a real gem in her. I would also like to thank carnival for allowing me to make as many phone calls as I needed to to various family members at no charge to me. In spite of the sad ending to our cruise, I would highly recommend Carnival Cruise lines any day. If you could convey to Carnival and, especially, Valeria, my heartfelt thanks, I would be grateful. Sincerely, Connie Moran

  92. My husband & I booked the Carnival Sunshine for the Bloggers cruise sailing from New Orleans on Feb. 16, 2014 yesterday. How do we go about being included in the head count for Bloggers cruise? Just watched a video where John said the head count for bloggers cruise fills up fast and this is the top reason we booked this cruise date. Thank you.

  93. Mona says:

    Folks………..haven’t you realized yet that “you get what you pay for” and NOT a BIT more. You probably can’t find cheaper cruises than Carnival………..doesn’t that tell you something ?????????

  94. Martha Looney says:

    Although I have been on 5 cruise lines so far, I have enjoyed Carnival the most. Could it be the melted chocolate cake desserts? However, we were disgusted that the shows at 7:00 and 9:00 were only on two nights of our last seven night cruise!!! We last went on the Norwegian Dawn, and neither the food nor service were great, but they had great shows every night at 7:00 and 9:00. Is there any way that Carnival can start having the big shows at an earlier hour?

  95. Donald Garbutt says:

    Single passengers are not well recieved. I have cruised on 8 Carnival ships. The last one was The Dream from Pt. Canaveral. The ship is too big too inpersonal, The quality of service is low. The comedy clubs you are promoting are cheep and duscusting. I do not apprecitate someone on stage telling me to F myself. Also the entertainment on the big stage in the evening was not the quality it use to be. There was not meet and greet programs for single guests. This hurts as single passengers are paying full double fares.

  96. Sheri says:

    Hi John,

    You were our Cruise Director on the Ecstacy and one of the reasons why I wanted to share a fun ship cruise with my son. You made the cruise so much fun! As I read your blogs, I can hear your charming accent:)!

    I just came back from a cruise on the Valor with Felipe Couto and told him how much I enjoyed cruising with you and he said that you were the inspiration and that you helped him to become a Cruise Director. He was absolutely fantastic! I didn’t think I could enjoy having a Cruise Director as much fun as you were, and he helped to make this an amazing “fun”tastic cruise. It’s so easy to see how much you both love your jobs! I love reading your blogs. Thanks again for making my first Carnival Cruise so special:)! I just wanted to share another fun Carnival experience with you:)!

  97. vince says:

    great cruise on legend

  98. Sandra Hickey says:

    We are scheduled to sail on the Triumph on June 13th…..this is a FAMILY CRUISE we’ve had planned since last fall….I DO hope all is still “good to go” for the Triumph to sail on June 13th. It’s a celebration cruise for our family. My husband and I had our 50th anniversary last Sept. 8th….Our oldest grandson graduates from high school on June 10th….our daughter and son-in-law celebrated their 18th anniversary on May 20th….our son and daughter-in-law will celebrate their 22nd anniv. on June 1st…..we will all be together on this cruise along with grandsons ages 7, 12 and 12.

  99. Denise Whisler says:

    Dear John,
    We are saling our 10 th cruise on October 24th on the splendor.. My question is …. We will still be sailing on October 31st which is Halloween and we have a 4 year old little girl named Hailey and she is wanting to be a nice witch … She is very concerned about trick or treat.. Do you know if they do anything for Halloween on the ship…. She also wanted me to say hello!!!! She will be on her 4 th cruise and she thinks you will remember her… Lol .. Thank you in advance. Denise & Hailey Whisler

  100. Amy Potter says:

    Hi John,

    We just came back from a 7 day cruise on Carnival Pride as I am platinum guest. However, I must say I am very disappointed as this was the worst cruise on Carnival. The service was slow and the mood of the employees were low. We went to dinner and the wait staff did not get our food for 2 hours. Did Carnival reduce the staff? Why the changes?

    Disappointed
    Amy

  101. Gina Marando says:

    Please update the link for the bloggers cruise on your blog website. It is still announcing BC6 which already happened 5 months ago. I know you announced BC7 but I can’t find it anywhere and I want to book with you! Looking forward to it! Thanks!

  102. John R says:

    Just in case you read the comments John – there are now many married same sex couples (and soon from England & Wales, as well)that may prefer not to be called partners but “husband & husband” and “wife & wife”.

    There are even those who are in civil unions in states where they still can not marry but also wish to be referred to as “husband & husband” and “wife & wife”. Cheers

  103. deanna says:

    my husband and i just got back from our fifth carnival cruise. and can i just say that you guys have THE BEST customer service? i had no idea about your bloggers cruise. i will definitely have to look into this. i love blogging. and i love cruising. a match made in heaven!

  104. Wow late to the party here, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a bloggers cruise. I better go do some research! :)

  105. Rita Raeside says:

    Dear John: My family has only cruised with Carnival and I would like you to have a poem writing contest for a free cruise….thats because I wrote a great poem about our family cruise and I keep waiting for you to have this contest….My husband and I have cruised with you 8 times and love it and are ready to go again….How about it? Rita and Doug Raeside…Waiting to hear from you!

  106. Jennifer says:

    Is the Carnival Magic going to set sail aug 25th?

  107. Lawrence A Wolfson says:

    I booked when do we register for the bloggers thingy?

  108. David Chiola says:

    I had several issues with Carnival. Although we had a good time, I feel like there are several things you can improve on. First of all the shuttle service. I booked a shuttle sercie through Carnival website. I then wanted to cancel it four days in advance and nobody was able to help me. They said it’s another company and they can’t refund it. Then why is it on your site? I think because there is no airport in Port Canaveral then the shuttle should be free – or at least as cheap as the independent taxis. Did you know Enterprise will give you a free shuttle and then you can rent a $20 car and take your whole family to the airport? I ended up using the shuttle on the way back but I was still out &70 and nobody from Carnival helped me. Even the email I sent was respond to four days after I sent it. I don’t like the price gouging with the pictures. First of all, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone got a free picture of them boarding. It’s a couple of bucks and it would be a nice gesture. Instead photographers are all over taking pictures, and holding up lines so they can print them all up and ask $12 a picture. Isn’t it a tremendous waste to print them all up? Why not give people a sticker with a number after their picture is taken and then they can view them on a monitor and get them printed, We didn’t buy any pictures but I’m sure dozens of pictures of us were thrown away. If the pictures were $5 everyone would come out ahead. I probably would have bought 10 pictures. Multiply that by 2,000 passengers. We played trivia several times on the cruise. By the third day they were asking the same questions. It’s so easy to find 20 new trivia questions – just google trivia!! I can send you thousands of trivia questions if you would like. Why are gratuities added? Are they mandatory? I’m not saying I wouldn’t tip but if you’re going to add them in automatically then the price of the cruise that you’re quoting isn’t really the price. You guys make a fortune on Bingo. Why not pay out adjusted on how many cards were bought like most places do. No – instead it’s all about the bucks with Carnival. Your shows need a lot of improving. The comedy is good, but the Motown show and Brits show were repeated and the Blues Brothers show was basically the cruise director acting like an idiot. you could learn a lot from Disney here. So basically a five day cruise had two one hour shows. When people win things why not give them a $5 or $10 cruise cash thing instead of those cheesy trophies. Again – money. Overall I’m not sure I would book Carnival again unless some of these concerns are addressed.

    Carnival responded by saying they want me to cruise again, but I don’t see them changing anything.

    • Frances Perdue says:

      We (my husband and I) have taken 22 cruises. We did not care for the first one my memory is foggy but I think we felt the same then we were thinking Carnival offers these services they are not forced on guests . You can go to guest services and request gratuities be taken off, take your own camera, wave as you walk by the photographers, enjoy its your cruise have fun and try it again it’s a good value , you cannot stay in a nice hotel, go to a quality restraunt and go to two great shows for the price of your cruise. Been to Disneyland recently you pay more for fast food there than you would for dinner at the supper club. Good point on the cost of pictures $5 would sell more but they sell plenty.

  109. Dieter Heinzer says:

    Hi John,

    We enjoyed the Bloggers Cruise 5 last year; now I want to sign up for #7 in February next year!!!!

    Where / How do I sign up?!?!?! Can’t find a link for that anywhere. Help !!!!

    …and keep up the great work!

    - Dieter (and Vanessa “The Wench”)

  110. cruzndave says:

    Carnival Sunshine Coming To Cape Canaveral, Next Year I So Excited!!

  111. captnlen says:

    BC7 registration but a couple of places says it is for BC6 so needs correction

    Lot are registering so if not real :-)

  112. Mary McQuillen says:

    Can’t wait for this cruise!! Gonna finally get to meet John!!!!!!

  113. Maurice O says:

    John, I am Really looking forward to this cruise. It has been a long time coming for me to meet you, and now to finally sail with you. Get ready, because it’s going to definately go down in the books, my friend =)

  114. kevin records says:

    I love carnival . But not happy they are leaving Baltimore. Bring a smaller ship there.

  115. Cruising southern region can be a great fun. Though I always keep valium with me while cruising, I still like it. It all started at my first dinner cruise with Lady Windridge. Now I am looking at “next Bloggers Cruise”.

  116. Larry brant says:

    I sailed on carnival Cruises 26 times, got friendly all ways with the ships Doctors, what fascinating people they are educated and caring.I am in contact with about 8 of the doctors and most of them are not happy now.
    The new management of Carnival Cruises are cutting down on
    Doctors dignity and Doctors do not deserve that.
    Every doctor in every ship responsible for the well being
    of passengers like me,the crew and even the honorary Captain.
    So how in Gods name can the management remove wonderful Doctors and put them in small rooms change their life style on the ship with that high Education and responsibility.I will not go on carnival cruises anymore. If a Doctor is not
    happy, I can’t take chances to be taken care by them.
    How about the Family limits to stay with the Doctors.
    Management should walk with shame.
    No more cruising for me MR. President of carnival, I will go with Royal Caribbean where Doctors are smiling and feeling highly respected that they are saving life on ships and makes sure that there is no legal problem on the
    Ship.
    Shame on you high rank executives you don’t know what you are doing.
    Don’t go for numbers but go with your heart, if you have any.
    Put Micky Arison back. A Man with a wonderful heart.
    Goodby carnival,
    Hello Royal Caribbean.
    Micky Arison please come back than I will come back and so the others.

    WONDERFUL MEMBERS OF JOHN HEALD’S BLOG: PLEASE SAY SOMETHING AND SAY IT LOUD. THE CHANGES ARE BEING DONE FROM TODAY. GIVE THE DACTORS RESPECT THEY DESERVE.

  117. MR. THOMPSON says:

    Are we kidding? No way I will cruise Without happy Doctors.
    This carnival had enough problems and the most important people as Doctors suppose to get the most and to honor their education to be TRAMA DOCTORS.
    This repulsive idea gets me sick.
    I cruise once a year with all my family 21 members, I can’t take chances.
    I am out, I will not visit the BLOG.
    Micky Arison,Please, you and your good team come back and rebuild the COMPANY for your Fathers sake TED ARISON. I cruised on Carnival for 12 years with my Family, that is going to be 12 years and that’s it.We wil Cruise with
    Different Cruise Line
    Where Doctors are happy

  118. John,
    We are now booked on the bloggers cruise..can’t wait. See you soon in New Orleans. Hope you remember me from Test your sanity cruise and Kukis cruises and early bloggers cruises..You may also remember my daughter Catie who is now a freshman in high school??my how time flys!
    Regards, mark

  119. I just got back from my 7 day cruise leaving from Miami to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Grand cayman. Had a wonderful time. Was so expressed with the cruise director ,Josh. He is the best!!!!! I would love to go again wherever he goes. The next time I want my husband to go with me. Thanks for the memories Josh you MADE
    the cruise

  120. I so enjoyed my cruise this pass week . 7 days to Caribbean . Cruise director Josh was the greatest !!!

  121. Ken Haoi says:

    Hey John,

    Enjoyed this as well as we sailed down to Hiko Bay and shelled Lazawn Lagoon on the 4th Sunday of 121′s flock.
    ≈∞≈∞
    Slaughterhouse Bay & La Zawn ‡ Hiko ‰ Top choice picks.

  122. Brenda Stewart says:

    We are all looking forward to BC7! Our first BC cruise!

    From several roll call and FB sites this is going to be a packed full time of fun! as every cruise oughta’ be, right!
    I heard Ken Bryant singing maitre is also on this cruise.

    Monkey Heads on too….it’s going to be a challenge bottom have a good time! Looking forward to seeing you there!

    • Brenda Stewart says:

      Lol! Dang auto correct.. Previous post was supposed to say. ” a challenge not to have fun!”
      I need to have coffee before I post!

      A lot of us on this cruise are also running away from the snow and cold weather here in states. Easy choice between below 3-12 degrees or the beautiful Caribbean!

      Everything else is icing on the cake!

  123. Marcia Brooks says:

    John, How can I tell if we’re registered. I think I did. Not sure if I did t-shirt sizes yet. So excited. Looking forward to 2/16! (Marcia and Jim Brooks)

  124. Geri & Jack says:

    Dear John,
    1. Had a wonderful cruise on C-Breeze last week.
    2. Had minor painful med prob onboard and Nurse and Dr fixed problem completely. Great praise to them. I’m very impressed.
    3. Pete, CD gave us some wonderful presents for our 56th Anniv. He is a very nice funny CD. Please thank him for us.
    Can’t say enough good things for staff and ship, as usual. Love being platinum.

    You’re doing a great job. Open dining great – first time for us in 28 cruises.
    Booking another cruise as we speak.
    Take care,
    Geri & Jack

  125. Maxine Wood says:

    Will be arriving with sister and special couple. My sister and I will be the ones with flowers in our hair. Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday.

  126. Richard McQueen says:

    Thank you for the updates, John. On behalf of those, like me, who have benefited from your messages, it is a shame that some are so impatient and lack understanding. You are appreciated.

  127. Amber Travers says:

    Just got off the Carnival Splendor boat yesterday 4-2-14 & I won a ‘$500 Slot Tournament seat’ for 2014 Ultimate Slot Face off Tournament Main Event-on the Carnival Breeze for “NOVEMBER 8th 2014!” I’m looking to sell this seat!!!

    It’s taking place on the ‘Carnival Breeze’ and top prize is $100,000 first prize, all the way to 50th place paying $150.00,Anyone going or looking to go? This will save you $ for the limited Tournament entry seat ($500) and it allows for you to purchase discounted cruise tickets when you have a tournament seat voucher!(This allows for both the discounts) I am looking to sell my seat- I do not expect to have this voucher long and have “only 1″ but the discounted cruise alone is well worth it! Email me ASAP for the info as I check my email daily: Amj2222@yahoo .com

    The date is Nov 8, 2014- Nov 11, 2014 from Miami, Fl to St. Thomas to Antigua, to San Juan PR, to Nassau, Bahamas and back to Miami, Fl. Great locations- worth the cruise discount alone!

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