FAQ

Where can I find the most up to date Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director schedule? The schedule can be found by clicking this link.

How many formal nights are onboard? Which nights are they on? Most evenings we have a Cruise Casual dress code, but there are those Cruise Elegant evenings one or two nights throughout the voyage. The length of the cruise determines the number of Cruise Elegant evenings in the Dining Room. The first Cruise Elegant evening is scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd day of the cruise; the second Cruise Elegant evening is scheduled for the 2nd or 3rd day prior to the end of the cruise, schedules permitting.

• 1-day cruise: none
• 2-day to 5-day cruise: one Cruise Elegant evening
• 6-day or longer cruise: two Cruise Elegant evenings

How do I get in touch with a Crew Member that I met on my cruise? Unfortunately, nor Carnival or I am able to provide any personal crew member information.

What is your favourite ship? That’s a hard one to answer but I have three ships that mean a lot to me for personal reasons. They are: The Carnival Fantasy, The Carnival Legend and The Carnival Splendor.

What is your dream car? Aston Martin DBS convertible.

Who has the nicest bottom in the world? After myself and Gerry Cahill it is of course ……Megan Fox

Where can I find your Facebook thingy? Simple. Visit http://facebook.com/johnheald.

I have no idea what you are talking about… help!?! This link should help clear things up.

Where can I find all of the Fun Times? All of the FunTimes I have posted to the blog can be found here.

More FAQ’s coming soon. Have one you want to submit? Leave it in the comments section below this post.

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246 Responses to FAQ

  1. Riley says:

    FAQ SUGGESTION

    The questions about stamping passports in the countries of the ports of call comes up a lot. With the upcoming European season, this is sure to come up. Maybe you can add it onto the FAQ page?

    Thanks

  2. James Speelman says:

    I would like to know where do I find the Bridge cameras, on all of Carival’s ships. Thank you.

  3. Lori says:

    We will be sailing B2B cruises on the Magic (Oct. 7 and 16, 2011) and are wondering how and where to get info about the Chef’s table dining experience. Is this something that is regularly setup by the cruise line, or only when ppl. ask about it? Is it best to try and arrange something like this on a sea day, or on a short port day (ie. Mallorca is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 14)

    thanks for any assistance
    Lori

    • Kathryn Chesnut says:

      Go to Manage your Cruise and click on view details and click on Plan activities and scroll down the steakhouse should be there click on it and you can request your reservation there.

  4. Janice Gile says:

    Hi John – I heard that you are the go to guy. I am looking to see if there is a department or person to talk to about services for people who are visually imparied. I am 58 years old and have crusied with carnival 8 times but recently a blood clot on the brain has impaired my vision significantly. Crsuising will always be in my life but I find myself asking for asssitance to make it easier. My only need on the boat is good lighting while dinning. Is there a way I can request a table in the center of the dining room versus the dimed lit seats on the side. We are booked on the Freedon for March 24, 2012. We will be traveling with a party of 10. Is there a resource person that could help?

  5. Jim Dale says:

    Can you clear up some questions about the cabanas at HMC? Some people are saying they are already assigned, and that you have no choice. Can you give an update?

    thanks
    Jim

  6. Debbie says:

    How do I find out if you got my request for a Chef’s Table reservation? I was told to blog you which I did some weeks back…..Carnival Paradise 4-18-11 out of Long Beach….

    • Debbie says:

      Ooops, I wanted to check the follow up box.

    • Bruce Johnson says:

      Did you receive an answer about how to sign up for the Chef’s Table. We are cruising on August 28. Thanks for your help.

      • Steve Mason says:

        Will be on May 29th,2012, cruise to Freeport/Nassau out of Charleston, SC on Carnival Fantasy for 5 days. Would like to make a reservation for a Chef’s Table for two during that cruise. How do I do that? Can you assist?
        Steve

        • Michele says:

          You book the Chef’s Dinner onboard. Ask at guest services. (Anyway that’s how they did it on my last cruise.) :)

  7. tina downen says:

    What time will we be able to board in venice 5/1?

  8. Rachelle Wilson says:

    Dear John,
    I am trying to send an e-mail and I need to know how to go about it? I have a question and or comment and wish to share.

    Thank You
    Rachelle

    • Eric the Beard says:

      Hey Rachel,

      If you want to submit a question to John, you can do so my going to the “Ask John” page at the top and filling out the form with the appropriate subject line. :-) – Eric the Beard

    • Randee says:

      Are there hairdryers onboard the Splendor?

      • Rick Williamson says:

        Yes, VERY Carnival ship has them. Once or twice they weren’t in the room at the start of our cruise. So we just ask the cabin person to get us one. nd the only time I can remember it happening the ship had just come out of it’s refebishing.

  9. Daniel Lee says:

    2 questions,,,, Has there been any new news about the Carnival new/updated Loyality Program? What will be the new Carnival Breeze US home port?????

    leedm

  10. Jamie Jett says:

    Hi John,
    I will be on the Triumph on July 23 going to the Eastern Caribbean. I am bringing a friend with me that has not cruised in the past. I have cruised many times and love it. She lost her husband last year and I lost both of my parents last year, so this is something that we are doing for ourselves to recapture life again after a lot of sorrow. I would like to get some information on how to book the tour the cruise ship when you first get on board. I saw something about what a good tour it was, but don’t see anything on how to book it.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

    • Jodi Bourdon says:

      Jamie, all you have to do is go to the excursion desk when you first get on the ship and ask for the “Behind the fun tour”. They will then put you on the list for the tour which is always held on the last sea day. I’m sure you will love it. We learned things that we never knew. Hope you have a great cruise. Jodi

  11. Karen says:

    I was wondering where I may purchase some of the dinnerware that was used onboard the Carnival Dream? Thank You

  12. cclmary says:

    Hi Cynthia,

    All request for Chef’s table must go through “Ask John” page.
    Have fun!
    Regards,
    Mary

  13. Marty says:

    Can you put up the Funtimes for the Fantasy soon?

    Thanks

  14. Catherine says:

    What is the deal with dinner at the captains table. How do I make a reservation? Carnival Magic departs 6/12/2001

  15. jerry horn says:

    this is my wife and I’s first cruise and I have so many questions I don’t know where to start. We are leaving out of New Orleans on the Triumph on June 25th. I will just list the questions and you pick the ones you can answer.
    1) Who has the best Mayan Ruins – Cozumel or Progresso?
    2) On a 5 day cruise how many Elegant evenings do they have, and is a sport coat (no tie) okay?
    3) Should we hit the Steakhouse at least once?
    4) Can you bring any alcohol on board ship with you when you board in your carry on?

  16. Debbie says:

    We are going on the CArnival Liberty and
    My husband wants to go scuba diving on our cruise
    which port would you receomed as the best one to scuba dive in st thoma or grand turk

    is there a excurison or company anyone recomends

  17. Shirley Haley says:

    We will be staying on in Barcelona for a few days after our cruise. What time do we have to disembark the ship

  18. Elizabeth Ann Griffin-McGahey says:

    why is it that new ship that is being built has a better site than the new Magic. Breeze floor plans have a 360 view and stateroom floor plan. Magic sight is incomplete. Can’t see inside of real rooms and such.

  19. Luc Marchildon says:

    Dear John (please reply),

    I am looking forward to our next cruise. It will be the Sep. 25/2011 sailing of the Carnival Magic. Our 8th cruise on Carnival (almost platinum). A few friends will be joining us on this one. It will be their first on Carnival. Unfortunately, we were not able to get a Your Time dining reservation. John, since it appears that you are in good terms with our Maitre D’, Ken, do you think it would be at all possible to twist his arm and get us a Your Time assignment? Many thanks. I am looking forward to meeting The (great) John Heald.

    Luc (aka, Tangocherie)

  20. Dottie says:

    Will be on the Dream in Septmeber and use a walker to get around. How do I find how what is available for disabled people We are on the Lido Deck so that should help, but how can I get a seat in the forward (Crimson) dining room. is there info for the handicap?

  21. Phyllis says:

    I usually cruise single on RCL but I am taking a friend and I thought I would take Carnival. I am thinking about Destiny and a suite. What do you think about that ship? I am Senior Citizen and shes in her 30s. She has never cruised before. Answer soon going to book 6/8 maybe.

  22. Kathy Preis says:

    Greetings to all! I’m sailing on the Glory’s 7-day New England/Canada on Sept 10 and would like to see the Fun Times. Will that be posted soon? BTW, I am totally smitten with John, his blog thingy and his attention to his FB! I congratulate Carnival for keeping an open mind and recognizing that he is genuinely concerned about making the passengers’ vacation experience the best ever.

  23. Kimbrae Abner says:

    Can you help us secure a table for 2 on our cruise leaving 7/19/11, Seattle RT to Alaska.
    We thank you for any and all help.

  24. cclmary says:

    Hi Lesley,

    All request for the chefs table must go through the ASK JOHN page.

    Have a great night.

    Mary

  25. Nancy says:

    I know it will be a vacation on the Magic but I was wondering if there are laundry facilities onboard. I don’t want to have to take my whole wardrobe and I might have to rinse out my unmentionables.

  26. Nancy says:

    Hello all Magic cruisers. We will be sailing May 6, 2012 out of Galveston. Hope to meet all of you. It will be our 3rd cruise. Gets in your blood, doesn’t it.

  27. Sally Ann Woock says:

    I was told I could sign up for the Chef’s table on your blog but do not find it. We are sailing July 16 on Carnival Dream
    it) party of 2. Please sign us up.

  28. Sally Ann Woock says:

    What is a verification number

  29. Emily Miller says:

    John
    I was wondering if there was anyway of getting reservations for the Chef Table on The Freedom. We are going on the July 2nd sailing. We are celebrating our 28th anniversary and our daughters graduation. I had sent you a request about 2 or 3 months ago, but I think it was about the same time you were getting started with your new ship and I’m sure you had a couple of other things going on. If there is anything you could do to help us get this arranged, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you and smooth sailing
    Emily

  30. Mike says:

    can you please update the funtimes library- i can`t find anything for the Eastern Carribean 8 day Freedom Cruise. I am leaving 8-13 on our 9th Carnival trip

  31. Brenda Fuselier says:

    John,
    I am a Platinum Member. We will be cruising with another couple who are not. If I book their cabin under my name as an additional cabin, will they be able to enjoy the boarding priveleges? I understand they have to be connected with my sail and sign account. Is that true? Thanks, Brenda

  32. LEN says:

    I WILL BE SAILING ON THE IMAGINATION 09/02/11… IS THERE AN EXCURSION THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE A SUBMARINE CRUISE AND VIEW THE OCEAN BOTTOM AND MARINE LIFE WHILE ON THE SUB??? IF SO, WHAT IS THE COST AND HOW DO I RESERVE A BOOKING FOR TWO OF US OR POSSIBLY MORE… WE HAVE 16 IN OUR PARTY… THANKS FOR YOUR FAST

  33. Delmer Thompson says:

    John,I read the look, friends box above and it said for unrelated items go to the ask john tab above. above what and where. I have not found any such tab. Please tell me how to work this bloggy thing. Thanks and God Bless. Delmer

  34. Steve says:

    I heard that recently the Dream has taken their trays off and you have to try to carry your food, drinks, etc. without trays. This happened to us on the Miracle once and it was not easy to carry food around. Why did the Dream do this and Is there any way you can correct this?
    Thanks – Steve & Linda

    • Juanita says:

      They didn’t have trays on Triumph last week either but it was not a problem. Their plates are now huge and hold alot more than any human can eat so you just put your salad bowl on that platter with your other food. Waiters came by asking what we wanted to drink and brought us lemonaid, water, tea, coffee, etc just as if we were in the main dining room.

  35. Al Olson says:

    John,

    Nice blog and writing style. Informative.

    My wife and I will be sailing on 1/22/12 on the Magic out of Galveston, celebrating our 45′th anniversary. Yea!

    How do I book the Captain’s Table reservation so we can enjoy that experience?

    Thanks so much and can’t waait to see the Magic in action.

    Al

  36. Liz says:

    Hubby&I will be on the Magic 9/4 can’t wait.
    Our 1st Carnival Cruise was on the the Pride 2/26/11 and we loved it so much we book the Magic. Can’t wait to meet you.I enjoy your blog and can’t see why people complain to you so much,what is not to like on one of your cruises.They should think about how luck they are to be able to cruise on one of the fun ships

  37. john says:

    Hi John – we are cuising 14th August. Looking to pre book a meal in the steakhouse but dont want to clash with the cruise elegant nights. Any idea what days they will be that week
    Thanks
    John

  38. buena dotson says:

    ok i am booked on the ship liberty. sail oct.1 2011 stateroom 9274lido deck early dining.we have a few family members going also same time dining we are seating togther under the YOUNG party.my ? is i have a friend that just booked same cruise LESTER NORMAN PARTY OF 2 STATEROOM 8374 got my time dining. if you could please try to see if you could seat them with the YOUNG PARTY or as close as posable. thanks in advance buena dotson

  39. Jim Meyers says:

    John,

    My wife Trina and I were on the November 7, 2010 sailing of the Carnival Spleandor. I found your blog right after that cruise and read it daily. We will be sailing on the 9/23/11 Carnival Spirit sailing in room 4218 ref booking # xxxx. The 26th of September will be our 24th anniversary. In the last 4 years, my wife has helped me through two heart surgeries, a neck surgery and two stents. She is an awesome lady. Trina does not drink alcoholic beverages. However, if you could do it, a special note from you would really make her cruise.

    Your friend Jim

  40. Sharon says:

    We’ll be sailing on back to back cruises October 16 to November 13. I am so EXCITED to Sail on the CARNIVAL Magic. I have read that You Sir. “John Heald” like to joke around with your audience. Please be nice to me, I will be near you for a month. I will try not to bug you. I think you are really funny. This will be my 30th cruise and the longest one and first one to Europe. Also the first time to not be in an inside cabin. We had to save for a few years for a balcony on the spa deck.
    I don’t know if you ever have time to have a meal with a guest, but it would be wonderful to have dinner, lunch or snack with you when we are on the 28 day cruise. I know how busy you all are. But we’re at sea days a lot in November. I can’t even imagine all the people you deal with on each cruise. You must have a really great staff working with you.

  41. Kevin Holcomb says:

    I am having problems printing the blog off of the website. When I do a print preview, I get a bunch of garbage. I am using Outlook and have not recently cahnged any of my settings? Please help. Thank you.

  42. Rebecca England says:

    How do we get reservations for the Chef’s Table on the Victory sailing 9/19/2011?

  43. Daniel Lee says:

    John, if I ask you a question, where/how can I track the answer or response?
    Thanks

  44. Chris says:

    Hello John
    My wife and i are due to take our first Cruise on Carnival Liberty sailing on the 22nd of October. This is a reward for my wife in obtaining her second PhD.I am English but my wife is Thai all i have is admiration for my wife coming from a very very poor background, it is remarkable what she has achieved, I would like to do something special for her have you any suggestions.
    Thanks Chris

  45. scott kiss says:

    just wondering what ships in the Carnival fleet have waterworks?

  46. Dora Huff says:

    Third email – please respond. (If I missed your response, please tell me where I can find it.)

    Dear John,
    I am an avid fan of Carnival, will soon be taking my 8th Carnival cruise and have enjoyed all my cruises even the Mediterranean when we took nine family members for a cruise of a life time. You were the Cruise Director and the day before we were to disembark there was that little problem of terrorists at Heathrow which threw everything up in the air, (and my Drambuie confiscated at the airport) including our departure from Rome taking us two days to get home. I was so surprised and happy to see that you were again my Cruise Director last November as I took my best friend and her daughter for an exciting adventure on the Splendor to Mexico. Well, maybe the toilet problem wasn’t exactly as planned and the meals not what I had bragged about, but every single cruise crew member did their best. Guess what, my friend, her daughter and myself are going again, same ship – Splendor – same week departing Nov 6 and even the same deck! This time I upgraded to a small suite. My question is, is there anything you can do to make this really special for my friends? Last year was their first cruise and even my friend’s adult daughter’s first airplane ride from Missouri. I wish you were going to be our cruise director again because maybe the third time would be a real charmer. lol Can you get us a seat at the Captain’s table one night, or dinner seating at a window? Do you know if they do anything special for us true blue cruisers that survived what has been dubbed Smoke on the Water? A little extra special welcome would be great. The reservation is under Dora Huff, Connie Russo and Gina Russo. Thank you so much.
    Dora Huff

  47. Is ThristyFrog Ale available on the Splendor? It not is there a target date or a guesstimate when it will be? Thank you.

  48. David says:

    Where are the new menus?

  49. donna haddix says:

    We are planning a cruise in January 2012. I am trying to find the recommended dress code for dining. I havee not been able to locate on the web site. Thank you in advance.
    Donna

  50. Rose Frederickson says:

    What ships currently have the “drinks on us” program in the casinos?

  51. Bruce Lanter says:

    Mr. Heald, I’m confised. Getting different answeres to the same question. We are going ot Hawaii on the Spirit on April 13th, 2012. My question is ship time in Hawaii. Some say Hawaii time others say San Diego time. We arrive 8:00 -11:00. Hopefully this is Hawaii time. If it is San Diego time it would be 5:00am – 8:00pm. and some days we would be leaving mid afternoon. Can you clear this up for me. Thank You very much.

    • Lee says:

      If the Spirit is still doing this cruise out of Ensenada, get prepared for a day from Hell. My wife and I , along with another couple, took this cruise 2 years ago. Theship was scheduled to depart Ensenada at 4:00 PM. At 4:00 PM allpassengers were still in SanDeigo, awaiting being bused to Ensenada. It was a mad house. Finally, CCL got all 2300 passengers on buses and police escorted us to Ensenada, boarding ship at 11:00PM, sailing approx. at midnight. That is the bad news. But let me say, if you have never been to Hawaii, once you get there, you will decide that ANYTHING that you went through to get there, will have been worth it. Magnificent. But, to answer your question, once there, you will be on Hawaii time. By the way, if Stewart Dunn is still cruise director on the Spirit, you will be further delighted. After 10 CCL cruises and 2 others on other lines, he is absolutely the very best.

  52. michael leezer says:

    I am booked on the liberty march 3,2012. can u tell me who will be in the piano bar?I went on the dream in 2010 and the piano bar man was the best ever. last year on the liberty the piano man was a dud!!! carnival will sell more drinks in the piano bar if the piano man has a great personallity and play music like the man on the dream in 2010

  53. who is piano bar entertainer on liberty march 3 2012

  54. Boyd W Miller says:

    I won a seat to the $100,000 changle and can’t make it. Need help on how to post it.
    BOYD W MILLER SR

  55. We are sailing on the Carnival Freedom on December 3, 2011. Someone in our group mentioned that Carnival will help us hold a meet and greet. If this is so, please advise me how we would proceed.
    Thank you for your attention to this question.
    Mary Ann Wolff

  56. Lori Keener says:

    Hi John,

    We just returned from a FABULOUS cruise on the Carnival Freedom and someone told me that Carnival is considering changing the VIP program from number of cruises to days at sea! I have never thought about this before but wow what a revelation! We live in Northern Illinois and only take 7+ day cruises (once we pay airfare we want to take full advantage). But people who live near a port could cruise short three day cruises and add their points up much quicker. Can you tell me if this is truly being discussed as a change in the policy?

    Thanks
    Lori

  57. TOBY YOSH says:

    ITS NOT CARPOOL ITS CARPAL AND IT HURTS TOO

  58. Joanne Barkan says:

    I’m on vacation so no I don’t want to dress up.
    Can I still go to dinner in the dining room or other public rooms?

  59. Marcia Schectman says:

    Can you give me the Fun Times for the upcoming Dec 17 Inspiration? I have a group on this sailing and would like to know what to expect. Who will the cruise director be? Will there be a formal night and when? Will there be a captain’s fun farewell, etc.Punchliner comedy etc.

  60. Julio Garrido says:

    John,

    We are sailing on Nov. 20th on the Carnival Glory out of Miami, our 10th cruise on Carnival Woo hoo !!! We want to reserve the Chef’s table for the Tuesday or Wednesday of our sail. Can this be done prior to boarding ? We would need 6 – 10 seats. Please tell me what needs to be done.

    Cheers,

    Julio Garrido

  61. Hanna says:

    What is your stand on the debate about regulating cruise ships in Charleston, South Carolina?

  62. Frances Wohl says:

    Hi John,

    How are you? Can you tell me who’s the cruise director on the Dream. I’m sailing again in two weeks, I was hoping my friend Jorge Solano was the cruise director since it’s been about 10 years since I last seen him.
    Just to let you know who I am. I handled the recommened store program with Patricia Garza 15 years ago. Yea thats right 15 years ago. I used to bust your balls about returning goods to the stores for exchange.

    Anyway please let me know who’s on board the Dream.

    Thank you
    Frances

  63. Betty says:

    I heard that you are aloud to take bottled water or soda drinks up tp 12 and under 20oz per person going on the cruise, does it have to be in something special so they can ck them before boarding, thanks

  64. Jorge says:

    Just curious to know. In regards to Captains of Carnival cruises, just how many captains are there for the cruise liner, how are they chosen, and whats the average salary for a ship captain? (if any one knows)

  65. Cleve Harrison says:

    Why is it that if I want to board the Carnival Victory in Barbados, I am not able to obtain a Junior Suite or something above that category?

    Why is it that I have to travel to San Juan to occupy a suite?

  66. Carroll Bowers says:

    Am a “sexy single senior” cruising on 3/9 aboard the Miracle. I would like to sign up for the chef’s table. Can one go alone? How does one go about requesting a reservation? Do you have any advice for two SSS’s going to the southern Caribbean? We’ll definately be enjoying the clothing optional beach, for sure!

  67. Peggy says:

    On the Carnival Dream, is there any specials to use their tharlassotherphy pool? Can’t find anything about this. This is our 14 cruise with Carnival and wonder if they have any thing to offer us on this?

  68. Jewels of Da Sea says:

    Will Platinum Members be getting more rewards? We would like more or ship board credits to reward us. Be loyal to the one’s that cruise the most. We are the one’s that believe in Carnival.

  69. Kevin Champagne says:

    John,

    I have been enjoying your blog, thanks.

    Possibly you can direct my question to the appropriate person/department at Carnival. My wife and I took our first Carnival cruise on the Ecstasy in July of 1994. Our itinerary was (I believe) Miami, Key West, Cozumel. For some reason this cruise does not appear in our cruise history.

    Any idea to whom I would speak to get that cruise added?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

    • Kevin: our first cruise on the Carnival Holiday was not on our completed cruise list. Lucky for us, I had a picture of our embarkation with the name of the ship and the date we sailed. I mailed a copy to Carnival, and boom we were one trip short of Platinum. Look for pics.
      Marie

      • Kevin Champagne says:

        Great idea!

        We actually found a picture we purchased from Carnival with many of the family who attended the cruise. Maybe they can decipher the code on the back?

        If we can get credit for this cruise, we will be Platinum on our next cruise.

        Thanks fro the tip. Where/to whom did you send the info?

        Kevin C

        • Kevin: Re your photo for proof of your sailing. I spoke with someone from Carnival, and, he told me where to fax the picture. It was quite easy. Sorry I do not have more specific information as this was several years ago. Just call Carnival in Miami (I am sure there is an 800 number) and they will direct you to the proper person.
          Good luck. I know you will be ok.
          Marie

  70. JOHN, ARE THERE ANY TOURS THAT PICK US UP AT THE AIRPORT AND TAKE US TO ST. MARK’S SQUARE BEFORE WE SET SAIL IN VENICE?

  71. Cecilia says:

    Why are the live cams not actually live??
    It would be cool if they were actually live…We are scheduled to sail on the Dream next month! Very excited…

  72. Looking to make reservations for chefs table on Pride sailing 02/29/2012 for 4 people Will be Cindy & Michael McDonald,Mary & Ralph Stears

  73. kelly says:

    How do you get an on board spend in credit?

  74. Rachael says:

    John:
    I sailed on Carnival in the past but was RAchael McCoy. We had a stateroom that had a partition between bed area so we could slide door, we were in the front and bunks in the back. Can you tell me how I can figure out the rooms with this configuration. My new husband and I want to take his daughter on her first cruise, she is 17 and we want a room like this for privacy.
    Rachael Spudowski

  75. Nancy says:

    My husband and I would like to dine at a table for 2. How can I request that? We are sailing the Magic on March 25th from Galveston.

  76. Linda Griffin says:

    John,
    Do you know why the deck chairs have been remove from deck 3 on the Conquest? We docked beside her a few weeks ago in Cozumel and I saw there were no chairs on that deck. Asked on Cruise Critic today for someone to verify if chairs had been removed. This is my favorite place to sit on sea days. Tallyho8, just off the Conquest today responded no chairs on deck 3 all week. Could you find out if this is temporary or permanent?

  77. Sue D. says:

    Hi John,
    I just wanted to drop you a line about our cruise on the Carnival Conquest we just got back from. We had a great time and did not let the small stuff interfere with our fun. ALL of the crew and staff were very friendly and was always willing to help. CD Henni was great as was the manager of the comedy club Uncle Bruce. The comedians were great as were our room stewart (not sure of real name he told us to call him NINI) room 8361. We enjoyed it so much we are going again in May on the Freedom and I know we will enjoy it as much as the Conquest.

  78. James vaughan says:

    I would like to book Chefs table for 3 on the Triumph sailing 3/31/2012, cabin number 1031

  79. Melissa Campbell says:

    heard this was the place to ask a question. We are going on the Carnival Victory 3/11/2012 and our teen daughter wants to make sure she makes the meet and greet. As we all know this is the most important part of the teen program to bond with others from the start. With the departure time not until 10pm will the meet and greet be prior to sailing or after later that night. Just want to make sure if before sailing she is on board or not at dinner or whatever and makes it. Thanks in advance for your help

  80. Julie Levandowski says:

    My husband and I are going on our first cruise Sept 22 – 29 on the 7 day Exotic Western Caribbean trip. I would like to make a reservation on Friday for the Chef’s Table for our wedding anniversary :) How can I make this reservation early to make sure we can enjoy this special treat?

  81. Sharon says:

    PERSONAL FOR JOHN
    I can help you with your cold. But I don’t know how to get the stuff to you in a timely manner. My sister will be on the BC5 March 4-11 in room 12020 her name is Diane. If you want I can mail the stuff to her and she can bring it to you then or i can send it to you if I knew an address for you direct.
    First of all i have to say that last Monday I was Very Sick and this does Work. It is not inexpensive. in fact it cost about $125.00 but it works overnight. I am not joking. I will send this to you for free. But I don’t want to spend that much if you are not going to do it.
    Here is what you need.
    1 bottle of On Guard
    1 bottle of Breathe
    1 bottle of Frankincense
    1 bottle of Melaleuca

    These are essential oils from a company called doTERRA. Their website is
    Their address is 370 West Center, Orem, Utah 84057
    Their phone number is 1-800-411-8151

    What you need to do is rub the Frankincense oil on your chest, and the Melaleuca on your feet, you gargle with a solution of a few drops in water OnGuard, put the Breathe on a tissue or handkerchief and hold it in your hands, cupping your hands over your nose and mouth and breath it in. Keep all of these away from your eyes and ears and don’t put it directly in your nose. Honestly, they really smell awful, but they work. I REALLY want you to be well and this does work overnight. Before doing all this you should take a hot shower and then the oils then to BED and to sleep.
    I gave you my email so you can tell me if you want me to send them with my sister. FREE I don’t need money. I care about you and your family and this is my gift to you.
    Sharon

  82. Leah says:

    Hi John!! ASTON Martin huh!! My boyfriend works at an Aston dealership!!Quick Question.. can you help us book chef’s table reservations… will you be on the Dream anytime soon?? I would love to see you maybe I could even snag you an Aston shirt!!

  83. Sandy Hockenberry says:

    How can I pre-sign up for the Chef’s Table dinner on the Legend sailing 4/29/12?

  84. Lonie Graham says:

    How do I send you a message on FB?

  85. franco says:

    nobody know, that the officers on board carnival ship they cannot rest enough?!
    that for example on fantasy class the officer cabin are over the lounge, and the music during the shows is so high that is impossible for the officer with night shift to sleep, with reduction of attention when involved on night shift and navigation and reduction of safety! and on spirit class the problem is for the engine officer that have cabins on noisy zone of ships, and in all fleet nobody respect the autority and the orders that the officers give.
    and nobody know that company is zero tollerance for alcool but on crew bar there is no limit at the alcool that everibody can drank!
    “safety first”!

  86. Liz Stevenson says:

    Hi John.

    Just recently cruised on the Victory.

    I know you can’t give personal info on cruise members that we meet, however, I just would like to reiterate how AMAZING the Karaoke Entertainer was.

    He is destined to be star! I was hoping to find some videos of his performances to show my colleagues at work b/c he was a RIOT!

  87. kathy lewellen says:

    hi john,i would like to know when did carnival start alowing dog on board?i went on my cruise in late oct.on the dream.i had a suite and the room next to me was’t a suite.they had a dog in there room.it would bark late at nite and early morning.i love anmials but i was on vacation and paid alot for my room,this was the first time i have every seen a dog on board.please e-mail me back. thinks kathy

  88. Brenda Booth says:

    What wines are in the cruise the vineyards package? I know this has to be a FAQ. However I can not find this list anywhere through your blog or Carnivals web site.I know I can find it on cruise critic but I assumed Carnival’s website would be more accurate on all things Carnival. I’m cruising on the Magic in May 2012 & would like to see the list. I’ve already purchased a 5 bottle pkg .

  89. Sylvia Clement says:

    We are going to be on the Carnival Spirit April 13th,2012 …..
    Do you have mah jongg sets on board (american type) and where can they be found on the ship?

  90. Mary Giragosian says:

    John, Is there a place or list that I can look at to see what ships you were on in the past? Unfortunately, after many cruises, it’s difficult to remember who the CD was and I was wondering if you were on the Legend in March 2008? Thanks, Mary

  91. JOHN: WHY ARE THEY ONLY SHOWING ONE TOUR FOR ROME NOW. I HAVE A GROUP GOING AND THEY ARE ALL CALLING ME ABOUT THIS. REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND OUT. (like you aren’t busy enough)

    MARY ZEBROWSKI

  92. geneva sykes says:

    i went on a carnival cruise but i never get anything from you guys for past passenger. like any deals or anything can you please help me or tell me who to contact

  93. Patty Sanders says:

    Is there a way to know specifically which nights will be the Cruise Elegant nights on the 6/24 sailing of the Carnival Victory?

  94. Michael Mackey says:

    How many times must we sign up for the blog..I am trying to verify my reservations for the chef’s table on the Magic cruise 9/16/12,,,trying to give the names and cabin # for those in the party of 4…Please let me know how to do this M

  95. Charlene says:

    In the event that passports may get lost, (or stolen by robbers, such as recently), is it ok to take a copy of our passports with us as we exit ship in Mexico Ports, and leave original passports safely in our room?

  96. WILL THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL FOR THE GUESTS ON THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE BREEZE?

  97. Lisa Tamburi says:

    John:

    I will be sailing with Carnival in July on the Legend, I CAN’T WAIT!!! My question for you: On my return I was unable to get transfers because of how early my flight is, is it easy to get a cab or is this something I need to make arrangements before hand. Thank you for your help. And I really enjoy your blog!

  98. JOHN, WE ARE DOING A GROUP OF ABOUT 45 PEOPLE THIS OCTOBER 27TH ON THE ECSTASY OUT OF CANAVERAL. LAST YER WE WERE ON THE FIRST CRUISE OF THE ECSTASY OUT OF CANAVERALIT WAS LATE GETTING IN SO WE DIDN’T BOARD UNTIL DARK. WE ALL HAD FORWARD CABINS AND WERE MANY SEASICK. IS THERE ANY WAY TO INSURE THAT THEY DON’T ISSUE US FORWARD CABINS AGAIN?
    IT SEEMS THAT IT MIGHT BE THE SAME WAY. IT WILL BE HARD TO GET THIS GROUP TOGETHER AGAIN.
    MARY ANN

  99. Maria says:

    I cruised with you last June 24,2011. My husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. This was our 15th carnival cruise. One big mistake I made was I somehow did not purchase our boarding photo. I purchased many others, but missed that very important one. I have a collection of all the cruises on my wall. Is there any way to get it now? I appreciate any help you can offer. thanks!

  100. Rae Heim says:

    Hi John,

    We booked our wonderful cruise in August, 2011; we were to fly out on 02.29.12 to San Diego for a 9 day cruise on the Carnival Spirit sailing on 03/02/12.

    The night before our flight we were at the hotel, when my husband had a TIA otherwise known as a “mini-stroke” we ended up at the hospital. He was released on 03/02/12. Our ship had sailed.

    The night we returned from the hospital my husband had picked up from the hospital the bug called Nor virus, two days later he shared it with me. Lost 8 pounds, not worth it.
    It took a week to recover.

    I am writing all this for a couple of reasons; the response I received from the from Carnival’s contact number was full of compassion as was the response from the Vacation Protection people, the compassion needed and the advice most valuable.

    The second reason; after sitting in the hospital for days I concluded CCL ships are ten times cleaner than the average hospital. The newspaper people should put that in their pipe and smoke it!

    Rae Heim

  101. Wallace Malone says:

    Forget Carnival after Star Princcess ignoring man in ocean! Have been a long time customer.

  102. Betty Gonzalez says:

    Hi, John I would like to reserve for the chef table for 2 Going on the Carnival Dream 4/28/12 can you tell me if I’m able to get in. I read that you can reserve on your page.

  103. Elizabeth Wingard says:

    Hello John,
    My fiance, myself, and our entire family will be cruising on the June 16th cruise on the Dream. Since this will be our honeymoon, which we are sharing with our entire family (kids and parents), we would like to have a special experience for just the two of us. We are both “foodies” and when we inquired about reservations for the Chef’s Table experience, we were told to contact you via your blog. We would be very interested in enjoying this experience and would love it if you could help us get reservations for the two of us.

    Thank you, John.

    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth Wingard

  104. Chucky J says:

    In your response regarding getting in touch with a crew member I think you’d be well served by replacing the word ‘nor’ with ‘neither’, i.e. “neither I or Carnival…”.

  105. Susan says:

    John
    Could you post instructions on how to go about arranging a Meet N Greet event onboard? Our CC roll call would like to arrange something and don’t know where to start! We don’t cruise till October 6, 2012 so have plenty of time to plan – but then consider our Dream On roll call has been chatting like a year already you can understand we like to plan ahead lol!

  106. Jenny says:

    Where can I see the new dinner menus for a 6 days cruise?

  107. Dean says:

    Which Carnival ships have cabins that can accomodate 5 guests?

  108. Hi John. Nice to meet you. We host a Native Show on Arawak Cay in the Bahamas and we would like to make it a part of your shore tours in Nassau. Can you point me in the direction of the person I need to speak with to arrange this. Thank you so much.

  109. gary koontz says:

    my wife and i are sailing on the Carnival Victory this Sunday. Are there formal nights on this cruise? If so, how many?
    gary

  110. randy says:

    John will the breeze have tuxedo rental available so we can all look good for formal nights and some great photo opportunities as a family. We sail June 27th 2012 whats your thoughts

  111. Susan Rostar says:

    Dear John.

    I went on my first cruise this winter on the Miracle. While cruising I found that I had problems with my feet swelling. On returning home my doctor believed it was from the ship using a water softener that was salt based.

    Does the Miracle use this type of water softener or was this reaction from all the saltwater around us?

  112. Fred Roberts says:

    Are any of the Dream’s dining rooms open on embarking day? Just looking for an alternative to the mass confusion that occurs in the Lido Buffet.

    Thanks :-)

  113. Mike Kilcommons says:

    Hi John,
    Will Karoke host Mathias be on board the Elation at the end of Nov 2012?
    Thanks

  114. Sammi says:

    When will the CD schedule be posted for the remainder of the year? I see it goes through June, but I am planning one in August and one in September. I would love to know what you know!
    PS – can you bring Mitcham back to the Florida ports? I see he leaves in June and that’s so sad. He was awesome! Thanks!

  115. William Paul says:

    Can you book the Chefs table for the week of June 19th on the Spirit before you embark?

  116. John Duke says:

    Greetings John. We are booked on out 3rd cruise on the Magic on July 15, 2012 out of Galveston. My wife wants to know is there is a DVD player in the Ocean Suite cabins? Please advise.

  117. Deena Harris says:

    Hi John, it seems like you are the guy “most in the know”! My DD, SIL, Neice, and I have scheduled a cruise 4/28/2013 on the Conquest. SIL and Neice have never cruised and we want them to really enjoy it and be impressed. Is there a way we can change our cruise ship to the Breeze? Do you advise this.
    After reading your blogs, “I want to cruise with you!”
    We are going a few days after my birthday to celebrate my completion of my chemo.
    Thank you for any advice, oh we did book through Carnival.
    Deena

    • Deena Harris says:

      John, no need to answer this, DD and I are going to just book another cruise!!! We are both so excited! We can sure stand two cruises in 2013. Thank you so much for any trouble you might have had in checking on this for me.

      Deena Harris

  118. Tina says:

    I was just wondering when Mazatlan is going to be added to the 7 day Mexican Cruise instead of 2 days at Cabo. I noticed other cruise lines have already added it.

  119. Christine Riffel says:

    John, this will be my 3rd cruise with Carnival, my sister and her husband’s second and my niece and nephew’s 1st. They are ages 9 and 7. Where can I see an schedule of activies that they will have the option of doing at Camp Carnival? FYI, I talked them out of Disney for the Magic cruise!!

  120. Haley says:

    Hi, when will new fun schedules come out and new cruise director schedules come out. We’re sailing Aug 26 from Galveston on the Magic. Would love to know what is planned and who the CD would be. Thank you. Also, this page is awesome because a “red” level cruiser, I’ve learned a lot about Carnival and am very pleased that we’ve chosen y’all to cruise with!

    • Haley says:

      Oh and why doesn’t Carnival do the all you can drink (alcohol) pass anymore for small bookings? That is a great perk, that my friends had enjoyed but by the time I started cruising it was strictly for large bookings. Thank you

  121. maryu says:

    John: How do we make reservations for the Chef’s Table on the Freedom 8/5/12-8/11/12?

    • Haley says:

      Sign in online on carnival.com, go to your booking and go to the activities tab. Go to shop activities, and on the left hand side there will be a list of Activities and Excurisions…. Click on Steak House and it’ll take you to the reservation page, fill it out and you’re done. You won’t know anything it’ll just say an email has been sent, but if there is a problem the steakhouse will email you. good luck and have fun :)

      • William Paul says:

        Thanks for the reply but I cruised last month to Alaska so you are a little late. I did go to steakhouse to reserve the Chef’s table seats but did not get a reply.

  122. Jerome says:

    You you book a carnival cruise the day of. For instance. Cruise leaving today at 5:30PM for LA, can I book cruise.

  123. susan rostar says:

    My husband and I plan on cruising on the Breeze in February 2013. I’ll be having major surgery in September 2012 on my right knee. Where can I find information on specials arrangements for handicapped.

    Thank You

  124. Deb says:

    I am cruising on the Liberty in November. I want to do a burial at sea for my parents cremains. Who do I contact about this and when? Thank you.

  125. Adam Tomko says:

    How do I go about getting a seat at the Chef’s table on our next cruise (my soon to be wife had been asking to do this on previous cruises and I have to step up for the honeymoon!). We’re on the Victory out of San Juan on 10/7/12. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  126. Jane says:

    Can you please tell me if anyone still wears tux for the elegant nights.

    Thank yiun

  127. Bekki says:

    Hi John. I was wondering how I could book 2 seats at the captains table as a surprise for my husbands birthday.

    We are sailing Sept 29th on the Carnival ecstacy. 5 day cruise.

    Thank you so much for your help. LOVE YOUR PAGE!!

    Bekki :)

  128. Jackie says:

    Hi John!
    does Carnival ever make an exception to the 10-person per table set up? We have 12 on the Breeze for the TA and of course would like to have all of us at the same table verses two tables. thanks!

  129. Thynia Douglas says:

    How do I get a seat at the chefs table for my upcoming cruise on Carnival “Victory” Nov 18 thru 25? And what exactly happens at the chefs table? Will I be seated at the chefs table every night?

    Thanks,
    Thynia

  130. Robert Younginer says:

    Just wanted to tell you my two cents worth on
    the decision to change the booking of future
    cruises on board the ship…I like most people do not know months in advance when I can get off work and arrange everything else to leave
    town. Having the flexability of not having
    to know the exact date we can cruise worked great for us. We are on the Dream in November and I was already planning to put deposit down for a future cruise . But NOT now. Hate this new way of doing it…wont work for us at all…

    • Nancy Houchens says:

      I agree! We just got off the Pride a few weeks ago where we were going to purchase several more of the Future Cruise Vacation Certificates. We attended the talk given by the Loyalty Cruise expert who gave no indication that this perk was being stopped. We actually asked her if they would be selling them on the Breeze and she said yes so since we had already booked to go on the Breeze TA in November, we decided to wait and purchase certificates then. Imagine our shock and disappointment when we got home and found out that the very next week they were discontinuing them. We would have purchased them on the Pride if we had been advised of this. We LOVE Carnival but this sucks.

  131. LaToya Scroggins says:

    John, I really hope you can help us. On your blog page on carnival.com you have Fun Times Library that have capers. What about the capers for Camp Carnival? I have been searching and searching for Camp Carnival for ages 9-11, specifically for a 7 day and preferably from the Liberty. I know that these are subject to change but this is the first cruise for myself and my son (hubby has cruisd twice). We have looked at the daily capers and would really like to see the one for Camp Carnival. Can these be added tot he Fun Time Library? Is there a way to get one sent to me from a previous cruise? Thanks!
    ~LaToya S

  132. Julie says:

    Any information on how to get in on Chef’s Table for the Victory for the October 21-28 sailing? My husband (to be) and I will be on our honeymoon and this would be an awesome treat!

  133. Mary says:

    Hi John,

    I hope you can help me. My husband and I will be on the Victory April 11-15, 2013. Can you please tell me how I can make reservations for the Chef’s Table? We will be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary and I thought this would be a great way to surprise my hubby. Thank you in advance for your help.

  134. Phil James says:

    Hi John

    It’s not ’til August 1 2014 but, just under a year on from our Mexican Riviera cruise on the Splendor, my wife Margaret & I have booked on the Spirit out of Sydney through the South Pacific Islands. AND we’ve talked my sister & the brother-in-law to join us & we know they’ll be instant Carnival converts!

    We are sooooo looking forward to it & hopefully the time between now & then travels fast. We loved every minute of our time on the Splendor & we’re 1000% sure Spirit will be equally as good.

    A question John:Margaret’s a smoker & I know she was allowed to puff away on our balcony on our cabin on the Splendor but my reading of the Carnival Oz website would suggest that she can’t light up on the Spirit’s cabin balcony. Please say I’m wrong but I have this horrible feeling that she won’t be able to.

    Love reading your news & tales John.

    Kind regards
    Phil James

  135. AJ says:

    Any information on how to get in on Chef’s Table for the Victory for the October 28-Nov 5 sailing? My husband and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and this would be an awesome treat to commemorate 5 years of love! :)

  136. PK Dunne says:

    Can you reserve a space for 2 at the Chef’s table on the Jan 13 2013 Magic from Galveston for us? When and where will tea time be on the ship? THX

  137. Judy Beleck says:

    I desperately want to make reservations for myself and a friend to dine at the Chef’s Table while on our cruise. Could you please, please help me with this?
    We will be cruising on the Carnival Pride from Dec. 2nd to Dec. 9th.

  138. Michele says:

    We just returned from the Splendor (Thanksgiving week) and had a superb, happy, helpful cabin attendant named Emmanuel. We were on the Riviera deck, cabin 1284. He was going home this weekend and looking forward to it but I wanted Carnival to know how superb he was and is. Thank you Mr. Heald for your blog.

  139. Janet Blouin says:

    Good Evening John,

    Thanks for securing reservations for us at the Chef’s Table on the Dream sailing on March 16 from Port Canaveral. We are really looking forward to the cruise and the delightful Chef’s Table.

    One more question please. I have medication that I need to take a night *with* orange juices. Since we will have a minibar in our cabin will I be allowed to bring a small bottle of OJ on board?

    As always, thanks for your help.

    Regards to you and yours for a great 2013!

  140. Rachelle Wassel says:

    John! Now that you’ve convinced me to book the Victory, could you please help with a chefs table reservation for two on march 29?

  141. Gisela Kelly says:

    Can you tell me what nights the Feb 9 Carnival Liberty Cruise will have their Chef’s Table?

  142. lexi says:

    Hi John
    I am so looking forward to my first cruise in 60 days (not that I am counting). I have a 13 yr old son who will be joining me on the Liberty. I was wondering if you had an activities list of what they do there?
    Thanks
    Lexi

  143. Edith Borg says:

    Hi John,

    I’m traveling on the Dream, April 27, for my 40th birthday with a group of 6. How can I get a reservation for a window seat for my party?

    Thanks in Advance!
    Edith

  144. Diane says:

    How do I make reservations for the Chef’s Table on the Conquest March 24 sailing?

  145. Juanita Loschen says:

    We are to be on the Triumph on May 20. In light of the recent fire and the shape of the ship will the cruises past April 13 be cancelled. I don’t want to wait to find out at the last minute as this was to be our 35th wedding anniversary cruise. I would need to find another cruise or what is the possibility of another ship leaving from Galveston if for some reason the Triumph isn’t ready by then.

  146. Eduardo says:

    Dear: I intend to do my first cruise with my lady on 10 October 2013 with that europe-canada. My doubts are many but the first is to get the best prices and the best location. Would appreciate your advice. Eduardo

  147. Annette says:

    not sure where to ask questions, but i’ll try here first, last week i went to a jewellery store to see if i had bought a 14 k or 18 kt yellow gold chain that i bought on the Carnival Liberty, because it was not marked on the chain, it was a sale at the time, i bought an 18″ gold chain with dolphins all the way around the chain on it, and i paid $1.00 an inch, and i understood that all their chains were real gold, any how this store i went to tells me it’s a fake!!! i need to know if this store is telling me the true, please reply for me

  148. Misty says:

    Can you see who and what gift someone purchased for you on carnival.com?

  149. France Chasse says:

    Excursion at M’ont St.-Michel when thé Legend stop at Le Havre???

  150. Meghan says:

    John, Ive heard that passengers (21 yrs old +) of the carnival are allowed to take one bottle of wine on the ship to enjoy durring the cruise. I will be on the ecstasy in April. Is this true? Thank you or your time.

    Bessos, Meg

  151. Anne Thimm says:

    Hi – Sorry, but I can’t find the info – I’ve heard that on this blog I can sign up my group of 11 for a Chef’s Table for this November’s Sunshine Transatlantic Crossing. Would you be so kind to let me know if this is possible? We are all returning from the Breeze Transatlantic of last November, so we are looking for something super special. Thanks in advance! Anne

  152. Meredith Atkinson says:

    I would like to know who to contact regarding an excellent time on a Carnival Cruise I was just on. I want to make sure I give the praise for these individuals to the correct people. (Cruise Director and his assistant, the Dance Captain, and room Steward)…. I am not trying to contact these individuals themselves as I am sure this isn’t possible. Just want to make sure to send the letters to the correct individuals who are over them. Thank you for your time and help with this!!!!!

  153. Kelly McNiel says:

    John, is what cruise.critic saying true. Is the carnival Legend having a problem with one of it’s azipods? And are the guests abored receiving a $100 credit, refund on their excursions for grand cayman since they will miss that port and 50% off a future cruise?

  154. Susan Wojciak says:

    Is there any date that the Carnival Pride is to get the 2.0 makeover?

  155. Suzanne says:

    Good afternoon John,

    We are taking our children ages 10 and 14 on their first cruise this summer. My question is this…is there any way of finding out the number of children in the different age groups that will also be on the ship.

    They are getting very nervous and it would be a great comfort to them to know that there are many other kids in there age groups that will be going also.

    Any help you can offer would be wonderful to make their trip a success!

    Sincerely,
    Suzanne

  156. Debi says:

    Under the listing of Ships, the Fantasy is not listed. Why is that, is it a substandard ship?

  157. Hi John,How many formal nights in med sailing we are on June 28,2013 Carnival Sunshine,Ihave been on numerous carnival cruises and i know on 9 day there are usually 2.But someone posted their is only i on a med cruise.Any help will be appreciated.Thank You and welcome back!

  158. Jodi says:

    Where is the Carnival Fascination link? I see all the other ships.

  159. Asmith says:

    Do you have a site with info about each criuse director? I’m would like to know who going to be on my next cruise and would also like to get more info about last ones. Thanks

  160. ernie lyon says:

    Dear John,(had to say that) LOL
    I gotta tell you we have sailed on almost a dozen times with CCL. The majority of the Cruise Directors have been good. But when we sailed with you as the CD, you are by far the most personable and funny one we have had the pleasure of sailing with. Keep up the great work, and God bless

  161. judyp says:

    i read somewhere in the start of the blogs that there are refrigerators in the cabins?is that right?
    thank you

  162. Kathy Beach says:

    Hello – I’ve read on the forum that I can make reservations for the Chef’s Table on this blog? How do I do that exactly?

    Thank you1

  163. Neil says:

    on the 26th May I will be boarding the Sunshine I would like to know if there are any drinks packages for me to purchase ie wine, beers or sodas

  164. Dennis Elliott says:

    Hello,

    My wife and I will be on the Sunshine transatlantic sailing (Nov. 1st) my wife follows you on Facebook and I often here her laughing at your blog. Her birthday in on 11/5 and she keeps talking about the chefs table. I would love to be able to make a reservation as part of her birthday surprise. Could you help me with this request or point me in the right direction? I understand its limited availability so any information would be great, my wife is an amazing women and I wouldn’t be half the man I am if she wouldn’t have came in to my life when I needed her most. Also I know people ask you for things all the time and you really go above and beyond so I thank you in advance for your time, If it’s not to much trouble could you send her a note saying happy birthday; I know it would make her day ?

  165. angela says:

    when posting the funtimes for august can you please post carnival conquest aug.25-sep.1,2013 thanks.

  166. Jeanette says:

    Does the Carnival Cruise line have name brand stores, or are the stores Carnival specific stores. In other words, is the shopping like a regular mall? If so, does your site have a list of what stores are on ship?

  167. Lynn says:

    Looking to take a Summer Cruise in 2014. Really like the itinerary of the Freedom, but want to be on a ship with the 2.0 upgrades. Read different reports on when Freedom would be refurbished. One said late 2013 the other TBA 2014. Do you have any info on this. Thanks.

  168. Darla says:

    is there somewhere I can find out what comedians will be on Carnival Paradise Aug 5-9 cruise week? I know the comedians are moved around a lot.

  169. Edward Walker says:

    Have a simple question. Why does Carnival Cruises not publish a cruise brochre?
    I cannot find any other cruise line in the Carnival class cruises that does not publish a brochure.

    • Nancy says:

      That is a good question. I really miss being able to look at a brochure to see where each ship goes, dates, etc.

  170. Savage says:

    Hi John

    Chefs Table needed for 2 on the Paradise out of Tampa 8/29/13. I can not find a way to make them online ahead of time. Thanks so much.

  171. Pam Williams says:

    How do I sign up for the Chef’s Table

  172. Donald R. Kilgore says:

    I would like to make a reservation for the Chef’s table please. We are sailing on the Breeze on 7 Dec ’13.

  173. Rebecca says:

    Does the Dream offer Unlimited Internet? If so what are the rates? Many thanks!

  174. L Douglas says:

    Hi, John:

    We have booked a voyage on the Carnival Magic in February 2014. We will be taking my children on this cruise wtih us and I am just wondering if we will be able to use the Water Works while at sea. The last couple of cruiises we have taken the kids on it has been hit and miss when we can use it. On the Dream a few years ago it was only open when we were at port and then we weren’t on the ship to enjoy it.

    Thank you!

  175. Linda says:

    What does Carnival look for in possible candidates to work for the cruise line? My son is graduating high school this next year and is very interested in pursuing a career with Carnival.

  176. Gina Ahlstrom says:

    We are taking a family cruise on January 13, 2014. Sad to say but out of 10 of us all of us will be first time cruisers. I see that we can purchase room decorations, in one of the rooms we have 3 people staying, 1 will be celebrating a birthday and 2 will be celebrating a graduation. Can I purchase more than one room decoration per cabin?

  177. Matt R says:

    John, with Carnival exiting the European cruise market, we still want to cruise Europe, why can’t we keep our platinum status when we cruise with another CCL family line? If I fly with affiliated airline I keep most of my 1K benefits, but with CCL corp we get none of the benefits of staying within the family. Time to update your business model to keep your customers happy and inside your life line (nautical term). Thanks and hope to hear from you. Matt

  178. Donald R. Kilgore says:

    Hello John,
    Second request…I would like to make a reservation for 2 at the chefs table on the Breeze. We sail on 7 Dec, 13. This will be my 18th cruise with Carnival and have loved every one. Thanks for your help

  179. Linda Bolin says:

    Serenity deck. Nude, topless or not? I say it is not, my husband says it is. Someone settle this for me please.

  180. Donna Druckenmiller says:

    Hi John,
    Just took a Disney Cruise with my Granddaughter and had a wonderful tour in Nassau. It was the Graycliff chocolate Tour and was the BEST! They said at present only Disney did this tour but they had just been signed to offer it on Carnival. PLS recommend this not only for families but for everyone. We toured, made candy and got to take it home in a nice handmade cigar box. Best tour in the Bahamas and I’ve been on them all on CARNIVAL! I promise no more Disney. Out of 5 grandchildren we took 3 so far, We hope we can talk the other 2 into Carnival instead. A Platinum member and a happy sailor!
    Pls comment abt this tour to let me know it is available soon

  181. As a Carnival Traveler, I would like to see a cruise from Charleston, SC, to New York City for the fall Christmas Shopping and / or ballgames in the area. A November and December cruise would be a homerun for the Christmas season and in the summer also but the Christmas season is a NO BRAINER. THANK YOU

  182. Larissa Cruz says:

    Hello John,

    First and foremost I love Carnival Cruise Line. I have cruised with Carnival about 7 to 8 times. Actually getting ready to cruise in just a week.
    The reason I am writing to you is that I am studies hospitality and writing a paper on a type of lodging such as Cruise divide up jobs and managers. Would love your take and insight on this. How does it all work when there is so much to a Cruise. Such as Food Services, housekeeping, guest services, retail, entertainment, and much more.
    Thank you so much.

  183. JoAnn says:

    All I would like to know is how I can get info on how I can plan a cruse. I want to plan a seven day cruse next year but I need to have the info I need to do this.

  184. John Blackburn says:

    Where can we find Carnival Funnel Hats/Smokestack hats?

  185. Jenny says:

    How do I UNsubscribe to the follow up comments on your Greenland blog-I am getting more than daily emails to these comments and I need them to stop. Thank you.

  186. Michael Long says:

    I am cruising out of Galveston on Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 and I was wondering if you had the ship’s event schedule. I was looking for the shows, contests, etc. Thanks.

  187. Kevin says:

    Hi,
    My family will be cruising on the Carnival Splendor February 5th sailing & we are wondering if the new “Seuss At Sea” will have started for our cruise?
    We are so looking forward to our cruise!
    Thank you!

  188. Margie Mason says:

    Hey John, we had an amazing experience with a waiter about 6 months ago on the carnival fantasy. We are still in contact with him and email each other some. He is now on a new ship and we didn’t know if we ever chose to go on the ship he is on if there was any way to request him as a waiter?

  189. Lakia Elam says:

    What ship is Everson currently AD on? Who will be AD on Conquest in May?

  190. Shane Wessel says:

    John,
    Any chance you could post copies of the Fun Times for the Sunshine Western Caribbean (Belize, Mahogany Bay, Cozumel) itinerary? You will make 32 people very happy for an upcoming cruise! Maybe even more!

  191. Connie hocking says:

    I wish carnival would sell hat pins with each ships name on it. I sure passages would buy them. I know I wood.

  192. Kayla S says:

    Hi, I just recently went on the Carnival Legend. The Music Highlight band was amazing. I am a 20 year old girl, and my grandma and I would dance to this band every single night. The one night they were off, we were so upset because we had so much fun watching them. How do I know what ship they will be on next? They are absolutely amazing.

  193. Shannnon says:

    Could you please tell me if wifi works on Carnival Spirit and what the costs are? Sailing the South Pacific from Sydney in November 2014.

  194. Erica Henri says:

    I would like to sign up for Chef’s table for two on the carnival valor starting sail on June 8. How do I do this? Ericah Henri

  195. Cathy says:

    Hi, I am thinking of cruising on the Freedom in June. I heard that ship was going in for the 2.0 upgrades in April/May. What exactly is being done/added to the ship? Thank you, Cathy

  196. asophieyou says:

    Hi John!

    Your blog is amazing and I’m reading it cover to cover due to ultimate bored-ness (I’m on the Carnival Miracle right now). Just a suggestion: Carnival should offer more free sites on the ship, like Google, Bing, Gmail, Outlook, or anything that might be critical to guests. I find the wireless plans very expensive and would like to see more free sites (like I have listed above). Thanks. :)

  197. Vickie Cobbina says:

    Where can I find Fun Times for Breeze 8 Day Eastern Caribbean?

  198. Veronica Messick says:

    Hi John! I was just wondering where it is I find a link to get reservations for the Chef’s Table.
    My husband and I will be traveling on the Carnival Sunshine on May 10, 2014 on a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. We will be in cabin 2281.
    We have been to the Chef’s Table before and thought it was the best meal we have ever eaten and would love to do it again!
    Please let me know so that I can get it booked before it’s too late!!!
    Thank you so very much!!!
    Veronica Messick
    p.s. You are our favorite cruise director…and I’m not saying that to just get a seat…..We Love You!!!

  199. Gail Foley says:

    We just returned from 8 days on the Breeze to celebrate both our 40th anniversary, and a birthday with dear friends. I am a huge fan of the spirit class ships because I like the smaller, more intimate setting. This was my 17th Carnival cruise and my experience on the Breeze definetly changed my mind about the bigger ships. We encountered nothing but the best from the entire crew. Cleaning of the ship was ongoing 24/7 and the efforts to keep all public areas spotless did not go unnoticed by us. Our cabin steward “Ringga” was wonderful! He always greeted us by name, kept our cabin spotless and took time to chat when he had a minute to do so. And I have to give a shout out to our favorite band, #RhythmNation. Carnival should be proud! They are an amazing group of talented young men and women that we immediately bonded with. We were lucky enough to spend time talking with Devan, Nathan and Andreece on several occasions and found them to be genuine and kind. Their music was great, but they also appreciate and know how to play to their audience.
    We now are counting the days until we sail the Sunshine with our family and friends in July!

  200. Elizabeth says:

    Can you please let us know whether Carnival will be sailing the Mediterrean in 2015 & 2016? We sailed with Carnival Freedom in 2007 in the Mediterrean & had a wonderful with you, John! It was our first time to go cruising then & since, we have taken over 20 cruises with different cruise liners, normally, combining two or more segments. Carnival is so far the ” fun ship” we sailed. Thinking of bring my entire families who are first time cruisers to The Mediterrean in 2015 or 2016. Please sail back to Europe!

  201. lisa says:

    the cruise director schedule is woefully out of date. It says 2013 on the blog page. Can’t you update it – its Spring 2014 already. Thanks.

  202. mack durante says:

    what s up with carnival cruise line. they seem to be cutting back on where they travel to. is it because of all the problems with there ships. or are they just going down hill. I’ve been on 24 cruise and more then haft has been with carnival. I planed to go to Europe St Petersburg Russia. we booked last year but I had to go in the hospital and could not go .beside Europe there is not many places to pick from .WHY

  203. Kathryn Chesnut says:

    When is the 2015 Bloggers Cruise somehow I missed the date Thanks

  204. Mathew Deines says:

    Cheers Program:
    So you can buy an unlimited number of drinks at full price for others but not yourself???

    As it was explained to me 3 weeks ago on the splendor after I was cut off; once you buy into the cheers program you are limited to only 15 drinks period and you cannot even purchase at regular price there after. I find it relatively easy to purchase 15 drinks on a sea and not be blubbering drunk. Even though the assistant bar manager said I didn’t appear intoxicated and that she would sell me another drink if she could but the computer wouldn’t allow anyone to ring me up one more drink even at full price.

    My wife and I are regular purchaser of the cheers program and find that it is a great value. However I don’t understand why after 15 drinks I cannot buy any additional drinks for myself?
    If this is not the case my wife and I deserve an apology.

  205. Bob Russell says:

    Beth (wife) and I have 45 cruises under our belts and recently traveled on the Carnival Sunshine – great trip met a lot of new friends and saw many friends from previous cruises – I was very much impressed with Jamie Dee and Weezie (CD and assistant CD) great folks and really enjoyed the towel animals on display toward the end of the cruise – especially the 8′ alligator – in 45 cruises I have never seen and alligator made out of towels – thank you to the crew responsible for the awesome display of towel animals

  206. krystal says:

    I have a question…………I have been told that if i buy Carnival stock and book a cruise i can receive on board crd…….is this true and how many shares do i need to buy…..

  207. Stephanie says:

    How do I subscribe to your blog

  208. Dan Wernery says:

    John we are sailing with you on 9-2-14. Can’t wait to meet you face to face. I have looked high and low, and can’t find the answer.

    How do you pronounce your last name? Held or heeled? Things like this keep me up at night!

  209. Kelli Bray says:

    What kind of drink packages do you have on Carnival Sunshine? All you can drink soft drinks? Do you have beer or cocktail packages? If so, how much are they per day.

  210. Jaclyn says:

    Hi John!
    Word on the water is your the go to guy for Chefs table reservations.
    My fiancé is a restaurant owner and I think he would truly enjoy this experience. We will be on the Victory 5 day cruise leaving next Monday 6/9. Cruise manager online didn’t have a place to book dining reservations- what should we do? Also on the victory are there speciality restaurants with an upcharge that we should book ahead of time?

    This is our first carnival cruise- were celebrating our recent engagement. So excited!
    Thank you,
    Jaclyn

  211. Robin says:

    I just wanted to say that I recently took my first 7 day cruise. My boyfriend and I loved the cruise and for the most part was pleased. However there was one thing we found lacking and that was the Cruise director on the Liberty. There was not enough communication as to what was happeing on the ship and the worst part was the utter lack of communication on disembarkation. It was a total and utter mess. I could not believe the lack of disorganization and lack of communication. She seems nice enough but could use a few more classes on how to keep folks informed.

  212. Sherri says:

    Looking for the Fun Times for the Liberty 5-day Bahamas cruise. Thanks

  213. Jamie says:

    I have been on 2 cruises thus far. Last year I cruised with a casino offer which was a great deal. Is there a uniform time when they are offered? I recieved one in March or April that was not that great and I believe I booked last year on the one I got in June/July. Will there be another one this year?

  214. Victoria says:

    Can we get an updates Funtimes for the Carnival Dream. We sail on July 6 and was wanting to get something similar to ours. Thanks

  215. Harold Young says:

    Trying to see if Consuela Ivy will be performing on the Elation during aug 4 – 9th? if not how can we request her? my wife and i will be celebrating my 19th wedding anniversary and my best friend and his wife will be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary>

  216. Jade Gonzales says:

    Sorry if this is a repeat, can not find my last post.

    I would like to book the Chef’s Table for 6 guests on the Carnival Magic. Can you please tell me how to go about with this reservation. There is no option under manage and plan activities.

    It was apparent on our last couple of cruises this was booked prior to embarkation.

    Thank you!

  217. Mary Enser says:

    I am interested in a cruise for seniors that goes beyond Ensenada, are there any and what kind of price range will I be looking at? My cousin is 85 and needs a handicapped bathtub etc. We would like to go somewhere over the Labor Day Weekend if possible.
    Thank your for your comments.
    Mary Enser

  218. John – SUBMARINER FRIEND HERE .. and when I write this in uppercase It means something positive … You had a place on your blog where I could put in a comment without if it going public. As mentioned the last couple of days I AM RESENTLY ON THE LEGEND and sitting in port in Cozumel. Met one of the crew and want to write to you about him. Fricking amazing person. But because I am still on the legend I don’t want it publizised until I am off the ship Sunday July 27 and I need to write it before I forget the details. Thaks, Stephen Worden. P.S. Notice .. I’m not always complaining! ;-}

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