Welcome back to the next installment of my blog — written by your chubby, grey-haired brand ambassador. For those who have been surfing the interweb and drooling over our ships on Carnival.com — and have finally decided to come and join the millions of people who have already experienced the Carnival Fizz – the fun is about to begin.

But hold on, panic may be setting in — so much so that you are reading this in a dark room while listening to the soundtrack of lonely whales. The reason for the panic . . . . (more…)

The Fizz

May 3, 2017 -

John Heald

Someone once described the moment they drove onto the port to start their cruise vacation on a Carnival ship as “the fizz.” He told me the sheer joy of realising the fun is about to begin manifests itself as a fizzing sensation through his entire body.

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Weather challenge

June 9, 2016 -

John Heald

Hello everyone, I am glad to see some of you enjoyed the “Live from My Garden” video on my Facebook page yesterday and, with so many views, I guess I will do another one soon, so tune for something called “Live from My Shower” or, to give it a bit of a Disney feel, “Join John Live From His Shower As He Proves That It Is Indeed….A Small World.” Seriously though, I will do another one soon so join me then and I will have live news and take some questions too. (more…)

Hurricane season

June 8, 2016 -

John Heald

A very good morning to you all, as it’s June, it’s time to talk about the weather. Yep, hurricane season. It’s hard to think about hurricane season when you are sitting in your underpants writing from the UK where hurricanes are as rare as finding an Apple store in an Amish community. (more…)

Blog from Marseilles

June 6, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Marseilles, which is in France which is a country that has lots of general strikes, like today. This means there are no trains and public buses because across the country the French are protesting about ummm……….ummmm……..something.   (more…)

Blog from Livorno

June 4, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Livorno where guests are exploring the tower that leans and the beauty that is Tuscany and Florence. I only have two days left on the Carnival Vista and will reminisce more tomorrow on why this ship is the ship that every cruiser should be booking.  (more…)

SHOUTING GETS YOU NOWHERE

May 31, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Civitavecchia and our call to Rome which, thanks to busy port traffic this morning, was delayed by 30 minutes. That meant that instead of docking at 7am, it was 7:30am before the ship was alongside and another 15 minutes before the gangways were out. And because of the delay, Captain Lubrano gave permission to extend the call by 30 minutes, meaning guests have to be back on board at 8pm rather than 7:30pm as advertised. (more…)

ELVIS HAS NOT LEFT THE BUILDING

May 30, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning everyone from the Sicilian town of Messina, your Carnival Vista’s first call here. Today many of the guests are walking to the Piazza for a coffee and a cannoli – “leave the gun bring the cannoli” – and our bestselling excursion is of course a trip to Taormina and its winding street, shops, Greek theatre and views of the typical Sicilian houses cascading down the hillside into the Mediterranean Sea…….it really is a place not to be missed. (more…)

Museum Piece

May 28, 2016 -

John Heald

Thank goodness, a sea day. I am sure those are the sentiments of many of our guests this morning because after two days in Athens and then Rhodes and with six consecutive port days still to come, including Rome and Naples, the chance to put their feet up or, in many cases, put the “snoozing” sign out, has been gratefully welcomed. (more…)

Steak stories

May 27, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Rhodes, Greece, where Carnival Vista sits in glorious sunshine and at 11am only 303 of our 4,000-plus guests remain on board. The old walled town is just a 15-minute walk away and the traditional must-see village of Lindos is the top-selling excursion. (more…)

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