Love is in the air

March 15, 2007 -

John Heald

Right, I have to get my head around the fact that 25,000 people have now logged on this blog thing of mine and I want all 24,998 of you know that you have all made me feel very special and totally overwhelmed. My Mum and Dad log on just to make sure my spelling and grammar are correct. It is actually amazing to think that my Dad can indeed log on a web site as up until last year he was using his CD Rom as a cup holder 🙂

So, why is “Love in the Air” my title of the day? Well, Naples is a romantic city but today the Shore Excursion team and myself went to see a new area we will be sending some lucky guests on the Carnival Freedom — POSITANO ).

We arrived in Positano with our host Adolfo Aloschi. His family own the tour company that Carnival and her sister companies use in Naples. The tours they offer are simply spectacular including one of my top five picks: Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii.

As soon as we arrived I began to get this strange feeling of wanting to be romantic — a feeling that I must admit to not having very often. There was something magical about this place. It just made me want to grab my wife’s hand and hug and kiss her. I was swept up in a wave of romance and indeed felt next to for my wife’s hand and squeezed it in a pure act of love. Unfortunately the wave of romance had so engulfed me that I had forgotten that Heidi my wife was back on the ship and I was actually holding the Shore Excursion Manager’s hand! My wife is a beautiful Dutch girl while Wayne is .ummmmmm…………..well…………………not beautiful…….still he didn’t seem to mind. And we skipped down the beach together.

Seriously, is there any other place like Italy in the world. The best food and wine, the most romantic regions and of course the best ship’s officers, as well!

Positano is a very special place and it is another exclusive addition to the fantastic Shore Excursion program set up by Mico Cascais and his fantastic shoreside team based in Miami. Carnival certainly has the best and most diverse excursion program in the business.

Here are some photos I took today of Positano (Click on the photos to view them in a larger format).

Pictures from Positano, Italy Pictures from Positano, Italy Pictures from Positano, Italy

Talking of love…I had a guest ask me today if I could arrange a special proposal of marriage for them. I had better not mention their name just in case — but I have decided to use the big screen known as the Seaside Theatre on our Lido Deck. I am going to film him live tomorrow from our studio while his wife is on deck. His proposal will be on this giant screen and we can then film her reply live which will also play on the big screen and all the in-cabin TV’s. I will let you know how this goes but if you don’t see a follow up on this you will realize she said “NO.”

A couple of quick replies to comments left on the site.

Paul Medik – I am not sure where I will be on March 28th, as soon as I know, I will personally write to you and let you know. The fact that you are thinking of leaving another line to come and sail with me is humbling and I will do everything I can to make sure I am onboard with you mate.Big Ed – How are you? I remember the big screen family shot and let’s do something similar next mat. Hope you and the family are well.MMRAMSAY – A big hello to you and please make sure you see me when you cruise. I promise you the best time ever.ROBBIE4987 – I will make sure their 51st anniversary is very special. Please get in touch with me when you board.

Dyante – Not long now. See you on the 26th of March.

Off to the Welcome Aboard Show now………until tomorrow………………………..be romantic and hold another man’s hand.

Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions — or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters — for those of Carnival Cruise Line or Carnival Corporation. My apologies in advance for anything I may say that upsets you, but this disclaimer covers Carnival and puts the blame directly on me………….. bugger.