If He Could See Me Now…

March 30, 2007 -

John Heald

Hello Blogging People – hope you are all well.

Just a few replies to some of the messages posted.

Maxwell1100 – You asked about the two people taken off last cruise on medical evacuation. I can tell you I have new news on one of them but the other was well enough to be flown by Air Ambulance to the United States. I wish them both a speedy recovery.
Southern Dreams– I will be onboard in October and I am sure I hope to be part of a dream vacation for you.

Also, have a click on this http://www.avidcruisertv.com. I noticed some people were asking questions etc about my start with CCL, etc. Well here is an article I did with a great friend of mine and one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry, Mr. Ralph Grizzle. Ralph has a fantastic web site and magazine which I encourage all of you to read. Included in the one above is an article about me which you may want to print and throw darts at. Thanks Ralph for the great article, let’s do another soon together mate.

Today the ship was docked in Izmir, Turkey. The morning weather was much the same as Greece the day before with a crisp and sunny start with a high afternoon temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. For those of you sailing in July and August you can expect the ports in Greece to be over 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees in the other temperature Fahrenheit), anyway it’s going to be bloody hot!

This evening I hosted the Repeaters Party for the 1300 passengers who have cruised on a Carnival “Fun Ship” before. This involves dancing to the Charlie Rounds Big Band and complimentary canapés and cocktails. During the party we show a video of the Past, Present and Future of this great company. I have seen this video many times but for some reason a though struck me tonight as I watched.

At this point I am sure some seasoned cruises will be thinking, O.K., here comes another Cruise Director story or joke and sometimes (ok most of the time) you may be correct. However, since starting this blog thing I seem to be constantly thinking of things that my reader may enjoy.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the video. It starts with a welcome from Carnival’s President and C.E.O. Bob Dickinson and a similar welcome from The Carnival Corperation Chairman and C.E.O. Micky Arison. The video then shows a clip of Carnival’s founder and Micky’s Dad Mr. Ted Arison. He was speaking about the past and how Carnival’s first ship The Mardi Gras ran aground on her maiden voyage on a sand bank. Not a great start to his vision of making cruising available to Joe Public, but his dream soon became a reality and from that one ship sailing to the Bahamas here we are some 35 years later sailing a 110,000 ton cruise ship to Istanbul Turkey. I remember the Mardi Gras as do many still working with Carnival and we have all watched this company grow into what it is today, The Most Popular Cruise Line In The World. We have had some bumps in the road along the way but if we can survive docking our first ship on a pile of sand of the Miami coast to having 21 ships with more on the way I guess we must be doing something right.

I never got to officially meet Mr. Ted Arison. I was on the bridge as the Cruise Director of the Carnival Destiny when it was the newest and largest ship in the world and I remember him sitting on a stool calmly watching as everyone ran around preparing the ship for its first cruise. I wish I had discovered the nerve to go over and introduce myself and shake his hand but I never did.

Tonight though when I watched the video tribute at the Repeaters party I silently said thank you to Mr. Ted Arison for starting a company that allowed me, an overweight, ugly, everyday guy be a Cruise Director and have his own blog that is read as of today by 75,000 people.

If he could see me now.

Goodnight Bloggers

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.