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April 5, 2007 -

John Heald

Good Evening……………and first the scores on the doors are……………………93,108 bloggers.
When we reach 100,000 we should all meet up for a bloggers cruise, drinks are on me!

Seriously, though, I wonder how many readers this actually means I have per day.

So, I also guess I need to ask, do you want me to keep going for a bit? Maybe I should should just post once a cruise…your thoughts?

As usual, the first order of business is to answer some of your questions. Again, apologies that I can’t answer them all.

Oh, by the way, Heidi has insisted that I make it public that this blog is being typed by her because I cut my finger while opening a pistachio nut and that I am a “big girl’s blouse” (as we say in the U.K.). Also, Heidi wants to thank the president of her fan club for mentioning her in your comments.

Here is a photo of me in Rhodes, Greece as John never puts one of me on the blog thingy

OK, back to the Q & A.

NNETTEALI – I am sure with the right persuasion your husband will make the effort and walk you round the deck. How about on the first night of the cruise he walks hand in hand with me and practices his romantic lines so he is fully trained for the following evening with you.
GUIZELL – We can indeed move the web cams around and will make sure this is programmed into the them for the start of next cruise. My best to everyone from the New Orleans, in fact I can’t wait to show you our new show called THE BIG EASY.
LEONA – The people at work are just jealous. May 25 will be here before you know it. I am sure you will love all the shows and I will do my best to have you laughing all cruise long.
KATHY KROLL – You no longer need coins in the casino. Your Sail & Sign card is good to plug in and play on all the slot machines. Anybody who needs advice in the casino, you should know, we have a wonderful new position called Casino Host. He is there to teach you how to win — yes, he really is! His name is Andy and he is a wonderful guy. So, any of you who may be intimidated by casinos, try talking to our Casino Hosts, one is on every ship and let them explain to you how to use all the gaming facilities before you decide which one is right for you. Did you know that we have the largest slot machine jackpot on the Seven Seas called MegaCash. Last year, on the Carnival Liberty, Heidi and I, along with the captain, presented a check to a lady who won $995,000. She was very happy and said she would swap all that money for a chance to have a photo of me dressed as a Roman Gladiator.
Seriously, our casinos are the best in the world and our International and friendly Staff are there to make sure every guest is comfortable before playing.  By the way, you MUST try our new Poker machines called Poker Pro, they are fantastic.
Since we are talking about the casino, check out our website: www.oceanplayersclub.com .
Kathy, as to your comment about the toilets in Europe, you are correct, that some do require change. Usually you have to leave a tip of 50 Euro cents to use the toilets, but for this money you get all the toilet paper you could ever need (unless spicey food does not agree with you).
Here are two photos.
Heidi and I and the toilets as used by the Romans in Ephesus A modern toilet in Turkey
W A W W
– You are my neighbor over the fence. Thanks for reading the blog.
Lance and Ilda – You are right, I am a big romantic softy. (this is Heidi here: ever since John started this blog, the only thing I have that is romantic, is reading other peoples stories. Still, at least we will have a few other people we can make friends with as we walk around the deck at night)
Char Harris – See you on Saturday. The weather looks like it is going to be good and Heidi and I can’t wait to meet you.
Jo and Dave – Please check out our fantastic website for tours — just click on the word Freedom and then click on Shore Excursions. Have a read of what’s there and if you have any questions, let me know. Remember, I will host a Adventure Talk for each port of call before we arrive to help you chose what is right for you. See you in August.
Robert and Suzann – You are my chairman of the board and Suzann is the boss of bosses. Big Ed is Head of security and I just need a CEO for Heidi’s fan club. Women only please (Ignore that, I am typing, so I want men that look like Joaquin Phoenix)
Hope the dog is doing OK.
Maria and Jose – Si! Mucho abla Espanol a bordo uno grando barco Freedom. Muchos nachos. Seriously, many people speak Spanish on board and you and your family will have a great time!
The Down Under Crew – We loved having you on board and I have passed your regards on to the crew you mentioned. My best to you and your family and hope our paths cross again soon.
Micky, Minnie, Donald and Daisy – Can’t wait to see you all in May. We do have a Venetian mask parade. We encourage all guests to purchase masks and then we have a big party on deck as we sail away from Venice. P.S. we will be serving DUCK every night.

Livorno welcomed us with outstretched and sunny arms today. It was the best weather by far this cruise with a sunny day. The temperatures were perfect to explore Pisa, Florence and Tuscany. I have not been able to get away from this computer today, except to use host our shows featuring a brilliant singer/comedian called John Courtenay……….he was fantastic.

I wanted to write about a couple of guests tonight. I have asked again for their permission and they have been gracious enough to allow me to do so. I think the best thing about this blog is being able to write about the guests and share their experiences as well as mine.

Let me therefore introduce you to a Mr. Dasnik from Parkside Wisconsin. I met this guest on the first formal night as I walked the lounges with the Captain. He was a very handsome man in his early 50s I would guess  I just checked and oops – he is 48).

Anyway, we chatted for a few minutes about the show the night before and how he and his partner had laughed so much until their sides hurt. Then, yesterday morning I received a letter from him to read out at my morning show wishing his partner a happy birthday. Now, this is where I made a bit of a mess of it. I wished his partner whose name I understood from the letter (in very neat but italic writing) was Paula and hoped that she would have a wonderful day and how much her partner (as the letter stated) loved her and I carried on with show.

This morning I received a call from the Purser’s Office telling me that Mr. Dasnik was at the desk at wanted to speak to me. Now, I guess some of you know where I am going with this already and you would be correct, his partners name was Paul not Paula. I felt so bad, I felt like such an idiot for not attempting to decipher the writing and assume it would be Paula and not Paul. I told Mr. Dasnik that I would be right there to apologize in person and prepared myself for the worst. When I got there I was met by the man I recognized from the formal party at the beginning of the cruise. We sat down and I started to apologize but he would not here of it. He said he wanted to apologize for his writing, explaining that he was a doctor of psychology and his writing was difficult for all you understand. He explained that he and his partner Paul had been together for 22 years. He wanted to thank me and the crew for making him and his partner so welcomed and told me some horror stories about his previous vacations and cruises where he and his partner were certainly not accepted.

Anyway, I made up for my earlier mistake by recording a special message on my show using the correct names. I wish them both many happy years together as they return to Parkside, Wisconsin.

So, my assumption and my carelessness could have caused two guests to be very upset and I will now make sure that if I cannot read the names on the many letters I receive that I check the manifest before reading them out.

So, we are in Civitavecchia tomorrow for a day exploring Rome. A big thank you to Heidi for typing this for me (I want more than a thank you, I want chocolate) because of the huge wound caused to my finger by a naughty pistachio nut.

Time for a walk on deck and hopefully one day we will see you out there under the stars as well.
Goodnight bloggers

Your friends,

John and Heidi

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.