Thinking of Another Women

June 29, 2007 -

John Heald

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GROUP HUG.

Oh what a beautiful morning, do you know why…..it’s only 84 degrees today and its so much cooler than the rest of the cruise I advised everyone to wear a thick coat when they left to explore Pisa and Florence.

So, that’s where I am today, Livorno and 2,200 people are on organized tours and have left for what I know will be a very happy day. The other 1,000 guests will be off on their own including one group of 12 people who told me something about their day. They are all going to Tuscany to spend eight hours learning how to cook Italian style.

Apparently, this day will include lessons and instruction in Italian cuisine held at a big house in Sienna, Tuscany. The group has both men and ladies in it and all seem very excited…..so….my question, is this something you think we should offer as a tour? I mean, honestly, do you really need lessons in this? It’s easy, you take the pizza out of the box, open the microwave, turn the thing on…………when it goes PING you take it out and eat it. The only difficult thing is making sure you don’t drop it on the way from the kitchen to the TV………….let me know if you think I should add this tour please.

Talking of Tuscany, the new movies I have been showing this week have been so very popular with the biggest attendance for Top Gun and Casino Royale although Jaws on Classic Music night was very well attended. When the music starts, you know the……bom bom bom bom ……..bombombombombombombom….. (how many of you just sang that by the way) we turned the music up really loud and even though you most people had seen this movie it was funny to see everyone jump at the same time when the shark strikes its prey.

I did have a problem during the night we showed Casino Royale though. I had planned to start the movie at 7:45pm and repeat it at 10:45pm. However it was so hot on deck, the transformers or something that sounds like that were affected by the heat and caused a surge………listen, the thing blew up and the techs had to put in new things which caused a 40 minute delayed start to both movies. One of the staff went to explain to the guests on the mic and once again 350 people said no problem and two or three….well……you know the rest. Have you seen though the final scene in the movie where the house on the Venice canal collapses – it is brilliantly made and overall I think the movie was super stuff and after my misgivings at the casting of Daniel Craig, I think he was tremendous……but a complete ba%$#@D for crashing a brand new Aston Martin.

Also, a record today…………..TEN PEOPLE MISSED THE SHIP IN LIVORNO. We have since heard from most of them and they missed the train back to Florence. They will now have to get to Rome to meet us tomorrow. Seeing these places by taking the train is a good way to explore but you always run the risk of a train strike or as in this case, a cancellation of the train due to mechanical faults. We waited as long as we could and luckily they took our Carnival Capers with them that contain an emergency contact number on the front page so they could call.

Unfortunately, with the next train not for another hour and with a one-hour journey time we could not wait……………so, it’s a night in a hotel for them then. I will call them later tonight as I have got to know one couple well. A follow up story will follow…………..what a stupid sentence that was……of course it will………what an idiot I am….and I am talking to myself and typing what I am saying………….help.

OK, what else – I have been having a look through Heidi’s photos and found lots more I have not slapped on the blog before so here we go with four of my favorites.

1. This is a photo of the donkey that took Heidi up to Lindos, which is part of the Lindos Tour in Rhodes, Greece. For those who cannot walk the 400 steps, here is a way to go up on an ass. For some reason the donkeys ran away when they saw me.

This is a photo of the donkey that took Heidi up to Lindos, which is part of the Lindos Tour in Rhodes, Greece.

2. Here are some photos of the reward that awaits you after the donkey ride or climb. This is the view from the top and marvel at the amazing Temple Of Athena atop the Acropolis

This is the view from the top and marvel at the amazing Temple Of Athena atop the Acropolis

This is the view from the top and marvel at the amazing Temple Of Athena atop the Acropolis

This is the view from the top and marvel at the amazing Temple Of Athena atop the Acropolis

3. Finally for today, here are two photos from Ephesus. The first is of the Amphitheater and shows you the sheer size of this amazing structure built in 5 B.C. and then we have the Hadrians Library. Wow.

The Amphitheater at Ephesus

The Hadrians Library

That’s it for now. By the way, hope you like the new way we are slapping the photos on the blog thingy.

I would like to introduce you to Mr. Natko Nincevic who is our Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Natko over the last 20 years and have watched him reach his current position thanks to his tremendous knowledge of the industry. I asked a him a few questions and here are his answers.

Mr. Natko Nincevic

1. Natko, please can you tell us something about your Career in the cruise industry from the beginning to your current position.

I first joined Carnival in 1978 in the position of Assistant Maitre d’ Hotel on the most beautiful ship, the TSS Carnivale. In 1981 I left the company and went to Montreal to further my experience in the hotel industry, including the Trust House Forte and Hilton. In 1984 I returned to Carnival and joined the line’s newest ship, the MS Tropicale, in the position of F&B Manager. In 1990, Everette Phillips, at the time General Manager of Carnival’s Catering Division, offered me a job in the office as Director of F&B for the fleet. In 1993 I was promoted to VP food & beverage followed by promotion to VP Hotel Operations in 1997 and in 2000 to SR VP Hotel Ops a position, which I presently hold.

2. As Senior Vice President for Hotel Operations you have a very responsible position. Can you tell us for what areas of the operations you are responsible for and how many staff you have working ashore?

Hotel Operations’ group consist of food and beverage, housekeeping, pursers, Camp Carnival/youth and teen staff, and most recent addition tour operations and entertainment; shore side support departments: hotel purchasing, hotel commerce, shipboard human resources, special services operations (Bon Voyage), logistics and warehousing. There approximately 200 staff working in the office to support shipboard operations.

3. Natko, one of the most spectacular success stories in recent times have been the addition of the Supper Clubs on our Spirit and Conquest class ships. Please can you tell us how this came about and why you think that they have become the most talked about restaurants at sea?

Supper Club: at the time of design of Carnival Spirit, there was the location which Joe Farcus designed a small restaurant originally meant to be a pasta place. In those days prime steakhouse restaurants were quite popular, i.e., Morton’s and Capital Grille. Actually we approached a leading steakhouse to co-brand but they wouldn’t entertain our offer. We said good we can do our steakhouse better than you and the rest is history.

4.Obviously, I have to ask you to please tell us what your favorite dishes are in the Supper Club, so off you go, appetizers through dessert please.

It’s difficult to pick a favorite dish when they are all good; however, today’s pick would be lobster bisque, New York steak and of course flourless chocolate cake

I know that you are very proud to have been born in Croatia. You must therefore be so proud to see the Carnival flag flying high and proud in Dubrovnik, which has become a firm favorite with our guests. Can you tell us how that feels and also just how far the country has come and how.

Croatia is a great centuries-old country and Dubrovnik is a very special place. To see the Carnival flag in Dubrovnik it’s a great feeling, especially since I was involved in planning that itinerary.

5. Finally, as you are responsible for so many crew, please can you find a position onboard for these famous people.

ANGELINA JOLIE – supper club hostess

GEORGE BUSH – bossun

BILL CLINTON – social host

PARIS HILTON – crew bar tender

Thank you Natko, we all appreciate your time so very much

Let’s do the answers to yesterday’s anagrams.

CAROL MARLOW
DUBROVNIK
YACHTS OF SEABOURN

Here are today’s

READMIZDU

CLEARNOTEBI

RAINVALC CRAPES

They were easy today.

OK, we are off and running with today’s Q & A

PAUL F. PIETRANGELO – As always Paul, you write with such fluency and sincerity, we all appreciate it very much. I am happy to hear that your son will be sailing with his new wife on the Carnival Victory. Please can you remind me nearer the time (yes, I will still be blogging then), as I would like to send them something special? I am glad also you are enjoying the guest interviews and it was a special honor for me to interview Carlo Marlow from Cunard. As requested I will take some more photos of Heidi and I, we never seem to have time to take some together. Hope you are doing well and we both send our regards.
BILL – ZYDECOCRUISER – Vicki’s interview will be posted to at the end of the week Bill. I am continuing with the written blog thingies until we get the audio files started when we will also do as you suggested and have someone else type the blog. The reason I am going to do this is so that I will be able to add more blog have heard of voice recognition devices that do the typing for you. My only concern with all these gadgets is that for some strange reason I tend to write better when I am typing it myself. Strange that. ROBERTO AND FRANK…HAVE A LOOK AT THIS LINK THINGY AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK /……..www.nuance.com/talk
Thanks for your interest and concern Bill and hope you continue to enjoy the blog thingy. By the way I am listening to Brian Jack and a track called Going Home – very cool
KEVIN – Now you have piqued my curiosity…………what do you do for a living? ….you say it has something to do with what a man does every 30 minutes……………….OK, let me think………………nope, no clue……………let me know and if a condition of you getting a job on a cruise ship is that I can use your Aston Martin then YOU ARE HIRED!
You asked if they put something in the water to make people addicted to cruising? That may be the answer but I think it also has to do with the fact that it is like no other vacation in the world and it continues to get more and more people addicted every day. The only known cure is to take more cruises. I can’t wait to hear your answer and I hope you put me out of my misery soon. All the best mate…………………Heidi says I annoy her every 30 minutes but I don’t see how that can relate to a job unless you plan on marrying me.
CAPTAIN CHUCK – Those were very interesting stats Captain and bearing those in mind I think I should continue with the written blog and have audio as an option. It was indeed a shame that the kids from Istanbul were not able to have their photos taken. When we were told this it made me feel even more glad that we did indeed arrange this to happen. It was a day of days for them and hopefully we can do it for others less fortunate than us soon. Thanks Captain, all the best.
JTODDINMAN – You asked about the fly on entertainers. Well, in the Caribbean they do hop from ship to ship. Well, they don’t actually hop the fly but in Europe we have hired our acts all from the U.K. and although one or two may fly to another Carnival family vessel most return home. I will be hosting a Q & A with Chris Prideaux who is in charge of the entertainment hiring as well as cruise directors soon and I am sure he will have some further insights to this.
I will be passing on your wonderful ideas on advertising to our marketing department and let us see what they have to say.
One thing that I have been thinking about is a live chat………………..ROBERTO / FRANK – IS THAT POSSIBLE – A LIVE Q & A CAFΓ‰ – MAYBE WHEN I AM HOME?
Anyway, thanks for taking the time and I personally love the idea of a newspaper clipping earning you a gift onboard – maybe you could suggest this as well to you travel agent………..or as you have so many brilliant ideas, open one yourself:)………..I think it deserves looking at and promise to let you know what was said by the powers that be. Write soon and watch this space.
BOB POLAND……………………Great to hear you enjoyed the interview with Carol Marlow, it was so kind of her to take the time to do so. How fantastic that you are sailing on the QM2 to New York, it is something that I really want to so and Carol has invited Heidi and I to do so and hopefully one day I will be able to go.
You are also correct that Anita is a brilliant writer and she and her daughters have had a brilliant time here and also and more importantly we have become great friends. The caricature I hope will be made into T Shirts and that should be very soon. Thanks to Anita and many thanks to you, have a fabulous time on the QM2.
CAROL SCHOENBERGER – Indeed, The QE2 will be missed but the future is just around the corner with The Queen Victoria on her way soon. We did a cruise around the UK on the Carnival Leg End in 2002 calling at Ireland and Scotland and it was amazing. I hope one day we can do it again soon…..with you onboard.
Hope you are well Carol and Heidi and I send our best to you.
SHEREE – By the time you read this you will be here so …..WELCOME ABOARD.
LINDA HERNACKI – the caricature of me was a little flattering to say the least. I have very few dark hairs left on my head, most are white now and also my waist was a little slimmer in the photo…just a bit though. It’s Thursday today so keep them crossed…..the fingers that is.
Best to you and Mike and his garden of bulbs.
DAISY – What great news. I am sure you had a good time on your Disney cruise but you have to give us a try. Now, you said you are just a few hours away from Mobile, Alabama so have you considered a shorter cruise on the very Fun Ship Holiday. She may be our oldest ship but you will be assured of the most fun you have ever had. Also, how about a seven-day cruise out of Florida? Let me be your guide so I expect a deluge of questions from you……it’s what I am here for. Hope to hear from you soon Daisy.
SOUTHERN DREAMS – How are the leaves.
CAT MAMA 044 – We need to talk about Angelina and we will do so a little later. I am happy that you are still enjoying the blog and as long as there are readers I will keep blogging for as long as I can. I am now wearing boxers…………….I have no fight in me and I have no support………….I mean, I really don’t have any support.
BIG ED – I saw the transfer you did of the photo and it was so well done. Take the bloggers cruise and you and Mrs. Big Ed get free T-Shirts and a pair of my old briefs to use to wash your car……..or do you drive a truck? T-Shirts should be ready soon. Thanks for your advice for James. I have to say that if we had a cabin next door to each other I am sure there would be a lot of creaking and moaning….what do you think? Hopefully, we would never flush the toilets at the same time, I can only imagine what would happen. As far as I know the winner of the Name the Spa Contest will be announced in August.
As for the Bodacious Spa……..even if you don’t win the contest and you book the Bloggers Cruise I will name a lounge or bar after you on board the Carnival Freedom. Big Ed’s Restraint Bar and Grill………………….come on, what are you waiting for?
Yes, thanks to Interactive Marketing Team for helping with the new layout of the photos……cheers.
Please apologize to Mrs. Big Ed and tell her to forget the belly dancer however if needed I will perform one myself for her. As for there never having been any photos of a Small Ed as a baby, how about;
BABY BIG ED
BIG ED THE BABY IN DIAPERS
TODDLER BIG ED
PRE PUBITY BIG ED
TEENAGER BIG ED
Any chance?
KEN CANTRELL – OK, I understand now. Yes , your plans should be OK and I hope the military plane is available to get you home. Let me know if I can help with anything else mate.
VICKI AND MATT TILL – Heidi here, just want to say thank you for the offer of a gas mask. This low carb diet is causing havoc and this is a small cabin where the windows do not open. Express mail please
R D C ETTE DEBBIE – Thanks for the heads up on Paris Hilton. I know very little about her except she seems to have been in jail and is now out and the entire world is reacting as if they had discovered the identity of my PA 007 was Elvis.
I have to talk to you about AJ later in this blog but I will keep Paris in mind….the woman…..not the place where you find the Leaning Eiffel Tower.
Head and I send our best back to you as well.
JAMES EMM – James – you asked about noise in the aft cabins on ships and that it has been mentioned that you should never book a cabin located at the aft part of the vessel. While this may be true on older and on lower decks I assure you that a deck 8 aft cabin on the Carnival Glory will be just perfect.
Remember, when a ship – any ship – is moving through the ocean you are going to hear the odd creak and moan and not just from the honeymooners in the next cabin but from the ship itself. So, don’t worry about a thing and as for the blog I will continue to offer a written blog and soon an option of an audio one as well.
Thanks mate and let me know if I can help with anything else.
ESSEXMAN……………..ROBERTO/ FRANK/ CHRISTINE……………Essexman has suggested selling the caricature onboard. What do you think?
I love the suggestion of the money going to the orphanage …lots to think about. We will be opening an online shop soon………selling t-shirts and briefs (second hand). I just made a cup of tea; all that is missing is a Hob Knob. Hope all is well at home mate and the floods don’t return. I wish I looked as skinny in real life as in the caricature but I am working on it. I think though when I have lost the weight we should celebrate with a fry up down the arches.
MARK TWAIN AND A HALF – hello, This is Heidi. I am glad you liked the blog that I sent. I will send another one soon. I know it is not as good or as funny as John’s but I want you to hear my side of the story, especially about his change of underwear which I am mad at him for sharing with the world! Anyway, look out for another blog over the weekend.
OK, I guess that’s me back in the Dog House. I agree with you that Carol’s table on the QE2 would be incomparable and anything with Mr. Churchill and you can count me in.
As for the Cigar Bar…………..it does get a bit smoky at times however there are many non-smokers who frequent the lounge just to hear Gavin and the trio play every night. They will be on the Bloggers Cruise and I hope you will enjoy them with me, it is as you said, a great place to hang out. Even MTSFPBLFTTNSFCF will be joining me.
I send my best to you and your 1/2 a partner and hopefully I will be out of the dog house by the time I write next.
LFTTNSFCF – I loved the caricature as well and I am trying to see what I can do to make copies, I will let you know. Not long and you will soon be here, I will still call you LFTTNSFCF even whne I have a coffee with you. Thanks for your kind words mate.
ALAN AND CHRIS – Can you let me know exactly what date you are cruising so I can start recommending some tours for you dependant on what itinerary you sailing on. Please don’t worry about bothering me with questions; it is after all what this blog thingy is all about. Hope to hear from you soon and I will wear Red Socks in your honour (spelt correctly) when I see you.
G COURINGTON – I am glad you are taking a few days in Rome before you sail. You asked about romantic restaurants in Rome. Well, Heidi and I love the Via Veneto area. We have eaten in the Excelsior Hotel’s pavemant restaurant and it was amazing. I also recommend a restaurant called Rivadestra Home Restaurant. It is on the west bank and is real home cooking Italian style – we loved it. I know my PA 007 has some friends who have just been to Rome and I wonder if PA 007 can recommend a restaurant accordingly. So, more information will follow from PA so stand by for more top recommendations. I will get back to you soon.
Now, I have just seen the tours you are interested in. Let me stick them here and I will make comments next to them.
Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri Naples, Italy Wednesday, October 17, 2007 – YES, BRILLIANT, THE 3 MUST SEE SIGHTS IN THIS AREA. IT IS A LONG DAY BUT YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED AND IT IS EASY TO SEE WHY THI IS OUR MOST POSSIBLE TOUR.
Champagne Dinner & Evening Gondola Ride Venice, Italy Friday, October 19,…….THERE ARE NO WORDS OTHER THAN, ROMANTIC MEMORIES THAT WILL BE EVER LASTING – YES, TAKE THIS TOUR WITH OUT A DOUBT.
Murano & Burano Islands Tour Venice, Italy Saturday, October 20, 2007 – A GREAT TOUR BUT, YOU MAY WANT TO GIVE THE BANK ACCOUNT A BREAK AND JUST TAKE A VAPORETTO INTO VENICE AND EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN.
Traditional Konavle & Wine Tasting Dubrovnik, Croatia Sunday, October 21, 2007 – NO, ALTHOUGH OK, I WOULD SUGGEST THE BETTER AND CHEAPER TOURS OF BEST OF DUBROVNIK OR THE COUNTRY HOME.
Taormina & MT. Etna Messina,Sicily,Italy Tuesday, October 23, 2007 – YES, THIS IS OUTSTANDING. IF YOU PREFER MORE TIME SHOPPING THAN TAKE THE TAROMINA ON YOUR OWN TOUR – BOTH ARE EXCELLENT
Spanish Village & Barcelona Highlights Barcelona, Spain Thursday, October 25, 2007 – THIS ONE IS EXCELLENT BUT I ALSO SUGGEST THE WINE TOUR AND BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS AS YOU SEEMED TO BE INTERESTED IN WINE TASTING IN CROATIA
The Colors of the French Riviera Cannes, France Friday, October 26, 2007 – SIMPLY THE BEST AGAIN…..NICE, EZE, MONACO
Beautiful Tuscany Livorno, Italy Saturday, October 27, 2007 – OUTSTANDING TOUR – HOWEVER DID YOU WANT TO SEE THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA?
So many things to consider but the only tours I suggest you book on line are the Champagne and Gondola and Colours Of the French Riviera as both these may sell out. For all the others, have a good think and come to my talk onboard and we can chat afterwards. All the best until then and write if you need more help.
MIKE – You asked if I will be the cruise director in February. At this time I have no idea what my schedule is in February and March but hopefully I will be with you. If not, I assure you and your friends that you will love Todd who although ugly will be a brilliant asset to your cruise. He is a brilliant CD and you will not be disappointed. However, hope springs eternal and I hope we meet in February. All the best to you and the friends who are sailing with you.
ROSCOE P COLTRANE – The Chinese lady you put in jail last night, she wasn’t holding a Mahjong Board was she. I think you should arrest Big Ed for “First Degree Refusal To Sail On The Bloggers Cruise.”
Stay safe and I will send you the information on the bar in Atlanta on the next blog. Don’t know about Roscoe as ship’s Godmother but Heidi would like the dog, what was it called in the show?
MR. GARY SMITH ESQ – ladies and gents, let me introduce an old friend of mine from the U.K. Gary and I have not seen each other for six or seven years, maybe more but our families have been friends for many years. How the heck did you find this blog and when are you going to take a cruise? Say hi to Tanya, Claire, the kids, Mum and Dad and Mr. Bullock and keep reading and I am sure the 400,000 readers will now be pestering you for stories about me however, remember I know lots about you as well! All the best, give my Mum and dad a call and they will give you my number. F.A.V.
LINDA THE MOUSE – How wonderful that you have carried on a new friendship with the people you met on your March cruise, I hope you will stay friends forever. Once again, that happens on ships and only on a ship………………..hotels, eat your heart out.
My ears were burning but it was, as you said, due to the ridiculous temperatures in Athens which reached way over 100 degrees. Let me know how your friend enjoyed her cruise. Thanks for reading the blog thingy and stay cool.
JO WADE – You asked “does the thought of you drowning someone make you fall asleep “………………ummmmmmmmmm…….NO. Does it you and if so why and who are you drowning? I try not to think about anything liquid when I am in bed. My ex girlfriend and I once bought a Water Bed but then we drifted apart!
Your reservation has been made as requested. Bon Appetit………………see you soon.
TERRI910 – Thank you for your photo of Katakolon as well, it is a small but oh so charming place. I will be posting lots more photos so I hope you continue to enjoy them as I enjoy your comments and support of the blog.
BRYAN – Thanks Bryan. All the reasons you listed are the main reasons I continue to right this blog and as I sit here at 1:04 am it gives me the energy and excitement to continue. So, thanks mate and please do keep reading.
S DOVER – The weather is indeed uncontrollable as most – well nearly most people seem to understand. I am sure that luck will indeed continue when you sail next year on the Carnival Splendor. My regards to you both and I look forward to meeting you in sunny Dover U.K. which you may have been named after………have you checked?
NANETTEALI – After reading your beautiful words I will not try and demean them with my bad Spanish but instead will say how touched I was by what you wrote and I send my warmest and deepest regards to you and your family as indeed does Heidi. We miss you.
DORTHE CALIMBAS – And, to save me writing it again, Dorthe the words I just wrote above apply to you as well. There really is no need to thank me, it’s my job and I am proud, so proud to be able to help all the readers and entertain them as well. Keep laughing and if your co workers ask why, let them see what they are missing. All the best to you and your family.
KAYENTAJANE…………….:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :)…………..BLOGGING ON AS REQUESTED.
JO MYERLY – You mentioned you watched the QVC Shopping Channel while you read the blog. That’s very interesting s I was once offered a job by someone from that channel. Actually, here are some more honest to goodness jobs I have been offered from people who have seen me on ships.
NEWS REPORTER FOR ABC CHANNEL 10 IN MIAMI FLORIDA
RADIO PRESENTER ON COAST 97.3 FM IN MIAMI FLORIDA
HOST OF THE WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ATTRACTION AT WALT DISNEY, FLORIDA
AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR AT BIG EDS GYM AND GRILL
Anyway, I am still here, blogging away. Thanks Jo, have you ever bought anything from QVC?
NATE’S MOM – Be proud of your son, he has done a great job and I and all the girls will miss him. I hope you will keep reading the blog and let me know what ship he goes to next and I will keep an eye on him for you. Please keep reading the blog and I send you my best wishes for a great time with Nate when he gets home.
WENDY – I am glad you enjoyed reading Terry Thornton’s comments. He has a very important position and I will let you know when we can send questions into him on a special “Ask Terry” session………stand by for that. Thank you for supporting the blog and your kind words.

OK, I AM GOING TO STOP THERE. IT’S 2 AM AND I HAVE TO GO TO BED IN A MINUTE. I KNOW I HAVE MORE COMMENTS TO ANSWER AND I PROMISE TO DO SO TOMORROW WHEN I WILL POST A NEW BLOG.

One of my favorite shows to host are The Morning Shows. I average approximately 150 letters a cruise from guests. Most are dedications celebrating birthdays, anniversaries etc and occasionally I receive very special letters indeed. Here is such one that I have had permission to share with you from the guest. This is a special lady who I also interviewed on the show and I don’t think there was anyone onboard happier than this lady…..it was a cruise vacation she will never forget and as you will read in her words, one that she never thought she would ever get to do.

HERE THEN IN A NEW SECTION OF THE BLOG WHICH I WILL CALL “IN THEIR OWN WORDS” IS THE INSPIRING STORY OF MRS SHELLY FRENCH

Shelly French Letter

Shelley French

Shelley French letter

Shelly French Letter

And now, I have to confess my sins…………………………Bloggers, please forgive me because I have I have been unfaithful………………I have cheated……………….I have strayed off the path………………….I have done the unthinkable against the one I love…………………………I couldn’t help myself…………..I was weak………and I am sorry………………………………..what did I do………………………………I had thoughts that I should not have had…………………….and now I must come clean and tell you all about my indiscretions……………………………I am so sorry AJ……………………..I watched two movies with CATHERINE ZETA JONES…….ENTRAPMENT AND CHICAGO…………………and now, I can’t stop thinking about her.

I must remain on the pathway of righteousness knowing that AJ is the right choice to be Godmother of the CS ……………..but…………….now I ………….I have these nagging thoughts……………Catherine is British…………..she is beautiful and…………………stop it John, stop it NOW.

AJ, is the one………isn’t she?

Goodnight

Your friends

John and Heidi

Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions β€” or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters β€” 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.