Hail to the Chief

July 9, 2007 -

John Heald

Good Evening Everyone:Wow, that was one heck of a busy day in Barcelona but the sun shined again and we are on our way to Cannes.

Once again, I was informed by the agents that there may be high winds as there were last week so I have just informed the guests that we will move the ship at noon as we did last cruise. This means that the guests will not be able to see the ship (refer to blog entitled “Love Me Tender”) but this time we are more prepared and I am sure it will be a smoother operation than the last time…………………..that’s my goal anyway.

Here is the correspondence from the agent to the ship so you can see for yourself how these things go.

Dear Captain,
Please find here under forecast weather report for your next call in Cannes, Tuesday July 10 2007.
4-Mardi 10 Juillet.TEMPS : Belles éclaircies. WEATHER: Sunny
VENT: variable 1 à 3, fraîchissant force 6 à 7 large de Cannes en
fin de matinée, et temporairement force 6 à 7 large de Nice en
milieu de nuit. WIND: alternating 1 to 3 beaufort, increasing force 6 to 7 at large in Cannes by noon, and temporarily force 6 to 7 at large in Nice by middle of the night.
MER: peu agitée à agitée. SEA: partly agitated to agitated
HOULE: Sud-Ouest s’amplifiant 1.5 m en soirée . SWELL: South west increasing 1.5m in the evening.
We’ll see tomorrow morning about evolution, and will come straight on board with updated weather report. If you have any further request, please do so.
Roberto OBINU

Hello Roberto
Does this mean we should plan as last time and move the vessel, just want to advise guests and the Captain ahead of time?
Many thanks

Bonjour John,
We have two options:
1/ Ship goes straight to the other side (as you did last call in Cannes) and we operate all day there, but it will take more time to tender from that place to debark pier, and can be a problem for shorex department with delays.
2/ Ship comes to usual place, proceed with shorex department, until 12 pm and then move to the other side when all morning debarkation is finished.
I spoke with tender captain and he thinks we can manage debark in morning and then advise depending weather report. In case you prefer to choose first option, can you inform as soon as possible.
Waiting for your comments, RegardsRoberto OBINU

So, as you can see there is a lot for me to decide and with the Captain making the final decision tomorrow based on the safety of the guests and the ship we shall see what happens. This time as I said I am prepared and have plans in place.

Right now we are crossing the Gulf Of Lyon and it is already very windy and we are moving with the swells but as always the ship is strong and cutting through the waves with ease. I will let you know how things go

OK, this is going to be a rather short blog. There will be no Q & A, no “In Their Own Words” or the usual stories as I have to get this blog posted ASAP.

There are three major stories to tell you and let’s start with this one.

Gerry Cahill to Take Top Post at Carnival Cruise Lines;
David Bernstein to Become Senior Vice President and CFO of Carnival Corporation & plc

MIAMI (July 9, 2007) – Bob Dickinson, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, has informed Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) that he will retire at the end of the year. He will remain on the company’s board of directors.

Gerry Cahill, executive vice president and CFO of Carnival Corporation & plc, will assume Dickinson’s responsibilities as president and CEO effective immediately so that there is an ample transition period. David Bernstein, Carnival Corporation & plc’s vice president and treasurer, will become the company’s CFO, also effective immediately.

“I have been blessed to have had a long, fun-filled career helping to build Carnival and the cruise industry. I’m still having fun so giving all of that up has been a very difficult decision but I’ll be 65 next month and have been pondering this with my family for some time,” Dickinson said. “I look forward to working with Gerry who will inherit what I believe is the most talented and dedicated management team in the cruise industry,” he added.

“Bob has truly achieved legendary status in the travel industry. There is simply no other travel industry executive who is as well known and respected as he,” said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. Arison called Dickinson, “one of the most influential people in the development of the modern-day cruise industry.” He said that Dickinson would be missed “not only by everyone here at Carnival, but by travel agents, his competitors and the media who loved his often humorous sound bites.”

Bob Dickinson joined Carnival Cruise Lines as executive vice president in 1972. He became senior vice president of sales and marketing in 1979. In 1993, he was promoted to president and in 2003 CEO was added to Dickinson’s title. During his 35-year tenure at Carnival he has been very active in travel industry affairs having served as chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Travel Industry Association (TIA), and the Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority and as vice-chair for the United States National Tourism Organization.

Gerry Cahill, 56, joined Carnival Corporation in 1994 as vice president – finance and in 1998 was promoted to senior vice president – finance and chief financial officer. In December 2003, he was named executive vice president and CFO. From 1988 to 1994, Cahill was with Safecard Services, Inc., a NYSE-listed company, where he served first as chief financial officer and then as chief operating officer. From 1979 to 1988, Cahill held financial posts at Resorts International, Inc., and prior to that spent six years with Price Waterhouse.

David Bernstein, 49, joined the Carnival group in 1998 as chief financial officer of the company’s Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line operating units. In July 2003, he moved to Carnival Corporation & plc to become vice president and treasurer. He also spent seven years at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. where he held various financial posts, including assistant controller, assistant treasurer and director of corporate planning.

“Once again, our deep pool of talented people allows us to tap very experienced executives within our own organization to take over when our most senior executives make the decision to retire,” said Arison.

“I’m very excited as this is a great opportunity,” said Cahill. “I’ve always loved the ‘Fun Ship’ cruise experience and I can’t think of a more exciting job than to bring fun-filled vacations to millions of guests each year. Carnival Cruise Lines is already the most successful cruise brand in the world and I look forward to working with the talented Carnival management team to build on their accomplishments and to make the ‘Fun Ship’ cruise experience the best that it can possibly be,” he added.

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

Together, these brands operate 82 ships totaling 154,000 lower berths with 17 new ships scheduled to enter service between December 2007 and June 2011. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Tours and Princess Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

There will be blogs soon to be written that will be full of thanks and praise to the incomparable Mr. Bob Dickinson but for now let us bestow a resounding welcome to our new President Mr. Gerry Cahill who is now at the helm of the World’s Most Popular Cruise Line.

Change is always exciting and we congratulate Gerry on achieving the most coveted position in the cruise industry and under his direction the future looks very bright.

The second piece of news comes as breaking news from PA 007 who has just told me about the most original interactive cruise line web page ever designed. Here are a few words he managed to get from tomorrow’s press release and the link thing that goes with it.


We’re sure you’ve heard the question before. If you were stranded on an island, what would you want to have with you? Food, water, favorite book maybe? How about a comfortable stateroom, elegant restaurant, full-service spa, friendly casino, Twister Waterslide and even playful dolphins to keep you company? Sounds impossible? Well, if you were on “funshipisland” you would have all this and more!

Whether you want to sing along with the piano player or up on stage in the karaoke bar, play craps in the casino or relax in the sauna, you can do all this and more at funshipisland.com. Don’t wait another minute — visit Carnival’s newest vacation destination now. It’s the next best thing to being on board.

So, once again, PA 007 has made sure you heard it here firs on the blog thingy…………..thanks James/Janice.

The site is incredible so after having read today’s blog, go and have fun on “funship island” …………………de ship boss…………de ship…………oh sorry, that was Fantasy Island.

And now to the most important news of the day. Remember Troy, the 10-year-old who was taken of the ship yesterday in need of urgent medical care? Well, I am happy, no, I am very, very happy to tell you that he came through his urgent treatment well and is expected to make a full recovery………….and after a day like to day and with all the various trials and tribulations of life spinning around my head, I shall think only of Troy who grasped my hand tight as we led him onto the boat…….it has been a long day with a very happy ending.

Good Night

Your friends

John and Heidi



I told you Carnival’s future looked bright……………..I have just been told that Mr. Cahill will give one of his very first interviews as Carnival’s President and CEO to guess who? To …..US!….Right here on this miniscule and humble blog thingy……I think we got the right guy for the job.

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.