Nessun Dorma

September 6, 2007 -

John Heald

Good Morning from Athens. It is now 10:16 am and I thought I would sit down and do a bit of blogging. Athens is again so very HOT with a temperature of 98 degrees……….perfect for climbing the Acropolis!………………said with just a hint of sarcasm.

Well, I have some news which broke this morning but PA007 did actually write to me last night but I had already sent in my blog and gone to bed. Anyway, here is what PA 007 had to say .

John, you readers may be interested to know that as I was in the bathroom yesterday I overheard two people from the “tenth floor” talking about a new family member for Carnival Cooperation. It will be called IberoCruceros and will focus on the Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian markets. The celebration will be transferred there next year. I think the official release is coming out tomorrow and I am sorry that I did not get you this before. Lucky that I got the “call of nature” when I did.

Say hello to all your readers.

PA 007.

So, yet another addition to the ever-growing Carnival family and I personally think that this like AIDA which caters to the German-speaking market is sure to become another amazing Carnival Corporation success story.

Some good news on the luggage front. We had just 30-something bags missing at the beginning of the cruise and as of today we have just five still unaccounted for. That’s still not good news for those three guests to whom the bags belong but it certainly is a much better ratio than we have been used to. Kudos to our fantastic Purser team who work so hard to get this done.

I did an interview yesterday for a journalist and was asked a question………what will you do when you stop working on cruise ships and when will that be?

I hate that question………..because I don’t know the answer. I know that I cannot do this much longer, maybe one or two years at the most. Now, those that now me, Roger, Chris, PA007 and of course Heidi know that I have “considered” getting off ships a lot during the last few years. Why? Well, I am 42 years old and Heidi and I do deserve a life on land. As romantic as living on the ocean sounds I know that this fairytale can’t go on forever. What would I do ………….I have no idea except it has to be something within the industry and hopefully for the Carnival family. Anyway, sorry to waffle on about this but it was the last thing I thought about before I went to sleep and as usual when that happens it’s the first thing I thought about this morning, therefore I thought I would share these thoughts with you………maybe I will just blog forever or open a Turkish Bath……………maybe Fatima has a sister.

We were talking the other day about the miniscule amount of guests that behave in such a way as to result in being taken off the vessel and I mentioned it rarely happens. It was therefore “sods law” that last night an incident occurred that resulted in two people leaving us today in Athens and whom are now on their way back to Baltimore. I cannot, for obvious reasons, give you too many details but I can tell you that this was a domestic incident and no other guests were involved. However, it was serious enough that the senior management felt that it was best they left the ship and indeed that is what happened today in Athens. What a sad situation and I hope that they can resolve their differences soon……………..my impression is though…….that’s not going to happen……………what a shame.

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi.

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi

After that gloomy tale it is time for some sunshine and here are some beautiful sunset shots as taken by Heidi

Here is a photo I found of my sister Suzanne, Paul her husband and me on the Sensation from 1994 – I think.

Here is a photo I found of my sister Suzanne, Paul her husband and me on the Sensation from 1994 - I think.

Here are the letters from today’s In Their Own Words Section

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

Q and A Time with the last few from the blog about the Liberty and then onto the blog about the Fascination.

Here we go and today is one of those days that I am going to ask you to please allow me to just answer those comments with actual questions as once again I am really behind………………I hope you understand.

MILLIE S – yes indeed your trans-Atlantic crossing cruise will be here before you know it. In fact I am already starting to prepare the schedules and entertainment, etc. You asked about the dining room assignments. These are usually done a week before the cruise starts and if you are unhappy with your table then you can indeed request a change through the maitre D. If you would like to slap on a posting a week or so before the cruise I can let you know what is happening with your table. I am happy to help.
KEVIN AND HEIDI AND BETH – It looks like Nicaragua took the worst of Felix and as of the time of writing Saturday’s Carnival Glory cruise should be unchanged which is great news for the three of you. Therefore, all should be well and you should be set for the best cruise you have ever had. Please drop us a line if you can or get wee Jimmy to do this for you. I know he will be thrilled to meet the three of you. Bon Voyage.
SHELLY HESSON – Well Shelly, in a few days you will be here and if you can bring me some monkey tea (PG Tips) I will bestow gifts upon you………if you have any mugs from your area, Heidi also collects mugs so we will have gifts awaiting for you. Mostly, just get here safe and get ready for a wonderful cruise.
LEZLEE – Well I tried but unfortunately the logistics of changing the Piano Bar to smoke free for just one night is quite difficult. Guests will be used to being able to smoke there and as it is a fleet wide policy it is not easy to change. Off the record though, if your CC group gets there early I am sure you could commandeer one side of the bar and therefore that would be non-smoking. I truly hope you all understand and I am here should you have any further questions.
NANI – sssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh……………….I don’t celebrate birthdays anymore but yep, it will be on the Bloggers cruise. Much oldo meo.
LEZLEE – I have heard this many, many times about RCI and their hand sanitizers at the entrance to the food lines with crew telling guests to use them. Well, the simple fact is that if you look at the records of NV last year there were major outbreaks on RCI ships as well as the one on the Carnival Liberty. The Center for Disease Control state that washing hands with soap and water is the best preventative against catching NV and of course this is backed up by our onboard medical department and our medical advisors from Miami. We also have hand sanitizers at the food lines and we will also be more vigorous with this if and when needed. So far, my constant reminders of hand washing has resulted in no NV outbreaks this season so far…….fingers crossed, touch wood etc, etc. Anyway, I will keep you all posted and thanks to you for the comments and support of the blog.
RUTH JAMISON – I am very humbled that you are sending Heidi and I a box. You asked me how long I will be here for and the answer is ……….I don’t know. We will however be here for at least two more months so post away …………seriously, you don’t need to send anything, just keep reading the blog and I will be forever grateful.
GEORGE AND LINDA – Thank you both for another wonderful posting and for your thoughts on the taxi’s in Civi. I addressed this with our agency in Rome and they have promised me a better service will be provided. I can only imagine how frustrating it must have been for you both not to find transportation so I will be using you as an example as I stress even harder than usual that taxis are scarce in Civi until such time as I see the situation has improved myself. I will let you all know my Caribbean schedule soon but as of now I am unsure what Heidi and I (or is it me and Heidi?) will be doing. I do know you will have a wonderful time on the Carnival Glory and I pray that the Hurricane season is going to be quiet now. My best to you both.
INMN253 – I am happy to answer YES that on the bloggers cruise I will indeed be doing the Bedtime Story and other shows. Todd will run the ship and I will be sort of a ……….ummmm…guest Emcee. Hope that’s OK with everyone. Cheers.
KEVIN – Please don’t forget to tell me your cabin number before you sail on the Carnival Miracle. I need to put a small Aston Martin on your pillow at night.
MAL AND LEX FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA – I am glad you are enjoying the guest interviews with the Carnival cruise directors. I hope people will enjoy yesterday’s blog with the Cruise Director from the Queen Mary 2, Ray Rouse.
It’s great to hear also that you enjoyed Cruise Director Shawn on the Carnival Spirit. She really is a wonderful lady and I enjoy any time that we can be together. I have passed on your regards to her and also to Pam, the Casino Boss, who is currently the Manager on the Carnival Imagination. No need to hope, you will, without doubt, have the most fantastic time on the Carnival Splendor. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…
MARY ROSS – How wonderful that you have been reading this blog from its very beginning. As of today, we have had 630,000 slaps and that’s because of people like you. You mentioned you have lots of things in your life going on and that my blog is the highlight of your day. Well, I just wanted you to know that you are the highlight of my day, now I have read those words.
I am sure your upcoming cruise on the Carnival Freedom in 2009 will be fantastic and if I am on board I promise to come to your renewal of vows and I do hope that your parents will allow us to help them celebrate 50 glorious years together. You asked me to try and convince them. So here are my top three reasons they should sail. 1. Spending time as an entire family together is in today’s lifestyle more and more difficult. The Carnival Splendor will allow this to happen in the most comfortable and fun surroundings. 2. The crew of the Carnival Splendor will be handpicked and we will all make sure that your 50 years of marriage is celebrated in style. 3. the most important, you get free champagne from me. Hope this helps and if you need more help, let me know.
Oh, by the way, I am sorry Todd never showed up for your dance, probably, like me, he just can’t. Mary, let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
LFTTNSFCF – I know mate. Wearing an RCI shirt to a Carnival Past Guest party, that’s the same as going to Burger King and asking for a Big Mac or going in to Harry’s Bar in Venice and telling them to change the recipe of the risotto. See you in your Carnival shirt very soon.
KATHY KROLL – How is the weather over there? I hope you don’t get rained on too much by the now tropical storm. You are correct; the world’s weather is crazy. In the U.K. it has been the wettest summer on record, yet in April, known for its showers, it didn’t rain the entire month and we had temperatures in the 90’s. Hope you and Paul are well, hope to see you soon.
OCEAN ANGEL – I am glad you are enjoying the blog thingy and I just passed on your thanks to Heidi as well. I will indeed interview Captain Scala who has certainly has done wonders for the orphanage as Cruise Director Goose mentioned in his interview. You asked for a photo of the brick and Heidi will indeed take a photo of that tomorrow and we will put that on the next blog. Keep laughing and all the best.
MRS. MTSFP – You should be John and Diane’s agent after that posting which by the way I have given them a copy of. I think I will know where to find you on the TA crossing and they are also looking forward to spending a night in the Supper Club with you which hopefully Heidi and I will as well. Thank you as always for your poetic postings.
INEZ – It seems that reading your posting that you have some wonderful cruise memories and some not so wonderful memories including you having to leave the ship on the Imagination for medical reasons. I know Trevor and Greg very well. Trevor is still with us but Gregg retired some years ago and now lives in Mexico. I do not know Alexandra personally however I spoke to the Casino Manager and he thinks you may mean Alexandra Klimekski who is a Casino Supervisor and is currently working on the Carnival Elation. If you have a message you would like me to pass on then I will be happy to do so. Hope you are well and my best to you and all the family, especially the grand kids………are you still keeping an eye on them?
MARK AND SHELLY – Your posting was absolutely wonderful, full of memories of your various cruises with us here at Carnival. It seems that you have not had enough yet with your booking of the Carnival Legend. Now, your wife Shelley you say looks like AJ so please have her on stand by if indeed we can’t get the real one. Thank you for this posting and it was brilliant to be able to have spent the good times with you both.
GREG BALDASARRI – hello mate and just a quick note to say another big thank you for your continued support of the blog. I saw Mr. Pethan this morning during tour departures and he told me he is famous…………..for the wrong reason but he has been a great sport about the whole thing. Thank again for your words of fun and the ones of compassion.
PEANUTS – I am glad we all now know what a Spotted Dick is and you really should try it. As for the Detroit Pistons…..I bet you a Spotted Dick the Heat get you next year. All the best and Let’s Go Heat.
CAROL SCHOENBERGER – Hello Carol, this is Heidi and I wanted to say a big thank you for your lovely reply to my blog. It is a rare thing if I get time at the computer so it was nice to say hello to all my friends. The story of Haagen Dasz being invented in Denmark and the names being chosen from the phone book was taught to me at university in Holland………..I hope my teacher was telling the truth. John sends his best and he will write to you soon. Many thank for being so kind……Heidi.
JUDY – You found the blog, congratulations. Can I help you with anything? I know it is not easy to find….I used to have my photo on the front page of the Carnival site but with so much going on it is not always to keep me there. Anyway, welcome to the blog and if you need my services I am here for you.
LINDA – Thank you for you so kind words Linda. We continue to think of the people of Costa Maya.
TERRI910 – Welcome back from your Carnival Paradise cruise and I have taken the opportunity to pass on your kind words about Misty, the Karaoke host to the cruise director Jeff. Do you remember the names of the two comedians you enjoyed so much? Anyway, welcome home and hopefully the Paradise cruise will keep you going for some time to come…………don’t get ATCOCS syndrome like Mr. Colin Wilkinson………..he had not been on a Carnival ship for some time and then cruised with another line and was disembarked a Carnival Freedom shirt at the past guest party and ran on stage shouting………”where’s the fun and shouting get me of the Boring of the Seas”…………………poor sod.
PATRICK TOAL – I have no words and I have forwarded your thoughts to some of my friends in our Miami office. Hopefully they can help you join us here onboard. The staff here and on all Carnival ships is as friendly and caring as you could wish to meet and if you do indeed sail with me I promise and assure you.

That’s all the Q and A for today. Please, if I have missed anyone’s question please slap it on again. Sometimes I just don’t see it or I forget to answer. Either or either way (is it either or either?) anyway, whatever it is please write again and I apologize if indeed I have yet to answer you.

Just a reminder to those people who have requested Supper Club bookings that unless you hear from me otherwise your bookings will have been confirmed………….don’t eat lunch and try the Porterhouse!

Luv Cruisin sent me some images about the fires in Greece; here’s a sample from the collection she sent.

Greece

Greece

This morning I went to Olympia. I wanted to se for myself the devastation that was caused by the forest fires last week. Here are the photos which clearly show the burnt trees, the landscape that has been charred for years to come and the trench that has been dug to try and protect the Temple of Zeus and other historic structures. See for yourself.

Greece

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And now the good news. ……………….no scratch that………………….now for the FANTASTIC news ………John Cleese has agreed to grace this humble, tiny blog thingy of mine with an interview which will happen in a few days time ……………..I am bouncing of the walls and coupled with the fact that I just had some jelly beans I am firing on all cylinders ………..literally………….Heidi is not amused. Now I have to think of what I can ask the man from Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Shrek, Will and Grace and countless movies and shows ………..who needs an Aston Martin………………….ok……I do……….but today, I am well chuffed (happy).

With the good there is sad news today, Pavarotti, arguably the world’s greatest tenor has died aged 71. What a voice he had. I remember the opening ceremony of the Soccer World Cup in 1990 in Italy when he sang Nessun Dorma to open the competition; it put him and that song on the map. His showmanship and his larger-than-life personality brought opera to the masses and he was without doubt a true ambassador for Italy and its culture.

Today, as we sail I will play a Pavarotti concert on the Lido deck big screen ……………in memory of a man and his God-given voice.

Goodnight

Your friends

John and Heidi

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