Feeling the Cold

October 21, 2007 -

John Heald

There is wind everywhere…………..no…………..not where you think and not provided by sugar free jellybeans but by Mother Nature.

Good Morning from Dubrovnik where the weather is overcast but thank goodness……so far ……….dry. The last two nights though as we sailed into and out of Venice the ship has been battling against 40 – 50 knots of wind but Captain D’Aita has kept the vessel on a true course and despite difficult conditions this morning we arrived ahead of schedule in this historic port of call.

Today, there is a special barbecue for the crew. This is held by the local crew center here in Dubrovnik. A crew center is a place where you can use the internet, telephones and mostly, a place for the crew just to “hang out” and today there will be some complimentary local cuisine. I am going to say a quick thank you to all the wonderful crew for a fabulous season and their continuing hard work.

Back soon.
Here I am. ………………it’s cold outside and just like the Floridian guests our crew from places like the Caribbean and the Philippines are wrapped with layers of clothing. The party for the crew is in full swing and we have scheduled every crew member some time to attend ……………….judging by what I saw they were indeed having a lot of fun.

Yesterday, we held one last event before my vacation and it was incredible yet again. We raised $6,000 and over 500 people contributed. Here are two photos for you and you can just make out one of the original bloggers Southern Dreams at the front left in her wheelchair. She is a cancer survivor herself of course and I know the event meant so much to this wonderful lady. You can also see Cynthia (from yesterday’s blog) on the far right at the front.

On Deck for the Cure

On Deck for the Cure

It was a special event and I truly hope the money and awareness raised will one day find a cure for Breast Cancer.

Here are some wonderful photos for you all to enjoy.

The Carnival Freedom at night

The Carnival Freedom at night

The Carnival Flag in Venice

The Carnival Flag in Venice

Good Bye to Venice

Good Bye to Venice

Sunset

Sunset

San Marco Piazza

San Marco Piazza

The bridge Of Sighs

The bridge Of Sighs

Today’s In Their Own Words Section

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

Today’s joke of the day.
What’s the difference between boogers and broccoli?
Kids won’t eat broccoli

I have been reading all the postings you have made with your top reasons you love Carnival, the top three areas you think we need improving and your dream scenarios ………………………….they are fascinating. I will wait for the next batch to be posted and then I will comment on them. Once they are all posted I will pass them up the ladder to Mr. Cahill and his team not just to read………………………………but to act upon. The blog is getting well known now and I know that the powers that be at Carnival will respect each of your comments and suggestions.

It’s getting to the time when we need to start thinking about packing and I know this because Heidi has started throwing things away. It is amazing what you accumulate on a cruise ship in nine months and this means that a lot of stuff heads for the charity bags. This became obvious today when I saw a bag of clothes and odds and ends heading out of the cabin to disembark for a charity in Dubrovnik. Amongst the discarded items I noticed my favorite T-Shirt which I was informed…………..was too big for me and looked like a dress………………………….I tried to argue that it was comfortable but was met with silence. So, somewhere in Dubrovnik the Salvation Army will be handing out clothes to the needful. They will hope for a nice warm and fluffy shirt or a nice coat but instead they will receive a T- Shirt That says “I have seen John’s Thingy”…………………………….what’s “thingy” in Croatian?

The following press release shows yet again that Carnival is one heck of a special company.

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Veteran’s Day Promotion Provides Discounted Rates to Military Personnel and Their Families
10/19/2007
MIAMI (October 19, 2007) – In honor of Veteran’s Day, Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a promotion throughout the month of November that allows active and retired military personnel to book up to three “Fun Ship” staterooms for themselves and their friends and family members at special discounted rates, starting at low as $189 per person.

Reservations must be made between Nov. 1-30, 2007, to qualify for this promotion, which is available in conjunction with a wide range of three- to 12-day “Fun Ship” departures through Dec. 31, 2008.

Rates start at $189 per person for three-day cruises from Miami, Fla., and four-day cruises from Long Beach, Calif.; $249 per person for five-day cruises from Mobile, Ala., and Jacksonville, Fla.; $279 per person for four and five day cruises from San Diego, Calif.; and $399 per person for seven-day cruises from Miami.

“Veteran’s Day is a time that our country honors the sacrifice and service of our military personnel and Carnival is doing its part by providing exceptionally attractive rates to our men and women in uniform,” said Vicki Freed, senior vice president sales and guest services.

The promotion is valid for individual bookings only, capacity controlled and not applicable with any other discount offer. Fare code CPM1 must be requested during the reservations process and military personnel must provide proof of service. Certain other restrictions apply.

Carnival is the world’s most popular cruise line, with a fleet of 22 “Fun Ships” operating three- to 16-day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, the Greek Isles and South America. The line currently has three new ships scheduled for delivery between now and 2011.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

We continue to prepare for the crossing although Todd the Cruise Director for this sailing does not arrive until Barcelona and may wish to change everything of course. One thing I have left him is a supply of T-Shirts for the last of the On the Deck For The cure event.

I advised the guests this morning that due to the wind factor it would feel rather cool and it was interesting watching peoples perception of cool as they walked off the vessel. Some had light jackets and sweaters on, some still wore shorts and the people from Florida were dressed up as though they were about to explore the Northwest Passage

I think the guests are as well despite the cooler weather; however ……………there is always one exception.

From: FREEDOM PURSERS
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 3:09 PM
To: FREEDOM CRUISE DIRECTOR
Cc: FREEDOM PURSERS; FREEDOM CHIEF PURSER
Subject: ____- Unhappy with the weather

Good Morning John
please be advised that Mrs. ____ from cabin ____would like to speak to you. She is upset that the weather is so cold and that she did not bring a warm coat. She states that on another ship that each passenger would be given a waterproof coat at each port. I explained that the weather was normal for this port and that we did not provide a service of free coats but she insists on talking to you. Please call her when you can

Thank you in advance,
Daniela
Purser’s Office

Oh Joy.
So, I have just spoken to Mrs. Weatherchannel and I have to say I really had to dig deep……………………really deep into my bag of sympathy and kindness because she was not nice to me at all. I asked her if she had researched the cruise weather wise and she said that she had bee told by her travel agent that it would be hot in every port…………………………………I would like to meet this agent so he/she can arrange a White Christmas for me in England.

She also said……………………………….and this was where I had to go to the bottom of my bag of “bite your tongue” as she told me that on another cruise line ( she can’t remember which one ) but when cruising to Alaska they gave each guest a big, thick coat to wear ……………………has anyone heard of this? I offered her one of our Carnival water-proof garbage bin liner thingies that I know a lot of lines (us included) have in stock………………………….but she wanted a big, heavy coat. After explaining that she could buy one in the gift shop I was subjected to a barrage of abuse on how we make so much money and she is a guest etc etc etc etc etc etc.

So, I breathed………………counted to 100 ………………………and decided to be nice and asked Heidi to lend her a warm waterproof coat she has spare.

Heidi took the coat to her cabin (we checked on the size) and she came back with smoke coming out of her ears and you could tell she was not a happy bunny.

For a minute I thought I had left my underwear on the bathroom floor again but this time her anger was reserved for Mrs. Weatherchannel……………….whom she had given the coat to and advised that she would pick the coat up after sailing from the last port …………………Mrs.Weatherchannel said “you mean, I can’t keep it?”……………Heidi said that it was her coat…………………………..to which she snatched the coat from Heidi and closed the cabin door in her face.

I have decided to make sure she stays warm and while Mrs. Weatherchannel is at dinner I have moved her entire belongings…………………………………to the sauna.

Goodnight
Your Friends
John and Heidi

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