Tamper Tamper

October 23, 2007 -

John Heald

Good Evening John,Here as a follow up from last night____ – Unhappy with Guests saving the seats

Mr. ____ came to the desk to share his comments regarding a guest who was saving six seats in the lounge for the show. Mr. _____ wanted to be noted that he almost got into the fight with the other guests who where keeping the seats. The other guests said that they were allowed to do what they wanted and used bad language to them. The cruise director had come out from behind the curtain and tried to calm the situation down but the guests were abusive to him as well. Eventually cruise director asked the other guests to leave the theatre which they did still swearing. Purser apologized for experience and will ask cruise director to follow up with guest.

Many thanks,

Tamara Djukic

2nd Purser

So, that was my night…………..how was yours?

Good Morning and more about that it a moment but first……………………………back to Mrs. Weatherchannel.

Guest: Mrs. _______Ref: 002714750A Owner: ______
Cabin: Booking#: _________ Added-Changed: 10/22/07 – 10/22/07

_____– Complaint about weatherGuest approached the desk wanting to say that she was not going ashore because of the weather and it was raining. She stated that had she known the weather would be like this then she would not have booked the cruise and that Carnival should tell passengers in advance that there will be no sun. She wanted this to be told to Cruise Director. Purser thanked guest for her comment and will pass on to Cruise Director.

Sometimes……………..not often……………..I have nothing to say………………this is one such occasion………………it should be fun trying to get Heidi’s coat back though.

So, that was my night and my morning so far however the other 2979 guests all seem to be having a wonderful time. It is indeed a dull and overcast morning here in Messina, Italy, and not that I am Willard Scott or anything but I don’t see it getting any better today……………hopefully Barcelona and Cannes will be brighter.

Back to last night and the bloodbath in the Victoriana Lounge ………………well …………hardly a bloodbath…………more like to men hitting each other with handbags. I was backstage waiting to introduce the show when the sound tech who can see everything that is happening from his perch thingy called me to say that two guests were screaming at each other. Hearing this I sprinted ………………OK…………..I walked quickly to see what was happening. Opening the door to the lounge I saw and heard the commotion coming from the third row of the theatre and there were Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya. One man was 6 foot something, the other smaller but the amazing thing was that both were in their 70’s……………………all though I guess that is no surprise this cruise. Walking over I stood between them and asked what the problem was. Of course, they both started screaming at the same time so I had to ask them to step away and we all three walked to the back of the theatre as not to be in the gaze of the other 1000 people who were waiting for the show to start ………………..although for many, it already had.

Mr. De la Hoya told me that he and his wife had walked to the third row and as they tried to take their seat Mr. Tyson had told them that this row was reserved. Mr. La Hoya said that this was not allowed and as he tried to sit down he was shoved by Mr. Tyson and the argument began.

After listening to both for a moment and with the show now 5 minutes late starting I asked Mr. De La Hoya and his wife to go and sit down and enjoy the show in the third row as saving seats were not allowed. Well, that went down the same way the time I broke wind at my sisters wedding………….and I became the Mr. Tyson’s punch bag. He was wearing and cursing, his voice level rising all the time and eventually I had no choice but to ask him to leave the theatre otherwise I would have no option but to call security. He stormed over to the seats where the rest of his party had arrived (two more couples), grabbed his wife by the arm and left the lounge…………….as they did…………..many of the guests who had seen the commotion applauded and cheered………….something that I wish they hadn’t done but I understand why they did so.

Having taken both the Tyson’s and the De La Hoya’s cabin numbers I sprinted ……………….OK walked fast…………….backstage and the show started nearly 10 minutes late. Normally, I start the show with a drum role and then I introduce the orchestra…………….unfortunately the devil inside got the better of me and this time as the spotlight hit me and the drum roll sounded I found my self using my best announcing voice and declaring “Welcome to the Victoriana Lounge……………….let’s get ready to rumble”……………….everyone laughed………even Mr. De La Hoya.

This morning I spoke to Mr. Tyson and asked him if he could spare a few minutes so we could discuss again what had happened but he said “I have nothing to say” and hung up the phone………………..I will try again later.

Just to clarify. In Carnival Capers, there is a “no seat saving policy” clearly written and announcements are made before the shows. More important, though, is surely common courtesy which seemed to be lacking in this case. I will be placing extra staff to monitor this for the rest of this cruise and also it is important to note that I cannot remember this situation happening for many years…………………by the way I checked their ages and both are 72 years old.

I hope Mr. De La Hoya and Mr. Tyson stay out of each others way although I may be too late…………. I just saw Mr. La Hoya heading for the infirmary …………….someone had bitten half his ear off!

1. John in Dubrovnik with the Tour Operator, Igor.

1. John in Dubrovnik with the Tour Operator, Igor.

2. Chicken on the BBQ.

2. Chicken on the BBQ.

3. Hope you like your meat “well done.”

3. Hope you like your meat “well done.”

4. Asst. Cruise Director Stephanie begging me not to go on vacation.

4. Asst. Cruise Director Stephanie begging me not to go on vacation.

Here are the letters from today’s In Their Own Words Section including a poem from Prince Charlie to Bonnie.

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

TODAY’S JOKE OF THE DAY

A guy joins a monastery and takes a vow of silence: he’s allowed to say two words every seven years.
After the first seven years, the elders bring him in and ask for his two words.
“Cold floors,” he says. They nod and send him away.
Seven more years pass. They bring him back in and ask for his two words.
He clears his throats and says, “Bad food.”
They nod and send him away. Seven more years pass. They bring him in for his two words.
“I quit,” he says.
“That’s not surprising,” the elders say. “You’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”

Let’s chat about all the wonderful comments I have been reading. I still feel so guilty in not relying to any and again I PROMISE I WILL START DOING SO ONCE I RETURN FROM MIAMI. The comments are so important to me and the company. On that note and although I never want this blog to be an extension of our wonderful guest relations department…………I just don’t have the time or resources………….I have read one or two negative comments and that disturbs me. So, if you have written any such comment I want you to know that I have personally passed these on to guest relations and…………..I have asked that guests relations read the blog thingy every day to help me follow up on these comments. Therefore, if you have written something asking for help then help you will receive……………very soon.

For everyone else…………..please keep the positive and fun comments going and although I am taking two weeks off from replying I am reading everyone word for word and continue to be in awe of your support of the blog and each other. Thank you again for your patience.

Chris Prideaux has told me he has received lots of mail for Heidi and I and will be sending to the UK for me. Thank you all for taking the time to write and send such considerate gifts.

Now an update on Alan who arrived home yesterday. The doctors were able to remove the majority of the tumor although some was not operable. This means he will rest and home and then in early November return for something called Gamma Ray treatment…………….very Star Trek.

He is in good spirits as his always and his positive and fun outlook on life will get him through this I am sure. He has been ugly all his life in fact when he was born they put tinted windows on his incubator…………….despite being so ugly he has never stopped laughing and loving life and that will be what gets him through this time as well. We are communicating through e mail as he has no vocal cords at the moment and needs to rest his voice but he did write and tell me how overwhelmed he was at all your comments …………….so on behalf of Alan…………..thank you all. He cannot wait to meet those of you going on the bloggers cruise and has agreed to share a thong dance with me and Big Ed.

Well, I did it. I finally organized my car hire for when I am home. I was going to get an Aston Martin but in the end I went for something similar called a Toyota Yaris……………..same thing really.

I receive about 50 letters a day and some are very ………… well………………… different………………… like this one.

Interesting letter

Interesting letter

I love the way she has told me in the letter what a Tampax is……………just in case I don’t know. We spoke after I read the letter out on the show and LIVE on the phone she went into detail about his costume…………..which, I will leave to your imagination.

I asked how he got to the party………in a cab……….did he drive………or was he on his cycle?

They say that love can be found in many unusual places. In this case, 30 years ago, Donna fell in love with a man dressed as a Tampax but they fell in love that night and as Donna said they have had fun and still do so today. They have always been honest with each other and their relationship has never had any strings attached………………well………….except the night they met.

Before I go I want to share a toast with you all so raise a glass of Diet Coke or something stronger as I say:

THIS BLOG THINGY OF MINE HAS BEEN READ ONE MILLION TIMES
AND FOR THIS TOAST I TRY TO FIND WORDS THAT RHYME
SO ON BEHALF OF HEIDI, ROBERTO AND MY MYSTERIOUS PA
LET’S RAISE A GLASS TOGETHER AND SAY HIP HIP HOORAY

Cheers everyone…………………..and thank you.

Goodnight

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John and Heidi

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