Miami Nice

November 2, 2007 -

John Heald

I was not built for heat……..especially wearing a woolen blazer and long heavy tousers. However, this is what I have just taken off having spent a day sweating in the sultry heat in Miami…………..it was not a good day to be my underwear.

So, good afternoon everyone and my apologies for the delay in writing but the last 48 hours have been a blur of meetings, more meetings and lots of handshaking and back slapping as I met old and new friends here at our Miami head office.
First of all let me ask if anyone has a cure for jet lag as since I arrived my head feels like Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton have just held a 24 hour drinking party in it and they are still there now and I think they have just opened another vat of wine…………I hate jet lag, not only the persistent headache but also the other effects it has on the body……….i will explain more later.

Well, yesterday, I spent the day in the company of all of Carnival Cruise Lines Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents , Eecutive Vice Presidents and Carnival’s President Gerry Cahill. We met for an all day discussion on the future of our company and all I can say for now is ………………………….WOW…………………..you are all so lucky………..I wish I could tell you more but for now…………..we are all sworn to secrecy and if I told you anything Gerry has threatened me with deportation to our office in Turkey and a close encounter with a plastic hose.

What I can tell you is that future is bright………….so bright that a good pair of sunglasses will be in order for future blogs when I reveal the amazing plans that will have you, your friends and people who have never cruised with us picking up the phone and screaming…….book me a cabin…………NOW.

The plans for our future are so exciting that I can tell you that before you consider what to do next year or the year after……………hold on………………..wait………………give us a few weeks and more will be revealed.
As I sat there amongst the great minds of cruising I wondered ………..what am I doing here………but I did offer my input as well as yours and I can tell you this…………many people including Mr.Cahill read this blog thingy and your opinions are respected and very much listened to……..so keep reading please and posting your thoughts.

Today, I met with Roberto castro for the first time. As we shook hands it was though I was shaking hands with an old mate.  In the next few days we will post a short video we made of our round table discussion about the bloggers cruise which it appears we have 1000 guests signed up for…………..it is going to be fantastic.

Talking of the bloggers cruise, I wanted to see how you all would feel about having the second bloggers cruise for 2009 in February abaord the Carnival Inspiration. It would be a 5 day cruise and would be a wonderful oppertunity to see for ourselves the superb upgrades and inovations that have been placed aboard……………what do you think?Let me know please.

I just returned from dinner with my mate Roger Blum and his wonderful wife Marie and their dynamic and beautiful kids Max and Ashley……………..we went to a place called Lincoln Road which reminds me of my home town Southend On Sea but with the addition of heat, great food, palm trees and Ferraris as far as the eye could see. We had a wonderful night and it was just what I needed to relax a little, the first time I have been able to do this since I arrived here in Miami.

So, the future of Carnival cruise lines is in great hands and as soon as I can I will let you know just why I truly belive this ……………watch this space.

Before I head for bed though a further example of jet lag has just kicked in…….as at 12;17am I find myself heading for the bathroom.

I will write another blog over the weekend and once back in the UK I will start to answer your comments and questions again……………….please bear with me.

Heidi is not with me, I miss her very much and if she was here with me now she would be horrified. My hotel room is so untidy and………………as I head to the bathroom I intend to enjoy the only aspect of not having her with me………………..tonight……………..the toilet seat will be left up and there will be a pair of underwear on the bathroom floor……………I am king once again of all I survey.

Goodnight

Your friends

John and Heidi

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.