John Heald………………….Commando

January 18, 2008 -

John Heald

It’s Thursday afternoon and I am sitting in the cigar bar and having had a very busy morning I thought I would say a quick hello to you all. Although it has been very productive few days and very necessary both Heidi and I cannot wait until Saturday for many reasons. Before I mention the obvious there is the little fact of living out of suitcases since we arrived in Miami. We stayed in a hotel for 5 days; we are now in our cabin until Saturdaywhen we will move again into the Cruise Directors cabin. 

All this moving has led to a bit of stress in the Heald household. As frequent blog readers know my wife runs a clean, neat and tidy house/ship and living out of three suitcases and packing and unpacking has left her in a pretty bad mood. Now, where as normally I live in a state of mess and confusion it has actually gotten too much for me as well. it’s hard to find things and this morning (and I promise this to be true) I woke to find I had run out of clean underwear……………………………..usually Heidi has my three pairs in rotation but thanks to the constant moving all three pairs were at the laundry………….bugger.

So, here I sit patiently waiting for the laundry to return my underwear and until then I am ……………ummmmm……………..as they say…………………going commando. By the way, where does that come from………….going commando………………..do commandos not wear underwear?…………………if they are in a tough battle and call on the radio to base for support does this mean they are calling for a pair of Fruit of the Loom to be helicoptered in? Of course, I am also looking forward to Saturday because I finally get chance to meet some of the wonderful 1.4 million readers and also get back on stage again. It’s been some time since I was on stage and I cannot wait to perform again. I also want to get back into the cabin so I can have regular internet use and a printer. I can then print off the comments and questions and can get back to answering all your questions and comments………………………I feel so guilty that I have not been able to do this for some time now………………….sorry.  I have had the pleasure of seeing an old mate of mine this week, Mark Jones. Mark or scouse git as I have always called him used to work with me as a Social Host and then as a backstage manager. He now works with the fantastic team of Mike and Jack who own Scenery First. This company designs and builds all the incomparable scenery you see on all of our ships during our lavish shows. This team are so talented and Mike reminds me of Norm from New Yankee Workshop except he is more talented and doesn’t wear ugly plaid shirts…………….his shirts are still ugly…..just not plaid. Anyway Mark is onboard to help repair a major piece of scenery from our Beatles tribute show called Ticket to Ride. I remember the days when a scenery change meant someone pulling on a rope and a new backdrop would inch slowly onto the stage. Nowadays, each huge piece of exotic scenery is maneuvered by computer and where you have computers you are guaranteed problems and that’s why Scouse Git is here………………it is great to see him and let’s publicly applaud the Scenery First team whose work I know all of you appreciate so very much. Before I continue I have to say I am getting to like this Commando thingy ………………. there is a cool breeze! Last night I watched Todd’s deck party which he and his team hosted. It was brilliant and so different to the ones I am used to in Europe. There, by midnight, half the ship is asleep after all day exploring the magnificent ports of call. However, it is good to see a Caribbean deck party again where so many people are ready to let their hair down. This season, in Europe, I am going to try and plan earlier parties and encourage more people to come………………..I did not do a good enough job with that last season …………………. although the Venetian Mask sail away party was fantastic. As I right this bit I am on hold…………..calling the office in Miami and I am listening to a lady tell us about the Carnival Splendor………………..and I was thinking …………….I should record a “on hold message “…………..that might be fun………………I could talk about the Blog , Evolutions of Fun etc…………..mmmmmmmmm…………..something to think about. I see a lot of you liked the latest video so I will try and post more of those over the next few months. So, by the time this blog thingy is up it will be Friday which means tomorrow will be the start of the Bloggers Cruise. I plan to post lots of blogs during the next seven days and lots of photos as well so we can all share in the fun. Being “invisible” as I mentioned yesterday is fantastic and allows me to hear and see so much that normally in my role as Cruise Director I am unable to do. I gave you a few examples of this yesterday and wanted to share one more gem with you now. This cruise there is a group of 40 something people who are members of a Chevrolet Corvette Car Club. They are very passionate about this particular car wearing Corvette clothing and meeting each day to discuss their love of this car. Anyway, not having an office yet has led me to work in any spare corner of the ship I can find and that corner was the Swingtime Lounge.  As I worked on my laptop thingy a few of these chaps came in and then some more and I realized they must be having a group meeting there. So, being polite I started packing up my laptop thingy and my paper work to leave the lounge…………………..obviously this was not done quickly enough as one of the chaps came to me and said “We have this room reserved for a meeting, you will have to leave.”   “I am leaving and sorry for disturbing you,” I said to the man wearing a sweatshirt with a Corvette proudly displayed on it and a baseball cap also festooned with the logo of this obviously special car……………………………then trying to be nice I said “So, what’s your favorite Corvette model and year?”…………………he said.  “Are you British?” ………………. ”Yes,” I said……………”Well, then you wouldn’t understand.” ……………………..he turned his back and walked away. Wow, what had I done to deserve that………………….I admit, I have never sat in or driven a Corvette but that’s a bit harsh wasn’t it? I wonder if he would have spoken to me like that if he knew I worked onboard………………………………..probably I was about to pull my pants down to show Mr. Corvette my underwear that has a picture of an Aston Martin on it……………but then I realised I was a commando and instead of a sleek Aston Martin he would have seen a pink VW Beetle, the small key drooping from the ignition, two very flat tires and a noisy exhaust system. GoodnightYour friendsJohn 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.