The State of the Union…..Is the fun has begun

January 29, 2008 -

John Heald

You would have thought it was a day at sea…………….whereas for the last three years I have been cocooned in the bosom of Europe where on embarkation day the ship is like a library here on the new Carnival Imagination it was fun all the way. The pools were busy, people were sunbathing and some obviously had not seen the sun for some times as there lily-white thighs glistened with the glow of Hawaiian Tropic sun. A group of guests all wearing the same T-shirt that proudly stated they were here for “Leroy and Jo – Jo’s 50th Anniversary” were dancing to the calypso band and those happy Caribbean days I had enjoyed on this ship came flooding back.

Heidi and I did a quick tour of the ship and the “Evolutions of Fun” have transformed this vessel from a 15-year-old ship with a future out of the limelight to a born again Fun Ship who deserves to be in the spotlight and this week with all the press and little old me ……..OK……big old me….

Tomorrow I will be writing about some of the new features that are simply stunning but for now I need to get ready for the press party. Oh, before I do let me tell you about earlier today. We boarded the ship around 2 pm and the reception we received has been so wonderful from the Captain and all the old faces I remember and some whom, to be honest, that I do not.

Anyway, Heidi and I decided it was coffee time and so we went to the new cafe on promenade deck. This has been done so well and has an open feeling about it with soft furnishings in which to watch the world go by. As I was buying my skinny coffee thingy with a extra shot of coffee with no chocolate and something else ……………whatever happened to just plain coffee?….a pair of hands suddenly covered my eyes and a female voice said “Guess who?”………….now at this point I knew it was not Heidi and as I had no clue I said “Jessica Simpson” ………………….”No, guess again?”………………….now I was in a real predicament as I didn’t want to guess again and get it wrong because I felt that this lady whose hands covered my eyes really expected me to know……………….time to call her bluff……………..I said “No, it can’t be……………..is it you!”…………….”Yes,” she proclaimed and realized me from her death grip and I turned around and there she stood……………….it was…………………………I had no bloody clue…………..but I could not let on because she obviously felt that I had known it was Mrs. X all along………………….

I therefore turned into Michael Caine and delivered an Oscar winning performance. She hugged me like we had once got very friendly behind the bike sheds at school ……………… she kissed me on the cheek and kept hugging me for what seemed like a year.

As she did, I looked across at Heidi for help but she just shrugged her shoulders as if to say “I have no clue, you are on your own.” The hug was now over and she asked me if I was surprised to see her and of course me being in full actor mode I said I was and how excited I was to see her.

She told me she had read that I would be sailing here on the blog and her and her sister had booked just so they could be with me. I tried fishing for more clues but she was so excited to see me that all she kept doing was hugging me and telling me what a treat this was……………..luckily the Hotel Director Miles walked by and that was my excuse to break of this rendezvous and I said I would see her later…….she hugged me one more time and walked away as though she had just met George Hamilton.

This episode has been playing on my mind ever since and if Mrs. X is reading this I want to apologize. I am sure we have met many times and I am honoured that you chose to cruise here with me but for the life of me I cannot remember your name or when we sailed with each other. I will spend tomorrow searching the ship to try and find her and hopefully find out who this mysterious lady is. maybe, we have never sailed before, maybe she was one of my ex-girlfriends…………………don’t be silly………………she was pretty and the fact that fact alone means we never dated……………….I wonder who she is?

This evening we went to dinner and the welcome aboard show. The atmosphere on the vessel is so different to European cruising with the decks vibrant late into the night. Guests who sail to the Caribbean are our bread and butter and are what has made us the World’s Most Popular Cruise Line and now they have a rejuvenated fantasy class of ships with the Carnival Imagination and Carnival Imagination leading the way and their sisters will soon follow.

There are various plasma televisions on the public decks and it was interesting that as President Bush spoke about the State of the Union nobody on here paid all that much attention…………they were dancing, enjoying the shows, flocking to the casino and having a wonderful time. The State of the Imagination was first class fun. Our new motto is “Let The Fun Begin”……………well I can tell you that here on the Carnival Imagination …………it already has.

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I will post two or three blogs tomorrow. 

Until then,

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.