Copy That

February 13, 2008 -

John Heald

I missed it…………..I am so annoyed……………while it was happening I was asleep, dreaming of Miami Airport Immigration welcoming cruise ship crew with big smiles, free lemonade and chocolate chip cookies. While I was enjoying a dream that will never come true, the Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Freedom were escorting the Queen Mary 2 into the port of St. Thomas. The Captain said it was a wonderful sight and as the sun rose at 6:36am the three ships were in convoy. The Queen Mary 2 then turned to port and docked at the pier that used to be called “the Submarine Base” while the two Carnival ships headed to the Havensight docks. Years ago Carnival Corporation arranged a helicopter shot of the Sensation, along with a Holland America ship and I think a Windstar vessel as well. I am sure that if someone took the time to look at our schedules there would be a chance that a Carnival, Costa, Princess, Cunard, P&O, Seaborn and Aida vessel may be together…………..even if we don’t have all the sisters then, I know we could find a time when some of us are together in the Caribbean or Europe. We could sail in arrow formation………..what a photo that would be…………………..I wonder if this could be done?

So, here we are in St.Thomas. I am trying to remember the last time I was here and I think it has been 3 years or so. The first change I see from my office window id that the old ramshackle Ramada Hotel which was destroyed by a hurricane many years ago has finally be leveled and replaced with a new marina, shops and apartments………..it looks great. Next to us are two huge yachts, The Rising Sun and Queen M and while I sit here and write, the famous and tanned are still in bed while their dedicated crew prepare their breakfast of Pain O Chocolate, Eggs Benedict and Twigletts.

It’s 8:35am and our guests are already going ashore. Most are heading on a ship’s tour or going to the island’s most famous beach, Magen’s Bay. As I look at the people getting off I see the women armed with fully-loaded credit cards ready to buy anything and everything………….they look happy, they look content………….some are singing “Oh what a beautiful morning.”

Behind the exuberant ladies are the men…………their walk resembles someone who has just been told that they have to swim with Piranha fish who haven’t eaten in a week ………………they look scared and worried and they need to be………..the ladies are going shopping.

The crew love St.Thomas mostly because it is probably the most crew-friendly port in the Caribbean. What do I mean by this?

Well, there are crew centers here in abundance. These places provide the basic needs for crew. Cheap communication through e-mail and telephone, internet service and cheap food and drink representing the many nations that make up a ship’s company. Crew Centers are also places to meet friends and colleagues from other ships within the fleet. For example, today, many of the Carnival Freedom crew will be meeting with the Carnival Triumph crew whom they have become friends with over the years. Time of the crew members is limited and these centers make that time much more enjoyable. Europe is unfortunately well behind in realizing the needs of the crew with only Dubrovnik, Croatia really providing a service……………I hope as more and more companies place ships over there that Europe catches up with the Caribbean.

I was just going to slap this comment on from a guest when I realized that since I have returned from vacation we have had many new readers of my thingy. Therefore, I wanted to say that when I do place a negative comment on the blog, I do so because from the start I never wanted this to be an”everything is great all the time and I am the best and Carnival never has guests that complain and we are perfect and better than everyone else even though we are better than everyone else type of blog.”………phew……anyway, for all the newcomers out there I just wanted to point out this fact……….we are not perfect and sometimes rightly or wrongly people will complain and if I feel it is relevant I will share with you all the comments they have made while not revealing their names. The only time I reveal a name is when the guests write to me personally. Anyway, here is a comment from the daily log from the first sea day.

Guest: Mr. *&^%$Ref: 002719745A

Owner: (IRAK) Irina Kavechanska
Cabin: ^&%$

Booking#: 8Q2X81

Added-Changed: 02/09/08 – 02/11/08

– Complaint about deck chair reserving

Mr ^&%$#$% came to the Purser and stated that this morning at 10:45am he and his wife had gone to Lido Deck and found many of the deck chairs reserved. He felt this to be unfair and wanted an announcement made. Purser apologized and said that this comment would be given to the Hotel Director and Cruise Director.
Mr. ^&%$ thanked Purser for assistance and left the desk.

The frequent cruisers amongst you will know that we have addressed this problem before on the blog and every cruise line …….actually I should say most cruise lines have problems of this nature. I wanted therefore to show you the new fleet wide statement that is both written in the Carnival Capers and announced at the start of the week and at other times by the Cruise Directors.

Reserving of Deck Chairs

As a courtesy to other guests, reserving of deck chairs is not permitted. Chairs left vacant for 30 minutes or longer will be reassigned by the Pool Attendant to waiting guests.

Hopefully this will help reduce the number of people who wake up at 4:00am, put a pair of shoes, a book and their youngest born child on the deck chair, go back to bed until 11:00am when they finally decide to use it…………….those days are gone…….big brother is watching.

Again for the new readers of the blog I will occasionally slap on comments from guests that will have no follow up or discussion from me afterwards. It’s just to show you all what people say…………..like this gem from yesterday.

Guest: Mr. &*&^%$#@

Ref: 002719760A

Owner: (JEAZ) Jessica Zanolari
Cabin: @#$@

Booking#: @#%$%@

Added-Changed: 02/09/08 – 02/10/08

Complaint about Taxi Driver in San Juan

Mr. &^%$# and Mrs. &^%$#
Mr. *&^%$ said that he wanted to make a complaint about San Juan and the taxi they had. They hired a taxi to take them on a tour and the car was involved in an accident. They were not hurt but they had to wait for another taxi for 35 minutes. The driver also refused to refund the cost of the tour $50 as the tour was over and the accident was coming back to the ship. Mr. $%^&* stated that he wants Carnival to pay the $50 and the $12 they had to pay to get back to the ship. Purser explained that Carnival was not responsible for the accident and the money paid and that is why we recommended Carnival tours. Guests demanded to speak to Cruise Director who was on stage. Purser said she would ask Cruise director to contact guest. Charged to Cruise Director and Purser will follow up.

I will speak to the guest later today.

OK, here are a few random photos for you.

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Backstage signs 

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Dressing room during showtime

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Another photo of the dressing room during showtime

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John’s disguise cupboard

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Production Singer Louise preparing to go on stage 

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Backstage Manager Gilbert, also black belt, 3rd dan in Kung Fu  

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ONE LETTER TODAY FROM THE IN THEIR OWN WORDS SECTION

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Heidi is about to produce the capers for today and as we have only one computer I have to sign off and I will be back later. By the way, I just got told off because I had a bagel this morning and there are crumbs all over the keyboard…………I love the way she says all over as if I used the keyboard to toast the thing on…………there are a few crumbs…………..not even enough to make a bagel fit for an amoeba…………however there are enough to put me back in the doghouse…………again.Back soonHere I am.

Now, I have over 100 comments to reply to so as is customary now and then I will concentrate on those that are asking specific questions or need an immediate reply. I love reading your comments, each and every one of them, and I will now ask my two fingers, one of which looks like a spare rib after all the meat has been chewed off it,to dance across the keyboard and answer as many as I can.

Here we go then.

EVA………………It seems that after reading about Ron P our Piano man here on the Carnival Freedom that many of you seemed to want him to be part of our 2009 Bloggers Cruise. Well, I will indeed ask him and if he is available I will make sure he is there. Thank you for your kind words and I notice you say you are ” ew to the blog”………….not anymore because you are now part of the family…………..welcome home.

GREG BALDASARRI………………..Interesting idea mate, the best of John’s thingy…………maybe it’s too early for a greatest hits album but certainly something to think about. I still have a dream to take the best of the blogs and put them into a book……..maybe one day. The On Deck for the Cure walks will indeed continue. I wanted to do it this week but unfortunately after the Bloggers Cruise we have no supplies left. I certainly want this to be a permanent addition to the activities onboard.

Hope you are well mate. Cheers.

MARK WISER………..Hello mate. I have heard many great things about you and indeed we need to feature more of the Carnival musicians on this blog. ……………….For those of you who do not know, Mark is a piano bar entertainer on the Carnival Glory. Thanks mate for all your hard work and hopefully one day we will work together. Cheers.

BIG ED…………..The photos were great and thanks for sharing them. Yes, I knew Laura would be happy with Ron’s interview as she is a great supporter of our Piano Bars. How are things coming regarding the 2009 cruise, mate? What evil do you have planned? Please give my best to Mrs. Big Ed as always.

KUKI……………..that is the best top ten I have ever read, especially number 1. We are already starting to plan the cruise and in fact next week I have phone meetings with everyone in the office and of course will share all the news with you all. I don’t know if I mentioned in the last few blogs how wonderful it was that you gave $500 for the On The Deck For The Cure for Breast Cancer appeal………….that was so amazing of you and it’s people like you that make a difference. See you soon mate and a big hello to all the cruisemates.com readers.

SHERYL PELTON……………I just wanted to say thank you for those gracious words……………thank you.

MARK TWAIN AND A HALF……………..Another Ron fan and, as you asked if he will be there with us in New Orleans, I will tell you that if I have anything to do with it……………yes! Thanks mate and so glad that you are still enjoying the blogs.

NANNI……………….Can you please e-mail Stephanie or Roberto with the names of the people who will visit the ship on the 25th. Heidi and I look forward to buying you a glass of wine and of course I will have a Bigo Hugo for you. See you soon.

PEANUTS…………..Thanks for the clarification on the Lido Deck bartenders some of whom did not smile. I have heard the suggestion that sometimes people of some nationalities do not naturally smile and, although good people, smiling is not a normal emotion. This may well be true and I am sure many of them have good reason not to smile, however these people should not be on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship. Our mission statement includes the words “Let The Fun Begin” and that has to start with the crew. We are working very hard through our onboard training departments to make sure that every crew member exceeds the high standards we expect. Anyway, thank you for bringing this subject up and as you said the majority of our crew are indeed the best at sea.

I see you mentioned the Pistons and their 8 game winning streak. I am sorry to say that my Miami chaps are struggling more than ever and now Shaq has gone to Phoenix…………….but they will be back…………..they will rediscover why they love this game……….and the sounds of “let’s go Heat ” will echo at the NBA finals again…………….soon.

Thank you Joan for all your support to the blog and your always well written postings. Heidi and I send our best to you and your family.

MYRA BUSHNELL………………Up to the challenge………..very funny Myra. Anyway, let me answer your questions. Will I be the CD for the TA Carnival Splendor cruise to Fort Lauderdale……………well, at the time of writing the answer is yes I will be. I missed the one on here so I really don’t want to miss the one on the Carnival Splendor. I will definitely complete the European season but as to the cruises after the TA………..probably not as by then I think it will be time for a rest. Hope this is ok for you and I also hope we get to see each other on the TA or before. Cheers.

PRINCESS SUSAN AND MR CHEAP……………..Will I do the back-to-back Carnival Fantasy cruise you ask………….answer at the moment is I do not know. I will know more soon but the planning stages are just starting and as soon as I know I will let you know so Mr. Cheap can put his hand in his wallet ……………..I thought we had changed his name to Mr. Wonderful. I hope regardless that I will see you both very soon. All the best.

ROBERT………….I know you are one of the biggest supporters of our Piano Bars and, on the 40-plus cruises you have taken, there is something you enjoy so much. So, in answer to your question………….yes………….if Ron can come I will gladly have him with us for the BC in 2009. See you soon.

LISA AND ELAINE…………..Thanks for asking about Alan. Hopefully you have read my last blog …………..it’s a miracle…………he is so ugly …………….yet…………..getting better every day. Hope you are both well and please write soon.

STEVE………….How great to hear from a fellow Brit…………where are you from? You asked who the Cruise Director will be on the Carnival Freedom in July when you sail in Europe. You will be blessed with a brilliant and talented CD called Todd Wittmer from California and I know you will have a wonderful time. Thanks for your posting where you said……..and I quote………

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OK, that’s enough for now……………thanks mate and have a brilliant time on the Carnival Freedom in July. Cheers.

BERNARD ANDRES……………Thanks for your kind words and please be assured that even though there are times when I do not have time to reply to each and every comment that I read everyone regardless. I am glad you enjoyed the interview with Ron and, as you requested, there will indeed be more interviews as we have done before with many people both who work on board and ashore. Hope you continue to enjoy the blog and all the best from Heidi and I.

CAROLYN AND DON……………..Although you do not have a direct question, I did want to say how humbled I was that after 25 years of attending the NASCAR thingy in Daytona that you have both given up the 2009 race for the Bloggers cruise. I hope I can be as entertaining as a Daytona 500 and one thing is for certain…………..I will be uglier than the drivers. Thanks so much, it means the world to read comments like that. See you next year.

MATT……..I am glad you have been enjoying the blogs and I am happy also to answer your questions. You asked about the ideas and new innovations that we discussed at the recent conference and when they may come into effect. Well, the world of business can move slower than a turtle through concrete but I am determined to do what I can to get them in place as soon as possible. One area that will take immediate effect will be embarkation days fleetwide. The Cruise Directors have all committed to making embarkation day as fun as a day at sea and starting in the next few weeks you will see this on every ship. Also, we now have a budget to improve the embarkation process ashore………….I cannot tell you what we have planned as this is not a secure channel (as they say on 24) but I can tell you that it will be fun! All the other concepts will take a bit of time to put in place but I assure you they are all worth waiting for………………Roger Blum our VP will be reading this and I am sure will chomping at the bit (he doesn’t look like a horse) to get started.

Your next question was “does Carnival intend to increase calls to Half Moon Cay”………………answer………….yes…………..I know now why so many people have become smitten with this piece of paradise and I know we will take as many ships there as we can.

Then you asked about reggae bands and are we keeping them unlike other cruise lines who no longer have them. Well, certainly in the Caribbean these bands play a big part in the entertainment of our guests and certainly there are no plans to stop using them.

I checked on our system and your favorite waiter Roberto is now on the Carnival Valor and you will not be seeing him on the Carnival Imagination. I know that your waiter will be just as good though and I will certainly send Roberto your kind regards.

I am glad to be able to answer your questions and please let me know as and when I can help further. Cheers.

BIG MIKE………………cattle prod it is then. Thanks mate.

MONICA AND AL…………………I am glad you had such a wonderful time here on the Carnival Freedom and, like many, I see that you loved the big screen on our Seaside Theatre. You asked if there are any plans to fit any more ships with these icons and the answer is yes. The Carnival Victory already has hers and then the Carnival Glory, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Conquest and I think the Carnival Destiny will also receive theirs. Of course the Carnival Splendor will be fitted with one as well. I know this will please you and many more people who love the experience of sitting under the stars and watching a movie. Tonight for example we have a movie called The Golden Compass which looks awesome (very American word there) on the big screen. Hope this makes you happy and all the best.

TED WRIGHT……………Please post a comment on the blog marked private and confidential and Stephanie will send directly to me. I am at your service.

LINDA HERNACKI……………….Hello my friends. You asked if there are plans for another 2009 Bloggers Cruise maybe out of Florida…………..that may be a possibility and one I will discuss with the office next week. I know that it would be popular. I will also let you know as soon as I can about the photo changes as well. My best to you and of course my mate Mike.

TERESA AND PAUL B………………I am so sorry to answer your question with a negative but unfortunately I will not be the CD for your April 12th Carnival Freedom cruise. I will be in Europe preparing and reporting on all the tours for the Carnival Splendor’s Baltic cruises. Todd will be your Cruise Director and I know you will have fun. I am sorry I cannot be there with you though and hopefully our paths will cross soon.

LV2CRUISE……………..Good question……………you asked do they have Captains who just cover vacations and do they always return to the same ship? Well, we do operate a system where, for the most part, Captain’s do return to the same ship after their break. While on vacation another Captain will cover the vessel as her commander. Everyone of our Captains is a full-time employed Captain and all are from Italy. Hope this answers your question and if you have anymore please let me know. Cheers.

DIVETRASH…………….Thanks firstly for asking me to interview Ron. It was long overdue and I am glad I finally got around to doing it. You asked if we could put some advertising on the TV for the musicians and yes is the answer. We discussed at our conference that we do not utilize the in-cabin televisions enough so look for that to change in the days ahead.

Ron, as you can see you are very popular so can you post a comment on this blog to say if you can join us all in 2009? Thanks Laura, and Heidi sends a big Knuffelen back as do I.

JUDY……………..hello Judy and I hope this blog finds you well. You asked if I would be on the Carnival Splendor during its voyage to California via South America. This was a very hard choice to make but in the end I decided not do this. The reasons were many including it coming at the end of a very busy European season, the Bloggers cruise and also to allow another Cruise Director a chance to experience a special voyage like this. I do not know who that lucky person will be but I will let you know as soon as I do. I know you will be disappointed with this news but I know it will not deter you from enjoying an experience of a lifetime. Heidi and I send you our warmest regards.

PAUL F.PIETRANGELO……………..Your card is sitting right here on the desk next to me. I know how disappointed you were in me not being here and Heidi and I felt the same. I am glad you enjoyed the gifts we sent you but I am sure one day soon we will get to meet. Until then we will remain friends in cyberspace and I truly hope you had a wonderful cruise. My kindest regards to you and your family and please write soon.

SHERRIF ROSCO P. COLTRANE……………..Just had to say hi to the Sherriff and hope he is staying safe. Get those bad boys, and Heidi and I send our best regards to you and Mrs. Sherriff.

THE ARTIST FORMELY KNOWN AS MISSING THE SMOKE FREE PARADISE………………I like your new screen name (2009bloggerscruiseherewecome) but I had to type your old one just one more time. What splendid news that you and Mrs. MTSFP will be joining Kuki and the Cruisemates gang with me on the Carnival Fantasy………….I am very happy. You asked if Heidi has had any smiley faces recently………….well……………the exhausted look on my face should be some clue. I totally understand about the Carnival Splendor and at least we will see each other on the Bloggers cruise. Heidi and I send our best to you both and thanks for all the postings you have made over the past months. Cheers mate.

SUSAN V…………….Thanks so very much for all the nice words. You asked if I would be posting the new CD schedule so everyone will be able to see who their CD will be. Yes of course, I will do this by the end of the week. We are just making a few last-minute changes and as soon as Chris Prideaux sends it to me I will be happy to slap it on. The Carnival Valor is indeed Chris Jefferson’s usual posting and I expect he will be there when you cruise. Anyway, stand by and I will post it ASAP. Cheers.

LANCE AND ILDA……………I am going to try a glass of Vialis…..whatever that is. You asked how Alan was and hopefully by now you will have seen the last blog where I told everyone he is doing so well…………it really is unbelievable. Thanks for the advice on the baggy pants and most importantly thanks you for your friendship. All the best from Heidi and I.

BIG ED……………….Can you let me know in an e-mail what your mate had problems with on his Princess cruise……….maybe I can help.

MARK HAZLIP…………….I will indeed be the CD for your cruise on March 8th. Now, you asked if I have a favorite excursion in San Juan, St.Thomas and St.Marteen. I do indeed, however, can you let me know a bit more about what you like to do before I recommend them. Do you prefer active adventures, swimming and snorkeling or easy-going island tours. Let me know ASAP and I will be happy to tell you what I think you may enjoy the most. Look forward to hearing from you.

MEGHAN…………..How wonderful to hear from you and to find out that Gabby (one of my favorite dancers..ssssshhhh don’t tell the others) is your sister. Well, what can I tell you. She finished the Jump Jive and Wail show last night and the audience gave her and the cast 2 big standing ovations. She is dating an Italian called Rocco who looks just like a young Sylvester Stallone and the baby is due in July……………………………………….OK, just kidding. She is doing well and seems very happy however I will make sure that she speaks to you more often. Look out for a few photos of her in the future. I am sure she misses you very very much. Thanks for taking the time to write and please keep reading my thingy.

That’s all folks. Time has run away with me. However, I want to say thank you so much to all the people who just posted a comment that said Hi and welcome home. You are all so fantastic to take the time to write and although I may not have replied in person your warm greetings mean so much.

I have been thinking the last few weeks about the Bloggers Cruise and I want to change one aspect for next year. I cannot be the Cruise Director. Although it was great to perform and be on stage, it took away so many opportunities to be amongst you and I do not want that to happen again. All of you paid money, hard earned money to cruise with me and the next time I must give you all my undivided attention. I apologize if some of you felt that you did not receive enough personal time with me and I will make sure that this will not be the case on the Carnival Fantasy 2009 cruise………………….I actually have a cunning plan which will involve something very special…………………tell you more about that soon.

I just got back from a trip downtown to St.Thomas and the place was packed. There were two Carnival ships………..that’s 6000 guests…….the Queen Mary………….not sure but between 2000 and 3000……………some ugly ship that looked like a load of flying saucers had crashed into the side of it……….that’s another 3000 plus one more ship that, while docked a gang of teenagers had graphited a load of colourful rubbish on the bow and stern…………….that’s another 2000………..Grand Total……….13,000 or thereabouts. Add onto this the hotel guests……….that’s another 12 people………and you get the picture. I like St. Thomas, I like the facilities and the shopping is amazing however there are one or two aspects that quite frankly get on my nerves.

First there are the ” barkers”……….I mentioned these folks in a recent blog about Grand Turk where all is peace and harmony. However, it appears that since I was last in St.Thomas these barkers have gone through a breeding frenzy and there are now millions of them. Their job is to stand outside a shop, cafe or bar and as you walk past them scream in your ear what’s on the menu, how much money you will save if you buy jewelry from them and that they have the coldest beer in town…….some do this so aggressively that they actually bully people into going in………..especially the jewelry shops. I really do not understand why the government of St. Thomas allows this. You have a street full of classy shops selling the world’s most exclusive brands and then outside you have these crazed men and women screaming at you like a drill instructor…………….it spoils the whole concept of “world class shopping” that St.Thomas advertises………………..it’s the same as making a beautiful chocolate soufflé and covering it with the stuff a Skunk fires out of his bottom when its mad.

Anyway, we had a little walk around, had some lunch at our favorite little café called Bobby’s………..I go there for the Conch Chowder by the way which is historic and then it was time to come back and send this blog thingy and this leads me to the most annoying thing in St.Thomas…………..the taxi drivers.

Now, while many I am sure are nice folks they all have one thing in common…………..they will not leave until every seat is taken………I mean every seat and that means you need to be prepared to rub thighs with Mr. and Mrs. Stranger. The taxi ride from the ship to downtown took 10 minutes with a 22 minute (yes I timed it ) waiting period while the driver filled every seat. The bus this time was one of the open sided safari buses and as we sat there waiting for every seat to be taken more and more people recognized me despite my disguise of Miami Heat baseball hat and glasses………………I was therefore obliged to perform 20 minutes of comedy while our driver shouted the word “downtown” at everyone getting off the ship. Finally, 22 minutes later every seat was filled which was very lucky because I had run out of clean jokes and was considering telling my famous Elephant and the Elf story. So, eventually the driver got in the cab and turned on the engine. However, before moving away he got on the PA system of his cab and explained that he offered a $20 island tour stating that it was half the price of the one they sold on the ship. He then got out of his seat and then walked up and down asking all 22 of us if we wanted a tour…………..everyone declined………..they just wanted to go shopping. I wanted to tell the driver that the tour sold from the ship included much more than what he was offering ………..however the nudge in the ribs I was receiving from Heidi told me to say nothing. Eventually we set off. I had Heidi on one side and a lady from Oregon on the other………….our thighs were now glued together as we bumped down the road. Then, unbelievably he stopped short of downtown…………..he got on the PA system and told us he would be collecting the $4 per person now as it was too busy to do so downtown. So, out he got, collected the money and off we went but not before he reminded us one more time that he offered a tour of the island which he would now reduce to $15.

We eventually arrived and I got off the bus taking a small slice of Mrs. Oregon’s thigh with me.

On the way back …………it was worse. We walked to the waterfront to get a taxi back. A man shouted “back to the ship”……….yes we said…………and he led Heidi and I and two other couples to his taxi which was an 18-seater minibus………..a closed minibus………and he packed 18 people into the thing, some of them twice the size of me. It was then a few moments after setting off that we all realized it was very hot………..can you turn on the air conditioning someone asked………….it’s on full said the driver…………..well the knob may have been turned to full but it had the same effect as an asthmatic hamster blowing at you through a straw…………………..by the time we got there we were all dripping wet. Just before we arrived to the port the driver got on his PA and said “thank you for coming to St.Thomas……….please come again……………and tips are appreciated.’…………..well I and many others think St. Thomas is wonderful……….we will be back……………as for a tip…………….get a new van.

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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.