A moment of Ecstasy

May 7, 2008 -

John Heald

I wanted to share this comment with you before I go to bed. I had received a request from this lady a few weeks ago and thanks to the Captain and crew of the Carnival Ecstasy  they were able to make her Mum’s dream come true.

I cannot go into the private and personal reasons as to why this cruise was so special but let’s hope that whatever difficult days lay ahead that Mum will always have the memories of this fantastic cruise vacation.

Here is the letter:

See, I was promising myself I would get everything I wanted to say to you down without crying so I could see what I was typing….I am already failing miserably :>)

My Mom and I are just back from Ecstasy and Ecstasy is what it was!! As every Carnival cruise I have taken, this one exceeded every expectation, and we felt like family from the time we arrived at the port. First and foremost, each and every Carnival crew member we encountered demonstrated the warmth and joy of spirit that makes you feel like family and royalty at the same time, just extraordinary. The ship is in pristine condition, remarkable that you have no sense of her age whatsoever!!

This was an even more very special cruise for us for many reasons, all having to do with Cruise Critic, and one Mr. John Heald. In January of this year, I was searching the internet before boarding the Glory for an Eastern Caribbean sail. I had never visited those ports except for Nassau. So my googling turns up a CC thread, and the next three days were spent in awed reading….which led me to a thread about the Blog….three more days of awed reading…. Fast forward, and I am now a member of the CC Conquest Crazies, the CC Bloggers Krewe, and John Heald’s Blogger family! On Cruise Critic, I am Floatie (floatingaway2525) and if you go to the Crazies thread, we have a special one for pictures of the Machscots, which now include our glorious time on Ecstasy.

Here is what happened:
We arrive to our cabin to a basket of lovely fresh fruit with a card from Hotel Director George, what a lovely man! Mom was speechless already, then the phone rings and she is saucer-eyed as she hands me the phone and says, It’s the CRUISE DIRECTOR!!! And it is Tina Noble in all her warmth welcoming us aboard, and letting me know she will be looking out for us at the Captain’s Party!! We arrive at the Captain’s Party to hugs from Tina at the door, and much fussing over the Mascots….soooooooo much fun!!!!

Here is a pic of my Mom and MachBird so honored to be with Tina! She is a WONDERFUL CD John, so warm and so funny!!!


Now then, off we go to be seated, Mom is beaming…..then, here comes Tina calling us out of the audience, and off we go to the CAPTAIN’S TABLE, to be greeted by Captain Donato and his senior Officers!!! Here are these pics too, I hope they all come through.


I am writing a full review for Cruise Critic with all pictures linked, and also to Carnival Guest Relations to recognize many of the staff, Tina of course and especially our waiter Freddy, the bartenders Zelko and Dragan in Society Bar, Assistant Maitre’d Eva in the Windstar Dining Room, and Izabella on Lido. Then I am going to catch up on the Blog, OMG I have withdrawals!!!

John, I cannot tell you in words how full my heart is and how grateful I am. It is amazing how large your responsibilities are, how many demands are on your time, for you to pay attention to this. God Bless you and Heidi, you and everyone on Ecstasy made this trip so special for us. You represent to me how wonderful Carnival is, and Ecstasy is a gem in Carnival’s crown!!

My thanks again to the Captain and crew of the Carnival Ecstasy and my best wishes for health and happiness to Eva and her wonderful Mum.

I am off for dinner……..tonight its Chinese food and then off to see a movie called Iron Man. The only reason Heidi has agreed to come with me is if I promise to watch the Sex and the City movie next week……….in a moment of weakness I said yes………….I mean Iron Man is full of explosions and mayhem and music by Ozzy Osborne………then there is Sex and the City where the action is based around clothes and martinis and sex …………… I bet it will be a huge hit in Italy

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.