A Tiny Drop of A Blog

July 11, 2008 -

John Heald

When I was told that our Godmother was Myleene Klass I can admit to thinking …………..who? ………………Then, after reading about her I can admit to thinking ……….is she the right choice? Well, after yesterday I am here to tell you that the answer is a huge, massive, gigantic five-star YES……she was just perfect.

Myleene was just simply brilliant and the naming ceremony has received lots of great press…………here are some examples of what the press are saying.


Line’s Newest and Largest ‘Fun Ship’ Officially Named in Dover, UK, Earlier Today

MIAMI (July 10, 2008) – Exclusive video of the recently completed naming ceremony for the 113,300-ton Carnival

Splendor is now available for viewing on www.carnival.com/splendor. The video footage showcases the one-of-a-kind event

held earlier today in Dover, England, and presided over by Myleene Klass, a chart-topping musician, singer and television

personality in the UK who served as the ship’s godmother.

Following the ceremony, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor – Carnival Cruise Lines’ largest ship to date – sailed

from the Port of Dover on a special three-day cruise to Amsterdam and will operate the line’s first-ever 12-day Northern

Europe program from that port July 13 – Aug. 30.

The video footage includes the naming ceremony’s dramatic culmination during which a member of the Royal Navy

dive team – following a cue from Klass, who was playing a classical piano piece live on Carnival Splendor’s Lido Deck –

climbed up a 60-foot-long black marlin ascent rope to reach the ship’s name at the top of the bow.

From there, the diver broke with tradition by smashing a bottle of 1994 vintage Nyetimber English sparkling wine

across the ship’s hull. Nyetimber was chosen by Carnival to emphasize the selection of Britain to launch its newest and largest


Additionally, Carnival Splendor Senior Cruise Director John Heald – whose cruise-themed blog has become one of

the most popular sites on the Internet – will be blogging live from the ship, offering his own unique insight into the festivities

surrounding the line’s newest “Fun Ship.” There will also be a section where visitors to the portal are encouraged to share their

comments and correspond with other readers.

The special Web portal also offers a first look at Carnival Splendor’s distinctive lounges, bars, restaurants, as well as

the luxurious 21,000-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa, expansive children facilities, and Carnival’s Seaside Theatre, a 270-square-

foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts and other programming.

Following its departures from Dover, Carnival Splendor will reposition to Rome (Civitavecchia) to operate a schedule

of 12-day Mediterranean cruises through Oct. 17, 2008, then sail on a trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 29 – Nov. 14, positioning the vessel for a series of seven-day Caribbean cruises from that port.

Carnival Splendor will then operate 14- to 18-day South America voyages followed by year-round seven-day Mexican

Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., beginning March 29, 2009.

Carnival is accepting reservations on all of the Carnival Splendor’s various European, Caribbean, South American and

Mexican Riviera departures.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
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I am very happy that they laughed at my jokes and I am glad that everyone is having a wonderful time on the three-day cruise. Today we are in Amsterdam and Heidi’s family came over to visit. This was great and the fact that my Mum and Dad are here as well made it even more special…………….however there were some tears of sadness when Heidi saw the empty chair at the lunch table…………..she misses her Dad very much …and so do I…He would have been so proud to see her today on this magnificent ship.

I spent the day filming, doing press interviews and trying to look after two sets of families and quite honestly I have not had two minutes to myself and ………..here and now I admit………..I am very, very tired.

In about thirty minutes I have to host a cocktail party and then a dinner and then MC a show…………..and most annoyingly I don’t have time to write a normal blog………and you know how that bothers me.

I will also admit ……..I am admitting a lot of things in this blog………..that I cannot wait to get this cruise over with. I just want to get back to normal start our first 12-day cruise to the Baltic.

So, once again I beg for your forgiveness and I promise normal blogging service will be resumed as soon as this cruise is over.

For now though I have to leave you with this video and some photos which I hope you enjoy.

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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.