The Baltic- See You In 2009

September 30, 2008 -

John Heald

So, where are you going for your vacation next year? The Caribbean? Florida? Alaska?
The list of possibilities is seemingly endless. But it’s not as long as the list of places you don’t even consider. Chad, for instance, or Tripoli. I bet you never really thought about Sierra Leone either, or Iran. But topping the list of places I bet you’re not going to is Germany.

Don’t you think that’s a bit weird? I mean most of the places that don’t stack up as tourist resorts fail because you’re afraid you’ll be shot or you’ll come home with an interesting new disease. Neither is even a remote possibility, however, if you take the family to Germany.

And there’s more. What is it that Italy has that Bavaria lacks? There are mountains, lakes and the promise of many cloudless days sitting around a swimming pool. You can even find a bottle of local wine that will make you just as drowsy as the stuff you get in Italy.

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Quick Update

September 30, 2008 -

John Heald

Hello everyone,

In a few hours Stephanie will be posting a special blog recaping the Baltic season. It will feature all the home videos I made during our familirization trip.

I am honoured that Carnival have asked me to do this and it will be featured on the www.carnival.com website.

A normal blog will we be posted tomorrow.

Cheers
Your friends
John and Heidi

Mr.ABCNBCCBSFOX…..The Season Finale

September 29, 2008 -

John Heald

As I mentioned yesterday, during my trip to see the Carnival Dream the shipyard was quiet with it being a Sunday. However, that was also because many of the technicians were here onboard the Carnival Splendor these last two days in Venice. ……let me explain why.

When you buy a car, it comes with a warranty and that’s the same with the ships. We get a full one-year guarantee on everything that the yard supplies. And although most of it is built to perfection, some things need looking at.

So, being that the ship was in Venice these last two days — and within close proximity to one of Fincantieri shipyards — a whole army of technicians boarded the vessel yesterday.

OK, by now, many of you will have fallen into a boredom-induced coma thinking this is a pretty boring blog thingy so far………..but hang on in there.

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Dream Videos Part 2

September 29, 2008 -

John Heald

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Dream Videos

September 29, 2008 -

John Heald

Morning all. Here are a few short videos filmed with my thingy. Hope you enjoy them
come back later for todays blog

CHEERS
JOHN
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Dream….A Big Dream With Me

September 28, 2008 -

John Heald

You won’t really get a sense of scale from the pictures or the videos— and nor will you get the full impression of just how beautiful she is.

It’s a Carnival ship, there’s no doubt about that, but, unlike any other Carnival ship from the past 36 years, this one looks like it might sail right over you……..just for the fun of it.

She is extraordinary. Usually, when one of our chaps wants something new and groovy on a ship, the engineers complain to the accountants and the idea is quietly shot in the face. But on this ship, it seems the stylists were allowed free rein — and to hell with the cost.

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Raspberry Blog – Part 1

September 28, 2008 -

John Heald

It’s 7:30 am and I am sitting in the back of a Mercedes E class heading to see the Carnival Dream. …..and if my driver is anything to go by, my dreams are already coming true …… she is hot!

Yep, normally I get Diego the driver who has the personality of a dead fish but today I have Gabriele. And who cares what her personality is like because she looks like she has come straight from the catwalk. ….oh yes ……..and for some bizarre reason, she has forgotten to put a skirt on and is wearing a belt instead……….the bottom of this blog thingy will say to please excuse the spelling mistakes because of the small keys on my raspberry …….but that’s bollocks ….it’s because of her ….well, you know.

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TV Times

September 27, 2008 -

John Heald

So, here we are in Venice, the City of Lights and the city with the worst service in the entire universe.

Yes, the universe, because if there was a restaurant on the planet Zog that served one-eyed walrus type creatures a plate of three-headed slime maggots ………it would still be better than the service and the food in Venice.

Hold on………don’t panic………..I am not suddenly thinking of myself as a food critic. That would be pretty hard to do considering that if the menu does not have the words “and fries” on it………………… I won’t grace the establishment with my presence. And so it was with this in mind that I answered this comment with fear and trepidation.
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I just want to say………I am straight. I am so straight you could grow blackberrys up me. If you put oil in my bellybutton you could use me as a spirit level.

Now, don’t get me wrong……….I am in no way shape or form homophobic either. If I found a man in my bath, I wouldn’t jump on the toilet seat and call in a desperate panic for Heidi to come and deal with the huge, hairy thing. Now let me explain why I wrote that.

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It's Raining Refunds

September 25, 2008 -

John Heald

Bugger!


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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.