A Quick Update About Philly And Libby

October 27, 2008 -

John Heald

You are probably expecting me to be writing this brief blog from the comfort of my cabin onboard the Carnival Fantasy. ………..but instead, I am writing to you from Stephanie’s cubical here in the Miami office………….and that deserves a huge BUGGER.

Yesterday was a manic day involving just 10 minutes to pack from the hotel in Dallas and a late night flight back to Fort Lauderdale……not Miami………..and, oh boy, do I have a story to tell you about that flight.

Anyway, the reason for all this madness is the fault of a bunch of men with a spitting fetish who spend hours blowing large chunks of brown poo out of their mouth and occasionally try and hit a ball with a stick. Apparently there is something called the World Series going on where two different countries…………in this case Philadelphia Steak Sandwiches and the Tampa Bay Buccarays.


There is some fear that the Philadelphia team will beat the other country in the World Series and, therefore, trump our Carnival event. So, it was decided that we may have to move it to Saturday if the Philadelphia team win on Tuesday or if Tampa win on Wednesday or if someone scores a touchdown and…………..ummmmm……………..basically nobody has a Scooby Doo what’s happening.

However, they wanted me to be here to help chat about the different scenarios and not to be floating around looking at the fantastic Evolutions of Fun………..but I will get a chance to do so soon, I promise.

Now, lots of you are looking forward to coming to Philadelphia and before you ask I promise to let you know if it’s Saturday or Sunday…………we will know all about this by noon tomorrow.

We use the words “thank you” so much in every day conversation……….unless you work for airport security…………….and sometimes it never seems enough. This is one of those times. I want to say a huge, massive, gigantic leviathan sized thank you to everyone who took the time to come to Dallas yesterday. Your loyalty to Carnival and your friendship toward me is something I will never forget and I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Thanks also to everyone who looked at what we were doing online and I hope you enjoyed the wonderful and dedicated work of Stephanie, Tom, Tony, Jordan, Walter, and Dan who did their ummmm……….computer thingy yesterday that allowed thousands of you to join in the fun…………..three of them have a beard by the way……………Jordan, Dan and Stephanie. They will be with us in Philadelphia as well providing even better footage.

I have so many experiences I want to share with you from yesterday and I will be writing those later tonight ready for an early morning post tomorrow.

However, I do need to cover this piece of breaking news.

CARNIVAL LIBERTY TO OPERATE YEAR-ROUND SEVEN-DAY CRUISES FROM MIAMI BEGINNING APRIL 2009; INTRODUCTION OF YEAR-ROUND CRUISES FROM BALTIMORE ON CARNIVAL PRIDE MOVED UP TO SPRING

MIAMI (October 27, 2008 ) – Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that its Miami-based Carnival Liberty, which was originally scheduled to reposition to Europe in May 2009, will instead remain in Miami to operate year-round Caribbean cruises.

The Carnival Liberty will continue to offer its existing schedule of seven-day Caribbean cruises through next spring and then introduce a new seven-day program from Miami beginning in April 2009.
In turn, the Carnival Pride, currently based in Long Beach, Calif., and originally scheduled to shift to Miami for a five-month Caribbean deployment from April through August, will instead launch its Baltimore-based program on April 27, 2009.

Prior to its Baltimore deployment, Carnival Pride will operate its previously scheduled Panama Canal cruise from Long Beach, Calif., to Miami March 22–April 5, 2009, as well as a six-day cruise departing April 5 and two seven-day Caribbean cruises departing April 11 and 18, 2009, all operating from Miami.

“Based on current market conditions, continued economic uncertainty and high air costs to Europe, we are shifting our focus to an even greater extent toward our core, close-to-home cruise options which are clearly the preference of the vast majority of the mainstream vacation market right now,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “We are excited that this change in deployment will also enable us to bring the Carnival Pride to Baltimore four months earlier than originally planned to start up that city’s first year-round cruise program, which is proving to be extremely popular based on advanced bookings so far,” he added.

Cahill noted that Carnival will still offer several European cruises next year when the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream – the line’s newest and largest ship – debuts with a series of three 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) in September and October 2009. Carnival Dream will also operate a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Rome (Civitavecchia) to New York in late October 2009.

Cahill said that the company will be offering assistance in finding vacation alternatives to Carnival Liberty guests who were scheduled to sail in Europe, including European cruises on Carnival’s sister companies that have a strong presence in the region such as Holland America and Princess. “We understand that our guests who were scheduled to sail in Europe are going to be disappointed by this development and we sincerely apologize to them for this disruption to their vacation plans. Europe remains a desirable vacation choice for many and we will endeavor to help our guests find alternative plans to sail within the region,” he said.

Existing Bookings – Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride

Guests booked on the Carnival Liberty Europe cruises will be provided special onboard credit offers toward other 2009 Carnival cruises, including the Carnival Dream European departures. In addition, Carnival will assist guests with the cost of changes/cancellations for non-refundable air transportation.
Guests who were booked on the Carnival Pride’s Caribbean cruises from April 25, 2009 to August 29, 2009 from Miami will be automatically shifted to the same accommodations on the Carnival Liberty. The Carnival Liberty will also operate the same itineraries as previously scheduled on the Carnival Pride.

Carnival Liberty’s New Seven-Day Caribbean Cruises From Miami

Carnival Liberty will continue its current program of seven-day Caribbean cruises from Miami through April 18, 2009 then assume a new schedule of weeklong cruises to the Western and Exotic Eastern Caribbean beginning Saturday, April 25, 2009, through November 28, 2009. The new Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruise route will feature Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island; St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands. The western route will visit Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico

Carnival Pride’s New Spring/Summer Departures From Baltimore

Carnival Pride will launch Baltimore’s first year-round cruise program beginning on April 27, 2009, four months ahead of the original schedule. From April 27, 2009 to September 6, 2009, the ship will operate a series of six-, seven- and eight-day cruises. These cruises will visit a wide variety of ports including Nassau, Freeport, Half Moon Cay (a private Bahamian island), Port Canaveral (Orlando) and Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos.

Reservations

Carnival will begin accepting reservations for the new Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride programs from Miami and Baltimore beginning October 30, 2008. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

Let me start by saying nobody is more disappointed about this then me. It would have been perfect for me with the ship sailing from Dover and, of course, you all know how much I love Europe. However, I totally understand why this is happened.

As Gerry mentioned there is a slight ping of uncertainty in the air with all that’s happening in the world and therefore we need to keep the fleet close to home……….for now. I can also tell you that there are many people in Baltimore rejoicing today as they now benefit from Carnival Liberty staying in the Caribbean by getting their Carnival Pride a lot earlier. So, what should the people who booked Carnival Liberty in Europe do? Well, you have two choices. You can let you put you on Princess or Holland America who remain in Europe and whose pedigree of excellence is unmistakable. If you are unsure of which one is right for you …………….ask me……………let me help direct you.

Then, of course, you can change to the Carnival Dream. Now I realize that her time in Europe is much shorter but I can tell you that this ship is going to be extraordinary and………………..I promise to be on the inaugural cruise……………….I promise to be there with you………….I will not be the cruise director but I will be writing and I will, if needed, be there for you. So, why not join me on Carnival Dream for your European Adventure.

When Carnival makes changes like this I often think that it would be nice if there was a way we could put a human face on this. …….and then I realized that we can …………. me. Now, it may be an extremely ugly face but I hope its one that maybe able to help you.

So, tomorrow (Tuesday) I will be posting details about a live chat specifically for those people who may have a question about Europe. It will be in working hours but hopefully it will be something that will help you.

Let’s recap.

The Carnival Dream………….change from the Carnival Liberty to her first European cruise and I promise to be there with you to share with you this inaugural journey. ………….and I mean WITH you. I will be your mate…………..I hope some of you will have a think about this option.

If the Baltic is what you want, then please have a think about Princess or Holland America. If you have never cruised with these two great companies, then why not send me a comment during the live write in on Wednesday?…………..Maybe I can help.

Most importantly……………….we are sorry — truly sorry — that this decision has disrupted your vacation plans…………and I hope that I can help you decide what’s best for you.

Can I ask Mac, Kuki, etc. to put this on the boards………………..and we will follow up on the Wednesday thingy tomorrow.

Right now I am in another meeting and have to bugger off. I will be writing a “normal” log tonight which will be posted tomorrow.

Goodnight
Your Friend
John

LATE BREAKING NEWS

THE PHILLY EVENT WHICH WILL INCLUDE.

THE FILMING OF THE NEW CARNIVAL COMMERCIAL WITH YOU AS AN EXTRA….BE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE AND BREAK A WORLD RECORD…………..THE WORLD’S LARGEST PINATA, CARNIVAL ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN, COMPLIMENTARY FOOD AND TREATS,
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

AND………..FOR ALL BLOGGERS THERE WILL BE A PRIVATE EVENT PREVIEW AT 10:30AM ON SUNDAY HOSTED BY ME AND INCLUDING LOADS OF DOUGHNUTS.

CAN YOU COME?

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.