John's Replies

November 4, 2008 -

John Heald

Kristie Asked:
John
I was at Sunday’s Beach Ball event and you told me to listen because you would be offering cruise specials. I waited and waited and heard nothing. I later saw you and asked you about this, you told me to wait 15 min and that there would be some coupons being passed around, or if we did not want to wait we could just go to the website and click on I WAS THERE. Well I did both, and found NOTHING! I would like to find the deal that you told me about so that I can book another cruise! Could you PLEASE help me!
Thanks,
Kristie

John Says:
Hi Kristie,

I’m so glad you wrote as I lost you in the crowd can you tell me what ship you’re interested in and I will check out the latest specials and get right back to you.

Cheers,
John

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Janet Asked:
Please reply
Hi John,
We just heard that the Liberty European cruises for 2009 have been cancelled. Does this mean you’ll be CD on the Dream for the Grand Med fall of 2009 cruises?? Thanks. Janet

John Says:
Hi Janet,

While my 2009 schedule is still uncertain I will definitely be sailing on the inaugural Carnival Dream sailing and hopefully hosting a blogger’s cruise and also a Caribbean cruise in December. I will not be the cruise director on these voyages that would be Todd Wittmer. However I will be there to write for the blog and hopefully bump into you. Thanks for reading the blog and my best to you and your family.

Cheers,
John
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Jennifer Hammond Asked:
Urgent please reply: Danny thought you were going to be building a room for a school instead of picking up things and planting trees. What happened? I know you are going to have a lot of peaple but couldn,t both be done?

Thanks, Jennifer

John Says:
Hi Jennifer,

As of yet it has not been confirmed by the charity exactly what we will be doing. Whatever we are asked to do there will def. be enough work for everyone and with my building skills it will probably be better for the kids that I plant a tree; it will probably stay up longer than the school. Thanks for your kind concern hope to see you soon.

Cheers,
John
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wes and liz,manchester england Asked:
John Please reply

Hi John, not been online for a couple of days and imagine my shock /horror to find through this blogthat the Liberty will not be sailing in europe next year. We had booked on the 6th September out of Dover as we fancied a different start to our cruise with a train trip down from Manchester followed by couple of days in London and taking in a show, then pop down to Dover and board ship. All very relaxed instead of mad dash through airport, missing luggage and just about getting to the ship before she sails. Que serra serra…… I see you recieved some stick on the live Q&A … Not heard anything from out TA yet as we booked throughthe U.S.So will be toll free calling tonight when I get home from work to see what alternatives there are.
Can you confirm if the Dreams first cruise out of Rome is 18th/20th or 21st September as I hav eseen three differentdates on different sites and forums as we may try this one even though its the same itinerary we did with you on the Freedom last year. Also do you know yet if you will be the CD on that cruise……..
Regards.
Wes and Liz

John Says:
Hi Wes and Liz,

At the time of writing the Carnival Dream’s inaugural is set for the 21st of Sept. Actually, I should have started this reply with an apology that you had not been informed previously about the cancellation of the Carnival Liberty’s European run. I will not be the cruise director however I will be onboard many of the cruises including the inaugural, writing for the blog and hosting blogger’s cruises. The cruise director will be Todd Wittmer who is a wonderfully talented man. Are you considering a Carnival Dream cruise hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers,
John
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Tim and Diane Asked:
John. Please reply
Didn’t you mean the Ruby Princess on November 6 – 8? I hope so I have a slightly used replacement cigar cutter packed to replace the one that TSA removed from your baggage.

John Says:
Hi Tim and Diane,

I am very excited that I will not only get to meet a fellow cigar smoker but it looks like I will replace my lost cutter. It should be a wonderful 2 days see you in the cigar bar after dinner.

Cheers,

John
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Spencer Asked:
JOHN PLEASE REPLY

Isn’t it costing Carnival more money to refund all these cruises, airfare, hotels, and all the other expenses then it would be to just keep the cruises in Europe? I was reading your Q & A and a lot of people are not booking on Carnival Corp. cruises again becuase of the Liberty cruises. So isn’t that loosing Carnival more money too?

Thank You,
Spencer

John Says:
Hi Spencer,

There is no doubt Spencer that it is costing Carnival a lot of money in refunds. However, the vast majority of people have been very understanding although obviously disappointed. Carnival’s bread and butter is the Caribbean and bookings next year are very strong. The simple reason for the Liberty leaving is the interest was not as strong as in previous years. We will be back and I will continue to help everyone I can who’s vacation has been disrupted by this change. Thanks for your kind comments and for speaking your mind I appreciate it very much.

John
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Brandy Walter
bwalter2002@verizon.net
John,

I was just wondering if the cruise you were talking about with the woman riding you like a bunking bronc and your pants falling down was Liberty in February 2006? If I am not mistaken, that was the woman that was sleeping during your show and you scared the wits out of her when you woke her up. That would also be the cruise with Willy and Anita Banger and Mr Cinninatti (I am sure that is not spelled correctly). Please respond. Thanks.

Brandy

John Says:
Hi Brandy,

It seems your memory is very good Brandy, which is what I needed after that show a large brandy. I hope moments like that are ones you will treasure forever.. I still keep in contact with Mr. Ohio who is actually an avid blog reader. I hope to sail with you again soon so we can have some more fun together.

Cheers,
John
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Nanetteali Asked:
Please reply ( If you can)
John:
My husband and I are very curious. In all this Europe thing you have mention as alternatives only HAL and Princess. What about Costa? I know that people are a little afraid of languages and even other cultures (BTW they shouldn’t be, knowing a second language gave me the chance of getting to know wonderful people like you and the other bloggers) but they are so similar in many ways. As you know I been in most cruise lines and had the change to compare and I can tell you that my favorites are Carnival and Costa. Why?? They both give me what I really want. Fun and the personal touch. The caring, the heart. Think about it. Why not?? I don’t understand. Why not give Costa a chance? Go in one of the ships John. Report about the entertainment and the people. After the Freedom my foundest memories are on Costa.

John Says:
Hi Nanni,

First of all it was great to talk to you on the phone in Dallas. Obviously you are very correct about Costa and all their programs are translated into English, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The only reason I haven’t mentioned them is that they are not cruising the Baltic and I think although a brilliant product there are more similarities between Carnival and Princess. Saying that you are absolutely correct everybody should learn a second language. We our course have our own language, Spanglish. So, muchos huggoes para usted and todo el sombreros.

Youro amigo,
John
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Eric T. Asked:
Hi John,

It’s been a while since I last emailed. My wife and I are booked on the Carnival Valor again for Jan 18th to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (even though the actual anniversary date was this past Oct 10), and even bought some of those Carnival fun-tees (anniversary) to wear on embarkation day. One question, I miss those “whole body” showers, (you know, the ones that have five shower nozzles) that were in the locker rooms on the Fantasy class ships. I never saw them again since I started sailing the larger Carnival ships. Do the Fantasy ships still have them? Why don’t the larger ships have them?
Eric

John Says:
Hi Eric,

Congratulations, just in case I forget in January happy anniversary. I know exactly which shower heads you’re talking about as we have them on the Carnival Splendor in the Cloud 9 Spa. Fantasy class still has them and I had no idea they were not on the valor, I wonder why. A good idea….why not treat you and your wife to a relaxing couples massage, a great way to start your anniversary celebrations. Thanks for writing and I hope to read another comment from you soon,

Cheers,
John
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hemnms Asked:
please reply

first time asking a Q…John will you be on the Oct 3rd , 2009 Dream sailing? We were originally on the Freedom and then switched to the Liberty and had switched to the Dream prior to the Liberty being pulled. I have been an avid admirer of your humor and have just missed you on a previous sailing. Saw you will be on the inaugural and TA so kinda hoping you will be on the two sailings in the middle!!!

Mel..originally from Bournemouth and now NJ

John Says:
Hi Mel,

First of all thank you for the kind words. I know my humour is a little off beat, so I’m glad someone is laughing. There is a good chance I will be with you on the Carnival Dream. I will know my confirmed 2009 schedule at the end of this year. I’m glad you took the time to write in and I truly hope we can be together soon.

Cheers,
John
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Stephen Smith Asked:
Please Reply
John,
I am sailing on the Conquest over New Years, more specifically New Years Eve. Will there be special festivities for the evening outside the activities normally offered? Also I went to book some excursions on line. However I realized only a small perecentage were actually available to book in advance. Are the rest already sold out or not available to book in advance or am I doing something wrong? ( a distinct possibility)
Last, but not least I am new to reading your blogs and all I can say is I wish I had discovered them sooner. They are obviously written from the heart as the writings are funny, honest and entertaining. Thank you for bringing them to all your loyal readers.

Stephen Smith

John Says:
Hi Stephen,

New Years Eve onboard a ship is a very special occasion. There will be a huge party countdown and music and dancing all night long. In regard to the shore excursions I’m sure they just haven’t been updated yet and I am positive nothing will be sold out. Why not wait until you are onboard and then you can book what you want. I would recommend you see Dunns River Falls while in Jamaica. Let me know if there is anything else you need and thank you for being so kind regarding your comments about the blog.

Cheers,

John
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jspirit Asked:
John or Stephanie- please respond ( off the blog):
Hope you don’t mind me asking again- haven’t received any reply from you so maybe it got lost.
Are you able to find out if the ” cruise elegant ” nite on the Miracle Dec. 23 -31 sailing will be the 24 or 25th? I am trying to make reservations in the supper club but don’t want to miss elegant night in the dining room. I was thinking that maybe Christmas Eve would be the Tom Turkey night and elegant would be moved to the 25th which is the second sea day in a row. Any way of finding out?
Thanks. Hope Heidi is coping well!

John Says:
Hi Judy,

It’s strange I remember replying to this one so vividly. It must be floating around in thingy space. The elegant night will be on the first sea day, however on the 25th there will be an extra elegant night as most people tend to dress this way for Christmas dinner. I would suggest that you book your supper club experience on a port day evening or the 26th. Did you know you could book online in the my reservations section of carnival.com? Anyway sorry for the delay hopefully this will reach you loud and clear,

Cheers,
John
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Dan Polulak Asked:
John, Please Reply!
With all these new commercial tapings out there, will any of them be in the Southwest Florida area? I was curious because if so I would really like participate in this event. I am a Carnival employee and take much pride in our company and would love to help out if there is anything in Florida.

Look forward to hearing from you,
Dan Polulak
Club O2 Director

John Says:
Hi Dan,

It’s always great to hear from our crew and congratulations to you and all your fellow Club O2 directors who provide wonderful and fun cruise experiences for our 15-17 year olds. At this time there are no plans for a commercial shoot in Southwest Florida, however there very well may be in the future and if so we would love you to help. Thanks mate enjoy your contract,

Cheers,

John
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Dayna Newton Asked:
funny how all of the nice comments make it to your page. you are unbelievable. these people are all morons for giving you money. i can’t believe you’re actually blaming it on the patient crowd that stood and froze waiting for you to get your head out of your ass for three hours.

thanks for addressing my first email, i will now be taking this issue to the newspapers to be sure my concerns are addressed

John Says:
Hello Dayna,

I understand how disappointed you were however when you address what happened with the newspapers as you state you will. I kindly remind you that it was your own police department who refused to allow us permission to break the piñata… A decision everyone on site agreed with for the sake of the children. Hope to hear from you soon John,

Cheers,
John
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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.