Raspberry blog to Genoa – part 2

June 4, 2009 -

John Heald

So, my journey to Genoa begins and for now I have said goodbye to the Carnival Dream. Before I do I want to pay tribute to the men and women of Fincantieri who are turning our Dream into reality. The shipyard really is an amazing place to see and when you look at the history of the Carnival Dream and her development you’ll discover it’s rather more than just another ship.

It all started when Micky Arison, who has done more for the industry then he is ever given credit for, told his team of advisors and men with beards that he wanted to design a new generation of Carnival ships.

“This,” he said, “is what the next Carnival ship should look like.” And then, he handed over a drawing he had doodled during half time at a Miami Heat game

And so it began and some two years later the Carnival Dream is nearly ready for her life at sea to begin.

I cannot tell you how good this ship is. I just don’t have the vocabulary yet and need to get home and lock myself in the writing room to compose myself. I tried to tell someone back in the Miami office how beautiful she is but I end up stammering and dribbling and talking wide-eyed bollocks.

The ship cannot be judged in the same way that we judge other Carnival ships. It is technically a Carnival ship. And yet it just isn’t. It is a ship that will allow us to think outside of the box as they say in marketing talk and allow us to serve and entertain you in ways we have never been able to do before.

It is a triumph for Micky, Gerry and all the Carnival shipboard and shoreside employees and a triumph for Carnival Corporation over absolutely every other cruise company …….. in the world.

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.