Remembering Robert

June 21, 2009 -

John Heald

He would always sit in the third row, middle section on the end seat with his wife Suzann by his side.

Robert would always be the first to volunteer for my shows and by the end of each cruise would be the most recognised guest on the ship.

He cruised with me over 40 times and with Carnival over 50. He and Suzann would always book their vacation based on what ship I was on and so we became great friends. Robert was fiercely loyal to Carnival and if anyone dared to say anything untoward about his beloved Carnival they would receive the full force of his New Jersey personality.

Robert had been recently diagnosed with cancer and as we emailed and as we spoke he seemed determined to join me for the bloggers cruise in December . Yesterday Suzann called the ship and said that he was in ICU and was desperate to talk to me. I spoke to him and although he couldn’t really speak he managed to tell me he loved Carnival……..and me.

One hour later this gregarious fun loving man who lived to sail with Carnival passed away.


There are no words that I can write that will sooth your pain but you need to know that we are all thinking of you and that everyone who met Robert will never ever forget him.

On behalf of everyone at Carnival, everyone on the blog and from Heidi, I send you deepest sympathies.

I will miss him very much.


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.