I hadn’t been ashore for 14 days and so yesterday in Tampa I had 40 minutes for lunch in between meetings and immigration.

I decided rather than sit in a corner of my cabin, in my underpants, dribbling on myself …..I had better get off the ship. The last time I was in Tampa with the Carnival Legend there was bugger all to do close to the port. That has of course all changed with shops and restaurants within waddling distance………..and so I forced myself to get off the ship and go for lunch…….on my own…….because I have no friends….because I am Billy No Mates.

Solo dining is a lonely pursuit. But like many solo activities, once you get the technique right it has its own quiet rewards.

As you enter the restaurant your body language is vitally important. Gentlemen may choose to adopt a superior sideways tilt of the head that says, “I am a fascinating man of the world. Elsewhere are many, many women who want rumpy pumpy with me but I have told them to bugger off.”

Time plays tricks on the single diner. The gap between ordering and getting your food stretches into centuries. Ideally, you turn to your well-thumbed (if largely unread) Newsweek or Carnival Currents at this point, but more often than not you find your attention focused on a local real estate agent’s magazine which was available at the door and free.

You use these reading materials to shield your blankly staring eyes from the void of loneliness. But as soon as the food arrives you realize how pitifully few minutes it takes to actually eat a meal, without the distraction of conversation or laughter.

If you want to experience what it’s like to be stared at, don’t go to the extreme of auditioning for American Idol or walking down Promenade Deck dressed as vampire. Simply go to a restaurant on your own. I promise you it’s essentially the same feeling. The waitress smiles at you slightly too brightly and laughs at everything you say.

Other diners eye you suspiciously…………younger children may actually point and laugh.

Once I have read how much a three bedroom apartment goes for in Tampa I generally amuse myself with a spot of I Spy……… the couple who are both married to other people ……………. the wedding anniversary meal most likely to end in divorce.

Sometimes, there are people who do things during a meal that drive me crazy. A few weeks ago as you know I was on your Carnival Dream and I had a few dinners with important Carnival executives. One of them truly got on my nerves. Obviously I can’t name him…….yes I will go as far as to say it was a he………and the reason he got under my skin is that he spent the entire meal talking about work……..his work……..trying to impress the people seated with us that were at the top of the Carnival ladder. He did this with the help of a breadstick. Batting the air with a breadstick does not enhance your masculinity mate. Neither does pretending you’re a conductor and waving it in front of an invisible orchestra while you speak. No one should require a breadstick to communicate with authority. I bet he does it with a chopstick as well.

Anyway, there I sat ……..alone………missing my girls reminding myself how lucky I was not to be married to the lady on the table next to me who had ordered a drink that comes with a straw. Why is it that she thinks anyone wants to hear you consume those last few sips. Let them go. Or, order a new drink for God’s sake. There is no man who will find this attractive……….unless she’s looking for someone from France
Oh………I haven’t told you where I am had lunch……………it was (sorry Heidi) HOOTERS …….which is the nearest restaurant to the ship………….is Hooters………which meant I spent most of the meal playing a game of “Real Or Not Real.”

Time for today’s Q and A……….here we go.

Brian Asked:
John – PLEASE REPLY,

In your replies concerning the best night for eating at the steakhouse during the 12/3 Dream sailing (not conflicting w/either CE in MDR), the incorrect itinerary was given. The replies reference the itinerary for a different sailing, San Juan, Nassau, etc. Can you please give your recommendation for the 12/3 sailing? Also, will the Dream offer the future cruise certificates?
Thanks,

John Says:
Hello Brian.

I am sure you saw my post apologizing for my cut and paste skills. Just in case you missed it….here it is again with the nights I would recommend you dine in the steakhouse.
THU PORT CANAVERAL (ORLANDO), FL 4:00 PM
FRI FUN DAY AT SEA – elegant night
SAT FUN DAY AT SEA –
SUN ANTIGUA 09:00 AM 06:00 PM – possible steak house
MON TORTOLA, BVI 07:00 AM 06:00 PM – possible steak house
TUE ST. THOMAS, USVI 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
WED SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO 07:00 AM 03:00 PM – elegant night 2
THU GRAND TURK 11:00 AM 07:00 PM

You also asked if the “Future Cruise Certificates” will be available on your Carnival Dream: As of now they are only selling them onboard the Carnival Liberty, Carnival Valor, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor or Carnival Conquest. Hopefully they will be extended fleetwide soon. There are though plans to add your Carnival Dream to this list and hopefully this will be done by December 3.
Sorry about the earlier mistake.
See you soon and best wishes
John

Stef aka Hockey Addict Asked:
Hi John!!!!
(Please reply if you want too!)

So here it is Monday the 28th of September. It is so hard to believe that we just got off of the Carnival Fascination on Thursday! We had an amazing time again!!! We felt like we were home again sailing on her for the second time. Everything was just as it was. She looks like a brand new ship to me! She is very well taken care of!

I had written to you in hopes to be seated with our buddy Samson in the Dining room. I guess they didn’t get the message in time. But that’s OK… I know things happen! As soon as I got our sign and sail cards I saw we were assigned to the Sensation dining room. I had asked Samson which dining room he was in and he told me the Imagination. I thought maybe they moved him. So we went to see the Maitre D’. Maitre D’ Kaiyoz welcomed us with a warm friendly smile. I told him that he HAD to help us. That we were onboard again to see Samson and we HAD to be seated at his table! He told us to call him “K” and that he would see what he could do for us. He started poking around on his computer. He told us not a problem… that he had an opening available at his table for late seating! I wanted to kiss him! I wonder what he would have done if I did?

We made it into the dining room that night pretty quickly and the head waiters and assistant waiters were lined up against the wall to take people to their tables. DH and I walked past them all looking for Samson. There he was… it was perfect… he was talking to someone on his left so he was looking away from us…. I jumped in front of him and yelled SAMSON! He turned and looked and started screaming… too cool!! I said…. We’re at your table!!! He grabbed my hand and pulled me away towards our table with hubby in tow…. it was awesome!!! We were all giggling like school kids…. he didn’t realize it was the 19th and he said we made his day and he was so happy…. that made me even happier…. it was so good to see him again. He hadn’t changed a bit!

Samson’s assistant was Sueta. Let me tell you, they make a perfect team! Last time we were with Samson he was the assistant waiter. We were so proud of him as the head waiter. He did a really good job. He had both of his tables laughing all night long. On the nights they danced for us, all of the tables were watching our guys dance! They were great!

Our room steward was Winai and his assistant was Edwin… they were very nice, and did a perfect job of taking care of us. I was surprised with some new towel animals. They were adorable. Win said that he likes to make his own creations too.

Ooooo!! Felipe “woohoo” Couto….. He is now my official favorite CD!!! Sorry John, I haven’t sailed with you yet! He had us laughing until we were crying every time we saw him. You had asked before if we would sail for the CD… and now I can answer that if I was torn between 2 cruises and Felipe was the CD on one of them…. I would go with Felipe!

We had a wonderful time…. the only problem…. time went too fast! I wish we could slow the clock down while we are onboard! Wouldn’t that be nice?

I want to make sure that Miami knows that Samson, Sueta, Winai, Edwin, Maitre D’ K, Felipe and Lorraine in the piano bar made another cruise perfect for us. There is no way we will EVER try another cruise line because of them and all of the smiling faces on the Carnival Fascination! You guys are the BEST! Everyone welcomed us home…. and it felt like they really meant it!

OK I know I am going on and on…. I wish I could tell you more but I don’t want to bore the bloggers to tears!

One quick question…. I know you mentioned what your schedule was going to be like for 2010 in one of the blog thingies… but I can’t find it and there isn’t a link on the side for 2010 yet…. could you please tell me again? I am about to have a heart attack…. hubby said we could do a 7 day cruise next year… which he said “no way” to before because he needed a day or two to relax before going back to work. I want to see where you will be and see if it’s possible to sail with you. I also have to wait a bit to see what Samson’s next contract will be for the end of 2010! It would be awesome if I could cruise with both of you!

Thank you again for your blog thingy and all that you do! Also, thank you again for trying to set us up in the dining room.

John Says:
Hello Stef

And I want to start by saying a huge thank you for this amazing review. I did e-mail the Maitre D requesting you dine with Samson but I guess it got through the cracks…….sorry about that. I am glad you got eat there though, he seems quite the star and I will make sure that your words of praise for him as well as Sueta, Winai, Edwin, Maitre D’ K, Felipe and Lorraine reach the right people. I have not had the pleasure of seeing Felipe as CD but you are not the first person to tell me what a brilliant one he is and I am very proud of him.

I did post my schedule for 2010 and here it is again.

JAN 23RD – MARCH 20 – CARNIVAL DREAM
MARCH 21 – MAY 2 – CARNIVAL CONQUEST
MAY 3 – JUNE 6 – CARNIVAL FANTASY
SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 17TH – CARNIVAL PRIDE

I have not included the 2010 bloggers cruise as we are still discussing this at the moment and will let you know the plans for this soon. If hubby would let you sail with me next year on a seven-day ship……….well…………that would be just brilliant.

Thanks again for that super review and everything we try to convey our crew to be was met and exceeded by the team on the Carnival Fascination.

Best wishes to you and hubby and hope to see you next year
John

Bobby Asked:
Hey John PLEASE REPLY.

I don’t know if you received my first 2 messages but, we booked the Carnival Dream for June 05, 2010. I was wanting to know if there was any way possible that my sister and her kids can come on the ship for a few hours, I know there is a no visitor’s policy but I wish we could take a tour of the ship with my sister and brother in law to help sway them to book with us if not this year next year.

Wanted to know if you can be of any help, we live just 30 min. from the port. I always read the blog and I am a big fan of yours. I hope you will be on there when we go. My sister and the kid’s wishes they can go but they can’t afford the 4 of them yet.

By the way we booked on the spa deck. What special amenities will we get with the room?
Hope to talk to you soon

John Says:
Hello Bobby

Thanks for taking the time to write. First, the not so good news. The current security regulations that Carnival Cruise Lines are following does not permit visitors of sailing guests to board the ship. Hopefully, this may change by the time you sail next year and I will certainly arrange this for you if these protocols are lifted.

Now the great news. Here are the special amenities that come with a Spa Cabin on your Carnival Dream.

Carnival Dream Cloud 9 Spa Special Offerings
Guests in Spa accommodations will have exclusive entry access to the adjacent Cloud 9 Spa facilities and will receive a wide array of special offerings including priority Spa appointments, unlimited use of the Thermal Suite and Thalasotherapy Pool, complimentary fitness classes and upgraded in-stateroom amenities.
Carnival Dream Spa Amenities

Note: Only 1st and 2nd guests in the Spa stateroom will receive the access and amenities; 3rd and 4th guests booked in Spa staterooms and suites are not entitled to spa access and amenities.
Amenities and offerings available to all the Spa accommodations include the following;
• Welcome Reception/Ritual
• Priority spa appointments for reservations made by 6:00pm on Embarkation day (as stated in the Welcome Letter).
• Unlimited access to Thermal Suites:
• Laconium
• Tepidarium
• Oriental Steam Bath
• Aroma Steam Bath
• Unlimited access to Thalassotherapy Pool:
• Detoxify, unwind and revitalize your body in a pool which is gently heated to body temperature.
• Ideal for alleviating arthritic pain, soothing sore muscles and offering relief for sport injuries.
• Two complimentary fitness classes per person (Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi)
• Spa-branded bathrobes and slippers for use during the cruise
• Cloud 9 Spa Carnival Products in Stateroom:
• Elemis Carnival Shampoo and Conditioner
• Elemis Carnival Sharp Shower Gel and Vitamin Rich Body Lotion
• One hand and one body Elemis Carnival Soap Disk

Wow, that sounds amazing doesn’t it? I know that just reading the above will have you very excited about the cruise and let’s hope we can get your family to see this incomparable vessel as well. Drop me a line a month before you sail.
Best wishes
John

Irene Garner Asked:
Dear John….Please reply
Ooops…I think I hit the wrong button…sorry.

I am thinking of taking a Hawaiian cruise, but after checking the website for the shore excursions offered, I cannot see any beach excursions.

I just got back from a Carribean cruise and I loved the beach excursions. I know there are great beaches in Hawaii as I was there a few years ago. I know it’s early to view all excursions as the earliest cruise I can see is next April, but do you know if there are beach excursions offered on Carnival cruises to Hawaii?
Thanks…Irene (still hooked on cruising)

John Says:
Hello Irene

Just like Alaska, I have never been to Hawaii. I am sure that there must be some beach excursions so I have sent an e-mail request to the shore excursion department to see what we have to offer. As soon as they tell me I will let you know.

Hope you stay hooked on cruising with Carnival.

Best wishes
John

Sharona Asked:
I know you miss “your girls,” but I also feel like you probably love being back on the sea! I wanted to give you a lot of leeway on this because I know you will be buys on-board ship. Can you please help us arrange a Cruise Critic meet and greet for our sailing on the Carnival Glory leaving October 31st? Thank you very much!

John Says:
Hello Sharona

It will be a pleasure to assist you and the Cruise Critic group for your sailing on the Carnival Glory. I will ask the ship to arrange this sometime on the first sea day afternoon and for Ryan to add this to the “today at a glance” section of the Carnival Capers.

Hope you all have a brilliant time.
Best wishes and thanks for the kind words.
John

Marie Asked:
Hello Mr. Heald, I call you Mr. as we have not yet met. So it may be a bit forward of me to use your first name. We were wondering, since you have been on the Wonderful Dream, where might a person and say 50-100 of her new found friends have a Sail Away Party. (I think we have about 65 Cabins booked so far, but not every one will make it to the sail away party) The plan is to meet somewhere (Aft) just after “the Drill”. Can you give us an idea of what aft deck we might presume to take over (have a corner of) My Sister and I are in charge of the Dream Catchers Sail Away Party (Yikes 😮 ) on our Cruise Critic Cruise, Feb 20th. We so would love for it to be a special event. If you have any Ideas on this, that would be wonderful, if you think you could Drop in on the Sail Away Party and say hello to this wonderful group of goofs that would be beyond anything I could ask…But as you can see I just did 😮 ) So please when you get a moment, drop me an e-mail, stating what you think I might be able to pull off. I know you think it is early, But it is never too early to plan. I have the Dream Feb, The Spirit Sept, and I just started to gather friends to do the Liberty Jan 2011. So far, I only have one cruise under my belt (Spirit Nov 2008) and I don’t want to vacation any other way!

I know you have many requests…I hope this one makes it to your list of things you can do. Mostly the advice on what deck would be best is what I would love to hear about, and I will re request a visit from you at the Sail Away Party in Feb. One other thing, do you know who will be the CD on the Sept, 7 2010 Glacier Bay Cruise on the Spirit? Just wondering…OK now I will go away 😮 )

Thank you in advance for you help, and your time. Sincerely Marie Koval, Dream Catcher Cruise Feb 2010

John Says:
Hello Marie
Please……..call me John. I am sitting here at 7:15 am, in my underpants, writing to you so “Mr.” seems a little formal. The Cruise Critic group you are putting together seems like it is growing and there are lots of lounges on your Carnival Dream that will be perfect for a meet and greet. There is a huge conference room that can be dived into three separate areas, the piano bar, the back lounges and many other areas we can use. Please send me a final count in early January and I will make sure the Cruise Director………that’s me ………. takes care of this for you. Let me look at the final count and I will then make sure we give you the best possible location.

The 2010 CD schedule is being finalized and as soon as it is of course I will make sure I post it here on the blog. It seems they you have a lot to look forward to in 2010 and I am glad that I will get to share the ship with you.

Best wishes
John

Brian P Asked:
John (Please Respond Before Oct 18th)

Hi John, I want to thank you for your time on this blog. I can’t even imagine how many messages you get from here in one day. I look forward to reading it everyday and especially reading peoples comments and your responses.

I’m so glad Carnival has started to offer “your choice” dining. That is one thing I prefer about your sister line Princess, as I don’t like having to be at diner at a precise time. I also like that with your choice you can always get a table for two. Now that Carnival offers it I plan on booking future cruises on Carnival. I currently have two cruises booked, one is on the Carnival Legend and the other is on Carnival Valor. Of course on the Legend I have your choice dining, but on the Valor it is not yet offered.

On that note, I wanted to see if you could get my partner and I a table for two on the Valor sailing on Oct 18th. I really would appreciate it as my partner will be celebrating his 39th birthday during the cruise. I already plan on booking the behind the scenes tour as soon as we get on, as I thought that would be a top notch birthday gift.

Thanks for your help,
Brian

John Says:
Hello Brian

I am happy to find that you enjoy a daily read of the blog thingy and as long as there are people like you, I will continue to write and try and help as many people as I possibly can. I hope you read the Anytime Blog I wrote recently in which I featured just why so many people like you love the fact that we now offer Anytime Dining.

I have sent a request to my friend Pablo the Maitre D on the Carnival Valor to see what he can do regarding your table request. Have a brilliant birthday cruise and enjoy the Behind the Fun tour.

Best wishes
John

Ann Marie Scott Asked:
John, (please reply)

Kye is such a beautiful baby girl. Enjoy your time with her.

We will be joining you on Sunday on the Legend and are so excited you will be our CD.This will be my 12th cruise in 4 years and finally will have the honor to meet you.(all on Carnival, of course)!! I will be celebrating my 50th bday, my husbands 51st and our 29th Anniversary. I ordered a cake during early seating on Sunday night. Is there anyway you can have (I hope Yusef) wish my husband a Happy Birthday & Anniversary after dinner. If it is not allowed I understand. I am just proud to have him as my husband and would like to make it special. Is there anything you would like from New York, I would be more than happy to oblige. See you on Sunday!
Ann Marie Scott

John Says:
Hello Ann Marie
Oh bugger – bugger – bugger.

I just read this and you have just disembarked the ship. Did you write me a Dear John letter while you were onboard? I can’t remember, I read and answered so many. I hope you had a wonderful time and I am so very sorry that I got this message after the fact. Bugger, bugger, bugger. Best wishes and a belated happy birthday to you both………..bugger.
John

Tony T. Asked:
Greetings John: (Please respond)

I have just seen on Cruise Critic that CCL has released the Halloween schedule for 2009. I am on the 10/10 sailing of the Freedom and see that we are not included on this list. In previous years, CCL has done Halloween parties for most of the month of October. Why has it been changed this year? We cruise at this time of the year every year and one of the main reasons is to enjoy the Halloween party. We are extremely disappointed in this news as our costumes have already been purchased for this year’s event. (Rather expensive). Please tell me this list that has been posted is incorrect, and we will in-fact have a Halloween party on the 10/10 Freedom sailing. Can we talk Wee Jimmy into it?
You can reply in private if you wish.
One very, very sad Platinum Family.
Tony and Karrie T.

John Says:
Hello Tony and Karrie

Well, I am so sorry but I have no good news for you with regards to Halloween. This year we are celebrating two weeks before the 31st and not the entire month as we have done before. I know you are very disappointed about this and I wish there was something I could do to make it up to you. I will see if a little gift to you from me may bring a smile to your face.
Have a fantastic time

Best wishes to the family
John

Deborah Asked:
Hi John – I have a strange question that maybe one of Carnival’s technical people can answer.
Pam and I will be on the Carnival TA, which is 16 days away from our family. So we wanted to stand by the white chairs behind the swimming pool on the Lido deck and have our families see us through the WEB CAM. How often is the signal updated? I have been watching the Lido deck for the inaugural sailing and I have calculated about a 6 min. between camera changes. Can the tech heads advise how long we should stand by the chairs to get our faces on the Web Cam for our Mom’s to see us?

I know this is a strange question. We really want our Moms to be able to see us and know that we are having a good time!!! I hope someone can give us a good answer!!

I hope your last few days with Heidi and Kye were great. Pretty soon, they will be able to come with you. Safe travels.

All the best,
Deborah (Debs)

John Says:
Hello Deborah

This is something I am surprised more people don’t do as it’s pretty cool. Anyway, I spoke with the Audio Visual Manager Radu who tells me the camera is set to update every 8 minutes. So, bearing in mind the time difference, let your family know what time to look and if you stand there 16 minutes before they should get two great chances to see you waving etc.

I hope you have fun and I will see you in Bermuda
Best wishes
John

Host Mach from Cruise Critic Asked:
Hello, John!!

Oh, I forgot, please respond! The only reason I do that is because I want everyone to see this as I sing the praises of the staff of the Carnival Conquest.

As you know, our Cruisin’ with the Crazies group just returned from a week on board the Conquest. To say that it was a fabulous cruise would be a gross understatement. Everyone was blown away by the wonderful time we had. I didn’t hear one negative comment from any of our nearly 300 members.

First, Kyle Post, our CD was wonderful. He met me shortly after embarkation at our hospitality desk to make sure that everything was going as planned and he kept in contact for the entire cruise. Everyone sang Kyle’s praises. His assistant, Marcello, was equally as important and did a fantastic job of ensuring that the fun never stopped.

The Groups Coordinator did a brilliant job of taking care of our venues for both the Meet & Mingle (there were 156 of us there!!!) and our group cocktail party. Many kudos to her for her efforts.

The wait staff for our section in the Monet dining room were the best I’ve ever witnessed. Iputu, our waiter, and Rolando, his assistant almost instantly became dear to all of us. Wonderful humour (spelled correctly…) amazing service and so much personality that they had to carry about the excess in buckets. The Crazies adopted them. They’re part of our family now. Every evening, after dinner, they would mug for the cameras, chat and simply make us feel at home. These two deserve any bonus, raise, promotion or whatever they can get. They were simple BRILLIANT!

The magician who visited our table on several evenings was astonishing. The close up magic was the best I’ve ever seen. What a worthy addition to the entertainment staff!!!

I could go on and on, and indeed I do in my Cruise Critic review of the sailing, but suffice it to say that at the Meet & Mingle we decided that we have to do it again. Therefore, Cruisin’ With The Crazies Too will sail next September 26 on board the Carnival Conquest. We had people on board asking how they could become Crazies!!

Thank you, John, for your help in getting the few issues that we had taken care of. It meant the world to us.

In my mind, there is no doubt that the ship, the staff and the crew of the Carnival Conquest are the best in the fleet.

Ciao, my friend!

John Says:
Hello Host Mach
Just a quick word to say thanks to you for this great review. It is easy to see why the crew of the Carnival Conquest is constantly rated so highly by guests and why we love sailing out of Galveston. I have made sure that the ship and the Miami office get to see these amazing words of praise. Thanks again for sharing them with us all.

Best wishes to you and Stitch
John

Ben (Homer) Asked:
Hi John, Please reply…

My wife Mary and I are going on the Dream on Dec 3rd. I want to honor Mary, and our 27 years of marriage by singing a song to her named, (When I Said I do by Clint Black… I have been practicing this song intently to get it right. I would like to sing it at the Kareoke Bar or at the main lounge. Does the ship have this song in the que, or can I bring my own on my ipod… Can you make this happen? It would mean a lot to me, and I know it would make Mary happy. We have always cruised on Carnival, and with no one else because Carnival is the best why go any where else. Can you make this happen…?
Thanks… Homer

John Says:
Hello Ben (Homer).

You old romantic stud muffin you. It sounds like you have quite the surprise for your wife and your 27 years of marriage together. I am 99% certain we have the song and have e–mailed Mouna, your Carnival Dream Karaoke Host, to see if we have this song. I am sure we can make this happen and unless you hear from me otherwise consider it so.

Best wishes and keep practicing.
John

Kathy M. Asked:
Hi John,
Please Reply,

I was just on Cruise Critic and some are wondering why the Carnival Splendor is leaving the port in Cabo San Lucas at 3:00PM. When the Carnival Pride was there we left around 7:00PM because I remember the Sunset, it was beautiful. So would mind asking some that wear the beards why the ship is leaving so early in the afternoon now. It really does not give the passengers much time in Cabo.

John Says:
Hello Ben

That’s a great question. The people with beards tell me that the Spirit-class is a much faster ship than the Splendor class. However, I don’t think the Carnival Pride ever left Cabo at 7 pm. My records show that it was a 7 am arrival and a 4 pm departure……one hour different to the Carnival Splendor. However, there was a 10 pm departure for Puerta Vallarta …….but not Cabo San Lucas.

I hope this clears that up and if you have a follow up mate please let me know.
Best wishes
John

Lisa Asked:
John PLEASE REPLY

It seems you have boarded the Carnival Leg End in time for the Goth Cruise on October 11 2009. Coincidence? Or are you secretly practicing in black underpants to dance The Time Warp with us? Be sure to program it into your Kye Pod (as they should all be called), and perhaps I’ll see you at the Rocky Horror Picture Show screening onboard.

John Says:
Hello Lisa

Are you a Goth? I hope so because honestly………..I haven’t a bloody (pardon the vampire joke) what one is or what one has to do to be one. I do know that you and your group are here and I will do my best to make sure you have a bloody good time. See you soon and I am off now to eat a clove or 10 of garlic.

Best wishes
John

Michelle (Please Reply) Asked:
I have a simple question. Are the doors on the Dream made of Metal so magnets will stick to them?

John Says:
Hello Michelle

Yes indeed, metal doors are waiting for you on your Carnival Dream. Have a magnetic cruise.

Best wishes
John

Chris Asked:
John – Please reply,

I plan to purchase a Behind the Fun tour for my parents when we cruise on the Dream on 12/3. Is the tour always held on the last day or do you know which day it will be held on our sailing? THANKS

John Says:
Hello Chris

The Behind the Fun Tour went really well yesterday here on the Carnival Legend and it was my first time actually seeing it. It got rave reviews from the guests I spoke to. The tour is already underway on your Carnival Dream and I know it will be available when you sail with us on December 3rd. However, at the moment I am not sure what day Todd intends to schedule it for. If the last day of the cruise is a sea day then usually it is held then. However, we have a port day as our last day so I will ask Todd what his intentions are and let you know. It is something I highly recommend.

Best wishes
John

Kathy M. Asked:
Hi John,
Please Reply,

Concerning your cigars, can you put in a claim for them; it would seem that you should be able to.
You asked me to let you know of the dates that I would like to sail on the Carnival Spirit with you and I have chosen either Oct 27, 2010 or November 28, 2010. Please let me know if you will be on board either of these dates.

I have also put in a tracer on the gift that I sent to Kye, but they said it will take a couple of weeks since it went overseas, so I will let you know when I hear something. I did insure it, so if it is lost, I will get her another one.

Give my love to Heidi and Kye.
Your #1 bloggy thinggy fan
Kathy M.

John Says:
Hello Kathy M

I will be on the Carnival Spirit for both those voyages. At least, that is the plan but as you may have seen my schedule is never 100% definite. However, it is my full intention to be on the Carnival Spirit and I hope I can see you there and say a personal thank you for the beautiful gift you have sent Kye.

Best wishes to you and the family
John

Jeanette Asked:
John, I hope the message about getting back to Miguel (Black Pearl restaurant Maitre’d) and reminding him my email inbox is waiting for an email from him with attached photos….
Jeanette Raichel

Yes, I am serious, he said he would and, I want to hear from that dear sweet man, and his protege on the Liberty *BG*

Thanks John and the champagne was damn good….

John Says:
Hello Jeanette

I did indeed send the message to Miguel and I am sure by now he has written to you. Please let me know if you need anything else.

Best wishes
John

That’s all for today. I am up to questions posted on September 30 now which means I am only 12 days behind…………12 days…………bugger.

Debarkation was very smooth today with close to 900 opting for the self assist program. We started at 7:20 am and were done by 9:15 am. I have to say………..and I do so with respect………..that the officials here in Tampa are considerably more understanding than some of their colleagues down in South Florida.

Let’s do the news.

And we start with something for the Canadians. You know, when Heidi and I look back on the many places we have visited we always have very fond memories of our time on the Carnival Triumph and our visits to Nova Scotia. I think I told you about that when I was chatting about my love of lobster a few blogs ago and I think I may have mentioned the amazing greeting the ship always received from the locals. Well, it seems that tradition of wonderful welcomes has continued because here is a link thingy about lobster ice cream……yes ice cream………..and some spectacular photos of the Queen Victoria ………. oh and people from Maine may want to read this to. Here is Alistair – Entertainment Director of the Queen Victoria …………lucky sod.

http://wearecunard.com/

The Carnival Virtual Book Of Dreams contest was very popular and now the votes have been counted and there is one very excited winner……..here’s Vance to tell you all about her.

Eight-Year-Old from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Winner of Carnival’s Virtual Book of Dreams Contest

Congratulations to Hailee who I look forward to seeing on board her Carnival Dream.

Just before we start on this week, here are a few letters from last week including one with a job offer for our President, Gerry “the slide” Cahill.

Letter-1

Letter-2

Letter-3

And now, here is the news about voyage LE7101109

GUEST COUNT 2,251
NON U.S. AND CANADIAN GUESTS
81 BRITISH
23 MEXICAN
11 PERUVIAN
KID COUNT
AGE GROUP TOTALS
Under 2 Years 9
2-5 Years 31
6-8 Years 41
9-11 Years 53
12-14 Years 51
15-17 Years 49
18-20 Years 36

And of course we have the 155 Vampires………sorry…….Goths………that’s the last time I will make fun of them………..OK, that’s bollocks……….but I must say so far they seem very nice creatures of the dead………sorry…………people. They certainly won’t be seeing much of the sun as they have private events every night starting at midnight until sunrise, when they run back to their cabins and hang upside down from the closet door until the sun goes down. There will be more about them later.

Let’s take a break and turn things over to Heidi.

Hello everybody.
First of all, thank you for your understanding of us not posting any more photos of our little girl.

I know John mentioned me getting a “telling off “for taking a photo of Kye’s first time in the pool.

At least I snapped one before the lifeguard had time to get down from his umpire chair 🙂

I then put the camera with the towel on the side of the pool and was told that it had to go in the locker in the changing room; it was not supposed to be in the pool area…….what has the world come to?

Well, here we are, the leaves are changing colour, it’s getting colder and Kye needs more layers.

In a few days she will be 5 months old. Everybody who has children tells me to enjoy every minute as “they grow up so fast”

And it is so true. She is rolling over and lifts her head up and looks up with that cheeky little face as if to say: ” Look at me, aren’t I clever?” Yes, she is, she is the cleverest (is that a word), the prettiest and the best baby in the world because she is ours. Nothing can prepare you for the sleepless nights, the tiredness and the amount of washing but at the same time………I wish they can bottle the feeling you get when you wake up and see that smiling face next to you. I would give everybody who is sad and unhappy a bottle and cheer them up for life!

I started giving Kye some Baby Rice late afternoons as she is a hungry little thingy. She has gone from waking up a few times during the night to only waking up once. She now sleeps in her “big” bed and she looks sooo small in there but she can stretch her arms out and have a lot more space.

We swim regularly with other mums and their babies and we started something called Baby Sensory. For anyone out there with a little one, I highly recommend it. It won many awards and Kye loves it. I am sure they do it in the US as a lot of the songs and rhymes are American (lucky for me as I am more familiar with them after working for Camp Carnival than with the British ones). They also teach you basic sign language which I find very interesting and always wanted to learn.

Take a look at the British based website but I am sure there is an American one.

www.babysensory.com

I have to say, being a mum is fun and I sometimes feel guilty that I am not working……this is the best job in the world and between the cappuccino’s, the lunches, the walks, the swims etc. there is little time left for anything else.

Yesterday we went to a wedding of friends of ours. Beverley used to be a Dance Captain and her now husband Pierluigi is a (very handsome, sorry John) Staff Captain who will return to the Valor at the end of the month so anyone sailing on the Carnival Valor in November, you can congratulate him on getting married. Kye looked gorgeous in her little pink and cream outfit, wearing Baby Dior shoes……well, she had them on her feet for about 10 minutes and half an hour later the socks came off too. She is like her Daddy, never cold and pushes every blanket I cover her with off in seconds.

She loved all the attention and sat with Christopher Alan Graves (who many of you know from his beautiful voice on board the ships) while I was having my dinner. Our other table mates were Haste and Karen and their beautiful daughters Lily and Rose. I am sure some of you will remember Haste and Karen, they were a Cruise Director / Assistant couple like John and myself. It was so nice to catch up and had lots to talk about. Through it all, Kye napped, smiled and was her usual happy self.

This weekend we will spend some time with Suedrip (John’s sister) as she is over from Hong Kong for a few days and of course we are going for lunch at John’s mum and Dad on Sunday afternoon as that has become sort of a tradition. (A very tasty one as John’s mum is a great cook!)

Well, that was a little update from our busy life. Missing John is not getting any easier to say the least but we are looking forward to our first Christmas together as a family, which sounds pretty good!

Thank you for everything you write and send us and for your wonderful friendship.
Heidi & Kye

You know, we were both so disappointed that we had to stop posting photos of Kye. I really want to explain more but I can’t as the place where her photos were placed on a website belonging to a famous company who were in search for child models. They had received the photos and placed them on their website without our permission. Luckily the person who did this gave the organizers my name and the blog and e-mail addresses.

They contacted me and you can imagine my shock. Now, I know that it was probably someone reading this now and that your intentions were good but………well……….you can imagine how upset we both were and where our minds went after that. Anyway……….just thought I should explain what happened.

Let’s move on and have a look at a photo taken by a blogger (Joe Stone) in Miami ……….it shows the Carnival ……..ummmm……….I think the Carnival Destiny……….sailing past the Miami skyline.

Carnival Legend

This got me thinking. What’s your favorite photo of a Carnival or Carnival Corporation ship? Please send us yours and we will post them here on the blog thingy………or at least I think we can………….Stephanie – can we do this?


Hello Bloggers. Of Course we can. Send an email titled Ship Photo to socialnetworking@carnival.com with the photo attached and I will take it from there.

Well, the welcome aboard show was very interesting indeed and I will be sharing photos and some character stories with you tomorrow. It’s now 12:45am and time for bed. It’s been a long day of debarkation, dining alone, meetings, announcements, paper work, blogging shows and trying to avoid being bitten in the neck by a vampire.

One last thing from last week. A guest stopped me to say what a great cruise it was and I knew there was going to be a but ……..and there was……….he said “When are you going to get a decent news station like Fox and dump the Communist News Network.” It took me a moment to realize he was talking about CNN……a station he seemed to have bugger all nice things to say about.

I told him I would pass his thoughts on but I think I am right in saying that with the package of TV network channels Carnival exclusively provides our guests, the only news station that we currently air here on Carnival Legend is Stalin’s favourite…….CNN International.

Anyway, I was thinking about this as I sit here now, in my underpants, ready to say goodnight. That’s because CNN are now playing a story about drunken pilots. One pilot had poured vodka into his Starbucks coffee cup. Another had to be driven to the airport because he wasn’t sober enough to drive on his own. How is it that my hemorrhoid cream gets confiscated but the person flying the bloody plane can get through as intoxicated as vampire who has bitten Paris Hilton’s neck.

I changed channels and found E Entertainment thingy. Halle Berry was revealing that at one point, she thought about suicide…….I’m wondering what the thought was that entered her head that stopped her. Maybe it was………….. What am I doing? I’m rich………I’m hot……….and Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director wants to have rumpy pumpy with me.

I turned the TV off and thought about the Goth group………..and I remembered I needed to do something before I went to bed…………..back in a minute…….got to put something on the cabin door.

Garlic 

Vampire my arse.

Goodnight
Your Fiend
John

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