Have I Got News For You

December 1, 2009 -

John Heald

I don’t know about you but I am sick to bloody death of this Tiger Woods thing in the news. Even this morning as I sit here in my hotel room in my underpants all CNN and Fox and MSNBC are talking about is poor Tiger…………….or Cheetah as some are calling him.

Why was Tiger Woods leaving his home at a little after 2am? How could he then hit a fire hydrant and crash into a neighbor’s tree while driving at less than 30mph, especially as police say alcohol played no part in the incident? ……………………and who cares?

OK……..Tiger is obviously far more human and less saintly than his image suggests but is this really more important than the war in Afghanistan……….Iran’s Nuclear Program and the news that I will be sharing with you at the end of today’s blog? Of course, Wolf Blister and his colleagues cant make fun of the whole thing so I thought I would see how many Tiger Woods jokes I could come up with in 8 minutes………8 because its 7:22am and by 7:30am I want to start with today’s Q and A session……………so lets see………………I cant promise they will all be funny………………but away we go.

Allegedly, the only person who can beat Tiger Woods with a golf club………………… is his wife. What’s the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a ball 400 yards. Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday morning. It was his shortest ever drive.

What was Tiger Woods doing out at 2.30 in the morning? He’d gone clubbing with a birdie. Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between a wood and an iron.

Perhaps Tiger should be using a driver?

Apparently, Tiger admitted this crash was the closest shave he’s ever had. So Gillette has dropped his contract.

Tiger Woods wasn’t seriously injured in the crash. He’s still below par though Tiger Woods wife was worried he was seeing another girl and had made a hole in one Tiger was driving a Caddy-lac.

The girl Tiger was allegedly seeing was the niece of fellow golfer Jack Knickerloose.

And on that note I think I will stop there………………………………Time to answer today’s questions………….here we go.

Austin Asked:
JOHN – Please reply

Hey John, (sorry this is long)
We just got back from our Carnival Liberty sailing. Our schedule was reversed because of the hurricane, however the first night we had winds of 70 knots, which I believe is around 80 mph??? Holy hell—our ship was a rockin’!!!!

Just wanted to pass the word along that we took the behind the fun tour and it was great. I can’t remember the Captain’s name, but he is Carnival’s senior Captain (at least for two more months, then he retires) and very entertaining. He said that he cannot control the weather, but he can influence it! The tour was worth the money; however I recommend more of an advance warning that there are several stair climbing’s to be expected. My mother had wanted to go, but decided not to, which was a good thing afterward due to the all of the climbing. My wife wants to know if the towel folding machine could be found on ebay?!?

The “safety drill” was exactly as it has been in the past, except with no life jacket–which was good; however seated in a lounge like you did on the Carnival Leg-End would have been more nicer!

Butch, the cruise director, was one of the better cruise directors we have had (12th cruise); however he needs to watch out for his assistant – (Chris, I think?) he is hilarious!! He has an annoying laugh, but fun to watch dance, he sits with the guests at different game shows and heckles the social hosts–a riot!!!

I did want to point out, and hopefully you will pass word along—our dining room waiter (Silver restaurant, deck 4 Starboard side) Leonardo A (forgot the rest) was outstanding, along with his assistant waiter. He was very knowledgeable with the Carnival product and promoted “carnival.com” if we had any more questions about different ships, etc. He has 16 years with Carnival and had nothing negative to say. He continued his excellent service from the dining room to the Lido deck service for lunch, as he would go out of his way to see if we needed anything special, or to simply ask how our day was going.

I only have one complaint, and of course it’s the same complaint that I have with all of the Conquest-class ships….PLEASE MOVE THE INTERNET CAFE AWAY FROM THE CIGAR BAR!!!!!! I noticed a door that leads to outdoor deck on deck 4. Perhaps an alternative entrance could be utilized?? Also, we were not able to get to your blog site without being charged minutes. We could get to Carnival.com, but not the “johnhealdsblog.com”.

Anyway, I can’t complain much, as my wife won the free-cruise raffle!! And something else that I normally gripe about, which has nothing to do with Carnival, but something that gripes you too…..Customs/Immigration/Border Patrol…..picture this: We have a late flight, so we stay on the ship as late as we can. We hear the final all-call, get off the ship call. We have our luggage in hand; make our way to the “cattle lines” of people waiting to go through customs. The officer asks for the customs form, asks how many people were traveling with me, I said 3, she looked for the three people, then told me to enjoy my afternoon. She didn’t ask for ID, birth certificates, passport, nothing. I went from deck 3 on the ship to the streets outside of the terminal in less than 5 minutes. So now I wonder, was she tired of being there all day, or are we slowly getting back to the pre 9/11 days and easing up on security?

Anyway, just wanted to make sure you saw the note of praise for our dining room waiter and assistant waiter, and that the ACD has a lot of potential—actually, shouldn’t all of the cruise director’s be a little worried this week, that all of the ships are being entertained by ACD’s—life goes on without the CD’s? Haha, thanks for your great blog thingy.

Hickory, NC

John Says:
Hello Austin

What a fabulous way to start today’s Q and A session. Let’s begin with the one negative and that’s the cigar bar being close to the internet cafe. There is no point in saying anything else here except that this was a mistake on our part from the Carnival Destiny through to Carnival Splendor. I realize that for non smokers having to pass through the bar to get to the Internet stations is not pleasant and I wish I could say that it’s something we are going to be able to change……….but unfortunately we cannot. I apologize for the inconvenience this caused you. Then there is the access to my blog which I know is still not available onboard………….I again have failed miserably here but let me see if I can ask again……………….hope springs eternal.

On to the positives………..the many positives………….that you mentioned in that great postings. I have said many times here on the blog thingy how proud I am of Butch and it looks like I will have to look out for Chris the ACD, he sounds great………….apart from his laugh!

You met Captain Casula and I can honestly say there is nobody like him…………………he is a true individual and we will miss him. He is a true man of the sea and so much so that as soon as he retires he will sail on the Queen Mary 2 on her world cruise……………..that’s how much he truly loves being on the ocean.

Thanks again for the words of praise and I will make sure that Leonardo receives a commendation for a job brilliantly done.

Thanks again for taking the time to write and for all your kind words.
Best wishes to you all

Linda Stein Asked:
Hi John. Please reply when you get the chance.

My husband and I just returned from our Miracle cruise 11/4 – 11/12/09. We had a great time. Everything was perfect from the food to the shows to the ports to the wonderful and friendly service of every member of the crew we encountered. I just love Miracle and was so happy to get back to her. She did not disappoint and I cannot wait until I book my next Carnival cruise.

You were right when you said we would love Malcolm as the CD. He was very funny and very informative and we really enjoyed him. He has a wonderful sense of humor. He really made me laugh over and over again. He also did a tribute to our American Hero’s on 11/11 which was Veterans Day and the night of our farewell party. He asked all the vets in the audience to stand up then invited them to come on the stage with him. There he had each one introduce him/herself, tell their rank and their type of service and how long each of them served. They all got a standing ovation and it was a wonderful way to remember our Hero’s on their special day.

Malcolm also organized the “On Deck for the Cure Walk” for breast cancer like you said he would. I was very glad to see that this was going to happen and thank you again for sending word along to Malcolm to see it done. Unfortunately, even though I did make my donation to the cause, I missed the walk.

Going through the capers while sitting on deck that day I noticed that the walk was taking place and the meet time was 11:45am outside the Bacchus dining room. You know I wanted to do this walk because someone close to me had just been diagnosed and had her surgery just before I left for the trip. So I went to the meeting point where I saw several people already waiting there with their walk T-shirts and wrist bands. “How did you get those already?” I asked. They told me that an announcement had been made over the PA system the night before saying to go to the Formalities shop to sign up for the walk. I never heard that announcement so I ran up to the Formalities shop. I was only gone about 5 minutes but by the time I got back the group was gone. I assumed that for a walk they would be going around either deck 10 or the walking track on deck 11 so I ran up there to catch up. I was wrong; they were nowhere to be seen. I never did find them and completely missed the walk. I later found out they were walking around deck 3. I felt bad that I had missed the walk but at least I got to make my donation to the cause. But I was really annoyed that I never heard the announcement.

That brings me to the only thing I have a beef with the entire week. Two times during our stay the alarms went off in the middle of the night in our cabins, each time at around 2am because someone was ill or hurt. It was very jarring and quite frightening and each time I had a very difficult time getting back to sleep. Now, do not get me wrong. When a person is ill or injured or in trouble the crew, the medical staff, the officers, absolutely everyone who can help NEEDS to know about it immediately. However, I do not see the point of waking up every passenger on board at 2am as if there was anything we could do to help. They were also the only announcements that were made over the PA system directly into the cabins. Regular, routine announcements, the ones we really wanted to hear like the announcements Malcolm made about activities or changes in schedules and/or the announcements from the Captain about weather updates etc. are broadcast on the PA system on the open decks and in the hall ways only. I missed basically every announcement they made when I was in my cabin with the TV on or if I was in the bathroom. The only way to guarantee that you hear the announcements while in your cabin is to keep the door propped open. A little awkward if you’re trying to dress. I missed the On Deck for the Cure walk because I never heard the announcement. But I on deck 7 knew at 2am that the ship’s doctor was needed on deck 5!

I just don’t get it! It was really annoying and the only negative thing about the entire week. It would be very nice if they could figure out a way to re-route the announcements so that the announcements that come into the cabin are the one’s passengers really need to hear like the CD and Captain announcements and true emergencies, like if there is a fire or if there is a true ships emergency every passenger needs to know about. The other announcements should be in the crew and medical quarters where the people who are trained to help can hear them but not disturb every passenger on the ship.

But all in all it was a wonderful, fabulous and unforgettable cruise. Well worth the 11 months wait to get there. I can’t wait to go back!

John Says:
Hello Linda

Another great review and postings like this are so valuable to us here at Carnival. I am so glad you enjoyed Malcolm as your CD and considering that he was in intensive care 6 months ago it is a miracle that he is on the Carnival Miracle and healthy and giving guests a great time. I am so sorry that you missed the walk on the deck, it appears that this was not communicated properly and my apologies for that. We never ever make announcements in the cabins unless it is an absolute necessity. Regular announcements such as those from the Cruise Director explaining the day’s events etc are never made inside the cabins as people may be resting.

However, in the case of an emergency or someone who has been taken seriously ill the quickest way and most proficient way to get the response teams to where they need to be is through the public address system. I know this as you said can be a little disconcerting but I promise you this is done only in extreme circumstances. It is very rare that you had two such calls in one week. If there was an emergency such as the ship being in difficulty, a medical emergency, etc then we will indeed use the emergency public address system. However, for every one person who wants announcements about bingo, activities etc in the cabin I promise you that there are many more who do not want them. ………………..actually Linda, thanks for this because maybe I am wrong here so let’s ask your fellow bloggers. How many of you would like all the announcements broadcast in the cabins……………..please let me know?

So, I am so glad that you had a wonderful cruise and I hope you can now appreciate why the announcements were made as they were.

Please let me know if you have a follow up question.
Best wishes

Terri Asked:
(please reply)

John: Can you please let me know for sure that you WILL be on the Carnival Dream, January 23rd. My husband has never met you, I usually sail with my friends, Leslie (Butlin girl) from Skegness and David from Yorkshire, I’m the Aussie (don’t hold that against me) they said to say hi and will see you soon a cruse.

I have talked my husband into going on the Carnival Dream and cannot wait for him to meet you. I’m sure I read someplace that you were on it thru March, but can you verify.

Thanks John for all you do to make everyone laugh. There’s been many days I’ve needed a good laugh being in real estate these days, when I do I go to your blog and immediately feel uplifted.

John Says:
Hello Terri

I love Aussies………….I am just jealous that you get to wear shorts at Christmas time and never understand why you bother having kitchens in your homes when you cook every meal on the barbi.

I will be on your Carnival Dream on the 23rd. I won’t be the CD as I will have a week’s handover with Todd but we shall still have a chance to meet each other and have some fun. I am so glad that I have a chance to me meet your hubo and thanks for all the kind words about the blog thingy.
See you soon
Best wishes to all

Steveo Asked:
John, Please reply.

My wife and I just completed our cruise on the Carnival Destiny, we got off the ship on Thursday 11/12/09. As usual we had a terrific time and hated to leave this beautiful fun ship. We did encounter the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, with some strong winds, but nothing to dampen the fun aboard the Destiny. I have to point out an incredible experience we had aboard the ship, we had the pleasure in being served by a headwaiter named Fu. Fu made our dinner experiences unforgettable; he offered us the very best service we have ever encountered on or off a cruise ship. After hearing my wife’s comments on how much she loved the pumpkin soup, Fu arranged to have a bowl (or 2) of this delicacy for her every night of the cruise, even though it was not offered on the menu. We expect great service aboard the fun ships, from our past experiences, but Fu is in a league of his own.

Captain Pier Paolo Scala has a great sense of humor and was very approachable, our CD Brent was terrific and we loved the shows in the Palladium lounge. I have to admit that I enjoyed the warm chocolate melting cake 5 times during our cruise, each was better than the one from the evening before! After I finish this entry I will be back online booking our next Carnival vacation, which will be my 7th and my wife Michelle’s 10th aboard the fun ships!!! We will be back on the Carnival Destiny during March of next year, and the Carnival Dream in September, as we celebrate another anniversary aboard a fun ship. Hopefully Fu will again be onboard the Carnival Destiny and we can rekindle the friendship started this week.

John Says:
Hello Steveo.

Today’s Q and A has included some great ship reviews and here is another one of the good ship Carnival Destiny. Captain Scala is a class act and I truly hope that one day soon we will have a chance of working together. Fu sounds like a great chap and I will make sure that he and Brent and the entire ships crew get to read your testament of praise. I hope you continue to enjoy the blog thingy.
Best wishes and happy anniversary

Alan Asked:

Hope you are well and that you got your cheeseburger. Sorry I missed the ceremony on the Carnival Web site but my work doesn’t allow streaming. I’m sure it was fantastic. But even though I missed it I will be seeing MY Carnival Dream in just 10 more days.

You may not remember but I wrote to you a while back voicing my concerns about smoking policy in the Casino and you re-assured me that it will be fine and even asked me to write back after the cruise to give you my impressions. (I thought that was VERY nice of you).

As much as my family and I are looking forward to our “DREAM” vacation coming up the week of Thanksgiving I there is a department within Carnival that is leaving me with a very bad taste and causing more gas than if I had eaten several bowls of chili. It concerns the people who handle the Early Saver Program. I know there was a comment about the ES a couple of days ago but I have to vent about my problems with the program. First let me say that I love the idea of the ES program that allows us to make sure we can ALWAYS take advantage when we find lower fairs after we originally book. Also the program worked great…up until I made my final payment. Since that time, trying to get the credits for my OBC from rate reductions I found has been like pulling teeth. It took 3 weeks to finally get the credit I was applying for the first time I found a reduced rate. I am now involved in another fight to get a new reduction I found.

I submitted the online form originally on Oct 18th ($279.00 senior rate for passengers 3 and 4 which is GREAT…if I can get it!). I re-submitted on Oct 31st because I had not heard back on my request. I also sent an e-mail to my PVP to let her know about what was going on. She wrote back and stated “the supervisors are asking me you to wait until Monday” which was Nov 1st. I waited and no response so I gave it another couple of days. On Nov 3rd I wrote to my PVP and she replied “The Early Saver Department is working on your request. We should know by Friday” that would have been Nov 6th. The 6th comes with no answer or e-mail from either PVP or the early saver department. On November 9th I talked to my PVP again and she talked some supervisor and requested to fill out the online form again and that I would hear in 48 hours! So…I did submit again!!! So now we are here on Nov 13th and still no word. Sooooooo (are you detecting a trend here John?) I called my PVP at 11 AM eastern time about this continuing problem and she said she was tied up with another customer and would “call me right back”. Well I got home from work at 5:15 PM and checked my e-mail since I had not heard back from her. Upon opening my e-mail I found an email from her which was sent at 3:49 PM (so much for calling right back). And to my shock…surprise…dismay (pick any term you would like) she tells me that my request was never received and that I have to re-submit (if we are counting that will make 4 times!!!!!) and have to allow yet another 3 days to see if I hear anything!!!! Needless to say that was NOT acceptable to me and after some conversation back and forth she told me that “her supervisor” is going to handle this problem and I will get a call on Monday.

Now you can call me a cynic…but I do not have a warm fuzzy feeling about how this is going to work out.

John, I truly do love Carnival and am so looking forward to our upcoming cruise but this is leaving a VERY bad taste in my mouth. The best way I can describe the frustration I am feeling is the following: You, John, by using the ES program that I will get to have “rumpy pumpy” with 3 of the most beautiful women in the world…at the SAME TIME (you are obviously trying to kill me but that is a different story). Anyway as the selected day for the rumpy pumpy approaches you let me know that I will have to wait a few more days. And then you postpone the time again and again. Finally the day arrives after being put off again and again and you tell my “sorry…no rumpy pumpy for you BUT you can wash, dry and fold all the underwear I used over the past 6 months instead of having the rumpy pumpy”

At the rate this is going it will finally be resolved 2 weeks AFTER we get back from our Thanksgiving week cruise. PLEASE…PLEASE…PLEASE tell/ask the people with beards to either get the ES program to work or drop it all together. As it is running now the program is taking away from what should be pure and total anticipation of a fantastic cruise.

Thanks for allowing me to vent and in a long winded fashion explain a serious shortcoming to what should be a wonderful program.


PS…can’t wait until I can finally be on a cruise with you.

John Says:
Hello Alan

I know that I am writing this on the day you leave the ship and the day I join so I will start by saying that I truly hope you had a brilliant cruise and I truly look forward to reading your review here on the blog thingy. I will especially look forward to reading your comments on the casino smoking policy.

I know that the early saver policy is rather complicated but it is as you said very popular. I wrote yesterday that within the next few days I would be writing more about what this program actually is all about and have asked one of our Vice Presidents to list the simple guide to using this program. However, it appears that in the case of your sailing we had a communication breakdown and that is simply not good enough and I sincerely apologize for this. I will be asking one of our CARE team to contact you plus I will make sure that the manager of all our PVP’s read this comment. Normally, I receive nothing but words of praise for the PVP program so I was disappointed to read your concerns but thank you for letting me know so we can make sure we do better.

I hope you had fun and someone will be in touch soon.
Best wishes

Emily Asked:
Hi John, Please reply…

My name is Emily and I am 13 yrs. old. I love sailing Carnival cruises. My favorite so far was the Freedom, and I LOOOOOVE James! I was called up on stage when we cruised with James to play little bear. It was a lot of fun. I am cruising on Nov. 23rd. with my family and am bring along my best friend Maria. She has never cruised before. But is super excited. We are sailing on the brand new Carnival Dream !!!! This will be my 9th carnival cruise, and I can’t wait to hit Platinum. My mom Tammy has been on 17 cruises with carnival (you can see I don’t always get to go ;(…I have always boarded VIP status with my mom, and love how we get to get onboard ship a little early and have nice comfy couches to wait to board on. BUUUUUUUUUT we are in an adjoining cabin to my mom, and the Carnival people are saying only “her” cabin can board VIP…IS this true John? I mean we are in adjoining balcony connected with an inside door I sure hope you can fix something to let the four of us board Platinum status. Please fix it Mr. John if you can….

Thanks and jellybean hugs,
Emily from Philadelphia

John Says:
Hello Emily

How kind of you to write to me and thank you for mentioning James Dunn who is your favorite so far. He is very funny isn’t he but he is not as funny or as good looking as me.

You should be very proud that at the age of 13 you have already done 9 cruises and I know you must realize how lucky you are. I just saw this comment and obviously you have already sailed and I am so very sad that I didn’t get a chance to reply until your cruise was over. I just got onboard your Carnival Dream the same day you left and I wanted to apologize that I didn’t reply in time. I hope you all had a wonderful time and I am sure it was a wonderful surprise to see James again.

Please write to me and let me know how much fun you had.
Best wishes to all

Cassandra Asked:
Please reply…

I was just wondering if you could ask your breaded tofu eating friends why Carnival doesn’t have a mobile site! I would love to be able to look at and book cruises using my blackberry! A Blackberry App would also be cool! Thank you for all you do and I love reading your blog and hope to sail with you again soon!

John Says:
Hello Cassandra

I am so glad you enjoy the blog thingy and as requested I spoke to someone with a beard who in between hugging a tree and eating tofu on toast told me the following.

“We currently do not have a mobile site. With that said, we have looked into developing a mobile site especially for guests that are booked and I will keep you updated in the weeks ahead as to our progress.”

Thanks Mr. Beardy and I will make sure that I post any further news on this Cassandra.
Best wishes

That’s all for today. May I once again kindly apologize for being so behind in answering questions and ask that you allow at least three weeks if you need me to do anything for an upcoming cruise.

So as you know the port of Isla Roatan, Honduras has become one of our most exciting and most popular Caribbean ports of call. Carnival Corporation has spent lots of time and money to make sure that as many of you get to experience this great port and its diverse and stunning scenery and beaches. This is why we have developed the new pier facility called Mahogany Bay which includes the first ever ski lift in the world……………that leads to a beach.

This coming week the Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend will be calling there for the first ever time but the first ship to do so was part of the Carnival Family and she was the Seabourn Legend (followed by the Crown Princess………here are some photos of the ship docked and beautiful Mahogany Bay Isla Roatan.)

Just a quick follow up about the iced tea question which has reappeared again. I saw that Bill Zydecocruiser had mentioned that yes we do charge for the soda style tea served in a can as we do Coke products etc. But the ship made ice tea is still complimentary…….and there is as I have said no plans to change that.

Well, it’s been a while but here is a quick note from Heidi and Kye.

Here we are. This is what we call a lazy Sunday…..

Kye woke up and had a nappy change and a feed and is now playing with her noise making mini lion, one of her favorite toys. The weather is not inviting us to go out and with a busy week ahead we will just take it easy and stay indoors. Until lunch time that is, where we will go to Grandma and Grandpa. Grandma will cook and that is worth facing rain and storm for, as it doesn’t take us long to get there in our polar bear killing machine.

So, I won’t bore you with details on how I am doing as since Kye was born that is not a topic anymore……

To anyone who reads this and is pregnant at the moment, enjoy all the attention as once the baby is there no sod is interested in you anymore 🙂 Well, apart from your baby that is.

Kye is doing really well. I can’t tell you exactly how much she weighs as we are going to have her weighed again on Wednesday but she is at least 16lb’s. She is 28 weeks and 2 days old and is more active than 10 Energizer Bunnies! She rolls over and back, tries to sit up, wants to stand when she sits on your lap, makes noises galore and eats really well. We started solids now, sweet potato and bananas are her favorite at the moment complimented by bottles, breast and baby rice. Her high chair arrived yesterday and putting that together I thought…..this is going way too fast! (Not the putting it together…..her growing up)

Why can’t they stay like this for 5 years before they move on? Every day she does something else new and her book is full of “The first time I did…”

She is still a very happy and content baby who doesn’t give me any trouble and I hope she will be like that until she is 21. Haha! Dream on Mama!

Talking about Dreams………many of you will join John on your new dream, the Carnival Dream very soon.

For all of you who will sail, have a safe trip traveling to the ship and I wish you a wonderful time but as I have been looking at photos of this amazing new vessel, that won’t be a tough thing to do.

That’s it for me for now.

Kye and I will check in again before Christmas.

Heidi and Kye Xx

Thanks Heidi and I hope at Christmas time we can include a family photo for you all to see.

As I write your Carnival Dream is sailing from New York after a very successful few weeks here. I made an announcement on behalf of everyone at Carnival for their hard work and then at 10:20am Captain Queirolo backed the vessel out of pier 88 and sailed towards the Statue of Liberty. Normally the crew never has time to enjoy this experience as they are working so it was great to see the decks lined with most if not all of the 1,300 crew. I played Andrea Botticelli’s Time to Say Goodbye as we left and his vibrant and emotional tones added so much to this already incomparable experience passing the Statue of Liberty. You can imagine how special this site is for Mr. Ketut the stateroom Steward from Indonesia or Savio the waiter from India or Christina the Russian bar waitress…………to be sailing pass one of the most iconic features in the world ……………..is something that each and every crew member will never ever forget.

It is safe to say that the ship has performed brilliantly during hr stay in New York and let’s face it ……….if we can please 12,000 New Yorkers we can please most anyone. There were some challenges……….of course there were………….put 4,000 guests on a ship and adjustments have to be made as you go along. I know that embarking and disembarking guests from deck 0 was something of a major challenge and that is an area we will have to improve on should we come back to New York with a Dream class ship. I spoke to Ken just now and our Senior Maitre D said that there were one or two areas that they had to change service wise but said that once those changes were made the dining rooms were running smoothly and that guest comments were wonderful as usual.

Todd the Cruise Director is considering having three performances of some of the shows. The main theatre seats 1,500 people and with two sittings that 3,000 people who can see the shows. However with a count of 4000 this means that 1,000 people cannot see them and for the more popular ones such as Dancin in the Street that is a concern. It is a bit strange though because it is close to the same situation on a Conquest class ship. Last week they had 3,500 guests and their lounge seats 1,300. This means that if every seat was taken on a two sitting basis only 2600 could see the shows leaving 900 not able to see them. However, the shows, while well attended and by the way they are great shows……………were not as busy as the ones on your Carnival Dream. I suggested to Todd that maybe with the audience mostly from New York and therefore being “show people “that this may account for why both performances have been extra busy. There is also the fact that the weather outside during the first two nights in and out of New York has not been too good and so people are not outside watching the laser shows and enjoying the big screen movies and features. Anyway, we will have to see what happens when we get down to Port Canaveral and if needed we will go to three shows…………………………..I am though already concerned about when I take over here as Cruise Director, which for sure I will have to show on the big screen live as well.

I am sorry our blog is a little rushed today but I have to spend the afternoon organizing the bloggers cruise events, preparing the capers and meeting department heads etc…………more on that tomorrow. However, I cannot finish today without saying that yet again our super spy PA 007 was correct when he or she said that there would be breaking news today……………because there was…………..and here it is.

New 130,000-Ton Cruise Ship Ordered for Carnival Corporation & plc’s Carnival Cruise Lines

What extraordinary news this is. The economy is still a bit wobbly yet Mr. Arison and the Board Of Directors have given their first new ship order since all that credit crunch stuff started ………….to Carnival Cruise Lines.

However……………they haven’t just given her to Carnival…………….they have given her to you………………..our loyal Carnival guests. So congratulations to each and every one of you…………..because Santa came early this year……………….and gave you a brand new Dream class ship…………….the Carnival Thingy.

Your friend

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