The Real McCoy

August 13, 2010 -

John Heald

This has been quite a first week here on the Carnival Splendor what with storms, coat hangers, vegetarians, mosquitoes and now…………this……..or should I say……….them.

Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2010 1:05PM

Re: Cabin 2247 – Wants to talk to CD


Mrs_____ wants to talk to you about an incident today. Security found her on Serenity deck in the sun and topless. They told her she had to put her top on and she got very upset.

She insists to talk to you about this. Let me know what happens and I will open an incident number.

Thank You
Guest services Supervisor

So, I am in charge of mosquitoes and now I am in charge of breasts…………………brilliant.

I spoke to the guest who was really upset mostly because she felt that the staff embarrassed her somewhat in front of others when they approached her to put her top on but I’m not sure exactly what else we were supposed to do. I apologized and explained that in today’s environment, topless sunbathing is not allowed on our ships. The guest clearly felt it should be and told me so in no uncertain words and referred to the fact that Serenity was the adults-only deck. Once again, I apologized.

As I hung up the phone I couldn’t help but think. Just like some of the activities we used to do 10 years ago that are now deemed unsafe or not “PC”……so is topless sunbathing. Back then all our ships had topless sunbathing decks and for the most part the guests seemed to enjoy it and certainly didn’t feel a sense of shock and horror because we had one. Not anymore. It’s very demure these days. When did that change? Why did that change? None of the major cruise lines have it anymore. Except on German cruise ships. Struggle to keep their clothes on anywhere, the Germans. Strange, what was normal, or at least what became normal in the 80s and 90s on land and at sea, has now become abnormal.

If you’d asked me when I was a young cruise director for my opinion on the progress of breast exposure by 2010, I maybe wouldn’t have said women would be sitting in meetings eating tofu and bearing their breasts……..except in German offices obviously, but I would certainly have predicted that the topless decks were here to stay much in the same way that I would have predicted that we would all be flying around on our personal jet packs. Obviously…..I would have been totally wrong.

Anyway, talking of the Germans, we must mention AIDA who as you may know is the German sister of Carnival Cruise Lines and a hugely successful company…..and yes………they have an adults only top and bottomless deck. I have often said that the AIDA ships are some of the best designed vessels I have ever been on and the product is superb. AIDA is the best cruise line that you will never sail on. And now, they have been rewarded with another new vessel.

Here is Vance with the press release thingy:

Many congratulations to AIDA……..the best cruise line that you will never sail on. Let’s stay with the adult theme shall we. Do you remember that I mentioned last week how I intended to make Lido Deck 9 totally adults only, including the pool and whirlpools. Well, I did and I have to say it has worked very well indeed. Yes, the kids still come and get their deli sandwiches of course but the pools, the sunbathing area and the bar area…….have been for adults only. Now, this has increased traffic to this area a lot and on sea days it has been very busy and very popular. In turn, the main pool has become more family oriented which is exactly what we wanted. We have added live music to the Lido deck 9 aft area and overall, I think it has been a success.

Here are some photos of the aft pool area which I took yesterday at 4 pm while we were in Mazatlan.

I shall continue to monitor this and hopefully it will remain a success……..I will keep you abreast of the situation.

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

John R Asked:
HI John, (Please reply)

I just had to add my 2 cents about Cigar Bars. I think that a smaller venue should be turned into cigar bars. The current cigar bars on the Conquest class ships are huge rooms and could be non-smoking.


John Says:
Hello John R

Yes indeed they are big rooms. One of the reasons we are keeping them as cigar bars is that they feature purification systems which other lounges on the ships do not have. The smoking policies onboard are under constant review and I will keep you all updated as to if and when any changes will occur. Thanks for taking the time to write.

Best wishes

Henry S Asked:
John, I need a reply please

Someone posted on the Cruise Critic Carnival board how wonderful Carnival had been in helping them with a full refund because of a fire. While I am happy for them many subscribers to Cruise Critic who have had things happen to them where Carnival has not given refunds are very angry. I am one of them because I got laid off during the recession and because I had no insurance I lost the deposit for my cruise. Carnival did nothing to help me.

John Says:
Hello Henry S

I had two similar comments this week already regarding this incident. I am so sorry you lost your job and I hope that you have now found another one. We always recommend that our guests take a travel insurance policy out and apart from that I am not really in a position to comment further. If you have a follow up question please let me know and I will send it on to the right people at our Miami HQ.

Best wishes

Jeanette Williams Asked:

Hi John, Please tell me it is true that you will be on the Carnival Splendor in November. My husband, brother and sister in law will be on the Nov. 21 2010 cruise. Our family has been through a lot this year and to be on another cruise with you will make our year. You may not know this but even with cancer and losing a niece in a car accident seeing your name on the cruise director list bought smiles and a lot of joy to our faces. You have done so much for so many people and I wanted to let you know WE CAN’T WAIT.

THANK YOU for giving us a forum to express ourselves

John Says:
Hello Jeanette Williams

I am so humbled by those words Jeanette and when you board the Carnival Splendor in November I will indeed be your CD. I think that may be my last cruise or thereabouts. I leave sometime in early December so I will be there for you and will do all I can to make sure that the cruise gives you a little break from the sadness this year has brought you. Please let me know nearer the time if you need anything before you sail and make sure you tell me your cabin numbers. See you soon.

Best wishes to all

Brendan Lawrence Asked:
John: (please reply… Although I have no idea how I’ll know if u did)

I just wanted to say that I have only recently become a fan of your blog thingy! And I love everything you do! It is my dream to meet you some day. I am going on the carnival dream in May 2011 however I am told that you will not be the cruise director 🙁 (((Many sorrows indeed… I love to cruise and I have only been on one. It is my dream to one day go on a big and long cruise. Although I don’t think that’ll ever happen. Oh well I did have one question! I am a little confused how the club 02 thingy works… Could you perhaps explain that to me, and what there will be to do there? Thanks!


John Says:
Hello Brendan

Thanks so much for the kind words and I bid you a warm welcome to the blog. I know you will have a fabulous time on your Carnival Dream and Club O2 will be the highlight. The club is located on deck 4 aft and is a huge area designated only for those aged 15 – 17… parents allowed. The Club O2 Director will make sure he/she gives you all a wonderful time and it’s a great place to hang out and make new friends. I thought you might like to see the Club O2 Fun Times from the Carnival Splendor which for the most part will be the same as when you cruise on your Carnival Dream. There will be lots of fun activities, events parties and shows for you to enjoy so I promise you a great time.

Have a brilliant time.

Best wishes

Bari Goldberg Asked:

I am cruising on Freedom on August 28, 2010. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Is there anything that I can have surprised or him? We are in a balcony guarantee. This is our first cruise together, so I am hoping we have a great room, and a great cruise. We have anytime dining, and I am hoping to get a really great table. If you can help me in anyway, I would really appreciate any help at all. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

John Says:
Hello Bari Goldberg

Congratulations on booking your first ever cruise together and I know you will have a great time. Your Time Dining is a wonderful option you will enjoy and I am sure your cabin will be just perfect. I will send you a little something to help celebrate your anniversary.

Best wishes to you both and have a super cruise.

Redwings101 Asked:
John, Respond please!!

Can you tell me why Carnival has removed the bathrobes from the rooms except suites? People who pay for regular rooms deserve the same treatment as those who pay for suites.

John Says:
Hello Redwings101

I am not sure where you are getting your information but I am glad to say that it is wrong. All our staterooms continue to have the bathrobes in them. Please let me know if you wish me to clarify anything else for you.

Best wishes

Jason Asked:
(John Please Reply)

Hello John,

I hope you had a wonderful time on vacation and got to spend some quality time with Heidi and Kye. My girlfriend and I as well as another couple will be sailing on the Carnival Triumph August 16th and I wanted to know how to go about requesting a table for 4 next to a window seat overlooks the ocean. I plan on proposing on elegant night when we go to get our picture taken. This way we can have the moment documented.

I appreciate your assistance
Jason Cook

P.S. Keep up the great work! We all appreciate what you do for us bloggers.

John Says:
Hi Jason:

Thanks for the kind words about the blog and for Heidi and Kye. I will ask the Maitre D on the Carnival Triumph to seat you as requested and he will do his best to accommodate you.

Have a wonderful cruise. Best wishes to you all.

Ed Peterson Asked:
Dear John, (Please Reply)

My wife and I enjoy reading your blogs. Whenever we’re in a depressed mood (esp. after getting off one of the cruises) we just start reading one of your fascinating days. We know we’re not the only ones having a bad day. I’m just kidding. But as a matter of fact I have started to read your blogs before going to bed. Some of the dreams that I’ve been having lately involved Latvian women and pork.

Anyways we had the privilege of sailing with you on the Fantasy back in May. It made the vacation 10x more wonderful. Since Carnival have made another home in Charleston many of my colleagues have been jealous of me going on all these cruises. I have told them how much endless fun they are and can be. Also how simple and easy it is to book a vacation. Now many of them have signed up for future cruises. We’ll be going on many more soon next year out of Charleston. But to tide us over in the mean time we have two more cruises this year 8/21 on the Fascination and 9/18 on the Dream. Each year we seem to add one more than the last.

My question however relates to our cruise on 8/21. We are bringing a cousin who has stage 4 cancer. This is her first time ever being on a cruise and has always dreamed on being one. Doctors have told her that there is nothing else they can do so this will be needless to say a great experience for her and would take a lot off her mind. We were wondering if there was anything special that could be set up for her. Her name is Annie Miller room R106.

Keep up the great work that you do. Even though when you do a job you love you can hardly call it work. Thanks and take care.

John Says:
Hello Ed Peterson

Those are very kind words and I have an image in my mind of you both in your pajamas reading the blog thingy. I hope your dreams about Latvian women are as good as mine. I was so sorry to read about Annie and I will ask my good friend Trevor Block who is the CD to make sure we send her something and to make sure she has a great time. Thanks so much for all the kind words and I hope that this coming cruise is a very special one for you all.

Best wishes and hope to see you again one day soon.

Eric T. Asked:

I’ve noticed a lot of older, historical Carnival Cruise Lines items on sale on eBay. It got me wondering. Does Carnival have any type of “Carnival museum” in the corporate building in Miami and if so, can the general public come and visit it???


John Says:
Hello Eric T

What a great question and I think the answer is no…..we don’t. I know Cunard has an amazing museum on the Queen Victoria where the history of the company is there for all to see but nope ……we don’t. I don’t even know what happened to some of the original bits and pieces from the Mardi Gras, Carnivale, Festivale etc. But I will find out………I am sure PA 007 our Super Spy can find out for us. I mean, did we keep the ship’s wheel, the brass plaques etc…. as I said I have no idea but if we did, maybe we could dedicate a show case to this on the Carnival Breeze.

I will be back to you with more next week about this.

Thanks for the great question.

Best wishes

And that’s all for today. Thanks all of you for a great week of comments. And while I am saying thank you I must say a massive one to Lorna and Jessica Tilson who delivered a case of Stewarts Diet Root Beer to the ship on Sunday for me. Ladies, I am so so grateful and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this. It is a luxury I have been enjoying each day with my lunch and I hope that you will allow me to thank you in person one day soon.

Let’s see what the guests are having for dinner tonight.

Cabo San Lucas
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Eggplant with Mozzarella
Delice of Ocean
Escargots Bourguignonne
Cream of Garden Fresh Broccoli
Corn Chowder Maryland
Chilled Creamy Bing Cherry Soup
Green Bean and Roma Tomatoes
Caesar Salad
Penne Siciliana, Eggplant, Zucchini, Tomato Sauce
Lemon Confit Topped Grouper
Grilled Jumbo Prawns
Charred Half Spring Chicken
Cinnamon Pumpkin, Squash, Yam & Cheddar Pot Pie
Black Tiger Shrimps
Fresh Fruit Cocktail
Broiled Fillet of Snapper
Grilled Breast of Corn Fed Chicken
Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Baked Idaho Potatoes, French fries or Steamed White Rice
Assorted Steamed Vegetables
Spinach, Arugula, Watermelon, Berries
Green Bean & Roma Tomatoes on Tender Greens
Grilled Supreme of Spring Chicken
Dinner Dessert Menu
Diet New York Cheese – Spa
Amaretto Cake
Baked Alaska
Fresh Fruit Plate
Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

The half charred chicken is my favourite and the skin is cooked crispy……..mmmm. And the best sugar free option of the cruise is tonight with the diet cheese cake something I always look forward to. What would you have?

And as there is no blog tomorrow – here is what’s on offer for the last night of the cruise:

Chilled Supreme of fresh fruits with Peach Schnapps
New England Lobster & Crab Cake
Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Lettuce
American Navy Bean Soup
Lobster Bisque
Mango Cream
Fatoush Salad
Caesar Salad
Grilled Chicken Breast on Fettuccini Tossed in Mushroom Cream
Norwegian Salmon with Dill Mousseline
Panko Crusted Jumbo Shrimp
BBQ Whole Cornish Game Hen
Tender roasted prime Rib of Beef
Zucchini & Eggplant Parmigiana
Black Tiger Shrimps
Fresh Fruit Cocktail
Barbeque Baby Back Ribs
Grilled Breast of Corn Fed Chicken
Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Baked Idaho Potatoes, French fries or Steamed White Rice
Assorted Steamed Vegetables
Fantasy of Fresh Fruit
Heart of Iceberg
Steamed Filet of Fresh Norwegian Salmon
Dinner Dessert Menu
Diet Apple Pie – Spa
Cappuccino Pie
Grand Marnier Souffle
Fresh Fruit Plate
Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

I hope you have enjoyed this look at our dinner menus and that they have heightened your taste buds ready for your next Carnival fun for all cruise vacation.

This morning the Queen Elizabeth left the shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy for her sea trials and thanks to our man in London, Mr. Peter Shanks we have these exclusive photos to share with you.

How brilliant it is to see the name Queen Elizabeth on the side of a Cunard liner once again.

There is no doubt that the retractable roof here is a design feature that is quite simply brilliant. It served us so well when we were in the Baltic and is doing so here in the Mexican Riviera as well. Just before we started our deck party the bridge called me to say that the weather radar was showing a burst of heavy rain approaching. So, I thanked the bridge officer Willard Scotio and called for the roof to be closed. Seven minutes later the M/S Carnival Splendor Convertible had become the M/S Carnival Splendor Coupe. That’s seven minutes to close a roof weighing 350 tons. Sure enough, some 10 minutes after the roof was shut down came the rain. On other ships the deck party would have been buggered but here, the show went on. OK, it was as bit hot but everybody had a fantastic time and the deck party was a huge success. Yep ……..I love this roof.

During my marriage show this week I met Dennis and Maggie who have been married for 61 years. This wonderful couple had an amazing story to tell. They fell in love at a young age and then married quickly. Dennis went of to serve his country in WWII in the US Army. Sometime later Maggie got a letter saying that Dennis had been killed in action and obviously she was devastated. Some seven months later she received another letter saying that Dennis was actually still alive and being held at a prisoner of war camp. Another 18 months later……they were reunited. Maggie told the story with so much emotion that she had many of the audience in tears. They have been one of many highlights this week and it was a true honour to have met them.

Here they are.

By the way………….does my jacket look big on me……………or is it wishful thinking?

For some unplanned reason I seem to have spent the last few days worth of blogs looking at the past, I didn’t intend to do that… just sort of happened. I have been writing about how it used to be for me in the early days of my career as a CD, but how was it way, way back when. Well, it just so happens that a friend of mine who works with Princess Cruises and who reads this blog thingy met someone who knows what it was like to be a cruise director on what was and maybe still is, one of the most famous ship’s in the world……..The Pacific Princess…….or as she was better known………The Love Boat.

Anyway, I asked my friend at Princess if he could write a few thoughts down for our blog thingy …………and very quickly he did. So exclusively for this blog, here are some thoughts about life as the real Julie McCoy by ex Princess and Cunard Cruise Director John Martin.

A Cruise Director’s Tale – 35 Years On

Back in the 1970s as a Cruise Director, I often wondered, “What is life like as a passenger?” Now I know, but as a passenger in 2010, I wonder what life is like as a Cruise Director.  Having just completed my tenth cruise as a passenger, I suppose I am now qualified to pass judgment from both sides of “The Patter.”

Now there’s something that hasn’t changed: “The Patter.”  During my time in uniform, the Princess Patter might not have been the well printed document of today, but as far as the passengers were concerned, it was the Bible of the ship.  There was no in-house TV back in those days and although some ships did have an in-house radio channel, everybody relied on “The Patter” to tell us what was going on, especially with the entertainment.

Disco fever had hit the world and not to be left out, small bars on the small ships were suddenly turned into disco night clubs. Cruise staff members were turned into DJs and with no CDs, trying to keep a stylus on a record during a force eight became a sought after skill.  I remember balancing pennies on the record player arm so the dancers could still boogie on down in the roughest of seas.

What of the main evening entertainment? There were no mass produced shows sent by an agency or a head office choreographer. Everything was produced on board.  What excitement we generated amongst the passengers when we announced that our version of Fiddler on the Roof would be performed in the Carib Lounge at 9:30pm.  Staging these shows relied on the talent of the cruise staff and guest entertainers. Now many of this latter group were not prepared for their role as Tevye or Golda and terror was struck into the eyes of many a magician or comedian who was asked to learn the words to “If I Were a Rich Man” the minute they walked up the gangway.

One guest singer who absolutely refused point blank to take on a show role was ceremoniously dumped off the ship in Prince Rupert, BC.  We heard it took him a week to get out of the place.

The dance band – often Greek or Italian – were pressed into backing these shows and often did so by learning the music from the Broadway cast LP hastily bought in a San Pedro record store.

With the help of the ship’s other departments, these shows must have seemed raw and exciting to the passengers. Bedroom stewards would often be on follow spots, an engineering cadet on sound and on one occasion, a rather lovely wine waiter was in his element having been cast as one of Tevye’s daughters.

Compared to the 2,000+ passenger ships of today, the Princess ships of the Seventies, the Island Princess, Pacific Princess and Sun Princess were, if nothing else, intimate. A priority of the Cruise Director and his staff was talking to the guests – mixing and mingling and if my most recent Princess cruise is anything to go by, this is what has changed the most since my days at sea. Admittedly, we only had 600 passengers but the cruise staff would get to know as many guests as possible and we’d be on first name terms with many of them by the end of the cruise.

So, apart from chatting up the passengers, what did we do…

Well, not a lot has changed in thirty years apart from putting in IT lectures instead of Macramè classes.  However, in between all those activities, in 1977, I was lucky enough to be on Pacific Princess when American Television witnessed the launch of “The Love Boat.”  It was truly exciting, the first series was actually shot on board the ship over the period of several Los Angeles/Mexican cruises. Most of the crew were used as background artists in one way or another, but at the time nobody realized what a global success the series would become.

I remember having one line in one episode, “Nice shot, sir” as an actor hit a clay target with a gun I had just given him.  (Can you imagine nowadays giving a passenger a loaded double barrel shotgun?!!)  We got to know some of the stars of the show very well, but once the programme became a hit, a Princess ship was “built” in the studios on the Universal lot and we had little contact after the first series.

My biggest “Love Boat” adventure was several years later in the mid-1980s when strolling around St. Katherine’s Dock by London’s Tower Bridge, quite by chance, I came across the entire “Love Boat” crew.  A 1984 episode had seen them transferred to London (The story line stretched the imagination!) and I spent a couple of enjoyable days with Fred Grandy and Ted Lange, showing them the sights of my home town and going out for a highly entertaining evening meal. I never got to know Julie too well, but I bumped into Gavin MacLeod on an Alaskan cruise a few years back when he was acting as a Princess host on a seven-day trip out of Vancouver. Finally no, I didn’t find love on the Love Boat. I met my wife on board the QE2 several years before I heard “Love Exciting and New” and we’ve been married for 33 years – encouragement for those who think shipboard romances never last!

There are many stories from my days at sea and I imagine like many ex-cruise directors, we all wish we had the time to write a book – maybe one day when I’m in a rocking chair overlooking the ocean on some Caribbean island.

I was fortunate to serve on two “famous” ships, the QE2 and “The Love Boat.” It’s amazing how many doors those two names opened.  I’ve broadcast on American radio, been on stage in Las Vegas, met many a celebrity and even had a private trip around the White House.  Meeting celebrities without becoming their lifelong friend has always been a joy for me. On the QE2, those included many a Lord & Lady, Beatle George Harrison, film director Norman Jewison and zany comedian & writer Spike Milligan.  Entertainers such as Billy Daniels, Tony Bennett, Beryl Davis and the entire Count Basie Orchestra. Most “big name” acts were a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to drink with after the show. Stories from my ten years at sea jump in and out of my memory.  Mentioning Tony Bennett, I remember walking on stage as the MC of his show with the Count Basie Orchestra playing the intro – I completely forgot his name.  It took ten seconds for “Tony Bennett” to come back into my blank mind – it was the longest ten seconds of my career at sea.

There are few folk left at sea who I worked with, some sadly are no longer with us and most like myself have long walked down that gangway to dry land.  Some have gone on to great glory – I remember a very junior deck officer who is now Commodore of the Fleet.  But the excitement is still there.  My wife and I now cruise once a year rather than once a week and whenever I’m on a ship and a passenger gets an award for the “most cruises” I often think, if only I could add on ten years worth of work cruises, I’d have enough certificates to paper my cabin!

Since leaving the cruise industry, I’ve had a very satisfying career in the theatre, maybe one day I’ll write a play – another “to do” item for when I’m lying on a beach!

John Martin (at sea : 1970-1979)

Thank you so much John for those amazing memories. We all thank you for taking the time to share them with us and maybe when you have time you can tell us more of how they used to cruise.

I once wrote a screenplay in my mind for a new TV show about the Love Boat being lost in a time vortex and returning to the cruising world of 2010. Captain Stubing sees the Oasis of the Seas and tries to dock alongside her thinking she’s Miami.

The Doctor (can’t remember his name) tells a reporter “I’ve been waiting for all of the little sods I delivered these last 30 years we have been trapped in time to grow up and mature so that I could chase after them. Do you know how bad all of our original passengers look in their bikinis these days? Where can I go in this town to meet women who don’t sag?”….In episode 2…..he discovers Hooters.

Cruise Director Julie McCoy is heard screaming. “I hate the passengers, I hate them….get the off my ship! Do you know how many games of bloody shuffleboard and bridge I have organized? Do you know how many times I wanted to take the skeet shooting rifles and shoot the miserable sods?”

The Captain’s daughter (forgot her name as well) was happy for reasons of her own. “I’m not going to be the captain’s little girl anymore! I don’t have to have a curfew and check in with him every night. Now I can party and have boyfriends and get my nipples pierced. I can bring men to my room and there is not a thing he can do about it!”

Ship’s purser (Gopher) was also happy for different reasons. He has 30 years worth of tips and is now a rich man and will declare “Now we are back I will disembark the Love Boat and open a Latvian Lap Dancing Club.”

Yep, all was going well, the guests and crew had been trapped at sea for 30 years and we’re all getting ready for new lives when suddenly they saw the Norwegian Epic…….upon which Captain Stubbing headed the Love Boat back out to sea…..desperately looking for that time vortex again.

It has been a fantastic first week and the team here on the Carnival Splendor are superb. Getting to know the mostly Californian guests has been…..ummm……interesting and they have certainly given me some interesting blog material for sure. But there is no doubt how much the guests here love the Carnival product. It has also been interesting to walk amongst the guests and have only a few say that they have cruised with me before. This is very unusual considering I have been a CD for 20 years now. But so, so many have told me how much they have enjoyed me as a CD and that the Bedtime Story will be something they will never forget.

Now some of you may say that I am pandering and that I am saying look how good I am….. but that’s not why I wrote this. I did so for two reasons. Coming here, to the Carnival Splendor was my choice because I had never been to the West Coast and obviously I want this to continue to be a successful market for Carnival. And hopefully me being here has helped that somewhat.

I also wrote that the guests have told me how funny my shows have been because I needed to hear that more than they will ever know. I do not have the words to explain the sadness I feel each day I am not with my wife and daughter. I do not have the words to adequately explain the loneliness of coming back to and waking up in…….. an empty cabin.

Knowing that the guests have appreciated my work helps……as do all of you… friends out there in blog thingy land.

I promised that I would try and get more video on the blog and with that in mind here are two highlights from this week’s Marriage Show.

Your friend

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.