Bearded Q&A, Pt. IV

December 20, 2010 -

Eric the Beard

Hello my favorite bloggy people, Eric the Beard here. Tonight, I thought I would start this late night Bearded Q&A session a little differently….with a little bearded humour (spelt correctly).

Are you ready!?! Sooo…..

Why did the tofu cross the road?Do you know?!?
Huh, Do ya?!?
Oh, well of course…..

To prove he wasn’t chicken! 🙂

I know what you’re thinking….”Good thing this bearded fellow doesn’t work at Punchliner!” Well all I can say to that is….ummm….yea you’re probably right! 🙂

That’s right.

-Everett

Anyways, before we get started with today’s questions I wanted to give you a short update on John’s blog thingy. As you know, last week we gave our little guy some anesthesia, as he underwent some minor surgery.

I’m happy to say that everything went a smooth as Megan Fox’s bottom and he is now stronger and livelier than ever before! We were able save all of the great content John has put together over the last few years and even more-so all of the wonderful comments all of you have continued to share as well.

What’s even better, is now that we got that out of the way, we can go ahead and start working on all those fun improvements I talked to you about a few weeks ago. So all is well in John Bloggy land and I definitely encourage you to stay tuned over the next few weeks as things slowly start getting even…..John-ier. 🙂

So let’s get to some Bearded Q&A, shall we? This time Everett and I decided to give you a double dose of bearded pleasure…which we hope your cleanly shaven faces enjoy. 🙂

Rochelle Asked:
Hi John (Please Reply)

This past August I had the pleasure on going on the Carnival Glory with my parents. It started off great because after going to the spa on day 1 to schedule an appointment for a massage, me, who never wins anything, won the Grand Prize of an expensive massage. I felt like I was rich with 2 straight days of pampering. While on the cruise, I saw info on the Chef’s Table. I chose not to go because my parents and I have certain dietary restrictions. My mother is vegetarian and my father and I only eat certain types of meat and seafood. Does this event try to accomodate people with differrent dietary needs? Is it worth giving it a try on my next carnival cruise in which I am now trying to decide on where I want to go?

Thanks
Rochelle

Eric the Beard Says:
Hey Rochelle,

Wow that is lucky! I love the spas onboard our Carnival ships and you getting to go TWO days in a row…mannnn I’m totally jealous 😛 As for the Chef’s Table, I recently attended it on my last cruise and I have to say, it is totally worth it! The food is out of this world, the ambiance is wonderful, and the chefs have some serious surprises up their sleeves. Also, they are very accommodating to those with specific dietary needs and will take all that info from you once your reservation is confirmed.

Hope you have a wonderful time on your next cruise, wherever you decide to go, and if you end up trying to Chef’s Table, I hope you stop by here again and let us know how it was! 🙂

All the best,
Eric

Doug Gwilliam Asked:
JOHN – PLEASE REPLY (Por Favor)

First off, we love your bloggie thingie. And it’s good to see you finally updated your title page to say 8 million instead of 7 million. Make that 8,000,002 now that I turned you on to my parents…errr what a minute, that didn’t sound right. Oh well.

Anyhow, my wife and 4 kids are booked on the Splendor for the 16th of Jan. Hopefully, it will still sail that day and we are all excited to be part of the “beta” cruise – the test period, the first sailing after the you know what that we don’t like to mention.

The kids made a chain and each night we pull off a link and we are getting closer and closer to the day.

We are celebrating a few special occasions on this cruise and was wondering if we could get a card or something or a special cupcake or sit with you or maybe even drive the ship to celebrate.

1. My oldest daughter will have turned 18 the week before we sail, so we are celebrating her leaving the house, I mean becoming an adult and possibly leaving the house.

2. This is a delayed 20th wedding anniversary celebration for my wife and I. We meant to take it in 2009 which would have been our 20th, but I came down with a nasty case of colon cancer and have been in treatments (radiation and chemo and surgeries) off of 2009 and part of 2010. I am now doing well and able to take the trip.

In addition to my family going on the cruise, my brother and his family and my ma and pa are also all booked up to come along with us. (It’s ok if they don’t get to drive the ship-they are just coming along for moral support)

We can’t wait to see you on our cruise on Jan 16th and can’t wait to be the first group on the Splendor again. Thanks for your bloggie and we will try and get your number up to 8,000,010 soon.

Tell your family hi! And have a great Christmas!

Everett Says:
Yikes, Doug,

The more I read through your note to John, the worse I felt about the additional delay in the Carnival Splendor’s sailing schedule. I hope that you’ve been able to re-schedule your voyage and that we’ll soon be welcoming you on another Carnival cruise, whether aboard Carnival Splendor or another ship.

Be sure to leave us another comment with your updated sailing info, and if your new sail date is still the same and you submit your comment after the next week or so, feel free to mark your request as “URGENT.”

Everett

Glenn Hughes Asked:
John PLEASE REPLY:

THANKS for all you have done for the cruise industry. In just a few weeks my wife and I will sail on our 12th CARNIVAL CRUISE to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. This cruise we will be taking our cousins for their first cruise.

I do have a request please. We will be on the Jan 13 sailing of the Fascination our of Jacksonville. My request is a small one – and has to do with our dining room table assignment. I prefer to be seated at a table and not of of the booths – PLEASE. Like you I am rather tall and not a small guy – a couple of cruises we were seated one of the booths and I was very uncomfortable. I did go and ask for a table reassignment and the request was accommodated.. but just better if taken care of in advance. If you are able to submit this request I truly appreciate it. There are four people in our party. I must say that having sailed a dozen times with Carnival we have experienced all types of weather and adventures…. but one thing I can say is that CARNIVAL takes care of it’s guest. I would never consider sailing with anyone else. THANKS again for everything.

BTW – I make my annual donation to St Judes!

Eric the Beard Says:
Hello Glen,

First off, congratulations on your 32nd anniversary! It really means a lot that you chose to celebrate it with us, onboard our Carnival Fascination, and I know that you, your wife, and cousins will have a brilliant time.

As for your dining situation, I’m 6’3”, so of course I can totally sympathize with what you are saying here. 🙂 I would be more than happy to reach out to the maitre d’ to see what he can do to accommodate you and your family.

Thanks again for your tremendous loyalty to Carnival, and also for supporting St. Jude (I know John will be very happy to see that).

All the best,
Eric

P.S I will also see what I can do to make your celebration just a little more memorable this time around too… I mean, c’mon, 32 years is a BIG deal! 🙂

Marie Wolff Asked:
Hello John:

I know this is kind of late to ask for a request concerning our January 6, 2011 cruise on the Miracle, but, we just got our cabin assignment #8112.

Here is my request, reply if you like. I have been on the Miracle several times, and have either been in the very back of the main dining room, or off to the side. I have breathing problems and if possible a shorter walk into the dining room would be appreciated as we go from there to the theatre at the opposite end of the ship. I really would welcome a spot in the center of the dining room, large table is fun, and, I would be able to see all the fun dancing that I love. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Marie

Everett Says:
Hi Marie,

I’m sure you’ll have another time to remember on Carnival Miracle, and we’ll try our best to get  you seated in a spot near where you’d like to be. I’ve heard about the show selection on the Carnival Miracle; is there one that’s your favorite? I’d love to catch “Ticket to Ride”… perhaps one of these sailings.  🙂

Well, enjoy your cruise. Only a couple of weeks to go!

Everett

Venessa Cicora Asked:
Hi John, (please reply)

I have been following your blog for years and recently I have been following you on Facebook also. I would have to say….I think you are one of the funniest people I know. You are a wonderful writer and storyteller. Everything that you write about on your blog thingy just puts an instant smile on my face.

I also wanted to make a comment on something a gentleman said earlier in your blog about the Steakhouse and e-mail confimations. I booked the Steakhouse last week for the 2/6/11 sailing on Carnival Glory and I received an e-mail confirmation that same day. I don’t know if it is the ships practice to do this or not…but I did receive one.

Lastly, this will be my 3rd cruise and I am taking my sister with me this time and it will be her first time. We are so excited time can’t go by quickly enough. I was wondering if there is a way to request a window seat in the MDR ? I don’t want you to do this for me as I think that it is tacky that people are always asking you to do things. If you have a contact that would be absolutely awesome though. If there is no contact, is this something I should do as soon as I get on the ship?

I look forward to hearing from you and keep up the great work on this blog thingy. You are truly an asset to Carnival Cruise Lines.

Thank you,
Venessa

Eric the Beard Says:
Hello Vanessa,

I have to say I agree — John is pretty funny…if you like that cleanly-shaven, tofu-hating type of humour (spelt correctly). 😛 Just kidding…

Anyways, I would be more than happy to take care of this request for you and will see what the maitre d’ can do to accommodate you and your sister.

Thanks again for continuing to sail with us and for introducing your sister to our glorious Carnival Glory (see what I did there? 🙂 )

I know you both will have a brilliant time, and I look forward to hearing about it when you get back!

– Eric

Judd Edema Asked:
PLEASE REPLY

John,

My wife and I will be going on my first cruise (her second) March 6, 2011 on the Freedom to celebrate our 10 year anniversery. We picked out a nice balcony (6442) to make it special, and I am wondering if you (or anybody else here) would recommend any particular services/Dinning options that would make this week more special than it already is.

Thanks!
Judd

Everett Says:
Hey Judd,

I’m not sure if you’re a spa kind of guy, but there’re plenty of services there that you and your wife could enjoy as a couple. If you’re into food, try Carnival Freedom’s Sun King Supper Club for a tasty, reasonably-priced experience. I’ve enjoyed the Porterhouse… not that I’ve ever been able to finish one in a single sitting!

If you’d like to try making the main dining room experience a little more romantic, feel free to request a particular seating arrangement through John’s blog, and we’ll see if it’s possible to accommodate it.

Does anyone have additional ideas for Judd?

Everett

Ken Asked:
Hello John (please reply)

I was wandering if I could bother you to see if you could contact the maitre d of the Destiny to see if he could arrange a table for 4 on the cruise for the 24th Jan. My wife and I are bringing along her sister and husband for their first cruise and we don’t want to take a chance of getting a table-mate who is negative as they can ruin a cruise for new cruisers. Our cabin numbers are 7214 and 7222. Thanks for any assistance you can manage as I know there are no guaranties just hoping you can work some magic.

Ken R

Eric the Beard Says:
Hello Ken,

Your are correct; John IS quite the magic-maker. However, I too have learned a few tricks while growing this beard and will definitely see what I can do to try and make your dining request come true. 🙂

Have a wonderful vacation on our beautiful Carnival Destiny.

-Eric

Carolann W Asked:
Please Reply

I dont know if this is where i can request this, We are sailing on the Miracle Feb 7,2011. I have a confirmed dining time 6:00 but on my daughter and her friends booking it has her waitlisted. Is there anything you can do to help us?

Thank you.

Looking forward to seeing you on this cruise with all the Miracle Maniacs *wink* *wink*

Everett Says:
Hi Carolann,

I’m not acquainted with the Maniacs, but they do sound rather, um, manical, and haven’t chosen a bad ship at all on which to practice their maniacy!

We’ll do what we can to get all of you seated together, but could you please reply and include the booking information for your daughter and her friends?

Everett

Jess Asked:
Dear John (please reply)

Is there any way to write to you without it being published to the public somewhere? Thanks! 🙂

Eric the Beard:
Hey Jess,

Until we have the new comment form ready to go, the best place to write John is still through the comment section of this here blog thingy. However, if you don’t want your message to be published, just write PRIVATE at the top of it. That’s bearded talk for “don’t publish and send to John privately”. 🙂

Hope that helps!

– Eric

Gretchen Asked:
John:

(Please reply)

I am an avid reader of your bloggy thing and have never even thought about asking for anything but with recent events have made me reconsider. My parents, myself and best friend will be sailing on the Glory on Feb. 20, 2011 out of Miami (hubby decided to stay home with the dogs this year so it is a psuedo girls trip!). My Mom’s sister (and her best friend) passed away last night due to complications from a very aggressive and fast growning malignant brain tumor and Mom is devasated, as we all are. We are cruising a few weeks after Mom/Dad’s anniversary (it is on Feb. 2nd) and was hoping that there may be something that you could do to make this upcoming cruise extra memorable for her. They are in room 9238 and I have no idea how many Carnival cruises they have been on but this will be my 3rd with them!

Thank you for all that you do for us Carnival groupies and I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Gretchen

Everett Says:
Hi Gretchen,

That’s so sweet of you to reach out to have something special done for your mom in this — I’m sure — trying time for her. I know we can figure out something that can be arranged, to make this one of her most memorable cruises… no matter how many she’s been on! 🙂

I trust John is having a wonderful time with Kye and Heidi, and will be back to blogging before very long. Thanks for writing to John!

Everett

Rochelle Asked:

lrphipps@hotmail.com

173.2.9.164

2010/12/04 at 12:31 am

Hi John (Please Reply)

This past August I had the pleasure on going on the Carnival Glory with my parents. It started off great because after going to the spa on day 1 to schedule an appointment for a massage, me, who never wins anything, won the Grand Prize of an expensive massage. I felt like I was rich with 2 straight days of pampering. While on the cruise, I saw info on the Chef’s Table. I chose not to go because my parents and I have certain dietary restrictions. My mother is vegetarian and my father and I only eat certain types of meat and seafood. Does this event try to accomodate people with differrent dietary needs? Is it worth giving it a try on my next carnival cruise in which I am now trying to decide on where I want to go?

Thanks

Rochelle

Eric the Beard Says:

Hey Rochelle,

Wow that is lucky! I love the spas onboard our Carnival ships and you getting to go TWO days in a row…mannnn I’m totally jealous 😛 As for the Chef’s Table, I recently attended it on my last cruise and I have to say, it is totally worth it! The food is out of this world, the ambience is wonderful, and the chefs have some serious surprises up their sleeves. Also, they are very accommodating to those with specific dietary needs and will take all that info from you once your reservation is confirmed.

Hope you have a wonderful time on your next cruise, wherever you decide to go, and if you end up trying to Chef’s Table, I hope you stop by here again and let us know how it was! 🙂

All the best,

Eric

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Glenn Hughes Asked:

glennhughes726@hotmail.com

209.192.59.135

2010/12/06 at 9:31 pm

John PLEASE REPLY:

THANKS for all you have done for the cruise industry. In just a few weeks my wife and I will sail on our 12th CARNIVAL CRUISE to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. This cruise we will be taking our cousins for their first cruise.

I do have a request please. We will be on the Jan 13 sailing of the Fascination our of Jacksonville. My request is a small one – and has to do with our dining room table assignment. I prefer to be seated at a table and not of of the booths – PLEASE. Like you I am rather tall and not a small guy – a couple of cruises we were seated one of the booths and I was very uncomfortable. I did go and ask for a table reassignment and the request was accommodated.. but just better if taken care of in advance. If you are able to submit this request I truly appreciate it. There are four people in our party. I must say that having sailed a dozen times with Carnival we have experienced all types of weather and adventures…. but one thing I can say is that CARNIVAL takes care of it’s guest. I would never consider sailing with anyone else. THANKS again for everything.

BTW – I make my annual donation to St Judes!

Hello Glen,

First off, congratulations on your 32nd anniversary! It really means a lot that you chose to celebrate it with us, onboard our Carnival Fascination, and I know that you, your wife, and cousins will have a brilliant time.

As for your dining situation, I’m 6’3”, so of course I can totally sympathize with what you are saying here. 🙂 I would be more than happy to reach out to the maitre d’ to see what he can do to accommodate you and your family.

Thanks again for your tremendous loyalty to Carnival, and also for supporting St. Jude (I know John will be very happy to see that).

All the best,

Eric

P.S I will also see what I can do to make your celebration just a little more memorable this time around too… I mean, c’mon, 32 years is a BIG deal! 🙂

________________________

Venessa Cicora

vski21@stny.rr.com

72.230.219.209

2010/12/07 at 6:46 pm

Hi John, (please reply)

I have been following your blog for years and recently I have been following you on Facebook also. I would have to say….I think you are one of the funniest people I know. You are a wonderful writer and storyteller. Everything that you write about on your blog thingy just puts an instant smile on my face.

I also wanted to make a comment on something a gentleman said earlier in your blog about the Steakhouse and e-mail confimations. I booked the Steakhouse last week for the 2/6/11 sailing on Carnival Glory and I received an e-mail confirmation that same day. I don’t know if it is the ships practice to do this or not…but I did receive one.

Lastly, this will be my 3rd cruise and I am taking my sister with me this time and it will be her first time. We are so excited time can’t go by quickly enough. I was wondering if there is a way to request a window seat in the MDR ? I don’t want you to do this for me as I think that it is tacky that people are always asking you to do things. If you have a contact that would be absolutely awesome though. If there is no contact, is this something I should do as soon as I get on the ship?

I look forward to hearing from you and keep up the great work on this blog thingy. You are truly an asset to Carnival Cruise Lines.

Thank you,

Venessa

Eric the Beard Says:

Hello Vanessa,

I have to say I agree — John is pretty funny…if you like that cleanly-shaven, tofu-hating type of humour (spelt correctly). 😛 Just kidding…

Anyways, I would be more than happy to take care of this request for you and will see what the maitre d’ can do to accommodate you and your sister.

Thanks again for continuing to sail with us and for introducing your sister to our glorious Carnival Glory (see what I did there? 🙂 )

I know you both will have a brilliant time, and I look forward to hearing about it when you get back!

– Eric

Ken

kcrob@shaw.ca

146.18.173.72

2010/12/08 at 6:33 pm

Hello John (please reply)

I was wandering if I could bother you to see if you could contact the maitre d of the Destiny to see if he could arrange a table for 4 on the cruise for the 24th Jan. My wife and I are bringing along her sister and husband for their first cruise and we don’t want to take a chance of getting a table-mate who is negative as they can ruin a cruise for new cruisers. Our cabin numbers are 7214 and 7222. Thanks for any assistance you can manage as I know there are no guaranties just hoping you can work some magic.

Ken R

Eric the Beard Says:

Hello Ken,

Your are correct; John IS quite the magic-maker. However, I too have learned a few tricks while growing this beard and will definitely see what I can do to try and make your dining request come true. 🙂

Have a wonderful vacation on our beautiful Carnival Destiny.

-Eric

______________________

Jess

jessiecyr@gmail.com

67.163.185.90

2010/12/09 at 1:16 pm

Dear John (please reply)

Is there any way to write to you without it being published to the public somewhere? Thanks! 🙂

Hey Jess,

Until we have the new comment form ready to go, the best place to write John is still through the comment section of this here blog thingy. However, if you don’t want your message to be published, just write PRIVATE at the top of it. That’s bearded talk for “don’t publish and send to John privately”. 🙂

Hope that helps!

– Eric

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.