A Recipe For Magic

May 6, 2011 -

John Heald

Somewhere in the big cruise ship port in the sky, Carnival Founder Ted Arison is keeping a watchful, and proud, eye over the company’s progress and on how his son Micky has taken his dream to extraordinary heights. From one second-hand cruise ship the Mardi Gras, Carnival Corporation & plc has become a company that everyone working there can be truly proud of.

I am just a simple cruise director and I cannot imagine how challenging running a huge complex company like Carnival Corporation & plc must be especially during the economic times of recent years when we all sat down for a bowl of Credit Crunch for breakfast, yet like other areas of the “vacation” industry, Carnival Corporation & plc has kept its decks above the water.

I remember when Carnival took Holland America under its wing in 1989 and people said that it would be the end of the historic line because it would be “Carnivalfied” and the same was no doubt said when Princess, Costa and Cunard joined the family. But that was nonsense of course and each line has not just survived but prospered thanks largely to the attitude and hard work of its staff – by everyone working well together, by ensuring that each line kept its own identity and by having a management team who are truly passionate about what they do.

And today we are one big happy family, except when there is a new ship in the offering when I am sure that the president of each company tells the chairman and board of directors that every other cruise line in the corporation are useless buggers and that his or her line should get the new ship. I am not sure how Micky and the Beards…………..sounds like a 50’s do woop band that doesn’t it?…….Micky and the Beards………anyway, I was saying, I am not sure how they decide which Carnival Corporation & plc company gets the new ship but I have always said inter presidential cage fighting would be the way to go. Who will get the next new ship? P&O or Carnival? Put them in a cage and let’s get ready to rumble. Gerry Cahill vs Ms. Carol Marlow ……..I know who my money’s on.

In the end, Carnival Corporation & plc has continually invested in new buildings for all the cruise lines and has allowed them all to flourish……..surely Cunard which before Carnival’s investment was possibly destined for the history books and museums is the perfect example of that.

It’s not often that all the sister lines of Carnival Corporation & plc have a chance to gather together and so I thought it was absolutely brilliant when I heard that the beards wanted to mark this occasion by asking each ship to design and create a cake in honour of all our 100th ship ……….Carnival Magic. The chefs set about this task with great flair and imagination and as you will see their creations were all simply marvelous. The cakes were served to guests in the Caribbean, Europe and the far side of the world as each toasted the continuing success of the world’s greatest cruise vacation corporation.

So, without further ado let’s have a look at cake heaven………..and for a diabetic fat bloke like me……..witness absolute purgatory.


Those are wonderful tributes to an incomparable cruise industry milestone and congratulations to all the brilliant men and women who made those brilliant cakes. I wonder which of them the senior corporate beards will choose as the best. Regardless I think it’s absolutely brilliant that 30,000 guests on 99 ships welcomed the arrival of the 100th ship, our Carnival Magic to the ever growing Carnival Corporation & plc fleet. And, with the greatest respect to Cunard, Costa, Holland America, Princess, P&O and Seabourn, I think it is fitting that the 100th ship should be a Carnival ship……….and it is surely the most fitting tribute to the great man that started it all.

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.