October 9, 2017 -

John Heald

Hello everyone. Did you miss me? Hands up if you did and press delete if you didn’t. It has been a very busy few weeks for me, the beards at Carnival and the crew on the ships. We have had hurricanes and itinerary changes and cancellations and it has given many of us here at the world’s favourite (spelt correctly) cruise line, grey hair and hemorrhoids…………although some if us already had those.

In all seriousness though it has been a challenging few weeks for us but of course the challenges we faced as a company and the challenges some of you faced with cruise itinerary changes are nothing compared to the challenges faced in Houston, Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

I have been talking to lots of you on Facebook and you have been telling me of your flooded houses and damaged properties and I hope that it will not be too long before you are back on your feet again and those feet are soon walking up the gangway of one of our Fun Ships.

One lady with a flooded house is on a cruise so to speak………have a read of this wonderful note from Brenda and I bet you that there will be a massive smile on your face after you do.


Dear John, as I read the many miracles you appear to be able to grant, may I request one? See, we flooded in Harvey & good friends loaned us their RV to use as we rebuilt. I am working hard & pretending I am actually on a cruise. (Except for no buffet, casino, umbrella drinks, room service or ocean view, it seems to be working.) I need you please to explain to my husband that I prefer my Coffee in a lovely Carafe & not in a plastic cup AND I need my Towel Animal daily. It’s ruining my whole Fantasy.  Thank you!



What a brilliantly positive attitude she has and I will make sure when she is able to cruise again that we do something special for her.

After those two bastard hurricanes ripped through the Caribbean our thoughts have of course been with St. Thomas, Saint Maarten, Grand Turk and most recently Puerto Rico. We’ve all been sharing positive thoughts along with hopes that they will be back on their feet again and we can all return there on our cruise vacations. In fact, Carnival recently announced that we will be returning to Grand Turk in less than a month from now and our homeport operation in San Juan with Carnival Fascination will be resuming this weekend. How brilliant is that!

And I would like to talk about the rest of the Caribbean and that the ports that we cruise to are open and that these slices of paradise are welcoming guests each and every day. The Caribbean is still everyone’s favourite cruise destination. The two just go together.

Now there may be some who have never been and have no idea what to expect. Every port Carnival sails to have their own identity but all bright-coloured buildings milk-powder beaches dazzling blue seas and streets where you can walk and shop and eat to the sounds of reggae or musica Latina.

As the cold weather starts to arrive, it’s only natural to dream of warmer climes so I wanted to show you a sampling of ports in the Caribbean which we are sailing to. They include:




Amber Cove

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Cozumel, Mexico

Grand Cayman

Nassau, Bahamas

Freeport Bahamas

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Princess Cays, Bahamas

La Romana, Dominican Republic

St. Kitts, WI

Costa Maya, Mexico

Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan

Key West, Florida



St. Lucia

Cleveland, Ohio


As I mentioned earlier, one of the great attractions of the Caribbean is its diversity, but for the uninitiated, that can turn into a drawback.

Too many islands, too many hotels, too many options — it’s just baffling

Ummm, actually, no it’s not

Take a cruise to the Caribbean. Take it with Carnival Cruise Line or any of our Carnival Corporation family of ships.

Yep, take a cruise and see two, three or more islands without having to pack and fly between each one …… simple really.

The Caribbean has gone through a tough time but the blue seas and the blue skies and the sun and Nemo and his mates and Mayan ruins and stingrays and waterfalls and having your hair braided are there as they were before Irma and Maria.

The fact is that our lives are short and I can’t see why vast numbers of people waste a twelfth of them by spending January beating themselves with twigs. I therefore recommend you to try to make every day a fun day. To laugh as much as is possible and by taking a Caribbean cruise.

So then, it has been a challenging and at times heartbreaking few weeks.

However, it has also been extraordinary to read how thousands of you on my Facebook page wrote such wonderful words of support and wonderful words of hope to the people of St.Maarten and Grand Turk and San Juan and St Thomas as well as Florida and Texas. And thousands of you all finished those words of support and words of hope with a hash tag

It simply said #carnivalfamily………because that’s what you all are.



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.