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May 16, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Livorno, the gateway to Florence, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany and Cinqwitera……..Cincerterra………Cinveteare…..Oh FFS, something in Italian that translates to The 5 Villages. It’s a sunny but still rather chilly with a high temperature of 60 degrees celsiheit. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Last Port Day

May 14, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Marseilles, France, where for the last time guests will leave the ship to explore before arriving back to Barcelona at 6 am ready to disembark and start the sad journey home. Yep, I can’t believe this first cruise is over already and a new starts tomorrow but the question is of course was it a successful cruise? The answer is yes. Cheers. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 10

May 13, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning. I hope this finds you well and in the very near future there is Carnival cruise waiting for you and that the fun can begin. Here on your Carnival Vista things are going very well, indeed, and there are not many guests around at the moment and not because I am sitting in the Ocean Plaza in my underpants either. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 9

May 12, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning everyone from a rather damp day here in Civitavecchia. However despite the rain I am sure that despite the showers that the guests are so excited to explore the eternal city that is Rome. We have over 2,000 guests on tours today and most will be opened mouthed in awe and wonder as they see the Coliseum and of course the extraordinary Vatican City. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 8

May 11, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from your Carnival Vista which today sits in the Sicilian port of Palermo…………leave the gun, take the cannolis. It is a beautiful day outside (allegedly as I have been sitting here in the dining room, in my underpants answering three hours’ worth of questions) and guests are exploring, shopping and soaking up the atmosphere – lucky sods. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 7

May 10, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning everyone and for the very first time a Carnival Cruise Line ship is docked in the historic and biblically epic country of Malta. It is Carnival’s first call here as I said and indeed my first time on this English-speaking island of amazing beauty. We are docked in Valletta where the Knights of St. John built the Maltese capital in the 16th and 17th centuries (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 6

May 8, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from the Greek island of Crete and a glorious hot and sunny Mediterranean Day for the guests on the Carnival Vista. The guests are ashore exploring and their mood is quite fantastic, yes it really is. OK, there were a few minor moans to me about the scrambled eggs on Lido and that the Casino should be none smoking but without sounding like a broken record I have to say that this inaugural cruise is going brilliantly. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog- Day 5

May 7, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from Greece and the port of Piraeus. It is 9 am and here I sit in the Ocean Plaza, in a toga, writing to you on what is a hot and sunny day. Already we have 75 percent of the ship ashore, most on tours and those who have booked excursions will be feeling very thankful they booked one because at 8am this morning, a general strike was called by the Greek transportation unions and that meant no metro, no trains and very, very limited public buses. Yep, those guests who thought they would get the metro were really buggeredopolos. (more…)

John’s Vista Blog-Day 4

May 6, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from the Carnival Vista and today is our next to last sea day in what is a very port-intensive program. Yep, we have Athens tomorrow and then Crete and one last sea day before an all-port-day end to the cruise.

Are guests happy? Well, yes, they absolutely are — not everyone, obviously, as that would be a ridiculous statement for me to make but 99.9% of the guests are and they love, love, love the ship and, of course, the crew. (more…)


May 4, 2016 -

John Heald

Good morning from beautiful Montenegro and Carnival’s first-ever visit here. Guests are being tendered ashore and enjoying lagoon-type conditions and stunning — I mean properly stunning — scenery. Mr. Radu is out photographing and Peter the Hair is out videotaping and they will both share their talents with you on our Facebook page. Me………well, I have been sitting in the Ocean Plaza since 8:30 am answering a huge bucket load of questions. I will stop now but will do the same on Friday (Thursday night leaving a marker from where I will start) and, hopefully, this will help with my schedule and the time difference. (more…)

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