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Bloggers hanging-lose and having heart

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 24 - 2008

Dolphin Cove with the Carnival Freedom in the background (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)We reached Ocho Rios early and the heat and humidity was oppressive even at 8:00 AM. Ya mon, it was a hot day for the hot guy! We were off to celebrate “John Heald’s Jamaican Birthday Bash” at Dolphin Cove. This is quite the facility and it’s only a five minute bus ride from the pier.

Dolphin Cove was built seven years ago and has recently expanded to include more beach amenities. John & Heidi Heald at the birthday bash (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)As the name implies there are dolphins here along with stingrays, sharks, and an assorted array of tropical fish and birds. Besides the wildlife there are plenty of activities to partake in from swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, hiking around the rainforest, hair braiding, dancing to music and treasure hunts. Of course there was eating and drinking – and plenty of facilities to accommodate all 755 bloggers that came to John’s bash. Everyone was having a great time – some A LOT more than others.

Anita gets a kiss from Pepe the dolphin (Photo courtesy of Dolphin Cove)Most bloggers had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins. My girls and I were entertained by “Pepe” who seemed to like to kiss a lot. These are amazing animals and to be able to interact with them is a real privilege.

Upon sailing at 3:30 all those that donated to the cruise’s breast cancer awareness program “On Deck For The Cure” posed for a group photo on the Lido Deck. Everyone from “Big Ed” and his “Evil Crew” was there as were other bloggers. This terrific group raised over $6,000! What a great group these folks are – truly a big hearted bunch.

Bloggers On Deck For The Cure (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)Tonight we’re having dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on any ship, Carnival Freedom’s Sun King. Folks this is a six-course food fantasy and it’s one of the best at sea. Also, my favorite show is playing tonight, “Ticket to Ride.” This is a revue dedicated to Beatles tunes – a must see.

Bloggers pose for group On Deck for the Cure celebration (Photo by Anita Dunham-Potter)Tomorrow is our last day onboard – and a day at sea.

Ciao for now…

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