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Congratulations “Mr. Carnival”!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On September - 25 - 2007

Carnival Freedom’s cruise director, the great John Heald. John Heald – Carnival Freedom’s senior cruise director whose blog has become a cruise industry sensation, with nearly 700,000 visitors since its debut in March – has been named “Sea Going Employee of the Year” by Seatrade Insider, a leading on-line source for cruise industry news and information.

The award, which was presented earlier today at the Seatrade Europe opening party held at the Schmidt’s Tivoli Theatre in Hamburg, recognizes the shipboard employee who has made a significant contribution to the cruise industry over the past year. The award was based on a survey of Seatrade Insider readers, with Heald receiving more votes among the six candidates vying for the honor.

Caricature of John Heald with dream “Godmother” Angelina Jolie “Thanks to everyone who voted for me – I am truly honoured (spelt correctly),” Heald said. “I would also like to thank my fellow nominees for their contributions to our industry, as well as all of my readers and the incredibly supportive Carnival staff both onboard and ashore. Most of all, I would like to thank my wife Heidi. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for her and there is noting she wouldn’t do for me. That’s what makes us such a great team – we do nothing for each other,” he added.

Originally part of a micro-site created for the launch of the Carnival Freedom in March, Heald’s blog has taken on a life of its own and has become the most popular cruise-related blog on the Internet. The blog serves as a forum for Heald to share interesting and colorful tales of daily life aboard the Carnival Freedom during its inaugural European cruise season. The blog has even spawned its own cruise, the John Heald Bloggers Cruise, a seven-day Caribbean voyage from Miami on the Carnival Freedom in January 2008. ExpertCruiser will be onboard for the blog play-by-play.

For more about John read our “Journeys with John” feature.

For more about the Carnival Freedom click here.

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