Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Carnival Freedom Senior Cruise

First-Ever 'Bloggers Cruise' Hosted by Carnival Freedom Senior Cruise Director John Heald to Be Held in January 2008

Exclusive Events, Special Giveaways, Meet and Greet Opportunities Highlight
Seven-Day Caribbean Voyage Aboard Carnival Freedom
MIAMI, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on the incredible success of the
Internet "blog" of Carnival's Senior Cruise Director John Heald -- whose
humorous and insightful postings have attracted nearly 200,000 visitors
since the site was launched last month -- Heald will host his first-ever
"Bloggers Cruise" aboard the Carnival Freedom in January 2008.
The seven-day western Caribbean cruise will operate round-trip from
Miami January 19-26, 2008, and will visit three of Heald's favorite ports
of call: Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel,
Mexico.


Heald's blog, originally part of the micro-site created for the launch
of the Carnival Freedom, can be viewed at http://www.carnival.com/freedom.
The only one of its kind in the travel industry, the blog provides Heald
with a unique platform to entertain and amuse readers with colorful
anecdotes from the Carnival Freedom's inaugural season in Europe, as well
as his 20-plus years at sea. One of the more popular features is a Q&A
section in which Heald fields readers' inquiries on a wide variety of
topics.
"Who would have thought that in less than two months, nearly 200,000
readers have visited this blog. To celebrate, I invite all of our readers
to sail on this special 'Bloggers Cruise' which, in addition to some fun
activities, offers a great chance for us to meet and have an incredible
time. I hope this cruise will be the first of many," Heald said.
During the weeklong "Bloggers Cruise" on Carnival Freedom, Heald will
host a number of special events, including a Welcome Aboard Reception,
trivia contests, and question-and-answer sessions. Special photo
opportunities with Heald will be available, as well.
A goody bag containing various giveaways and logo items will be
provided to all "Bloggers Cruise" participants, and Heald will, of course,
be submitting entries to his blog throughout the voyage.
As senior cruise director, Heald will also perform his regular duties
throughout the voyage, including hosting shipboard orientation sessions and
port briefings, as well as serving as emcee for the Carnival Freedom's
diverse entertainment line-up, including the lavish production shows
"Ticket to Ride," "Jump, Jive and Wail," and "The Big Easy."
He will also host his daily "Morning Show" that broadcasts on Carnival
Freedom's massive 270-square-foot LED screen, the Seaside Theatre, which
also is used to display movies, concerts and other programming.
In addition to the "Bloggers Cruise" activities and the Carnival
Freedom's varied entertainment options, participants can enjoy the ship's
vast array of on-board amenities and facilities: four restaurants,
including a reservations- only supper club, four swimming pools, 22 lounges
and bars, a 214-foot-long water slide, a 13,300-square-foot health spa,
full casino gambling, an Internet cafe and "100 percent bow-to-stern" Wi-Fi
access.
Prices for the seven-day "Bloggers Cruise" aboard the Carnival Freedom
start at $599 per person. Prices are based on double occupancy and are
subject to change without notice. Special rates for third and fourth guests
sailing in the same stateroom, along with round-trip air supplements from a
variety of North American gateways, are also included.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent,
call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
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