Had a chance to talk with John today, and John is a good friend to CruiseMates, and to all cruisers.
He'll be leaving the Liberty for vacation the end of this month, and will be returning Jan. 21/06 to June 1. At that time it seems, unless something very strange happens, it's quite likely he'll be retiring from his position as Cruise Director.
John's wife Heidi has already left the ship, to return home... and though he admits quiting will be the most difficult think he has ever done, it does seem he sees the need to plant roots for his family.
A gracious man, an amazing Cruise Director, and a fine fried. We wish him well in any endeavor he choses!
John has agreed to visit us as a live online guest in the CruiseMates chat room, and we'll let you know as soon as that's arranged.
He truly made our cruise something to remember. I can't even tell you the name of our last cruise director, but I'll never forget John.
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
We are on the Liberty on Jan 21 with a large group.
Normally I do not care much about CD, usually they are not very into European guests, but I will see what he is at, reading all these special posts about him.
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I've known John and Heidi for quite a few years now and both are good friends and we keep in touch often. John is what you see on the ship. This is his real personality on or off stage. I am proud to call him a friend. Heidi is a wonderful person and we love her dearly. She is quite a bit more reserved but once she lets you into her circle of friends she is truly a very warm and wonderful caring person. I hope that we will be able to sail with John one last time but failing that we hope to be able to visit them at home one day.
I'm thinking about when I will book the Liberty in the spring. The 9 of April sailing is a possibilty but if John is off that week before Easter, I'll figure out another time. Do you know if this an off week for him? I see he is there from Jan to June but I thought he might go home for Easter to see family.
I remember when he was a guest here at least one other time, pre 2000. He was as fun in the chat room as he was on board.
Past Cruises: Explorer of the Seas 2008 Explorer of the Seas 2007 Carnival Victory 2007 Explorer of the Seas 2006 Legend 2005 Miracle 2004 Disney Wonder 2004; Pride 2003 Legend 2002 Disney Wonder 2002 Destiny 2001 Victory 2000 Triumph 1999 Jubilee 1998 Imagination 1997 Imagination 1996 Fascination 1995 Ecstasy 1993 Fantasy 1990 Jubilee 1990 NCL Seaward 1989 Jubilee 1988