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Blogger’s Cruise – Jan. 23 Continued
Here’s a pic from the top of the atrium.

Before heading to the dinner for the media tonight, I stopped by the 6:15 dinner seating in the Chic dining room to track down some of our CruiseMates group I hadn’t yet met.

I found our 3 tables of earlier seating folks, and chatted for a bit with each table. As I turned from conversation with one table, I found this at the other….

I’ve also had several bottles of champagne gifted to me during the cruise, and I don’t drink champagne, so wanted to share with the group. I also wanted to let everyone know about our group cocktail party tomorrow afternoon, after Ocho Rios.

OK.. here's an inside peak at how travel writers can get spoiled

I’m not a gourmand by any stretch of the imagination. I have a very simple palate, and honestly some (Mrs. Kuki) think I’m too picky and limiting in what foods I allow to pass my lips. I believe she calls it boring!

At any rate, tonight’s dinner was set up for us, on Deck 10 above the Lido Buffet. I frankly couldn’t believe the spread they assembled for us. Someone must have told the chefs there were a 100 people coming for a Greek Wedding, because there were so many types of different dishes offered.

I couldn’t pronounce half the names, and those I could, I couldn’t tell you what they were. But for each item that didn’t appear to suit my tastes, there were two that did. Every item, except desserts was prepared in the Tandoori Ovens.

John and Heidi, as well as Stephanie (who assists with John’s Blog), Carnival’s Tim Gallagher and Roger Blum, and two of the Miami staff who will be taking bookings for Blogger Cruise 2 onboard , Frank and Kevin joined us for dinner.
I happened to sit at a table with Anita Dunham Potter, a widely published travel writer (including ExpertCruiser.com), and a delightfully fun friend I’ve met before, as well as Heidi, Stephanie, Tim, and Roger.


We shared some delightful conversations, and then Anita and I got a bit silly over the most delicious looking candied strawberries.

The problem was the candied portion was so hard that we couldn’t figure out how to eat them, and that’s when between the two of us all sorts of scenarios slipped out of our mouths.


Anita’s a fun gal, and we got into some pretty good chuckles. Stephanie grabbed a video camera, so we may be able to share the silliness in video form in the future, rather than try and explain it with words.

Perhaps not the most dignified behavior one would expect but hey… that’s me! Needless to say, at least I thought we had a great time.

From dinner we headed to the Passenger’s Talent show in the theater. At times these talent shows can be more comical than not, but those who performed tonight were quite outstanding. One young man, played piano and sang, and had told John his dream was to work on a ship in the Piano Bar.

John had obviously heard how talented this 19 year old was during rehearsals. After his performance, he told them that Roger Blum, the person responsible for hiring all Carnival’s entertainers was in the house, and would be taking a video of tonight’s performance back to Miami with him. It sounds as if this young man’s dream may come true sooner than he thinks. Nice to see things like this happening in person.

Immediately after the talent show, John went into his patented, passenger participation, Bed Time Story. For those who know it, I need not say anything. For those who don’t, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. But if you aren’t rolling in the aisles during the Bed Time Story, you’re a much too serious person. Silly? Absolutely. Hillarious? Absolutely.

Tomorrow morning we’re booked for the optional Bloggers Bash at Pirate’s Cove in Ocho Rios. Just this afternoon John announced that everyone going will now get a 20 minute swim with the dolphins included. Food and drinks are also included, so it should be quite the day!!
After the ship sails, is our CruiseMates group cocktail party… if any of them are left standing. Don’t tell the other cruisemates, but if possible John and Heidi are going to join us for awhile as a surprise.
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Does the big screen take away from the poolside entertainment? RCCL really scaled back from the live pool reggae band, and we are hoping that Carnival has not done the same (and that the TV does not take away from the band and other live entertainment). How is the band, and do they play often?

- If you get a chance, when you speak to the headwaiter or Maitre'd... maybe you can ask if a waiter named Roberto Dejesus is aboard the Freedom. If not, I don't know if that have a way of checking if he is aboard the Liberty... we had him years ago and know he is still with Carnival... we would love to sail with him again.
I don't think the screen takes anything away. During sea days the band played several hours. In other hours the screen is used for a variety of purposes.. pool-side trivia, movies, etc.
Difficult to comment on the quality of the band, because they do change once in awhile, so nothing to assure they will be performing when you sail.

I'll try and ask about the waiter, next chance I get.
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If you are reading this then I guess the dinner was not so bad !

Can you shed any more light on the possibility of EJ being on the 2009 cruise ? Or have you been taken out of the loop for letting the cat outta the bag?

With prices like the ones offered in the 09 cruise we may even go Cat 12 suite just for the heck of it.

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I can tell you if you want to book this cruise.. DO IT NOW!!
The buzz onboard amongst bloggers on the cruise is amazing, and no doubt most everyone is going to want to be there version 2.0.

There's going to be lots of things added for the next one.

Prior to the cruise Fantasy will be coming out of MAJOR drydock including redesign and rejuvination.

As soon as I get back I'm going to look to see if we can dig up a nice hotel package to offer for at least 2 days prior in NOLA.

As far as Elton John's appearance (shhhh) , nothing more can be said, because nothing has yet been confirmed.
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Those of you who follow John Heald's Blog know Roberto. For those who may not, he is the key tecn guy behind the blog, and has had MUCH to do with putting the Bloggers group cruise together.

VERY sadly, today Roberto had to leave the ship in Grand Caymen, and head back to Miami, due to the death of his Grandmother.

I spoke to Roberto on deck this morning, and he told me of the death, and how his grandmother had raised him. I felt so bad for him!

Roberto had worked so hard to contribute in the planning to make certain, me and every other person in the Bloggers group had a great time, and he was forced to leave before it's completion by such a heart wrenching death.

We offer our prayers, and those of all the good people of Cruisemates to Roberto and his family. God Bless you Roberto. We'll see you again in 09.
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FYI Kuki, it is a frigid -24 windchill back home in Canada. The sight of Mrs. Kuki in her shorts on the lounger made me so much more impatient to board my own cruise on Saturday! I can hardly wait!

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Thanks for starting out my day with a laugh each morning. We are leaving in a few days for our cruise and are headed for Grand Cayman. We have the Sting Ray City excursion booked and are really looking forward to it. This our first visit there.
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Blogger’s Cruise – Jamaica Mon – Jan. 24
In last night’s report I mentioned the special optional excursion which was offered to the Blogger’s. $99 bought you a day at Dolphin Cove.

Dolphin Cove is a facility that’s been built by Dunn’s River Falls, that has facilities for beach toys, buffet lunches, swims and encounters with sharks, stingrays, and dolphins… and a welcoming No Problem Mon attitude.

The special thing about today was for the $99 rate the bloggers participating were given unlimited food and drink, PLUS their choices of the animal encounters, as well as the opportunity to climb Dunn’s River Falls. Of the 755 who chose to do this excursion today, I’ll bet you won’t find anyone who felt they didn’t get great value for the money spent.

We were invited to head to the Blogger’s Bash with John, Heidi, the Carnival execs, and the press. The instructions were for all us to meet at the end of the pier by 9:45 A.M.

The thing you quickly learn about going anywhere with John & Heidi, either on the ship, or on shore; it’s like traveling with a Rock Star. They can’t get 10 ft. without being stopped by their adoring fans for a chat or a photo op. And it’s simply not in their character to say “no, we’re busy?.

So, being with them, a short walk, which should take 5 minutes, takes a half hour. It’s amazing to watch the patience they have with people, and the time they take for everyone. Having spent most of the day with them, I’m thinking the people stopping them thought I was security.

Rather than talking too much about a terrific day in Jamaica, at Dolphin Cove, I’ll simply let the pictures tell the story. I’ll be back tonight to report on the evening, with our CruiseMates cocktail party, and dinner in the Sun Viking Supper Club














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Hey Kuki & Geela: Looks like you "kids" are having fun!! We booked a Cat.11 for next years Bloggers Bash. See you in the Big Easy!!! John & Priscilla
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Kuki:

Just when I thought I could not get MORE JEALOUS...you show these incredible pictures!!!!


On a sad note: I was so sorry to hear about Roberto's grandmother passing away. It is amazing how "connected" you can get to folks you have never even met. Roberto has become a part of our daily lives with his talented abilities on the Internet. I hope he knows our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
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Bloggers Cruise – Jan 24- cont’d
Normally even if you don’t get a lot of people participating in group activities an event like free liquor will draw them like John Heald to an Angela Jolie dreamfest.

I’m assuming a full a day of sun at Dolphin Cove, along with unlimited drinks, must have had some impact on the turnout for our CruiseMates group cocktail party, because only 10 of us showed up.
Perhaps oddly, a significant number of people in our group are fellow Canadians. I assume if they weren’t too drunk from the tour, they simply couldn’t find Deck EH, where the party was being held.

But it was a fine 10 who did show up! We drank some, chatted about cruising, and definitely shared some laughs. There were some technical difficulties with some of the stage sets for tonight’s show so John and Heidi were not able to join us. Nor, unfortunately were they able to join us for dinner in the Sun Viking Dinner Club.

The Press group I’ve been hanging with all week enjoyed a superb meal at the Supper Club. And I fell in love again, this time with the Dinner Club hostess. I melted when she asked me of if everything was fine with my choice? We won’t discuss what was going through my mind while my voice wisely just said yes. I controlled by dirty old man mouth because Anita’s kids were present.

From dinner we had to rush a bit to get to the theater in time for the beginning of the production show, Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute show, that is considered Carnival’s top show. Even with my now well documented dead ears, the energy and color of the show impresses.

Having seen the show before, I slipped out a bit early to give lady luck another try in the Babylon Casino. Though I didn’t win, I didn’t lose “much?, and I managed to have some fun with both the dealers and other players. So much fun in fact that once again I find myself at the keyboard at almost 2 A.M. writing to you. This has most certainly been a rest from your vacation when you get home cruise.

These six days have passed faster than jerk chicken and curry through my intestinal tract… well maybe not quite that fast.
I’ve met some more wonderful CruiseMates members, as I always do on our group cruises, and we’re sure hoping we’ll meet again on another cruise. RedHot, when you read this know you ARE Red Hot! And husband Glenn, know I was just looking!

Our friends from Calgary, Barry and Brenda, who’ve never cruised Carnival (though they have cruised several times) loved the Carnival cruise experience. And you should know they are mid 50s, one an attorney, the other a medical administrator.Perhaps not what some think of a Carnival passenger, but they fit in perfectly.

When first boarding six days ago I may have thought this cruise may be a bit on the wild side. I was wrong. By far the large majority of people on this cruise were simply enjoying their cruise, and there were no problems that I saw or heard about for the entire cruise.

Even though tomorrow is the last day of the cruise, and it’s going to get depressing having to pack up, you can bet my antlers, that we’ll be making the entire day a part of our vacation. We’ll have to say goodbye to good friends we’ve met, and Big Ed and some of his Evil Crew who we met, as well as to John and Heidi.

It’s going to be a sad chore, but alleviated slightly knowing many of us, plus many more, will be sailing together again Feb. ’09 on Bloggers Cruise 2.

With the report the agent handling this group sent me via e-mail, I am projecting that this sailing on the Carnival Fantasy is going to be sold out in record time.

John and Heidi were excellent hosts for a new event. When we host a few friends in our home the nerves can get a bit frayed. Here John & Heidi hosted over 3200, and did it with ease; the ease of working 18-20 hr. days to make sure the rest of us enjoyed our vacation, without wanting to strangle 2400 of us.

Tomorrow is still busy with various onboard activities through the day, then a Bloggers Q&A session with “the Press?.

I still get a bit of a chuckle when I’m called “the Press?(like I got away with steeling Nanka's undies, because I’m just a person who, just like you, loves to cruise, who got very lucky to fall into a position where someone was foolish enough to allow me to expound about the thing I love.

I wish the same luck to each of you. For someone to pluck you out of the crowd and tell you that you can be a cruise writer. Just don’t you dare take my job, because I like it too much!
The Q & A will be followed by the final Bloggers Cocktail Party. Bring the Kleenex!
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Quote from Kuki: "wish the same luck to each of you. For someone to pluck you out of the crowd and tell you that you can be a cruise writer. Just don’t you dare take my job, because I like it too much! "
Now Kuki, it seems to me that you could even have more fun at your job, if you had an assistant *hint hint*; you could transcribe your articles into a voice recorder and I would HAPPILY sit on the balcony, or perhaps on the lido deck and type them up for you; edit and post so that you could continue on in the casino and take in even more activities to write about. Just let me know where to send my resume Edited to add: However, I will arrange my own flights to the ports, as something just tells me I don't want your luck with flying.
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Blogger’s Cruise – Jan. 25 – at sea
A man of my age should simply not be keeping the late night hours I’ve been keeping. I woke up feeling the rehearsal for tonight’s Legends show was taking place in my head.

If I had to keep up the pace I’d have to request wheel chair assistance to get me from my bed to the washroom, and a special order fly in from Mr. Big and Tall (and beautiful) for new wardrobe.

Yesterday at Dolphin Cove there was 1 wedding involving cruisers, and 18 proposals. I was involved in 17 of the proposals, and my cheeks are still red from where I was slapped repeatedly.

The pace on this cruise has been blistering, and there’s so much I’ve wanted to do on this ship, that I never found the time for; like spending time in the always packed Piano Bar. This is one of my favorite entertainment venues on the ship, yet I haven’t spent more than a few minutes there the entire week.

We’ll make up for that on the Apr. 26 CruiseMates Caribbeterrean Group Cruise on this ship (3Cs). BTW, there are still cabins available to join us for a full 14 days of fun fun fun fun.

This cruise has demonstrated that John is Violin Virtuoso, and everyone on this sailing has been fiddled with- to create a symphony of fun and good feeling.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cruise where most everyone is so friendly, and gets along so well. I haven’t seen any of people pushing through the lines to get one spot closer to whatever it is they’re looking for. You get in an elevator, and everyone is chatty and smiling (though for fitness purposes, Mrs. Kuki and I only use the stairs, so wouldn’t have any personal experience with that ).

I did sleep in this morning, and didn’t get the first 3 gallons of coffee into my system until close to 10 A.M. There are all the normal sea day activities scheduled for the day… with scrapbooking class, scattegories, towel folding lessons, pool games, trivia etc.

Mrs. Kuki is packing behind me as I type. If there wasn’t a rule against it the wrong sized, slightly snug suit choice I had brought with me would be thrown overboard. And if Mrs. Kuki got her wish it would be while I was wearing it.

I’m now going to allow Mrs. Kuki to put her packing expertise to work, and do my part by getting the heck out of the way and heading up on deck. I think I smell lunch starting, and it’s important I get my hands on a combination corned beef and pastrami sandwich…on Rye, of course.
To be continued…
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Kuki, I can see how much you enjoyed "this" cruise in particular, through your words and great pictures, it came shining through. I can also, already see the enthusiasm of the next Bloggers cruise, with all the people who have booked already! I know that feeling, and it will be a blast, for sure!

I have always called you, "The Pied Piper," and with good reason!! John may be Carnivals "it" man, but you are ours:)

Have a safe trip home, and start planning other Cruisemate crusies, for us to book!!
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Thank you so much Kuki for taking us along with you on your cruise. It is a joy to read your posts and a highlight of my morning. I do not have a cruise scheduled this time of year like I normally do so I will just have to enjoy yours.
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Hey Kuki!

Glad you are having fun! I just booked the Blogger cruise out of New Orleans, so we finally get to meet....and don't try to hide! EJ sounds like fun....try to get Aaron Neville too! AND arrange for me to meet them personally! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to read of all the great things that happen on a Cruisemates cruise! I'm going to try to patiently wait until Feb '09!

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Mel I meet the moose first. Check it out only 3 months until I'm on the Freedom I can't wait. I have enjoyed reading you posts and seeing the pictures.
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Hi Kuki,

Still enjoying the blog. Sounds like the dinner with John on deck was really a great experience.

If you have a chance and pass one of the headwaiters before you leave, maybe you can check of our old waiter Roberto Dejesus is onbaord, or if they know which ship he is on...

Enjoy the last day/night on the Freedom!
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My husband and I have enjoyed your daily blog aboard the Freedom.
We will be on the Freedom -- April 26 across the Atlantic!
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Blogger’s Cruise – Jan. 25 – at sea
A man of my age should simply not be keeping the late night hours I’ve been keeping. I woke up feeling the rehearsal for tonight’s Legends show was taking place in my head.

If I had to keep up the pace I’d have to request wheel chair assistance to get me from my bed to the washroom, and a special order fly in from Mr. Big and Tall (and beautiful) for new wardrobe.

Yesterday at Dolphin Cove there was 1 wedding involving cruisers, and 18 proposals. I was involved in 17 of the proposals, and my cheeks are still red from where I was slapped repeatedly.

The pace on this cruise has been blistering, and there’s so much I’ve wanted to do on this ship, that I never found the time for; like spending time in the always packed Piano Bar. This is one of my favorite entertainment venues on the ship, yet I haven’t spent more than a few minutes there the entire week.

We’ll make up for that on the Apr. 26 CruiseMates Caribbeterrean Group Cruise on this ship (3Cs). BTW, there are still cabins available to join us for a full 14 days of fun fun fun fun.

This cruise has demonstrated that John is Violin Virtuoso, and everyone on this sailing has been fiddled with- to create a symphony of fun and good feeling.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cruise where most everyone is so friendly, and gets along so well. I haven’t seen any of people pushing through the lines to get one spot closer to whatever it is they’re looking for. You get in an elevator, and everyone is chatty and smiling (though for fitness purposes, Mrs. Kuki and I only use the stairs, so wouldn’t have any personal experience with that ).

I did sleep in this morning, and didn’t get the first 3 gallons of coffee into my system until close to 10 A.M. There are all the normal sea day activities scheduled for the day… with scrapbooking class, scattegories, towel folding lessons, pool games, trivia etc.

Mrs. Kuki is packing behind me as I type. If there wasn’t a rule against it the wrong sized, slightly snug suit choice I had brought with me would be thrown overboard. And if Mrs. Kuki got her wish it would be while I was wearing it.

I’m now going to allow Mrs. Kuki to put her packing expertise to work, and do my part by getting the heck out of the way and heading up on deck. I think I smell lunch starting, and it’s important I get my hands on a combination corned beef and pastrami sandwich…on Rye, of course.
To be continued…
Kuki Great job today at the Q & A blog session I admired your answers that we saw online and your restraint that the moderator had for you online. John and Heidi are truely great people. And as far as BIG ED goes he is well Just as great as them. Can't wait to meet you on the 2009 cruise.

Kevin
PS don't tell anyone but I might drive my Aston Martin down to New Orleans as a surprise for John.
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Blogger’s Cruise – Jan. 25- Cont’d
I had an interesting afternoon participating in the Q & A session with the Press for the Bloggers at 4 P.M. Being the last day of the cruise, with the sun shining brightly, and the task of passengers having to pack, I had my doubts whether anyone would come to Q us for our As. I thought worst case scenario, the 7 of us would sit on our As and visit over drinks.

Whatever the case was going to be, I decided I should dress like “the professional that I am?, and have fun and enjoy.


The session was also being broadcast live on John’s blog, which I didn’t realize immediately. To begin with the crowd was intimate, but grew considerably once they started serving free liquor.


The panel consisted of (left to right), Clark Norton- SmarterCruising.com, Susan Young- Southern Cruising.com, Erica Silverstein, Smarter Travel media, Anita Dunham-Potter- AnitaVacation.com, MSNBC, your truly, Robert Jenkins – St Petersburg Times, and Harry Shattuck- Houston Chronicle.
It was a very experienced and knowledgeable panel, and I admit being a part of it, for awhile made me sweat as much as Angela Jolie would when hearing John had her home address.

Carnival Corporation has recently become involved in raising funds for Cancer research fleet-wide through a program called On Deck for the Cure. Passengers make donations throughout the cruise and receive On Deck for the Cure T-shirts. I think it’s a wonderful cause and a great association for Carnival. At the beginning of today’s proceeding, in honor of John’s birthday and the great job John and Heidi had done all week entertaining the bloggers, and to offer condolences to Roberto and his family on his grandmother’s passing, and to honor Big Ed for all his efforts on behalf of the Bloggers group, I made a donation to the On Deck for Cure campaign. With my heartfelt donation it brought the total raised during this cruise to $7340.

Then we were on to the Q&A session. Honestly it was great fun to answer some very interesting and astute questions from the live audience, as well as from those joining via John’s Blog live. We were asked for our comments on our own writing styles, our opinions on how we evaluate cruises, opinions on “Freestyle? VS Traditional Dining styles, favorite ports of call outside of the Caribbean, where the next great cruise ports might be, and a myriad of other cruise related questions. And I thought the discussions which ensued were interesting and worthwhile.

John then threw out a question that we often see come up on message boards; we were each to chose two people, living or dead, who we’d like to have dinner with at the Captains Table. One choice was to be for entertainment, the other someone we admire professionally. While the rest of the panel took their time giving the question careful thought, I blurted out my choices. My choices were- for entertainment – Jackie Mason, for professional admiration – Paris Hilton. The audience reaction was … What???? I do think Jackie Mason is hilarious, even as he ages. I chose Paris Hilton because she gets paid big bucks for doing nothing.

I do think the whole session ended up being a lot of fun, as well as informative. It must have been because we went well over the hour the session was scheduled for.

Robert and Susan, who have cruised with John over 40 times on Carnival ships, presented John with a lovely plaque commemorating the first ever Bloggers Cruise.

After which John had all the bloggers come up on stage, and one of the members of his cruise staff, James who’s a wonderful “ham? in own right

taught the gathering a dance, which we all danced together, and which was video-taped and will be posted for viewing on John’s Blog.

This was a difficult event to end, as it was symbolically ending the first ever Bloggers Cruise, even though there were a few hours of cruise left. John and Heidi stayed on in the theater afterwards so every person who wanted to had the opportunity to talk to them, or take pictures with them.

(Tomorrow, when I’m back on land and traveling home I’ll follow up with more closing thoughts, and load many more pictures.. once I have cable speed.)
There’s always a bit of learning curve in doing something for the first time, and no doubt that holds true with the bloggers cruise. However, the team, led by John and Heidi did a fabulous job of making this event a winner!
The task was made more complicated because they were both still doing their full time jobs, while entertaining the bloggers, and John was still filing blogs on a regular basis.

I doubt very much whether they slept the entire week. And like the passengers they too had to pack today because they are leaving the ship tomorrow morning along with the rest of us.

I certainly can’t speak for everyone onboard, but I know I had a “brilliant? cruise. And I can’t wait for Bloggers Cruise 2… Which, by the way, everyone should book NOW, because the excitement has built quickly and cabins are going FAST. This could be as HUGE as John.

I think both John and Heidi had a great time as well, even if the work load had to be totally exhausting. There was only one thing to do after they finished packing tonight…..

I hope someone wakes them to remind them to put that luggage out in the hall. I know they’ll all be refreshed and ready to lead the party on the Bloggers Cruise 2 on the Fantasy, Feb. 7/09.
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Kuki Great job today at the Q & A blog session I admired your answers that we saw online and your restraint that the moderator had for you online. John and Heidi are truely great people. And as far as BIG ED goes he is well Just as great as them. Can't wait to meet you on the 2009 cruise.
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Thanks! Though I don't know what the moderator did to any of my comments, as I haven't seen that blog.

John and Heidi ARE great people! Downright loveable in fact! It was great meeting Big Ed , though they were on early dining and we were late, so we didn't get to talk as much as we would have liked.

I too look forward to meeting you, and everyone else on Bloggers 2!
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My husband and I have enjoyed your daily blog aboard the Freedom.
We will be on the Freedom -- April 26 across the Atlantic!
We'll be there with bells on (well, maybe antlers)! Look forward to meeting.
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Still enjoying the blog. Sounds like the dinner with John on deck was really a great experience.

If you have a chance and pass one of the headwaiters before you leave, maybe you can check of our old waiter Roberto Dejesus is onbaord, or if they know which ship he is on...

Enjoy the last day/night on the Freedom!
I have to apologize, I really didn't follow up on this question with Ken. I had asked some of the dining room and no one knew the name. Perhaps I can follow up with an email to the ship once I get home.
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Glad you are having fun! I just booked the Blogger cruise out of New Orleans, so we finally get to meet....and don't try to hide! EJ sounds like fun....try to get Aaron Neville too! AND arrange for me to meet them personally! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to read of all the great things that happen on a Cruisemates cruise! I'm going to try to patiently wait until Feb '09!

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It will be terrific to meet you. Glad you're onboard.

A bit of follow up on EJ. I've heard from a reliable source, that it's closer to reality, but not yet set in stone.

John has read my reports... so he's likely seen your suggestion of Aaron Neville.
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After everyone had left the theater John and Heidi and I sat and talked about what might be improved for the next go of this type of group.

It's not an easy thing to cover everyone's individual desires. But they will be working on it.
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Well I know what John and Heidi will be doing on our Imagination cruise next week....SLEEPING!!!! :o

We will take good care of them and get them all rested up!!
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Kuki,

A standing ovation for your narration. ~clapping~

Thank you. I really enjoyed and looked forward to reading your antics on the b2b.

Take care and get some rest.

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Dear Kuki,
For once you did beat any american reporter on your daily news on the Carnival Freedom.Thank you so much for a work well done. As a Canadian I am proud to let know and show to my friends what your last report was about.I will have a toast for you this evening at dinner.
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Thanks so much for you very interesting report on this cruise.

I have really enjoyed every word and photo.

Have a safe trip home.

We are anxiously awaiting more photos of your time on board with the bloggers.
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I'm sitting in the waiting area of Ft. Lauderdale airport. We'll shortly be boarding a flight for Montreal, overnight there, and home to Calgary.

I understand that the forecast for our arrival there is MINUS30 Celsius (cold in any measure), and blizzard conditions.

We rented a car in Miami after disembarking the ship, drove to Boca Raton for lunch at Too Jay's Deli, and Mrs. Kuki did some shopping for an outfit for Kuki Jr's. upcoming engagement party.

I have a couple of reasonable long flights, so will likely spend some it, writing more about the cruise, until my battery dies.

But I do want to thank all of you for your kinds words about the reports I've sent in, and I'm delighted that you got some pleasure and some laughs out of it. That makes it time well spent for me.
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