I’m sticking my neck out John but you can tell your blogger buddies that Carnival Dream will first operate three 12-day Grand Med cruises Sept-Oct 09 before heading to NYC where she will operate 2 8-day cruises from NYC before arriving at her homeport of Port Canaveral in early December. From there, she will sail on 7-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises. More information and official press release will be out soon.
I don't know about everyone else, but I look forward to John getting back to work on the Splendour, and getting back to stories about life on the ships; describing it as he does with great humor and generating lots of interest.
I think in some ways John has become a "victim of his success" with the blog, and many times it's beginning to look a marketing strategy for Carnival Corporation.
He still injects some of his personality, but sadly (at least to me) it's changed directions, and the great conversation and laughter is too often replaced with marketing.