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Old January 23rd, 2008, 02:17 PM
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It's going to be an another Amazing John Heald Bloggers Cruise. But we're also going back to participate and show our support for the people of NOLA.

A great time, and a great cause!


Read about all the fun you missed and see the pictures from the first Bloggers Cruise with the link below to the Daily Reports whcih were filed from the ship.
http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=588797

NOTE: If you're a balcony cabin devotee, our agent has MOST of the only balcony cabins remaining available on this sailing! ONLY Cat. 11 & 12 cabins have balconies on this ship.. so you'll also automatically be eligible for Priority Boarding and disembarkation.

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http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/.../Heald2009.cfm

Use the link above to make sure you get your cabin to be there for the 2009 edition of this fantastic cruise.

A $50 PP deposit will hold your cabin.. AND if for some reason you have to cancel the agency for this group DOES NOT CHARGE ANY CANCELLATION FEES, other than cruise lines penalties after final payment.

Book NOW to assure the most FUN you'll have on a ship!!!
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Hey, this is in my own backyard! Who's going?

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I would love to go it depends on airfare and the hubby.
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me me me... I'm going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:25 PM
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I called *waving credit card* had to leave a message.....must be lunch time!

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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:32 PM
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Nancy is busier than one legged man in a butt kicking contest today. I spoke to her earlier and she was expecting your call. She always returns phone calls, so if you left a voicemail, she'll call you back. I bet she was on the other line. She's holding a cabin for you at any rate. I went ahead and gave her a deposit for Cathy, so its all good girlfriend.

Still haven't heard back from Venica to see if he'll take my Mom or not. Dad's crossing his fingers lol!

I told Mom & Dad that you and Cathy are going to be roomies. Because they have met you and of course, you made a wonderful impression, they think the two of you will get along swimmingly!
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:41 PM
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See....people do like me!!!!!

I did leave a voicemail.....can't wait to have my name on this cruise list! I've been sitting here trying to think of a fitting gift to bring my fellow cruisemates......oh and we should try to get together for dinner the night before the cruise.

I have friends I can stay with in Metairie....they can drive me to the terminal the next morning! So it's ALL good!

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Old January 25th, 2008, 02:14 PM
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She called! I'm booked!

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I would consider it--if only to see the post Kat NOLA. Buuuuuuut,
Chris and I just booked Mercury for Jan 31-Feb 14. Finally, THE PANAMA CANAL--with a whole new continent to add to my travel log, via a day in Cartagena.
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We're booked too and looking for something on either side of the cruise. 5 days is too short even if it is with John and Kuki!

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We're booked too and looking for something on either side of the cruise. 5 days is too short even if it is with John and Kuki!
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Mardi Gras will be going on then.

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I heard a rumor these rates may be coming down on Monday, sorry! They were too good to be true. Book it now. Its New Orlands & Carnival at great rates!
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Paul that cruise can go that cheap....check some websites. What's the problem? I don't get it. Melody
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I think what Paul meant to say was that the rates we have posted now, may be coming OFF the site, and the price could be going up a bit.

It's a bit involved as to why... but we should know more by tomorrow or Tuesday. Trust me, they won't be going up if we can help it!
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I'd like to hope that the reason the cost may go up is because EJ (and maybe whats his name Melody wanted) don't come cheap. Hey Melody, what about Wayne Toupes ? I hear he's pretty darn good.

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I've heard of Wayne Toups and he does play in Baton Rouge....I just haven't been to see him. I might go check him out one day. However I did grow up with the Neville Brothers in New Orleans. They even played at a friends wedding right before their career took off. I enjoy their music a lot!
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We are all booked. I just got off the phone with Nancy. Need to keep this a surprise since Tony knows nothing about it. What a nice Christmas present this will be.

I am so excited. The Fantasy was our first cruise, New Orleans was our first vacation without the kids (many years ago) and it will be our first Cruisemates cruise. She is going to try and get us our same cabin when we sailed the Fantasy before. U107--Penthouse suite.

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We are booked too!! There is about 30 of us in our group. Looking forward to meeting the people we didn't get to meet on the Freedom from Turkeys cruise!!!
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Can anyone tell me how much the deposit is for this cruise. I've never done a 5 day cruise.
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We're booked !!

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Nancy stated it requires a $200.00 pp deposit
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Nancy stated it requires a $200.00 pp deposit
The $200 deposit is ONLY for Cat 11 or 12 Suites.

All other cabins require a $50 PP deposit!
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I just sent Nancy an e-mail, but can anyone tell me what the revised rates are for a category 6A, so I can play it in my lotto combination for tomorrow's drawing?..who knows, if I hit the pick 4 I can get a suite

I'm also talking to my jazz cruising best friend and her mother to see if they would like to come
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I just sent Nancy an e-mail, but can anyone tell me what the revised rates are for a category 6A,
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I believe total the 6A is 462.58... with the $75 per cabin shipboard credit, and the extra CM cocktail party. This will also include all bloggers events onboard.
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Kuki..thanks, boy the early birds really did get a great deal ..I'll play the lottery combination for saturday night or else pull out a couple teeth for the tooth fairy
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Venice... Early on, when we realized Carnival was giving us a difficult time about the low prices we were offering on this cruise I did post encouraging people to get booked early, BEFORE prices went up.

To be honest I am disappointed with Carnival on this issue. They simply wanted to charge the same for the group as they would for individul bookings. They say this was due to the extra "blogger ameneties and events" on that cruise.

At first they wanted to raise the pricing PLUS remove the amenities we were adding on. ie the shipboard credit, and extra CruiseMates cocktail party.

We refused to allow that to happen, and "negotiated" with Carnival all week, to keep the amenities.

Unlike other cruise web sites, CruiseMates does NOT make money (profit from) the group cruises. The sole reason we fought the fight was to protect the amenities of all the people who book with us.

It should also be noted that UNLIKE other sites offering this cruise, our agent DOES NOT charge it's own agency cancellation fee, should someone find it necessary to cancel before sailing (other than the penalties imposed by the cruise line).

Bottom line.... the price increase is meant to reflect the cost of the extra Bloggers events and gifts. If we'd kept the old pricing, our group would not have been included in those events.

Those who booked early at the lower price are included... we INSISTED on that!

Frankly, I got very aggravated "arguing" with the cruise line over all of this. And, in fact, if John Heald himself hadn't stood up for CruiseMates, I'm not sure Carnival would have settled this, and left our shipboard credit, and cocktail party in place. And John assures us he'll be there to make sure CruiseMates folks enjoy the CM extras!
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Kuki, thanks to you, Paul, John, and Nancy for going to battle for us. I booked, but at the new rate. Well, I'm almost booked. It is still a good deal and it's going to be a great cruise!

Now that it is settled, let's party!
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Kuki...thanks for the additional information...it will all work out..if Carnival gives you any more grief, indicate that you will assign Melody to do all future negotiations on behalf of CM, and I'll gurantee you they will role back prices to pre Katrina levels

I think we are all beginning to understand that this cruise is shaping up as much more then just "another CM group " outing which makes it even more special..let me know if I can help with any pre cruise activities such as the voluntering for habitiat for humanity project for a day or visiting Angelina J. to encourage her to leave the kids at home with Brad and come hang out with us..too help keep cost under control, I will sacrifice and allow her to be my cabin mate...all she has to cover is our onboard expenses which won't be much with the CM shipboard credit allotment 8) 8) 8) 8)
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Well, I'm booked too.....but at the higher rate. Just waiting for my booking number from Nancy.

The Fantasy was my first cruise......and I really didn't like cruising at that time. Figured it was time to give the old gal another chance, especially since she is going into drydock this fall to get the refurbishment that the Imagination got......including the adult only Serenity Deck area and the new water and pool area.
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