MIAMI (April 8, 2008) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The blog of Carnival Cruise LinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Senior Cruise Director John Heald continues to set new milestones, with the number of total hits approaching two million and daily visitors increasing 55 percent over the past month. HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog can be accessed via www.carnival.com or www.johnhealdsblog.com.
The dramatic increase in traffic can be attributed to interesting and entertaining new postings focusing on CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upcoming European and Alaska cruise seasons, as well as additional exposure through various cross-promotional opportunities.
The new content includes HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humorous account of his recent trips to Denmark and Finland to research shore excursion choices for the new Carnival SplendorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inaugural Northern Europe cruises this summer, and a daily journal from Chris Roberts, cruise director aboard the Carnival Spirit, who offers his own unique perspective in preparing for the vesselÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alaska program that kicks off in May.
Through their on-line postings, Heald and Roberts not only provide readers with valuable information on two highly attractive and popular Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â cruise destinations but also keen insight into the countless hours of work that takes place behind the scenes in creating fun and exciting landside experiences for Carnival guests.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Over the past few months I have tried to include new features such as Chris RobertsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ unique and colorful insights into Alaska, which has been very well received by readers. I am flabbergasted by the continued popularity of the blog and plan on writing for a long time to come. Thanks to everyone who takes their valuable time to have a look at my thingy every day,Ã¢â‚¬Â Heald said.
Originally launched as part of the Carnival FreedomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inaugural European cruise season, HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s engaging personality and candid commentary proved so popular that he continued writing the blog, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last month.
Heald has posted near-daily reports while traveling through Europe in preparation of the arrival of the Carnival Splendor. He will serve as that shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s senior cruise director throughout its Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Caribbean programs.
Within the blog, Heald regales readers with entertaining and often poignant stories about the people and places he comes in contact with on a daily basis, all with his offbeat wit and deadpan humor.
The popularity of the blog has led to the second annual Ã¢â‚¬Å“John HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bloggers CruiseÃ¢â‚¬Â aboard the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans Feb. 7-12, 2009, which looks to match the success of the first Bloggers Cruise earlier this year that attracted more than 800 of HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most ardent fans.