MIAMI (August 29, 2007) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The blog hosted by Carnival Cruise LinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Senior Cruise Director John Heald continues to achieve new milestones.
On Aug. 25, HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog held the number one position for a period of time, before ending the day ranked number three, based on readership volume among the one-million-plus blogs of WordPress, a leading blog-hosting service. That dayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog, which featured a preview of sister company Cunard LineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Queen Victoria, also set a personal one-day readership record of more than 11,400 visitors.
The dramatic rise in readership is just the latest milestone achieved by HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highly popular blog, which was originally launched as part of the micro-site for the Carnival Freedom but has now has taken on a life of its own. The blog can be accessed both via CarnivalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s web site (www.carnival.com) and its corporate parent site (www.carnivalcorp.com).
Since its debut in March, HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog has attracted more than 600,000 visitors, who enjoy his often-colorful stories about the Carnival FreedomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s inaugural European season, while he serves as senior cruise director with his wife Heidi, the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assistant cruise director and frequent contributor to the blog.
Within the blog, Heald details his day-to-day encounters with guests and crew aboard the 110,000-ton SuperLiner, while offering his own insight into various topics, both cruise and non-cruise related, along with helpful information regarding on-shore activities, travel tips and more.
The success of HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog has also spawned the Ã¢â‚¬Å“John HealdÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bloggers Cruise,Ã¢â‚¬Â a seven-day Caribbean voyage aboard Carnival Freedom operating round-trip from Miami Jan. 19-26, 2008. Prices begin at $599 per person, based on double occupancy.
For additional information on the Carnival Freedom or any other Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fun ShipÃ¢â‚¬Â in the Carnival fleet, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.