The blog of Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald â€“ which has attracted 3.6 million visits since being launched two years ago â€“ has been named â€œBest Cruise Line Blogâ€ in Porthole Magazineâ€™s 2009 Editor-In-Chief Awards. In his popular blog, Heald provides readers with a unique behind-the-scenes look at â€œFun Shipâ€ cruising while sharing his humorous and insightful observations on a wide range of topics.
The blog has even spawned the â€œJohn Heald Bloggers Cruise,â€ which provides readers an opportunity to sail with Heald and fellow blog enthusiasts and participate in a variety of exclusive events and activities. The next Bloggers Cruise takes place aboard a five-day voyage of Carnival Fantasy departing Feb. 7 from New Orleans. Two Bloggers Cruises are also scheduled for the new Carnival Dream â€“ an eight-day voyage departing New York Nov. 15 and a nine-day cruise departing Port Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 3.
Two Carnival Corporation & plc port projects also received awards. The Puerta Maya Cruise Center, which reopened in October after being destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in 2005, was named â€œBest Comeback Portâ€ and the Grand Turk Cruise Center, whose features include the Caribbeanâ€™s largest Margaritaville restaurant, the FlowRider wave-riding experience, and an 800-foot-long beach, earned â€œBest Cruise Centerâ€ honors.