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We Have a Winner!

Posted on: February 24th, 2009 - News Blog

          The second John Heald Bloggers Cruise aboard the Carnival Fa ntasy attracted more than 400 enthusiastic participants, including Matt Meisenhelder, a Wilson, N.C., resident who was awarded a free stateroom as part of an on-line contest sponsored by Porthole Cruise Magazine. 

            The John Heald Bloggers Cruise brings together fans of the senior cruise director’s blog ( which has garnered nearly four million views since being launched two years ago.

            The contest posed the question “What would you do if you were a cruise director for a day?”

            Meisenhelder’s idea of a “futuristic cruise day” — with cruise passengers and staff dressing up as robots and other fun events and giveaways — was deemed the winner.  In addition to a free ocean view stateroom on the five-day Carnival Fantasy cruise, Meisenheld was included in a variety of exclusive events and activities hosted by Heald.

            Two more John Heald Bloggers Cruises are planned for 2009 – an eight-day voyage from New York departing Nov. 15 and a nine-day sailing from Port Canaveral, Fla., departing Dec. 3.