The Results Are In! Winners Announced for the First-Ever 'John Heald Awards'

After a week’s worth of intense voting, the winners have been selected for the first-ever John Heald Awards.  Hosted on his popular blog,, the inaugural awards recognizes reader favorites in 18 different categories, including favorite ship, dessert, crew member, and towel animal. More than 1,100 readers nominated and voted on their Carnival favorites.

So, without further ado, the winners are as follows.

Favourite Ship
Carnival Dream and Carnival Miracle (tie)

Favourite Port of Call
St. Thomas

Favourite Show
Ticket to Ride

Favourite Lido Deck Lunch Item

Favourite Appetizer
Shrimp Cocktail

Favourite Main Course

Favourite Dessert
Creme Brulee

Favourite Cruise Director
Josh “Big Sexy” Waitzman

Favourite Towel Animal

Best Excursion
Swimming with Stingrays

Favourite Piano Bar Entertainer
Greg Gallello

Favourite Comedian
Al Ernst

Crew Member that Made a Difference
All Cabin Stewards

Favourite Stateroom

Favourite Onboard Activity

Favourite Carnival Cocktail
Fun Ship Special

Lifetime Achievement Award
John Heald