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.
Journalists sailing on the John Heald Bloggers Cruise aboard the Carnival Fantasy hosted a question-and-answer session for more than 150 Bloggers Cruise participants.
Fans of John Heald’s blog gathered in New Orleans this weekend, to help spruce up a neighborhood park in the Big Easy. More than 100 bloggers joined in the volunteer service day in advance of the Bloggers Cruise which is being held on a five-day cruise of the Carnival Fantasy.
Matthew Meisenhelder of Wilson, N.C., is the winner of Porthole Magazine’s “Bloggers Cruise” contest, earning a free cruise for two on the “John Heald Bloggers Cruise” aboard the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans Feb. 7-12, 2009.
The blog of Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald – which has attracted 3.6 million visits since being launched two years ago – has been named “Best Cruise Line Blog” in Porthole Magazine’s 2009 Editor-In-Chief Awards. In his popular blog, Heald provides readers with a unique behind-the-scenes look at “Fun Ship” cruising while sharing his humorous and insightful observations on a wide range of topics.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ immensely popular senior cruise director and ‘blogger extraordinaire’ John Heald will host two Bloggers Cruises aboard the new 130,000-ton Carnival Dream in 2009.
The popularity of the blog of Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald – available at www.carnival.com or www.johnhealdsblog.com — just keeps on growing. This week several of John’s blogs ranked among the top 100 in WordPress, a leading blog-hosting service which offers more than four million blogs.
It’s easy to make friends on a Fun Ship cruise with tons of activities and opportunities to chat up a fellow cruiser. But a group of people from across the country are proving it’s just as easy to make strong friendships online. John Heald, Carnival’s senior cruise director and travel blogger, launched his blog in March 2007. Since then the blog has spurred a large fan base of guests eager to connect with John and other bloggers. When the group was finally able to meet onboard at the first ever bloggers cruise held January 19-26, 2008 they quickly moved from friendship to “family”. Harry Shattuck, from the Houston Chronicle was one of many members of the media onboard to experience…