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#1
Rhode Island
3,559 Posts
Joined Aug 2001
Hi there everyone...

We finally got back last night after a LONG day at the airport!

I will be gathering my thoughts and writing a LONG detailed review later!

Summary - FUN FUN FUN >> but, I will have some critical thoughts ... and the sad realization that I may be ready for something different....

Stay tuned!
Cathy


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#2
Atlanta/Palm Springs
23,162 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
Cathy, I am looking forward to your review and thoughts on the cruise. You last comment sounds familiar as I stated the same thing after the Triumph.

Gordon

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#3
Hampstead, NH
326 Posts
Joined May 2000
I just posted my review on my April 24th Triumph cruise, however, I seem to have a different opinion.

Please do tell the negatives. Our cruise was the best yet.

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#4
Lexington, NC
119 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
I'm hoping there aren't too many negatives about the Triumph on your review, Catrin. We'll be sailing her July 10 and I don't know if I want to read/hear anything negative right now. Born2crooz.....just read your review......great information and so many positives about the Triumph! Thanks!

7/10/04 Carnival Triumph

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#5
Fort Myers, Fl
7 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
We were on the Triumph on the April 3rd cruise...the cruise in itself was great! The weather, they said was the best in 9 weeks.
The only problem we had was, we were also on a April, 2003 cruise...and ALL the shows were the same..disappointing to say the least! John Heald was their with his "Mary" skit...and he says he never met the people, but the show was the same as before..almost word for word! Same with the "I love you, I want you" bit..same...boring... boring! For the money paid I would hope that they would have new shows every year! I guess they think too much of a "good" thing is OK!!! It is time for a burial at sea for those shows.

Our 5th cruise on the VALOR leaving in......
#6
Melbourne, Australia
154 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> John Heald was their (there) with his "Mary" skit...and he says he never met the people, but the show was the same as before..almost word for word! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

He is telling the truth..........John never meets the people before..........his assistant CD (in this case Wee Jimmy) does all the finding, meeting......explaining etc.) and JH does his "show"!






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#7
Orlando Florida
5 Posts
Joined May 2004
John Heald = Boring.....and perhaps a little economical with the truth. As mentioned on another thread, it seems the best and cheapest place for in the world for Jewellery changes every week. On the East cruise on the 8th, it was St Thomas, on the next weeks cruise it changed to Cozumel....He said that St Thomas used to be the cheapest. When was that, last week? Sorry Norman, but John and the whole act is very very tired. We jimmmy, Willy banger, Mary, Love you, need you stuff.......got old very quick.
#8
Rockland County, NY
637 Posts
Joined May 2000
I am sure that when you do see these shows more than once it might get boring.I would love to see them again, I have my fingers crossed John will be on the Valor when I crise her next year. The one thing I do have to say though in all my cruiss I have been on I have NEVER noticed a cruise director as many of them were not entertaining, but when i sailed the Triumph last August all I did was laugh.............John and Wee Jimmy were great entertainers..........

My name is Cathy and I am a member of O.A.T.C.(Openly Addicted to Cruising) and I suffer from P.C.D. (Post Cruise Depression)



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Destiny 1997
Disney Magic 1998
Paradise 2000
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Triumph 2003

Coming soon..Navigator of the Seas 8/14/04
Carnival Valor 7/24/2005
#9
Strollin' down the avenue that's known as A1A, FL
11,297 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Florida Phil @ the Bag Lady:
John Heald = Boring<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'd duck and cover after a comment like that.

Every cruise director afloat has a repetoir that they draw from. Some of the material is quite old. John used jokes that were ancient when the late Malcolm Kennedy was a Carnival CD. But John's unique talent is in his delivery that makes it all seem fresh and new, even if you've seen it twenty times before.

You mentioned on another thread that this was your first cruise. Perhaps you were expecting Julie McCoy?

Wait until you sail with Jeff Brrronnnnsonnnnn. *THAT* is truly painful.



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Shhhh, it's a surprise!

Followed by:
Carnival Valor 10/30/05 CC Group

And then:
Carnival Spirit 12/10/05 Mexican Riviera

Perhaps something else as well. Watch this space.

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#10
Warren, MI
377 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Florida Phil @ the Bag Lady:
John Heald = Boring.....and perhaps a little economical with the truth.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
TEF43 took me on my very first cruise in January, so I have nothing else to compare it with. For me personally, I have to be honest about John Heald and his crew.....they were just hysterical! I never, ever laughed so hard in all my 40 something years! "OLD SCHOOL" laughs...perhaps..but it was entertaining and funny! IMHO...YMMV
The second time to see it, may NOT be as funny,but still entertaining.
With all the hype and build up about John being such a great CD,I was kinda worried I would be disappointed. NOT AT ALL!

As for the jewelry...we did find better prices at Cardows for what we were looking for.

All in all, John and his crew did indeed help make MY cruise much more enjoyable, remarkable and memorable to be sure!

Kathy



FIRST CRUISE! Carnival Triumph 1-17-04
COMING UP:
???

Carnival Valor 10/30/05 CC Group

Carnival Spirit 12/10/05 Mexican Riviera
#11
Illinois
370 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Catrin I have to agree with you. Also collecting my thoughts about Triumph cruise. There were alot of good things about ship but there was also bad things. My dining room waiter could not have been better. My room steward was sometimes down right rude. One morning was daughter was sleeping in and she told her to leave the room for 20 minutes so she could clean the room. My husband tried to talk to her and she would never answer him. This lady never smiled. No extra tip for her.

#12
EAST COAST
4,841 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
I have seen John and his skit over 20 times and I still laugh until I cry - remember he always has different people in the show.
#14
Hampstead, NH
326 Posts
Joined May 2000
It is still on the boards somewhere, (it's titled Triumph Eastern Caribbean Review but here is the link on the Review Board:
http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...m?EntryID=4637

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#15
Keyport, nj
2,449 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
how in the world could you call john beald borning....he is rated the best cruise director
by carnival and guest.that is why carnival wants him to bring out the new ships he has brougnt out the destiny triumph glory to name a few over the past few years and will be bringing out the valor.....other cruise lines have offered him contracts to come to their cruie line over the years..we have been on close to 50 cruises over the past 9 years and it is fair to call myself an expert or close to it in the cruise pro and cons...and i can tell you this john is not borning, once you see some of the other cd out there then you can compare i will not mention in all fairness the names of these other cd but trust me they are over their heads for sure. Yes i will admit the marys the willies the dicks are the same, but the people are never the same and you never prepare yourself how people are going to react and say thing once on stage, that is why john is the best, he bring out the best in people he takes things that people say on stage and turns them into something else, and he is the best in the world doing this....he rates with the leno and letterman type for sure. Yes some of the people are prepicked by socal host just to get there ok on what is going on etc but they really dont know what they are getting into until show time.......john helad supply the best medicine in the world anyone could want on vacation/cruise and this fun and laughter....

it is not fair to knock any cruise director becuase of sale talks etc...that is company rule and that is how they make money by selling and promoting stores in the port of call they all do it from rccl to ncl to ccl .