Thus far our cruise has been quite lovely with our blogging buddies...all 600 of them.
John (Carnival's senior cruise director)hosted a Welcome Aboard party for the 600 shortly after setting sail yesterday. We have special lanyards with a tag on them to label the bloggers. This gives us entrance to the special functions. Raffle tickets were sold to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and MM bought a few tickets. All proceeds were being matched by Carnival Corporation.
During the Q & A with John and side kick Calvyn for the bloggers this morning, we didn't win any of the special goodies and we thought it was all over. John stated that he had one more item to be given away. Someone had donated a substantial amount of money to the cause, and John called out the ticket number in Dick's hand. I didn't even know he had done that. This guy can still surprise me after all these years. Over $3,000 was raised, and Carnival is matching that. Kudos to Carnival! It is an excellent cause.
We one a package on a FUTURE cruise for a dinner at the steakhouse, the captain's table, John's famous fruit basket, and we are not sure what, if anything, else. We were surprised and quite pleased, of course. Dick had to go up front to shake John's hand, and he explained to the crowd that he since we had been blessed with 3 healthy children and 4 healthy grandchildren that he simply felt led to increase our annual donation to St. Jude's, with CCL matching what we spent. It was a win-win for the hospital.
Booking a future cruise will be a fun research job for MM for sure. That's his cute leg up there. Empress Bee was sitting way over to the L, not in the photo. I did deliver hugs to her yesterday as requested. There is less to hug now! She looks great.
This afternoon we had tea time with John. There are several activities planned over the week. Tonight is elegant night, with photos with John ahead of time. We may or may not do that.
There was a medical emergency early this morning, so we had a brief unscheduled stop in Nassau to off load the ill passenger and his wife.
Other than that, it has been smooth sailing and blue skies. We hope for a continued good week. Tomorrow is another sea day, then lovely St. Thomas. And free phone service.
Life is good, y'all!
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