Carnival Sunshine has been selected as the venue for the seventh annual “John Heald Bloggers Cruise,” which brings together fans of the senior cruise director’s popular blog ( for a week’s worth of fun activities, exclusive giveaways and unforgettable memories.

Bloggers Cruise 7 on Carnival Sunshine sails round-trip from New Orleans February 16-23, 2014, visiting the stunning Caribbean destinations of Montego Bay, Jamaica; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico.

The announcement was made by Heald on the Carnival Breeze to raucous applause from the 575 fans attending Bloggers Cruise 6 on the Carnival Breeze last week.

The John Heald Bloggers Cruise brings together hundreds of fans of the popular on-line site -- which has attracted more than 15 million page views since its launch in 2007 – providing an opportunity to make new friends and reacquaint with other blog readers.

Carnival Sunshine is currently sailing as Carnival Destiny and will undergo an unprecedented $155 million makeover this spring and emerge with an array of innovations that are part of the line’s groundbreaking Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative. 

During the week-long voyage, blog fans will be able to check out such fantastic features as a stunning three-level Serenity adults-only retreat, spectacular open-deck spaces like the WaterWorks water park and SportSquare outdoor recreation area, and only-on-Carnival Sunshine venues such as Havana Bar, ShakeSpot, Java Blue Café, and Carnival’s first-ever full-service Asian restaurant.

A full schedule of activities, including lively Q&A sessions, unforgettable game shows, welcoming and closing receptions, and the ever-popular “Tea Time with John,” will be offered while bloggers will return home with a variety of keepsake items. An exclusive bloggers-only shore excursion is also planned.  Heald, of course, will be blogging and providing daily video updates throughout the cruise.

Heald’s blog has attracted a loyal following not only for his off-beat humor, but also for his candid, behind-the-scenes look at shipboard life, providing an entertaining and unique perspective to readers.