"Smoke on the Water" – the unvarnished story of the Carnival Cruise ship Splendor

John Heald is the Senior Cruise Director for Carnival and writes a blog with a candor and character I find very refreshing. He was also aboard the Splendor, the ship that suffered an engine room fire last week, stranding over 3000 passengers – dead in the water without power. The incident and the final arrival of the ship in port were both covered pretty extensively in the news but the question of “what happened” is still under investigation. Of course, the people who were there know full well what happened.

In a decision I think is both incredibly wise as well as ethically unimpeachable, Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill has directed Mr. Heald to write a series on his blog detailing exactly what Mr. Heald went through. It is a 1st-person perspective and, as of this moment, is a work in progress. It’s an interesting read regardless of whether the incident interests you or not. I highly recommend it and I’m going to be checking in over the next couple of days to see how it turns out.

Read “Smoke On the Water, Part 1” and then follow the links at the bottom of the post to read the next updates.



  1. Thanks for posting this… a really great read.

    He just posted the 6th and final chapter to the saga.

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