Carnival Cruise Lines’ popular senior cruise director, John Heald, whose blog reached 2.7 million hits in August, wants to “friend you” on the social networking site, Facebook.

            With already 881friends and an average of 10 new friend requests a week, Heald’s profile is quickly gaining speed.

            Some of John’s most loyal readers have created a number of groups within Facebook in his honor, including “John Heald is the Best Cruise Director in the World” and “I Love Carnival Cruises.” Carnival Cruise Lines also has its own official profile, which already has more than 3,500 friends. 

            Check out Heald’s profile or Carnival’s profile on Facebook. Subscribers can view some of the latest Carnival news, share stories and pictures, as well as link news to their own profiles.

            John’s friends can even count down to the second “Bloggers Cruise” on the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans in February 2009.