After a week’s worth of intense voting, the winners have been selected for the first-ever John Heald Awards.  Hosted on his popular blog,, the inaugural awards recognizes reader favorites in 18 different categories, including favorite ship, dessert, crew member, and towel animal. More than 1,100 readers nominated and voted on their Carnival favorites.

So, without further ado, the winners are as follows.

Favourite Ship

Carnival Dream and Carnival Miracle (tie)

Favourite Port of Call

St. Thomas

Favourite Show

Ticket to Ride

Favourite Lido Deck Lunch Item


Favourite Appetizer

Shrimp Cocktail

Favourite Main Course


Favourite Dessert

Creme Brulee

Favourite Cruise Director

Josh “Big Sexy” Waitzman

Favourite Towel Animal


Best Excursion

Swimming with Stingrays

Favourite Piano Bar Entertainer

Greg Gallello

Favourite Comedian

Al Ernst

Crew Member that Made a Difference

All Cabin Stewards

Favourite Stateroom


Favourite Onboard Activity


Favourite Carnival Cocktail

Fun Ship Special

Lifetime Achievement Award

John Heald