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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Last time DH and I were in NOLA, we stayed at the Place d Arms. It was a wonderful boutique hotel, reasonably priced and included breakfast. We took a cab from the hotel to the cruise terminal and the cost was around $20.

We will be going on the Conquest in December. I hope you do a full review with pictures!!!

Have a great cruise!!!
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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[quote=OceanDreams;33525552]We were looking at August 19th or the 12th....leaning more towards the 12th. There really isn't much of a roll-call going on for the 12th -- YET. (haha)


We have a great roll call for the 19th and on bookface
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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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We are staying at the Springhill Suites on St. Joseph which is a block from convention center. Its $99.00 a night
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Old April 27th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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My family and I were on Conquest in March and had a great time!
We stayed at the QI in Gretna for the price and free parking. We had to wait for the shuttle both ways but there was a HIGH volume of cruisers. Hotel was full (no ice - hubby went down the street to Walgreens and bought a bag). Our room was fine but our friends room was not as nice. Not dirty, just not as nice. The staff was friendly and helpful.
LOVED cruising out of NOLA and down the river. Hubby had lived there for 15 years and thought that was one of the highlights of the cruise!
Sur Mer is a hidden gem.
Agree with what the previous poster said about the adult only "pool and hot tub". We actually ate near it after embarking, pointing out to my sons that they were not allowed there. I "escaped" a few times and never saw any kids except eating in the area on a sea day at the height of lunch time.
We had GREAT, attentive service.
Very clean!
The ship is a bit dated but that didn't bother us a bit.
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Harrahs/Caesars diamond card will get you free room & free parking while on ship.
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We stay at the jw in the quarter. We walked to the port via the river walk. It's a pleasant walk!

About the conquest, the open air deck above the adults only pool was great. Never had a problem finding a chair. It was a bit windy but still the best place on the ship and NO KIDS there or near the adult pool.

What I didn't like was our waiter was rude but no biggie... I actually liked the salad bar for dinner better then the main dining room!
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Hello
We are booked into the LaQuinta in Gretna, great price of $85.00 and includes the breakfast and free partking. We will have to tax/shuttle to the hotel and I understand that it is $17.00 for up to 5 riding.
We plan to get to Gretna on the 23rd and ride the free ferry over to New Orleans for just a quick walk around.
Our cruise leaves June 24th.
If anyone else is booked at the LaQuinta, let me know and we could share the ride over.
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Why is this post here? Something must have happened. Sorry.
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LOL it isn't free! You just paid for it already!!
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[quote=tiffy0428;33537051...We have a great roll call for the 19th and on bookface[/quote]

When we decide what dates we are going ... we'll join the roll call. Love them - you get to meet such great fellow passengers.

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My family and I were on Conquest in March and had a great time!
We stayed at the QI in Gretna for the price and free parking. We had to wait for the shuttle both ways but there was a HIGH volume of cruisers. Hotel was full (no ice - hubby went down the street to Walgreens and bought a bag). Our room was fine but our friends room was not as nice. Not dirty, just not as nice. The staff was friendly and helpful.
LOVED cruising out of NOLA and down the river. Hubby had lived there for 15 years and thought that was one of the highlights of the cruise!
Sur Mer is a hidden gem.
Agree with what the previous poster said about the adult only "pool and hot tub". We actually ate near it after embarking, pointing out to my sons that they were not allowed there. I "escaped" a few times and never saw any kids except eating in the area on a sea day at the height of lunch time.
We had GREAT, attentive service.
Very clean!
The ship is a bit dated but that didn't bother us a bit.
Happy to answer any questions I can.
When you say the ship is "dated" ... do you mean the decor or is the ship in need of repairs?

Thanks everyone for the hotel suggestions. Really having a great time checking them all out.

Does the Conquest have a webcam? If so, I sure can't find it.

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[quote=leedm;33522999]We were on the Conquest Apr 15 - 22. We really liked the ship overall, the colors and design were not the in your face as some other Carnival ships. We found the ship to be very clean and in good condition. We had an aft warp balcony, and enjoyed it. The MDR service was great and the food was very good. Best food was in the Stakehouse. Never found the Lido deck crowed, but all the pool chairs were filled early each day. We had a big balcony so that did not matter. The Casino slots are very tight, usually I win a little but this week just fed the machines. We are booked on the Conquest again next year after it goes to dry dock.
Counting the days

The bad: we had to get off

leedm we were getting off the Conquest as yall was getting on then we will also be on the Conquest at the same time next year. I agree The bad was having to get off
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How long does it take to travel down the Mississippi river? It appears that there is 3 exits into the Gulf of Mexico .... Does anyone know which the ship takes?





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I did walk off debark, and I called them.. twice as it wasnt clear which door to wait for them, I forgot (they did tell us when he dropped us off and the desk didnt seem to know).

Someone else called them.

Another large family of 5 or 6 walked up just as the bus pulled up.. so we had a full shuttle bus going back to the hotel with two large families plus me.

Its a nice sized bus and the driver extra nice and friendly.

But yes... we had to call them and wait maybe 20 minutes.. the hotel is not far away.

PS after the shuttle my car windows were fogged up so I also had to take time to wipe them off with napkins from the breakfast buffet and had some purple stuff on my bumper to clean off before I could start home. Got a cup of coffee, but I guess nothing to stop you from eating the free breakfast when you get back to the hotel if you wanted to.
Thanks so much for the info! Very useful!!


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I thought I would try and post the photo again of the Mississippi River (as it only showed the little box with an X on my end)

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When you say the ship is "dated" ... do you mean the decor or is the ship in need of repairs?
decor

funny though, my husband didn't think so at ALL until he saw pics of more recently updated or new ships.
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The work out room is excellent, and this is the only ship I've been on that has huge windows in the (free) sauna; it's an interesting effect. I didn't like that the Conquest doesn't have a forward facinig lounge area (or at least I never found one).
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Please keep this thread up! I am learning so much about the Conquest and where to stay in NOLA. We are looking to book our second cruise the fall of 2013 on the Conquest. I know it will have had all the updates by then and we are really excited about it. I would love to hear more about the Conquest now and hopefully even more after the dry dock later this year. Also, info on where to stay is great. We will be driving from Atl and want to come in a fews days ahead of time to see the town. Do not care if we have the "New Orleans Experience" with our hotel, but we would love one reasonably priced and where we can leave the car while we are cruising. We have no problem getting into the city for our visit. Thanks again for all the info and keep it up!
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Don't get an aft room on the Upper deck unless you want to listen to bad karaoke all night!! Even with the TV up couldn't drown out that noise! Had a balcony on the Empress before to and had no problems.
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Please keep this thread up! I am learning so much about the Conquest and where to stay in NOLA. We are looking to book our second cruise the fall of 2013 on the Conquest. I know it will have had all the updates by then and we are really excited about it. I would love to hear more about the Conquest now and hopefully even more after the dry dock later this year. Also, info on where to stay is great. We will be driving from Atl and want to come in a fews days ahead of time to see the town. Do not care if we have the "New Orleans Experience" with our hotel, but we would love one reasonably priced and where we can leave the car while we are cruising. We have no problem getting into the city for our visit. Thanks again for all the info and keep it up!
We will be cruising in August and I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the Conquest and New Orleans before we sail.

Here is a link to a great review of New Orleans -http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1615754 (you can also find it on the Gulf Coast Departures)

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Don't get an aft room on the Upper deck unless you want to listen to bad karaoke all night!! Even with the TV up couldn't drown out that noise! Had a balcony on the Empress before to and had no problems.
Oh no! We love the AFT cabins.....and the higher the better. The good thing is that we are night owls so hopefully the singing will be over by the time we get back to our cabins.

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