LAX, A very busy airport, But it seems to be very safety conscious. also very easy in directions and where to go. It seems they opne alot of bags but it is pretty quick my wife and I had our bags opened right in front of us and checked for explosives it seemed they were doing about every 3rd group, We flew United and I have to say it was the most terbulant flight I have ever had.
landed in New Orleans and I swear our bags were the very last off the plane. We then went to the airport shuttle kiosk it cost from our the airport to our hotel and back was 45 round trip I would suggest you get one of these easiest way in my opinion to get back and forth the ship does offer post cruise city tours that drop at the airport which I would have done had I known also I ahve to say the people in New Orleans are the nicest people I have ever met always answered my stupid questions with a genuine smile and with a tone of info while driving to our Hotel "hilton riverside our driver gave a a quick city tour told us about new Orleans history and was an all around nice guy. The Hilton Riverside Is a nice hotel and the people there are eager to please went to our room (the rest of our group was already there) we called them and met at a bar called the howling wolf or something like thatfrom there I do not remember much except we got back to our hotel about 3 am and the party on Bourbon street was just as wild as when we got there around 10:30. Also don't wonder to far down bourbon street we met some fellas in leather thongs and that was it took some pictures with them and they advised us that we had made it to the gay section of the block nice guys but they were in leather thongs (not that ther's anything wrong with that) also you cannott use the bathroom in any bar unless you buy something they literaly have guards so there were a few 3 dollars beers bought just to use the facilities.
woke up about 8:00 am looked out the window and sadly from our room you could not see the ship grabbed some coffee and asprin and waited for the women to get ready (they did'nt wake up until 10:00) got to the ship around 12:00 7.00 per person from the hotel we could have walked it was maybe a mile but it was easier on all our our heads to get a ride our first view of the conquest I can only say WOW huge and gorgeous we got into the fastpass line the other members in our group did not have fastpass the fastpass line was much longer
as it turns out we ended up at the counterright next to them at the same time so the fast pass does work that line took about 2 minutes. Then over to get our sail and sign cards. Then over to another lineand to some chairs then into anther room and into same chairs then we took our picture and got on board. I really do not think there is easier way to embark the whole process at peak time was less than an hour. Now the only improvement I think carnival could make is fix up the pier not a very pretty room I know that other cruise lines use it so they can't Carnivalise it to much But I do beleive they could do something Luckily we were not there very long.
When you first enter this ship I wouls suggest you hold your breath bacause it is truly breath taking the only word I could think of again is WOW I really cannot describe it.
it was about 1:30 and were could not go to our cabin until 2 so we decided to have lunch. As usual the food in my opinion was great and there were many choices. We went to our Cabin 8422 verandah aft and belive it or not all of our luggage was already there a definite suprise also were heard someone calling our name it was our room steward Staney great guy who did a great job he even new our names. We went in and I have to say I am pretty upset with everyone on this board because I will never be able to cruise again without a Balcony and you all recommended it. So I will be setting up the Rob And Nicole crise Charity account so dig deep HA. No our cabin we never really felt any vibration the bad I would suggest that you get a cabin 1 deck lower or more towards the front of the ship we did here alot of noise above of from the restaurant moving chairs and people running not really enough to keep us awake but it was definetly there. We then walked around the ship and went to the spa tour my wife signed up for her massages, facials, etc. and just looked around. at 5:15 we had the life boat drill it only took about 15 minutes. This however is part of the ugly people complained relentlessly about where to stand and why they were there and pretty much anything they could think of it really got on my nerves. We left port right on time and began our cruise.
The Mississippi River is quite ugly but I have to say I enjoyed the different buidings and factories going by us I don't know why just weird I guess I sat out there for a couple of hours. We went to the casino and went to bed about 10:00 ( Sorry all I did not make the meet and greet with the other CC'ers But we were on only a coouple hours of sleep and just could not go anymore)
Started out great I got up around 7"00 and went jogging then to the gym and steam room got some coffee and went to wake up wife and found a note that she to wet to gym (i know we were on a cruise we are both just creatures of habit and her excuse was the 3 new bikinis and the fact that she wasd going to eat what ever she wanted my excuse, well as i said I am a creature of habit and jog everyday. Went and got breakfast and my wife met me about 20 minutes alter and informed me that I needed to be at the salon at 10:30 for a couples massage she had gotten us I did enjoy it. On my way up ther things got bad we hit a heavy storm swells up to 20 feet and heavy rain I saw alot of people with patches on and the firat formal night the Monet restrauent was pretty empty.
Folks I am sorry I have to run real quick and pick up the cruise pictures
so the rest will be later
Until we Conquest