8/1 Conquest. I'm just trying to get a few thoughts down now, but will
write a more thorough review in a few days.
Pre and Post Cruise: Stayed at Hilton Riverside. Great location. Hotel is
a typical chain hotel. Two pools, a couple of eating places. It is connected
to the Riverwalk which is great offering more dining, shopping choices. We
walked the French Quarter, took a city tour, went to the aquarium and spent
time at the pools. Other than being very hot and humid (of course, it is
August) we really enjoyed New Orleans as did our kids.
Conquest: Embarkation and Debarkation were no big deal. Ran as smooth as
you would expect when you are boarding and deboarding 3,000 people. We
checked in around 10:30/11:00 and were on Lido eating lunch around 12:30.
I was pleasantly surprised at the decor of the ship. Loved the art theme throughout. I thought it was more upscale than what I had expected. Our cabin was on Spa Deck 1105. King bed/bunk beds, floor to ceiling window,
plently of storage space. This deck does not have many cabins and I thought
was very quiet. The spa/gym is also on this floor. Many nights when we
all needed to shower before dinner, my husband would just go down the hall
and use the showers in the gym, very convenient.
Dining: We thought the food in the dining room was very good. My nine year olds ate with us every night and always had something off the regular menu. The waiters were great with the kids always interacting with them,
knowing their names after the first night. Very good service. I have to say
we thought the best staff on the ship were the dining room staff.
Camp Carnival: My kids were in the 9-11 year old group, but did not spend
much time there. The activities were too juvenile for this age group. My son spent most of his free time in the arcade and my daughter did a couple activities, but did more of the regular ship activities instead (bingo, dance lessons, etc.). I'm sure the activities would appeal to some, just not my kids. They do have playstation/computers but it is only offered at limited times, so you can't just go in and use at leisure.
Ports of Call: Jamaica: Spent the day at Sunset Beach Resort.
Grand Cayman: Did Nativeway Stingray Tour and alittle shopping.
Cozumel: Paradise Beach and alittle shopping.
I will write more about ports of call in my next review.
We all had a great time, anyone going on Conquest I'm sure will enjoy her as well. If anyone has any questions before I write more, please email me and
I will try to answer the best I can.