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  1. Anyone have a current 7 night menu for the conquest?
  2. We are one of the many families who prefer driving to port to save on airfare. Our closest ports are New Orleans and Mobile, which, of course, means that it’s always a Conquest Class or a Fantasy Class ship. Since my very first cruise experience was on Fantasy, that class is my sentimental favorite. I also think the layout is MUCH easier to navigate for a newbie cruiser. Extended family is now thinking a cruise would be a great place for a large multi-generational family cruise. If you were to introduce a never-cruised-before family member to Carnival, which would you pick - Conquest Class or Fantasy Class? (It MUST be a 4 or 5 night itinerary to accommodate everyone’s schedules.)
  3. Anyone have the cruise director list? Booked on the Conquest November 23, 2019. Current 7day menu?
  4. I know I will get these each day of my cruise I'm looking to see them ahead of time. I've searched everywhere and keep finding Southern Caribbean. I'm looking for the ones 7 Days going to Amber Cove San Juan and St Thomas anyone from a past sailing have them ? Please?
  5. I am cruising with 50 people for our wedding in November. The dining is all linked for our group. Does anyone know what the table sizes are on Conquest? Trying to figure out if I should link specific cabins together for table seating?
  6. This gets a bit long, but if you have any questions feel free to ask away, I'll do my best to answer. Haven't been home 24 hours yet, but figured I need to write this while fresh in my head. I normally do these grouped by topic - so don't expect full chronological order. Also, I'm pretty easy going, so things that may be a show stopper for some, I may not care about. In other words, I'm on vacation and it takes a lot to make me have a bad time, so this will not be a super-critical write-up. This was our 5th cruise, 4th with Carnival, and one with RCI due to who booked that. This is our second time on a Conquest class ship, which seems to be just about the perfect size. This was our 25th anniversary, and we delayed figuring out what to do, so we booked this a little late in the game and there were not many cabins left! We were in stateroom 6348, which is a balcony room (a first for us). We had Your-Time Dining and Faster to the Fun. And this seems to have ended up longer than I thought! Getting there... We live just outside of Atlanta. Miami is a LONG drive, and since it was just the two of us, it was cost effective to fly. We flew into Ft Lauderdale. Southwest was the airline of choice because the ticket price is roughly the same, but they don't charge for bags, which would have been an extra $400 round trip. We debated how to get to Miami. We could have done all public transit for about $10 each. But in the south Florida heat, that is a pain going between three trains (TriRail, MetroRail,MetroMover) hauling everything. We looked at Uber/Lyft, but for the XL we'd need it was about $60. We chose to rent a car one-way from FLL to return at MIA. This was cheaper than the Uber and let use do things. While in the Ft Lauderdale area, we stopped by Rock n Roll Ribs, which is owned by the drummer from Iron Maiden (been a fan for 35 years). Good food at a reasonable price. Just a small little place, but loved it. We were able to stop at Publix and get our one bottle of wine per person, find an ATM, etc. It made getting there more convenient for us. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, which I had booked on Hotwire. I put that off too long and could have had a better deal, but the 23rd floor had a nice view. They had a Caribbean Cooking Conference in town, lots of chefs from the island competing. Would like to have seen more of that - but fun talking to people. Anyway, we drove to the hotel, parked long enough to take the luggage up to the room, freshen up, and just miss the free 30-minute parking. We drove the rental to the Miami airport. This was the worst part. Traffic was miserable. I'm used to Atlanta traffic and this was similar, but I was a stranger in a strange land so it seemed more frustrating, especially having to fill the tank on the rental - note: do not use the shell station right by the road to the rental car center -they are a full dollar higher than the next gas station which is a hundred feet away. We returned the car, took the MetroRail from the Airport to Government Center downtown, which is where you can transfer to the free MetroMover. We took that a few stops which dumped us near a place name Cafe Manolo and Rene Grill. A little Cuban cafe. Finally got my Cuban coffee and some Cuban style food. We may have been the only non-locals to have been in there, but great place, great service, nice people. We then walked up to the Bayfront Park, took in the sights, and walked the RiverWalk back to the hotel (or as close as we could due to construction) and went to bed. We walked to a local CVS the next morning to get a couple things, had breakfast at a place called the Egg Spot, which was pretty good - just a random little cafe with some good breakfast sandwiches, and went back to get ready to head to the port. Boarding and Setting Sail Last time out of Miami, we drove to the port. This time, we had to rely on Lyft, which I had never used before. This was 9:30ish. We were in the hotel lobby. I put in the Port as the address and it gave me an estimate of 15 minutes for pickup and a 8 minute drive. Sounded great. It told me my driver was going Delso and showed me his location on the map...basically the next street over, so we headed outside and he was pulling up. Nice guy - made me a Lyft fan. Some small talk during the ride and he dropped us right outside the Terminal C for the Conquest. So we were at the port and in the Faster to the Fun line at 9:45ish. We were the fourth group in line. Because of all the unknowns as for getting to the port, having to check out of the hotel, etc, this was one of the reasons for getting FTTF. That way we could just start out vacation without any hassles. At 10am they opened the door to get use checked in. It's been a few years since I've been on Carnival. I will say that their new check-in system amazed me. First person you talk to is a nice Carnival rep who verifies your travel documents. Once those are in order, they use the iPad or iPhone or whatever device it was to take your photo that they used to do at the counter with the webcam. This process took all of 3 minutes for the two of us. Then we go to the security scanner...... So I don't travel lite - we had our bathing suits and a few other things in my wifes bag, and in my backpack I had my kindle, notebook, DSLR, GoPro clone, assortment of chargers, CPAP, two bottles of wine, metal water bottle, and who knows what else. Her bag went through. Mine was scrutinized for a minute or so. Two agents played with the xray for a minute, pointing at this and that, and then they were done. At no point did they look at the wine bottles, the water bottle, or anything. Not that I'm advocating it, but I feel I could have brought almost anything on board in a wine-shaped bottle. Also at no point did we get the questions about have we been sick, etc. We just headed up to the waiting area. At 10:10, we were hanging out in the FTTF waiting area. They actually moved us because they said we'd be loading from the other gangway so we'd be sitting closer to that. At this point, I did have a message from Bank of America - even though I setup a travel advisory for the islands we were going to, they flagged an ATM withdrawl on the drive from Ft Lauderdale. So I called and cleared that up. At 10:30, they started boarding those needing assistance and Diamond members. Since they were boarding on the west and the 10 of us in the FTTF were boading on the east, they went ahead and started to board us. They didn't have the picture thing setup for the embarkation day photo, with the fake backdrop (hate those anyway). At 10:34, we were onboard the ship heading towards the atrium lobby. We went ahead to our room. They were still turning most of the rooms around, but our door was closed. From what I read online, the room key should be in the mailbox, but nothing was there. We found someone and asked him, who in turn found our room steward who had to pull the envelope out of his stack after looking at our boarding pass...that simple. Honestly, I think they started the boarding without everyone being ready for it. By 10:40am, we were in our room. I know they say that embarkation day is one of your cruise days, but this is the first time we've been able to have that much of it. We looked out the balcony view, took pictures, changed into bathing suits and went up to Lido. The main pool was closed - netting over it. This seemed weird, but like I said, since we got on so quick, we figured they just weren't ready. We had lunch then. Guy's Burger and Fries! While I didn't have anything from the Lido lunch buffet, it looked a lot better than I remember it...I think they upped their game. I did have dessert though - WOW. German Chocolate Cake was great. They all looked so good, and tasted good too - just couldn't resist - it was vacation and calories are free 🙂 We went back out and the pool was still closed, and they were cleaning the deck area around it still, so we set down for a minute, and then I remembered a feature of the Conquest class ships. We walked all the way through lido to the aft and the adults only pool there. Open and empty. I was able to have my mojito in the pool. We had that pool to ourselves for about an hour. They do need to make the adults only sign bigger, but they had a staff member asking anyone who looked too young their age and not letting them in. I felt bad, especially for those with young kids who were ready to go. I do believe the slide and the smaller pool by the slide base was open. We stayed up there for a while and eventually others started to figure it out, but it never got packed. We'd pretty much had enough sun and pool time before they had the rooms ready for general use. We eventually got out, cleaned up, changed back and walked around the ship for a bit, while everyone was still coming on board. I felt for those hauling luggage and carry-ons with them. I hated doing that before. Muster was a bit of a cluster. Hurry up and wait in the heat. They scanned one card per room (but would look at the room manifest that came up on their tablet to make sure the whole room was there). Numerous announcements about people needing to get to their station and they can't go on until everyone reports, or they will have to go to the alternate muster briefing in the auditorium. Many people may have had the thought of that being preferable. Once they got that all sorted out and released us, we went back to the room to see if the luggage was there (was not) and chilled for a bit. I happened to look outside and notice the palm trees moving past the ship in the way palm trees typically don't move. We had already pushed off from the dock. For whatever reason, all ships heading out that day were aimed towards the ocean, so the nice turn around in the main turning basin right by downtown did not happen. Was looking forward to that. But since our balcony was on the port side of the ship, we had a nice view of South Beach as we headed out so we just watched from our balcony. But by 4pm, we were clear of the port and in the ocean. And thus ends the play by play.... The Ship I've seen people talk about the older ships showing their age. You'd expect to be walking through having to avoid rust holes in the deck or something. Since I've not been on a super-new ship, something that is 18 years old seemed nice to me! The decor of the ship is a French theme, with the comedy club, theater and dining rooms all having French names (Degas Lounge, Toulouse Latrec and Renoir respectively). The Renoir dining room had Eifell Towers built into the design between the floors, there was a large art mural above the atrium with what I guess was a collection of French paintings, etc. The Promenade level had a real nice look to it. But otherwise, it wasn't that different than the Glory, and at the stateroom level, the Fantasy or Fascination. They were of course constantly cleaning. While we were at sea, they had the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar closed off. They basically stripped and restained/resealed the wood on the bar and chairs this week - the problem with always being in use, there is no downtime to do this. Maybe one day I'll be on one of the mega ships and know what I'm missing, but I really like this class of ships. The Fun Staff The Cruise Director Leigh was pretty good. He had a very quick wit about him, which made all the audience and guest interactions seem very fluid. I know some people treat the CD's like celebrities, but I really don't care...just another person doing their job to me. But he did seem down to earth, which was very nice. He could have an ego etc, but he seemed like the kinda of guy that could stand in front of all 3000 passengers, but at the same time would get you a napkin from the bar if you needed it. They handed out a LOT of glow bracelets at events. Leigh has an amazing arm with these. He will point to who he's throwing it to and had uncanny accuracy. I actually recognized one of the Fun Staff members from a prior cruise - Lee, formerly known as Princess Marshmellow. So I took that as a sign that I am now a professional cruiser. He mostly ran the comedy club but also did the other activities. Have always found him funny. Robbie was another on the team who you would see all over doing lots. He or his girlfriend had some extended family on this cruise, so they did a shore excursion in Puerto Rico and happened to be in our group. Somewhere between getting in line for the excursion and getting on the bus, he quickly changed to out of any recognizable Carnival gear. But another guy that seemed to have a big heart. Adele - she was pretty involved in a lot of stuff. She's from Liverpool and has the perfect level of snark. Katie - from Canada, and a huge Harry Potter fan. You'd see her all over the ship leading activities, welcoming you back on board, etc. and never seemed to run out of energy. She knew nothing about Game of Thrones and was hilarious watching her handle that trivia session. The fact that I can remember that many of their names (and Vanessa was another) means they seemed down to earth, interactive, human, etc... The Shows They had 4 Funtime Productions, one of which I'd seen before Epic Rock - rock anthems done by the production cast with some cool visuals Heart of Soul - more of a 70s r&b soul walkthrough, loosely telling the story of a guy and girl trying to connect, etc. While good, it really only had the two leads really singing and the rest just danced and provided some harmony or background Flick - this was cool. Hard to describe, but basically one persons "journey" via film. So lots of songs from movies combined with some really cool stage effects. During a medley of sci-fi themes, they did some stuff with lasers that make your draw drop. Before it, they had a red carpet event, where they would bring various people onto camera and interview them. Leigh would address you by some celebrity name you may have 4% resembled. But the production itself was amazing to watch 80s Extravaganza - this was a run through a bunch of 80s songs by the cast. Cool visuals with it. Very Michael Jackson heavy, which seemed a little weird after all the recent stuff with his music being pulled. Clue Gameshow - we went to the kick off for this not knowing what it was. Basically, you have to play Clue - but it's over the course of the week. They have different events in which a clue will be given. It helps to drive participation at the event, but I'm not sitting though 40 minutes of bingo to hear a clue, so we didn't play. But the kickoff was worth seeing. It was the above Fun Crew, dressed as the different characters from the game. They would go around the audience beforehand interacting. It was very funny. Robby as a drunk Col. Mustard was a highlight! Lights! Camera! Inter-Action! - we had no idea what this was. It's a new (6 months old) game thing only on a few ships. Various activities where audience members get pulled up to participate. One they flashed a character behind the person and their assistant had to find the clothes on the rack to dress them up as that character. Mrs Doubtfire and Jack Sparrow were the ones which was funny to see. They had a memory game, and a few greenscreen things which were very funny. It made for a good 40 minutes on a sea day. Carnival Quest - the adult game show. While this can be funny, it wasn't as good as the last time I saw it (albeit still better than what RCI does). Basically if you're easily offended, don't go, but it's a series of the CD saying "I need a team to show me this" It may be three fun times, it may be a girl wearing guys shoes, it may be...well, it's fun to watch. The Bands They had a number of bands on board. The always present steel drum player, someone playing Calypso, solo guitarist, piano bar. Didn't catch any of those (other than the steel drum on Lido). But they had 4 other bands String Trio - can't remember the actual name, but it was a violin, viola and cello. They may play classical music, they may play classic rock, they may play recent chart toppers. These three were amazing to watch. They were probably my favorite. Latidos - latin music duo. Caught a slight bit of them. They sounded good, but didn't see enough to say. Horn Stars - yup...gotta be careful saying that one. But a trumpet, trombone and sax. Didn't see a full one of their shows, but they also did a great job. Just not my cup of tea Whiskey Business - drums, bass, keyboard, guitar and two singers. They played well together, and they had a number of sets with Horn Stars also playing with them. When they stuck to the 70's R&B and that style, they did great. They did the 50s/60s pretty good to. Did not see their country set, we were at dinner, but were curious how they'd pull that off. Their 80s set, wasn't bad, but two issues: They were on Lido and something was wrong with the sound levels which didn't help. And the male singer, who had a great voice, just didn't seem to have the power with it he needed. "Don't you forget about me" the "hey hey hey HEY", Jim Kerr puts a lot of strength and feeling into it. This version felt more like a laid back lounge version of it. Not bad, but just not the right genre for him. The Food As I mentioned earlier, the food on Lido seemed to have been stepped up in the last few years. I didn't have lunch from the buffet but I saw things I would have liked if I wasn't already stuffed. Breakfast continued to be great. French Toast, Grits, Potato of the day, bacon and maybe a burrito from Blue Iguana. Only thing that didn't make sense is they had sausage gravy, but no biscuits...those two go hand and hand. We had Your Time Dining. In the past, the set dining time, we found it either too rushed back from shore or interfering with something else we wanted to do, so I prefer the YTD, and we got lucky it was available. We never had a bad experience in the MDR. I will say the first night, I was a little unsure of the headwaiter in our section. I'm sure he was tired, but just seemed to be some sort of attitude. Each night we had a different staff as they kept locating us at various places around the room. On Thursday night, we had a gentleman named Win as our headwaiter. I wish we had found him earlier. He was probably the best waiter I've had in all the cruises. We asked for him Friday as well, and Anne, the sweet hostess said lots of people ask for him. The food seemed to be the typical fare they rotate through. I think this is the first cruise I didn't have to drop back to the always present pork loin or flat-iron steak. I always found something worth trying. I'm not the kind to make note of everything I had, but there were a few appetizers that didn't have much flavor to them, but everything else was good. The meat lasagna was incredible - and you actually had a huge portion. For the first time, we actually ordered multiple appetizers and one night two entrees because we couldn't decide. Don't normally do that, but figured why not - I knew how much I was paying for this trip! On the Lobster tail night, I ordered that even though I don't eat lobster so my wife could have mine. I was probably full from dinner the night before anyway, so I didn't care. Again, about Win. We know he has two daughters back home he misses. On the second night (which was the last night), he gave me a hug goodbye. And then on debarkation morning, he must have been walking by in the kitchen cause he saw us in the Lido buffet line, poked his head out and said goodbye to us by name. We'd known him for less than two hours. Amazing person. Ports/Excursions Grand Turk - Power Scooter Snorkeling - not bad. Shuttles between the port and location every 20 or so minutes. The snorkeling was neat - you go to where it drops from 25ft depth to 7000ft. Saw a sea turtle and a nurse shark. Lunch at the site was good, and you had a nice beach area to use. Not packed at all like right off the ship was. San Juan - San Juan Favorites and Rainforest - slight messup with getting us on this one. I was joking in line that there were so many people for this one we'd have to sit on each others lap. Well, we get to our tour shuttle bus thing, and someone miscounted and there was one seat left for the two of us. The driver took us back inside, told the inside guy what happened. He recounted, but instead of trying to force a fix, he put us in front of the line for the next one, which worked out as it was the last one, and not full. Our guide, Rocky, was a treat to listen to. Not sure why it's called San Juan's favorites - you go to the fort and that's it...in getting there you pass other things, but it's not multiple stops. The old fort was really cool - could have used some more time there, it's huge. The drive to the rain forest again was full of info about the island. The rain forest, you drove up to a tower, got out and climbed that for a good view, drove a tiny bit back down to see the waterfall, again getting out for 20 minutes or so, then head back to the ship. He does stop at a "gift" shop on the way back. Should have tried the beer - they let you bring it on the bus. They had a sign saying credit card machine not working today -cash only. But when we put a few things back due to not enough cash, they decided it was working today after all. Trying to avoid those fees I'm sure! St Thomas - Magen's Bay and Paradise Point - an open air vehicle across the island, pointing out some facts, stopping at Drake's Seat for an amazing view, a couple hours at the beach, then a trip back across to the lift that goes to Paradise Point, which has an amazing view, some gift shops an a restaurant. You then head down on your own and walk the block back to the ship. The service at the restaurant was a bit slow, but have had much worse. Decent food, and strong drinks! Amber Cove - we stayed in port - we were going to do the Casa on La Playa, but with all the weirdness, she didn't want to go anymore. Plus we'd already been to the beach twice and were tired at this point, so we just saved our money (cancelled before we set sail). The port was kinda nice. The pool area was packed, but still enjoyable. Wife liked the water slide, I was too heavy for it. She said they had a scale up there. One person was complaining his son had been down 5 times but now he was too short for it. Had a drink at the very overpriced restaurant. If alcohol was the source of the poisoning on the island, I was perfectly safe with how weak this was. Did a little shopping in port and went back on board. Saw someone miss the other ship that was in port. They waited 40 minutes for him after on-board. Customer Service We had to go a couple times - once because my Sail and Sign card went on an excursion somewhere without me. They replaced it, told me to call when I'm in my room to have someone come and get into the safe for me, since I had used it to lock it - seems common based on her quick response. One time because the Bank declined a hold they were putting on for on board stuff, even though the money was there. We went to change the backing card and since no passengers were at Customer Service we just went to the regular line, not the FTTF line as the one person at work was at the regular side. Since we were FTTF and had the dedicated line, they asked to make sure we had the sticker on there. The only thing I'd classify as bad was the first night. We were on the balcony just staring at the ocean and the room lights started to flicker. The steward was trying to get our attention to introduce himself. I'm sure he knocked, etc and this was a last resort since you can't hear on the balcony. But still it seemed odd - was introducing himself really that important to let himself in? We had the option of morning service, evening service or both. We opted for morning since we'd be off the ship most mornings and less interrupting each other. Honestly, give me fresh towels and I'm good to go, so no need to make the bed twice a day, etc. Random/Oddities/Downsides So, I try not to be negative, and while nothing really was a "I'm contacting John Heald" moment... - The main Lido pool was only open for about a couple of hours on Saturday - no idea why. They opened it after setting sail, but it was closed again by dinner. The aft pool, slide and other pool were open. - Drinks - they seemed very weak, other than the martinis. - Promenade - the casino reeks of cigarette smoke and spills out. I hated going down deck 5 for anything. - Nightclub - I've always thought it silly (like it's some trendy place, but on a ship), but we found our room was at the edge of the casino near the nightclub. While not overpowering, you could hear the bass at night, but my CPAP tended to drown that out in white noise. I did happen to talk to someone just down the hall who was right under it. He said they stay up late. He wasn't too happy about his room location. - Room location - nice thing about our location is it was about 30 steps from the midship elevators, which made going to Lido for anything fast and easy. Slight bit of a walk for the atrium and MDR, but nothing bad at all. - Pixels and pictures - Normally they take tons of photos getting onboard, bug you at each port, bug you at dinner, etc. They seemed to have scaled this back, or gotten less annoying, taking no for an answer. We only saw them twice at dinner (could be a YTD timing issue). Even though I said no, they still insisted. Cut off half my head. But on the plus side, they don't print all the pictures anymore - it's all digital which is nice. Much less waste, and easier to find the pictures - The Carnival Hub app - this was something nice to use. I could pull up the dinner menu, find our pictures, and pull up the fun times. It worked 90% of the time. Occasionally, then Fun Times part would display, blink away and say unable to display. While not perfect, it typically made things easier. Too bad you can't access it off the ship. We had AT&T service in Puerto Rico, and it'd have been nice to see what was for dinner on the ship to decide if we wanted to eat there or in San Juan. - Free water - we each should have had a free bottle of water. When we boarded we just saw the "use and pay" bottles. However, later that evening the free ones did show up. - Luggage - our luggage showed up around 4-5 maybe. While I know FTTF is no guarantee, you'd think that as early as we were on board an checked in, it would have made it there faster, but I'm sure it gets packed onto something moved onto the ship with lots of other things packed in front of it or something. No big deal. - Serenity - somehow we ended up finding a free clamshell thing. Stayed in there a little bit...found them hot and uncomfortable. Much prefer the half-shaded loungers or sofas. - Poor sick girl - some young teen was running for the ladies and didn't quite make it. Hope she was okay...but that was right in front of the shore excursions deck. Not sure if I got splash on me or not, but went up to my room to wash my foot off anyway! - Cheers - we did not get this. My wife can't drink and we'd have to pay about $700 for the two of us. Our (my) alcohol bill was about $140. Maybe the cost did keep me from buying too much (basically $10-12 per drink) but there is no way I think I'd get the moneys worth out of it. - Motion - I took my ginger pills for motion sickness and never felt anything except the last night due to some storms, but even that was nothing to speak of. I am sitting at my desk at home and my body is having trouble with the fact that I'm not moving more than anything. Debarkation Since we had no rush, we did the relaxed on where we put the luggage out the night before. They called our tag numbers while we were hanging out in the room waiting for 8:30, so we started to head down. The line stretched up to deck 4, then down, through the theater and around the lobby and out. We instead walked across 4, downstairs in the Renoir dining room to our FTTF debarkation point. Soon enough a staff member came and got us and worked us into near the front of the debarkation line. We found our luggage, showed customs our drivers license and were out of there in no time. We waited for the Enterprise rental shuttle to get to the airport, which took a bit, and we started to wonder. It looked like it could pour at any moment which did help with the temperature. When it finally did start to lightly rain, they moved everyone back under the awnings, and of course that is when the shuttle bus showed up. We got on along with others, including a family of seven, each with two large bags! We got our car, drove back to Ft Lauderdale, found a place to get some coffee, drove over by the ocean (didn't get out since it was raining). Had some Skyline Chili, went out to Sawgrass Mills mall for my wife to go to Vera Bradley, and then to the airport. Our flight back to Atlanta was delayed about 50 minutes, but we only arrived about 15 minutes late, caught our ride home from my aunt, caught up with the kids and crashed hard!!! So....in the end, that's my story. If you read this far...wow. It grew in the telling. Hope this helps someone. I just really don't get negative about things if I can help it. Sure - there was a group cheating at trivial pursuit, but it's not that big of a deal...we beat them anyway. Sure, people get in line for an omelette, and end up getting one for each of the 5 people at their table. Sure, towels are on the deck chairs at 7am, but still plenty of places to sit. But overall, not really worth worrying about
  7. I know this is a lot to ask of someone, but does anyone happen to have copies they can post of the Conquest's Western Caribbean "Funtimes" and or the MDR menu? They would be much appreciated...........
  8. I am going on my first cruise in 15 years in September and am super excited! This will be a Mother/Daughter trip for my birthday and we are on the Conquest out of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean in balcony room 6266. Has anyone ever stayed in this room before? We have reservations at the Steakhouse on my actual birthday. I know this will be such a fun trip for us- does anyone have any suggestions? I feel like a first timer again since it has been so long! Just wanted to share. 🙂
  9. Hello, Was just looking over the "new" menu for Steakhouse. How many starters are you "allowed" to choose ? In the past I believe we have gotten two. Could we get three? (not to sound too gluttonous, but some of the new items sound delicious). We'll be dining the 2nd night of a 7 night cruise (sea day). Would this be the formal night, and is there an expectation that attire must be formal? TIA ~ Jasper
  10. Since we have never been on either & they both do the same ports in Feb 2020, San Juan, Turks, St Thomas, HELP, which ship & why?
  11. Hi there, anyone happen to have and want to share the Conquest fun times, 8 day Eastern Caribbean, many thanks.
  12. Here’s my review without pictures because I didn’t take a lot and am not as tech savvy as others. I hate walking with my phone while on the cruise ship. I don’t want to keep track of it nor do I want to carry a purse and didn’t have many outfits with pockets so no pictures to share. For starters, this is an annual trip that my 16-year-old son and I take. We don’t always take a cruise, but we manage to do a trip with just the two of us each year without the hubby and other family members. By the way, this was my 15th cruise with 11 being on Carnival. We had one mishap the day before the cruise which greatly hindered our fun, but we tried to manage to salvage the cruise to the best of our ability. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased the insurance and rescheduled the cruise. Without providing too many details, my son had an accident where he hurt his foot and was unable to walk long distances or get his foot wet. We did get wheelchair assistance at the port all the way to the cabin and then had wheelchair assistance to the muster drill. Other than that, first day my son did not want me to rent a wheelchair as he didn’t want the looks and sympathy stares from other passengers. DS opted to take his pain medication regularly and we strategically planned events around the ship that didn’t require walking all around the ship as we normally would to get from one event to another. We also had a cabin on the Lido deck which was helpful for me to run back and forth to get him snacks throughout each day. Now for the review. Conquest 8day/7nt – Ports: San Juan, Grand Turk, St. Thomas & Amber Cove. Loved the ship itself. I prefer this class as well as the size. Not too big and not too small. It was easy to navigate, and I didn’t feel stressed getting from one end to the other in making event times. The ship was very clean, and I noticed the crew cleaning constantly no matter where you went. Our cabin was perfect, we opt for interior because normally we are never in the cabin accept to sleep and prefer to use our funds elsewhere. However, this trip we spent a lot of time in the cabin due to son’s injury. Still Cabin 9256 was very nice. It was right near the exit to the glass elevators. This made it very easy to get places especially to the pool deck for activities and of course Guy’s Burgers and the ice cream machine. We had lots of storage which went unused. I believe there were 3 closets. We only had 1 bag each as I have learned to go minimal after 13 other cruises. Beds were comfortable and our Steward, Koteut (sp?) was so accommodating as I couldn’t guarantee a time that would be good to clean the room because my son was often resting. He worked with our schedule and made sure he cleaned it daily, left our towel animals and a bucket of ice each time as requested. He also regularly checked on my son to see if he needed anything. I left him an extra tip on final day. I hated the new In Room TV Service Line Up. Other than the traditional Carnival Channels that are more advertisements and safety info and of course the Carnival Morning Show, we had a Music Video Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Nickelodeon which rotated the same few shows over and over, CBS News which rotated the same news shows each day, AMC and then two movie channels which had a loop of 3 or 4 movies on each channel each day. Normally, this would probably be fine, because I am not in the room, but this trip because my son was not as active, we tended to take lots of breaks and there was not much choice on the TV. But I won’t give Carnival a bad grade because normally this is not something that I worry about. However, I did miss the option where you could purchase movies on demand. Not sure what happened to that. I generally love the Dive In Movies and tend to go to at least 2 movies during a cruise. This cruise we missed all the movies because they started at times we were either in the dining room or attending another event such as Comedy or Theatre show. The few that we could catch started too late or did not suit our appetite. Room Service was amazing. I didn’t find a menu in the room but based on my experience, on a few nights and even for lunch once, we ordered the Teriyaki Wings, or the Honey Barbeque Wings and we also ordered the Firecracker shrimp which was delicious. The food always arrived in quick time and hot. This is a nice Segway to discuss the food on the ship. The food on Conquest was delicious. I found everything except for the Chesapeake crab cakes to be perfect. We had early dining in the Monet dining room. I had requested a table for two on the upper level overlooking the balcony. I love this area because my favorite pastime on a cruise is to people watch, and this gave me the perfect seat. I could see people walking in and out of the dining room as well as I could see people interacting all well. Please don’t judge me, I just love observing people. I loved watching the outfits especially on elegant night. Its so much fun to watch folks not just in the dining room but on the Lido Deck as well. We attended dinner in the Monet dining room 5 of the 7 nights. 1 night we tried the Lido Buffet just to relax and then the final night we ate at Guy’s Burgers way too late and wasn’t hungry for dinner, so we skipped the dining room and opted for a Grilled Ham and Cheese and fries later that evening from the deli. As I stated, the food was great. You could always find something to eat throughout the day and there is always Room Service. Every morning while my son slept until about 11 a.m., I opted to eat from the Lido Buffet. I had a veggie omelet with hash browns, Bacon and Sausage with a cup of coffee and cup of guava juice. It never disappointed. I would bring back a couple of muffins for my son to eat when he got up. Then eventually, we would hit up Guy’s Burgers or Blue Iguana. Both were so good. Only once I ate lunch at the Lido Buffet and then once I ate upstairs at the barbecue joint. Other than the barbecue being a little cold, I enjoyed the smoked beef. We started each night at dinner with a delicious warm roll and then of course an appetizer. My son had shrimp cocktail each evening. Some of my choices were calamari, escargot, fried shrimp, tart with braised kale, blackened pork tenderloin, crab cakes and New England Clam Chowder. The only one I did not love was the crab cakes. I have had the crab cakes on other ships but did not like the consistency of the ones on Conquest. I felt they needed to be cooked longer so I didn’t finish them. All the other appetizers were good. Next were the main course. Night 1: DS had the sweet & sour shrimp and I had salmon with mac n cheese. We had eaten earlier at Guys Burger and didn’t want anything too heavy. DS had the chocolate melting cake which is usually a nightly order for him, but this cruise he got a different dessert each night. I had the wonderful Tiramisu which didn’t disappoint. Night 2: DS had Spaghetti carbonara and I had 2 lobster tails. For dessert, DS had the vanilla crème Brule and I had the carnival melting cake. Another huge hit on all our selections. Night 3: We skipped the main dining room and ate at the Lido buffet. Nothing memorable here. Nothing bad but nothing terrible outstanding. Night 4: DS had the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and I had the Filet Mignon with a whipped mash potato, for dessert we each had butter pecan ice cream. Night 5: I had the salmon cake and DS had Salmon. For dessert, I had ice cream again and DS had the Bitter N Blanc (Pecan Crunchy, Cinnamon Dulce Sauce). Superb dessert. Night 6: DS had the beef Lasagna and I had the braised short ribs. The short ribs were so tender they just melted in my mouth. My son pretty much inhaled the lasagna and almost ordered a second one but then remember he had already placed an order for dessert, so he skipped a second serving. I forgot to mention on this ship for the first time, the waiters asked for our dessert order with the dinner order. It was not a big deal because if you thought you wanted something different, you could change it later or you could skip dessert altogether. But that was new to me that they took dessert order with dinner. For dessert I had the cheesecake and DS had the buttered popcorn pot de crème. Both were superb choices. Night 7: We skipped because we had Guys Burgers too late in the day too eat again. All in all, every night dinner was excellent, and our Servers Harry and Samuel were excellent as well. Only on two nights we went after the theatre show to get pizza which also was a hit with both of us. Each day we each had at least two ice cream cones from the soft serve machine. And I believe DS probably had at least 3 a day. We also tried the new cakes that they have on the Lido deck. All were ok, nothing was like fabulous, but they were certainly much better than the former desserts. I had a slice of cake each afternoon (German chocolate, carrot cake, peanut butter cake, red velvet, white cake, cheesecake, etc.) We also tried the new for purchase donuts on Promenade. My son purchased 3 times during the 7 days (twice he had the caramel donut with the bacon on top and then he had the Smores Cupcake. I only purchased once which was a Praline cupcake. These were good but for $3.50 a pop I didn’t feel they were worth purchasing again. I also purchase ice-cream which was good. But won’t purchase again as the free ice cream is adequate. This was the best food I have had on a cruise in quite some time. No complaints at all except for the crab cakes which should have been cooked or fried a little harder. We did not make it to the Sea Day brunches (just not our thing). Beverages: I am not a drinker. I literally drink once a year on our annual cruise. I choose to order a Pina Colada each evening in either the Comedy Club or the Theatre and then I don’t drink again until my next cruise. Therefore, no cheers package for us. My son is a big bottle water person and I ordered a 12 pack of water and then since we are Gold we get the 2 free 2 Liter Bottled waters. And then I like to end each evening with a Diet Coke which is my fix in lieu of alcohol to wine down. I also had a 6-pack ordered to the room prior to the cruise. Almost each evening I ordered 2 PINA coladas one virgin for my son and one with alcohol. One night they mixed it up and it wasn’t until my son was 2 thirds thru that he said the drink tasted different. I had been drinking mine all along thinking they forgot the alcohol but since I’m not a drinker I was still enjoying it. Once he told me that, I tested his drink and realized he got mine and so I poured the balance into my drink and enjoyed the rest of it. Entertainment: We love the comedy on the ships. We had 4 comedians during our 7 days. I was hoping that each day we could hit a show, but three out of the 4 comedians repeated their family acts and I do not prefer to go to R rated shows especially with a 16-year-old. This was a little disappointing. The only comedian who didn’t repeat his family act was Mike Winfield. We went twice to see him, and he was by far the funniest of the 4 and I literally laughed so hard one night that I honestly felt my brain shift out of place. I haven’t laughed as hard in years and it was all clean and fun (nothing sexual, no cursing, truly family). And on that note, I would like to make some comments on our Cruise Director Matt Seguin. I had read great things about Matt Seguin and for the most part I guess they were true. Matt is full of energy and you could see him everywhere on the ship. He was funny and very pleasant. However, I felt that he crossed the line several times each day with his suggestive sexual jokes. This is unnecessary. I had never seen this on a Carnival Cruise or any cruise line. He was so brazen about his comments and would often laugh immediately following one of his suggestive comments and then apologize. The audience seemed to love this, but the children were present. Very inappropriate. I could understand if this was after hours or in a night club, but this was everywhere you went and just highly disappointing. Not only were his comments inappropriate but some of his actions and dance movements were borderline suggestive. I have never seen a cruise director have find so many opportunities to be inappropriate. He even had two gentlemen get on the floor in front of a green screen and had one act like a horse and one act like the rider and when they displayed it on the jumbo screen it appeared that they were humping each other, and he even nicknamed them broke back mountain. There were babies, toddlers and preteens in the audience. And even I at my age do not want to be constantly presented with inappropriate material at public events. And then he kept referencing how tight his pants were. I do not attend the hairy man contest because I realize this often gets out of hand or the Quest Event which is an 18+ event and is advertised as being something that sensitive or the Rated R shows because that is not the type of entertainment that I appreciate. If I go to a game show or a Trivia Game, I don’t expect to be blasted with suggestive material daily. The last night my 16-year-old and I had to leave the Mardi Gra Lobby party because he pulled 7 women up for a twerking contest. This was indeed nasty. This party started at 8:30 and there were a lot of children there. It seems like the world has truly changed in what people find acceptable as entertainment. Most of the passengers seemed to appreciate and enjoy his lude conduct and comments. However, I did not. He was loose and gave off such an overly casual and unprofessional vibe, that I saw a two separate women feel comfortable enough to slap his rear end. For these reasons, I must give Matt a thumbs down. After 15 cruises, I can honestly say this is the first time I have been truly offended by a CD or any crew member. There was definitely a lack of professionalism on his part. Now back to the overall entertainment, every theatre show was amazing from the Welcome Aboard Show to the Lip Synch Battle. We saw Flick, 80s Pop to the Max, Heart of Soul, Epic Rock, the Hasbro Game Show, the Love and Marriage Show and of course the Lip Synch Battle which were two passengers battling against each other. I hadn’t heard a lot of good things about the Lip Synch Battle, but I truly enjoyed it. We had two good contenders and it was really a tossup. Either was worthy to win. Oh, we also went to the Clue Game, but couldn’t really participate because you had to go each day to a certain event to get the next clue and we just wasn’t up for that. We went to the introduction of the game and then on the last day to the Big Reveal to see who did it. I think this would be fun if you truly follow the clues and attend every event. Next, I went to the free cooking demonstration at the Steak House which I had never done before. This was surprisingly very good. We had a 4-course meal technically. They were sample sizes but enough to serve as my lunch for that day. The menu included Mushroom Cappuccino (soup), a Baby Spinach salad with blue cheese crumbles and mushrooms, broiled free range chicken infused in rosemary and olive oil for 2 hours and served with potatoes and mac n cheese and then Tiramisu in a cup. It was excellent. It satisfied me to the point that I no longer felt the need to pay the additional $38 to try out the Steak House. LOL. Ports of call – It is difficult for me to say this but we did not get off the ship in 3 of the 4 ports. Namely because my son couldn’t walk. I generally don’t always book excursions in advance any more because I just like to plan as I go. In certain ports I might book in advance, it just depends. This trip I had planned to just go to the beach at Grand Turk and St. Thomas. Then in San Juan, we were going to do the trolley ride and walk around Old San Juan and then do some shopping. Amber Cove was just going to be a day hanging out at the Carnival port at the huge pool and ziplining since we had toured Amber Cove previously. Well it rained in San Juan which was our first port and my son was not up to doing much that day and I didn’t want to brave it alone in the rain. We ended up chilling out on Conquest and did Trivia and watched movies in the cabin. My son couldn’t get his feet wet and I hadn’t planned anything else for Grand Turk so it was Conquest again on port day. By time we reached St. Thomas, my son was ship crazy and wanted to get off. He still opted to walk but it rained. We did get off the ship but after shopping at the port area for a little while he wanted to go back. He was obviously still in more pain than he would admit. Amber Cove, we stayed on the ship. This is so not typical of us because we cruise yearly, and we love excursions, everything from ATV riding, to the beach trips, to the boat excursions, forts, shopping, dolphin encounters. You name it, we are down for it. For us to have gone to 4 ports (3 of which we had never been) and was unable to enjoy them is so out of character. But I have promised my son that we will rebook this itinerary probably next spring and try it again. He is a great kid with excellent grades and deserves to have a do over. I’m sure I have left out a lot but all in all I so enjoyed spending time with my son. We generally like the same things in terms of entertainment. We love the comedians, theatre shows and trivia games. Therefore, we made the best of the cruise as we could. We also watched several movies in the room that we enjoyed together such as Star Wars Rogue One, Infinity War Avengers, Captain America, Jason Bourne, Pitch Perfect 3, Legend of Tarzan, Book Club and then watched 3 new movies we had never seen locally (Collateral Beauty, Searching and So Be It). Check these out for certain if you never had. We stayed up a lot of late nights watching movies after returning from the theatre shows. Quite surprisingly entertaining. In closing, I will say that I love cruising but particularly with Carnival. I’ve tried NCL, Disney and MSC. I will definitely cruise with them again, but I just prefer Carnival and have always had more fun on Carnival. We already have our next Carnival cruise booked for November 2020 on the Horizon with the entire family. I have never not enjoyed my cruises. However, I have to say that my son’s injury prevented him from doing his usual cruise activities and he had been looking forward to this cruise for almost a year. I feel bad that he didn’t get to have the fun he normally has but he did express to me that he really enjoyed our time together. So that speaks volumes to me. And I will try to work in a do over with just DS and me before our family cruise.
  13. Hello, Myself and my two best girlfriends are booked on the Conquest for next year. When we booked, we decided to get a Suite to offer us three grown ladies extra cabin and balcony space. At the time only Ocean Suites were available. Now there is a Junior Suite available and it's about $140 total less than what we paid for the Ocean Suite. I have an email out to our PVP to inquire about a possible change to this cabin. I wanted to make sure with the rate we booked under that we are allowed to change and see if it will impact our OBC or not (even if it does, it's still cheaper to move to the Jr. Suite with the net cost). From looking at the floorplans and pics online of both type of cabins on the Conquest, they seem VERY similar. The cabin sizes appear to be very close in sq. ft. The notes do indicate that the balcony in the Jr. Suite is a "standard balcony" but the deckplans appear to show it to look longer than a standard balcony. We don't need a ton of balcony space; would just like enough room to comfortably be able to fit three chairs. Locations would be either Empress mid-deck (Ocean Suite ) or Lido all the way forward (Jr. Suite). I have been in both locations and they each have their pluses and minuses. I don't think location of either is enough to sway me either way. Both locations have cabins above and below. Can anyone give me any info/advice on these two cabin types that may seal the deal one way or another? :) Thanks!
  14. Hello again everybody! For those that do not know me, my name is Jeff “Jamman54” Maskall, and along with my lovely wife Patti, have just returned from another nearly month-long vacation. This retirement thing is really a lot of fun! Once again we spent some time in Orlando before driving to Tampa to board the newly refurbished Carnival Paradise for a five day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Our good CC friends Jim and Pat were also on this cruise, and it was great to share some of our casino, dinner, beach, and pool time with them. We can’t wait to sail with them again on the Pride in October. After our Paradise cruise was over, we drove from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale where we spent a few days before we boarded the Carnival Conquest for a six day cruise to Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. We called this our “cabana” cruise, since we had cabanas booked at our first three ports of call. Once again there were many “firsts” for us on these two cruises. With over fifty cruises under our belts it’s pretty cool that we seem to have “firsts” on every vacation that we take. This would be the first time that we have sailed on the Paradise and Conquest. In our quest to sail the fleet we could now cross these ships off the list. Our goal is to sail at least one new ship, to us, each year. We had never cruised from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), before. We were very impressed with our first experience there. Lastly, we had never been to Amber Cove, so we were excited to finally visit there. This review will cover both cruises, plus our time in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. As always, we will be giving you a lot of detailed information along with lots and lots of pictures. This will help you decide if you would like to sail on these ships, or visit the ports of call we visited. We like to make these reviews fun, and to make you feel that you are sailing along with us. Folks, grab yourself a DOD as this is going to be another long one! Patti once again took well over three thousand pictures during our journey. I brought my laptop along so that I could download the photos from our cameras daily, and try to keep up with resizing and cropping as we went along. It soon became apparent that there was no way that I could keep up with Patti’s itchy trigger (shutter) finger, so as I write this, only the Orlando and the Carnival Paradise cruise are fully finished. I will work on the rest daily as I write this review, so that I can stay ahead of the game. For those that are wondering, our go to camera is the Canon PowerShot XS710 HS, and our water camera is the Fuji FinePix XP60. So, on Sunday April 8th at 9pm in the evening, we began our latest journey. In October of last year we learned how to, or was it how not to, pack for a month vacation. This is what our month long packing looked like. We both agreed that we still packed too much….. This is the obligatory “we’re leaving Ryan at home with the cats for a month, see you later photo”. See how happy we are…… Once again we will be driving down to Florida. We like driving overnight so that we miss the morning rush hours of Baltimore and Washington, and there is hardly any traffic at all. I just set the cruise control at, ahem, 79 mph and just steer between the white lines while listening to tunes all night long. We usually make quick potty and/or gas stops every two hours or so. After nine hours of driving we were ready for some breakfast so we stopped at the Patti’s favorite place, Cracker Barrel, in Santee, South Carolina….. About three hours later we were crossing the border into Florida…… We always take the I-295 bypass around Jacksonville. Here we are going over the Dames Point Bridge……. Two hours later we had made it to Orlando. I-4 is still a nightmare, and not for the faint of heart! To think that it’s going to take six more years to fix this mess. Yikes!!! To be continued…..
  15. I have waited a long 455 days and finally my long awaited cruise is finally here.. Hi Everyone my name is LaToya (33) and I will be traveling with DH Nick(36). The Carnival Conquest will be a cruise of many first for us. 1. This is our first time on the Conquest. 2. This is our first time sailing out of Port Lauderdale\ Everglades. 3. This is our first cruise having the cheers package. We spent way too much money on drinks our last sailing. 4. This our first time to Turks and Caicos and my Husband's first time to Dominican Republic. I have been with family since my family originated from there.. I am super excited to finally cruise and to be writing my 2nd review. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Carnival Conquest, Our day before drive from Atlanta, GA with stops at Coco Beach, Jet Ski fun at Merritt Island , our stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown Las Olas the night before, and lots more fun with me. I promise to be detailed, add lots of pictures( food and drinks included) and try not to bore you to death. Lol. If you have any questions please ask away. All I ask is for you to please be patient, stay positive and friendly!! ALL ABOARD!!!!!
  16. For anybody thinking of trying the steakhouse on this ship....DO IT! For $38.00, I could not believe the meal we had...SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT...The head Chef even paid a visit to our table to say hello....A meal here in Toronto would $150.00 each AT LEAST, if not more....AMAZING
  17. Still looking at cruise options for our girls cruise next year. I've narrowed the choices down to two. I don't want anything longer than 4 days cause I'll be leaving my little one home with dad and grandma. Option 1: Carnival Liberty 4 Day Bahamas Cruise Monday thru Friday Port Canaveral Nassau Half Moon Cay Fun Day at Sea Port Canaveral Option 2: Carnival Conquest 4 Day Western Caribbean Monday thru Friday Miami Key West Cozumel Fun Day at Sea Miami We are looking to book either a Suite or something with a larger balcony to give us more room. There will be three of us in the cabin. On the Liberty, we would book either an Aft Wrap or Junior Suite. On the Conquest, we would book either an Aft-Extended Balcony or Ocean Suite (the Aft Wraps and Jr. Suites on this ship don't accommodate three guests). Prices are all within the same range ($50 delta from least to most expensive) except for the Aft Extended which is about $80 less than the next least expensive cabin. But honestly if we book the Conquest, we will likely go with the Ocean Suite anyway. I have never been on either of these ships but have sailed on sister ships the Valor, Glory and Freedom, so I'm familiar with the general layout. I know the Liberty is a few years newer and both were upgraded a few years ago. I've also been to all of the ports these itineraries hit. So I'm really just looking for anything that might make one ship stand out over the other. Any feedback would be great!
  18. I will be on Conquest Sept 21 2020 and it stops in Key West. I remember once hearing that there are two ports in Key West.. and when I sailed on the Imagination many years ago, the port it stopped at in Key West was a military post/port so you could not get off the ship unless you had an excursion booked.. you couldn't just get off and walk around.. For my upcoming cruise, how would I know which part of Key West it is going to port at?
  19. Hello! I am looking to book myself and two best gal pals in an Ocean Suite on the Conquest. We decided to go with the Ocean Suite cause it's three ladies who will most likely over pack all sharing a cabin. So we thought the extra room would be a good thing! I've been checking out some videos of the Ocean Suites on cruisedeckplans.com. But now I have a question about that vanity in the dressing area adjacent to the bathroom. Does anyone recall if there was an electrical outlet in that area? Just thought if there was we could have multiple people easily getting ready at the same time. Also, I noticed on the videos that in this dressing area there are two closets - one with shelves and one for hanging items. It looked like there might be another closet next to where the TV is. Is that another closet for hanging items? It seems like there is ample closet space, but just wanted to be sure. First time booking a Suite (was upgraded for free to a Grand Suite from an Oceanview guarantee years and years ago on the Fascination - still not sure how THAT happened)...but haven't booked anything better than a standard balcony since. Excited to experience a Suite again!
  20. Can anyone confirm if Conquest Cabin 6208 has the two twin beds AND sofa? I see on some sites that it does have the sofa, and other sites says it does not have the sofa? Would love to have it confirmed please.. if you know anyone who personally stayed in this cabin.. thx :)
  21. Hi! This is a quick review of our Carnival Conquest Cruise from 3/30 through 4/8. 8 day cruise to Princess Cay, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. I have never done a review, but I read them here all the time and appreciate the information they give so wanted to do a quick one. It is super unorganized compared to others. I did not take any pictures of our food and did not save the Fun Times. There were 7 of us. Me, my husband and kids (Boy 18 and Girl 15) and my Mother in law, Sister in law and Brother in law. I am one of the lucky ones who actually gets along with my in-laws so this was a non-issue for those of you out there thinking ‘holy sh%$...here we go a juicy review….get my popcorn’. Sorry to disappoint – no sister in law drama or mother in law fighting here! We flew from Minneapolis to FLL the DAY OF the cruise. Gasp! I know, I know……frowned upon. I was pretty nervous, but clung to the few reviews I read here of people who did it and survived. I did look up the flights the days prior to ours to make sure they were always landing on time and they were. Part of me wanted one to be delayed by hours or cancelled just so that flight was the ‘statistic’ and not our flight! We did get trip insurance so we knew if we missed the ship it would be an adventure catching up but we could do it! We were a direct flight, arriving at 11:40 a.m. into FLL. My in-laws though were on a connecting flight through Atlanta so I did worry more about them since there were 2 planes to worry about! But – we all arrived early! Yay! We arrived at 11:30 and them around noon. We booked Carnival transportation from the airport to the cruise terminal for the ONLY reason that if we were late and we got the latest bus, once upon the bus we were guaranteed to get on the ship. If hind sight were……you know the saying……we would have cabbed or ubered. The one thing I have to say is I did like how the carnival bus got us right where we needed to be and they told us exactly where to go and what to do. We have cruised before, but never out of FLL so it was nice to have clear directions. We checked in for the cruise at the airport and that was very easy to do. We boarded the bus and it took about 30 minutes from boarding time to when were at the cruise terminal. We arrive at the cruise terminal around 1:20. We breezed through everything and boarded in about 6 minutes. No lines and if there were I did not notice because we got to go to the ‘checked in at the airport’ line which nobody was in. We had a balcony room, our kids had an inside room right across the hall. We booked one adult in each room with one kid so we knew we would have to go to guest services to switch it around once on board. We did call prior to the cruise to do it ahead of time, but because my husband was on one fare offer and I was on another they could not switch it without rebooking us all (I booked all 3 of our rooms on-line) Sounds dumb to me, but I am sure there are reasons – just a lay person here. In laws had a balcony room for 3 on the other side of the ship. Don’t ask me if we were port or starboard because after 6 cruises I still don’t know and don’t care about the difference. We were AFT though (pat on the back to myself for finally getting that down). We were all on deck 8. Muster drill was excruciating. I am one of those people who follows rules and if I am on time I am late. We were on Lido enjoying a Guys burger and some cocktails (all of the adults got the CHEERS package) and they made the announcement that the muster drill would be starting and to make your way to your muster station. We knew our muster station letter since it was on our sail and sign, but had no idea where it was. In past cruises (3 with Carnival and 1 with NCL) we knew ahead of time where to go. After the 2nd announcement I was starting to panic that we would be late, but there were still a lot of people milling about so I was not too nervous. We started following the crowds down to deck 4 (I think). I saw one carnival employee go up to another employee and in mock panic, imitating the guests saying ‘help, help…where is my muster station!” and they laughed and laughed and I thought “well….it is not very clear to anyone where the muster stations are so you should probably just shut it and help people instead of make fun of them, literally in front of them”. That left a bad taste in my mouth for sure. We were told to go into the hallways by the life rafts and wait. And we waited, and waited and waited and it got hotter and hotter and hotter. We, of course, were first there so in the back row. At one point I thought I was going to puke or pass out. On my in-laws side (they were not at the same station as us) their group was chanting and doing the wave and my Mother in Law was disgusted by all of the shenanigans. After about 40 minutes of waiting and people lining up and squishing us further and further back they did the muster drill information which lasted 5 minutes. Then let us go which took another 10. I understand the need for the muster drill and actually liked that we were where we would actually have to be in case of a real emergency. Look people I am one of those on the airplane that actually still listens and pays attention to the flight attendants and finds my closest exits on every flight! I just feel like there could be a better way to do this to ensure the guest gets the information they need, but not having to crowd into a hot space together. But again – just a lay person here. I feel like you should all be handed a shirt on the way out saying “I survived the muster drill of 2019”. We made it! My brother and sister in law who have never cruised before were about to jump ship and go home since they wanted no part of the cruise any more if that was an indication of things to come. We assured them it was just the one time and from now on, although crowded, it would not be mandatory any more. They settled down and got more drinks (liquor always is a good answer to stressJ). Sail away started immediately and by the time we went to our rooms to see if our bags were there (they were), changed and went back up to Lido we were already well on our way. We eventually made our way down to our rooms and unpacked, dressed and met for dinner. They did not have our rooms with the correct configuration of beds in our room and my in-laws room – they must have gotten those mixed up. We did see the room steward and we went through how we wanted the beds, that we would love to have ice every day, we wanted the room serviced twice a day in our room, once in the kids and twice in the in-laws. My kids loved Faruk (sp?) right away and he knew most of our names by day 2. We always had ice in the room and the services was great. We had any time dining. We never had to wait for a table and there was always 7 of us. I don’t remember what we all had, but it was all pretty good - give or take a meal here and there. At one point we went to guest services and the excursions desk. Guest services where we had to switch our sail and sign cards around to the correct rooms so we would have the right keys. That was no problem at all! Excursions because we rented a cabana on Princess Cay which was our first port of call and we had to choose the cabana number. There is not a lot of information out there about the Cabanas, but I had read to get a higher number. We chose our cabana with Max, the very friendly excursion desk rep and he went through the map of the island with us and we felt super great about it all when we left and very excited! You can only rent the cabana for 4 people and cannot add any additional people. Max did tell us they don’t like splitting groups up though so the 7 of us could get off with the priority tender for excursions but asked that just 4 go to the cabana and the other 3 make their way there after a bit. That was fine with us as part of the reason we even wanted the cabana was for the priority tender. We went to bed early (10:30) since we had a long day of travel and Princess Cays was the next day and we were excited to get off first and get to our cabana and get settled in for a day of sun and beach! Embarkation Pic attached - I am the one in the white jacket (Hubs in the blue shirt behind me) and you can probably figure the rest out from there.
  22. Need some opinions... Cruising over Thanksgiving is our large family group...a couple toddlers, 3 tweens, 2 teenagers, 3 sets of 40 something parents, 2 sets of grandparents. Looking at two different ships with different itineraries. Conquest - Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk Breeze - Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya I've done the Breeze before (my favorite ship) but I love the Conquest itinerary. What would you pick and why?
  23. I’m new here so I’m sorry if I’m posting this in the wrong place. My family of 5 will be cruising on the Conquest for 7 days. We’re going to split up into 2 staterooms (2 in one and 3 in the other). My biggest concern is getting cabins that are next to one another or very close. We’re not looking to spend a ton for the room since we don’t plan on being in it much other than sleeping. So with that info, please give me your feedback on the options I have available. I could get 2 ocean view rooms on the Riviera Deck (1) that are side by side. Or 2 interior rooms (4G) on the Verandah deck (8) that are also side by side. I’d really appreciate any feedback on the pros/cons of the decks, their convenience, room comparisons. I’m not sure if one room category is really any better than the other since the cost is very similar. Thanks!
  24. On May 5 these two ships are switching ports. Magic from MIA to FLL & Conquest from FLL to MIA. Both ships leave at 9pm on 5-5-19. Can anyone tell me about their experience or does anyone have knowledge of how embark day will be. I have received a 4:30pm-5pm time for arrival at FLL(Magic). Will rooms be ready? What time will each ship reach its new port? My biggest question, what would be the earliest we should head over to the port. I am going to try to get a late check out from the hotel but if lucky that will be 1pm. I would appreciate any suggestion or thoughts as I don't know what to expect. Thanks friends!
  25. cruising on March 16 on Conquest and today St Kitts is now Tortola, What happened? St Kitts was my favorite
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