Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Review with tons of photos

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#1
Vermont
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Today I did laundry, vacuumed and went grocery shopping. What happened to my room steward, Marlon? Where's my mocha chocolate getaway? Was it really just yesterday morning that I debarked the Carnival Conquest in Miami? Sadly, yes. DH and I had a great cruise (is there anything other than a great cruise?). This is my very lengthy, very picture heavy review. Questions are welcome!

We flew from NH to Orlando and then rented a car and drove to Miami to save money. Well, I thought it would save money, but DH proved that it most likely didn't between the rental car price, SunPass tolls and gas. Oh, well, it was an adventure nonetheless.

The day started off quite slippery as it was freezing rain in NH. Luckily, after de-icing the plane, we took off with no problems.

The drive lasted about 4 hours since we stopped three times.

We stopped at a Publix in Miami to get some frozen dinners and a 6-pack of water for the cruise. We then dropped the rental car off at the Miami Rental Car Center right next to the airport. We were going to take the People Mover into the airport and then take the free shuttle to our hotel, Element Hotel, but we spotted a cab outside and just wanted to get to the hotel after the long day of traveling. The hotel was super close and the taxi fare was only a little more than $6.
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
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#2
Vermont
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I picked a good hotel this time! Last time we were in Miami we picked La Quinta East and it was crappy. Lol! Here are photos of our hotel room.











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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#3
Vermont
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The TV swiveled so you could watch it from both the couch and bed.







Element Hotel Miami was very nice for the price. I believe we paid approx. $130 for the night. In the morning, they called a taxi for us and the taxi was there within minutes. The hotel offers a shuttle for $12 pp, but the shuttle they had left when we checked in was for 11 a.m. and we like to get to the port early, which is why we decided to get a taxi. The taxi price was about $25 without tip. We left a little before 9:30 a.m. and were at the port by a little after 9:50 a.m.
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#4
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
The porter stapled out Carnival luggage tags on for extra strength (we had taped them), which I thought was very nice. It took us a few minutes to get through security because there was a line. DH got sent to the "naughty" table because he had our 6 pack of water in his backpack. They had to shake it to make sure it wasn't vodka.

The terminal we were in was G I believe (the one closest to the turning basin), which isn't owned by Carnival so we had to wait in white plastic chairs. They had the A/C and fans blasting, so I actually put my sweatshirt on because it was quite chilly! We had Zone 2. Zone 2 was called a couple minutes before noon.
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#5
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
The people from San Diego we talked to in the terminal took a couple pictures of DH and I as we got on the ship.





We then went straight up to Lido deck where DH got a Guy's burger and I got a turkey sandwich from the deli. Excuse the half eaten burger, DH was chowing down before I got a picture of it!







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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#6
Vermont
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#8
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Red Frog Rum Bar:


Blue Iguana Tequila Bar:




The aft adult's pool was being worked on (or maybe cleaned?) the first day, but it opened up later.





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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#9
Vermont
2,699 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by momof5k
Enjoying the photos so far! Keep 'em coming! We are sailing the Conquest in 34 days
You'll love her! The only disappointment in this ship is that although she has the deck space for it, she doesn't have the comfy wicker serenity chairs, couches and hammocks in which to make a Serenity area. A little disappointing, for sure, but not a deal breaker. They did have the normal blue loungers up there.
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#10
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Pizza Pirate:










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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#11
Vermont
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Promenade Deck 5:
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#12
Wisconsin
122 Posts
Joined Oct 2012
I love it so far! I have been on her twice and miss it. I can't wait to sail her again. Until that day I love reading reviews and looking at pictures.

Keep it coming!
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#13
Vermont
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Casino Bar:
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#14
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by VacaLovers2
I love it so far! I have been on her twice and miss it. I can't wait to sail her again. Until that day I love reading reviews and looking at pictures.

Keep it coming!
Thanks!
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#15
27 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Thanks for the review! I am on the Conquest's western on Feb 23rd!! Any chance you kept the Fun Times? It would be cool to get a heads up on the activities, but if not no worries. Looking forward to the rest of the review!
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#16
Vermont
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#17
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by Jimmy Jams
Thanks for the review! I am on the Conquest's western on Feb 23rd!! Any chance you kept the Fun Times? It would be cool to get a heads up on the activities, but if not no worries. Looking forward to the rest of the review!
Yup! I kept all the Fun Times. I will take pictures of them and post them at the end of my review. My review might take me a little while to do (since I have to go back to work tomorrow-yuck!), but I promise to be finished before you leave!
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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#18
Connecticut
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Joined Feb 2012
Welcome Back!!! Been waiting for this review! Hope you had a great cruise!!!! Love your pics!!!!!
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#19
Vermont
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Joined Apr 2011


DH got a Red Frog beer in the EA Sports bar:








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Carnival Valor, Jan. 2, 2016 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2298817
Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2, 2015 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2169472
Carnival Conquest, Jan. 12, 2014 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1975490
Carnival Glory, June 30, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1874410
Carnival Liberty, April 13, 2013 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1831606
Carnival Freedom, May 27, 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1645886
Carnival Pride, March 27, 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1569317

#20
Twin Citties
210 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
After cruising the last 4 years, it looks like we'll be taking a break this year I knew you would be doing a review and was looking forward to it!
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