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Conquest review 10/17/10, Pics included

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Okay, I am going to attempt a review of our 1st cruise. I also have pictures I will include along in the review. I am not a fancy writer, LOL, but just want to kind of re-live the wonderful vacation & share our experience & thoughts.

 

A little background about us to start off. We are from the Houston area, mid-late 30's & just DH & I went for this cruise. We booked a little over a year in advance & then I joined here at CC & started to learn all I could. :D

 

Western Itinerary

 

I'll try to answer any questions that I can.

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cant wait to read your review and see your pics. i think we're going to book our next cruise on the conquest for may of 2011.

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cant wait to read your review and see your pics. i think we're going to book our next cruise on the conquest for may of 2011.

 

Thanks! I'm trying to work on it now, but keep getting error messages & kicked out, LOL!

 

We really loved the Conquest & everyone was great! You will love it!

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One of the things we liked to do pre-cruise with the kiddos, would be to go watch the Conquest sail away sometimes on Sunday's. We'd hang out on the 'patio' area there in front of the Harbor House Hotel. A little bit before we were to set sail, we went into Galveston early one Sunday morning to watch the Conquest come in for docking. This is amazing & so cool to see in person.

 

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Looking forward to your review!! We will be getting on the Conquest in a couple weeks for our anniversary and we can't wait!!!!:D

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Hey Meyer 2

 

I found you! BTW, instead of uploading photos, something that took me a long time and that I keep forgetting how to do, I started using the attach file feature under this reply box. The thumbnails are not big though is the only problem.

 

It is fun to write reviews, like you say, you relive the cruise. I am anxious to read yours. Did you gain any weight?

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Love the pictures! We got off as you were boarding. We had a great time. Can't wait for the rest of your review.

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Thanks everyone! More coming....

 

Dane- You'll love it!

 

MicksMom- Did you enjoy your cruise?

 

FighterOne- I did gain a few lbs, but I haven't done my official weigh-in at WW yet, LOL! But we did take the stairs a lot & our cabin was aft, so we did a good amount of walking too.

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On Saturday the 16th, we had my parents come over for dinner & then all 3 kiddos went with them as they would be there for the week. Once they left, we put the last few items in the bags that had to wait until last minute & got the luggage tags on. I will say, we took several bags, however, we truly used almost every single thing we took. LOL! :D Put all but 1 bag loaded into the van.

 

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Sunday morning, we got up about 6:30 a.m., dressed & put the final bag in the van & we headed out about 7 a.m. We then drove & met my in-law's in League City at Cracker Barrel a little before 8 for breakfast. After breakfast with them, we drove back to their house to leave their truck & we all loaded in our van & headed for the terminal. They live just about 15 minutes from there, so it was just a short ride. We didn't have intentions on being there as early as we were, but the IL's were ready I guess to go ahead & drop us off. LOL :p This turned out to be good though.

 

We knew that we would have some waiting time, but we were okay with that. We pulled up & stopped right where you leave your baggage, so dropped it there & we were headed inside. It was right about 9:45 & we were seated in the 2nd row after the wedding party groups & VIP's. Met Judy from our roll call who was getting married that morning.

 

Right at about 10:15 they took the wedding party groups & VIP's & at 10:20 we were told we could precede to start check-in! Yay!! Quick check of our passports & boarding pass & then over to x-ray for our carry-ons which also only took a few minutes. Within 5 minutes, we had check-in & had our blue S&S cards & given Zone 5 for boarding. Sounds good to us! We head over & are seated in the 2nd row for boarding, & we soon found out that zone 5 was the 1st zone to be boarded after the wedding groups & VIP's. Awesome! At this point it was about 10:40 approx. While waiting, we went over & got our embarkation picture taken & visited with a few people around us.

 

About 11:30, the wedding groups, VIP's & those needing assistance were boarded & at 11:45, we heading for the gangway. Right as we entered the gangway, they stopped those behind us so they could 'catch up' with the security photo part. We were within the 1st 50 or so passengers onto the ship after the other groups. So cool!!!

 

Okay, as a 1st timer, the feeling is just so awesome, exciting & we of course were grinning from ear to ear & ready to go! Just in awe, amazing!!!

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We went straight to the lido deck for lunch, & as we did, got a DOD to start off right. We passed the buffet line & went up to deck 10 for the fish & chips, Sur Mer. I had read on here that it's a great spot, especially on the 1st day as no one realizes about it, which is so true! We got our food right away & pretty much had the area to ourselves, only a few other couples or people came over there. We picked a table right by the window, had plenty of room for our bags to not be in the way & we had a few of Galveston.

 

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Looking down from the fish & chips area.

 

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ugh, i am so jealous!! GREAT pics and LOVING this review... keep it coming!!

 

Thank-you!

 

AWSOME!! Keep it coming! I sail in less then 4 weeks!!

 

Thank-you!

 

That pic of the fish and chips literally made my mouth water! YUM! Looking forward to the rest of your review! Great job so far!

 

Thank-you! I know, I'm so hungry for the fish & chips now too, LOL!

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Here are a few pictures of the atrium lobby area I took thoughout the week. The 1st two were taken while we were in one of the glass elevators.

 

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One last one:

 

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12:45, After finishing our fish & chips & talking about our excitement for a few minutes, we decided to go walk around for a little bit until our cabin was ready.

 

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We went & found our assigned dining room, The Reinoir.

 

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We had been walking around about half an hour & decided to stop up on deck 10 to just look out & enjoy the view from the ship. We got 2 more DOD's & we ended up running into another couple there, that offered to take a picture of the two of us. Turned out, they were one of the couples from our roll call! So we stayed & all chatted for about an hour & then we headed about 2:00 towards our cabin to check it out.

 

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For our cabin, we originally booked an inside on the Empress deck, then switched to an OV on the Riveria & then we decided we were going to splurge & go with a balcony. We ended up going with an aft wrap (9C category) on the Empress deck. Cabin 7445. We loved this room, especially the balcony! It was well worth it for us!!

 

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Upon getting to our room, 1 bag had already been dropped off for us & the others came within about 10-15 minutes. Gifts from the kids that had been delivered to the room thru BV dept & the cooler with beer & had sent for DH.

 

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Cabin pictures:

 

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Someone knocked & came in, thought it was the room steward at first, turned out to be someone thru the BV dept trying to deliver something & they didn't realize we were in there. Told him we would step out onto the balcony to wait. Once he said to come back in, here's what we found, Thanks to my parents for the gift!

 

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Balcony & more balcony!

 

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Looking around to the aft cabins balcony area:

 

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Look at you guys with your DOD! These pics are really good. I have to admit, I wasn't sure about the decore of the Conquest, but the more I look at it, I think I like it.

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We had a great time the week before. We had a really active Roll Call & had 3 events planned. We had an informal meet & greet prior to sailaway, cabin crawl & poker run on Monday & private cocktail party on Tuesday.

 

We were in a cabin like yours during our cabin crawl. Loved the huge balcony. We even got to see a Grand Suite. Not sure I will ever be able to afford one of those.

 

Can't wait for more.

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What a great review so far. You are doing an awesome job and your pics are great. Makes me want to go back. It just seems like 7 days is never enought time to do everything.

It was so good to meet you on Sunday. I hope you had as wonderful a time as we did.

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Look at you guys with your DOD! These pics are really good. I have to admit, I wasn't sure about the decore of the Conquest, but the more I look at it, I think I like it.

 

Thank-you! We liked the decor, didn't bother us. :)

 

Love, love, love the balcony!

 

It's an awesome one for sure, LOL!

 

We had a great time the week before. We had a really active Roll Call & had 3 events planned. We had an informal meet & greet prior to sailaway, cabin crawl & poker run on Monday & private cocktail party on Tuesday.

 

We were in a cabin like yours during our cabin crawl. Loved the huge balcony. We even got to see a Grand Suite. Not sure I will ever be able to afford one of those.

 

Can't wait for more.

 

Welcome back! Hope you had a wonderful cruise too!! We had several get together's scheduled too, but several of us spent a good amount of time together. Cocktail party I bet was fun. Not sure we'd ever get to do a Grand Suite either, LOL, but the little I saw, they looked nice.

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My favorite ship, great review

 

Thanks!!

 

What a great review so far. You are doing an awesome job and your pics are great. Makes me want to go back. It just seems like 7 days is never enought time to do everything.

It was so good to meet you on Sunday. I hope you had as wonderful a time as we did.

 

Thanks!! We want to go back too, we had such a wonderful time!! It was great to meet you too, so happy for you guys!!

 

Our first cruise was on the Conquest. I want to go again NOW! ;+)

 

Me too! LOL! Wish I could sail this weekend. :D

 

Okay, I promise I will be posting more a little later this morning. Trying to still catch up with a few things here & the little one keeps me busy sometimes. ;)

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After we they were done decorating our cabin, Hubby & I went back in & got everything unpacked & put away for the week. Went back out to the balcony for a little bit until about 3:30 when it was time for the Muster drill. Went pretty quickly & not too bad luckily. Once done, we went back up to our balcony for sail away. Our roll call had agreed to meet for sail away up on the lido deck at the bar area, but we had told everyone we would be just a little late since we wanted to do sail away from our balcony.

 

Right about 4:00, it was time to let the ropes loose!!! Woo Hoo, we are officially on our way now!

 

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My parents came down to Galveston with our 3 kids to watch us leave. Also our 2 friends of ours that love cruising, also came. Was fun having someone to actually wave to that we knew. LOL! The kids, especially our younger 2, were yelling "Bon Voyage Mom & Dad" so loud we could actually hear them. LOL!

 

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Pictures as we started off:

 

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A few pictures from our view for Monday morning:

 

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Oops, before I post more pictures, LOL! I forgot to finish up about Sunday night.

 

We then went up to the lido deck & met up with our roll call group, which had a really good turnout. About 5:30, we then left to go explore the ship a little bit more to familiarize ourselves & head to dinner in the Renoir dining room, assigned seating, for 6:00. We ended up at table 654, a table for 2. We loved the location of our table & we met our Waiter & Assistant Waiters right away. All 3 of them were awesome!!!! We couldn't have asked for anything better. Jeffrey, Muhammad & Chaya (sp?) & Mr. V was our Maitre D. He was awesome too!!! Mr. V was also very personable with us too, I will say we didn't miss a single night in the dining room, we loved the experience.

 

The 1st night DH had the shrimp cocktail for appetizer, the flat iron steak with mac & cheese & the WCMC for dessert. He loved the WCMC & had it every night. LOL. I did think it was good, but too rich for me to have more than a couple of bites.

 

I had the chicken tenders for an appetizer (DH shared some), sweet & sour shrimp & I also tried the tilapia with mac & cheese, and butter pecan ice cream for dessert.

 

After dinner, we explored more & then headed back to the cabin, which turned out to be our only early night I believe. LOL!

 

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Love the review so far.

 

I didnt think i would like cruising all that much, but man i am totaly hooked.

 

If i could do it every week, i would...maybe i need to see about a job on a ship, perhaps my wife and son and i could all get jobs.

 

thanks for bringing back great memories!

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I'll bet having family and friends there to see you off was so nice. I know I mentioned it before, but I really love your pics. The food porn is amazing! :D

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Love the review so far.

 

I didnt think i would like cruising all that much, but man i am totaly hooked.

 

If i could do it every week, i would...maybe i need to see about a job on a ship, perhaps my wife and son and i could all get jobs.

 

thanks for bringing back great memories!

 

Thanks!

 

LOL, I hear ya! We are hooked too! I saw your review right before we sailed, awesome & a cutie your little son is too.

 

I'll bet having family and friends there to see you off was so nice. I know I mentioned it before, but I really love your pics. The food porn is amazing! :D

 

It was fun having them there for all of us. And thank-you, appreciate it.

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I'll bet having family and friends there to see you off was so nice. I know I mentioned it before, but I really love your pics. The food porn is amazing! :D

I concur!!!!:)

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Monday, Sea Day

 

After getting up & enjoying our beautiful view, we dressed & headed to the Monet dining room for open seating breakfast. We were seated with 3 other couples, seated aft which had more beautiful views while we ate. Monet dining room is for sure bigger than the Renoir, & it's beautiful too.

 

After breakfast, we just walked around, browsed the shops for awhile. It was nice to not have to do anything, LOL, just as we wished. DH decided he wanted to go back to the cabin & relax on one of the lounge chairs on the deck, which, he promptly fell asleep. LOL! I let him nap about an hour & then we headed back to the Monet dining room for open seating lunch. We were seated with another great bunch of people & had great conversations with everyone. DH & I both ordered the create your own burger & ice cream for dessert. Yummy

 

As soon as lunch was over, we headed to the Blues lounge for a CC M&M time & met with our new friends again to get to know each other a little more. I then decided I needed one of the DOD's in the funnel cup so off we went. We ran back into Jodi & Mike (CC friends) & they came back to our cabin & we all set out on the balcony for about an hour just chatting. Life is good. LOL

 

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Tonight was the 1st elegant night, DH wore a tie! Yay! LOL! So after dinner, we did go for some of the pictures with the backdrops & did end up buying a couple of poses.

 

I had the spaghetti carbonara as a starter & then flat iron steak. (Forgot to snap the pic before cutting the steak, LOL, sorry) DH had the same starter then the grilled chicken breast.

 

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