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Micktooth

Just of the Conquest 4/3/05

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I just got home and I'll post a long review soon. The ship was great although many people were seasick on the first and last days at sea. Jamaica:definately go to Sunset Beach Resort,totally awesome and well worth twice as much as the 20 bucks to get in. Grand Cayman was a dissappointment. There were 7 mega ships in port and the island cannot handle all of the people. We even had a bad experience with Native Way, details will follow. Coz, Paradise Beach was great met Tom off of the CC boards, he says hi to everyone. The ship and staff are terrific. I cannot imagine anyone being any nicer! I'll post my review soon, after I do a lot of laundry! If you have specific questions, just ask them here and I'll try to answer them as soon as possible.

Dave

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I can't wait for your review. We are sailing on the Conquest in three weeks. I am especially interested in your experience with Nativeway because we are booked with them for the Stingray and Island Tour. Please post your review soon! Thanks

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Can't wait to read your review! Forget the laundry, make yourself a drink, tomorrow is Monday :eek: !

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welcome back!! cant wait to hear your review.... We were on conquest last month and had a great time..

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We sail in 49 days!:eek: We plan on Sunset Beach, Capt. Marvin In GC and booked with swim with the dolphins in COz, already booked (except Sunset Beach). Dad 48 Mom 46 Boys 18, 16 & 16 (twins)

 

Elation last year and did the Pleaseure island (too much$$$ for the trip).

 

I look forward to yoiur review(s).

 

Can you help with these questions:

 

  • Would you please tell us about the Cruise Director - who (him/her - age) fun or boring - asst Cruise Directors - who's the best for fun
  • How were the shows
  • Casino - I hopet hey have $5 dollar table for this cheapie!
  • We can wait to R&R and have a blast staying at Embessy Suites 2 days prior to sailing and walking to the ship - any problems with that - seems like 2 blocks or so.
  • Airport transpotation. We don't fly our until 3PM Sunday, so I guess that won't be bad.
  • Plemty of kids - right?

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Just returned from NO....the Conquest was great! Sunset Beach is the best excursion ever...the best value that we have ever seen!

The ship was a little rocky at night, but just enough to make us sleep better. Staff was exceptionally friendly, especially Tony and Sarge in the Monet dining room. Our cabin steward was Richard, and he was the most friendly and efficient cabin steward we have ever encountered.

Let's see... where do I begin...

 

Entertainment: The vegas-style shows are great, magic show sucked, as well as the talent show. The first two comedians are awesome, but stay away from the Phat Cat show. He is over the edge vulgar, and most of the audience left after 15 minutes. The Motown night is terrific, great blend of oldies that all ages will enjoy. The pool-side band is funny, they sing a lot of Jimmy Buffett and oldies, however they don't know the words and make them up as they go along.

 

Big problems with young teens on the elevators. They apparently have nothing better to do. Be prepared to take the stairs most of the time.

 

The captains party and past cruisers party was excellent. They are also offering a Carnival Vacation Club on the ship. Sign up and listen to the 10 minute talk, and you're invited to a margaurita and chips & salsa party on Friday night, even if you don't buy. We did the math and didn't purchase, you make your own decision. It was nice however before when you could cruise and weren't bombarded with vacation salespeople.

 

Casino - play on day 2, then quit. Trust me. This trip proved what I had already learned from past Carnival trips.

 

Buy liquor on the ship. You will not find a better price off the ship. If you purchase on Friday afternoon, you can go ahead and take to your room.

 

Portraits have always been a headache on Carnival, but the Conquest takes the cake. Imagine trying to find your photos among those of 3500 other passengers. We traveled with a couple who where going to purchase most of their photos, but found they had moved them to another spot during the cruise and couldn't ever locate them again. Carnival is missing out on a lot of money by moving photos every day.

 

The food was the same menu I have seen on every Carnival cruise. Plus, the same taste of nations on the lido deck every day. Breakfast was even the same, as well as room service. Beware of the Seafood Bistro on the upper deck, one in our party got severely ill from the Gumbo on the first day.

 

Grand Cayman - We caught a cab to 7 mile beach via Marriott. Beach chair rentals are NOT included, and beers are $5 per cup. Not a good deal. Make sure you wear beach shoes, as the man made reefs of rocks will cut your feet.

 

Cozumel - Still the same old shops. Rum cakes, diamonds, etc. We shopped just off the pier and never did take the taxi downtown. Others in our party who did regretted it...hateful cab drivers, hot weather, etc.

 

Port of New Orleans - we won't ever go there again...ever! Arrived at port early (about 10:30) on our departure day, only to find that the ship was an hour late coming in. Didn't board until 12:30, and couldn't go to our room until 2 p.m. Upon leaving, we got off the ship at 8:30 a.m. , but couldn't catch a shuttle until 10:30 a.m. to our parking area. The taxis take over the loading dock, and the shuttle busses just have to wait for them.

 

Ok, so this was long, and the only real complaints I have are the teenagers playing on the evelators 24-7, and the same old complaint about people saving poolside chairs. I wish the Purser's office would offer a reward for unoccupied carnival towels. This would put an end to it.

 

If you have any questions, please email me at kimhanco@hotmail.com. Bon Voyage!

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I can't seem to understand the fascination teenagers have with elevators. Have they never taken an elevator before? Now granted, I know the ones on cruise ships are glass with views of the atrium, but still. I would never have gone into an elevator as a teen and pushed every button. Where are these kids' parents? :confused:

 

Loved reading your review. We sail on the Conquest this Sunday 4/17! Can't wait!!!! :D

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Hey Blackwing --- have a great time on your cruise. we were on the same cruise with Kim, but we didn't have a problem with elevators.....we never took them cuz we needed the excercise of the stairs to help with all the extra calories from the good food and drinks :D

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I've posted a 4 part review for my 3/27-4/3 saling. Just do a search for my screen name "micktooth" and you should find it easily. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to ask. BTW, my 11yo son and some of his friends did enjoy riding the glass elevators but by no means were they there 24/7.

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Grand Cayman was a dissappointment. There were 7 mega ships in port and the island cannot handle all of the people. We even had a bad experience with Native Way

 

Interesting, because I was on the same cruise, and there were only 5 ships in port, and 3 were RCCL Radiance class- not their Voyager class mega ships. The 5th was from some crusie line I never heard of, but it wasn't very big. Not trying to nit pik, but that's quite different than 7 mega ships.

 

We also used Native Way for SC and snorkel and had a wonderful expereince. Curious to hear what went wrong for you.

 

Agree about the teens...I mentioned that in my "semi review" buried on page 2 or 3 by now.

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My husband and I are driving to New Orleans and going on Conquest... our first cruise... so excited. We are 50 and celebrating our 30th anniversary. We want to do the stingray sandbar thing for sure. My husband is a high school marine biology teacher!! Am having trouble knowing what to pack... clotheswise. Sounds like so much fun. We have an interior room I think. We want to snorkel... heard Sunset Beach was fun.

 

We sail in 49 days!:eek: We plan on Sunset Beach, Capt. Marvin In GC and booked with swim with the dolphins in COz, already booked (except Sunset Beach). Dad 48 Mom 46 Boys 18, 16 & 16 (twins)

 

Elation last year and did the Pleaseure island (too much$$$ for the trip).

 

I look forward to yoiur review(s).

 

Can you help with these questions:

  • Would you please tell us about the Cruise Director - who (him/her - age) fun or boring - asst Cruise Directors - who's the best for fun
  • How were the shows
  • Casino - I hopet hey have $5 dollar table for this cheapie!
  • We can wait to R&R and have a blast staying at Embessy Suites 2 days prior to sailing and walking to the ship - any problems with that - seems like 2 blocks or so.
  • Airport transpotation. We don't fly our until 3PM Sunday, so I guess that won't be bad.
  • Plemty of kids - right?

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You will absolutely love swimming with the Stingrays! Grand Cayman is a beautiful island and that is the best tour we have done. We usually take our own snorkeling gear (because we have it). It is kind of nice to use your own mask and not have to hunt for the right size fins. Sunset Beach Resort was a first for us last year and was the best thing we have found about Jamaica. Beautiful resort and $20 for all you can drink and eat for a full day just cannot be beat. We went to City Center first to buy some of the $1.00 per inch pearls (have to add to the collection) then on to the resort for a day of relax in the sun! Cozumel is our favorite port--people are just so friendly and that is where we do our actual shopping. But if you want to book a tour there, the snorkeling is just great! Have a wonderful trip and Happy Anniversary! Oh, and noticed you are a War Eagle fan--Alabama folks???? We are from Montgomery, where are you?

 

**About clothes to pack...take 1/2 as many clothes and twice as much money!!! Really though, dress for comfort during the day, save dress up for dinner...and try The Point, what a dininig experience! We will be there in Sept. and counting down the days! Happy Crusing!

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Just returned from NO....the Conquest was great!

 

Portraits have always been a headache on Carnival, but the Conquest takes the cake. Imagine trying to find your photos among those of 3500 other passengers. We traveled with a couple who where going to purchase most of their photos, but found they had moved them to another spot during the cruise and couldn't ever locate them again. Carnival is missing out on a lot of money by moving photos every day.

 

 

I cannot agree more! We walked by a few times during the cruise to take a peek & did not purchase anything. We waited till the last day to buy, it took us 2hrs to find our pictures. They are moved everyday & then at the end there are some that are put into piles that you & everyone else has to look through. Save yourself the trouble, if you see a picture you like, but it then & there.

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The problem is, those pictures are so ridiculously expensive. We decided we were going to buy one, and just one. But we wanted to wait until later in the week to see if we liked any of the later photos better. And if you want your formal dining room picture, if you wait until later in the week, they will have a special and give you a free Carnival folio with it. We never had a problem finding our photos - sometimes it took a little while, but we found them. Never had to go through a huge stack.

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