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Cajun Cruiser Conquest Review-long!

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Just returned from our Conquest trip and here are a few of my thoughts. I was pretty active on our roll call group, so I had made dinner reservations for part of our group in Nola the night before. It was fun meeting everyone and we hung out together that night.

 

DH husband and I flew in from Seattle, took a taxi to our B&B (McKendrick & Breaux B&B). We went to a fantastic steak house that night recommended by Brett our proprieter-Crescent City Steakhouse. They had a to-die-for dessert with oreo cookies, ice cream and carmel sauce. Saturday DH and I walked the French Quarter, did a carriage ride, ate a beignet, walked the market, etc. That night the CC's met up at Cajun Cabin, food was not so great, company was excellent! We tried the Ghost Tour after dinner and ended up ditching it. Tour turned right and our CC group all turned left! I'm sure the tour leader wondered what happened to half his group! LOL!

 

Sunday, DH and I did a walking tour of the Garden District-loved it! Just be prepared that the cemetary in this area is closed on Sundays. After stalking up on bottled water and pop at the local Walgreens, we picked up our luggage and took a taxi to the pier. It was about 1:30 when we arrived, there were only about 4 cabs in front of us, unloaded pretty quickly and made our way to the funpass line. Funpass line went very quickly, we were then sent to the next line to wait for a yellow chair. The yellow chair process took about an hour.

 

Once on the ship, I was glad I knew the layout from studying the book, because no one was around to help us. Found our cabin pretty quickly, 7483 an L shape cabin with a realllllly long balcony at an 8a price. More on that later. No sign of our room steward anywhere-infact we did not meet him until the next day when I tracked him down. Dissapointing guy, never did learn his name. The first two days at sea we spent alot of time sunning on our own balcony, going to the shows, playing bingo and playing the slots in the casino.

 

I am so glad we went to dinner in the dining room Sunday night. We had late seating in the Monet, 8pm. We were seated at a table for 8 and a family of 6 sat down with us (2 adults and 4 teens). Why you would seat a married couple with this group is beyone me. It was a most unpleasant evening. We had hoped to be meet several couples and instead got a large family that was not a good match for us. The reason I'm glad we went was that I now knew we needed to change tables. Hanna, our assistant M'tre d took good care of us and put us with the best wait staff team-Zolton and Marcin. Loved them! We were then able to dine with a lovely couple who we became fast friends with for the rest of the cruise. People, if your dining situation doesn't work out-don't suffer through it, move it and do it right away! Monday night is formal night and can make it tough to move tables if you wait.

 

Jamaica-We signed up for the Canopy Tour. I had been looking forward to this for months. It was everything I had hoped for and more. It was awesome! You get to go on 9 zips and #6 is incredible! It poured on us for a short time but it really didn't matter. Went to JBM for lunch, food so-so. Husband liked the Jerk Chicken but portions were small. Did a little shopping afterwards then back to the ship. Be prepared to ward off the taxi drivers. Jeez, they are very aggressive. We had set up a meeting spot with the driver who dropped us off, if you do this make sure you get his name and his taxi #. It's on all sides of the cabs. All in all I would rate our zip line tour a 10 +, and the lunch food a 5.

 

Grand Cayman-I had previousely done the Stingray thing and DH was not interested in it so we rented a car from Avis. Had fun tooling around in our PT Cruiser convertible. I had reserved it ahead of time. When you get off the ship you hang a right, go down about 4 blocks on the left is the Blue Iguana gift shop, they call AVIS to come and get you. Took about 15 minutes then they took us to the airport to get the car. Not very friendly staff there. The thing I noticed the most was the destruction of the vegitation on the island. Because GC is so flat just about everything green got killed by the salt water of Ivan. We drove the car all over the place and made a stop at the Butterfly Farm. They have rebuilt and are back in full swing. Very friendly owners and tour guides. My Dh and I loved this stop, it was very interesting and beautiful with the butterflies flying all around you. I would give this an 8. Be warned that driving is on the opposite side of the road, but was easy to master. We wanted to do some snorkeling but spent the driving around instead.

 

Cozumel-Did the Tulum tour through the ship. Not sure why this tour doesn't start earlier in the morning when we first arrived. You board the ferry right at the same pier where the Conquest is docked then board a tour bus in Playa del Carmen. They make you stop at a gift shop and warn you that this is the only bathroom and gift shop until you reboard the ferry. NOT TRUE! Bathrooms are available at the sight for the TP charge of 25cents and gift shops are aplenty. There are also places to buy drinks and snacks including a Subway. Tulum was very pretty next to the water, sight is somewhat small but still interesting. I just wished it hadn't taken all day to do this one. There was no time to do anything once we returned. The line to get back on the ship at 5pm was huge! It took forever to get back on. I would give this tour a 6.

 

Overall-I loved the ship, the decorations are great, the shows were OK, the R rated comedians were great, a ventriloquist comedian and Phat Cat. I liked Todd our cruise director and as RDR daughter said, he reminded us of Ryan S. from American Idol. Food was just so-so, not enough poulty on the menu for my taste. Waiters-awesome. My room steward-not great. Asked him to try and pad bed due to the crack of the "king size" bed more than once and he never did anything. Asked him to unlock the mini-bar, stayed locked the whole trip. Had to refill our own ice bucket numerous times as he "sorry, forgot".

 

The L shape room-loved the balcony, hated the noise. The was the upper deck, level 6. There was a lot of engine thrum noise and it made everything vibrate. It was especially noisey the first two nights and the last night. Not sure why. If you even think you might have trouble getting to sleep with noise, do not book in the aft of the ship. I have booked 5 other cruises mid ship so this noise was new to me. And yes, you can hear noise from the lounge below-count on it. After saying that, my DH still liked this cabin, but I would be more apt to book mid ship. I have pictures for those who would like to see the layout. The best part? The extra windows and the location of the bed. You can lay in bed and look straight outside, very nice.

 

Pizza, caesar salads, calzones, chicken burgers, Cezanne buffet-all just fine. We were able to eat outside when we wanted to. I also recommend room service for their limited menu. They were extemely prompt and courteous! I did encounter a problem with the purseres desk when I had a problem with the laundry room. Soap machine ate my money and I had to go to the purseres desk to get soap. They would not send anyone down to help me or to repair the machine. Akward as I was in my Carnival bathrobe, so I went and changed first. Oh yeah, Everytime I poked my head into the sing along bar, people were having a great time. Looked like lots of fun but I can't sing a single note on tune!

 

I would recommend the Conquest and I also loved New Orleans. Meeting my fellow CC'rs made this cruise extra special and I highly recommed a meet and greet (which we did befure the muster drill on Sunday). We had an informal gift exchange-lots of fun and I'm enjoying Michigan fudge from it! Thanks LT! I think that we got what we paid for on Carnival, an enjoyable, relaxing week with some fun excursions thrown in. Would I book Conquest again? You bet!

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Great review. Are you going to post any pics?

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livtojump-anything in particular that you're interested in seeing?

 

 

 

Something I forgot to mention in my review regarding ship photos. We purchased the enlarged 16 x 20 photo on canvas of one of our formal shots. It turned out beautiful and I'm so glad we did it! We had tons of formal shots taken and then purchased a few of the ones we liked best, it's a great way of getting some nice studio style shots. If you buy the enlargement they give you the 8 x 10 free. It takes a few days for them to process the canvass so don't wait until the end. The samples they have of the canvass photos are terrible on the ship (they need to replace them), but our end product was excellent. They put it in a poster tube so that it won't get ruined.

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Hey Cruisin - nice review

 

I wish I had known about the canvas, we bought lots of pictures but a nice big one of all of us would have been nice to have.

Anyone going on a cruise, this is a great opportunity to have lots of different pictures taken. I thought the photographers did a good job, they were patient and always willing to take another shot. We did shots on both formal nights and some on the casual nights as well. We must have had 30 different ones to choose from and of course bought more than we anticipated :D S&S card got a work out.

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Thanks for the review!

A couple of questions if you don't mind:

 

How much was the canvas photo? I thought the photos on Princess were just average at best. We tried all different photographers trying to get a photo to look good. From all the reviews, it seems like Carnival has the edge on photos.

 

JBM - Despite the food being OK, how was the atmosphere? Was it worth the cab ride over or should I not waste the time? I thought it would be neat just to go there. I haven't received too much postive feed back. I read one review that had drinks at $20.00 each.

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Thanx for the review; I'll be on the Conquest this summer. A few questions about the canopy tour, if you don't mind. Did it really only take 2 1/2 hours? What time was your tour? What about picture taking opportunities? Any other details would be great too.......it's very hard to find first hand information on this tour. THANX IN ADVANCE!:)

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We had some others in our group spend more time at JBM then we did. I really didn't even have a chance to look around. We sat in an ajacent room, so not much action there. The $20 thing sounds more like the cover charge at Sunset Beach, not JBM.

 

I just posted a review for the Canopy Tour under Port of calls Jamaica, take a look:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=163775

 

If you have any further questions, please let me know. I loved it and so did my DH!

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Thank you very much for posting the canopy tour review!:D I hope we will be able to sign up for this excursion.......I'll have to be brave, but I think I can do it, although I'll probably be screaming!:eek:

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Cali, I am with you, a little afraid of heights, I will be screaming the whole way down and I am sure I am going to embarass my family!! Anyway, sometimes you have to face your fears!! This excursion sounds awesome!

One question for Kayak...you stated in your review, which was awesome, that there were two groups of 12. Was this the capacity of the tour or were there more people from the ship?? Just curious because most of our group wants to do this excursion and we have about 25 in our group. Also, what wasthe cost per person? This one is not on the website yet for us to book. Thanks

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They will break your group up into 2 small groups when you walk up to the first traverse. Everyone goes through the harnessing together, walks up to the first traverse to hear the saftey sermon then you line up for the first traverse. They then had us split up. I don't think the numbers were exact, but do be prepared to split into two groups. They have to do this because you can't fit everyone on to the platforms on the trees. Also you'd be standing around so long for everyone in front of you to go it wouldn't be very much fun. You won't be that far apart, you'll be able to hear the other group screaming in front of you!:D Also when you are on one traverse, the other group is traversing under you. Kinda cool! We booked our online with Carnival about a month out and we had full pick of all the time slots. We chose the 2nd one of the day, 10:30, and I think it was $99.00. Sorry, we also booked Tulum at the same time, but I do think it was either 89 or 99. Sounds expensive but where else are you going to have so much fun!

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