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Conquest Review May 22

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Just back from our cruise leaving N.O. May 22. My husband is from here so we stayed with his Mom, my brother, his GF and daughter as well as my sister and her husband (we were a big group including my 17 year old son and my Mom and Dad who joined us saturday evening) stayed at The Royal Sonesta in The Quarter. They were picked up at the airport in a limo and delivered straight to this great hotel, a calm and cool oasis in the center of Mardi Gras city.

We walked around a bit, had a great dinner at Acme and returned back to the hotel, very plush and a lovely ambiance. This hotel is incredible with down comforters, great menus from room service and a wonderful pool bar.

We all arrived at the terminal around 1 PM sunday and I was overwhelmed with the mass of humanity unloading billions of pounds of luggage, the endless lines and chaos, however we all managed to get on in about an hour and a half, my parents being the exception because she was in a wheelchail and they had cruised before and had VIP check in. I just wanted to check out my stateroom!

We were all on the empress deck, my husband and I had a balcony suite across from the pantry, very convenient for ice and to drop off dirty glasses and room service trays, my brother and GF next to us, Mom and Dad had a suite midship, nice but the only difference I could see was a tub, VCR and a bigger balcony. Our room was perfect.

My son and 18 year old neice had an inside cabin a few doors down, perfect for them since they spent a lot of time with us. Due to the mass amounts of booze we brought on with us, duct taped and in a cardboard box, clearly visable and no questions asked, and a frosty bottle of champagne that could NOT WAIT we missed the life boat drill but heard about it from our balcony. Plus, they show it endlessly on TV....

We explored the ship for a while, grabbed a bite from the buffet on the Lido deck, food was wonderful every meal.

Pushed off with very little fanfare and down the Mississippi we went, and went, and went.... Tucked in early that night and the beds were very comfortable, our room stewardess Mayorca was a sweety, very unobtrusive but always there when we needed her, the kids loved her too.

First day at sea was amazing, we ordered more room service and hung on the balcony watching the tourquise blue water gently hiss by. Had dinner with the family in the Monet lower first seating. Beautiful room, they can't do enough for you. The selection was creative and the portions were perfect sized. Anthony was our waiter, always with a smile on his face and we enjoyed his attentiveness.

Second day at sea we began to realize that they could have gotten to Jamaica, our first stop sooner but someone on board said they wanted to keep the casino open, makes sense since we were all winning! My Dad won 750.00 in cash on one hand of bingo!

Getting into Jamaica was pretty cool, just good to see land and it was lush, green and our pilot boat captain got a huge round of applause from the balcony gang. We had booked a canaopy tour onboard for that day and debarked at around 10:00 am. I usually don't schedule my vacation, I am spontaneous so it was no shock when we were told in the port terminal that the tour was cancelled due to heavy wind, No Problem Mon! They refunded out tickets.

My brother, his GF, my son, husband and neice located a laid back cabby with a mini van named Vincente Limonte who agreed to this laid back attitude and we all piled in for a tour of the island, including Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall and ending at his favorite restaurant, Natives where he joined us for a great lunch. Back onto the ship....

The following day we arrived in Cayman, this time our plan was to hook up with Captain Marvin for some snorkling and Stingray cuddling. We located his shop in the Cingular building and had time for a few beers (Stingray, I always drink the local brew) before getting into our air conditioned van and having a narrated tour before arriving at Ole Marv's house and dock where the man himself was our guide.

Piloting through the canal and into the crysstal clear water we all couldn't wait to jump in and Marv provided fins, snorkle and fruit punch (bring your own towel) and we enjoyed the entire trip. Stingrays are very friendly and we all got to pet and kiss them. We bought the video which the crew was shooting just to remind us, we were so busy having fun we weren't taking a lot of photos.

It was nice to leave Cayman, although tough standing in a sweltering line waiting for a tender, they had 5 huge cruise ships in port that day and a lot of folks seemed ready to faint from the heat.

Finally Cozumel. I adored Cancun when I was there and appreciated the lush rain forest along the Yucatan, so Cozumel was sort of second choice for me, it being more desert island. Again, flying by the seat of our pants and with the entire group with us, we located a huge van and drove to Playa Corona, don't ask me where, but it was worth it. Great snorkling, showers, bathrooms, food and drink and very friendly staff. We also had time to shop for diamonds and scored on some serious rocks thanks to my husband fluently able to barter in Spanish.

We all noticed an air of melancholy on our last day at sea and were expecting it so we pretty much enjoyed the food and activities as much as we could. Debarkation was no problem, getting transportation for all of us was, especially since the entire group except my husband, son and I were staying on In New Orleans. We rented 2 cars and toured the city, rode the trolleys and had a great lunch before saying goodby to my family.

Here are things I highly advise:

Bring an extension cord!!!!

Bring a nightlite, Glade makes a scented one with outlet.

Bring a damn bungee cord to secure your balcony door, nothing was more annoying than listening to peoples doors slam shut at all hours.

Bring earplugs. The rooms are pretty well insulated but just in case...

Visit the infirmary, they will provide you with over the counter anything you need. Very nice nurse from South Africa who showed me around (I'm a Registered Nurse)

Take every opportunity to pose for pictures, you don't have to buy them and it's a nice way to spend an afternoon browing the displays.

Look for the videographers and get in there Man! They show these every day and it's cool to see yourself on TV!!

We pretty much passed on the shopping talks, debarkation talks etc since THEY PLAY THEM OVER AND OVER again on your room TV!!!

Order room service every day, it's free.

It is a big time clip joint though and they will charge you every chance they get for a drink or anything extra.

Would I cruise Carnival again? Probably, if your buying! It was our first cruise and next time I would like to try something a little smaller and less crowded. It was a nice, clean ship with a friendly crew and we felt pampered and appreciated and overall had a wonderful experience, however I firmly believe it depends a great deal on who you travel with. In our case, the more the merrier, and our teen agers had a blast.

Hope this review helps, I am sure there were negatives but I'm still swaying so am sort of focused on just keeping my balance.

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Thanks for the reivew!! I can't get enough info on this ship!! We sail June 26th!WooHOO!!!

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Bring lot's of sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. We also had a great dinner at the Point. Wonderful food and service, everyone should try it at least one night.

 

I forgot to mention that....

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Good reviews Haunted and nice suggestions. :)

We sail the Conquest this weekend on our first cruise!!!! My 17yo son won't have anyone to hang with until he meets someone on board, so hopefully he will have a good time.

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Safteeguy,

Make sure you have him go to the teen meet and mingle on the first night. The time and place will be listed in your capers which will be in your room when you get there. He will probably think it is "lame" to go however he will not be sorry once he does go. The teens seem to always find each other so it shouldn't be a problem.

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Safteeguy, my 17 year old is textbook SHY but many of the kids on board were very outgoing and we really enjoyed meeting them. We invited a gaggle of them into our room as we departed Jamaica, they were standing in our hallway (we like to leave the door open) and we just invited them in to enjoy the view from the balcony. Great group of kids from Destin Florida (boys, you know who you are! ) and by day 2 my son had hooked up and seemed to have no problem getting around, being entertained and meeting people.

 

Have a wonderful trip and remember, your ON VACATION!!!!!!

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Haunted, thanks for a great review.

 

Would you happen to know if the conquest offers a digital photo download at the photo center? I would prefer not to bring our laptop unless absolutley necessary and I would need to buy to many new memory sticks for all the pictures I take.

 

 

Thanks

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Sailed on the Conquest May 15th and one of the best things I discovered on board was Cam at the Blues Piano Bar. He is a great entertainer (and not bad on the eyes either).

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cruzqueen, I am pretty sure you can take your memory card to them and get your photos printed out. Exorbitant prices, of course.

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Bring lot's of sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat. We also had a great dinner at the Point. Wonderful food and service, everyone should try it at least one night.

 

I forgot to mention that....

 

So, I read somewhere else that The Pointe was excellent.....is this included with the cruise or is it extra? My group is not one to dress up so I may have threaten their lives to get them in there....

TIA

Nikki in GA

Sailing 9/18/05

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The Point is the Conquest's supper club. It's a fine dining experience, and it costs $30 per person (I think). The steaks and lobster are said to be worth it. Reserve as soon as you get on board if you are interested.

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We ate at the Point the evening we got back from Cozumel. There was hardly anyone there and even though I was completely FRIED I enjoyed a great filet and for 29 bucks, the caviar. Service was great and we liked the quiet environment, just wished I had been more chipper. I just relaxed more on this cruise than anything else and cannot stress enough how comfortable the balcony staterooms where for us all.

 

The girlfriend did bring her laptop and downloaded all her pictures every evening and it was fun to view a slide show on a daily basis. We also purchased some pictures (photos) that were taken of us, although I saw a few couples that really looked much better than I did!

 

Great trip and I am leaving New Orleans tomorrow morning, it's pouring rain here!

 

One note about New Orleans, kinda on a personal side, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ride those horse drawn carriages! PLEASE understand that the city is undertaking a serious effort to regulate since they have had so many of these animals drop dead in the streets and they are exploited for the tourist trade only.

 

I cannot stress it enough, you will look like a bloodthirsty tourist and an easy mark for every scam artist in town. I also heard a rumor that Carnival had considered offering a bullfight "tour" in one of there ports, which got shot down faster than a Nun at a bachelor party. Not to rant here too much but PLEASE respect not only the environment but also the folks and animals that are here. It's expected to get loud and crazy here In Nawlins but don't take some poor animal down as well. Thanks, end of sermon.

 

Woops, one more thing, PLEASE do not toss your cigarette butts into the ocean ( I saw you room 8371) because more often than not they ended up on my balcony, once in my lap.

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