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Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Review with tons of photos

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

 

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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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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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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.

 

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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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Red Frog Rum Bar:

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Blue Iguana Tequila Bar:

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

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome Back!!! Been waiting for this review! Hope you had a great cruise!!!!:D:D Love your pics!!!!!

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After cruising the last 4 years, it looks like we'll be taking a break this year:mad: I knew you would be doing a review and was looking forward to it!

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So sorry you have had to come home from your cruise but happy tobe reading your review as I love your trips and all the pics.

We will be on the Conquest for the first time in October and these reviews are what is keeping my mind off other things.

 

Waiting patiently for next posting

 

Thanks for sharing

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So sorry you have had to come home from your cruise but happy tobe reading your review as I love your trips and all the pics.

We will be on the Conquest for the first time in October and these reviews are what is keeping my mind off other things.

 

Waiting patiently for next posting

 

Thanks for sharing

 

No problem! I love doing the reviews as it helps me relive it. :D

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This cruise we were back to gold status again. Lol! We were gold on our second cruise before they implemented the VIFP program. So we were blue, gold, red, red and gold. ;)

 

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Freebies:

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Having two windows in the room was nice because I could still get some natural light without disturbing DH when he was sleeping/napping. The only thing about the windows is that they aren't as deep as the other OV room windows so you can't sit in them.

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We ended up on Deck 7's secret deck for sailaway. We had it mostly to ourselves save for a few people who popped by and then were gone. We watched the Norwegian Sun, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Glory all use the turning basin, which I commented to DH that that was probably cooler to see than your own ship turning since you can't see the entire scope of it when you're the one turning.

 

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We saw a water plane coming in for a landing. We actually just missed seeing it land as we were on the other side of the ship. I have a funny video of me running to try to see it land. Lol!

 

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Hello, again, Glory! Last time we saw you was in Boston/Canada!

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We were scheduled to use the basin after the Glory, but since it was 5:45 p.m. we went back to the room to get ready for supper. Our luggage had arrived in our absence. Before muster, we had met our room steward, Marlon. He asked if either of us used needles. Never gotten that question before! He also confirmed our supper time.

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We were in the Monet MDR in the aft of the ship, which was convenient since our room was in the aft, too. Our table was on the upper level and ended up being a table for two. We hadn't requested that, but it was fine by us. We had actually been put on the waiting list for early seating dinner (6 p.m.), but had gotten an email a few days before stating that we were confirmed for early seating. I'd have to say that the Monet MDR is probably the prettiest dining room on the Carnival ships I've been on so far.

 

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We met our head waiter, Norman, and his assistant, Nestor. We also had a third waiter, Darta. The food was good and the service was pretty quick despite it being the first night. We were out of the MDR by 7:15 p.m.

 

Here's what we ate!

 

Heart of Iceberg Lettuce:

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Chicken Tenders:

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Braised beef brisket:

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Chicken a la grecque:

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Orange cake:

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I can't believe that you went, and are back from your Conquest cruise already! Time flies!

 

Will be reading your review and looking at all the great photos as we will be conquesting later in 2014.

 

Thanks for your time! :)

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We went back to the room for a bit and then at 8 p.m. headed to Promenade Deck 5 to listen to the band Government Shutdown play 90s to Now music, which I enjoyed since I grew up in the 90s. The band was good and the singers were alright.

 

The most entertaining part was watching a little African American boy go up to an old man on an oxygen tank who was sitting at the edge of the casino and start playing with the tank. :eek: Oops! Lol! After that we went to the Fun Shops where I bought a magnet and a sparkly funnel t-shirt to match my sparkly funnel hat I got on a previous cruise.

 

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Drink DH got while we listened to the band. I made fun of him because it had a pink umbrella in it!

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Funship Freddy!

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Loving your review. I love the Conquest. She's my favorite ship as of yet. We'll be on here in a couple of months so your review is just warming me up for our next cruise.

 

thanks for taking the time to write it. Love the photos too!

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I can't believe that you went, and are back from your Conquest cruise already! Time flies!

 

Will be reading your review and looking at all the great photos as we will be conquesting later in 2014.

 

Thanks for your time! :)

 

You're telling me! I can't believe it's over either! Back to the grind tomorrow. Although I guess I should be grateful as I was thinking I'd have to struggle through 2014 without going on a cruise at all. Thankfully my charm convinced DH to cruise this year! ;)

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