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Conquest Review from Feb. 26-March 5 cruise

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Carnival Conquest review for Feb. 26-March 5.

We left Fort Worth at 6 am and got to Galveston at 11 am. Drove right up to the pier, unloaded suitcases and parked the car in Lot A. We started through check in at 11:40 so by the time we got checked in, it was time to board. We were on board at 12:15. Went straight to our room (a balcony on Empress Deck, Room 7414) and dropped off our luggage then off to the Lido for pizza.

This is a huge ship and the Lido Deck has several serving areas plus an upstairs. We only went upstairs once at the very beginning. We checked out the dining room, Renoir, and found our booth. There are two couples of us so the booth was perfect. We had the 6:15 seating.

I will not go minute by minute but here are some of the highlights of the cruise. The ship is huge and there is plenty to do. The Cruise Director is Malcolm Burn (Malcolm in the Middle as he calls himself) and is very personable. You can’t think of Malcolm without thinking “WooHoo”. That was his trademark. The comedian, Phatt Cat was funny but we did not go to the late, adult only show. The shows were very good with great singers and dancers and lots of color. It was a French-themed show with lots of good music.

Since we had done this itinerary twice before, we opted not to do a tour this time but instead get off and shop in each port. We got off the ship and shopped in the terminal area in Montego Bay. The highlight of Jamaica was watching and listening to the Jamaican school kids who were playing in the band as we left. My husband folded several dollars together and threw it to the kids. That started a shower of bills and coins. They really could play very good and closed with the Star Spangled Banner.

In both Grand Cayman and Cozumel we tendered off around noon or 1 pm so we did not have to wait but immediately got on a tender. Same with coming back to the ship. No wait at all. We had fun walking around and shopping. At George Town, we stopped at the Paradise Café and got conch fritters and jerk mayonnaise – YUM!. This is at Eden Rock, located just to the right of the tender area. The café is green – you can’t miss it. They were feeding the fish so got some good pictures.

We thought the food was excellent on this cruise. In fact, we have never had anything we did not like on any Carnival cruise. I had fish several nights and it was excellent. Our waiter and his assistant were excellent also. If you go to the Lido Deck during the height of breakfast or lunch, be prepared to wait in line. It is best to go early or later. I did not get to try the chocolate buffet as the line wrapped around the Lido on both sides. I did get an ice cream swan cream puff that was very good. Do try to eat breakfast or lunch at least once in the Monet restaurant on sea days. It is a pleasant experience and fun to meet new people. Talk about small world, we ate lunch next to a couple from our town which is a suburb of Fort Worth! :eek:

We took advantage of all the photo opts and ended up getting four 8 x 10’s (had a coupon for one from our 45 day letter) and then one 6x8. If you don’t get your boarding picture within the first few days, it will be gone. If you purchase it the first night, they give you a free frame. They are now 8 x 10’s and after about 2 or 3 days, they are gone – packed out of sight..

They changed our carpeting on the Empress Deck on the second sea day. Yes, that’s right – they tore up the old carpeting and installed new - during the day. It looked really nice.

On Tuesday, we celebrated our wedding anniversary and had the waiters sing to us and our tablemates presented us with a cake. Really fun.

We really enjoyed our balcony. This was our first and we loved it. It has two chairs and a table.

We did order room service several mornings and had a carafe of coffee and Danish delivered to the room.

I put a Carnival Conquest Logbook in the library. The library is only open one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on sea days so it is not open very often. I finally got down there the last sea day to put it in the library. It is red with the CruiseCritic emblem on the spine along with Conquest Logbook. After I finally got it to the library, I remembered later that I never did sign it. I did put a “foreward” in the beginning of the logbook so please do go by and sign it. The girl who was working in the library said she would put it in the case at the end of the long table that holds the folders with crossword puzzles. Just ask her for it.

I did enter the slot tournament and lasted maybe 5 minutes and that was it. No winning for me. :(

We enjoyed tea and classical music on sea days at 3:30 in Alfred’s Bar. We looked forward to that.

We had fabulous weather the entire week. The first sea day was a little rocky and I think it might have affected some people but the Captain put the stabilizers into use and the rest of the trip was very smooth. Warm, sunny weather in all ports. We did have a brief shower in Cozumel but it did not last long. I felt we were very fortunate weatherwise.:D

Heard that there were about 600 kids on board but never saw any that were unruly or playing in the elevators. All seemed very well mannered.

Disembarkation was probably the easiest we have ever done. We did self-assist and were off the ship by 6:45 am and on our way home at 7 am. We will do this from now on. The only way to go!! Let me know if you have any questions. TG23

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Travel girl - Great review, thanks!

 

My wife and I will also be on the Empress Deck on our 5/21 sailing....Did you have any problems with noise or anything? Also, how easy was it to get to things (buffet, pool, dining rooms, casino, etc.) from here?

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Thanks for the review...it's great. And thanks for the tip about the boarding picture!! I made a note!! 39 days till I take my boarding picture...

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Kwil38, we were on the Empress Deck aft and we had no noise (except from late Mardi Gras revelers on the first night - LOL.) :eek: What we liked about it is that we were just steps away from the elevator and up two floors to the Lido. Just took a second to get up there. To get to the Renoir dining room, we walked all the way down the hall (forward) to the Atrium and took the elevator down to Lobby (Deck 3). The restaurant is right behind the atrium bar. Also, I had a hard time finding the library. It is on the Atlantic Deck right next to the photo gallery. Compared to the other Carnival ships we have been on, it is a very small library. The one on the Celebration was three time as large.

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Thanks for the review I can't wait! Do you happen to have the capers uploaded or pics? I'd love to see them. Also do they still have a Mardi Gras night and if so what do they do and when is it?

 

Thanks again!

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Thanks for the info! We are a little closer to the center of the ship but a set of elevators and a stairwell are only a couple of rooms down, so we should have a similiarly easy experience getting to things.

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Thanks for the information!!! I will be sailing in a few weeks. How much was parking?? Is it normal to make the trip from Ft. Worth to Galveston in 5 hours?? I will also be traveling from Ft. Worth, but when I check on online maps, it says the trip will take 7 1/2 hours.... Thanks for your help!! Great Review!

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To answer a few questions - yes there still is a Mardi Gras night. I thought it was because Mardi Gras was being celebrated in Galveston but maybe they always have it. Saw a lot of doors decorated with Mardi Gras decorations. The Mardi Gras Deck Party was at 11:30 pm on the Lido Deck midship on Tuesday night. I guess because some had spent the previous night in Galveston and enjoyed the Mardi Gras revelry there, they came decked out with Mardi Gras beads, hats, etc. etc.

Curt1313, we live in the mid-cities area and left at 6 am on the dot. We stopped once at McDonalds just to grab some coffee and something to eat and continued driving. No traffic at all. A little through Houston but not bad at all. We got to the pier between 11 and 11:15. Definitely not 7-1/2 hours. We took Loop 820 south to 287 through Ennis to I45 and continued on I45 all the way. A whole lot faster than going thru Dallas. Parking at the pier terminal is $10 per day for a total of $70. We paid online and only had to show our receipt when parking. A lot faster.

I do have the capers but do not have them scanned. They are different from the old Capers unless the older ships still have the old version.

I forgot to mention earlier that we saw Deja, the Diva of Deception, from Las Vegas and her magic show on Wednesday night. She is really good.

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Thanks for the information!!! I will be sailing in a few weeks. How much was parking?? Is it normal to make the trip from Ft. Worth to Galveston in 5 hours?? I will also be traveling from Ft. Worth, but when I check on online maps, it says the trip will take 7 1/2 hours.... Thanks for your help!! Great Review!

 

It's fun to see so many folks from Fort Worth. I grew up there but live in Grapevine now. We can usually get to Galveston in a little less than 5 hours depending on the traffic in Houston. It also depends on how fast you drive:o but 5 hours is realistic.

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My wife and I are also going on the April 2nd cruise on the Conquest.

This is our first cruise and we have been trying to read up on just about

anything we could run across. We have all of our excursions booked...

Cant wait.........

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We are on the 3/19/06 cruise.... 11 Days..... Great review..... As we are first timers we like to see good reviews.... We are leaving from my brothers house in Ennis and he said around 3 hours....

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Thanks for the review~~ leaving in 18 days on the Conquest! One question, how/where was the muster drill? No one ever talks about them in their reviews!?!

 

Thanks~

Allison

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Thanks for the review~~ leaving in 18 days on the Conquest! One question, how/where was the muster drill? No one ever talks about them in their reviews!?!

 

Thanks~

Allison

 

YOu will attend the muster drill based on where your cabin is located. The info will be posted in your cabin as well as the capers as to where you need to go...Have a great cruise!

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Thanks for the review~~ leaving in 18 days on the Conquest! One question, how/where was the muster drill? No one ever talks about them in their reviews!?!

Thanks~

Allison

It's 15 minutes at the start of the cruise. It's such a non-event that it's not worth mentioning in a review.

Enjoy

Ron

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Thanks you guys for the driving time info! I was thinking that 7 1/2 hours seemed like a long time!! I cant wait to be on the conquest!

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I suggest Ez Cruise Parking. www.ezcruiseparking.com They are 1 block across the street from the Conquest. Their fee is only $50.00 for the week. We've used them 6 times and they are great!!

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We will be sure to sign the log book when we cruise in December! Thanks for the review! Only 270 days left!:D

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Good review we are going on the conquest in September. Hopefully our experience will be as great as your's. Hey forneycpl we are in forney also.

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An earlier poster was right in that the muster drill is not real exciting. :rolleyes: Your life jackets are in your closet (at least ours were) and on the back of your door is a diagram as to which muster station you go to. The stations are all along one floor (and I don't remember which deck it was - near the bottom) on both sides of the ship and you line up in about rows four people deep. May not even last 15 minutes once it gets started. We were in muster station "H" and I think that was for lifeboats 21, 22, 23, and 24 but don't hold me to it. As soon as it is over, back to your room to put them up and we are now moving!!!:D

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I suggest Ez Cruise Parking. www.ezcruiseparking.com They are 1 block across the street from the Conquest.

 

Ditto!

 

If you go to their website, you can print out a discount coupon to get the best rate.

 

We did not even use their shuttle...they are so close to the terminal, we took a leisurely stroll from their parking lot and still arrived at the terminal in roughly 5 minutes. We dropped off our luggage to be checked at the terminal & tipped the porter before we parked.

 

Have a great cruise! :)

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Thanks for all the information. Sounds like you had a great time. We go on the Conquest 4/16/06. Can't wait....

I will make sure and sign the Logbook too.. Is that for anyone to sign?

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Yes, anyone can sign it. Several years ago, someone suggested putting a log book on each ship for other cruisecritics to sign. I thought one had been put on the Conquest but no one could find it so I made one and put it on last week. Just a way to tell others about your cruise. You can also include tips and suggestions. When we were on the Elation, there were 13 pages filled in. It's really fun to read.:D

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