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Conquest 7/11 Review (part 1)

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Ok, This is my first review so bear w/ me....

 

Saturday 7/10 -

 

We(DW & I) arrived in New Orleans on Saturday around 2:00 pm and checked in to the Hilton Riverside. We had the cruise special where you stay for 1 night($99) and park for free for the week.(actually you have to pay $22 to park the first night then the rest of the week is free, was informed of this at check-in! LOL). Asked the girl at the counter if we could have a room w/ a view of the ship. None were clean and we were tired from traveling so we took what she said was a good room. WAS IT EVER !!! We were in a corner room overlooking the Spanish Plaza and the Miss. river - right where the river boats dock. Huge, wall-to-wall-ceiling-to-knee level-wrap-around windows. AWESOME !!! The Hilton is not a shiny 5 star hotel but for the price and location it is great for cruising out of the Julia Street Pier. The ship sailed right by our windows at 4:10 am. Just happened to wake up at that precise moment and saw her go by.

 

Sunday 7/11 - Embarkation

 

We left the room at 10:35am with one rolling carry-on, 1 rolling large suitcase, and 1 back-pack and headed down to the Riverwalk Mall to walk to the cruise terminal. Many have asked if it is possible to walk. We checked it out the day before. Would suggest you do the same and picture yourself doing it w/ your luggage. There is one staircase, 3 floors down to the mall and then you proceed through several sections of the mall which are on different levels but connected by escalator. At the end of the food court you go outside and down a partially covered walkway beside the HUMONGOUS Carnival Conquest. Then its down your second and last set of stairs. We had no probelms walking. We are mid 30's and not in great shape. If you take your time it is not bad at all.

 

Upon arriving at the terminal we found a porter and gave him our luggage, checked in and were sitting in the famous yellow chairs being berated by the infamous "Chair Nazi" at 11:05. We made pretty good time I would say. There was no waiting to check in. But by 11:30 - huge lines. At 11:50 they started boarding and we were on the ship by 12:05.

 

Lobby-First Impressions

 

Actually, I was underimpressed by the lobby. Much of what I assumed would be open space above is not. It is beautifully painted, however, and my wife(an art teacher) was impressed. I would have rather had a masive expanse to show off the size of this ship. Our other ships have been Fantasy class. The decor on the Conquest is definately more upscale and more tame(notice I did not say it actually "is" tame)

 

Our room was not to be ready until 2:00 so we went straight to lido for lunch in the Cezanne restaurant. The food inside was ok, the burgers were better. Much improved since our last cruise in '99.

 

Cabin -

 

After lunch, went to find our cabin, a balcony on the Empress Deck(7360). It was only 1:00pm but the room was ready. The room was of good size. The bathroom was much better laid out than the Fantasy class(seemed bigger, too). Plenty of storage space and 12 hangers. The only disappointment was a seriously worn out bed spread. When your bed(made as a king) takes up nearly half of your room the looks of the spread can really affect the over appearance. Addtitionally, there is no cabin directly across from this room - so, very quiet. A word about baclony stateroom selection: if you hate cigarette smoke, I would suggest choosing a cabin as far forward as possible. This one is close to mid-ship and every time we were on the bacony, if anyone on any floor, in any cabin forward of us was smoking we got the smoke . There further forward you are the fewer possible smokers upwind.

 

Our cabin steward(Sheldon) came by and we asked him to unlock the fridge. We did not ask him to remove the sundries that were inside as we only had a few soft drinks to keep cool.

 

Time to Explore the Ship -

 

First off let me say that I enjoyed the Conquest very much, but at first had to get over some dissappointment with the ship's design. I chose the Conquest because it is new and the largest in the fleet. I expected something innovative and considerablly different than the fantasy class ships we had sailed on previosly. Actually, the conquest is the same as every other carnival ship I have been on. There's the lobby, atrium, promenade w/ show lounge, shops, casino, bar, disco, and aft lounge. One dining room in the rear. One mid ship. Almost everything is in the exact same locations as on the fantasy class ships. Looks exactly the same layout wise. Just a little bigger.

 

On a positive note I did very much like the more subtle tones of this ship. Alfred's Bar in particular was plush.

 

Boat Drill and Setting Sail -

 

The boat drill was the most painless I have ever been a part of. Quick, efficient, to the point. Wonderful !

 

After putting our life-jackets in the room we headed up to the top deck to get a good spot for the bon voyage. Note: If you have early seating dinner you will miss the ship setting sail.

 

It was impressive to see the sip do a 180 in the middle of the river. tons of folks were crowded on the River Walk to see the ship off. We had our picture taken by ships photog. as we sailed by downtown was a neat picture. Also managed to get on the video log. I really enjoyed sailing down the Miss. so many interesting things to see - ships, boats, barges, bridges, buildings, towns, some people even set off fireworks in sequence as we sailed by.

 

We returned to the cabin to get ready for our late seating dinner in the Monet Dining room. I turned the shower on and it immediately started to fill w/ water. It was a good thing I noticed because it was really close to pouring over the threshold. At that precise moment our steward knocked on the door(I am now totally convinced there are hidden cameras these guys use). He just wanted to make sure everything was ok w/ our cabin. We informed him of the shower drain problem. He whistled, and presto, a plumber appeared. 2 minutes later the shower drain was working great. Now that is service !!!

 

Dinner -

 

We went to dinner in the Monet anxious to see where and w/ whom we would be dining. I was hoping that we would not be seated in a booth. We had a 6 person booth once and it was a major pain. One couple was always seated across from each other, etc. But, no worries, We were seated at a 4 person table on the edge of the balcony. A 4 person table would have been to intimate and intimidating for us on our first cruise but we have come a long way. The other couple was also in their 30's and on their honemoon. The were very good dinner company. And we had a good time w/ them each evening.

 

Our waiter and assist waiter, Gana and ZuZanna were great. The level and type of service that Gana provided was so far above what we had previosly experienced on Carnival that at first we thought he was cold and somewhat, detached. Not true, he was extremly professional. Classically trained. His suggestions for menu choices each evening and his attention to every deatail was truly,(how can I say this?), reminicent of a very fine restaurant in the poshest of settings. It was not the cutesy, "Happy Birseday Two Shoes", charming kind of service that we truly enjoyed on our previous cruises. This was an elegant kind of service that made me hope that this was the direction that Carnival intends to move.

 

I have read recent reviews about the quality of the beef on the Conquest of late. I had no such problems. I had beef nearly everynight(N.Y. Strip, filet mignon, chateau briand, prime rib, beef wellington) and all were excellent. I ordered two entrees on the Lobster night. The lobster was not good. And , actually I do not know how it could be served on this scale. To start w/ it is broiled, then it must travel great distance over land, sea, and an escalator to reach your table. Not a great lobster environment. I also had 2 entrees the night of the chateau briand. It was at the suggestion of Gana(from India). It was the "Taste of India". All I can say is that you must try this. It was very good. Order a second entree as a back-up, but I can tell you , you will not be disappointed. I had never eaten Indian food before and this was delicious. There was a grilled lamb shank, potatos in a pepper, a chicken dish, a yogurt dish, some flat bread, a pickled mango dish, and some kind of lentel dish.

 

more to come !

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Welcome Aboard Show -

 

After dinner we went to the welcome aboard show and ordered our customary foo foo drinks. The show was fine. The cruise director, Steve Cassel is crazy, goofy, self-depricating, quick-witted, sometimes over-the-top, but we loved him. We both said he was the best we have ever had. The show had a comedian. He was nothing special . Part of his act was some ventriloquism. Ok, but not great. I thought he looked like he was having trouble with the family show limits that he was under. He performed an adult show the next evening. We did not attend so I do not know how this was. The orchestra was good. The director was extremely young(19 looking) I was impressed. ( I am a band director myself)

 

After the show we went to the casino where we would spend much time and money over the next 7 days.

 

After the casino we returned to our cabin where we put on our complimentary robes and sat on our balcony as we approached the Gulf. We actually saw the river pilot leave the ship via baot right beneath our balcony.

 

 

2 Sea Days -

 

2 sea days in a row are a bit much , but we needed the to just relax and rest up for the ports.

 

I will just go over a few points.

 

Balcony was great. Really relaxing to watch and hear(bungee cord) the ocean go by. At night especially. The stars were fabulous.

 

Dinner was good each night. We did not do the Point. We just did not want to miss out on the dining room.

 

The Las Vegas shows are another matter all together. Here is where I would like to get some feedback from folks. Maybe I am not sophisticated enough but, I am tired of these shows on Carnival where I see more floss than at a dentist convention. It has been in every show on every ship so we knew what to expect but this time I just felt like there were to many moments that were not any where near tasteful. Would it be too much to have these girls wear a full brief? Or how about an early show w/ full coverage and a later show w/o. The 1st show was Point & Click. I liked the idea of the show well enough and I could have even gotten throught the floss but there were 2 scenes that made me very uncomfortable. Note:the audience is full of children, and couples. The 1st scene was a scene where the girls actually did a striptease down to their g-strings. The 2nd and most offensive was during the airplane scene: Pelvises only covered by g-strings pressed together, and I mean together, thrusting. I have degrees in music and performance. I have been a part of many productions. This was not a high class thing. It was simply base & lewd. To Carnival: 50% of audience is women, several hundred children, hi percentage are fathers or husbands(like me) w/ wife at my side. This makes up a very large part of the audience. I don't think this group really wants to see this. And it turns up when you least expect it. Not only in both Las Vegas were as I said we new what to expect, but also in the Magic Show which we didn;t expect and judging from the large number of children in the theatre, neither did most.

 

Ok, off the soap box. LOL

 

Now for Jamaica -

 

We opted for the Negril Beach Tour.. and were ready to get off the ship as soon as she docked. There was a rasta man at the gangway to pose for a picture with you. Too Cool ! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The 45 minute ride was narrated by a lovely Jamaican girl who was an excellent guide. The trip took us to Margaritaville in Negril. This is not the one in Montego Bay. It was fabulous. Not crowded. Water crystal clear. Sandy ocean floor. Trampoline, restaurant, beach chairs, gift shop, rest rooms, showers. Very nice. We just chilled out at the beach all day and did a little shopping on the way back. We did eat at MArgaritaville. I had the cheeseburger, ok, but my wife had the Jerk Chicken and it was mouth wateringly delicious.

 

We chose to do a ship's excursion in Jamaica because of all I had read about Montego Bay. And I can say that Jamaica is nothing, and I mean nothing, like the commercials you see on t.v. BUT.... It is also very charming and interesting and full of the most friendly people.

 

Tomorrow is Grand Cayman. .... more to come...

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Thank you for Part 1 and 2.

Looking forward to 3-4-5-6-7

Where did you find the $99.00 cruise rate?

I called the Hilton ( 800) and they do not know anything about it.

Departing July 3 2005.

I know, almost a year away.

Counting down slowly.................

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Thanks for posting your review Bandman; it brought back many pleasant memories from our Conquest cruise last year. Since you asked for feedback about the shows, here's my take on them. I did not mind the amount of "floss" as you put it ( I always enjoy that part, even with my wife sitting next to me). I personally do not consider Las Vegas-type shows to be "family entertainment" and I would not bring young children to watch this type of show. I agree that Carnival should mention this in the Capers as a forewarning to those with small children. My disappointment with Formidable and Point & Click (the two main production shows) was not with the amount of skin shown but with the lack of energy they generated from the audience. I have been on many Carnival cruises and I'd have to say these were the most lackluster shows I've seen on any ship. I looked around and saw a great number in the audience dozing off or sleeping soundly. Had it not been for the "floss" I might have fallen asleep too. I also thought Formidable was too highbrow for many in the audience who were not familiar with the Impressionist period and the show's subject matter. This might explain some of the lack of interest from the audience. My advice to Carnival would be to bring back the high-energy shows of the past and label the shows as containing adult subject matter for those who might be uncomfortable with the dancers' attire.

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Grand Cayman -

 

Grand Cayman is a tender port. We were up early to watch this ship pull into the harbor. The Rhapsody of the Seas was along side.(we were bigger, ha ha) The water in Cayman is gorgeous. There are so many different shades of blue and turquoise. We wanted to be off the ship early and since we were not taking a tour we would need to go to the show lounge to get a tender ticket.(If you are on a tour you get priority) So at 7:10am we headed to the lounge. There was an employee just sitting on the stage chatting w/ folks who were already seated. So we took a seat, unaware that we should go up to this person and get out ticket. We realized our mistake when a family of 20 or so came in and proceeded to get the last of the number 1 tickets. But, we got a ticket w/ number 2 on it. At about 7:30 they called groups 1,2, and 3 at the same time and we went downstairs to board the tender. The water was calm and the trip takes just a few minutes and you land right in the middle of the action in George Town. We walked to the Blue Iguana Shop where they were to call for the Avis shuttle and in less than 5 minutes were on our way to pick up the car. After getting the car we headed to Rum Point. This is a beach on the north side of the island. It is really pretty. Lots of shade, a restaurant, water sports are at one end so they do not spoil the mood. They also have sting ray city trips from here w/ Red Sail Sports which we have taken before. The boat only holds about 20 people and it makes for a better time than the huge boats you are on w/ the cruise line excursions. I found my lounge chair beneath the Australian Pine trees and my wife a hammock and we both "Vegged Out" and then had lunch at the restaurant. Warning: things in Cayman are expensive. $1 Cayman is $1.25 U.S. That's part of the reason. The other is that almsot everything has to be shipped in. So be prepared.

 

After Lunch we took the rental car back and did some shopping in the shops around the pier but did not buy anything. The wife was looking for a specific beaded necklace to go w/ one of the outfits she brought but no luck.

 

At 2:15 we got in line for the tender back to the ship. This is a short port day. The last tender to the ship is at 3:00pm. The wait was short, but those after us said they had to wait a while.

 

Carnival Vacation Club -

 

Ok, for those interested, we joined the Carnival Vacation Club. We went to the presentation on board. We did not go intending to do this. I told my DW if this was like a time share we were going to get up and leave. It wasn't. We liked it. Thought it suited us. So after a night to think about it and do some research on the internet, we decided to do it. I will be happy to answer questions to those interested.

 

Thursday Night -

 

Decided to skip the Las Vegas Show and went to the Degas Lounge to hear the Blood Power Band. We thought these guys were the best entertainment on the ship. They play at various times around the ship and everything from Disco, to Motown, to the Beatles, to Elvis, to Elton John, Billy Joel, and on and on and on. They were great.

 

Cozumel !!!!

 

This was our favorite port on this cruise by far. We arrived a little late into port and thus the stairways to the gangway were crammed w/ people. We really think that this ship needs more gangways for the number of people it serves. The lines getting back on the ship in Cozumel from about 4:30 until the ship left were absolutely the longest I have ever seen. They were 4 and 5 people across and so long they wrapped around the end of the Paradise(also in port) and out of sight. But we got off the ship about 10:20 and went to find a cab. The pier emptys you into a large shopping village that you must work your way out of to get to the cabs. Just keep heading generally to your left and forward and you will eventually get there.

 

We took a cab to Mr. Sanchos Beach. We decided against Paradise because it has more toys, which to us said more kids and noise. The cab system here is the best of any port we have ever been to. The rates are posted at the pier on a large board. The cabs are lined up at the stand waiting to be called by a port official . There are lines of cars for small groups and lines of vans for larger groups. The cab ride was $14 and I tipped the driver well. Mr. Sanchos was very nice. There are plastic picnic tables and umbrellas in the center of the strip of beach. To the right are a line of Thatch covered hut/umbrella/thingys. We decided on one of these as it was away from the main area where the restaurant and water sports are. The water was amazing. Sandy bottom and clear as glass. After a couple of hours we decided to take a recommendation from a Vacation Club employee and go to Ponchos Back Yard for Lunch. There is one at the port that is sparkling new and one downtown that is older and feels more authentic. We headed downtown. Again the cabs were right there at Mr. Sanchos lined up and ready. The fare was $16. When we arrived downtown we headed into a collection of shops where Panchos was located. We new we had chosen well when we were lead to a little courtyard shaded by all kinds of Palms and green plants. There was a marimba playing and a cool breeze. Perfection ! The Marimba was being played by a father and 2 daughters in traditional beautiful dresses. The marimba itself was very old and also gorgeous w/ inlaid wood.

 

The waiter came and suggested one of the specials. I was leaning another direction but decided to go w/ his advice as did my dw. It was the Carne Asada plate with steak, a chicken enchilada, cheese quesadillo, rice, beans, and guacamole. It was perhaps the best food we have ever had in our lives. I never thought I would say that about Mexocan food, but it was that good. I do not like guacamole but this was delicious and I couldn't believe I liked it so much. We also got dessert and 2 sodas. the bill was $46. You must go here. you will be so glad you did !!!!

 

SHOPPING -

 

Ok, when you get off the boat take as much money as you could ever think you would spend and then double it. So many neat things to see and buy. Every shop keeper is on his doorstep inviting you in in the nicest way to "let me show you my store, Senor". And if you see something you like, you are in trouble because these people's methods of persuasion are formidable. Be sure to bargain. I mean start at least half price.

 

The first place we came to after lunch was Diamonds International. My wife had a coupon from the ship for a free charm bracelet so she went in to redeem it. I told her I would be right next door in a little tourist shop. After severeal minutes she did not appear so I went to find her. She was still at the jewelry counter talking about the charm bracelet(So I Thought, LOL). When after several more minutes she did not come outside I went in to discover that she was looking at Tanzinite rings. Well. Do I need to say that she is wearing it on her hand right now? LOL! So, several hundred unintended dollars later we continued down the street where we bought t-shirts, a dress for our 2 year old, and a woven rug. At this point I said we are going back to the ship NOW. Don't look at anything else. We covered our eyes and ran for the nearest cab before we could be lured by anyone or anything else. The cab ride back to the pier was $6.

 

more to come.....

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I am REALLY enjoying your review! We are looking forward to our cruise on the Conquest on August 29th and really appreciate your informative postings. Please keep it up!

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Thanks for your review, we embark on 8/1 with one of our sons and his girl.

Can't wait. Two comments.

 

(1) Somehow, "Las Vegas Review" and the word "tasteful" don't seem to go in the same sentence. If the show is advertised as a Las Vegas Review then I would think it would be understood that this means "skin". Yes, they SHOULD post that this entertainment might be offensive to some adults and inappropriate for young children,though. We're pretty hard to offend though, and I certainly hope the pasties were, uh....tasteful..:-).

 

(2) Did anyone with you mention Dunns River Falls at Jamaica? We'ver heard good and bad about it. The good - it's stunning. The bad - it's impossibly crowded on days when ships are in port.

 

Thanks,

BnB

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If you are adventurous, like to cling to the hands of people you don't know to climb a waterfall without the use of yopur own hands (as you are holding the hands of others) -- while hundreds of others are climbing too, then you'll LOVE the experience.

 

I was petrified. Also, I had bare feet, and it was treacherous. Many people got cut. You need water shoes or something if you decide to go. But my husband and I are not the adventurous or athletic type, and we couldn't wait until it was over.

 

Also, the native guides are very pushy to hold your stuff and for tips at the end. Overly pushy.

 

If you are going from Ocho Rios, that's one thing -- it's not that far. But from Montego Bay? It's a 2-hour drive. Not worth it.

 

There's my honest take. :eek:

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Thanks Cinderelli.

 

Didn't realise that it's a two hour drive from Montego Bay. We don't believe in spending an inordinate amount of time on a bus to go somewhere, especially if we're on a cruise vacation.

 

We're also not looking to shop for anything in Jamaica, so does anyone have any suggestions on what excursions might be enjoyable. In Jamaica we don't plan on taking any independent tours, we'd prefer something sponsored by the ship.

 

BnB

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Anyone know anything abuot this? We booked at a Clarion for about $90 a night. We're not sure what to do about parking. Love the excellent review so far. I did a cruise 3 years ago and enjoyed the vegas show, it was eye-opening I guess. Things will be different i am sure, i was single then, this is our honeymoon.

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Here's a link to the Maison New Orleans.....park for $5 a day where they transport you to port.

 

http://www.maisonstcharles.com/pages/newsletter.html

 

I've read really great reviews and love the look/class of the hotel! We are staying here the night before our Sept. 5 departure on the Conquest!!!

 

BTW--GREAT overall review to original poster! ;)

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Saymyname asked for more info. on the Hilton Riverside deal. Here it is. Call the Hilton at 1-504-561-0500. Ask for the $99.00 "cruise special" with up to 7 days of free parking. You can cancel up to 3 days prior to staying without any penalties. I have read about other good deals in the New Orleans section of the ports of calls here on these boards. Someone got a good deal at the Doubletree in Metagerie ( I know it's spelled wrong, sorry) for $111 that included parking and transportation to the pier. You might check out the New Orleans section of the ports of call and see what deals there are.

 

Billnbobbi, the Sunset Beach Resort can be seen from the ship in Montego Bay. It has an all inclusive for only $20.00 and it's only a $5.00 taxi cab ride away. There are no pushy vendors on the beach, only guests and hotel staff. For the $20.00 entrance fee you get unlimited alcohol, sodas, food, use of all watersports including paddle boats and canoes, snorkel gear, and hard back floats. They have 3 beaches and one is a nudist beach. There are 3 pools with one having a swim up bar. Just go to Jamaica in the ports of call section and you can read what some of the CCers are saying about their time there. I have heard it is really nice. We don't want to be bothered by the pushy natives either. That's why we just plan on taking a cab over to the Sunset Beach Resort and relaxing there for the day. We will have everything we need including food, drinks, and time on the beach. You can't beat the price either.

 

Thanks for the reviews Bandman, keep them coming. We will be on the Conquest this October and your review has been very helpful. I now know better than bringing my kids with me to the Las Vegas shows on board the ship. I go to Vegas regularly and have seen a number of shows that I would have no problem taking my child to. Siegfried & Roy, Blue Man Group, and "V" are all good shows that would be fine for a child. That's why I wouldn't have known about how racy the Vegas style shows were. Just because it says Vegas doesn't mean it has to have lots of skin and sexy scenes. A lot of Vegas shows are not all that racy. Thanks for the heads up about the shows. I appreciate it. And keep those reviews coming.

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Saymyname asked for more info. on the Hilton Riverside deal. Here it is. Call the Hilton at 1-504-561-0500. Ask for the $99.00 "cruise special" with up to 7 days of free parking. You can cancel up to 3 days prior to staying without any penalties.

 

Thank you cruisinqt,

The $99.00 cruise rate has not been loaded into Hilton's computers for 2005 yet. They asked me call back around the 1st of November. If your a travel industry employee there is a $115.00 rate for July 2005. You must book at least 2 nights in order to receive this rate.

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Thanks for your review, we embark on 8/1 with one of our sons and his girl.

Can't wait. Two comments.

 

(1) Somehow, "Las Vegas Review" and the word "tasteful" don't seem to go in the same sentence. If the show is advertised as a Las Vegas Review then I would think it would be understood that this means "skin". Yes, they SHOULD post that this entertainment might be offensive to some adults and inappropriate for young children,though. We're pretty hard to offend though, and I certainly hope the pasties were, uh....tasteful..:-).

 

(2) Did anyone with you mention Dunns River Falls at Jamaica? We'ver heard good and bad about it. The good - it's stunning. The bad - it's impossibly crowded on days when ships are in port.

 

Thanks,

BnB

I was on the same cruise as Bandman. I went to all the shows. I, for one, did not see "Pasties" and I have a keen eye for that. Yes plenty of g-strings. I have 3 daughters, 21, 15 and 12, and did not really think any of the shows were terribly inappropriate.

 

I thought Point and Click was horrible. I had to think too hard, scene to scene to figure out how we got there. It was a huge stretch for a storyline.

 

The only scene in Formidable that turned my off was the GAY Paris scene. They twisted it so that Gay didn't mean happy. Otherwise, I thought the show was fine. The magic show was fine, but the lady dancer whe used in most of the illusions was, well, to put it nicely, spent too much time in the buffet lines.

 

I thought the male dancers were much more talented than the female dancers, overall. The lead female singer was good, but she completely overshadowed the male singer when they sang together.

 

They needed to get the male singer better material to fit his voice. He had a very good voice, but not a very versatile one. When he sang with the MoTown singer from New Orleans, he was really good.

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OK, where's the rest of the review? I check back each day in anticipation, but nothing new has been added.:( Is it under a different post, or is Bandman leaving us hanging? :rolleyes:

 

I agree with Bandman about the costumes. I was really put off by them on my last Carnival cruise. Thought they were inappropriate for shows where children were present. I also thought some of the "moves" by the dancers were too suggestive. Eh gads, maybe I'm becoming a prude! :eek: Overall, I haven't really liked most of the shows (other than comedians) on Carnival in recent years.

 

Looking forward to the rest of the review!

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Of course these shows were inappropiate for children; they were never intended to be children-appropiate! Las Vegas-type shows have always been produced with an adult audience in mind and if these cruisers choose to bring their children to this type of show they have only themselves to blame for any adult content their children might see. I don't want to see these production shows toned down just to make them G-rated; the children already have the ship's arcade, the teen disco, and Camp carnival.

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OK, where's the rest of the review? I check back each day in anticipation, but nothing new has been added.:( Is it under a different post, or is Bandman leaving us hanging? :rolleyes:

 

I agree with Bandman about the costumes. I was really put off by them on my last Carnival cruise. Thought they were inappropriate for shows where children were present. I also thought some of the "moves" by the dancers were too suggestive. Eh gads, maybe I'm becoming a prude! :eek: Overall, I haven't really liked most of the shows (other than comedians) on Carnival in recent years.

 

Looking forward to the rest of the review!

It's another post. Sorry. It's called Conquest review 7/11 cont. here is the link

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=56246&highlight=conquest+review

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We too were on the 7/11 Conquest sailing. A quick note on walking from the Hilton Riverside. To avoid the first set of stairs noted by Bandman, take the Hilton elevators all the way down to street level and exit at the cab pickup/drop off area. Turn right, cross the trolley tracks, and go to the Riverwalk main entrance. This bypasses the stairs from the 2nd floor of the Hilton down to the Riverwalk shops.

 

But, try as we might, there is no way around the stairs at the pier. You can walk at ground level inside the wall by the trolley tracks all the way to the pier, but at one point signs clearly say 'no pedestrians allowed' and Riverwalk security does patrol this area.

 

One final note: contrary to Bandman, I found the beef in the dining room to be tough and chewy. Still found my way to enough food to gain five pounds on the cruise !?! I think I ate that much bacon and pancakes/french toast at breakfast during the week.

 

Made other comments/ postings at another 7/11 Conquest trip report and the ports of call section of these message boards. My family had a great vacation on Conquest.

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