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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by slybear

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Carnival Conquest
Carnival Conquest
Member Name: slybear
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 1439
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5+
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Queenie loves the Conquest
We were dropped off at port at 10:30 & were on the ship at 11:30, eating lunch at fish & chips & lido buffet by 12:30. Rooms were ready at 12:30 so we dropped off our soda & wine & continued exploring. Our aft interior room was fine, no problems and our steward, Ferry was wonderful. Our free drink coupons, Gold VIFP pins & obc credits were waiting. Our bags were delivered before our 6 pm early dinner, so we unpacked & then met up with some of our roll call before the muster at the aft pool bar! And then we met up with the "Splendored Spirits" after the muster drill. We didn't leave New Orleans until after dark but we did not mind at all.

On our first sea day we ate breakfast burritos at the Blue Iguana Catina. They were yummy & better then the lunch burritos in our opinion. The tex/mex spices were just a little different. Hubby used the gym & found it nice. After breakfast we spent some time in the aft hot tubs. Although no Serenity Deck on the Conquest, the aft pool area usually stayed pretty quiet. We hung out there alot. Had our first, of many Guy Burgers.Even though I'm not much of a magic show fan, Bob Brizendine in the Toulouse Lautrec lounge was quite funny & entertaining. We had early dining in the Monet & found the food & servers far superior to those on the Carnival Dream last Dec.

We ate at the comedy brunch on the 2nd sea day & the food was good. Comedy so-so. Its hard to pay attention at 9 or 10 am, but we enjoyed the food & meeting new people. Just relaxed, ate & rested all day & night.

Day 3 in Jamiaca was alot of fun once we got through the terminal & on a shuttle bus. We found a cab driver, Dwayne, who took us, at our request, out of Montego Bay & the tourism areas & up into the mountains to his cousin's Bodega. I would much rather spend $15 drinking if I know it is going to the local people then to a big corp like margatritaville (sorry mr buffet). We had a great time as usual in Jamaica & will definately return as the island & people are beautiful. And back onboard we got ready for the Halloween Contest, which was a lot of fun. Also saw crazy funny juggler, Victor Zuniga!

Day 4 in Grand Cayman was our beach day. We waited til about 10 & had no wait for the tender. Waited 20 minutes for a full van load & then we were off to Calico Jacks on 7 mile beach. No charge for their tables & bathrooms so we had a few diet cokes & left our bag while we swam & floated for a few hours. You can rent chairs & umbrellas if needed. There were cabs & vans waiting when we were ready to go back to ship & it was $5 per person each way. Best entertainment of the cruise was tonight: "The Flying Scotsman" who performed a rock n roll show (in place of the postponed The Brits)

Day 5 in Cozumel we took it easy, shopping in the port area only. Now if it was up to me, I'd skip Cozumel all together as I find it boring and a tourist trap. I think the merchants are pushier then Jamaica and way overpriced. We watched the Love & Marriage show which is always fun. And later Hubby participated in the Talent show & there were some really good singers.

Overall we had a wonderful time & I have already booked the Conquest for next Halloween!

Publication Date: 11/15/12
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