There was a total 12 adults who decided on a rainy day in August that we needed to escape Our river that had no water due to a drought. We are all boaters and needed something to make up for the lack of water we had.
We took the Amtrak from Kankakee IL down to New Orleans. 18 hour trip more fun on the way down then the way back. Very cold but it was a different form of transportation.
We had reservation at the Cotton Exchange hotel. I am not going to get into that to much because we already wrote about it and also put something in the New Orleans post about it. All I am going to say stay away. They messed our reservations up so bad that it took me 3 hours today to find out who managed them. Terrible Management at this hotel. From what I heard through different parts on the internet they are trying to sell it. They just need to get Management in there who know what they are doing.
The cruise was absolutely wonderful. I can not say enough about the crew and the More
ship. We have been on 8 other Carnival Cruises and this one rocks.
The only rude crew member we found was at the kiosk to book another cruise. Really non personality that we are going to book elsewhere.The buffet is opened for lunch and then again at dinner at 6:30pm. I do miss the days when you come back from shore and you can eat in the buffet. Now your choices are Guy's burger and the Deli. Not much choices with 2800 passengers on board at this time.
We only ate dinner one time in the buffet. Very limited with the choices and desserts.
We tried the taste bar. Prefer the sushi. You really have to eat with your fingers and not a great thing to do.
Favorite Bar Tahiti Casino. You can smoke there and the staff is wonderful. Perfect for a meeting place for the group.
The only show I saw was the Flying Scotsman. He was wonderful ,funny and was sad when the show ended.
Dinner in the dining room excellent servers, beverage server always there. Ordered a flat iron steak it was how I wanted hot and rare.
Our cabin was always cleaned. We were on Main aft .You did hear the noises from parts of the ship when you were getting into dock but it did not bother us at all.
Hardly saw cruise director. The night that the Mexican Fiesta was suppose to start at 10 didn't til 11 at night .Very disappointing in this. In fact the two nights they had partied on lido not much to say about them.
There was enough stuff to do around the boat. And if you want a great place to lay out with a private bar for to the forward section climb up the one set of stairs. It is right below basketball and put put golf.
No matter what people say about Carnival we will cruise with them again. We can understand why buffet closed with all the food we saw wasted. The only sad thing is if you want a sweet at night there are not that many choices unless you are in the dining room. Grab it at lunch put it in your room to have later.
Trip home on Amtrak night mare. Will never go with them again.. Less
Carnival Conquest Cruises to the Western Caribbean
We booked a private excursion with Fab tours who was recommended on Cruise Critic.
Tendering has always been a sore subject. There was only one other boat that was getting tender in between us. We started at 8:30 with the tender number and did not go in to port til 10:15. Get to the tender room early to be one of the first.
We went snorkeling $40 per person. I don't care what others say about this port. We walked around to get to the pier that we were going to get a boat to go snorkeling They really are cleaning the area up with new construction.
Everyone was super nice that we met. This is a third world country and the people were absolutely wonderful.
We waited til 11:00 for the boat to take us out to the island where we were going to snorkel. Carnival canceled their snorkeling due to the roughness of the ocean. But we still did ours. Not allot of fish to see because of the conditions but at least we can say we snorkeled in Belize.
The island we went to for an hour afterwards was a private island and it was beautiful. White sands palm trees and a beautiful view of the ocean. What more can you ask for.
We walked into town because we forgot how far it was. We have been here several times but one of the couples we were with never had.
Even though it was hot and 5 miles (we forgot we could take a taxi) we called it our Iguana tour. Because we ran into several of them on the side walk.
We stopped at couple bars along the ocean that were nice and peaceful and reasonably cheap.
Cozumel has changed allot since the last time we were there. Nothing we wanted but we did notice that the liquor was not that cheap. Same old things in each store.
Taxi back for 4 $8.
I have always loved Roaton. The beauty of it. Anything in port is always bad but this time coming into Mahogany Bay was a different experience.
We went with Christopher tours $65 to zip line & $25 if you are not zip-lining to go with your group to the beach afterwards.
So much fun zip lining. We were from 50 and up and we all enjoyed it. Not much to see but green green trees. But it was a worthwhile experience.
Loved the white sandy beach and the blue water. We had a great time here. Not enough time to shop when we were back in port but we have been there before so there was nothing we really wanted.
I recommend Christopher tours. We got the girl who was with us email and we plan on talking to her again.