We arrived in New Orleans via Amtrak at 1 AM. The train was 3 hours late due to bad weather along the route. There were no taxis waiting outside. After about 10 minuets a couple showed up. The driver took us and another couple in his cab and said it would cost $10 per couple to go to the Hyatt hotel across from the dock. This should have been a $7 metered ride, but since he was only one of two cabs that showed up he was not going to use the meter. It was pay or walk. When we left for the ship on Sunday morning it was the same thing. It cost us $14 for a $7 ride. He said it was a special event and they were allowed to charge $7 each passenger.
The Conquest was three hours late getting into port due to being caught behind a slow moving barge. We arrived at the port at 10:45 AM. Platinum check in was fast. We went thru security and then had to wait in a pre boarding area until the ship was ready for embarkation. At 11:30 they called for the three wedding parties to board then the Diamond and Platinum members. I believe the Faster to Fun were called after the D & P. We were on the ship before 12. The hallway doors were closed but had a sign reading Diamond and Platinum guests could proceed to your staterooms. We were in our room by 12. Our luggage was waiting for us in our room not outside like it has been in the past.
We had a aft balcony cabin for the first time. There were two reclining chairs, two regular chairs and a small end table. The room itself seemed the normal size. Each of the two closets only had about 5 hangers so we had to double up on the hanging.
As usual the cabin stewardess and her helper were friendly and did a very good job throughout our cruise.
The ship was kept clean and trays were kept out of the hallways for the most part. Did not have any trouble finding a deck chair as long as it was away from the pool. Looked like the normal amount of chair hogs on this cruise.
The slots seemed a little tighter than the Indian casino in our town, but I still walked away about $10 ahead for the week. My wife was down about $20 for the week.
There were two or three live trios and a DJ throughout the ship playing various types of music. We only saw one show in the punch liner. The shows were always crowded and the room was cleared after each show before the next one started. They definitely need a larger venue for this. We saw one show in the main showroom. It was called the Britt's. The use of live singers and dancers with animation in the background worked very well, seemed like a much larger cast.
We had anytime dining, only used the dining room on two nights. Food was ok and the service was fine.
We had one night in the Steakhouse. Food was great but I found the service in the main dining room to be a little bit better. I judge service mostly by my water glass. If it is kept full service is very good. If it goes empty not so good. My glass in the main dining room was never empty, in the Steakhouse twice it was empty. The rest of our evening meals were at the Lido Buffet. I stuck with mostly salad type items and was very satisfied.
For lunch we switched between Guy's Burgers, very good, the Burrito bar and the fish and chips. All of these venues were very good. Pizza and deli were also good.
We tendered at Belize. D & P members meet at Guest Services and were escorted down to the tender station.
I booked a tour with Belizetubing.bz They met us outside the port building and gave us a tour of the city on the one hour drive to the river. We walked about an hour to the starting point then floated down back through 4 caves to where we got off the van when we first arrived. After the float they provided lunch at their headquarters and had us back at the port by 3:45 in time for the last 4:00 tender. When we got in the tender line there were still at least 200 people behind us.
Rotan I had a tour booked with Victor Bodden. We took a $4 cab ride to the meeting location. You could have walked it, uphill about 300 yds. Many people did. We toured around the island visited a Iguana zoo and a monkey zoo. About a 4 hour tour. Everything was on our time schedule.
We took a $8 taxi ride to the Starbucks meeting place for the Bar Hop Tour on the far side of the island. 5 hour tour had a great time stopped at 4 bars for about 45 minutes each. We are not drinkers. We had a free welcome shot at each bar and ordered some food at the third bar. Drinks ran around $8- 12 were very large and about 3 time stronger than the ships. You need cash for this tour as there is no electricity on this side of the island. The road is close at dark. We were dropped off back at the ship in plenty of time.
Diamond and Platinum and I believe FTF were told to meet in the main dining room at 8:30. We were off the ship and through customs by 9:00.
It was a $33.00 taxi ride to the airport where we had a hotel shuttle pick us up for our two night stay until we flew home.