CARNIVAL SHOULD GIVE US A FREE OR DISCOUNTED CRUISE FOR THIS REVIEW. Our 13 day vacation in April, 2004 was excellente. Please scroll through and have some fun. New Orleans is a strange city from the French Quarter, Bourbon St., Royal St., Cafe du Monde, Mother's, Aquarium, Riverwalk Mall, Bennigan's restaurant, the street cars, the ghosts and spirits tour, the city tour, beignettes, the smell of the French Quarter, a city that does not sleep--LET THE GOOD TIMES BEGIN-the City that never sleeps. People were walking around in shorts and t shirts in 55-65 degree weather. New Orleans is about 15 ft. below sea level. Bourbon Street was a trip. The hotel and food were excellent.
The cruise was fantastic on Carnivals largest ship, the Carnival Conquest which weighs 110,000 tons, cost 500 million to build, has 13 decks, a great show each night, excellent food either in the dining room or the grande buffet on the Cezanne/Lido Deck, and a travel log you can watch in your room. We were on the Empress Deck-Deck 7. Even the elevators talk to you. The ship makes a lot of money off bingo, 20 bucks for 3 cards, and the casino is nice, the Promenade Deck has shows, karaoke music, dancing, shops,etc. The pools and the whirlpools are terrific. We had a hairy man chest competition on the pool deck. One man looked like an Ape. The man that posed with the hairiest chest won. This was a riot.
Some of the shows were a little riske, X-rated comedy acts, audience participation etc.. One night they had two teams of 5 people from the audience come on stage and they had to take a 15 -20 feet chain and take it inside their top, down their body, through their pants and pass the chain to the next person. The team that finished first won.
They changed the buffet each night--American, International, etc. The ice carvings and desserts along with chocolate night were terrific. There was always something to do. Pictures were taken each night from the pool deck, the dining areas, and during our Grande Mardi Gras on the Promenade Deck. They also let you take food back to your room. You could eat this excellent food. Some nights we had 4 desserts. The galley tour was excellent. The service and waiters along with our Cruise Director were fabulous.
We took the city tour in Jamaica, Montego Bay/Cayman/Cozumel Mexico. Each place is different and entertaining. We even went to Hell and Margaritaville and had the best vacation of our lives.
Even the waiters danced on the tables and asked everyone to get up and dance around the dining room. This was a riot to see. We even had our own Mardi Gras on board.
The only complaint was that some of the trays in the Cezanne, Lido Deck were dirty. They would not let you take pictures of the nightly shows. Other than that I would give this cruise a 5 out of 5. We have an album of about 175 pictures.