I drove down to Houston on Saturday after finding an open hotel. This was the first Carnival Conquest cruise after Hurricane Ike. Expecting the worst and hoping for the best the embarkation was a cinch. No hiccups. It probably took from the moment I dropped off our luggage, parked, went through customs and checked in and then boarded and then in our room…..30 minutes. It was wonderful. After getting to our room and dropping off my carry on and showing my 3 year old the bathroom so she can potty we were off to show her the ship. Than eat some fruit on the lido and then back to the room where our luggage was waiting. Muster went pretty well considering I had a 3 year old with me. At first she did not want her arm band that she had to wear all week. But she got to choose her own (they were all the same) and she was happy. But after a few minutes she wanted her life preserver off. But I prevailed and soon muster was over and we went to get pizza. At Camp Carnival Orientation my 3 year old was scared of Freddy. She did go into the room after he was gone. My little one has had a full 2 days traveling to Houston and embarkation and was out by 8 and so we did not attend the Family Welcome Aboard or Family Ice Cream Making. I ordered room service since my little one was out for the night. The food was average but delivered to my room in a timely manner. After I ate I called it a night.
Day 1 Sea Day I got breakfast in the room the first morning at sea. It was a typical continental breakfast that you find at any hotel. Then I dropped my daughter off at Camp Carnival. I went out by the pool and read until time to go get the her for lunch. After lunch I dropped her back off at Camp Carnival and went to the Meet and Mingle that was setup for the Crazies that were on board. We were finally able to put some faces with handles on Cruise Critic. We met the Cruise Director Ralph Valente and the Asst Cruise Director and comedian Mark Rubben. After the Meet and Mingle we were shown the 'secret doors' leading outside to public areas of the ship that only few know about. I then picked up my daughter for dinner and then dropped it her off again. I then met up with some friends before they headed off for Elegant night. I then went down to the Internet Café and got my account setup and checked email. I think they charge a bit much but it keeps me in contact with family. Later I picked my daughter up at Camp Carnival. She had a full day and was soon fast asleep.
Day 2 Sea Day We got up and went off for breakfast. During breakfast I mentioned that after she was finished she could go to Camp Carnival. I thought she was going to come over me or the table to get out and go. My daughter is hooked on Camp Carnival. I had always heard great things about Camp Carnival but I now was able to 'live it'. I went off to the Lido deck to sit in the sun and read. After picking my daughter up we went to lunch. It was Taste of India day. She was not impressed with the food but I was. I always like to try other cultures food. After lunch I let her have an ice cream cone. We came back to the room where she took a nap. After her nap I took her for another ice cream cone and then off the Camp Carnival where she once again had a good time. This was the first night that I went to dinner in the dining room. As usual like my previous cruise the food was average. I was and still not completely impressed with their dinner. But that Warm Chocolate Melting Cake…….there is nothing like it. After dinner I went to get my daughter from Camp Carnival and went got our first photo together. I think it will turn out well. After getting back to the room she fell asleep. Tomorrow she will visit her first foreign country.
Day 3 Montego Bay Jamaica We took a non shopping tour of Montego Bay. We stopped by an old 18th century church. We also stopped by Margaritaville for some fruit juice. It was a short 2 hour tour. I only took short excursions since I figured the attention span of my daughter would be short. After returning to the ship my daughter crashed for a nap. After her nap she was off to Camp Carnival. Also picked up the photo and it was excellent. Best picture I have ever been able to get my daughter to take. And then I saw the photo that Camp Carnival took. OMG, she out did herself.
Day 4 Georgetown Grand Cayman Here we took a tour of the Turtle Farm and Butterfly Farm. My daughter enjoyed this tour very much. I was fascinated with the reason for the turtle farm and she was just fascinated with the big turtles. She chased the butterflies around and I learned a few things about butterflies I did not know or was taught in school. Day 5 Cozumel Here in Cozumel we took the sub view trip. This is a boat that has seats and glass windows below the boat so that you are looking at the sea bottom. My daughter enjoyed this excursion very much. I would recommend this excursion to anyone with small children. It was a rainy day here in Cozumel, also. But that did not stop us from enjoying the day.
Debarkation was not down well by the customs agents. I did not get off the ship until 1 pm, 1 hour after the next cruise passengers were to begin embarkation. Overall, my daughter and I enjoyed the cruise. The crew was their usual great selves. Food was average. But the staff in the dining room were their usual great selves. I got a ocean view room because of my daughter but prefer a balcony which I will do when I am the cruise without the daughter. My daughter enjoyed Camp Carnival immensely.