Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Lets Geaux Cruisin'
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
PARKING...We drove in from Louisiana to the Port Bolivar Free Ferry shorter and with gas prices, why not? Use EZ Cruise Parking (ezcruiseparking.com) and reserve our space a month or so prior. They take you to the pier, luggage and all, in their vans and you save $5 by reserving on the internet, $50 for the 7 day cruise. Right there when you get off to take you More back to their lot. Talked to others who stayed in Galveston the night prior hotel was approx. $149 per night but included cruise parking and they shuttled them to and from pier probably do that next time if we have the extra time to spend the night&but if not will always use EZ Cruise Parking&.
BOARDING....We went through the cattle call getting on board we werent on until 1:30PM, as the Conquest had elevator problems and the prior cruisers took longer to get off ship&no problem&excited, ready, and just being there was fine with us. It all went smoothly as soon as we started moving and never had to sit and wait. The normal pictures go fast and after the pictures you are moving onboard. They gave us a paper stating to wait 2 hours before going to our cabin due to the late arrival of the previous cruisers and cabins werent ready yet we didnt listen went straight to our cabin and it was ready and waiting for us
CARRY ONS ...Yes, we carried on a bottle of our favorite booze one each. No, we didnt get caught&no, we didnt put it in water bottles, or color it. We wanted it in our cabin when we wanted to relax and have a drink. Would go get my containers of milk from Cezanne Restaurant for my white Russians and kept the milk in the cooler we pulled on with us. Trust me, we spend enough that Carnival would never notice the little we brought on. Yes, I packed a 6 pack of water then keep the bottles and later fill with ship's water to go ashore, etc. Yes, I packed 2 6-pack bottles of diet cokes and carried them around the ship--only comment I got was where did you find that from other cruisers. LOL
CABINS....We do balcony cabins on the Verandah Deck Aft #8445--we feel AFT is the best for the Conquest. With the exception of Montego Bay Starboard side is the side to be on for Georgetown and Cozumel. We dont do interior claustrophobia but the one across from us was nicely arranged and the oceanview friends were in on Empress Deck were very nice but once we did balcony we just cant do anything else. Our Cabin Steward (Zoran) was the BEST think that $20 tip when we got to our cabin helped plus a little more on Thursday -- LOL-- but he was so efficient, nice, and kept our cooler full of ice each day extra washcloths always, everything perfect he took good care of us, that is for sure. TAKE CLOTHES PINS...every cabin has a line in the shower....ample drawers and closet space...if you have a balcony - the sofa has two big drawers under it for more storage. We do the SHOE ORGANIZER and hang over bathroom door - but ample mirror shelves for bath needs...blow dryers in all - but I take mine - mine is stronger...Only one outlet, so if have plug in things - take extension cord or bar strip ....
LOCATION AND FOOD...Up one deck to the Lido Cezanne Restaurant and pools, down 3 decks and you are on the Promenade. Our restaurant was the Monet late seating. Late seating is best for us, due to the times we returned from ports. The Monet is in the aft windows all around, two levels, the largest and our restaurant...The Renoir is more towards middle and smaller, 2 levels but very nice, also. The food is adequate and some very good but on port days, we eat the local food onshore, so those nights we didnt do restaurant.
Loved the grill at the Sky Pool, sandwich area, & pizza. One day had a chocolate hour on Lido, yum--Loved the Sur Mer seafood upstairs from Cezanne but only open for lunch but dont miss it. Made reservations at the Pointe but cancelled when we found out dinner there takes up to 2 ½ to 3 hours for the 6 courses had so much going on all the time, we just didnt take the time to do it. Charge is cheap - $30 per person and others said it was wonderful food&the best.
POOLS &.SOME...Parents!!!!.The Sky Pool is ADULTS ONLY&.parents would bring their kids some in diapers YUCK. Parents of older kids would Drop off their kids in the adult pool and disappear some stayed with younger ones but there is a Kids ONLY pool&.we all complained to purser and security was notified and the problem was solved immediately but until you complain, security lets them swim there.
DRINKS...Very good. Very, very good. Souvenir glasses are $2 more and you keep the glass&.so we got one the first day and reused it the next days.
Tattoos....Everyone getting them, even us, lasted about 5 days &.fun thing to do & but really smarter to get the transfers at home (Wal-Mart) and do your own. They run from $12.50 over $20 onboard, depending on size.
CASINO...Our cruise had winners. One won $11,000 on a slot machine. My husband won $800 on dollar slots the first day. YEAH. I won $200, $100, $50, $50, but KNOW I put it all back but hey, why not -- so the casino was generous for us and think we played the whole cruise on our winnings.
SHOWS...Fun, good, Todd the cruise director is a trip&.did bingo and they have Deal or No Deal bingo then later on they have half price bingo&LV review were nice, normal, typical and fun. The hairy man contest on Monday/Lido is a trip&.great bands playing late into the night.
SHIP CAPTAIN....He is great. He appeared at more things than any captain on our previous cruises&.Previous Cruiser Party was great.
NEW CARNIVAL VACATION CLUB...Sounds good, but even though we cruise a lot, we decided against it. You buy points towards future cruises, there are different levels so the more you spend the more points you purchase & you have 3 years to use your points in (take 3 cruises), based on the oceanview priced cabins. You also get 3 coupons for staying in resorts all over the world for about $299 for a week. It is a good deal, but it ties you to the Carnival Lines and their affiliates for the next 3 years of vacations and you MUST purchase them at sea not at port. This way you save tax and dont think about it for as long -- LOL-- think the highest points was $5000 down to about $2000 (I think). Have a few payment options and they are transferable for $199 each cruise. And you get VIP onboard and off and a private formal party. It may save money but we dont like to be locked into taking certain types of vacations each year. They didnt hound us at al&. Other than sending us different times to meet which we kept canceling due to other onboard things or excursions.
SHORE EXCURSIONS....Did our own thing in Jamaica. We all went to Sunset Beach Resort. Took a van for $4 each then paid $40 each at the resort for all you could eat, drink, and all non-motorized things to do there. It is an all-inclusive and has a great water park and beach, pool with swim up bar, etc.. bars dont open until 10:00 AM -- lunch was great HOT jerk chicken&.lots of snorkeling&great for kids&.we loved the tube ride down the lazy river.had van return at 1:00 and take us to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville ($5 each for van) that was fun, also, but at that time, hard to find a table. Then van returned when we told him and took us back to ship yep another $4&. Lots of cheap shopping right when you get off ship.
Grand Cayman--Husband went scuba diving (beginners again as he is not certified) and I went on the See and Sea excursion. It is nice, relaxing & got on cold a/c van tour of town and 7 Mile Beach then to the Turtle Farm, then to Hell (small place for shirts and mail cards from Hell) then to a semi-submarine that was a really nice ride enjoyed this a lot not a lot of walking, mainly relaxing and sightseeing&.both my husband and I were done at 11:30AM & met at Hard Rock for more shopping great run cakes at the bakery there with nice shops and flea market Grand Cayman is a little pricier than Montego Bay and Cozumel but found great stuff there. This is a tender port tenders are very large and dont take much time at all to get on and off.
Cozumel--Husband likes diving in Caymans better than Cozumel as it isnt as much work the current at Cozumel wears him out. So we did shopping and Carlos and Charlies for a TON of fun and good food. Hired a horse and buggy tour. Friends rented a jeep and had a ball even found a ton of Conchs on the beach and brought back to all of us&will do the jeep at HERTZ next time we go. There is shopping right at where the tender docks everything is a DOLLAR so got more things there to bring back for our 9 grandchildren.
NOTE....Had friends who did the snorkel at Cozumel -- too much current, only in water for 5 minutes to snorkel just too hard they were disappointed, so take note, and they are in their early 20s!!!!! But they loved the snorkeling at Sunset Beach in Jamaica. SPA....Hubby surprised me with a massage the last day - for Mother's Day...had them on cruises prior and love them...at the end they always start the SALES PITCH on products to sell you..love the massage but the girl on the Conquest was very persistent that I buy and she make commissions on what she sold me...I had to finally tell her NO, and stop ignoring my NO...and she let me be. After a wonderful massage this is the part that I don't like...but they just doing their job, I guess...
MARDI GRAS PARTY....This was too fun, and ended on the Lido deck with members throwing beads from balcony. band playing--but starts in different rooms, depending if what team you are on. You get your team from your dining room seating.
HINTS....Final full day, Saturday logo Ts in gift shop are 2 for $20..Cigarettes for those who smoke are $36.95 for 2 cartons have lots of Marlboros, but not all brands like Camel lights. Kaluha was 2 bottles for $21.00. Jack Daniels is not much different than the states. Baileys had good price and someone said Crown did, also.
STRANGE EXPERIENCE....The Pregnant Girl--almost had a baby born on ship and the crew was visibly upset because of this. She was 8 months pregnant, and wore clothes so she wouldnt show and Carnival couldnt tell how far along she was or she wouldnt have gotten on. Heard she was 18 years old, with family, Riviera Deck and guess they were a crude bunch fighting in hallways, kids running, yelling, etc. Anyway she went into labor. We arrived back in Galveston 2 hours prior to schedule as she was in labor, dilated to 2 centimeters & captain put the ship in overdrive (LOL) on the way back trying to get her back and not have to stop for helicopter for her we made it and ambulance waiting when we arrived but we still didnt start debarkation until it was time. NOT CARNIVALS FAULT at all seems all fault is always with SOME CRUISERS. where was this family's concern for this new baby and here we were on the water and then in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Some people just have no sense&
ALL INFO IS ON YOUR TELEVISION....From dinner menus each night to your folio (how much you have spent so far) etc., even if you miss the debarkation meeting it will be on your television that night and all the morning of debarkation&...View the video they are making of your cruise - somehow they seem to get everyone on the cruise on it - especially the formal night cocktail party...we always buy it and seems everyone likes to see it over our HOME video that we take...LOL.
DEBARKATION.....Was the slowest we have experienced. They call your deck tag colors and we went when called and stood for 20 minutes in a line that didnt move, but when it started moving it went fast.&.finding luggage after we finally got off was the easiest we have experienced, so go figure!!! We like to self-assist (carry all ours off and be some of first off) but couldnt do to ALL we took and bought&but our self-assist friends were off by 7:30AM and headed to the airport.
Do the CONQUEST....It is awesome. Cant say enough about it. Heard she is NOT coming to New Orleans as we had heard prior - but Florida...darn...can't wait until Carnival returns to New Orleans. Less
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A very pleasant surprise