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We began our journey with flights on Southwest to Ft. Lauderdale. We flew down on the day after Thanksgiving and had hoped that the flights would be relatively empty. Wrong. Every seat was taken and somehow it felt as though they had packed in extra seats because I don’t recall ever feeling that cramped in an airline seat before. My the time we landed and collected our bags it was 11:30 PM. Our hotel offered free pick up at the airport but I was worried about how long they would take to get us. I needn’t have worried…we were on the bus by 11:40 and at the hotel ten minutes later. Awesome service!!! Our hotel was the Rodeway Inn & Suites, Ft. Lauderdale. This was our third time staying there as we love their free shuttle service to and from the port. This isn’t the fanciest hotel, but the rates are good, the free breakfast is just enough to tide us over till we board, and the shuttle service is fast and efficient. We got through the security and check in lines fairly quickly and by 11:30 we were onboard the Conquest. As usual, we headed for Guy’s Burgers for our first onboard meal. We love the burgers and fries and it’s an ideal spot to watch your fellow cruisers as they get accustomed to the ship. Afterwards it was time to unpack, then attend the safety briefing and then wander the ship. This was our first time aboard the Conquest, but we’ve sailed three times on ships of this class so we were very familiar with the overall layout. However, the decor was very different from any other that we’ve seen because the theme is French Impressionist style…which is right up our alley. We loved it! At dinner we met our new tablemates. As many of you know, it’s the luck of the draw when it comes to who else is assigned to your table. We’ve been very lucky on all our cruises but one, and that exception has always made us a little apprehensive about who we’ll be dining with. On this cruise we were seated with three other couples: Buck and Mary, Peggy and Denny, and Rich and Eansa. It seemed like the eight of us clicked immediately and they turned out to be the best tablemates we’ve ever had! After dinner we headed for the Welcome Show where our Cruise Director, Eric, introduced himself and started the show. The show started with videos of animated two animals. This part seemed to be targeted for kids three and under and I really didn’t like it all. However, the rest of the show featured the ship’s performers and they rocked a sequence of upbeat-current music including an awesome rendition of Uptown Funk. Our next day was a sea day and this day set the pattern for all four of our sea days. I would get up early, usually around 5:00 AM. If it wasn’t raining, I’d walk the upper exterior decks taking pictures and looking for sea creatures. Afterwards, I would head for our rendezvous spot, port side of Lido. Mona would sleep till later and she would finally come up to the Lido deck sometime around 8:30. We would get our breakfasts from either The Blue Iguana Cantina or the buffet and then dine outside. The rest of our sea day times were spent relaxing in the sun or in the shade, reading, playing trivia and listening to Lido Deck music. In the evenings, we would dine with our new friends, catch the evening show and then listen to music at whichever venue hit our fancy. For most evenings on this cruise we crashed pretty early because we were both still recovering from our pre-cruise colds, but a couple of evenings we managed to stay up late enough to catch the adult comedy show and then dance afterwards. There were several productions on this cruise Our favorite was “Epic Rock” featuring great rock songs from the 80s and 90s with songs from Aerosmith Journey, Bon Jovi and more. This show rocks! This particular performance crew seems to be a cast of stars. Every performer can belt out the songs and they really play to the crowd. One of the highlights of this cruise was the after-show trivia conducted in the lobby by the Cruise Director. The lobby was always packed and people would line up along all the railings of the floors above to participate. Each night’s trivia theme was a different era of music and the whole crowd would be singing the answers to the questions. I’m not sure how a winner was ever chosen, but these trivia games were easily some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a cruise! (P.S. If you’re ever on a ship when Eric is conducting this trivia be sure to ride the glass elevator during the show. You’ll have a blast!) Our first port of call was Aruba. We were on Aruba for a week back in 2000 and we were really looking forward to our return visit. We had everything planned, find a geocache and then stroll/wade down the beach stopping at a shack or two for drinks and lunch. The first part of the plan went perfect. We walked from the port into Oranjestad and then about a half of mile later we found a geocache. We then headed back past the port and to the beach….well, at least we were hoping for the beach. Problem was that the beach isn’t where we remembered it, and you have to walk about two miles out of town to get to it. And the beach didn’t have the quaint little shacks we remembered; instead, it’s now resort after resort. We walked/waded for about a mile then stopped a hotel’s beach bar for lunch. It was nice, but just not the same. Next morning was our next port of call: Curacao. This was our first visit and we were impressed from the get-go. The port is just outside the capital city of Willemstad. As the ship comes in to port you can get a great view of the Queen Emma Bridge (a long pontoon bridge that opens and closes for boats) and of the colorful buildings lining the Sint Anna Bay. Since this was our first visit to Curacao we had to find a cache. We got off the ship and walked to the nearby Rif Fort to make our find. The fort was built in the 1820s but is now filled with trendy shops and restaurants. The cache was on the fourth level of the fort and gave us a great view of our next destination: the Punda Quarter of Willemstad. The Punda Quarter is the oldest part of the city and is a World Heritage Site. Many of its colorful buildings date back to the 16th century and are very reminiscent of what you would see in Amsterdam. That’s understandable since Curacao was Dutch until its independence in 2010 We crossed into the Punda via a free ferry. Once we got there we walked over to the floating market. This is where merchants from nearby Venezuela sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish every day. It’s very colorful and we saw lots of fruits and vegetables that we didn’t recognize, along with bananas, coconuts and other tropical wares. We spent the rest of the day wandering the streets, stopping here and there to shop or to sample the local food and beverages. We ended our visit by stopping at the Iguana Cafe for a refreshing drink by the bay. After one more sea day we landed at Grand Turk. This is our third visit to this little island and as soon as we got off the ship we headed for our favorite spot: Jack’s Shack. This little shack is about a quarter mile walk down the beach from the dock. Jack and Janet run the place and they serve awesome drinks and incredible jerk chicken. You can also play with the dogs, Topher and Laura, on the beach. It’s like a little slice of paradise that we truly enjoy. All too soon it was time to get back onboard the Conquest and head for Ft. Lauderdale. This was a great cruise. Three great ports and four wonderful sea days. The ship is beautiful and in wonderful condition. The crew is super friendly and the Cruise Director, Eric, is a natural comedian. And of course, the food was incredible with new selections every evening along with plenty of old-favorites offered every day. We would love a do-over!!!

Love the Conquest!

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by MNM1011

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Trip Details
We began our journey with flights on Southwest to Ft. Lauderdale. We flew down on the day after Thanksgiving and had hoped that the flights would be relatively empty. Wrong. Every seat was taken and somehow it felt as though they had packed in extra seats because I don’t recall ever feeling that cramped in an airline seat before.

My the time we landed and collected our bags it was 11:30 PM. Our hotel offered free pick up at the airport but I was worried about how long they would take to get us. I needn’t have worried…we were on the bus by 11:40 and at the hotel ten minutes later. Awesome service!!!

Our hotel was the Rodeway Inn & Suites, Ft. Lauderdale. This was our third time staying there as we love their free shuttle service to and from the port. This isn’t the fanciest hotel, but the rates are good, the free breakfast is just enough to tide us over till we board, and the shuttle service is fast and efficient.

We got through the security and check in lines fairly quickly and by 11:30 we were onboard the Conquest. As usual, we headed for Guy’s Burgers for our first onboard meal. We love the burgers and fries and it’s an ideal spot to watch your fellow cruisers as they get accustomed to the ship. Afterwards it was time to unpack, then attend the safety briefing and then wander the ship.

This was our first time aboard the Conquest, but we’ve sailed three times on ships of this class so we were very familiar with the overall layout. However, the decor was very different from any other that we’ve seen because the theme is French Impressionist style…which is right up our alley. We loved it!

At dinner we met our new tablemates. As many of you know, it’s the luck of the draw when it comes to who else is assigned to your table. We’ve been very lucky on all our cruises but one, and that exception has always made us a little apprehensive about who we’ll be dining with. On this cruise we were seated with three other couples: Buck and Mary, Peggy and Denny, and Rich and Eansa. It seemed like the eight of us clicked immediately and they turned out to be the best tablemates we’ve ever had!

After dinner we headed for the Welcome Show where our Cruise Director, Eric, introduced himself and started the show. The show started with videos of animated two animals. This part seemed to be targeted for kids three and under and I really didn’t like it all. However, the rest of the show featured the ship’s performers and they rocked a sequence of upbeat-current music including an awesome rendition of Uptown Funk.

Our next day was a sea day and this day set the pattern for all four of our sea days. I would get up early, usually around 5:00 AM. If it wasn’t raining, I’d walk the upper exterior decks taking pictures and looking for sea creatures. Afterwards, I would head for our rendezvous spot, port side of Lido. Mona would sleep till later and she would finally come up to the Lido deck sometime around 8:30. We would get our breakfasts from either The Blue Iguana Cantina or the buffet and then dine outside.

The rest of our sea day times were spent relaxing in the sun or in the shade, reading, playing trivia and listening to Lido Deck music. In the evenings, we would dine with our new friends, catch the evening show and then listen to music at whichever venue hit our fancy. For most evenings on this cruise we crashed pretty early because we were both still recovering from our pre-cruise colds, but a couple of evenings we managed to stay up late enough to catch the adult comedy show and then dance afterwards.

There were several productions on this cruise Our favorite was “Epic Rock” featuring great rock songs from the 80s and 90s with songs from Aerosmith Journey, Bon Jovi and more. This show rocks! This particular performance crew seems to be a cast of stars. Every performer can belt out the songs and they really play to the crowd.

One of the highlights of this cruise was the after-show trivia conducted in the lobby by the Cruise Director. The lobby was always packed and people would line up along all the railings of the floors above to participate. Each night’s trivia theme was a different era of music and the whole crowd would be singing the answers to the questions. I’m not sure how a winner was ever chosen, but these trivia games were easily some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a cruise! (P.S. If you’re ever on a ship when Eric is conducting this trivia be sure to ride the glass elevator during the show. You’ll have a blast!)

Our first port of call was Aruba. We were on Aruba for a week back in 2000 and we were really looking forward to our return visit. We had everything planned, find a geocache and then stroll/wade down the beach stopping at a shack or two for drinks and lunch.

The first part of the plan went perfect. We walked from the port into Oranjestad and then about a half of mile later we found a geocache. We then headed back past the port and to the beach….well, at least we were hoping for the beach. Problem was that the beach isn’t where we remembered it, and you have to walk about two miles out of town to get to it. And the beach didn’t have the quaint little shacks we remembered; instead, it’s now resort after resort. We walked/waded for about a mile then stopped a hotel’s beach bar for lunch. It was nice, but just not the same.

Next morning was our next port of call: Curacao. This was our first visit and we were impressed from the get-go. The port is just outside the capital city of Willemstad. As the ship comes in to port you can get a great view of the Queen Emma Bridge (a long pontoon bridge that opens and closes for boats) and of the colorful buildings lining the Sint Anna Bay.

Since this was our first visit to Curacao we had to find a cache. We got off the ship and walked to the nearby Rif Fort to make our find. The fort was built in the 1820s but is now filled with trendy shops and restaurants. The cache was on the fourth level of the fort and gave us a great view of our next destination: the Punda Quarter of Willemstad.

The Punda Quarter is the oldest part of the city and is a World Heritage Site. Many of its colorful buildings date back to the 16th century and are very reminiscent of what you would see in Amsterdam. That’s understandable since Curacao was Dutch until its independence in 2010

We crossed into the Punda via a free ferry. Once we got there we walked over to the floating market. This is where merchants from nearby Venezuela sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish every day. It’s very colorful and we saw lots of fruits and vegetables that we didn’t recognize, along with bananas, coconuts and other tropical wares.

We spent the rest of the day wandering the streets, stopping here and there to shop or to sample the local food and beverages. We ended our visit by stopping at the Iguana Cafe for a refreshing drink by the bay.

After one more sea day we landed at Grand Turk. This is our third visit to this little island and as soon as we got off the ship we headed for our favorite spot: Jack’s Shack. This little shack is about a quarter mile walk down the beach from the dock. Jack and Janet run the place and they serve awesome drinks and incredible jerk chicken. You can also play with the dogs, Topher and Laura, on the beach. It’s like a little slice of paradise that we truly enjoy. All too soon it was time to get back onboard the Conquest and head for Ft. Lauderdale.

This was a great cruise. Three great ports and four wonderful sea days. The ship is beautiful and in wonderful condition. The crew is super friendly and the Cruise Director, Eric, is a natural comedian. And of course, the food was incredible with new selections every evening along with plenty of old-favorites offered every day. We would love a do-over!!!
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Cabin 4C 2306
This cabin is a typical interior cabin. It has just the right amount of space for us and we were very comfortable here. The cabin is located very close to the forward stairs/elevator and it's very quiet.
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