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  1. Since we have never been on either & they both do the same ports in Feb 2020, San Juan, Turks, St Thomas, HELP, which ship & why?
  2. Hi there, anyone happen to have and want to share the Conquest fun times, 8 day Eastern Caribbean, many thanks.
  3. Hello, Myself and my two best girlfriends are booked on the Conquest for next year. When we booked, we decided to get a Suite to offer us three grown ladies extra cabin and balcony space. At the time only Ocean Suites were available. Now there is a Junior Suite available and it's about $140 total less than what we paid for the Ocean Suite. I have an email out to our PVP to inquire about a possible change to this cabin. I wanted to make sure with the rate we booked under that we are allowed to change and see if it will impact our OBC or not (even if it does, it's still cheaper to move to the Jr. Suite with the net cost). From looking at the floorplans and pics online of both type of cabins on the Conquest, they seem VERY similar. The cabin sizes appear to be very close in sq. ft. The notes do indicate that the balcony in the Jr. Suite is a "standard balcony" but the deckplans appear to show it to look longer than a standard balcony. We don't need a ton of balcony space; would just like enough room to comfortably be able to fit three chairs. Locations would be either Empress mid-deck (Ocean Suite ) or Lido all the way forward (Jr. Suite). I have been in both locations and they each have their pluses and minuses. I don't think location of either is enough to sway me either way. Both locations have cabins above and below. Can anyone give me any info/advice on these two cabin types that may seal the deal one way or another? :) Thanks!
  4. Hello again everybody! For those that do not know me, my name is Jeff “Jamman54” Maskall, and along with my lovely wife Patti, have just returned from another nearly month-long vacation. This retirement thing is really a lot of fun! Once again we spent some time in Orlando before driving to Tampa to board the newly refurbished Carnival Paradise for a five day cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Our good CC friends Jim and Pat were also on this cruise, and it was great to share some of our casino, dinner, beach, and pool time with them. We can’t wait to sail with them again on the Pride in October. After our Paradise cruise was over, we drove from Tampa to Fort Lauderdale where we spent a few days before we boarded the Carnival Conquest for a six day cruise to Amber Cove, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. We called this our “cabana” cruise, since we had cabanas booked at our first three ports of call. Once again there were many “firsts” for us on these two cruises. With over fifty cruises under our belts it’s pretty cool that we seem to have “firsts” on every vacation that we take. This would be the first time that we have sailed on the Paradise and Conquest. In our quest to sail the fleet we could now cross these ships off the list. Our goal is to sail at least one new ship, to us, each year. We had never cruised from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), before. We were very impressed with our first experience there. Lastly, we had never been to Amber Cove, so we were excited to finally visit there. This review will cover both cruises, plus our time in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. As always, we will be giving you a lot of detailed information along with lots and lots of pictures. This will help you decide if you would like to sail on these ships, or visit the ports of call we visited. We like to make these reviews fun, and to make you feel that you are sailing along with us. Folks, grab yourself a DOD as this is going to be another long one! Patti once again took well over three thousand pictures during our journey. I brought my laptop along so that I could download the photos from our cameras daily, and try to keep up with resizing and cropping as we went along. It soon became apparent that there was no way that I could keep up with Patti’s itchy trigger (shutter) finger, so as I write this, only the Orlando and the Carnival Paradise cruise are fully finished. I will work on the rest daily as I write this review, so that I can stay ahead of the game. For those that are wondering, our go to camera is the Canon PowerShot XS710 HS, and our water camera is the Fuji FinePix XP60. So, on Sunday April 8th at 9pm in the evening, we began our latest journey. In October of last year we learned how to, or was it how not to, pack for a month vacation. This is what our month long packing looked like. We both agreed that we still packed too much….. This is the obligatory “we’re leaving Ryan at home with the cats for a month, see you later photo”. See how happy we are…… Once again we will be driving down to Florida. We like driving overnight so that we miss the morning rush hours of Baltimore and Washington, and there is hardly any traffic at all. I just set the cruise control at, ahem, 79 mph and just steer between the white lines while listening to tunes all night long. We usually make quick potty and/or gas stops every two hours or so. After nine hours of driving we were ready for some breakfast so we stopped at the Patti’s favorite place, Cracker Barrel, in Santee, South Carolina….. About three hours later we were crossing the border into Florida…… We always take the I-295 bypass around Jacksonville. Here we are going over the Dames Point Bridge……. Two hours later we had made it to Orlando. I-4 is still a nightmare, and not for the faint of heart! To think that it’s going to take six more years to fix this mess. Yikes!!! To be continued…..
  5. Here’s my review without pictures because I didn’t take a lot and am not as tech savvy as others. I hate walking with my phone while on the cruise ship. I don’t want to keep track of it nor do I want to carry a purse and didn’t have many outfits with pockets so no pictures to share. For starters, this is an annual trip that my 16-year-old son and I take. We don’t always take a cruise, but we manage to do a trip with just the two of us each year without the hubby and other family members. By the way, this was my 15th cruise with 11 being on Carnival. We had one mishap the day before the cruise which greatly hindered our fun, but we tried to manage to salvage the cruise to the best of our ability. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased the insurance and rescheduled the cruise. Without providing too many details, my son had an accident where he hurt his foot and was unable to walk long distances or get his foot wet. We did get wheelchair assistance at the port all the way to the cabin and then had wheelchair assistance to the muster drill. Other than that, first day my son did not want me to rent a wheelchair as he didn’t want the looks and sympathy stares from other passengers. DS opted to take his pain medication regularly and we strategically planned events around the ship that didn’t require walking all around the ship as we normally would to get from one event to another. We also had a cabin on the Lido deck which was helpful for me to run back and forth to get him snacks throughout each day. Now for the review. Conquest 8day/7nt – Ports: San Juan, Grand Turk, St. Thomas & Amber Cove. Loved the ship itself. I prefer this class as well as the size. Not too big and not too small. It was easy to navigate, and I didn’t feel stressed getting from one end to the other in making event times. The ship was very clean, and I noticed the crew cleaning constantly no matter where you went. Our cabin was perfect, we opt for interior because normally we are never in the cabin accept to sleep and prefer to use our funds elsewhere. However, this trip we spent a lot of time in the cabin due to son’s injury. Still Cabin 9256 was very nice. It was right near the exit to the glass elevators. This made it very easy to get places especially to the pool deck for activities and of course Guy’s Burgers and the ice cream machine. We had lots of storage which went unused. I believe there were 3 closets. We only had 1 bag each as I have learned to go minimal after 13 other cruises. Beds were comfortable and our Steward, Koteut (sp?) was so accommodating as I couldn’t guarantee a time that would be good to clean the room because my son was often resting. He worked with our schedule and made sure he cleaned it daily, left our towel animals and a bucket of ice each time as requested. He also regularly checked on my son to see if he needed anything. I left him an extra tip on final day. I hated the new In Room TV Service Line Up. Other than the traditional Carnival Channels that are more advertisements and safety info and of course the Carnival Morning Show, we had a Music Video Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Nickelodeon which rotated the same few shows over and over, CBS News which rotated the same news shows each day, AMC and then two movie channels which had a loop of 3 or 4 movies on each channel each day. Normally, this would probably be fine, because I am not in the room, but this trip because my son was not as active, we tended to take lots of breaks and there was not much choice on the TV. But I won’t give Carnival a bad grade because normally this is not something that I worry about. However, I did miss the option where you could purchase movies on demand. Not sure what happened to that. I generally love the Dive In Movies and tend to go to at least 2 movies during a cruise. This cruise we missed all the movies because they started at times we were either in the dining room or attending another event such as Comedy or Theatre show. The few that we could catch started too late or did not suit our appetite. Room Service was amazing. I didn’t find a menu in the room but based on my experience, on a few nights and even for lunch once, we ordered the Teriyaki Wings, or the Honey Barbeque Wings and we also ordered the Firecracker shrimp which was delicious. The food always arrived in quick time and hot. This is a nice Segway to discuss the food on the ship. The food on Conquest was delicious. I found everything except for the Chesapeake crab cakes to be perfect. We had early dining in the Monet dining room. I had requested a table for two on the upper level overlooking the balcony. I love this area because my favorite pastime on a cruise is to people watch, and this gave me the perfect seat. I could see people walking in and out of the dining room as well as I could see people interacting all well. Please don’t judge me, I just love observing people. I loved watching the outfits especially on elegant night. Its so much fun to watch folks not just in the dining room but on the Lido Deck as well. We attended dinner in the Monet dining room 5 of the 7 nights. 1 night we tried the Lido Buffet just to relax and then the final night we ate at Guy’s Burgers way too late and wasn’t hungry for dinner, so we skipped the dining room and opted for a Grilled Ham and Cheese and fries later that evening from the deli. As I stated, the food was great. You could always find something to eat throughout the day and there is always Room Service. Every morning while my son slept until about 11 a.m., I opted to eat from the Lido Buffet. I had a veggie omelet with hash browns, Bacon and Sausage with a cup of coffee and cup of guava juice. It never disappointed. I would bring back a couple of muffins for my son to eat when he got up. Then eventually, we would hit up Guy’s Burgers or Blue Iguana. Both were so good. Only once I ate lunch at the Lido Buffet and then once I ate upstairs at the barbecue joint. Other than the barbecue being a little cold, I enjoyed the smoked beef. We started each night at dinner with a delicious warm roll and then of course an appetizer. My son had shrimp cocktail each evening. Some of my choices were calamari, escargot, fried shrimp, tart with braised kale, blackened pork tenderloin, crab cakes and New England Clam Chowder. The only one I did not love was the crab cakes. I have had the crab cakes on other ships but did not like the consistency of the ones on Conquest. I felt they needed to be cooked longer so I didn’t finish them. All the other appetizers were good. Next were the main course. Night 1: DS had the sweet & sour shrimp and I had salmon with mac n cheese. We had eaten earlier at Guys Burger and didn’t want anything too heavy. DS had the chocolate melting cake which is usually a nightly order for him, but this cruise he got a different dessert each night. I had the wonderful Tiramisu which didn’t disappoint. Night 2: DS had Spaghetti carbonara and I had 2 lobster tails. For dessert, DS had the vanilla crème Brule and I had the carnival melting cake. Another huge hit on all our selections. Night 3: We skipped the main dining room and ate at the Lido buffet. Nothing memorable here. Nothing bad but nothing terrible outstanding. Night 4: DS had the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and I had the Filet Mignon with a whipped mash potato, for dessert we each had butter pecan ice cream. Night 5: I had the salmon cake and DS had Salmon. For dessert, I had ice cream again and DS had the Bitter N Blanc (Pecan Crunchy, Cinnamon Dulce Sauce). Superb dessert. Night 6: DS had the beef Lasagna and I had the braised short ribs. The short ribs were so tender they just melted in my mouth. My son pretty much inhaled the lasagna and almost ordered a second one but then remember he had already placed an order for dessert, so he skipped a second serving. I forgot to mention on this ship for the first time, the waiters asked for our dessert order with the dinner order. It was not a big deal because if you thought you wanted something different, you could change it later or you could skip dessert altogether. But that was new to me that they took dessert order with dinner. For dessert I had the cheesecake and DS had the buttered popcorn pot de crème. Both were superb choices. Night 7: We skipped because we had Guys Burgers too late in the day too eat again. All in all, every night dinner was excellent, and our Servers Harry and Samuel were excellent as well. Only on two nights we went after the theatre show to get pizza which also was a hit with both of us. Each day we each had at least two ice cream cones from the soft serve machine. And I believe DS probably had at least 3 a day. We also tried the new cakes that they have on the Lido deck. All were ok, nothing was like fabulous, but they were certainly much better than the former desserts. I had a slice of cake each afternoon (German chocolate, carrot cake, peanut butter cake, red velvet, white cake, cheesecake, etc.) We also tried the new for purchase donuts on Promenade. My son purchased 3 times during the 7 days (twice he had the caramel donut with the bacon on top and then he had the Smores Cupcake. I only purchased once which was a Praline cupcake. These were good but for $3.50 a pop I didn’t feel they were worth purchasing again. I also purchase ice-cream which was good. But won’t purchase again as the free ice cream is adequate. This was the best food I have had on a cruise in quite some time. No complaints at all except for the crab cakes which should have been cooked or fried a little harder. We did not make it to the Sea Day brunches (just not our thing). Beverages: I am not a drinker. I literally drink once a year on our annual cruise. I choose to order a Pina Colada each evening in either the Comedy Club or the Theatre and then I don’t drink again until my next cruise. Therefore, no cheers package for us. My son is a big bottle water person and I ordered a 12 pack of water and then since we are Gold we get the 2 free 2 Liter Bottled waters. And then I like to end each evening with a Diet Coke which is my fix in lieu of alcohol to wine down. I also had a 6-pack ordered to the room prior to the cruise. Almost each evening I ordered 2 PINA coladas one virgin for my son and one with alcohol. One night they mixed it up and it wasn’t until my son was 2 thirds thru that he said the drink tasted different. I had been drinking mine all along thinking they forgot the alcohol but since I’m not a drinker I was still enjoying it. Once he told me that, I tested his drink and realized he got mine and so I poured the balance into my drink and enjoyed the rest of it. Entertainment: We love the comedy on the ships. We had 4 comedians during our 7 days. I was hoping that each day we could hit a show, but three out of the 4 comedians repeated their family acts and I do not prefer to go to R rated shows especially with a 16-year-old. This was a little disappointing. The only comedian who didn’t repeat his family act was Mike Winfield. We went twice to see him, and he was by far the funniest of the 4 and I literally laughed so hard one night that I honestly felt my brain shift out of place. I haven’t laughed as hard in years and it was all clean and fun (nothing sexual, no cursing, truly family). And on that note, I would like to make some comments on our Cruise Director Matt Seguin. I had read great things about Matt Seguin and for the most part I guess they were true. Matt is full of energy and you could see him everywhere on the ship. He was funny and very pleasant. However, I felt that he crossed the line several times each day with his suggestive sexual jokes. This is unnecessary. I had never seen this on a Carnival Cruise or any cruise line. He was so brazen about his comments and would often laugh immediately following one of his suggestive comments and then apologize. The audience seemed to love this, but the children were present. Very inappropriate. I could understand if this was after hours or in a night club, but this was everywhere you went and just highly disappointing. Not only were his comments inappropriate but some of his actions and dance movements were borderline suggestive. I have never seen a cruise director have find so many opportunities to be inappropriate. He even had two gentlemen get on the floor in front of a green screen and had one act like a horse and one act like the rider and when they displayed it on the jumbo screen it appeared that they were humping each other, and he even nicknamed them broke back mountain. There were babies, toddlers and preteens in the audience. And even I at my age do not want to be constantly presented with inappropriate material at public events. And then he kept referencing how tight his pants were. I do not attend the hairy man contest because I realize this often gets out of hand or the Quest Event which is an 18+ event and is advertised as being something that sensitive or the Rated R shows because that is not the type of entertainment that I appreciate. If I go to a game show or a Trivia Game, I don’t expect to be blasted with suggestive material daily. The last night my 16-year-old and I had to leave the Mardi Gra Lobby party because he pulled 7 women up for a twerking contest. This was indeed nasty. This party started at 8:30 and there were a lot of children there. It seems like the world has truly changed in what people find acceptable as entertainment. Most of the passengers seemed to appreciate and enjoy his lude conduct and comments. However, I did not. He was loose and gave off such an overly casual and unprofessional vibe, that I saw a two separate women feel comfortable enough to slap his rear end. For these reasons, I must give Matt a thumbs down. After 15 cruises, I can honestly say this is the first time I have been truly offended by a CD or any crew member. There was definitely a lack of professionalism on his part. Now back to the overall entertainment, every theatre show was amazing from the Welcome Aboard Show to the Lip Synch Battle. We saw Flick, 80s Pop to the Max, Heart of Soul, Epic Rock, the Hasbro Game Show, the Love and Marriage Show and of course the Lip Synch Battle which were two passengers battling against each other. I hadn’t heard a lot of good things about the Lip Synch Battle, but I truly enjoyed it. We had two good contenders and it was really a tossup. Either was worthy to win. Oh, we also went to the Clue Game, but couldn’t really participate because you had to go each day to a certain event to get the next clue and we just wasn’t up for that. We went to the introduction of the game and then on the last day to the Big Reveal to see who did it. I think this would be fun if you truly follow the clues and attend every event. Next, I went to the free cooking demonstration at the Steak House which I had never done before. This was surprisingly very good. We had a 4-course meal technically. They were sample sizes but enough to serve as my lunch for that day. The menu included Mushroom Cappuccino (soup), a Baby Spinach salad with blue cheese crumbles and mushrooms, broiled free range chicken infused in rosemary and olive oil for 2 hours and served with potatoes and mac n cheese and then Tiramisu in a cup. It was excellent. It satisfied me to the point that I no longer felt the need to pay the additional $38 to try out the Steak House. LOL. Ports of call – It is difficult for me to say this but we did not get off the ship in 3 of the 4 ports. Namely because my son couldn’t walk. I generally don’t always book excursions in advance any more because I just like to plan as I go. In certain ports I might book in advance, it just depends. This trip I had planned to just go to the beach at Grand Turk and St. Thomas. Then in San Juan, we were going to do the trolley ride and walk around Old San Juan and then do some shopping. Amber Cove was just going to be a day hanging out at the Carnival port at the huge pool and ziplining since we had toured Amber Cove previously. Well it rained in San Juan which was our first port and my son was not up to doing much that day and I didn’t want to brave it alone in the rain. We ended up chilling out on Conquest and did Trivia and watched movies in the cabin. My son couldn’t get his feet wet and I hadn’t planned anything else for Grand Turk so it was Conquest again on port day. By time we reached St. Thomas, my son was ship crazy and wanted to get off. He still opted to walk but it rained. We did get off the ship but after shopping at the port area for a little while he wanted to go back. He was obviously still in more pain than he would admit. Amber Cove, we stayed on the ship. This is so not typical of us because we cruise yearly, and we love excursions, everything from ATV riding, to the beach trips, to the boat excursions, forts, shopping, dolphin encounters. You name it, we are down for it. For us to have gone to 4 ports (3 of which we had never been) and was unable to enjoy them is so out of character. But I have promised my son that we will rebook this itinerary probably next spring and try it again. He is a great kid with excellent grades and deserves to have a do over. I’m sure I have left out a lot but all in all I so enjoyed spending time with my son. We generally like the same things in terms of entertainment. We love the comedians, theatre shows and trivia games. Therefore, we made the best of the cruise as we could. We also watched several movies in the room that we enjoyed together such as Star Wars Rogue One, Infinity War Avengers, Captain America, Jason Bourne, Pitch Perfect 3, Legend of Tarzan, Book Club and then watched 3 new movies we had never seen locally (Collateral Beauty, Searching and So Be It). Check these out for certain if you never had. We stayed up a lot of late nights watching movies after returning from the theatre shows. Quite surprisingly entertaining. In closing, I will say that I love cruising but particularly with Carnival. I’ve tried NCL, Disney and MSC. I will definitely cruise with them again, but I just prefer Carnival and have always had more fun on Carnival. We already have our next Carnival cruise booked for November 2020 on the Horizon with the entire family. I have never not enjoyed my cruises. However, I have to say that my son’s injury prevented him from doing his usual cruise activities and he had been looking forward to this cruise for almost a year. I feel bad that he didn’t get to have the fun he normally has but he did express to me that he really enjoyed our time together. So that speaks volumes to me. And I will try to work in a do over with just DS and me before our family cruise.
  6. I have waited a long 455 days and finally my long awaited cruise is finally here.. Hi Everyone my name is LaToya (33) and I will be traveling with DH Nick(36). The Carnival Conquest will be a cruise of many first for us. 1. This is our first time on the Conquest. 2. This is our first time sailing out of Port Lauderdale\ Everglades. 3. This is our first cruise having the cheers package. We spent way too much money on drinks our last sailing. 4. This our first time to Turks and Caicos and my Husband's first time to Dominican Republic. I have been with family since my family originated from there.. I am super excited to finally cruise and to be writing my 2nd review. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Carnival Conquest, Our day before drive from Atlanta, GA with stops at Coco Beach, Jet Ski fun at Merritt Island , our stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown Las Olas the night before, and lots more fun with me. I promise to be detailed, add lots of pictures( food and drinks included) and try not to bore you to death. Lol. If you have any questions please ask away. All I ask is for you to please be patient, stay positive and friendly!! ALL ABOARD!!!!!
  7. For anybody thinking of trying the steakhouse on this ship....DO IT! For $38.00, I could not believe the meal we had...SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT...The head Chef even paid a visit to our table to say hello....A meal here in Toronto would $150.00 each AT LEAST, if not more....AMAZING
  8. Still looking at cruise options for our girls cruise next year. I've narrowed the choices down to two. I don't want anything longer than 4 days cause I'll be leaving my little one home with dad and grandma. Option 1: Carnival Liberty 4 Day Bahamas Cruise Monday thru Friday Port Canaveral Nassau Half Moon Cay Fun Day at Sea Port Canaveral Option 2: Carnival Conquest 4 Day Western Caribbean Monday thru Friday Miami Key West Cozumel Fun Day at Sea Miami We are looking to book either a Suite or something with a larger balcony to give us more room. There will be three of us in the cabin. On the Liberty, we would book either an Aft Wrap or Junior Suite. On the Conquest, we would book either an Aft-Extended Balcony or Ocean Suite (the Aft Wraps and Jr. Suites on this ship don't accommodate three guests). Prices are all within the same range ($50 delta from least to most expensive) except for the Aft Extended which is about $80 less than the next least expensive cabin. But honestly if we book the Conquest, we will likely go with the Ocean Suite anyway. I have never been on either of these ships but have sailed on sister ships the Valor, Glory and Freedom, so I'm familiar with the general layout. I know the Liberty is a few years newer and both were upgraded a few years ago. I've also been to all of the ports these itineraries hit. So I'm really just looking for anything that might make one ship stand out over the other. Any feedback would be great!
  9. I will be on Conquest Sept 21 2020 and it stops in Key West. I remember once hearing that there are two ports in Key West.. and when I sailed on the Imagination many years ago, the port it stopped at in Key West was a military post/port so you could not get off the ship unless you had an excursion booked.. you couldn't just get off and walk around.. For my upcoming cruise, how would I know which part of Key West it is going to port at?
  10. Hello! I am looking to book myself and two best gal pals in an Ocean Suite on the Conquest. We decided to go with the Ocean Suite cause it's three ladies who will most likely over pack all sharing a cabin. So we thought the extra room would be a good thing! I've been checking out some videos of the Ocean Suites on cruisedeckplans.com. But now I have a question about that vanity in the dressing area adjacent to the bathroom. Does anyone recall if there was an electrical outlet in that area? Just thought if there was we could have multiple people easily getting ready at the same time. Also, I noticed on the videos that in this dressing area there are two closets - one with shelves and one for hanging items. It looked like there might be another closet next to where the TV is. Is that another closet for hanging items? It seems like there is ample closet space, but just wanted to be sure. First time booking a Suite (was upgraded for free to a Grand Suite from an Oceanview guarantee years and years ago on the Fascination - still not sure how THAT happened)...but haven't booked anything better than a standard balcony since. Excited to experience a Suite again!
  11. Can anyone confirm if Conquest Cabin 6208 has the two twin beds AND sofa? I see on some sites that it does have the sofa, and other sites says it does not have the sofa? Would love to have it confirmed please.. if you know anyone who personally stayed in this cabin.. thx :)
  12. Hi! This is a quick review of our Carnival Conquest Cruise from 3/30 through 4/8. 8 day cruise to Princess Cay, Grand Turk, Curacao and Aruba. I have never done a review, but I read them here all the time and appreciate the information they give so wanted to do a quick one. It is super unorganized compared to others. I did not take any pictures of our food and did not save the Fun Times. There were 7 of us. Me, my husband and kids (Boy 18 and Girl 15) and my Mother in law, Sister in law and Brother in law. I am one of the lucky ones who actually gets along with my in-laws so this was a non-issue for those of you out there thinking ‘holy sh%$...here we go a juicy review….get my popcorn’. Sorry to disappoint – no sister in law drama or mother in law fighting here! We flew from Minneapolis to FLL the DAY OF the cruise. Gasp! I know, I know……frowned upon. I was pretty nervous, but clung to the few reviews I read here of people who did it and survived. I did look up the flights the days prior to ours to make sure they were always landing on time and they were. Part of me wanted one to be delayed by hours or cancelled just so that flight was the ‘statistic’ and not our flight! We did get trip insurance so we knew if we missed the ship it would be an adventure catching up but we could do it! We were a direct flight, arriving at 11:40 a.m. into FLL. My in-laws though were on a connecting flight through Atlanta so I did worry more about them since there were 2 planes to worry about! But – we all arrived early! Yay! We arrived at 11:30 and them around noon. We booked Carnival transportation from the airport to the cruise terminal for the ONLY reason that if we were late and we got the latest bus, once upon the bus we were guaranteed to get on the ship. If hind sight were……you know the saying……we would have cabbed or ubered. The one thing I have to say is I did like how the carnival bus got us right where we needed to be and they told us exactly where to go and what to do. We have cruised before, but never out of FLL so it was nice to have clear directions. We checked in for the cruise at the airport and that was very easy to do. We boarded the bus and it took about 30 minutes from boarding time to when were at the cruise terminal. We arrive at the cruise terminal around 1:20. We breezed through everything and boarded in about 6 minutes. No lines and if there were I did not notice because we got to go to the ‘checked in at the airport’ line which nobody was in. We had a balcony room, our kids had an inside room right across the hall. We booked one adult in each room with one kid so we knew we would have to go to guest services to switch it around once on board. We did call prior to the cruise to do it ahead of time, but because my husband was on one fare offer and I was on another they could not switch it without rebooking us all (I booked all 3 of our rooms on-line) Sounds dumb to me, but I am sure there are reasons – just a lay person here. In laws had a balcony room for 3 on the other side of the ship. Don’t ask me if we were port or starboard because after 6 cruises I still don’t know and don’t care about the difference. We were AFT though (pat on the back to myself for finally getting that down). We were all on deck 8. Muster drill was excruciating. I am one of those people who follows rules and if I am on time I am late. We were on Lido enjoying a Guys burger and some cocktails (all of the adults got the CHEERS package) and they made the announcement that the muster drill would be starting and to make your way to your muster station. We knew our muster station letter since it was on our sail and sign, but had no idea where it was. In past cruises (3 with Carnival and 1 with NCL) we knew ahead of time where to go. After the 2nd announcement I was starting to panic that we would be late, but there were still a lot of people milling about so I was not too nervous. We started following the crowds down to deck 4 (I think). I saw one carnival employee go up to another employee and in mock panic, imitating the guests saying ‘help, help…where is my muster station!” and they laughed and laughed and I thought “well….it is not very clear to anyone where the muster stations are so you should probably just shut it and help people instead of make fun of them, literally in front of them”. That left a bad taste in my mouth for sure. We were told to go into the hallways by the life rafts and wait. And we waited, and waited and waited and it got hotter and hotter and hotter. We, of course, were first there so in the back row. At one point I thought I was going to puke or pass out. On my in-laws side (they were not at the same station as us) their group was chanting and doing the wave and my Mother in Law was disgusted by all of the shenanigans. After about 40 minutes of waiting and people lining up and squishing us further and further back they did the muster drill information which lasted 5 minutes. Then let us go which took another 10. I understand the need for the muster drill and actually liked that we were where we would actually have to be in case of a real emergency. Look people I am one of those on the airplane that actually still listens and pays attention to the flight attendants and finds my closest exits on every flight! I just feel like there could be a better way to do this to ensure the guest gets the information they need, but not having to crowd into a hot space together. But again – just a lay person here. I feel like you should all be handed a shirt on the way out saying “I survived the muster drill of 2019”. We made it! My brother and sister in law who have never cruised before were about to jump ship and go home since they wanted no part of the cruise any more if that was an indication of things to come. We assured them it was just the one time and from now on, although crowded, it would not be mandatory any more. They settled down and got more drinks (liquor always is a good answer to stressJ). Sail away started immediately and by the time we went to our rooms to see if our bags were there (they were), changed and went back up to Lido we were already well on our way. We eventually made our way down to our rooms and unpacked, dressed and met for dinner. They did not have our rooms with the correct configuration of beds in our room and my in-laws room – they must have gotten those mixed up. We did see the room steward and we went through how we wanted the beds, that we would love to have ice every day, we wanted the room serviced twice a day in our room, once in the kids and twice in the in-laws. My kids loved Faruk (sp?) right away and he knew most of our names by day 2. We always had ice in the room and the services was great. We had any time dining. We never had to wait for a table and there was always 7 of us. I don’t remember what we all had, but it was all pretty good - give or take a meal here and there. At one point we went to guest services and the excursions desk. Guest services where we had to switch our sail and sign cards around to the correct rooms so we would have the right keys. That was no problem at all! Excursions because we rented a cabana on Princess Cay which was our first port of call and we had to choose the cabana number. There is not a lot of information out there about the Cabanas, but I had read to get a higher number. We chose our cabana with Max, the very friendly excursion desk rep and he went through the map of the island with us and we felt super great about it all when we left and very excited! You can only rent the cabana for 4 people and cannot add any additional people. Max did tell us they don’t like splitting groups up though so the 7 of us could get off with the priority tender for excursions but asked that just 4 go to the cabana and the other 3 make their way there after a bit. That was fine with us as part of the reason we even wanted the cabana was for the priority tender. We went to bed early (10:30) since we had a long day of travel and Princess Cays was the next day and we were excited to get off first and get to our cabana and get settled in for a day of sun and beach! Embarkation Pic attached - I am the one in the white jacket (Hubs in the blue shirt behind me) and you can probably figure the rest out from there.
  13. Need some opinions... Cruising over Thanksgiving is our large family group...a couple toddlers, 3 tweens, 2 teenagers, 3 sets of 40 something parents, 2 sets of grandparents. Looking at two different ships with different itineraries. Conquest - Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk Breeze - Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya I've done the Breeze before (my favorite ship) but I love the Conquest itinerary. What would you pick and why?
  14. I’m new here so I’m sorry if I’m posting this in the wrong place. My family of 5 will be cruising on the Conquest for 7 days. We’re going to split up into 2 staterooms (2 in one and 3 in the other). My biggest concern is getting cabins that are next to one another or very close. We’re not looking to spend a ton for the room since we don’t plan on being in it much other than sleeping. So with that info, please give me your feedback on the options I have available. I could get 2 ocean view rooms on the Riviera Deck (1) that are side by side. Or 2 interior rooms (4G) on the Verandah deck (8) that are also side by side. I’d really appreciate any feedback on the pros/cons of the decks, their convenience, room comparisons. I’m not sure if one room category is really any better than the other since the cost is very similar. Thanks!
  15. On May 5 these two ships are switching ports. Magic from MIA to FLL & Conquest from FLL to MIA. Both ships leave at 9pm on 5-5-19. Can anyone tell me about their experience or does anyone have knowledge of how embark day will be. I have received a 4:30pm-5pm time for arrival at FLL(Magic). Will rooms be ready? What time will each ship reach its new port? My biggest question, what would be the earliest we should head over to the port. I am going to try to get a late check out from the hotel but if lucky that will be 1pm. I would appreciate any suggestion or thoughts as I don't know what to expect. Thanks friends!
  16. cruising on March 16 on Conquest and today St Kitts is now Tortola, What happened? St Kitts was my favorite
  17. Can anyone that has been on the Conquest recently tell me how much they are charging for the pictures they take now? (embarkation, port, etc.) I leave in 8 days and would like to know ahead of time. TIA
  18. Does anyone know if the first formal night on the Conquest is Sunday night or Monday night?
  19. I've tried to do a search to no avail. Does anyone know what the movies will be on the Conquest for March? If it matters, we are on the 6 nt. Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Thanks.
  20. Anyone have a copy of the Conquest 8 night fun times, Eastern Caribbean, thx
  21. I have been reading current reviews of the Conquest. People are referring to this ship as "OLD"....Correct me if I am wrong...I watched a video when the Conquest went through a MAJOR OVERHAUL....DRY DOCK...not even 2 years ago....It looked quite extensive.... People use the phrase ..."this ship is old"...though it was clean....Am I missing something....can a ship that received dry dock....look that run down ...in less than 2 years.....I am on Conquest in April....
  22. Feb 8, 2020 from Miami to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel. It will be the mirror image of our first Carnival cruise 3 years ago (for our 30th anniversary) but with the added excitement John Heald! I see that Conquest has a had a little sprucing up since 2016 but we loved the ship then and expect to love it again.
  23. What is this on Deck 6 and & ?? Am thinking something to do with movies but can't find any info --
  24. We just came home from our first cruise - and I'm looking at the next.... 😉 We were in a forward cabin with cabins above and below. Very nice, and very quiet. I really like the look of the larger aft cabin balconies, I am just not sure whether it will be more noisy. Deck 7 has cabins above and below, but seems closer to some noisy venues than our forward cabin was. We do tend to go to bed a bit early. Help please - any experiences?
  25. Hi all, I'm looking to book a cruise departing on 3/16. Conquest and Sunshine are running the same ports. It seems the general word is that Sunshine is the "better" of the two ships. However, it has issues with the comedy club which can include waiting in long lines for a spot. For my SO and I comedy is a major part of our cruise. Would we be best to fly down to FLL and take Conquest?
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