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This was our third cruise, all with Carnival. This was supposed to be on the Elation. The date was changed to February because the Elation was to be refurbished this week. Then came Katrina. We were changed to May. Then Carnival offered us the Conquest. Yes yes yes! We had to pay more, but they gave us each $100. shipboard credit. Now we had our original date back.
Embarkation went smoothly considering the number of people involved. It didn't take too long for our group of 34 to get onboard. We went through about noon and were asked to wait until 2 to go to our staterooms, so we went to the Lido deck to eat. We explored a little and then went to our rooms. We were in #2822 on the Main deck. We got off the glass elevators and our room was right there. I liked that location. Our room steward was Melvin and he did a great job. The room was an oceanview and had lots more storage than on the Elation last year. The only problem we had was with our shower overflowing, but we spoke to Melvin about it and it was fixed. Melvin also did the towel animals using my husband's sunglasses and shoes.
We were in the Renoir dining room at table 121. It was right by a window which we liked. Our waiters were Richard and Jeyrold. They are both from the Philipines. Jeyrold is a riot and looks cute in a pink wig. The food was great and I gained 10 pounds. We went to The Point one night and it was out of this world. It was well worth the $30.
In Jamaica, we did Dunn's River Falls with the ship's tour. If I was going to get left anywhere, I didn't want it to be Jamaica. Others at our table were approached with drugs, had bracelets tied on their wrists and really bugged to buy stuff. We had none of that. Our guide, Marie, took very good care of us.
We did Stingray City with Captain Marvin through Shoretrips.com in Grand Cayman. It was a little rough for snorkeling that day, but the stingrays were awesome. They were rubbing up against your legs like cats. The tour also included a trip to the turtle farm and Hell.
In Cozumel we did a glass bottom boat tour through Shoretrips.com. It was a little difficult to find the boat, but we found it by asking around. The tour vendors are really pushy on the pier. We started out with just 4 of us, but the captain, Franklin, waited around for a family of 7 to fill the boat. We made 3 stops and our guide, Poncho, would freedive down to bring up things for us to hold, a conch, a sea cucumber, a starfish. He also pointed out a lobster and a lionfish. There were fish all around us, as he was feeding them. The parrot fish were pretty big. We had our own snorkel gear and I'm glad we did. Our fins are longer and it was easy to keep up. The ones they supplied were smaller. We were originally sceduled for a 2:00 tour, but the last tender was at 4 and we asked them to change it to 11. No problem Mon. We got in a little shopping before the tour. We were sorry to learn that our blood pressure medication was no longer cheaper than in the states, so we didn't stock up like we did last year.
Tendering wasn't as bad as I had expected. Last year we tendered in Belize and it was unorganized getting the tender tickets. We had no problems on the Conquest. We easily made our 8:00 tour.
The slide on the Conquest was a blast. We are in our mid 50's and we did it several times. The lines weren't long at all. It was hard to get a lounge chair. We spent a lot of time at the aft pool. The pool and hot tub are adults only and they played a lot of oldies. Pizza, burgers and ice cream are right there too.
Debarkation was better than the Elation last year. We weren't yelled at and herded like a bunch of cattle. Our TA was with us and got us black luggage tags since we has a 12 hour bus ride ahead of us. Maybe since we were off early they weren't so grouchy. Customs was a swipe of our passports and we were loading the bus.
I would do the Conquest again anytime. I wish I was still on her. I feel like I am still on her. I don't have my "land legs" back yet and my head starts spinning when I sit down.