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Old June 13th, 2005, 07:13 PM
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OK - allow me to tell you about my cruise. However, I tend to say more than needs to be said. So bear with me. I won't be offended if you leave me half way through!

Background: My husband and I (mid 40's) went on our first cruise in September on RCCL. The minute we got off the ship we asked each other what we would do differently next time. We both said, take our boys and no sailing during hurricane season. So, we set sail with our college student boys (19 & 22), and my husband's sister on the Conquest out of New Orleans on 29 May. We selected Carnival this time because of their reputation for having younger passengers - and that was a great decision on our part. CCL over RCCL, hands down.

Saturday: flew from Dallas to New Orleans early morning. We'd never been in NO before, so thought we'd go a day early and check out a few things. Took an airport shuttle to the hotel ($45 total). We stayed at the Holiday Inn Select/Convention Center. They were kind enought to let us check in four hours early! They're directly across the street from the pier. Hmmm. I don't want to offend anyone here, but NO was just OK. It was hot, humid, and smelly - but then that's NO! Went to Bourbon Street during the day - that was an eye-opener. When someone overheard me say that it smelled like a combo of liquor, pee, and vomit, his response was, "that's EXACTLY what it is!" Walked the French Quarter and enjoyed that. Shopped the Riverwalk, ate Cajun, etc. Very eclectic city. I am glad we spent some time there.

Sunday: hotel let us check out late so around 1:00 we walked with all 13 of our bags (didn't want to risk leaving anything at home!) across the street to the pier. A porter took our big bags (we carried on personal bags) and sent them away to be loaded on the ship. Tipped him $10. He said our bags would be in our cabins in about two hours, but such was not the case. They gradually drifted in to our cabins over a two-hour period around 6:00pm. Went inside the terminal and with all of our paperwork prepared ahead of time, we went through the line in about 10 minutes. Gave us our boarding passes and Sail&Sign cards. Sat in the yellow chairs for another 10. Had pre-board fun picture taken, then security picture. We were on the ship in another 10 minutes. It was all fast and painless. We were in our cabins by 2:00. We had three balcony cabins - 8315, 8319 & 8347, exactly mid-ship. I was SO impressed by the cabins. Larger than RCCL, new mattresses, comforters and pillows, new bath towels, lots of closets, drawers and storage space, great balconies - I can't say enough about the cabins. FYI - they don't have clocks so bring your own. Wind-up or battery operated is best as there is only one electrical outlet in the whole cabin. I kept having to unplug my clock in order to plug in my hair dryer or curling iron, or whatever. Then I'd have to reset that darned clock every time. Bathrooms include shampoo, shower gel and bar soap, and hair dryer. Went to the Lido deck to have buffet lunch. Then checked out the ship. WOW - she's HUGE! And BEAUTIFUL! It was sort of rainy and drizzly, but that didn't stop us from having fun. Had the muster drill around 5:15 - no need to hurry out there or you'll be at the back of the pack. The later you get to your muster station, the closer you are to the front of the line. You'll see what I mean - less claustrophobic that way. Sail Away was around 6:30. What a fabulous feeling - leaving NO on the top deck of a beautiful cruise ship with drink in hand. Does it get any better? Yes - I found out that it does. This was only the beginning. Went to the 7:00 show in the Toulouse Lounge. CD Todd Wittmer welcomed us and then heard a little comedy from Marc Rubben. Good, not great. We had late seating dinner, 8:00 in the Monet dining room @ table 530. Some of our bags had not yet arrived in our cabins, so we decided we weren't even going to try to change clothes for dinner. We were in shorts and tanks. No problem at all. Our waiter was Anthony from Barbados. I think he grew to like us. He was a bit shy at the first of the week and undoubtedly found us overwhelming. But he started opening up later on and was extremely friendly and interesting. And a fabulous waiter. We had a table for 8, so with the 5 of us it left room for a single mom and her two teenage daughters. They didn't eat in the dining room every night, so we often had the table to ourselves. Very pleasant, but I would've preferred a larger table with more people from different places. I know - not easy with a party of five. Checked out more areas of the ship after dinner. We were pretty exhausted. Three adults in bed by 11. Two boys managed to hit most of the bars and the single's party. OK - about the bed. It was extremely comfortable, especially with everything being new. But the down comforter got very hot. We actually ended up throwing it on the floor every night before bed. Now for the bad part. I wish I had paid more attention to what was ABOVE our cabins when I booked the trip. Turns out it was the deck of the main pool on the Lido. Every time we were in our room you heard nothing but tables and chairs being dragged around the deck above, you heard heavy walkers, you heard dropped items, etc. This went on all night long. Did it ruin my trip? Absolutely not. Was is a nuisance? Definitely. I'll just be more careful about my cabin placement next cruise. Live and learn. Sailed down the MIssissippi all night.

OK - I've only covered Sunday and I'm already winded. Promise to be more concise with the rest.

Monday: At sea. Finally, beautiful water. Had breakfast on the Lido. I had good intentions on this cruise. Last time, I ate myself miserable the entire cruise. I decided to be a little more reasonable and try to eat better and healthier. Oatmeal and half a bagel for me. Yeah - this might work. Sister-in-law and I decided to get some sun. By 10:00, most of the good chairs were taken, so we went upper/aft. Well, I think we got more wind-burned than sun-burned. After an hour of being whipped by our own hair, we were able to move closer to the pool and band. Am I in heaven, or what? Tanning, Caribbean music, personal bar service, what more could I possibly want? By the way, when ordering the daily drink special, make certain you let them know you do not want the souvineir glass or they'll bring it to you everytime. For $2.95 versus $6.25, they can keep those fancy glasses that I eventually throw out anyways. Watched the hairy chest contest. Why do the men with slick chests always win? They were hilarious! My boys, who are not tanners, came and sat with us for a short while. That give them enough sun to get pretty burned and peel the rest of the cruise. Be careful you white and pastey people! Had lunch at the Lido buffet. Again, I was a good girl. Played bingo and lost. The bingo caller for most of the cruise was Art - a 20 year old newbie to the ship. Cute, but goofy, in his own way. Time to get ready for formal night. Not without a stop to the Sushi bar though. This became a nightly habit. Had some very nice family and individual pictures made before dinner. There are about 15 different photography stations - look for the background you like best. Formal dinner was very nice. Unfortunately, I'm not able to recall the menu each night. But selections were numerous. The dining room food was very good - much better than RCCL. And don't be shy about ordering more than one entree or dessert or whatever. They don't mind. My husband and boys took advantage of this nearly every night. No 7:00 show tonight - it's at 10:30 instead. The Carnival Conquest Dancers! It was to be a Las Vegas style show - costumes were fabulous, but the show was just OK. Stayed around for the Adult Comedy show at midnight - Marc Rubben. Very funny.

Tuesday: At sea. Even more beautiful water. Always loved to sit on my balcony during down time and become completely hypnotized by the sea. Oatmeal again for breakfast. Good girl. Sister-in-law and I tanned again by the pool. Didn't really like our chairs, so we decided to check out the topless deck. Found our new tanning spot. While we remained topped, for the benefit of others, this was the perfect location. Very top of the ship, best view (of the whole ship, guys!), no children (adults only area), and a perfect breeze. When we realized we had done enough damage to our skin, we decided to check out the casino. My SIL is a good craps player. Me? The slots were a challenge. As hard as she tried to teach me to play craps, I just couldn't get it. My 19-year old picked it up right away, however! I've never been to Vegas, so I was totally in awe of the dealers. I paid more attention to them and less to the tables. I was fascinated at their abilities to work the tables as quickly and as accurately as they did. I would imagine that Vegas would just floor me. Went to watch the Newlywed game in the Toulouse. Great contest - CD Todd was obviously rooting for the couple who had been married 60 years and hadn't had sex in 20! Too funny. The evening show was "The Soul Man of Bourbon Street, Mr. Ron Joseph". Very entertaining. Alot of audience participation - actually stole the show from the man. Tonight we were having dinner at "The Point" supper club on Deck 10. You HAVE to do this. It's $30 per person and well worth every penny. Our reservations were at 8:00 and we finished around 10:30. As I posted in a previous message, the food is exceptional, the waitstaff is outstanding, and the presentation is out of this world. Numerous courses are served without being rushed (as in the Monet dining room). Definitely the best meal the entire trip. Dress is business casual - sundresses for women, khaki's and shirt for men. Sport coat and tie are not required. We asked.

Wednesday: Montego Bay. Had to set the alarm for an early breakfast. Had more than the oatmeal since I was going on a 7-hour excursion and I didn't want to melt away before I returned. SIL and my two boys did the Canopy Tour. My husband couldn't go due to the weight limit of 250 (he's a healthy 275!) Can't tell you a whole lot about that excursion since I wasn't there. But they had a blast. Zipped across the trees, rivers, ravines, etc from 6 different platforms. They scheduled for early in the morning and were glad they did. The heat was getting pretty rough. My husband and I did the Dunn's River Falls. OK - I read alot of boards about this and I'd really like to disagree with many of them. The two hour bus ride was not "white knuckle". The roads were in terrible shape, but the driver was excellent - I never worried. The tour guide on board, Yvonne, was extremely informative regarding the region. But, the area of Jamaica we traveled through was pitiful. Poverty, and more poverty. Jamaicans were just standing around everywhere doing nothing. And this is their life. It was sad. Arrived at the falls and was concerned about all the bad things I heard about the "human chain". Not to worry. We started out as a chain, but a few feet into it we all realized that it wasn't necessary by any means. There were numerous spots when you needed a pull or a boost, and your 'line-mates' were always there to lend a hand. But nobody told us to keep holding hands. And did we have fun! So refreshing and exciting. Yes, we slipped a few times, but nothing near dangerous. And your health/athletic ability should not be a concern. It was never beyond our abilities. If anyone needed additional assistance, the guides were always happy to help, either by pulling you up or guiding you to an easier route. It's a great excursion! And thanks to these boards, we avoided the Marketplace Begging Area at the exit. We simply left through the entrance - no problems. Yeah - some vendors tried to yell at us and tell us we were going the wrong way, but they were ignored by us. Expect to tip your two guides, your bus tour guide, and the bus driver. Some people tipped just $1 per person, others gave each of them $20. There's no right or wrong. Do what is comfortable for you. The ride back to the ship was quiet - had a movie playing on a drop-down DVD player. The bus stopped at a little shopping area for about 30 minutes. We're not "junk" shoppers, so we just bought two t-shirts and got back on the bus to wait. The canopy tour my SIL and boys were on ended several hours before ours did, so they went to Marguaritaville. Had a good time and watch numerous 13, 14, and 15 year olds who were drunk out of their minds. Got ready for the show and dinner back on board. Tonight's show was "Deja - the diva of deception". Apparently she was flown in from Las Vegas. I'm sorry, but she had to be the worst magician/illusionist I've ever seen in my life. The lights were so dark in the theatre, presumably so as not to see how her tricks were performed, we could barely see HER! And one of her feats failed - and oops! - the girls didn't disappear after all! But the lights were so dim, I think Deja just hoped nobody noticed. We did. Dinner was good. The dining room wait staff usually performs a little dance at the end of each meal. Kind of fun. Went to the piano bar after dinner for some liquors. Piano player was pretty darn good - had fun making requests and singing along.

Thursday: Grand Cayman. Dark, dreary day. Had breakfast on the Lido again. OK - I'm no longer a good girl. I pretty much piled my tray with every item offered. And now I'm miserable. And I'm supposed to go snorkel? Got off the ship around 8:30. Needed to be at Captain Marvin's for the 1/2 day Stingray City & Snorkel tour by 9:15. This is the only excursion I booked on my own. All others were booked through Carnival's web site. And it was pure luck that I did it this way. Captain Marvin's was a two block walk from the pier. (Had to tender from the ship). It was starting to sprinkle. But the CM staff assured us that the tour would happen, no matter the weather. Found out from others walking on the streets that all cruise lines at Grand Cayman this day had canceled their Stingray City tours due to weather. Like I said, I was fortunate to book this one on my own because Captain Marvin was going - rain or shine! Took a boat out to the sand bar and just as we were getting in with the Stingrays, it started raining pretty hard. Who cared? Hello - I was in an ocean. It's not like the rain was going to ruin my hair! Actually, it did. Anyways - those stingrays are SO intimidating at first. My son pretty much freaked out. But after you got used to them - they were just awesome! We fed them squid and held them. Such beauty. Got back on the boat to go to our snorkel spot. It was raining a little harder now, but we didn't care! Snorkeling along the reefs was great. The colors weren't quite as brilliant as they could've have been because the sun wasn't shining. Got back to the shore - Hurricane Ivan damage is very apparent. They're rebuilding, but the damage is devastating. Returned to the pier and thought we'd go buy the usual t-shirt. But it started raining so hard that it was pretty difficult to get from store to store. Decided to tender back to the ship. A local told us that the Caymans hadn't seen that kind of rain in quite a few years. (hurrican aside). Well - obviously the cruise ships were not prepared for this type of weather. We waited in a very unorganized "line" to tender back to the ship for almost 2 hours. In the meantime, we are standing in the pouring rain. The wind was blowing very hard, slamming that rain into your face. What an adventure! I was having a blast, even through my chattering teeth. When we FINALLY got back on the Conquest, my boys went to their cabin and blew each other warm with the hairdryer. Seems their fireplace was out of order. So now it's about 4:30. We change into dry clothes and finally eat some lunch. Time to get ready for the show and dinner. Wait - sushi first. Then dinner. So much for trying to avoid being miserable. I tried. I failed. I'd do it all again tonight if I could. The show tonight is the Carnival Conquest Dancers again. Didn't care enough about it the first time to see it again. Time for more sushi then! Can't really remember anything about dinner, other than it was another formal night. By the way, for those of you who have gone back and forth with this on these boards - I asked Anthony if he ever had to ask someone to leave the dining room because of their dress and he said 'no'. Anything is allowed in the dining room at night EXCEPT swimwear. This includes formal night - no hard and fast rules from Carnival, just suggestions. I know nearly everyone has a different opinion on dress codes, so I just wanted to let you know what our head waiter told us. Went to the casino and played the slots. Won a little, lost a little. Once again, I had more fun watching the skill of the dealers than playing anything. Went to another r-rated late night comedy show - his name was Phat-Kat. Funny, but a little vulgar. Some of his sexual jokes were a bit much - several people left the lounge. It was all OK for me - but I respect those who were not comfortable and left. Went back to the casino. Got so involved watching my son and SIL play craps that we forgot to go to the midnight Gala Buffet - you know the one where they allow you to take photos of their fabulous food display? By the time we got there, most things had been eaten or disassembled. And the lines were still long. So we had pizza instead. Like I needed it.

Friday: Cozumel. Absolutely breath-taking jeweled water. By now you know that I pigged out at the breakfast buffet. Went on a snorkeling tour in the morning. Had fun
on the tour - coral reefs and vibrant fish were beautiful. Had enough time to go back to the ship and have lunch before our next excursion. Ate lunch in the Monet dining room this time. And when we finished, we went straight up to the Lido buffet and ate several desserts. What is going on here? Went back out on the pier for our next excursion - swimming with the dolphins. While our Carnival excursion tickets said one thing, the actual excursion people that met us were with "Atlantida: A Memorable Dolphin Experience". Whatever - just get me to those dolphins. They provided taxi rides to their facility in town. Went in for our orientation - and things went jumbled from there. The staff was very inept, had difficulty communicating with us (they spoke Spanish, we did not), were extremely unorganized, and spent a considerable amount of time flirting among themselves. I wasn't happy. But - I would endure anything for those dolphins! Got fitted with our (way too bulky) vests and masks. Had to "rinse" off our sunblock in a ten-second shower so as not to harm the animals. OK - my sunblock is waterproof. A barely shower is going to help? And I'm going into the salt water. Was this step a total waste of time? By the time we FINALLY got to get in the water with the dolphins, I had forgotten I wasn't happy. Now I was one with the dolphins. There's nothing like it. We were kissed on the cheek. Got to get a hand/fin shake. Got to pet and touch them numerous times. They did tricks for us. They swam among us. They were the best things around. And suddenly, it was time to go. Wait - I wasn't done playing. Well, I guess I was because one of the staff spoke firmly to me in Spanish - something that I'm sure meant "GET OUT OF THE WATER". Crud. While this excursion is a little pricey at $155 per person, it's probably an opportunity you'll never have again. Go for it. It's the absolute best. Took an included taxi ride back to the pier. Bought t-shirts and a drink at Fat Tuesdays. Headed back on board - the lines to embark were getting long. While waiting in line, we saw some things that were very scarey. At three different times, we saw young girls (15, 16, 17?) being brought back to the ship via Mexican men. Each girl was so drunk, she had no clue where she was. One was puking on the pier, one nearly knocked over the security stand you put your Sail&Sign card into. OK - where are their parents? Or where are their friends? I guess they were so busy partying at the bars that they just put the drunk girls in the hands of a Mexican man and assumed he would take them back to the ship. I'm not judging anyone here - I've had my share of fun and irresponsible behavior. But this could be a potentially dangerous situation - missing Natalie in Aruba ring a bell? Mothers - warn your daughters to be very careful. OK - I'm off my soap box now. No early show offered tonight. Had dinner and then went to the casino. Finally went to the Talent Show late at night. It was OK - but I won't say anything negative. They were all performing while I sat in my seat and drank. Brave people. Not me. CD Todd and the cruise staff did a little skit that was very entertaining. A little unplanned fall on the stage by Todd was priceless.

Saturday: At sea. Crap. We're headed back. How depressing. After a gigantic breakfast, SIL and I tanned again. My husband went to the Debarkation talk. Sounds like it's going to be pretty easy. He went to the Purser's desk to ask for tags to allow us to get off the ship early in order to catch our 12:50 flight. No dice. Nothing leaving after 12:30 gets special attention. Oh well, we'll just hustle. Hit the gift shops on board. Bought a few minor things and several bottles of liquor. Bought lots of photos from the photographers. Started unpacking drawers and putting things in suitcases. I'm very sad. While expressing my sadness to Anthony at dinner, he told me that if I chose to stay on board in New Orleans, I'd be fined $10,000. I hate it when that happens. Spent the last of our money and chips in the casino. Now I know it sounds like were big gamblers. Not at all. $5 here and $10 there doesn't really do much damage. In the end, we came out just about even. Can't complain there. Finished packing and set all our bags outside our doors.

Sunday: Debarkation: After breakfast, just took one last stroll around the ship. CD Todd announced that all passengers with VIP tags could now leave the ship. That's not us. A few minutes later, he announced everyone could leave at their leisure - no leaving by tag color - this is a new procedure. Boy - did it work great. From the time that we left our cabin for the last time, got off the ship, collected our luggage, flew by customs (they didn't check a thing! - we could've left with cases of liquor), and got out to the taxi, it took us no longer than 15-20 minutes. It couldn't have been easier. When we were leaving the terminal, a Carnival rep welcomed me back to NO. I lashed out at her by saying "I don't WANT to be back!". Poor woman. I meant me. Anyways, we took a taxi back to the airport - $60 total. Flew back to Dallas. And now here I am - wishing I wasn't. Our next cruise, now that I'm addicted, will take us to either Alaska or the Panama Canal.

Once again - I apologize for the length. I guess part of it was me just having fun reliving the whole trip. Also, as I mentioned in a previous post, this CruiseMates site provided me with more information than any other site, including Carnival. I hope that my review will help someone else.

Happy sailing! I'll continue to read posts in the event anyone has any questions.

kjo
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Old June 13th, 2005, 08:47 PM
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Welcome to the ranks of the hopelessly addicted kjo! Get busy planning (or at least dreaming about) your next curise!

And don't forget to post your review in the readers review section for future cruisers.

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Thanx for your review. Can you please tell me more about your walk to the port? Looking at the map, I know your hotel was close, but not exactly across the street......we are staying about a block away, at the Hampton Inn Convention Center and would like to try to walk to the port. Any and all details appreciated. THANX!!!
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Great review! excites me even more --we're sailing on her for very first cruise Aug. 7

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Great review!! I'm addicted to that sushi too - every time we think of changing cruise line I think how much I would miss sushi!!! So glad you had a good time and you seem really opened minded with the rain and all which is so nice as it could have just "ruined" another's cruise. I think too many people think a vacation has to be absolutely perfect to be great... It was great reading and thank you for posting it.. Debbie
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wow that was a really great review...u had me hooked from the first sentence down to the last. and u definetely made me more excited for my next cruise which is a mere 18 days away...woohoo!!! u sound like a really great sport and it's cool to know that some minor inconveniences (heavy rain during snorkeling) didn't ruin your trip

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cali-croozer:

I hope I can help you with these directions. The HI Select is just across the street from the pier. However, a long building stands in the way between the hotel and the ship. When leaving the front door of the hotel, we walked straight across the street, went left in order to go around the building, turned right after the building, crossed some railroad tracks, then turned right to walk behind the building. This took us straight to the pier terminal. Lots of people were making this walk, coming from different hotels and nearby parking lots. It took us less than 10 minutes. Very easy. Good luck and enjoy!
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TERRIFIC REVIEW!! Makes me wish my cruise wasnt so far away!!

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Thank you very much. The building is the Convention Center. It's nice to know that we won't be the only ones walking!
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Very good review and I hope that you as well as all of the other that post their reviews here on the boards ALSO submit them to the Ships Reviews section to be posted for everyone to review.
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Cali-croozer:
Glad to help. How ridiculous that I didn't know what the building was. I guess I was just so determined to make a b-line for the ship that I didn't even pay attention to the big obstacle (a convention center!) that was in my way.
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kjo, LOVED your review.....liked the thorough wordiness....very descriptive. It brought back alot of lovely memories of our past cruise on the Conquest, June, 2004.....sigh.....
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KJO,
Thanks for a great review. I was actually having fun reading it. You had such a good time. I love Carnival myself and looking forward to going next May.
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Great review! My husband and I are going on our first cruise on the Conquest in September. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary. First of all, my husband is an avid golfer and I'm curious about any golf activities on the ship. We are also interested in the Captain Marvin's Stingray excursion. I want to book it on my own. Since we are a few months out, how soon do you recommend booking that excursion?

Any other first time cruise advice would be greatly appreciated!
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kjo......! My hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites, Convention Center, so that's why I knew................thanx again for the review, info and tips!
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JKW:

We, too, celebrated our 25th anniversary (last Sept) with a cruise on RCCL. But, we enjoyed our CARNIVAL cruise two weeks ago so much more! You will have a blast, I promise. Can't help you with the golf - we don't play so therefore didn't pay attention to any related activities. Regarding Captain Marvin's - I don't know why you can't book it this far out. I gave them my credit card number over the phone in order to hold our spots, but they said they wouldn't run it through until we actually arrived to check in at the time of the tour. This is good in the event you have a change between now and then. But be certain to ask.

As far as first time cruise advice is concerned, I have to say I learned most of my info from all the great posters on this site. A few things you may want to consider are:
1. As mentioned, bring a wind-up or battery clock.
2. A yellow hi-liter is nice. I marked the activities I wanted to do in the daily Caper.
3. I took a few empty envelopes to hold all my receipts. Every time you use your Sail&Sign card, you get a receipt. This way you can match them all up to the bill you will receive prior to debarkation, thereby checking for any errors.
4. I took a few bottles of water from home. Then refilled them as needed from the sink in my cabin. I know the ship water is safe, and it beats paying $4.00/bottle when you're out on excursions.
5. Take lots of small bills - $1, $5, & $10 for tipping.
6. Put bright or very distinguishable tags on your luggage, especially if it's all black. When searching for your bags at debarkation, seems nearly every bag is black. Make yours stand out for easier sighting.
7. Take a small backpack/bag for excursions.
8. I took some small individual packages of crackers from home. Some excursions are 5-7 hours long without food. A little snack is nice.
9. Take lots of ziplock baggies from home. Keeps money, Sail&Sign card, credit cards, tylenol, etc dry on your wet excursions.
10. Don't forget lots of water cameras - we took 7 and could've used 1 or 2 more.

Regarding alcohol - there's been lots of bantering back and forth on these boards regarding opinions, but here's what we did. I took 12 single serving bottles of wine and had them inside my largest suitcase. My sister-in-law took about 50 mini's of liquor in her large suitcase. She carried on 4 large bottles of wine. At Carnival security, they asked her if all of those were for her. She told them she was going to share them with other members of her party. They said "OK" and let her through. No problem. Your cabin has a locked liquor cabinet/refrigerator for your use (must pay for drinks, obviously). We managed to drink all that we brought, and also had a fairly substantial bar tab at the end of the trip. Everyone was happy.

How about it experienced cruisers? Any tips/advice for JKW?

Happy Anniversary - enjoy your celebration!
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Here's some thoughts from our Conquest sail last month. Hope this helps.

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I Loved your review. It made us feel like we were on the ship with you. I am so glad you had a good time.

When is your next cruise?

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JKW,
The wife and I celebrated our 25'th Wedding Anv. on the Conquest in 2003. We had a great cruise, and a wonderful time. I believe theres no better way to celebrate such a special occasion, than on a cruise.
If your at sea on your anv. date, go to the Point Supper Club. Its well worth the extra money. Specially for your special night of your aniv.
Also, on your formal night, if they have more than 1 back drop, take a picture of both, or all 3 if they have it.
Buy a video of your cruise. Available around the last day of your cruise. Wish we had of gotten one now.
Try to get a balcony. The morning sunrises and evening sunsets @ sea are magical ! Theres nothing like a breakfast or a night cap on your own private balcony. If you can't , no-problem. Go up on deck and watch the sunrises and sunsets.

Hope you have a wonderful cruise;
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