I am booking myself and two teenage sons to cruise the Carnival Conquest on April 9-16 to the Western Caribbean. I have read lots of reviews but does anyone have any personal insight on the "must do's" and "forget abouts" on the ship????
Being this is Spring Break for the westcoast, I am going to assume lots of kids will be on board. Any suggestions for a fun time for kids?
I am looking at all of the cruises you took. Taking 12 yr. old son and would like to westarn carib. Esp. coz. Your thoughts?
Single Mom...I am looking at the same week as you are going. My only hold up is that I hear it is much cheaper to go out of Florida as flights are cheaper.
I have priced flights both in/out of Florida and New Orleans. I have found NO to be a bit cheaper and plus, everyone cruises out of Florida =) NO happens to be one of my favorite cities and thus the decision to go out there was easy. Another flip side is that going out of Florida on either a Saturday or Sunday you are going to be compounded with more ships in pier departing then having only one in NO.
Returned recently from the Conquest with 2 teen boys, ages 15 and 17. They had a blast. Carnival has a new program for 15-17 year olds, Club 02. There are a few daytime activities and each night there will be some kind of dance or party. Make sure your teens go to the first night's meet and greet (there was one at 6pm and we had 6:15pm dinner, so I had my boys dress up for dinner and then go to the meet and greet and get to dinner a few minutes late.......they were able to make a couple of friends and get the schedule for the week). Later that night, they went to the teen hangout and met more friends. There's also 1/2 court basketball, volleyball, ping pong tables and, of course, the pool and slide. The key for them is to make friends as soon as possible; this is not the time to be shy or picky.
For adults, try the piano bar. Unfortunately, the piano guy on our cruise, who was GREAT, is moving over to the Liberty, but, hopefully his replacement will be as good. Try to get there a little early so you can sit right at the piano bar. Great fun. Also, if the ventriloquist/commedian is still there, catch his show; especially the first one (family show). Hillarious and unique. The Mardi Gras party is also fun. Todd is the cruise director. He and his staff are young and they made this cruise the funnest one we've been on.
single mon...how old are your kids? I am still putsing around and looking at which cruise to take. There are so many choices and the more reviews I read...the harder the choice. Our last cruise was on the Valor. Great ship, great ports, NO kids. Well, we went in January. So, we are planning a spring break for next year.
Thanks cali-croozer for your input . It helps for someone who has been there and done that , to give better advice. Because I've never sailed with kids. My son is almost 26 years old. yea I know, they grow up real fast !
Karyn , Book the Conquest, she's a grand ship ! I believe your kids would have a ball. In Cozumel, try the park. You can do the dolphin swim, or meet, and hang out on the beach there. Its very nice and clean.Which ever ship you book, I'm sure its going to be great ! Just relax and enjoy your cruise !
We returned from the Conquest on 6/19/05 w/ our 4 kids who are 16,15,15, and 10. The two 15 yr olds are boys and the 16 yr old is a girl. The three teenagers hung out a lot in Club O2. The trick really is to get them to the first night meet and greet. They had a lot of fun things for them to either do or not to do. The cruise ports that the Conquest sails to are good for kids this age. In Montego Bay try Sunset Beach Resort for a relaxing all-inclusive day at the beach, in Grand Cayman be sure to go to Stingray City for a really amazing experience, and in Cozumel there are a multitude of things to do. This ship is really nice and well appointed. The food was truly very good (much to my surprise) and the cabins are generous in size and storage capacity. The production shows are fairly bad, but the comedian (Phat Kat) was hilarious and the juggler was quite gifted. Karaoke was usually a hoot - awful singers for the most part, but fun anyways. The sing a long piano bar was nice as was the 3 piece band in the bar next to the Degas lounge. We didn't do the disco as hubby doesn't dance. The casino is fairly large and we had some fun there. There are some theme nights such as the mardi gras deck party that was a lot of fun. All in all if you can't find something to do on this ship then you must not know what you really want to do. The cruise director and his crew were truly awesome. They were everywhere. One had to wonder when they actually slept. If you take this cruise you wont be disappointed.
Single Mom..what age are your boys? My son is 12. Last year we took our older boys with but I dont think they will join us this year. But, we went in mid January and there were no kids. So...that is why I am trying to go when there would be more kids on board. I still have to check into flights to New Orleans.
My sons will be 13 and 11 at cruise time. We have booked our cruise and stay in NO already and cannot wait to go. It will be here before we know and well, I need to get my rear into gear and get the passports. Effective January 1st you have to have passports now. Works for me as we are heading to Europe in a couple of years and the African safari in 6 years.