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Old July 19th, 2006, 10:33 AM
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Default March cruise on Conquest to Western Caribbean

Wondering what you can tell me about cruising the Western Caribbean in March on the Conquest.

We'll be cruising with our two kids, ages 8 and almost 5. This will be the second cruise for all of us, cruised Alaska last summer and LOVED it!

Tell me about the kids program/playroom, weather, best excursions with little people (we're really wanting to the pirate ship one!) etc.

Thanks so much!
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Old July 20th, 2006, 08:38 PM
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Anyone???

Surely SOMEONE on this board has cruised this time of year to the Western Caribbean........
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Old July 20th, 2006, 09:02 PM
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Hi dottiel,

It will be HOT in the Western Caribbean in March (not as hot as summer, but still HOT!).

If you list your ports we can help you more !

We don't have young children, but from what I've read here the children LOVE Camp Carnival!

If you are asking about the Pirate Excursion in Grand Cayman it looks like lots of fun for children and adults!

I'm sure someone will be along to give you more info 8) !
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DottieL..... I did a Western Carribbean cruise w/ R.C. ( Cozumel and Costa Maya) the 1st week of March and the weather was nice. It will be warm and pleasant. The ocean water was warm and refreshing. I dont have kids so I cant help you there. If you are looking for a beach day while in port, I would suggest in Cozumel that you go to Paradise Beach. Free entrance and very clean beach w/ all the amenities. Great for kids w/ plenty to do. I will be on The Conquest the 1st week of March '07. Have FUN!
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Old July 21st, 2006, 02:40 PM
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Thanks for responding Fern, I appreciate it

Here are our ports during the cruise:

1) Montego Bay, Jamaica: We are considering 1) on our own OR 2) Coral Sub Ocean View

2) Grand Cayman: 1) Cayman Pirate Encounter OR a distant 2) Stingray Sandbar, Hell & Turtle Farm Experience

3) Cozumel: 1) on our own OR 2) open to suggestions!

We have things planned to do in Galveston before the cruise as we'll have a day and a half to "play".
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Old July 21st, 2006, 08:28 PM
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Hi dottiel,

IMO, I'd do a ship's tour in Montego Bay. Lots of people may disagree with me, but with children... There can be some "unsavory" characters in Jamaica. I can suggest that you don't do the Dunn's Rivers Falls if it's offered. It's a very long drive and better done when you port in Ocho Rios.

Grand Cayman-either of these should be fun. We've done the Stingray, Hell, Turtle Farm tour and enjoyed it. The Stingray part was interesting and the children would probably enjoy it.

Hell isn't much to see. In some pictures it looks huge, but it's actually very small. You can send postcards from "Hell" ! (Of course you'll be home before they show up!)

The Turtle Farm is interesting, but some people object because it's a "farm". IMO, I don't know why, as "farms" are where we get our meat, but it seems to bother some people. They do preservation work as well.

We wouldn't do this tour again, just a "been there, done that" thing.

Sorry, I don't have any suggestions for Cozumel. We did a "Highlights" tour once and it wasn't very interesting (too long a bus ride and probably boring for your children). Last time we just shopped on our own and went back to the ship. I'm sure someone else can give you some ideas here!

If you haven't already, be sure to check the "Caribbean and Panama� section here:

http://cruisemates.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=28

and the “Shore Excursions� section here:

http://cruisemates.com/forum/viewfor...5bb98da86187ee

I hope I've been of some help and not just confused you !
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Fern, THANK YOU! You have been very helpful

I will be sure to visit the two boards you suggested, going there now.

Dh said "Well, it looks like we made some good choices!".

Thanks again!!!!
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Hi dottiel,

You're welcome! I know you will all have a wonderful time no matter what Shore Excursions you choose.

Your DH is right! Seems like you and DH know what you want for your family.

When you get back you'll be able to recommend (or not!) excursions for other families .
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Hi dottiel,
Not sure if this would be your family's "cup of tea" but due to a referral by a friend - my family is probably going to do the subocean view excursion in Jamaica then go to Margaritaville. If you dine and/or drink at Margaritaville in Montego Bay you have unlimited use of their "watertoys". They have a big water trampoline and a water slide. The adults in my party will probably just hang out in the restaurant, have a few drinks, munch, and let the teenagers play. Then we'll head back to the ship to lounge and get ready for dinner.

We're taking the "less expensive and less rushed" approach in Jamaica since we are planning longer and more expensive excursions in Grand Cayman and Cozumel (Island Tour and Stingray City & Shotover Boat to Cancun, respectively).

This'll just give you another option - I hope y'all have an awesome cruise!!
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I like Ferns ideas. For Cozumel, I would either go to the park, or go to Paradise Beach. Both are great for kids.

The kids programs on the ship, are the best. Be prepared for your little darlings not wanting to leave with you. They really do seem to have a great time.

I hope you have a great cruise.

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