I would just like to say to all our cruisers, it was a pleasure meeting all of you. Texas hospitality was in abundance, and it was wonderful to be a part of such a nice group.
From our meet and greet, to our cocktail party, Cruisemates, and our travel agent, Nancy got rave reviews.
And as a personal aside, I would like to tell my wonderful tablemates again, if every ship I sailed, I could have you as my dinner companions, I would be a happy cruiser. We loved every minute of our time together.
Many of you expressed wishes for certain group cruises, and I am passing along that info, to the poweres that be.....who knows, maybe many of us will cruise together again, sooner, than later. Again I thank you all, for a fun time, on the fun ship, Conquest!
Trip, with her book & tea!
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nancy is setting up a group cruise but unsure if its strictly cruisemates. I know myself and my family and another couple are going from cruisemates...
Jan 21 on the Ecstacy out of galveston for 5 nights
It was a pleasure to meet so many wonderful people on our cruise this week. Thanks to trip for all her hard work, the goody bags were wonderful. I'm using them on my scrapbook pages for my journaling! Perfect addition thanks again so much!
THANK you, Trip, cruisemates, fellow cruisers...we had a WONDERFUL time! The best yet. I told my husband when we left the ship that he was lucky because if we didn't have another booked for January, he would be dealing with a wife in SERIOUS need of Prozac!
If any of you want to come with us January 21 on the Ecstasy, Nurseypoo and I will be there along with some of the people we got hooked from this cruise and some that were too late to go this time!
Leanne, I can see why you love the Conquest...it's definitely going to be tops on my list too!
Rhapsody of the Seas - long ago, in a galaxy far away!
Ecstasy - Jan. 2007
Conquest - Sept. 2007 cruisemates 4Bs
Ecstasy - Jan. 2008
It was nice to meet you and your husband and all the other cruisers. Thanks again for the "goody bag" and the tee-shirts. I love the notepads and the magnets. The 4B's travel agent sent some nice goodies also...the champagne, the chocolates, and the $100 shipboard credit. We also received a dozen of the freshly baked cookies, chocolate dipped strawberries, and a coupon for a free picture in the photo studio. Later in the week, Carnival sent us a plate of petit fours and a plate of canapes. It seems like we were munching away 24/7! It is a miracle we weren't dead from a heart attack by the end of the week.
We had such a great time on this cruise. Since we have been to these ports many times before, we had decided we would be happy just to be on the ship even if the weather didn't cooperate. Well, it did rain in Cayman so instead of 7-mile beach, we just enjoyed our day on the ship. Cozumel was wonderful. We wanted to try Paradise Beach. Some of our friends had been there and loved it. We spent the day there and everything we were told was absolutely true. The drinks and the food were great. We opted to have the waiters serve us on the beach. The nachos and frozen drinks there were to die for. We enjoyed swimming there all day. We will be going to Paradise Beach again on our next trip to Cozumel.
Everything on the ship was perfect. We both ate way too much warm chocolate melting cake! I think it was the only dessert I ordered at dinner the entire week. Our cabin stewardess and our dining room waiters were the best. Since we have seen the shows several times before, I didn't go back to all of them. But I did go to a few and enjoyed the entertainment. We had fun playing miniature golf up on deck 12. We just wished they had kept it open past 6 p.m. My favorite spot was the casino. On most nights (actually early mornings), I was one of the last to leave while they were shutting it down. Carnival is happy with me, I made a considerable donation. At least I was happy while losing money! I enjoy listening to the live music around the casino. It gets lively in the area around the casino bar at night. All the 4B's group were so nice. I can't think of anything negative about the week. It was just perfect. There was only one bad thing that happened, but it didn't have anything to do with the ship. On one of the last nights of the cruise, I realized I had lost a one carat diamond out of an anniversary ring my husband had given me. I noticed it missing while we were in the dining room. I looked around the table, but never found it. I had been to so many areas that afternoon on the ship, it would have been impossible to find it.
Anyway, my life has changed dramatically since we got home. Jim has already flown out of town on business. There was no one here to welcome
me to the dining room tonight. It's a good thing, because I didn't dress for dinner...just wore my pajamas into the kitchen. Instead of a beautiful place setting in a nice dining room filled with happy cruisers, I opted to sit at the kitchen bar and eat cottage cheese out of the container with a plastic throw away spoon. There was definitely no warm chocolate melting cake this evening! To cheer myself up, I put a left over "Carnival Mint" on my pillow and made myself a "creation" out of some towels.
Hello fellow cruisers. We also had a blast on the Carnival Conquest. And all day today at school i was wishing i was back on the ship. Its my first cruise and i loved every second of it. We got to meet so many different interesting and cool people... it was awesome! The cruise and the ship were incredible (not very impressed with Jamaica) but Cayman and especially Cozumel made up for it BIG TIME!!!! We....are seriously looking forward to our next cruise. Art (Cuba) Mari (Norway)....if you remember us... write us a line. We were the young college couple.
Eventhough I wasn't really a part of the CruiseMates group, it was fun to meet you at the coctail party we crashed !! Our group of 7 also had a great time and I wanted to let you know of a WONDERFUL guy who took us all around Jamaica, Astrol Gordon (876-979-1822). He was so much fun and took us to Rose Hall, then to a very authentic Jamaican Jerk place for lunch, Scotchies and then for the most beautiful drive up into the hills for great photo ops. He was very informative and when we got off the van one of the women in our group left her purse, he found it and chased up down all the way to the gangplank to return the purse with everything in tact. I would HIGHLY recommend him for driving tours, he works through the Jamaica Co-operative Automobile & Limo Tours.
We thought our Jamaican guide was great even before he returned the purse, and of course our opinion of him went even higher after that.....my friend who had left it did not even realize she didn't have it because she was carrying a shopping bag from our rum & coffee shopping so she was really grateful!
I also wanted to say after reading some of the posts that we had GREAT cabin stewardess and dinner waiters or whatever they are called too, in fact all of us commented how friendly and interested everyone on the Conquest seemed. Our cabin stewardess had her hands full with a group of adult mentally challenged people that didn't have much supervision and she was so concerned about them and also gave us unbelievable service at the same time, I think she must have been working 18+ hours a day!
OMGOSH...speaking of the mentally challenged adults...
I felt so AWFUL for them, especially in embarkation, we were waiting for our first elevator to go up (this is where i made an a$$ of myself..sorta) and this squat cranky woman started yelling at a man, who was in TEARS because he didnt know now to find his room. She kept yelling at him to "go find your room and quit acting like a baby, go with "yadayada" just GO" screaming at him, he was so scared to get on that big elevator with 16 crammed in people he was just beside himself. FInally i looked straight at this women and said "isnt it YOUR job to find this young mans room if he is so frightened?" course thats when hubby thumped me in my arm, but man i was mad!
she informed me that these "kids" were in a program that taught them self sufficiency and that it was his "job" to find his own room. THats when i got mad and said "seems like its your job to start partying as soon as possible instead of helping your charges".
thats when she told one of the previously laughing younger women (when the young man was being verbally abused infront of 100 people) to help him to his room.
A man next to me said he thought he was mentally "normal" and he felt a bit like crying at the thought of trying to find his way around this big ship too!
ohhhhh i have no doubt that this woman and her company got group benefits for themselves and a nice low cost vacation as thier charges for the most part ran a bit wild!