SAIL-A-WAY: Marsha and I went to the Panarama deck to meet up with the CruiseMates that I had met on the CCL boards. We met right after the lifeboat drill. The lifeboat drill was a little disorganized in my opinion and everyone knows that is not the way it would happen anyway. Right?.The CM that we met up with were very wonderful and nice people. They also had a couple more people with them that we had not met, so it really turned out to be a nice gathering and very pleasant to have a group to share the sail-a-way with. We toasted all the CM that we had to leave behind on land.So all of you were thought about. We started our journey down the Mississippi River. The big turns was the only time you could feel the ship and it was very gradual and not at all bad. I had drove the highway that runs along the river before and now to see it from the river was a very interesting view and brought back a lot of memories. Venice is the last town that you can reach by road and to see it from on board a ship was quite the experience for me. I failed to mention that the night before the cruise that it rained very very hard and we thought that we would have a wet day to sail out. We were very blessed that the rain gave way to partly cloudy skys and a great night to get started. It was a little windy and cool though.
FIRST NIGHT OF DINNING: We had the late(8pm)seating in the Monet dinning room. DW and I both agreed that this was a very lovely dinning room with the decorations. We met our Head Waiter (Tony) and Asst Waiter (Tommy). They were both from Croatia. They have been together for quite some time and it really shows. They were, in my opinion, a great team. Never once did they miss a beat. They made the whole experience wonderful. I am sorry but I dont even remember what we had the first night. All I can remember was that I liked it.. We were seated at a table for 8 but we were the only ones that were present the first night, so it was kind of nice to dine by ourselves. At first I did not think that I would like the late seating but we decided to go with it and it worked out very well for us the entire trip.After dinner we decided to walk around a bit and try to figure out the layout of the ship Upon arrival at our cabing we met our room steward for the first time. Her name was Ave and she was from Estonia. Very delightful young lady and very helpful. She went beyond the normal from what I have read and know. She supplied us with every request and even some we did not request but added to our enjoyment.. Then off to bed for a much needed rest. I also want to mention that the bed was very comfortable. They were not the same that we had on the Fantasy. I dont think we will ever find a bed as good as the ones the Fantasy had. But on the Conquest they were very comfortable. I really did enjoy the room, even with it being an inside cabin.
Ohhh Paaleeezzz, Don’t remember what you had for dinner? Come on, fess-up…you had one of everything. Your killin me here. You know me and I’ve admitted many a time “its all about the food”…your doing this on purpose, to get back at me, aren’t you?
Thanks John we’ll be waiting for more.
Jason If a grin is transmittable, and laughing is contagious, here’s hoping for an epidemic!
Thanks John for sharing your cruise with us. I also took a look at the photo gallery. You got lots of nice pictures. I just wish I could have been one of those CMer's along with you.
It's good to hear that your room was so nice, and that you had a positive experience with the staff. Keep the reports coming.
Did you get to meet Rusty Wallace? How was he?
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