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Old 05-18-2006, 09:28 PM
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Hi - we're looking into going on the Conquest Dec 3, 2006 out of Galveston but wanted to gather some input regarding the ship and port stops. Would anyone recommend this week long cruise? If so, why or why not? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2006, 09:28 PM
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Hi - we're looking into going on the Conquest Dec 3, 2006 out of Galveston but wanted to gather some input regarding the ship and port stops. Would anyone recommend this week long cruise? If so, why or why not? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:31 AM
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I'll let you know when we get back. We've booked a couple of island trips, so will let you know how those go as well. Only a few more days! Later, Sue
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We just got back from a trip on the Conquest last week. There were A LOT of pros. It is an awesome ship with an awesome crew. The only con was where our room was (at the back of the ship) you could feel the boat moving a lot. The only con I found for the ports was that Jamaica is an awfully poor country and the people hound tourists for money.

I loved the week long cruise. It was incredibly relaxing. It was our first vacation away without our son who is 1 yr old. It is very much a dream vacation.

Any other specific questions? We cruised May 7-14th on the Conquest so I just got back!
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:40 AM
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Thanks for the info - I'm glad you had a great time! Sorry to hear that Jamaica was a let-down, but at least you weren't home or working! We're also debating on whether or not to take our children ages 3 and 5. I know it costs extra for the children's services but not sure about the costs of a child staying in the same stateroom. Woo - I'm excited!
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Old 05-21-2006, 11:52 AM
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Actually I don't think there is a huge cost to bringing along your kids. Camp Carnival does not charge for the "during the day" activities. But they do charge extra for the over night "parties" and for late night baby sitting. The kids have lots of fun, so don't worry about that. It really depends on how much extra expense you consider to be worth having your family together. If you have to inlcude airfare plus the extra $600 to $700 in cruise costs plus any baby sitting money you think you will need, it could become expensive. We have gone on the Conquest now that she ports in Galveston because we do not have to pay for the airfare.

I agree with Kaychell...Jamaica could be removed from the cruise and I wouldn't miss it a bit. Some people love it, but I can not get past the constant hard sell begging. I understand that it is a poor country, but leave me alone if I say I don't want my hair braided or I don't want your braclet. I came to enjoy myself not have to defend myself and my family from every person I meet. Last time we booked an excursion on a snorkeling tour because it left right from the dock and we figured we wouldn't have to go through customs and have to run the gunlet of beggors and cabbies. But the boats captain allowed his "good friend" on board to allow him to push his friendship braclets on everyone...
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We did the Conquest in January. We (6 of us) loved the entire trip. Majority of our group went on a catamarin tour from the ship and had a blast. They dropped them off at Margaritaville where they partied hearty. We met them there and it was indeed a fun place (and hubby & I don't drink!). Tried to do a little shopping (2 of us - women) and I would NOT recommend that to anyone ... Too agressive, and that was in the Carnival recommended area. We just got cab and went back to the ship. We loved Caymans - Captain Marvin's tour to stingrays was awesome; and a catamarin trip in Cozumel.

This is indeed a great ship with a great crew. They kept all clean. We did not see too much of the chair hog situation around the pool. I would recommend this trip to anyone that is looking for a good time ... for me it was really relaxing vacation.
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Old 05-23-2006, 01:08 PM
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I highly recommend this trip. We loved it all so much last year that we're going again in Sept. The Conquest is hard to beat, period. She is massive in size, elaborate in style, really clean, with great waitstaff/crew to pamper you constantly. There is alot to see, do , and appreciate on board.

The ports of call are also great, even Jamaica. Yes, the locals will try their dead level best to get your business. Just go forewarned, be prepared, and don't let it keep you from enjoying one of the most beautiful of all the islands. It's so lush, and the water is in describable. We found that a really harsh, firm "NO THANK YOU" usually did the trick.

Should you decide to go on this cruise, I believe you will be amazed !!!

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Old 05-23-2006, 07:38 PM
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The Conquest is a beautiful ship. The food was so so. Not as good as RCCL but they do have the best pizza and ice cream 24 hrs a day. The kids will have a great time. If you do shore excursions and do not want to take the little ones you can leave them on board at Camp Carnival. As for Jamaica if you want to have a pleasant experiance go to Sunset Beach. When you get off the ship someone is usually in the terminal and will ask you where you would like to go. They will arrange transportation for you for $2.00 pp each way. It is a very short trip and no one will bother you. The cost is $40.00 per adult and $20.00 per child. All drinks, food and activities included. View this link for info. http://www.sunsetbeachjamaica.com/index.html You will have a great time. If you go downtown or to any of the bars you will be hounded by the locals and see all the poverty. We had a fabulous time at Sunset beach and did not witness what other have. Because of this Jamaica was one of my favorite ports.
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Old 05-24-2006, 03:56 AM
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While you were at Sunset Beach, were there vendors at the resort to do some shopping or did you have to go outside to shop? Also, is there any close shopping to Sunset Beach?
Appreciate any info.
 
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