cruiselifers

cruiselifers
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Joined: 11/25/2013
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cruiselifers's Past Cruises

Carnival Conquest

February 2018 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

Pleasantly surprised. It was an eight day cruise in February so it was mostly composed of passengers in their forties and up. Everyone on the cruise seemed upbeat and friendly. The mid sized ship is well laid out and easy to navigate. The cleanliness of the ship was top notch in all areas. The casino was loud and alcohol fueled of which i must say I was involved in this group. The staff in the dining room was friendly and professional but service was slow. The our time dining was hit or miss. The ports were all nice with curacao being the best. Entertainment was average to good. Comedians were funny both PG and Adult. All around it was a nice cruise.

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Allure of the Seas

November 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas

Great big ship. Great big crowds.

We have previously cruised on the Oasis of the Seas so we were familiar with the ships layout. The ship was always clean and well maintained. The food in the main dining room was good not great. The food in the windjammer was ok at best. The food at the Park Café was the best alternative but was extremely crowded most of the time. The parades on the promenade are nice. The entertainment in the theater was at it's best with Mama Mia and not so with Blue Planet. The Agua theater also had some nice shows. The casino royale was always crowded and surprisingly offered some good singers while you played your favorite tables or slots. The bar at the casino needed more attention as it frequently was left unattended. There was always plenty of areas to lay out on the deck despite the six thousand other passengers. The port of call in St. Thomas is a major problem if you are disabled and use a scooter or wheelchair. The shuttles to get to downtown are few and far between. If you are fortunate enough to find one, the downtown area streets and many of the shops are not accessible to the disabled. The port in St. Martin is much better laid out and cleaner overall. My advise is to take an extra drink before heading out to the beaches or excursion because most of the drivers are crazy and the roads are like a rollercoaster ride. The embarkation and debarkation process was efficient as was the overall running of the ship and its hundreds of different activities. Its a beautiful ship with lots of people and if you don't mind the crowds you'll like this cruise. One final note. If you park in the lot at the port you might leave with a car full  of ants. On the way out to pay the parking attendant we told her of the ants  and she said she received numerous other complaints .

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cruiselifers's Tips

Grand Turk Island - Beautiful beach. Beautiful island. Great beach to relax and enjoy the sun. No charge for any lounge chairs or umbrellas.
Willemstad, Curacao - Best port on the cruise. Very scenic. Much history and beautiful architecture. Lots of shopping within walking distance of the ship. Walk across the moving wooden bridge into town. If you are lucky you can watch it open and close. Only wish we had more time in this port.
Carnival Conquest Carnival Conquest - If you use our time dining be prepared to wait. This does not happen all the time but on certain days they seem to get behind.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Great. Cruise port area is large and clean. Take a walk to the left out of the cruise port (nice sidewalk) to the beaches and main shopping areas in town. Great beaches and bars. You can get two lounge chairs an umbrella and a bucket of six beers for twenty bucks.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - The city has some great history especially around the fort which is a great sight when entering and leaving the port. Put on good walking shoes as the streets are very hilly. Heavy law enforcement presence around port.
Tampa, Florida - Stay at the Holiday Inn Express on the Courtney Campbel causeway( state road 60) next to Bahama Breeze restaurant. Inexpensive with nice views of tampa bay and short shuttle to cruise port. Very close to airport.
Key West, Florida - Walk up and down Duval street and enjoy all the craziness key west has to offer. Stop in irish kevins and grab a guiness.
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - If you would like to avoid the crowds at the buffet on embarkation day eat at the blue lagoon on deck eight. Nice way to ease into your cruise.
St. John's, Antigua - Little bigger cruise port area. Kind of run down once you venture out of port.
Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - Any time dining is a good way to go. Never had much of a wait for a table for two. If you are in a wheelchair or scooter a are going to a show in the theater you need to arrive well before the show. Very limited areas for the disabled.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - If you are handicapped you will have multiple problems finding transportation to downtown and limited access to the shops. Streets are also very rough.
Nassau, Bahamas - If you have lots of extra money weighing you down, then visit Atlantis. If not stay away.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Try the food at the Park Café. Its free and of great quality but very crowded. Try going in at off times and you'll avoid the rush.
Cococay (Cruiseline's Private Island) - It's a very nice little island. Plenty of lounge chairs and a nice little BBQ lunch. They also have some trails on the island leading to some interesting views of the ship. Even found an eagles nest on the end of the island.
Port Canaveral, Florida - Port is fairly easy to get around. We used parking at the port garage which made boarding and disembarking very easy.
Freedom of the Seas Freedom of the Seas - Would not hesitate to cruise this ship again it is beautiful. Hopefully no changes in destinations will occur this time. The ship is very large but easy to get around. Elevators can be slow.
Falmouth, Jamaica - nice shopping in the fenced in area at the pier. No real beaches in the immediate area. Very poor surroundings outside the fenced area.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - definitely make reservations for the shows prior to your cruise and avoid waiting in lines and the possibility of sold out events.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Nice Southern Caribbean cruise