Carnival Conquest 12/22/02. We live in Kansas so the airfare to New Orleans is what really sold us. We have been on NCL and Carnival Elation before. We had a great vacation but we were disapointed with Carnival this time. We were late leaving port 8:00pm, because of extensive cleaning being done. We were given $15pp and a free hour long Mississippi River cruise as compensation. Our cabin was inside and a lot smaller than outsides, but we saved money that way and spent what we saved on shore excursions. We were pleased with all the channels we got on the TV. Booking shore excursions through the TV was great. No waiting in line. The buffet, seafood restaurant, Chinese restaurant and grill were great. As was the 24-hour ice cream machine!!! The dining room was disappointing. The same exact menu as the Elation. We never knew our waiter's name and he rarely spoke or was very friendly. We usually get on with our waiters so well. We know their names about their families, etc.The decks were so windy, we rarely went out. The large pool slide was only open for 2 hours in Cozumel during the entire cruise, much to the dissapointment of all the kids on board. To play basketball, volleyball or ping pong you had to go down to deck 3 and wait in line at the info. desk to sign out paddles and balls etc. This was very inconvienent. We do not get seasick but we were surprised that such a large ship had so much motion. We took the prirate cruise in Jamaica and snorkeled and went to the very expensive Margariettaville.We also did the river tubing. This was fun. We did the Fiesta party boat in Cozumel. We are not big drinkers but beware, this is just a booze cruise. Watching people getting sick and passing out from all the booze is not our idea of fun. I met a lady and this was her 9th and last Carnival cruise. The ship was not that nice for being brand new. You couldn't use the nice glass elevators in the atrium because the kids played in them all day long. Maybe the problems were due to a new ship and a new crew. I don't know, but we will only travel on Carnival again if the price is a steal.
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