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Pirate’s Conquest Review- February 8-15, 2020 Photo Review

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We headed right up to Lido, and I hit up the salad bar and the deli. Hint: try the tomato and mozzarella sandwich with AVOCADO added, it is so yummy! It’s especially good after a hot day in port, the nice cool sandwich is much better than a hot meal. Also, if you see the beet and raspberry salad on the bar, try it….i was skeptical, but it was so yummy! If I had not already eaten my sammie, I would have went back and just got a big ol’ heaping bowl of it! I also sampled the cucumber and feta salad, which was good.

 

We headed back to the room and I wanted to spend some time chillaxin on the balcony, but it was sooooooo hot that I ended up reading my book inside. We hung there until 5, when the FFS #3 group had karokee going in Alfred’s (deck 4 aft). We decided that may make for a good laugh, so we headed down. It was OK, I kinda wish John would have sang! Hahaha. We headed right from there to dinner at 6:30, and tonight we were sat in Romiel’s section. He’s funny! After tonight we requested him for the rest of the cruise. He and his team were spectacular, a few nights they were slow during peak times, but other times they were ON IT. This was our second elegant night, and I ordered the crabcake and stuffed mushrooms to start. The crabcake was yummy, but the mushrooms tasted weird….I usually love them, but not this time! However, the Indian Vegetarian dish that I got….oh my….it was awesome. It was spicy, which I happen to love, and even though I have no idea what anything that I ate was, I loved it all! I topped it off with chocolate melting cake for dessert, yum yum!

 

We ended dinner just in time to catch the 7:45showing of Flick in the theater, and the cast aboard the Conquest was really good. Amy and Sammy can sing, let me tell you. Amy sang the Whitney Houston songs and SHE NAILED IT. I was blown away. 

 

We decided to call it a day after Flick ended, and we headed back to the room. I sat on the balcony for a bit, while Chris began snoring like a bear. Seriously, if we had been in an inside cabin I really would have thought it was a bear den! Those cabin walls are thin, doesn’t he know that the neighbors were probably calling security telling them we had brought a wild animal back onboard?!

 

i debated trying this, but my favorite won out. Anyone else tried it?

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The beet salad is on the right...soooo good!!!

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Indian Vegetarian 

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The Indian Vegetarian was 2 dishes! 😳

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1 hour ago, pirate4me2 said:

 

Jeff, I had you in mind when I took this picture! 😂

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That's my go to place in Belize! 😁


 

 

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Really Jeff? Haha I didn’t know, I just know you always refer to finding a “husband day care” while Patti does her walking/shopping/photographing. 😂 I saw the sign and Immediately thought of y’all. 

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Aw man, it’s our last port day for the cruise! Luckily we are in one of my favorite ports today, Cozumel. I know a lot of people do not care for good old Coz, but to me, it’s begun to feel like a second home. Oh wait….that’s probably because I was just here a month ago! Hahah! And this was the 7th time we have been to Coz in three years, so we have become pretty familiar with it.

 

We got up at 8 and we were already docked, and when I looked out in the distance from the balcony I saw another Carnival ship in the distance. I told Chris to get into high gear and get ready so we could disembark before they closed the gangways while that ship docked, I wanted to make sure that we got to our destination before it got crazy in port. Coz was BUSY today, with 8 ships!  Some of them were big ships too. The Norwegian ship in port with us today was anchored, there was not room at a pier for her, so her passengers were having to be tendered in. I was praying our destination wouldn’t be insanely crowded.

 

We got off before the other ship got in and we were in a taxi headed to Paradise Beach Club by 8:45. We usually go to Mr Sanchos when we stop in Coz, but I had told Chris after our last time there that I kinda wanted to change things up and try another beach club. I saw that Paradise had an all-inclusive option, like Mr Sanchos, and the price was comparable, so I took the plunge and booked us there. When we arrived, we walked to the cashier and paid our balance due and our waiter for the day escorted us to his section.

 

We were given the choice of being either by the pool or by the beach, and we chose to be in the shade by the pool.  That pool is beautiful yall, the only thing missing is a swim up bar! I figured I could walk out to the ocean and beach if I wanted to swim there. Our waiter gave us some menus and told us that all the drinks except shots, yards, and Red Bull were included. I made it my goal to try every single drink on the menu by the time we left, and I accomplished my mission. Hehehe. I can tell you that compared to Mr Sanchos, the drinks were strong and not nearly as sweet…Paradise for the win! My notes say that the Paradise Punch and the Blue Hawaii were both good, the Caribbean Breeze tasted like butt turds (I musta been drunk at that point, hahahaha), Zombie was “ralfable” (again, I musta been drunk), and Tequilla Sunrise was “turds in a cup.” My last drink note says that the Killer Koolaid was the way to go, it won the award for best drink. As for food, I got the guac, which blew Mr Sanchos out of the water, and the shrimp tacos from the taco truck, which are the BEST shrimp tacos I have had anywhere. I am drooling right now thinking of them…
 

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21 hours ago, pirate4me2 said:

I Belize this is how the Pilots get on board when coming into port 
 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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11 hours ago, LUVMYGSDOG said:

I’m so jealous - you got to hold a sloth !

 

Loving the review!

 

Kim

Thanks Kim!

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Just an update, I am awaiting a moderator to review my last segment I posted (Cozumel)....for some reason it popped up that a mod would have to approve it, not sure why. Maybe I posted too many photos with it...I dunno. Until that gets approved I wont be posting anymore, as I do not want to get ahead of myself in the review. Not sure how long it will take, it's been 2 days now.

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2 hours ago, LUVMYGSDOG said:

They need to hurry along - I want more review!😀😀

 

Kim

It looks like it's posted now! That means tonight I will add more!

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In between drinking and eating food to soak up the alcohol, Chris and I were in and out of that gorgeous pool. I did walk to the beach, which looked nice but had some seaweed in the water, which freaks me out. I know, seaweed is no big deal, but I HATE the feeling of anything brushing my leg in the water. They had some lovely hammocks to lie in, as well as an inflatable water park that you pay extra for. I decided that the pool was the way to go and stayed there.

 

At 2:45 I decided that I had better leave before my poor liver died from exhaustion, so we paid our server his tip and got a taxi back to the ship. We were onboard at 3:15, and after I took a shower I passed out for a bit. When I woke up at 7, my tummy was telling me that food was a necessity unless I wanted to re-taste the drinks I had consumed earlier, but I was in no shape for the MDR so we went to Lido and I got my tomato and mozzarella sandwich. We finished eating, then headed down to the comedy lounge for the 8:30show with Michael Macy. He was really funny! One thing that I liked, but that others griped about, was that in between each comedy set they were clearing the lounge for sanitation to help keep any sickness at bay. Chris and I did not mind this, but others were really complaining. Really peeps? At least they are trying to keep sickness at bay!

 

We headed to the piano bar at 9:10 to sing along with Davey, and Kyndall swung by on her way to the 80’s Rock & Glo party on Lido. Finally around 10:15 I decided that my poor body was exhausted from processing all the liquor, so I headed to bed, and I am sure that tonight I was probably the bear!

 

In the port area...

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Walking the pier

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Sisters in port

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Hello, old friend! 

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It’s my last day of my cruise! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

Unfortunately, we couldn’t sleep in today like I wanted as John Heald’s event schedule said that the FFS  #3 T-shirt and gift pickup was 8-10 in the comedy lounge. I figured that with 650 people in the group, it was probably best to get there early so we were not waiting in line for forever. We had a little wait when we got there at 8:10, but not bad. The gift was a nice backpack that I put to use the next day as we disembarked…it was great to stick my clean clothes in so they didn’t stink after being in the suitcase with dirties!

 

We dropped the shirt and backpack back in the cabin, then headed for our usual morning spot. I was impressed with the barista this morning, she remembered that yesterday we had forgotten our punch card when we got our coffees and she gave us the 2 punches from those, which got us a free coffee today! I gave her the amount of the free coffee as a tip for remembering us, I mean, she didn’t have to do that! My iced mochaccino was delish, I have decided that is my go-to drink.

 

We went to Sea Day brunch and I got some eggs Benedict, which were good. I decided that I needed some more quality time with my balcony, so while Chris packed I sat out there and read. We had reservations for lunch at the steakhouse at noon, so we headed there for the special Valentine’s Day lunch they were offering. I got the drink special, the Parisian Romance, which was good, and Chris and I both got the crab cake as an appetizer. It was phenomenal, as was the little beef slider on a biscuit that was given as a chef’s compliment. The filet mignon that I got for my main was OK, but not nearly as good as the first evening, but the blueberry sauce they had for it was really good! That was the only sauce option. My pretzel onion rings on the side were delicious, but Chris’s cauliflower was the winner. The dessert they offered was a cream brulee, which was really, really good! We also had a free photo taken, which was given to us at the end of our meal.

 

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I love the view from an aft balcony

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Lido on a sea day 

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I had hoped to catch Kyndall’s version of the Love & Marriage show at 1:00, but I had a feeling we would miss it due to the Valentine’s lunch at the steakhouse. I was right, we didn’t get out until 1:20, so I headed back to the balcony for more reading until it was time for John Heald’s farewell party in the main lounge at 3:30. We had a big group photo taken, and cocktails and little appetizers (the broccoli cheese bites were yummy), and then we went to hang in the atrium until the Platinum & Diamond Reunion at 5:15. We followed that with dinner at 6 to help soak up some of the alcohol, and the caprese was wonderful as always. I wish I could make that at home, I can’t master the balsamic! 

The cornmeal crusted chicken was yummy, and I got the cheese plate for my “dessert.”

 

We finished packing after dinner, then went to the atrium for Kyndall’s farewell party at 8:30. It was fun, and since tomorrow was going to be an early day (priority was to meet at 7:15 in the Renoir MDR) I went to bed at 9:30. I couldn’t believe my cruise was over!

 

The blue margarita was icky 

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White Russian!

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The sun is setting on my cruise 😞

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Caprese, yummy!

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Chris and I were up bright and early at 6:00. I stepped out on the balcony and saw we were in Miami, and soon Carnival Sensation began docking behind us. It looked like another busy day for PortMiami, with quite a few ships unloading the previous week’s passengers and loading new ones!

 

It was advertised for Platinum and Diamond passengers to meet in the Renoir MDR (deck 3 forward) at 7:15 for priority disembarkation, but since we were ready at 6:40 I told Chris “Let’s  head on down.” He was a little grumpy and all “Why, we can wait right here!” and I told him “Just get your stuff (another word may have been used for that, I am NOT a morning person, especially on disembarkation day!) together and let’s go!” He begrudgingly followed me down, and the Conquest team had a nice, organized system going….file into the MDR, go to the end of the line of luggage and place yours there, and then take a seat. Your luggage saves your spot in line.

 

Turns out, I am glad we went down when we did…at 7:15, we were walking off the ship! If we had waited until that time we would have been waiting for everyone else already in the MDR to exit. I may despise Miami, but I have to admit…they have the embark and debark process down pat…and they should, with all the ships they handle each week! We never stopped moving from the time we began walking out of the MDR to the time we got to the curb outside of the terminal. The new facial recognition system if you have a passport is AWESOME, I hardly glanced at the little iPad-type thingy and it turned green so I could go thru….sweet!

 

Like I said, PortMiami is efficient, and we were standing on the sidewalk outside the terminal at 7:23. I called is an Uber, and by 7:44 we were back at EB Hotel, loading our bags into Rammit (Chris’s truck). Our drive home was long, but safe, and we were greeted by 2 wiggly Aussiegators and 4 scorned kitty cats when we opened the door to our house. I still don’t’ think the cats have forgiven us for “abandoning” them…

 

If anyone has any questions, ask away, I will do my best to answer them! Unfortunately, this will be my last review on the boards until DECEMBER, as I am jumping ship and trying a new cruise line for my next cruise. I have to admit that I am excited to branch out from Carnival, as much as I love them I feel we need to experience something new to keep cruising “fresh” for us. Our past few cruises we have been a little bored with the onboard activities, so we decided that this year and next we will try a few different lines and see what we think. However, we do have the Legend partial Canal transit booked for December, and a reunion cruise with some friends on the Breeze next year, so we are not abandoning Carnival completely!

 

Until next time…Bon Voyage everyone!

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So what line are you cruising with next?

I've loved your posts thanks. Nice endured two days of people telling me we're insane to be going on the Conquest leaving Saturday.   Your posts are making me super excited that is 

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6 hours ago, dreadpirate3 said:

I love your drink reviews and notes! 😀


Thank you! Sometimes when I go back and read my “drunk” notes I just have to shake my head. 
 

49 minutes ago, HWC_Mom said:

So what line are you cruising with next?

I've loved your posts thanks. Nice endured two days of people telling me we're insane to be going on the Conquest leaving Saturday.   Your posts are making me super excited that is 

 

We will be trying MSC Seaside come September. I love Carnival, but I’m excited for a change of pace! 
Enjoy your cruise! 

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Bravo! Thanks for another awesome review. Looking forward to your MSC review. 😎

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What was the cost of the all inclusive at Paradise Beach? Does it include all foods listed on the menu as well as anything from the Taco Truck? I have never seen the hammock area before. Is it new and is it only if you're doing the all inclusive?

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I've really enjoyed MSC.  I did 3 consecutive cruises on them last year - Divina, Armonia (to Cuba) and Armonia again.  I just got an offer for a FREE cruise and, of course, since it's tax season and I've yet to retire, I can't go. 😒

 

Divina was gorgeous, but just too much ship for me.  I loved Armonia.  Don't care that she's old and smaller.  Had good food & good service both times.  And it's just so great when you board a ship you were on 6 months prior and one of the bar servers sees you and remembers you!

 

Do be prepared to sail with many non-US passengers, but I rather enjoy that, too.  And I'd rather hear announcements in 5 languages than a Carnival CD that has to end the sales pitches with a cutesy little sign-off phrase/noise.

 

Girl, you really need to get over this fear of flying.  I mean, I don't like it, but I'm flying RDU-FLL on SW for my HAL sailing on 4/21 for $64!  It's a 2 hr non-stop flight that gets in about 9:10.  I use a shuttle service when sailing from Miami and I'm still at the port before boarding starts.  No luggage fees.  It's just so easy.

 

I've got to check out that Miami hotel, though!  Sailing Breeze next January out of Miami, so may splurge.  But probably not!  I'm too cheap! 😁

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14 hours ago, grandmarnnurse said:

Excellent review! Can’t wait for your others. 


Thank you!

13 hours ago, Jamman54 said:

Bravo! Thanks for another awesome review. Looking forward to your MSC review. 😎

 

Thanks for following along Jeff! 

10 hours ago, 4hunters said:

Great review!  Thanks for taking the time to write it. 👍


Thanks for reading!! 

9 hours ago, 1cruisingal said:

What was the cost of the all inclusive at Paradise Beach? Does it include all foods listed on the menu as well as anything from the Taco Truck? I have never seen the hammock area before. Is it new and is it only if you're doing the all inclusive?


It was $63 per person, all food listed on menu and taco truck included. All drinks except yards, shots, and Red Bull included. As for the hammocks, I think anyone could use them. 
 

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6 hours ago, NCTribeFan said:

I've really enjoyed MSC.  I did 3 consecutive cruises on them last year - Divina, Armonia (to Cuba) and Armonia again.  I just got an offer for a FREE cruise and, of course, since it's tax season and I've yet to retire, I can't go. 😒

 

Divina was gorgeous, but just too much ship for me.  I loved Armonia.  Don't care that she's old and smaller.  Had good food & good service both times.  And it's just so great when you board a ship you were on 6 months prior and one of the bar servers sees you and remembers you!

 

Do be prepared to sail with many non-US passengers, but I rather enjoy that, too.  And I'd rather hear announcements in 5 languages than a Carnival CD that has to end the sales pitches with a cutesy little sign-off phrase/noise.

 

Girl, you really need to get over this fear of flying.  I mean, I don't like it, but I'm flying RDU-FLL on SW for my HAL sailing on 4/21 for $64!  It's a 2 hr non-stop flight that gets in about 9:10.  I use a shuttle service when sailing from Miami and I'm still at the port before boarding starts.  No luggage fees.  It's just so easy.

 

I've got to check out that Miami hotel, though!  Sailing Breeze next January out of Miami, so may splurge.  But probably not!  I'm too cheap! 😁


Hearing you talk highly of MSC really encouraged me to branch out and try them. That, and the status match program is nice! I just pulled the trigger and booked 2 more cruises with them for next year, Divina and Mera!

 

ugh I know I’ve got to get over the fear of flying...I want to cruise Hawaii, Alaska, and it would make the trip to Miami much shorter! Anyone know where I can get some special gummies to help with anxiety? KIDDING...maybe...

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Another great review! Especially loved your review of the drinks at Paradise beach 🙂 

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