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Transportation from FLL to Port Everglades was a cinch. There was a line to wait for taxis, but there were plenty of shuttles available too. Our cost was $10/each for a shuttle - the driver was walking down the line of passengers asking if anyone would like a shuttle instead. So, $20 plus a $5 tip to handle our luggage, wasn't so bad. On the return, we grabbed a cab that cost a total of $19, including the tip. Embarkation - oh what a mess. Our plane landed at 1 p.m., so I figured we would miss a lot of the crowds by embarking after 2 p.m. No such luck. It was an hour in one line to check our documents and then 30 minutes in the next line to check in and get our sign and sail cards. Our cabin was ready, so we immediately unloaded our carryons there. Muster was scheduled for 3:30, on floor #4. We walked up to #4 around 3:15 and grabbed some chairs in a lounge. For whatever reason, Muster started sometime after 4p.m. This was our easiest Muster ever. They pretended to do a head count and we were released. We left the port about 2 hours late. Since we skipped the Lido Lunch, we decided to go get a snack to hold us til dinner. But, everything was closed. closed. closed. and closed. nada. no pizza. nothing but the ice cream machine. Our fault for not fighting for a Lido lunch. It's not as if we were going to starve to death. There was 8 days of non-stop eating ahead of us. We chose Your Time Dining. This proved to be both a good thing and a bad thing. It was great that we could go anytime we wanted, between 5:45 and 9:30. It was good that we were able to get a table for 2 so I could be antisocial and not have to try to make conversations. It was bad that we had an average of a 30 minute wait to be served. But because we requested a certain wait staff, it took longer to clear a place in their section. And it took forever to get served. I don't know if it was as time consuming in the regular dining rooms, but dinner was a 2 to 2.5 hour marathon. And there was lots of confusion as to who asked for what food, we had a lot of plate switching throughout the cruise. This happens and it's not a big deal, I was just mentioning it as a side note. Of course dinner service was interrupted 3 or 4 times so the waiters could perform their shows. Please, Carnival, if you must play loud music over the PA system, get it fixed so it's not so damn distorted! It doesn't have to sound that badly! I'm not a fan of crappy or ill-tuned and performing PA systems. It was a happy surprise to see new items on the menus. It was sad to see the same vegetarian choice every night - lentils and rice. They've added some choices from the steakhouse, like surf and turf, or special cuts of beef, with a $20 premium added to your bill. I'm fine with that. You want something off that menu and don't want the free bottle of wine and the $35/person bill, here ya go. Have lobster every night if you want. I didn't wake up early enough for breakfast most days. I had room service one morning - cereal, milk and fruit. They still have bagels and cream cheese, but no lox. You want lox, they have it in the deli. I had room service most days for lunch - tuna, salad, veggies. They have new options that come with a price tag from $1.50 - $6 for wings, fried shrimp, and some other choices. I'm fine with those charges too. If they keep their cruise prices low, they gotta get their bucks elsewhere. Here are other cutbacks they made: table linens in the dining rooms only on formal nights, no extra plates and silverware, no waiter with bread - it's in a basket on the table, and instead of the wait staff filling your water glasses, there's a carafe on the table. I didn't miss any of these extras. The sports bar had lots of screens, and not so many seats. They also offered some snacks for a couple of bucks. There were movies every night up on the lido at the dive in theater, I never went but it got positive reviews from my fellow passengers. The casino was tolerably smoky and I hate smoke, but managed to stay away from it. The show cast was about as amateur as always. Singers were out of tune and there was major echo effects on their vocals, so the bad notes just lingered and lingered and never got better. The dancing was simplistic and mostly out of sync. The backing instrumental and vocal tracks were awesome. Kudos to the studio musicians. The sound technician in the main performance hall kept tight control on the volume and it was rarely at an uncomfortable level. They had high tech lighting, LED screens and projectors. The technical aspects of the show were top notch, despite two computer failures on the last night. It was flashy and showy. Good work Techs! The cabin - we had an outside cabin, 2379. It was pretty stinking big and spacious. We didn't even have to put our luggage in a closet or under the beds, just up against a wall. There was one night stand with a light on them and a cabinet below. The desk area had a large mirror, 4 drawers plus a middle drawer, a built in blow dryer, a cabinet with the tv on top and the safe below it, the mini fridge below that and a few shelfs next to it. 3 closets, one with 4 shelves and a full length mirror. There's a couch that's made less for sitting and more for piling things on it. The garish pink plasticky material was pretty slick and one could easily slide off. If I actually cared about things like moldings, trim, paint and decor, I would have been disgusted. But since I don't care, I ignored it. Did I tell you about the awesome new wifi and internet? OMG! They have stepped up their game considerably and lowered the cost! In the past, we have paid 75cents/minute, chewing up 20-30 minutes simply trying to get a single email. Now there are 3 plans, $5, $10 or $20/day. Each offers unlimited time. They offer a "cruise long" price. We opted for the $20/day pass for $99 for our 8 day cruise. Wifi access was everywhere and we had no problem hooking into it with iPhones and iPads. Only one wee little drawback, only one device can access the internet at a time. Buy hey, get off the 'net, you are on vacation. I can see that if you were traveling with kids, they'd be fighting for their 15 minutes, but with just two of us, we managed to share. :-) We took advantage of the laundry special - one bag for $15. There are 4 or 5 self serve laundromats on the ship, which some folks used. Carnival is rolling out another app called The Hub. Eventually it will have the daily schedules and ship maps on it. Maybe even the dining room selections. They could save a bundle on printing if passengers could opt out on the paper copies and only receive the digital one. Seems like a no brainer. Still have the printed copies for passengers who prefer it, but let folks who like the digital format save some paper. The gym was hidden at the front of the ship on deck 10. You had to go through the spa, the steam rooms, the dressing rooms just to find it. It's well equipped with lots of treadmills, ellipticals, spinners, recumbent bikes, weight machines. Each of the cardio machines had their own tv screen and iPod dock (30 pin - bring your own lightning adapter) Comedy club was crowded. Comedians were good, not the gasp for breath, pee in your pants, bend over and try not to puke funny, but occasionally lol. We were booked to go on a 4 wheel ATV excursion, which Carnival canceled. I think they are done with the lawsuits from ATV and Jetski and maybe even some of the zipline accidents. And sadly, we lost a passenger on Day 5. He had a massive heart attack and passed away. How terrible for his family! Our cabin steward was awesome - fresh ice twice a day, quick with our extra pillow request. No complaints here. Debarkation - delays blamed on customs, long lines, 2 hours to get through, but bathrooms were close by. We chose the option to have Carnival take our checked luggage to the airport so we wouldn't have to lug it around, or try to find it in the pile of luggage prior to customs. It cost $20/person, but well worth it. We didn't have to look at the bags until we arrived at our home airport. We abandoned our cabin at the required 8:30 a.m. and headed up for breakfast. After about 30 minutes we moved down to floor #4 as customs was holding up the ship from letting passengers off. They were supposed to have started debarkation at 7 a.m., but it was closer to 9:15 before anyone left. But the lines waiting to pass through customs, whew! what a nightmare. This is the worst part about cruising - checking in and checking out. They had 4 officers passing people through and they were quick about it, but you just can't move 3000 people through at the same time. Overall, we had a really lovely time and met some wonderful staff and passengers.

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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by brendacarr

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Transportation from FLL to Port Everglades was a cinch. There was a line to wait for taxis, but there were plenty of shuttles available too. Our cost was $10/each for a shuttle - the driver was walking down the line of passengers asking if anyone would like a shuttle instead. So, $20 plus a $5 tip to handle our luggage, wasn't so bad. On the return, we grabbed a cab that cost a total of $19, including the tip.

Embarkation - oh what a mess. Our plane landed at 1 p.m., so I figured we would miss a lot of the crowds by embarking after 2 p.m. No such luck. It was an hour in one line to check our documents and then 30 minutes in the next line to check in and get our sign and sail cards.

Our cabin was ready, so we immediately unloaded our carryons there. Muster was scheduled for 3:30, on floor #4. We walked up to #4 around 3:15 and grabbed some chairs in a lounge. For whatever reason, Muster started sometime after 4p.m. This was our easiest Muster ever. They pretended to do a head count and we were released. We left the port about 2 hours late.

Since we skipped the Lido Lunch, we decided to go get a snack to hold us til dinner. But, everything was closed. closed. closed. and closed. nada. no pizza. nothing but the ice cream machine.

Our fault for not fighting for a Lido lunch. It's not as if we were going to starve to death. There was 8 days of non-stop eating ahead of us. We chose Your Time Dining. This proved to be both a good thing and a bad thing. It was great that we could go anytime we wanted, between 5:45 and 9:30. It was good that we were able to get a table for 2 so I could be antisocial and not have to try to make conversations. It was bad that we had an average of a 30 minute wait to be served. But because we requested a certain wait staff, it took longer to clear a place in their section.

And it took forever to get served. I don't know if it was as time consuming in the regular dining rooms, but dinner was a 2 to 2.5 hour marathon. And there was lots of confusion as to who asked for what food, we had a lot of plate switching throughout the cruise. This happens and it's not a big deal, I was just mentioning it as a side note.

Of course dinner service was interrupted 3 or 4 times so the waiters could perform their shows. Please, Carnival, if you must play loud music over the PA system, get it fixed so it's not so damn distorted! It doesn't have to sound that badly! I'm not a fan of crappy or ill-tuned and performing PA systems.

It was a happy surprise to see new items on the menus. It was sad to see the same vegetarian choice every night - lentils and rice. They've added some choices from the steakhouse, like surf and turf, or special cuts of beef, with a $20 premium added to your bill. I'm fine with that. You want something off that menu and don't want the free bottle of wine and the $35/person bill, here ya go. Have lobster every night if you want.

I didn't wake up early enough for breakfast most days. I had room service one morning - cereal, milk and fruit. They still have bagels and cream cheese, but no lox. You want lox, they have it in the deli.

I had room service most days for lunch - tuna, salad, veggies. They have new options that come with a price tag from $1.50 - $6 for wings, fried shrimp, and some other choices. I'm fine with those charges too. If they keep their cruise prices low, they gotta get their bucks elsewhere.

Here are other cutbacks they made: table linens in the dining rooms only on formal nights, no extra plates and silverware, no waiter with bread - it's in a basket on the table, and instead of the wait staff filling your water glasses, there's a carafe on the table. I didn't miss any of these extras.

The sports bar had lots of screens, and not so many seats. They also offered some snacks for a couple of bucks.

There were movies every night up on the lido at the dive in theater, I never went but it got positive reviews from my fellow passengers. The casino was tolerably smoky and I hate smoke, but managed to stay away from it. The show cast was about as amateur as always. Singers were out of tune and there was major echo effects on their vocals, so the bad notes just lingered and lingered and never got better. The dancing was simplistic and mostly out of sync. The backing instrumental and vocal tracks were awesome. Kudos to the studio musicians. The sound technician in the main performance hall kept tight control on the volume and it was rarely at an uncomfortable level. They had high tech lighting, LED screens and projectors. The technical aspects of the show were top notch, despite two computer failures on the last night. It was flashy and showy. Good work Techs!

The cabin - we had an outside cabin, 2379. It was pretty stinking big and spacious. We didn't even have to put our luggage in a closet or under the beds, just up against a wall. There was one night stand with a light on them and a cabinet below. The desk area had a large mirror, 4 drawers plus a middle drawer, a built in blow dryer, a cabinet with the tv on top and the safe below it, the mini fridge below that and a few shelfs next to it. 3 closets, one with 4 shelves and a full length mirror. There's a couch that's made less for sitting and more for piling things on it. The garish pink plasticky material was pretty slick and one could easily slide off.

If I actually cared about things like moldings, trim, paint and decor, I would have been disgusted. But since I don't care, I ignored it.

Did I tell you about the awesome new wifi and internet? OMG! They have stepped up their game considerably and lowered the cost! In the past, we have paid 75cents/minute, chewing up 20-30 minutes simply trying to get a single email. Now there are 3 plans, $5, $10 or $20/day. Each offers unlimited time. They offer a "cruise long" price. We opted for the $20/day pass for $99 for our 8 day cruise. Wifi access was everywhere and we had no problem hooking into it with iPhones and iPads. Only one wee little drawback, only one device can access the internet at a time. Buy hey, get off the 'net, you are on vacation. I can see that if you were traveling with kids, they'd be fighting for their 15 minutes, but with just two of us, we managed to share. :-)

We took advantage of the laundry special - one bag for $15. There are 4 or 5 self serve laundromats on the ship, which some folks used.

Carnival is rolling out another app called The Hub. Eventually it will have the daily schedules and ship maps on it. Maybe even the dining room selections. They could save a bundle on printing if passengers could opt out on the paper copies and only receive the digital one. Seems like a no brainer. Still have the printed copies for passengers who prefer it, but let folks who like the digital format save some paper.

The gym was hidden at the front of the ship on deck 10. You had to go through the spa, the steam rooms, the dressing rooms just to find it. It's well equipped with lots of treadmills, ellipticals, spinners, recumbent bikes, weight machines. Each of the cardio machines had their own tv screen and iPod dock (30 pin - bring your own lightning adapter)

Comedy club was crowded. Comedians were good, not the gasp for breath, pee in your pants, bend over and try not to puke funny, but occasionally lol.

We were booked to go on a 4 wheel ATV excursion, which Carnival canceled. I think they are done with the lawsuits from ATV and Jetski and maybe even some of the zipline accidents.

And sadly, we lost a passenger on Day 5. He had a massive heart attack and passed away. How terrible for his family!

Our cabin steward was awesome - fresh ice twice a day, quick with our extra pillow request. No complaints here.

Debarkation - delays blamed on customs, long lines, 2 hours to get through, but bathrooms were close by. We chose the option to have Carnival take our checked luggage to the airport so we wouldn't have to lug it around, or try to find it in the pile of luggage prior to customs. It cost $20/person, but well worth it. We didn't have to look at the bags until we arrived at our home airport.

We abandoned our cabin at the required 8:30 a.m. and headed up for breakfast. After about 30 minutes we moved down to floor #4 as customs was holding up the ship from letting passengers off. They were supposed to have started debarkation at 7 a.m., but it was closer to 9:15 before anyone left.

But the lines waiting to pass through customs, whew! what a nightmare. This is the worst part about cruising - checking in and checking out. They had 4 officers passing people through and they were quick about it, but you just can't move 3000 people through at the same time.

Overall, we had a really lovely time and met some wonderful staff and passengers.
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