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I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of the ship. I was located in cabin 6379 which was conveniently located within easy walking distance of elevators, near the middle of the ship. Standard balcony cabin for Carnival which is spacious for one and adequate for two - not sure how those with more cope unless you each sit on your own beds for relaxation. Nassau : This was my second visit to Nassau and I wanted to spend time in the Straw Market. It's worth having a good wander around this and getting away from the stalls at the edge which are more mass-produced items to those in the centre where you may well see ladies working at their craft. Invest in a purchase or two of straw work and engage with the lady who made it for you. My US$20 basket was made by a 78-year old lady who told me how she had previously worked but now made baskets to keep her fingers nimble and how it got her out of the house, Half Moon Cay : Definitely one for the beach fans. I took a walk around the back access road in the hope of finding a little solitude - which I did for a while in one of the shelters (presumably where you can wait for the shuttle back to the dock if you've walked too far) but it didn't last long. I didn't spend much time ashore and rather appreciated the balcony of my cabin instead. Grand Turk : A selection of shops, cafes and bars but mainly a beach stop again. You can get your passport stamped at the 'post office' here but it's not much of a stamp. I made the mistake of getting off ship for the second time just before sunset (a real struggle as none of the gangways are left open for those wishing to depart so you have to battle the returning crowds). I wanted to get some sunset photos and photos of the ship lit up - unfortunately, the mosquitos had other thoughts, so if this is something you'd like to do here, be sure to use bug repellant. Amber Cove : Open some 5 years, this is a purpose-built port for the cruise ships. Great selection of shops, cafes and bars where I enjoyed a lovely iced coffee. As it's purpose built, the Amber Cove sign is strategically placed to ensure your cruise ship is in the background. Additionally, there's a large pool complex here which is free of charge. This is because there is no beach at this stop. One of the reasons I cruise Carnival out of the USA (I'm a UK resident) is because I enjoy playing craps, which we don't have in the UK. So cruising this way I get two holidays in one. Maria (from Russia) was an excellent dealer in the casino - I look forward to seeing her on Carnival Glory in January 2019. Like other patrons, I do wish Carnival would remove smoking from their casinos instead of making it the only interior space for smoking. As craps players, we were slightly spoiled as none of the regular players smoked and it was the 4th evening of the cruise before any smoker joined us. The first couple of evenings they had new dealers for craps learning alongside the more experienced staff. It's important for players to remember that we rely on these people to be able to play and we do need to give them opportunity to practice their craft. I ate in the Monet Restaurant for breakfast - service was good. In the evenings I ate in the Renoir Restaurant, sometimes solo and sometimes at a shared table. Antoine and Krestina were excellent here. Lunch was a selection from the Lido deck buffet - followed by a plate of cake to take back and enjoy on the balcony. I didn't participate in any of the other activities on the ship so can't comment on the entertainment in general. I did have to wait in the atrium area a couple of times for a table in Renoir Restaurant and have to say that a found the string trio rather disappointing. Their backing track was a little too loud, not allowing the strings to dominate; they barely smiled and never spoke.

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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Gillybob

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I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove.

I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of the ship.

I was located in cabin 6379 which was conveniently located within easy walking distance of elevators, near the middle of the ship. Standard balcony cabin for Carnival which is spacious for one and adequate for two - not sure how those with more cope unless you each sit on your own beds for relaxation.

Nassau : This was my second visit to Nassau and I wanted to spend time in the Straw Market. It's worth having a good wander around this and getting away from the stalls at the edge which are more mass-produced items to those in the centre where you may well see ladies working at their craft. Invest in a purchase or two of straw work and engage with the lady who made it for you. My US$20 basket was made by a 78-year old lady who told me how she had previously worked but now made baskets to keep her fingers nimble and how it got her out of the house,

Half Moon Cay : Definitely one for the beach fans. I took a walk around the back access road in the hope of finding a little solitude - which I did for a while in one of the shelters (presumably where you can wait for the shuttle back to the dock if you've walked too far) but it didn't last long. I didn't spend much time ashore and rather appreciated the balcony of my cabin instead.

Grand Turk : A selection of shops, cafes and bars but mainly a beach stop again. You can get your passport stamped at the 'post office' here but it's not much of a stamp. I made the mistake of getting off ship for the second time just before sunset (a real struggle as none of the gangways are left open for those wishing to depart so you have to battle the returning crowds). I wanted to get some sunset photos and photos of the ship lit up - unfortunately, the mosquitos had other thoughts, so if this is something you'd like to do here, be sure to use bug repellant.

Amber Cove : Open some 5 years, this is a purpose-built port for the cruise ships. Great selection of shops, cafes and bars where I enjoyed a lovely iced coffee. As it's purpose built, the Amber Cove sign is strategically placed to ensure your cruise ship is in the background. Additionally, there's a large pool complex here which is free of charge. This is because there is no beach at this stop.

One of the reasons I cruise Carnival out of the USA (I'm a UK resident) is because I enjoy playing craps, which we don't have in the UK. So cruising this way I get two holidays in one. Maria (from Russia) was an excellent dealer in the casino - I look forward to seeing her on Carnival Glory in January 2019. Like other patrons, I do wish Carnival would remove smoking from their casinos instead of making it the only interior space for smoking. As craps players, we were slightly spoiled as none of the regular players smoked and it was the 4th evening of the cruise before any smoker joined us. The first couple of evenings they had new dealers for craps learning alongside the more experienced staff. It's important for players to remember that we rely on these people to be able to play and we do need to give them opportunity to practice their craft.

I ate in the Monet Restaurant for breakfast - service was good. In the evenings I ate in the Renoir Restaurant, sometimes solo and sometimes at a shared table. Antoine and Krestina were excellent here.

Lunch was a selection from the Lido deck buffet - followed by a plate of cake to take back and enjoy on the balcony.

I didn't participate in any of the other activities on the ship so can't comment on the entertainment in general. I did have to wait in the atrium area a couple of times for a table in Renoir Restaurant and have to say that a found the string trio rather disappointing. Their backing track was a little too loud, not allowing the strings to dominate; they barely smiled and never spoke.
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Balcony
Cabin 8D 6379
Standard balcony cabin. King bed configuration as there was only me to enjoy the space. Plenty of hanging space and hangers - even for two people. Standard en-suite shower room. Carnival have now removed the small square shower mat which seems to be a pointless exercise in penny saving as instead I simply used one of the hand towels.
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