Have I mentioned how much fun we had on the Carnival Conquest?? Well, I’m saying it again…
It was all you can eat ice cream… although, C and I got a little sad when the strawberry would run out, the vanilla always made us feel better about it.
You know else made me happy? They had Bud Light Lime in the aluminum bottles… hard to find and they taste SO much better.
I really cannot say enough about our room steward. He was simply amazing. He came and introduced himself within 15 minutes of us being in our room. He was ALWAYS in the hallway and asked about our days and gave the girls hugs and high fives. He told us he had two children back home and I think the girls brightened his day a little bit. I got a little teary eyed when it was time to leave because he looked at me and said, “I’m going to miss you, Miss Rachel.” I’m definitely going to miss you too, Artuwan!!
Seriously. How precious is this picture? We stumbled across this acoustic duo in the lobby pretty early in our trip and from then on out, the girls wanted to go and listen to them play live music and dance. They were honestly, the belles of the ball. They played everything from Umbrella to Pretty Woman and I loved every minute of it.
While I will say, our dinners weren’t over the top, the food was delicious! We ate the first night at The Pointe restaurant and OH MY WORD. It was one of the best meals that I have ever had. They were amazing with the girls and I think they highly enjoyed the fancy food.
I love how caught off guard we are by the flash here…
The girls loved playing on the balcony… I honestly felt sorry for our neighbors. They would go out there all the time, and sing at the top of their lungs, thinking no one could hear them. Especially when they first woke up. Have I mentioned that my kids wake up early? Like, sleeping until 6:45 is considered sleeping late.
Gigi was nice enough to send us some treats on the ship.. She sent J and I chocolate covered strawberries and the girls candy. Oh, the excitement was too much from them!! Gigi wanted me to inform how easy it was to order and have this sent to us, even after we had set sail… she just got online and found our ship and typed in our names and voila! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.
I really can’t say enough about how awesome this vacation was… the girls are still talking about it and want to go on another ship next year!
*My family and I were given a complimentary cruise. All opinions are my own!*
Some have asked what there is to do on a cruise with small children… my answer is LOTS!!
We hung out in the EA Sports Bar a lot so Hubs could get his football fix.. Who doesn’t enjoy Jesse Palmer chowing on a sandwich?
We did a little evening swimming… I think she enjoyed being the only one in the pool and not having to worry with splashing.
They even had some pool side live music.. which apprently, my kids LOVE live music, who knew?
I just love this picture… A’s face combined with J photobombing? Priceless.
More swimming, of course! (In matching bathing suits, no less!)
Hello Kitty goggles are a MUST HAVE.
Unless you’re C… and like to wrap up in a towel and play your iPad in the shade… just like her Daddy.
A little Senor Frogs in Freeport?? Yes, please!
The girls had so much fun and there was so much to do on the ship!
**My family and I received a complimentary cruise courtesy of Carnival. All opinions are my own**
Our first Carnival Conquest stop was Key West. I told the fam that all I wanted was beignets and Key West and they better give it to me. I thought nothing of the walk from the ship down to the Southernmost Point, but we made it about halfway when everyone was complaining. So, J made the wise gametime decision to rent on of those electric cars. Best $90 he’s ever spent! We were able to breeze through the things I wanted to do in a couple of hours vs it taking all day for us to hoof it.
Shortly after these pictures, I thought Claire had erased my memory card and I almost cried. Turns out she just created a new album on the CF card. I had no clue that was even possible. I’m really glad I checked before I just chunked her in the ocean or something.
A stroll down Duval Street found us inside the Flying Monkey with a drink of some sort. Y’all would not believe how the kids thought that bar hopping was “the most boring thing ever!!” Let’s just keep it that way, reds.
No one else thought this was cool. Haters. I live with a bunch of haters.
We made it back on the boat in time for it to start raining… an excellent way to take a nap, if I must say so myself!!
*My family and I were given a complimentary Carnival cruise in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are mine.*
We got to New Orleans on Sunday with two things on the agenda: Cafe Du Monde and to get on the boat!
A stop in Jackson Square along the way? Why, of course!
There was a wait and it was a little hot outside and the girls were in full misery mode… I was just praying the rest of our trip wouldn’t be like that!! At least we had time to snap a few pictures.
I’ll be honest, the girls were not into Cafe Du Monde. At. All. It was hot and muggy and they were ready to get on the boat… until the Beignets came!!
And then it was on to the Conquest!
She loved playing with this phone.. she thought she was big stuff.
Next up?? Key West!!!
My family was given a complimentary Carnival cruise in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Here’s my phone dump of the cruise… You’re Welcome.
We also made it to the finals in an epic dodge ball tournament.. sadly, a week later, here is my battle would. It did NOT feel good when it happened. But I guess if you’re going to lose in dodgeball, it’s okay to lose to kids who are going to play baseball at South Carolina.
I’ve been pretty lucky these past few years, that none of my crazy antics haven’t ended up on the Internet. Dancing at Blissdom. Multiple times. Dancing and playing the cowbell in Key West. The list could go on. But, not anymore.
You see, I love karaoke. And the cruise ship had a karaoke bar. I finally talked everyone into going in a watching and just perusing the list to see what popped out. I, of course, had a Tom Petty or John Cougar Mellencamp song in mind, but alas, they didn’t grace the karaoke list. A binder full of the crappiest karaoke songs known to man. After scouring the 3 ring binder for SOMETHING to sing, I was ready to give up, before coming across “Fresh Prince of Bell-Air”. Of course, my alcohol had worn off and I needed a partner in crime. Enter the Hubs. I basically begged and pleaded for him to do it with me, before just pushing him and saying, “You took vows. You owe me. For better or worse…and karaoke.” So, he agreed. There were just a couple of people on the list in front of us, so we patiently awaited our turn and I may have finished off Robbie’s drink for him in the process.
We can thank Robbie for the video. Before watching the video, I should be honest. You know when people get up at karaoke bars and sing songs they don’t know the words to? Yeah, I make fun of them. Were you aware there is a different version of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that has a verse in it that NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD?! Yeah, me neither. Took us completely by surprise as we stood there like the idiots we were. I’m pretty sure someone boo’d us. So, with that, I’d like to once again thank Robbie for his mad editing skillz that edited that part out. Whew.
Also. I should stop dancing like that. I’m embarrassed for myself. Please still be my Internet friend.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I had a fantastic time on the cruise. No sickies. Just awesomeness everywhere.
Our first stop was the Bahamas and we spent the day shopping in the straw market. PSA. If you work in the straw market, and ignore me when I walk up because you are playing Candy Crush, I have a hard time bartering with you.
On our 2nd stop, we were in St Thomas, but took a boat ride to St John for some snorkeling.
Our 3rd stop was St Marrten. We took a tour bus over to the Orient Beach and our tour guide gave us the history of the island.
Here’s the worlds smallest International bridge.. since the island is split up to a French side and Dutch side.
Our Monster of a cruise ship…
We spent most of our evenings in the casino and going to the various shows all over the ship. I’d like to say I slept late, but I really didn’t. I tried to get up and get a run in before it got too hot, that is, until I got sunburned. I also spent some mornings in the spa. One in particular getting a bamboo massage… it was amazing. I wanted to bring that lady home with me. We karaoked one night (video to come!) We ate too much (I gained 7 lbs!!) and laughed even more. It only took until Tuesday for me to stop reaching for me phone. It was nice to completely unplug and I believe has helped a lot with my addiction to my phone. Not to say I’m not still addicted, but it doesn’t give me anxiety to be away from it.
The cruise gets 2 thumbs up again, and I will say, there was hand sanitizer everywhere. So, maybe there just happened to be an outbreak on the ship when we went the last time.