Carnival Conquest Port Reviews – Part II – Grand Cayman This was by far the most entertaining port of the cruise. You could entertain yourself right there for hours (if you like to shop, eat and drink). This is a tender port (which means you dock out in the ocean and take a cute little boat over to land). They had us a little stressed out thinking we were going to miss the boat. I think they just like to scare you to give you a sense of urgency. Once we got on the boat we had to sit there until it filled up. We had plenty of time. Don’t let them stress you out when you are supposed to be on a relaxing vacation. Our excursion at this port was the Dolphin Encounter and Turtle Farm. This was so much fun!! We took a short bus ride to the Turtle Farm. (They are right across the street from each other.) If you like animals you will love this!!! The turtles were gorgeous. The highlight was getting to hold the baby turtles. Precious!!!! Taylor would have paid thousands to take one home with her. The bigger ones were cool too, but not quite as cuddly. This one smacked me across the mouth with his flipper. I have to say they are very strong. That hurt like heck. Next we walked across the street to swim with the dolphins. We got to do several activities with them. You do have to do a little bit of swimming but other than that it’s just standing there by them. The one thing I wish I would have known…they tell you that you have to leave your camera in the locker and buy the pictures that they take for you. There were 2 people in our group that had cameras. :/ We had to pay for our pictures. They were really expensive so we just bought one of each of us. They put them on a cd for you. They have Margaritaville, tons of shops and it looked like you could easily spend hours there. We only had a little bit of time after the excursion so we just went to the shop at Margaritaville and window shopped in a few of the jewelry stores. Next up will be my absolute favorite…Xcaret.In case you missed our 1st stop…JamaicaAnd our last stop…Cozumel Today’s Leopard Find: Pet Furniture …
As I was trying to prepare our itinerary for our next cruise (and after the overwhelming success of my Disney World Dining Tips) I thought it might help some of you to recap the ports and excursions of my last cruise. We took the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
The picture above was our view from the ship. It was definitely the prettiest port to look at from afar. After researching every possible excursion on the list we decided to skip Jamaica. I was so disappointed because I’d never been, but every excursion sounded absolutely miserable. Since we were going into Montego Bay instead of Ocho Rios, all of the excursions that we wanted to do involved long bus rides. So instead we decided to just shop at the port.
Back from a fun but totally exhausting week at Walt Disney World. It was a fabulous trip. We have now done almost all of the character meals. I thought I would share my rankings with y’all. Here they are from best to worst. I listed the characters we saw to give you an idea but they are all subject to change. The Disney dining plan is a must.
Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at the 1900 Park Fare at The Grand Floridian - Breakfast with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Buffet style with an omelet station, Mickey waffles, mini pancakes, pecan rolls, strawberry soup and vanilla sauce. Easy to get to by the monorail.
Chef Mickey Breakfast at the Contemporary Resort. Breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Chip ‘n Dale and Goofy. Premium Fruit Bar: Seasonal melon and fresh fruit display, assorted flavored yogurts and more. Cereal Selections: Almond granola, Frosted Flakes, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, hot oatmeal and grits. Breakfast Specialties: scrambled eggs, Pluto’s cheese blintz, 3 cheese omelet, Chef’s daily omelet, Corned Beef hash with cornbread, Goofy’s veggie lasagna, Mickey waffles, cheese potatoes with bacon, Breakfast potatoes, bacon & sausage links, Minnie’s breakfast pizza, Challah French toast, pancakes with a variety of toppings, and buttermilk biscuits with country gravy. Pastry Chef’s Creations: bagels, chocolate croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls, Rice Krispie treats, peach cobbler, warm bread pudding, assorted danishes and more. The kids get to twirl their napkins over their heads whenever they start their music. Easy to get to by the Monorail.
‘Ohana at the Polynesian. Breakfast with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. Family style with scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, smoked bacon and a variety of fresh fruits and breads. Parade for the kids.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Dinner with Mickey, Goofy, Chip ‘n Dale. Dinner includes BBQ smoked ribs, smoked chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. Lots of entertainment. Where else do you get a chance to dance with your favorite characters?