A milestone birthday. Easter break from school. Yearning for warm weather and new adventures. Those thoughts eventually led me to book a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Conquest, sailing out of New Orleans.
I chose New Orleans because we’ve been to Florida several times so I wanted the kids to experience a new city. And boy, did we. In just a day, we hopped off the plane, left our bags at the hotel before check-in and went straight to a cemetery tour.
After the tour, we checked in to the Doubletree downtown and were excited to find that our room opened up to the rooftop pool but then quickly changed our tune when the water turned out to be pretty chilly.
We wandered around to find some good seafood for dinner and ended up seeing a couple of wedding parties pass by. This looks like such a fun tradition! We of course had to stop by Café du Monde for some beignets, too.
The next morning, we headed to the port. The check-in and boarding process was fairly easy, and we went to the Lido deck to await our room checkin. We already had our bathing suits on (from doing my research ahead of time) and I did see a few kids having a fit because they couldn’t go in the pool.
The first two days were sea days so spent our time getting to know the ship, and the kids were thrilled to have the kids club and meet new friends.
It’s hard to complain when the most difficult part of your vacation is finding a deck chair so you can sit in the sun!
Up next: Carnival cruise ports!