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New Iberia

Ivan and I woke up around 8 am on March 14, 2010.  We had already arrived in Galveston, Texas.  Ivan went to the buffet to get some breakfast omelets for us.  We ate them in our room. 

We used the internet.  The announcer let us know that Megan Ham had now left the cruise ship.  We had a great time on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship.  Cruises are a lot of fun! 

I had packed the night before.  Ivan packed up all his things.  We left at 10:35 am.  We got into the line for Customs.  Ivan was in a different line – the Non US citizens line.

One of the Customs guys asked me some questions.  He asked if I was traveling alone.  I said No, I’m traveling with my boyfriend.  He asked Where is he?  I said he’s in that line (the Non US citizens line) and pointed at Ivan.   He said that he would talk to him.  He went over to Ivan and asked him some questions.  Then, he took him to a room.  I was worried about this.  I was thinking the worst like What they deport him?  Then I thought How am I going to drive back to Las Vegas by myself?  Hehe.  I was almost crying.  I really do have a wild imagination.  He did come out maybe 15-20 minutes later. 

He said that they asked about if he gambled on the boat.  They said they have video.  Ivan didn’t gamble at all.  I’m not sure why gambling would be an issue.  I think they were just trying to scare him or something.  But, Ivan said the main guy who pulled him in the room was nice.  There was a black guy in there as well who “tried” to be intimidating.  Ivan thought he watched too many tv cop shows.  I was relieved everything was okay.

We waited for the shuttle to take us to the parking lot.  Ivan started driving the car around 11:45 pm.  We were leaving Galveston, Texas to head to New Iberia, Louisiana.  New Iberia is about 20 miles from Lafayette.

We had to wait for the ferry.  There was lots of cars waiting for the ferry as well.  We finally got to the other side at 1:40 pm.

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Ivan started driving.  We stopped at a Wal-Mart.  We got some food to place in our freezer bag.  I made some chicken sandwiches for us.  It’s basically whole wheat bagel bread, cajun chicken breast slices and Laughing Cow cheese.  It’s really good!

We reached New Iberia in the early evening.  We had dinner at The Boiling Point.  It’s not for it’s boiled shrimp and crawfish.  We don’t really like peeling and cracking shells so we decided to get something else.  Ivan and I shared the mini crab cakes.  We had grilled shrimp and some lovely grilled catfish.  It was really good food!

We checked in to the Ramada in New Iberia.  Thank goodness for free wi-fi!  We used the internet, watched tv and chilled in the room for the rest of the night.

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Off on the Cruise

Ivan and I woke up at 7:30 am on March 7, 2010.  We packed everything up.  Scott wanted us to wake up to say goodbye.  But, we looked to see if he was on the couch but it looked like somebody else.  I don’t like waking people up anyway. We wrote to Scott and Ryan saying thank you and goodbye.

Ivan started driving to Galveston at 8:40 am.  We had to wait for the ferry to go across.  We arrived in the parking lot around 1 pm.  Soon, we’d be off on a cruise for 7 days.  (It’s a sidetrip from our road trip of America)  There’s parking for 7 days for $50 if you book it online.  Otherwise, it’s $55 if you pay for it the same day. 

We got on the shuttle bus to the Carnival Conquest boat.  The porter take your bags.  You just tip then and they take your bags to your room.   We had to wait in line to check in.  It took about 2 hours.  We got the keys.  We dropped things off to the room.  We went to eat at the buffet at 3:15 pm.  The tilapia was really good. 

We went back to the room to wait for the bags.  It takes awhile for the bags to arrive since they come piece by piece. 

Ivan and I checked out the boat.  We saw bars, lounges and restaurants.  It’s a huge boat with 12 floors. 

We thought it was a little dizzying looking out our window and seeing the ocean go by. 

We came back to our room and it was clean.  There was also a animal made out of a towel on our bed. 

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Ivan had read about this online. 

We didn’t get an assigned time for eating.  So, we saw a long line of people at Renoir.  People were trying to get a table.  Ivan thought we’d checked out Monet.  We got a table there at 8:15 pm. 

We started off with a tasty cream of tomato soup and a gazpacho.  We shared two main courses of mahi mahi and a chicken dish with penne pasta.  The mahi mahi wasn’t very flavorful.  The chicken went perfectly with the pasta.  

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Ivan read on the internet about the cult classic favorite dessert the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake.  It’s so heavenly!  The ice cream that comes with it isn’t much though. 

We went to see the Welcome Aboard show.  There was lots of dancing. The cruise director Chris is English.  He was making fun of people that were on stage (for games) but nobody really got it except a few people.

We saw Marc Rubben, a ventriloquist.  He was alright. 

Next, we joined the Around the World Tour at 11 pm.  Three guides took us to a couple bars and lounges.  We ended up singing Summer Nights from Grease at the karaoke bar.  It was guys and girls singing – each side with one microphone.  Our last stop was Henri’s Disco.  It’s the nightclub. 

There was a musical chairs game.  Eight guys volunteered and they were the chairs.  Ivan volunteered for it.  So, the guys went on all fours and the girls would sit on their backs.  I was eliminated the first round. 

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Ivan was the last guy.  I guess he won something.. but he didn’t collect it.  Here’s the video of Ivan in the musical chairs contest:

We started dancing in Henri’s for awhile.  It was pop music playing.

We walked around the boat.  Ivan wanted to go into the jacuzzi.  But, I didn’t have my swim suit with me.  We went back to Henri’s.  The music was hip hop which we don’t like – so we headed back to the room.

Ivan wanted to get some room service.  I still can’t believe it’s free.  Almost all food on board is free.  We saw a coffee shop that charges for coffee and pastries.  I guess it’s independent.  It’s just silly to pay when you can go to the buffet and get desserts, coffee and pastries for free.  We got a chicken fajita sandwich and an open faced shrimp sandwich.  It was really good!

We were so tired and went to sleep. 

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