January 2016 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest
My wife and I had both previously taken 1 Carnival cruise previously approximately 10 years ago. Perhaps it was youthful ignorance, but we both remembered the ships being nicer and food being better.
The ship seemed tired and worn and needing some TLC from the common areas to the stateroom. The first 2 days of the cruise our deck had an odor of vomit in the hallway. The smoke from the casino was nauseating and we didn't venture into it more than once for just a few minutes because of it. Also, ignorant people around the ship defied the smoking areas without repercussion. Also, good luck finding a lounger on deck if you didn't reserve one by 830am. So much for Carnival clearing chairs that were left unattended go more than 40 minutes. Breakfast and lunch buffets were very repetitive. Dinner was by far out biggest disappointment. We both used to rave about the food from our prior cruises. This time we were disappointed by both the flavors and portion sizes. Granted you can order as much as you want, but 2 florets of broccoli does not a side make. The steaks were also the smallest I have ever seen. Similar portion size issues existed with everything. With few exceptions most of the food was also lacking in any sort of compelling flavor. It's the sort of food that if we received at a restaurant we'd probably not feel compelled to ever return.
We did 2 excursions and both were fun. The airport snorkeling in St Marteen should have been billed as airplane watching and swimming as there was no point to the snorkeling because there was no reef or fish to view where the boat stopped. The Snuba in St Kitts was fun but we wish there was an option to stay at the beach longer afterward.
The best part of the cruise was the comedy shows. We went to almost all of them. The only shortcoming of them was the venue was to small for their popularity. It would have been better if they were held in the main show room.
We did both get massages and they were enjoyable. The drinks were also a bright spot as the were made quality booze in generous quantities to justify the price.