First Cruise - Some issues
Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Review SummaryThis was my familys first cruise and the experience did not start like we had hoped.
The boarding process was long (about 2-3 hours). We arrived by bus at the port in Galveston, TX about 12:30pm and did not get on board until 3pm. The line to get through security and then to get Sail & Sign cards took forever.
Once on board we were sort of mystified. There was no one to direct us as to where to go and what to do. We were left to our own devises to figure out where our room was and what to do next. Very unsettling! I will say things did get a better.
So, the beginning did not start very well, but the rest was fine (for the most part).
We found our room on Deck 11 (Spa Deck). It was great; a family suite with a floor to ceiling window. King size bed for the wife and I, and two twin beds (in a buck style) for out two girls (2yrs old / 8 yrs old). Plenty of storage for our things. The only thing lacking was outlets. There is only one 120v outlet on the dresser (so bring extension cord if needed).
During the cruise the kids spent lots of time with Camp Carnival. This was at their request. They loved the activities and the counselors. I highly recommend the program.
Jamaica (Sunset Beach): We did not do a Ship sponsored excursion. Instead we chose to go to Sunset beach. Cab ride is about $3 per person over to the resort. $40 for adults, $20 for kids for the day. All you can eat / drink .. And you get use of ocean, water park. Very enjoyable and away from all the bad elements of the island. Kids had a blast.
Grand Cayman Island (Pirates Cruise) : We did the 2 hr pirates cruise with the kids. Again, a very enjoyable experience. Kids got to scrub the deck and then everyone had the option to walk the plank and swim in the ocean (life vest mandatory).
Mexico Cozumel (Mayan Ruins of Tulum) : WARNING!!! This is not a kid friendly excursion as printed by Carnival. Long trip to the runs (1 hrs), somewhat of a walk to the bus and then again at the ruins. Little legs will struggle with the distance. If you take your kids (younger then 5 bring a stroller!). Some of the shop merchants are a little pushy. Ruins are great once you get there and the Ocean behind them are beautiful. Because out ship was an hour late getting into port and because of issues with our 2yr old we did not get to swim in the ocean.
Rest of the trip was fantastic. We got back to port early. A lot of people said to not put bags outside of your room the night before. But since we had time on Sunday we did. No issues, in fact is was great. Boat docked and began letting people off by 7:30. We were off the boat by 8:30, through customs and on the bus by 9:15. Got to the airport so early we were able to catch the 11:50 flight to Colorado.
Food and Dining
Note: You can leave your kids on board and do an excursion without them.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Camp Carnival
Cons: Mayan Ruin of Tulium