All in all, a good trip
Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: June 14, 2009
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was clean, and well cared for, for an older ship. It is not as outlandishly decorated as some of the ones out of Miami. THe staff was excellent, on all levles. They train them well.
As a 58 y.o. person, they gave me a room with lumpy BUNK beds. My arms could reach across the room. I went down to request a different room, and they refused (ever so diplomatically) 3 times. Climbing out of the bed on their flimsy ladder, I fell and sprained my ankle.
There is always food available, at nites consisting of pizza and burgers. They serve you whatever you want on the menu, and will bend over backwards to get you what you ask. DO listen to your waiter's recommendations. Their soups are generally good. I think that they need new chefs. They can take a perfectly good steak, shrimp, or other nice peice of entre and make it taste only fair.
There didn't seem to be a whole lot of nite life on the boat. Although there were a lot of different ages and socioeconomic levels of people, there really didn't seem to be a whole lot of singles activity, excepting in the teenage groups. People were all friendly and open.
I liked this boat better than the Royal Carribean Lines, because the age group seemed younger, and a little more lively. Food was definitely better on the RCL. I have been on the RCL and Carnival out of Galveston 5 times, with a male friend. Neither of us is "hamburger" and we have never hooked up with a female. I have always met women when cruising out of Florida.
One thing that dorve me nuts is that there was only one small place on the boat, that you can find peace and quiet on deck. It is the 3rd floor near the Pursers counter. Otherwise day and night, you are tormented by tinny music. They should make some place on the boat where you can find peace and quiet-- one of the reasons to take a cruise is to enjoy the wind and nature from the boat.
Pools: there were two, very, very small. one had a thousand chairs lined around it, so that you could bake in the sun all day. Very little shade, and summertime is hot.
PORTS: The reason that I chose this itinerary, is because it stopped in Key West, yes Key West. People are nice. They speak English, and they don't try to screw you. Jamaica is the worst-don't get off the boat. Cozumel is one large scam. they even charge you to take pictures at the Mayan ruins, There are no deals. Freeport is not worth getting off the ship. Nassau had a nice beach. GO around the back of the hotel to the public beach to avoid paying $60 for the Paradise Island hotel "beach and lunch". Caymens is a good place to get off, as long as you don't sign up for one of the boat "diving trips". Every trip offered by the cruise ship, is MUCH less if you simply get off the ship, in port, and ask the many locals offering the exact same service.
The day before you arrive back home, the boat's stores start offering discounted prices, so save your shopping for the last full day.
Liquors and sodas will get you, so bring yours on board, in your luggage.
Carnival has been doing this for years, and they have it down to an art. It is the low cost provider, but you definitely get your money's worth.
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Service and Staff
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Pros: service, food availability
Cons: the room