A great boat, but lacking in some areas.

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 12, 2010
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

The boat is awesome. Of the 4 cruises I have gone on, this boat was the best. The main theater was 3 stories high and had stadium seating. This was a refreshing change from the low ceiling, flat theaters on other ships I've been on.

The entertainment in the theater, was however pretty poor. It seemed like the performers (singers and dancers in the productions shows) were very new. They were out of sync on their dancing and there was really no storyline to any of the performances. There was only 1 male and 1 femaile singer...none of the other dancers did any singing or speaking. It was just a compilation of songs with (poorly) coreographed dancing. After the first few songs of each performance, it got very boring and more of the same.

There was a comedy club where they had about 4 different commedians that performed nearly every night several shows. I only attended the family friendly shows, but none of them were "great". They each got a few good laughs out of me, but overall weren't very funny.

One of the cool things on the boat was the Karaoke with a live band. That was a cool experience. The band was good and made the Karaoke experience much better than those MIDI players I've seen on other cruises.

The buffets were all very poor. The selection was slim and none of the hot food was very good. Fruit also was not as fresh as other cruises I've been on.

The food in the main dining room was good for dinner (again, not as good as other cruise lines, but still, I did not have any bad meals for dinner). Breakfast and lunch were just average.

The service on the ship was good, but again not as "Outstanding" as say Royal Caribbean or others. Waiter/Attendants paid special attention to our young children, which was nice, and they were very accommodating with special food orders, but I've been spoiled in the past where waiters would seed the lemons they put on the table and just go the extra mile in about every aspect.

This ship had the nicest, biggest staterooms of any cruise I've been on. We had outside rooms on floor 1 (about the cheapest you can get) and they were awesome. They had a king bed and a couch/bed. With my wife and 2 children, we were very comfortable in the room. We also sailed with my parents who got an adjoining room...this was awesome! The kids stayed in our room, but we kept the doors open between the rooms open when we wanted to go out and they could hear them if they stirred after asleep. This allowed my wife and I to go out without the kids at night and let Grandma watch them from the next room.

I wasn't crazy about the itinerary. We had 2 days at sea, then 3 days in a row at ports, then another day at sea. I would have preferred 1 day at sea, 1 day at port, next day at sea, etc.

It is true what they say, Carnival is targeted at the younger, party croud. Some of the production shows had only 1 showtime for the day...10PM. We didn't end up going to any of those late shows, because 1: The shows weren't that good, and 2: It was too late for kids or old people. We did see a lot of old people on the cruise, but I suspect it was due to the price or convenience of the port and they probably did not get to enjoy the full "Cruise" experience.

Overall, this was a great cruise and I have no MAJOR complaints. We had fun, the room was kept clea, the ports were great.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


1 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Everyone in Jamaica "love" tourists. They tell you it over and over how much they "love" you. However, after a while it seems very insincere and they are just trying to butter you up to get your money. We took a taxi from the port and he said it would be $10/person (There were 6 of us) to take us on a little site-seeing tour or Montego Bay. He took us around for about 15 minutes and up to this beautiful lookout hotel that used to be a slavemaster's home. He then said, "Hey mon, this is much more tour than I can give for $10/person...I have to charge you $20/person." I guess I could have fought with him about it, but you never know what is going to happen in these foreign countries. We were miles away from the port now and would have had to find another taxi to take us back with no guaruntee it would have been any cheaper. So, I reluctantly paid the extra cost, but didn't tip him...btw, the taxi driver's name is Leroy Brown.
3 out of 5
Cozumel seems to be the best port in Mexico. We rented a vehicle to drive around, but I would give a warning...stick to the major rental brands...Avis, Alamo, etc. With 6 of us, the big guys were out of vehicles that would fit us all and we ended up at a dive around the corner and rented a vehicle that we wondered if it would get us back. Also buying the insurance on the rental cost $20 and had a deductable of 10% of the vehicle value. Gladly, we did not have to put the insurance to the test, but I can only imagine who and how its decided what 10% of the value of the vehicle is equal to.
5 out of 5
We took a taxi to a local beach and it was awesome. The sand was great and the surf was calm enough for my 1 year old daughter to sit and play in the waves. Both of my kids got to swim in the ocean with my for the first time...truely awesome!
Don't Miss: Beach about 2 miles west of the port. Pool and cabana use available.

Pros: Awesome room, Great Theater, Great Boat Overall.

Cons: The Buffet was lousy, Service aboard was not as "Personalized" as other cruise lines.

Recommends Carnival Conquest? Yes!

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