7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 02, 2011 Ship: Carnival Conquest Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was our first cruise. Overall had a great time, enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Loved our wait staff and food in dinner dining room; sat with them every night and enjoyed the "showtime" dancing/singing each evening. The buffet-style breakfast/lunch was good but not comparable to the excellent dinner (waiter-served) food. Occasionally had waiter-served breakfast which was good too.
5 out of 5
Much to choose from each day at sea and every night. Funny comedians (albeit "dirty" at adult-only shows).
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Almost all staff we encountered were friendly/smiling and always willing to help, save for having to endure a 2nd night of little sleep (ref Stateroom Quality above).
5 out of 5
Mostly great, save for the last day when disembarking the ship could have run smoother.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Giving this one 3/6 smiles: 0/0 for the first room and 3/3 for the second one. The first room was unacceptably shaky due to being on top of the engines (2nd deck, facing rear of ship). IMHO rooms in that entire row should not be sold due to vibrations/noise generated by the engines. Water wasn't choppy and it wasn't stormy, so the ship had to be causing it. Requested different room on 2nd day and was moved on the 3rd day after someone else confirmed their cancellation. The 2nd room (1st deck, near front of ship) was MUCH better, no vibrations, much quieter. Was compensated for our trouble, including bottle of champagne.
Did the "Turtle Farm/Hell/Stingray" excursion via Carnival. The "Hell" stop was a bit hurried (only 15 mins) but interesting; the turtle farm was neat but also a bit hurried for what we saw (~30 mins); swimming with the stingrays was very enjoyable, and timing was spot-on. IMHO they should make this a two-stop excursion instead of squeezing in the 3rd just to have it in the offering.
Did a snorkeling trip via Orbitz; besides thinking we were going to miss the departure (their directions were unclear), we enjoyed the snorkeling at 2 locations and also the fresh guacamole and margaritas (beer was also offered).
We did the Croyton Plantation excursion via Carnival and enjoyed the tour. The bus trip was a bit daunting given how Jamaicans in that area live/drive, but it was still fun for me. The various snacks/drinks were well-timed and delicious; lunch was also tasty and filling.
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