Our So-SO Cruise
Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: October 02, 2011
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryThis was not my 1st cruise- it was my 4th cruise on Carnival, and probably will be my last unless some changes in the way you operate are made.
Lets start off with the good:
The Cabin was well appointed and we frankly spent a lot of time in it and especially on our balcony.
The casino staff was very friendly and we enjoyed gaming on the cruise a lot.
We really liked the Dine at Your Own Time- and the Steakhouse especially.
Jamaica and Cozumel were great ports.
Now with the not so good:
Primarily (and I should have known this) the costs of beverages on your ship are high and for the amount of drinking we typically do on a vacation, they were exorbitant. I think I would be inclined to cruise again if there was an all-inclusive package such as I can find at many resort destinations. Frankly this cruise cost more all-in than it would have cost the 2 of us to stay at a 5 Star resort in Playa Del Carmen including the airfare.
The Grand Caymans is a sorry excuse for a port of call on a cruise- there is nothing to do if Stingrays arent your thing. Going on the beach cost us $50 (It would have cost $100 had we booked the Ship based excursion) and was crowded. The only reason I can think of to EVER go back there would be to deposit large sums of money in one of their numbered bank accounts which I do no ever see me doing.
In the Dine On Your Own dining room there were people singing Happy Birthday, Anniversary Ad nauseam.. really, every 10 minutes I wanted to put a bullet in my head.
Steakhouse was good atmosphere yet we do not feel it was a $30 per person value over the regular dining room.
I did not like the covered back deck pool set up at all and this was the only adult pool area-there was no place to comfortably get away from the noise and relax in the sun.
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Don't Miss: Miss it- miss the whole island
Don't Miss: Drive around the island
Pros: Our Cabin, The Casino
Cons: Sales Pitches everywhere you turned and beverage costs.