Nice cruise, could have been better.
Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: January 22, 2012
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThis was a boring ship. When we were a captive audience at sea there was little to do. There were children in every dance area except the two where smoking was allowed. This made it very difficult to dance without stepping on a kid. The 'adult pool and sunning area' was very small and always crowded. The lounge chairs were never available. Smoking was rampant on this ship. The 2 dance areas where kids weren't allowed was so smokey I couldn't breath. The casino was very smokey too. To get to the adult area in the rear of the ship you had to walk through a wall of cigarette smokers in the open area.
The 3 ports we stopped at were 9 hours at two of them and 7 hours at the third one. This was definatly not enough time in port. We signed up for excursions through Carnival and will not do that again. They only take you to areas that are approved by Carnival and what that ended up meaning was Carnival got a kick back from all the shops and stops. The food and drink were the same price as the ship. We spoke to others that booked with local excursion companies and WOW they got great deals. Now, I will say the excursions we took and the guides we had were very nice and informative just totally directed at select places. In Mexico I asked why we kept passing places that had different signs out front selling the same items but for far less money then the places we were being taken to. The answer; because this is where we have to go. I finally asked a driver to stop at an unscheduled place 1/10 of a mile down the street, and he said he would take me back there if there was time, and my word he did!. I got my blankets for less than half of anyone else.
In a nut shell; 2 stops and longer stays at both would be preferable in my opinion. Prepare for highway robbery when you desire alcohol or soda, and prepare to smile for all the photos you feel bad about having shredded at the end of the cruise. I mean how many picture does a person need not to mention you probably have a camera with you. Plan a few excursions on your own. Take up smoking because you will feel like you did.
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Pros: The variety of food and the kindness of most of the crew.
Cons: The constant hawking on the ship; Buy alcohol? Buy water? Buy soda? Buy a photo? Buy internet minutes, Buy Starbucks, ect.....