Good value, fun time, so-so entertainment

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 15, 2015
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 1277
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was my first time on Carnival, having also cruised on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. Overall I have to rate Carnival below those two, but we still had a great time escaping frigid New England! The crew was friendly and helpful at all times. I felt that onboard activities and entertainment were definitely not as good as other cruises. While we all make allowances for on-board entertainment (we understand we're not paying $100 a seat in Vegas or NYC), the entertainment offerings here were definitely below expectations. The exception was comedian John McDonald who was superb. The dining experience was good with an assigned table every night and dedicated servers (unlike NCL's "freestyle" which sucks), but the food was merely "fine". No particular objections, just not great (like Royal Caribbean). The gym is well provisioned but under staffed. We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary (FLL, Jamaica, Cayman, Cozumel) and the schedule; no regrets. But we'll probably lean toward RCC or NCL next time.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Not as good as other cruises.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
This cruise seemed to be short staffed in the recreation department. Relatively few onboard activities compared to others I've been on.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Really unimpressed with the entertainment this time. Despite the SIGNIFICANT investment in technology for the main stage, the performances just didn't measure up.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Consistently friendly and helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean and well-maintained. Decor is a bit tacky, though. :-)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin worked well for us, and steward was awesome.
5 out of 5
Chill on the beach waiting to embark.
3 out of 5
More beach time.
5 out of 5
Swimming with stingrays.
5 out of 5
Mayan ruins at Tulum.
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