8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: March 07, 2015 Ship: Carnival Conquest Cabin Type: Balcony Cabin Number:1102 Traveled As: Family (young children) Reviewed: 3 years ago
Lovely and best ports we've seen to date. The food on the ship was definitely the worst yet in the main dining room and buffet. They need more quality dining options for sure. Ship is just dated and cheesy, as was the entertainment (shows, not comedians) onboard. It felt like they auditioned some employees and put the most talented ones on stage at night. Comedians were OK but shows were only 30 minutes each. I think we have outgrown Carnival unfortunately...our daughter loves Camp Carnival which is why this has always been a good choice for us, but this cruise we noticed so many deficiencies that we hadn't in the past sadly. The spring breakers took over the whole deck, the live caribbean singer let them have the microphone to karaoke and scream at each other - not at all relaxing or appropriate for the other guests and children that were also present on the deck while this was going on. Overall, I was disappointed while onboard but loved all of the ports - not to be missed!
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Food quality is just gross with the exception of the hamburger place.
1 out of 5
Boring ship even with an amazing cruise director.
3 out of 5
Live shows were terrible. Comedians were decent but shows were very short.
5 out of 5
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Sheila, our room steward, was beyond amazing. Adored her.
3 out of 5
Needs updating, more water activities for kids, more entertainment and dining options for adults.
We did the steak house one of the formal nights and the food was terrible. We regretted paying the extra for the exact same food that we could get in the main dining room. :(
Did not enjoy the experience immediately after getting off the ship, as the locals are so hungry for business that they just attack you - it is very uncomfortable. We did however find a wonderful gentleman named Terri to take us to Darkwood Beach and we LOVED IT. Rode jet skis and enjoyed coconut water and local beer - Terri was back to pick us up and return us to port on time and with a smile. He even stopped at a local store so we could grab some sodas and helped us out when the owner of the store tried to overcharge us for everything. (owner did not understand the currency difference unfortunately)
Sapphire Beach was stunning and a great place for snorkeling the reefs for beautiful fish, turtles and stingrays. Our taxi driver who took us to the beach charged us for the round trip ride and never came back for us, so we had to pay twice to return back to the ship. I was disappointed and expected more in St. Thomas...guess they don't need the money or good reputation.
Don't take the water ferry if you are trying to get to Atlantis quickly. We were told we would be leaving in 10 minutes from the time we purchased our tickets, and 35 minutes later we left after they finished cramming us all on the ferry. Atlantis is not to be missed, but book a room or use points at the Comfort Suites if you have them rather than booking the Atlantis excursion that is so costly. Comfort Suites will get you full access to everything at Atlantis.
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