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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
6 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 12, 2015
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 7330
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

 

 

 

I had never cruised with Carnival before, although my sister has taken 11 cruises with them and recommended it to me.  The cruise departed on our 35th wedding anniversary, so we used this opportunity to celebrate with our daughters and families.  

We all enjoyed the ship's accommodations and found this cruise to be a great value.  The dining room staff, Ni Made, Lloyd and Andy provided excellent service during our meals and can serve as an example  of professional standards of performance.  The dining room meals were as good as, if not better, than we experienced on our Princess cruise, while the Lido restaurants were not as good.  The burger, pizza and burrito counters were fine.  The overall dining experience on Celebrity was a cut above Carnival, while the Conquest's staff was the best that we have had in four cruises.

Our rooms were just fine, with an Ocean Suite adjacent to two balcony cabins.  Having the balcony partitions opened provided us with another great advantage for a family cruise.  Out cabin steward, Efran, was also top line.  

The three stops were enjoyed by our family members, although in Jamaica we took care of our grandson and let the "kids" enjoy outdoor activities of zip lining, etc.  They also enjoyed Cozumel very much.  Grand Cayman was a nice break for us.

We did not take advantage of the shows offered by the Conquest, although we did participate in the "Dr. Suess on the Loose" parade and show.  That was a great offering for children and families.

All in all, I can recommend this cruise for anyone with a tight schedule who wants to experience a taste of the Caribbean.

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The main dining room meals are far superior to the buffet offerings.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We did not go to any of the evening shows, but did enjoy the musician groups throughout the ship

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
The Dr. Suess themed activities were fine and Camp Carnival looked like fun for older children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
In the dining room, Ni Made, Lloyd and Andy were outstanding as was Efran, out cabin steward. I wish that we could have the same team on future cruises.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The cabins were clean and comfortable and the ship's facilities were also very nice.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

I am impressed by the ship's logistical activities in being able to debark, prepare for 2,000 new passengers, and be ready to depart all in an 8 hour period. It is an amazing process.

3 out of 5
We arrived a day early and spent one night in a local hotel. It made for a pressure free embarkation. After the cruise, we took a day room, although I wish that we had spent the night in Ft. Lauderdale and departed the day after the cruise.
3 out of 5
For us, it was fine. Out children had to travel about an hour to their excursions.
3 out of 5
Limited, but relaxing, activities. Four ships were in port at the same time, so the little town was very crowded.
5 out of 5
Lots of things to do and see. Our daughter swam with the dolphins, fulfilling a lifetime dream. Our other daughter was impressed by the tequila experience. Great activities for families.
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