Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Vote
1

4 out of 5

Busy Busy

Sail Date: November 22, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Balcony

This was our first cruise and I found myself busier than I assumed I would be. Even with the kids in their age appropriate kid groups, there was still a lot going on. If I were to do it again, I probably wouldn't pre-book all the excursions. Because I went with my kids I wanted to be prepared. I wasn't sure how the processed worked so I was good to figure it out but now I know there are opportunities for exploring away from the planned excursions which are nice for families.

 

I was told by people with far more cruising experience than I that a "holiday cruise" brings out less experienced travelers. I did find that to be true. I did witness some rudeness to staff, and guest-to-guest. What I found interesting was that there were a lot of people with little-to-no concept of how elevators work! I'll admit I live in Chicago where we have tons of elevators but if an elevator is going up, you can't keep pressing the down buttons assuming you will "over-ride it." And it is just rude to hit every button on the panel because they are there.

 

The food was good. The service was wonderful. They did confiscate my wine, which was annoying but didn't ruin the trip. I put the wine in my suitcase (as one would if they were flying with it) but apparently you have to carry it on! I thought it was stupid that they wouldn't give it to me after a slap on the wrist (I'm obviously an adult) as "because it is policy" seems like a ridiculous reason.

 

Would I do it again? Maybe. But I wouldn't go longer than the 6 nights, and I would take a more expensive, non-holiday cruise in the hope of avoiding some of the rudeness.

Cabin / Stateroom
Clean, neat, enough room for 4 of us (even with my mother's over packing). I wish they had changed the sheets at least once that week instead of just remaking the beds.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
I wish I could have gotten into my room earlier but I was one of thousands of people, how do you justify complaining?
Ship Quality
I've heard people complain about how old this ship is but I found it fine. I wasn't moving in, I was only there for a few days.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Kids loved them
Entertainment
Didn't see any
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
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Tip

If you buy a drink package you will see a 15% tip added to your bill. We tipped on top of the tipping we prepaid for so we were a bit taken back. It's good to know.



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