Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises

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2 out of 5

We remembered it being better...

Sail Date: January 09, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

My wife and I had both previously taken 1 Carnival cruise previously approximately 10 years ago. Perhaps it was youthful ignorance, but we both remembered the ships being nicer and food being better.

 

The ship seemed tired and worn and needing some TLC from the common areas to the stateroom. The first 2 days of the cruise our deck had an odor of vomit in the hallway. The smoke from the casino was nauseating and we didn't venture into it  more than once for just a few minutes because of it. Also, ignorant people around the ship defied the smoking areas without repercussion.  Also, good luck finding a lounger on deck if you didn't reserve one by 830am.  So much for Carnival clearing chairs that were left unattended go more than 40 minutes. Breakfast and lunch buffets were very repetitive.  Dinner was by far out biggest disappointment.  We both used to rave about the food from our prior cruises. This time we were disappointed by both the flavors and portion sizes. Granted you can order as much as you want, but 2 florets of broccoli does not a side make. The steaks were also the smallest I have ever seen.  Similar portion size issues existed with everything.  With few exceptions most of the food was also lacking in any sort of compelling flavor.  It's the sort of food that if we received at a restaurant we'd probably not feel compelled to ever return.

 

We did 2 excursions and both were fun. The airport snorkeling in St Marteen should have been billed as airplane watching and swimming as there was no point to the snorkeling because there was no reef or fish to view where the boat stopped.  The Snuba in St Kitts was fun but we wish there was an option to stay at the beach longer afterward.

 

The best part of the cruise was the comedy shows. We went to almost all of them. The only shortcoming of them was the venue was to small for their popularity. It would have been better if they were held in the main show room.

 

We did both get massages and they were enjoyable.  The drinks were also a bright spot as the were made quality booze in generous quantities to justify the price.

Cabin / Stateroom
Nice enough. The size was also ample. There was some wear on the furniture and it could have used a bit more cleaning prior to us arriving. The steward was friendly and did a very good job.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We only had to wait ~10 minutes for Embarkation after we checked in. The lines to check in were moving relatively quickly and weren't yet too long so it was pretty painless. For disembarkation we carried our own bags and since we were on deck 1 we were off in no time. If we had them take our bags off we were in the last group and wouldn't have been off until probably after noon.
Ship Quality
Shows some signs of wear. It first set sail in 2002 and was renovated in 2009 so it's coming time for another renovation.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
There's enough going on to be entertained if you want to be. We were a little underwhelmed by the Bingo. Maybe we're just used to real Casino Bingo but $20 for 3 cards 3 games seemed a little bit much since the payouts are pretty low. The Lido deck live music was very repetitive by the end of the cruise. It was pretty much the same songs every day.
Entertainment
Loved the comedy shows. Get there early or you'll be standing. Also skip out early from the 9:30 show or you may end up way in the back of the line when they clear the room between the PG and Adult shows.
Service and Staff
Almost every crew member seemed friendly. There were only a few that we came across that weren't too nice.
Food and Dining
This was our biggest let down based on our prior experiences. We love exceptional food, and save for a few bright spots, we felt that it missed the mark.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
My parents love it there but we felt underwhelmed. Maybe it was just the limited areas we had time to see but it was our least favorite port
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Loved this island. This was our favorite stop. It wasn't overly developed and we are actually talking about possibly looking for a place there as there were some new construction condos going for ~175k which seems cheap when compared to a lot of the more popular islands.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We enjoyed walking around old san juan and the forts. Not sure what the rest of the island is like.
Grand Turk Island
Loved this island and it was nice that the port was right next to the beach and there were the fewest hustlers here.


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