First Cruise with pre-teen children

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 13, 2011
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 6341
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We weren't sure exactly what to expect on our first cruise.  We booked two side by side interior cabins. But with the kids only being 9 and 10 years old, we did not feel comfortable leaving them alone in their room at night.  We did try to get them to participate with the Camp Carnival kids activities but they were not interested.  This limited our late night adult activities.  We greatly enjoyed our itinerary to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  Of the 3 total cruises we've done since this one, that is still my favorite itinerary.   The ship was a bit tired and needed some attention.  Frayed carpet or areas that needed some paint.  We were certainly wow'd by the size of the ship.  You can always spot the first time cruisers when they step foot on the ship for the first time.  Entertainment, food and service was great.  Be aware that between November and April, the port of Galveston is often plagued by fog which causes delays in the ship arriving back to port on time. 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Interior Cabin was clean and perfect for just 2 people.

Ship Tip

Prepay your gratuities and be prepared for the onboard expenses. Make sure to book at least one meal in the specialty restaurant. It is definitely worth the upcharge.

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