A travel junkie yet new to cruising, member kctenad1 didn’t know what to expect when he hit the high seas with his family. (While scanning through member reviews as if studying for a college exam sheds some light, every traveler is different.) After his vacation conquest of the Carnival Cruise Line ship bearing the same name, he doesn’t see how any other line could compare.
Spending a night in New Orleans, kctenad1, his wife and nine-year-old son were only a few blocks’ walk from port. A swift embarkation process had them onboard in less than an hour, with their balcony cabin ready and waiting. And despite a history of sleepless nights away from home, kctenad1 found that the beds in his Carnival Conquest cabin provided a remedy.
Everything about the family’s cruise centered on island time. Filet Mignons were bypassed for tacos and dressy suits exchanged for polo T-shirts.
When the excursions rolled around, kctenad1 felt right in his comfort zone: “I would have done this trip on a shrimp boat with bologna sandwiches to visit these ports.” Roatan, Cozumel and Belize — where exploring the River Wallace and Altun Ha ruins ultimately became the favorite excursion — were unforgettable and worry-free, with Carnival’s coordination. Even enduring the worst sunburn of his life slipped his mind.
Minus some claustrophobic agitation at disembarkation — which was easy to overlook — kctenad1’s first cruise exceeded his expectations. And just maybe, he’ll get to see more cruise port stamps on his passport. Read kctenad1’s full review to continue trekking the islands and wandering the ship.
For their efforts, kctenad1 and four other Reviewers of the Week — ajpdunakin, quillcutter, Meanderer and jannan — receive Cruise Critic logo items.
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