Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Kathy Frederick: Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarking out of Galveston on the Conquest is a difficult act. We stood in line for over 3 hours. I realize the port is not equipped to handle a huge ship like the Conquest but I would expect everyone to be more organized. The first few days were difficult on the ship because the crew that you pass in the hall don't care to help you find your way throughout the ship. We heard "over there" or "just down there" quite often when we asked for directions and our destinations were nowhere near "over there". After the 5th or 6th day, we were pros and found our way around quite well. The Cruise Director, Todd, really favored Ryan Seacrest. He was excellent!
Our cabin was on the Riviera Deck and very nice. We had one complaint and that was that the cabin was not cold enough at night. Our cabin steward, Ramon, was a dream. He was always around and took good care of us. Looked forward to the towel animals each evening. We enjoyed most all the entertainment on the ship except for one More adult comedian who was rather gross to say the least. I especially enjoyed the ventriloquist. He was the best.
The food was decent. We went to the dining rooms each morning for breakfast where we met several people and enjoyed being pampered. The breakfast buffet on the Lido deck was almost the same except they had powdered eggs which were just horrible. Could use some improvement there! The dinners were good and the portions were small for the men. My husband ordered two entrees nearly every night. The best was our last dinner which we had at The Point Restaurant. It was just exquisite and well worth the money. They serve several different courses. We were treated like kings and queens.
The ports were very entertaining. We had plans to go to Sunset Beach in Jamaica. It cost $20 to enter and everything inside was free. But when we got there, they wanted $40 per person because they had built a new like. We left there and spent the day at Doctors Cave Beach which is very clean & pretty. We walked to Margaritaville a couple blocks away and had a great time. Just a little dangerous there - was asked to buy drugs on our walk off the beach. Grand Caymen was real crowded - five ships arrived at the same time. Shopping was impossible, the merchants will not move on prices and there were people so thick on the sidewalk, you had to walk on the street.
We spent time at The Hard Rock Cafe, then went on an excursion to play with the Stingrays and snorkel. Enjoyed that. The water there is the most beautiful. Back to the beach in Cozumel at Channakub Park - snorkeled. Actually, a Mian gentleman named Mario taught me how to snorkel here. Have always had anxiety before - he was great. Cozumel was also beautiful. Would like to spend more time there. On the way back to the ship we stopped in at Fat Tuesday which was a real party. Fun! The weather was perfect throughout the whole trip. We had one night and day of rocky seas but made it through without any sickness.
Disembarking was fine - we carried our own baggage off the ship and therefore were allowed to leave first. We were off the ship and on the road back home within an hour. Overall, we totally enjoyed the cruise. Not something we want to do every year but will again in the future.
P.S. We packed way too much for one week. And, packed way too many gadgets. I had read lots & lots of reviews on the internet and took nearly everyone's advise on different things to take with us. I will say one of the most helpful things were the clothes pins the put on the bottom on the shower curtain so that it doesn't fly in and stick to you. So glad we had those. And the over-the-door hooks. They came in handy to hang up your bathing suits. That is one thing we did not take enough of is bathing suits - you could go most places in a bathing suit and cover-up. Well, next time we will know. Thank you all for the suggestions! Less
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