Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Mark: Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Good: It's an super elegant ship all right. Very impressive when first boarding. Best was a four deck water slide. Good for kids, adults, fatties, etc. 10 piece showband. Good when they played decent music. Very seldom. 11 deck atrium and 4 glass elevators, Nice. Classical string music trio, including clarinet, very good. Jazz trio, guitar, drums, bass. Quite good and interesting. Trip to Tulum was interesting. Got our own tour for 5 for the price of one ship tour. Taxied to free beach at Jamaica. Fine, a few locals there. No facilities. Lovely free beach at the tender dock at Playa del Carmen. Can't knock the costumes and props for the productions. Good. Last day at sea, a beautiful, warm, sunny day.
Not so Good (similar to shades of bad): Always pounding, throbbing "music" everywhere. Had to sign out for pool towels with your credit. Productions needed much improvement. Had plenty of high kickers. Only two live vocalists, rest was lip synched. More Live music but dreadful poor taste, loud and irritating. Announcements over the speakers was designed for the deaf. Maybe you get deaf when listening to all that din. One headliner, all time worst ever, take note, "Ron Joseph". Black, loud, talentless, had a giant Karaoke. Lots of audience on stage, yelling, screaming, whistling, etc. Second day and night, rougher seas than we ever experienced on a big ship. Went through a tropical storm remnant. Mostly rain. Minor inconvenience. Screaming and whistling was solicited for every event, even each bingo call. It was given. At Playa, worst tendering experience ever. Used 300, 500 passenger ferries. Took forever to load and unload. For the last tender to the ship the line was 2000 (?) people long. Awkward to get to dining room. Had to keep going through the casino. Problem was that you had to get past the galley and the forward dining room to get to our dining room.
Always enjoy magic shows. This one stunk. Mostly dancing and pounding "music". Little magic. The magician should have vanished herself.
Indifferent: Food was tasteful and nutritious(?) as expected. We could find room for improvement though. Service was good again as expected. Rained stay at Cayman, OK, we had no plans. Many tours cancelled. A shame for them. Experience: A fellow in line at the desk with two bags laundry. He turned his luggage in to porters at pier. Not been seen since. They did a complete ship search. We got a letter asking us to search our cabins, under bed, etc. All they offered was to do his laundry. Then at the desk, they knew nothing about it. Was he mad. He knew someone who knew someone and he was going to have the ship blackballed. Maybe the whole Carnival line? Of course the porters at the pier are not CC employees. Maybe the luggage is still there?
Bottom line: Little reason to repeat on Carnival Less
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