Just off the Conquest and we had a great time and many thanks to you the Cruise Critic members as this was a first time cruise for us and YOU helped us plan it!!!! Arrived in Galveston with DW, DD age 15 and DS age 20 on Sunday around 11:00 A.M. and parked in EZCRUISE and was a perfect choice and saved $5.00 by going online as this lot will fill up!!!
Embarkation went perfect and just a tip that if you have two cabins get BOTH room keys keyed the same BEFORE you leave the window where you are assigned your room keys. Up to the Lido deck for lunch by 12:15 and the buffet was great everyday (for a buffet) and was fresh and plentiful. I want to stop here and tell you to make a reservation at the POINT supper club for $30.00 per person, it was AWESOME and the best time we have ever had eating, EVER!!!! A MUST DO!!!!
Room steward was great as all of them are and he kept everything perfect. We brought a vinyl ice chest and brought our own soft drinks and bottled water and that is a great tip thanks to CC. Staying in the Aft section of the boat right above the lounges did make for a lot of LOUD noises and was not a big deal for us as it was over by midnight and we are very sound sleepers. If you hit the sack early you may want to be elsewhere. Two days at sea and we had the usual fun, sun and good times.
Excursions.....If you want to do the canopy tour in Jamaica you MUST book it online as it WILL sell out! The excursion desk on the Conquest is a joke, VERY long lines all the times with only 2-3 people working the windows and very limited hours when they are opened. This is one area the Carnival needs to fix, it is AWFUL!!! Moving on to Jamaica as we did the canopy tour thru the ship online and was run by Chukka tours and they were great, funny and helpful, a great time and felt very safe!!! Now for the bad news about Jamaica!! This is an AWFUL and VERY VERY dangerous port as we had Seventeen people on another excursion robbed that was booked thru Carnival robbed at gunpoint and machetes!!! Did not happen to us, but I did eat with those that did and there were six young girls under the age of Ten and they were hysterical beyond control, I am just glad that my family was not part of it. Carnival will tell you that the only way to be safe is to book excursion thru them, don't believe it as Jamaica is VERY dangerous and needs to be dropped by Carnival. If you go into the central market to shop you are begging for trouble as the shop keepers are VERY aggressive and just plain mean, pushy, grabby and in your face all the time. Not for me and my family, I will stay on the ship!!! Grand Caymans a great and safe place and booked a tour thru Captain Marvins for a two reef snorkel and sting ray city tour. It was great to see the Sting Rays and Captain Marvin is the place to go!!! Did all the usual tourist shops after that with some prices on cologne and beware of Margaritaville, it is EXPENSIVE!!!! Had one order of nacho's and one margarita and it was $37.00!!! WOW!!!! Of to Cozumel and Paradise Beach, just get of the ship and find you a taxi for a $15.00 cab ride, we had fun there but my older kids got bored quickly and were ready to go back to town to shop and spend Dad's money. We ate at La Mission which is a GREAT place that locals eat at and the food was very authentic and good!!! Usual tourist type shopping and back to the ship, all very safe just be aware of where you are and what is going on around you! While on the subject of shopping know your prices and what is a great bargain, ie: Cologne, Clinique, make-up, etc....as there are some great deals. Be careful on the ship as there are no bargains except for liquor and cigarettes which CHEAP!!!! All other items you can buy MUCH cheaper as I bought a bottle of GIO cologne for $47.00 at Sam's and it was $69.00 on the ship!
The dining room had GREAT food each night and our headwaiter was excellent, be sure and leave him and your cabin steward an extra $20.00 as they work very hard for your comfort!!! With a sold out ship it was never very crowded and is a well thought out ship! Shows, lounges, music was all great! The only bad thing is the Excursion desk, a real poorly planned area! Nuff said, go have fun and DO NOT go into Jamaica it IS VERY dangerous and unsafe and do not expose your family to these actions!!!