Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by NiniB: Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
First of all this was my fifth cruise, second on carnival. This was by far the worst cruise ever. Embarkation- Horrid, an endless mass of lines that led to nowhere, I arrived at 1pm, and was on the ship after 3:30pm. Very disorganized and not nearly enough staff to accommodate arrival of passengers. Sea Days- If you don't gamble, play bingo, or shop, your out of luck for things to do. I try to relax and enjoy the outside atmosphere, NOT on this cruise! Deck chairs are removed & stored promptly between 4pm & 6pm, whether people are lounging or not!! Imagine sitting on a chair and around you crew members are slamming & pushing chairs to store! Forget about finding decent places inside, the entire boat at times smells of cigarette smoke, because all the smoking places are open aired & in right in the middle of the main areas. Ports- Port arrivals were never announced, but getting to and from the ports where very easy & uncomplicated. I enjoyed all the ports we had on More
our itinerary. All were very beautiful, and had plenty to do whether you did an excursion or not. Service/Food- The food was hit or miss in the main dining room. A lot of people complained that the taste was bland so salt, hot sauce, ect. was used as a remedy. Deserts??? what deserts you had 2 choices & one was sugar free, every night, along with the usual cookies & ice cream. The buffet was a usual buffet, nothing great. What was really frustrating is there are numerous restaurants throughout the ship, but most were never open or only open occasionally for very short periods. Our waiter must have been having a bad week or something, he was rude & very unpersonable. A question I asked about keylime pie turned into him going on & on about how he does not make the menu, how he is not the boss, how he has worked for 14yrs and serves what the tell him to serve, how they gave him that menu and that was it. Can you imagine, a simple no pie would have sufficed. I asked him for another piece of bread & showed him the bread I had was burnt, he went into another long song & dance about how the bread was from "America", and if wanted the real cooked bread from someother day they did not have it???? The Maitre d had the personality of a fly, when he spoke he was always looking up at, perhaps the ceiling?? Cabin Steward- Did the bare minimum. I gave him a tip, when I arrived at my room and explained I liked a lot of ice. His reply was to explain to me his working hours. I had to ask him to change my bedding twice, the counter/dresser area was dirty, sticky from pervious cruisers, and did not get cleaned until I requested it. I gave him pants to be pressed 1st night, I had to ask to get them back 5 days later?? Ship/Cleanliness- The ship was beautiful the main deck and layout also beautiful. All the public areas were decorated in grand colors, and not much wear visible. Crew were always visible cleaning the buffet areas after hours. Although, many times during the day crew were painting the deck areas, so paint fumes were a bother. There was mold visible around all the pools & saunas I even observed a guest point it out to a crew member. The usual baby accident (#2) in the main pool was talked about by many guest. And mysteriously the last night crew members were seem painting over the before mentioned mold. ** Like I stated above I have cruised carnival before, and this was such a disappointment. I can say the 96% of the crew members looked like they did not want to be bothered, or just going through the motions. I can count on 1 hand the crew members who spoke to me & where friendly. I know, I know, how hard they work & ect., but it does not take much effort to be polite & smile. Less
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