Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Leftatgator
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
The Capers listed jazz music in Alfred's Bar from 10:30 - 1am, but it wasn't happening. We were looking forward to it as Alfred's is our favorite spot and we love jazz. §Did the ship Galley Tour (again) which is fascinating. The kitchen is so huge, and clean. It's amazing § Ron Joseph (The Soul Man of Bourbon Street). This was a very good show and had some great audience help and participation. §Mardi Gras Party, which was really just a roaming pep rally. Still, it was fun. Ports Montego Bay, Jamaica. Stayed on the ship. It's nice to have the entire ship to ourselves while everyone is on shore. I wandered the ship taking some pictures you simply can't take when the place is full of people. Saw an amazing lightning storm off our port stern just before dinner. People were lined up on the lobby deck checking it out. Grand Cayman: Shopping and Exploring. Bought plenty of rum cake and other souvenirs. Cozumel: Shopping and exploring. Bought some jewelry and souvenirs.
Debarkation = Nightmare
The seemed to herd everyone off the ship as quickly as possible, only to wait in an absurdly long line to go through customs. From the time they called our "zone" to the time we got to customs was right at two hours, most of that trying to carry all our luggage. If I had been smart I would have done the self-assist debarkation, or at least gotten a porter (who would have taken us out). There were no bathrooms, no water, just an incredibly long line snaking through the terminal, while people constantly cut-in line.
Overall, we really loved the cruise, the ship, the staff and the ports. We truly enjoyed every part of the entire vacation, save for one issue: (please don't flame me)
I seem much more apt to notice smoke this time around on the conquest. When on the balcony, I was always smelling smoke. Three cabins forward of ours had smokers and their smoke always hovered on our balcony. The people above, below and aft of us also smoked. Does everyone smoke??? The lobby / atrium and casino areas wreak of stale smoke, much worse than I remember, and that smoke floats upward and fills all the decks above. If you wanted to look at your photos, it smelled like smoke. If you wanted to shop, it smelled like smoke. Of course the Promenade wreaked of smoke. Three times we got on the elevator and someone was smoking, and when I said something they acted like I was being a jerk.. And our cabin smelled of stale smoke, even the headboard smelled like old smoke. I don't care that people smoke. Nor do I suggest that the Conquest be a non-smoking ship. But they could add air filtration systems in the smoking areas so that everyone is not forced to smell it. Smoking in the lobby is not a great idea in that the smoke floats upward to almost all decks of the ship. Non-smoking rooms would be nice. Perhaps have a smoking and non-smoking side of the ship. Or, make the aft of the ship smoking. The smoke was prominent and suffocating, especially on the Lido deck where our cabin was (all the smoke floated up to the Lido deck). It did not ruin our cruise by any means, but it definitely made it less pleasurable. We will most likely not cruise with carnival gain, if all their cruises are this smoky. Less
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