Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Connie Siefker
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
This cruise has three "at sea" days and three port days. The first at sea day was okay, I was interested in laying by the pool, exploring the ship, spending time in the spa and with friends. By the second and third at sea days, I was getting a little bored. Carnival definitely needs more planned activities when half your time is spent at sea. I cannot speak much regarding ship-sponsored shore excursions, as we opted to book independently. I can say that going independently we paid 1/2 More to 2/3 of the ship price for similar excursions. Most of the group that we travelled with (first-time cruisers) booked ship-sponsored excursions and were very pleased with all of them.
Meals were pretty good, but not exceptional - not as good as on RCCL. The nighttime buffets were a joke. Yes, there was 24 hour pizza - I had read raves about it, but it did not live up to them. There were plenty of waiters making the rounds of the pool area to take drink orders. I had heard of Carnival's "party boat" reputation. I saw a mix of ages on this cruise, and did not encounter any more hard partying than on previous cruises.
Overall, if this were someone's first cruise, I think they would come away very pleased with the experience. But if you've cruised with anyone else, you will realize what you're missing. Less
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