WHOA! Hold the phone to the booking agency. Something has gone terribly wrong with this ship. This was our third time on the Conquest and only this time last year I was on this and another thread singing praises. Man how a year can change things.
I have never seen so many people at the pursers desk screaming. No hot water, halls and rooms smelled of sewage, insufficient help and untrained help. When the rooms were made up, they looked like my 6 year old had made them. Had to beg for towels, no hot water in cabin. Mentioned it 3 times to steward, so what.
I am not usually a complainer, however, the prices were up, the food quality was shot, everyone complained about the steaks. My tennis shoes would have been easier to cut and eat. Absolutely no taste to any of the food in the main dining room or the buffet. Part of a third world nation could have been fed with what people left on their plates. Just not good. Fountain cards were sky high, mixed drinks out of sight. Up at least 35 percent from last June.
Boarding in New Orleans was better than Gulfport last year. Jamaica has cleaned up a little, however, you can still get a lot better deal on the pier than you can on the ship. Grand Cayman still the best of all. Clean and friendly. Cozumel has put on a new face and is trying to do better. Lower taxi fares and again, excursions on the pier about 40 per cent less than on the ship. Before you go, you might think it out. May not be in your best interest to go this year. Also, security did nothing about the constant problems with the graduation classes on board even though I know that everyone on the top 4 decks complained constantly. It is nonsense to pay in the $5000 range for 4 people for a balcony and then have the complaints that we heard and saw and experienced first hand.
On the positive side, Paul's Deli and the Pizza Oven and the Hot Dog and Hamburgers are still some of the best. If they ever loose Steve Cassel as the Cruise Director, this vessel might as well sail into history. His juggling act was the only highlight of the entire trip.