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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Bryancruiser: Eastern Route is great

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Cabin Not Rated
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Eastern Route is great

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston

In mid-May we took the Conquest to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. We've been on the western swing with this ship before and liked this just as well or better except for the food. We were really disappointed in the buffet and the dining room. The food had very little seasoning and the variety of the main dishes and the side dishes was not good. Either we were loaded with carbohydrates or the real vegies came as some odd concoction. Overall the quality was diminished from earlier cruises on Carnival. We had more hamburgers, sandwiches and salads than usual because the other options just were not that appealing. And they can't cook beef at all. The steak was tough. The prime rib was tasteless. They need to hire a Texan to do the beef.

We crammed four people - parents and two 18-year-olds - into one of the cheap interior cabins and we did fine. We didn't spend much time there anyway. There's surprisingly good storage space. You just have to be organized. Beds are comforable. More Shower is way too small, but we expected that. The crew was slow to get it cleaned each morning and evening. Sometimes we'd come back 3-4 hours later and they still hadn't done it.

The ship's crew did a fine job as usual other than the stewards being kind of slow to clean the room each morning and afternoon. The entertainment was good, but the best bands weren't in the lounges, they were in the casino walkway. The caribbean band by the pool was good, but the duo they had the last few days in the lobby and by the pool were awful.... ran us out of both locations.

Good trip other than the rain and the onboard food. Less

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Port and Shore Excursions

Freeport was the opposite. We rented a car for $70 cash. You have to drive on the left and the steering wheel is on the right, but there was so little traffic that it wasn't a problem. We went to Lucaya and had lunch. The shopping there was nothing to brag about. The international bazaar isn't worth the stop unless you like being harassed by locals desparate to sell their goods. Our best stop was at Lucayan National Park. We toured the bat caves and then went across the roads through the mangrove walkway to the most beautiful beach we've seen. Gold Rock Creek Park is powdered sand that feels great on bare feet. No aquashoes required. There were very few others there. It was delightful except for the water being a little too chilly for us Texans.

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As for the ports, Key West was wonderful. We'd move there in a heartbeat. Lots of interesting places and people. A gorgeous port and practically everything within walking distance of the pier.

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Nassau would have been more fun if it hadn't poured rain for 3 hours. We got in a trip to Fort Fincastle and the Queens Staircase before the rains came. Then were stuck among the shops (bad for the pocketbook). Food was okay, but pricey and no drink refills. We had planned to take the #10 bus and see the island and go to a beach, but time didn't permit after the rain let up. So we hung out at the harbor, drank Bahamian beer (quite good and potent) and shopped the strawmarket. This would have been a great stop if the weather was nice.

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