Once again, we had a wonderful winter cruise aboard the Conquest. Although most years the January sailing date is cold and dank, this year we woke up to a beautiful blue-sky, and somewhat warm(er) weather, especially for Galveston. There are so many reviews in here that I'm just going to post what I thought to be pertinent this time.
Embarkation: We stayed at the Harbour House (Wyndam associated) and took advantage of their cruise parking special. You can walk to the pier from there which is an added plus at the end of your cruise, especially if you take advantage of self-assist.
Stateroom: we usually take an inside cabin because we sleep SO WELL in the utter darkness. However this time we popped for a balcony and were so glad we did. We were on Emerald deck (7) and thought the location was very good. One piece of advice we took was to take earplugs with us this time, and they came in very handy when, on the first night out, it was extremely windy and there was lots of shakes and shimmies on the balconies (furniture, etc). A beautiful bouquet of flowers was sent to us and truly brightened up the room for the entire time. Consider purchasing some at the beginning of any cruise.
Dining: we had table 206, early dining in the Renior Dining room. Very nice table at the bottom of the stairs. We eat a vegan diet and the dining room hostess bent over backwards to make sure we had foods that we normally ate. The chef was well-versed, knowing exactly what "vegan" was. The pool deck has a new venue called the Mongolian Grill which was wonderful. Veggies, rice noodles and your choice of sauce and meats, then quick-cooked in a wok. The line is typically the longest one (except for the weekly chocolate buffet line) but well worth it.
Entertainment: Conflicting with a previous Cruise Critic critique, we thought the Ron Joseph Motown show was the best of the entire cruise. That said, I will also say that we have seen it before and by far, this time was much better. Audience participation is key here, and the volunteers this cruise for Mr Joseph's show were outstanding. The Juggler/Comedian night also---very good. Also, Formidable is a wonderful production show (which we typically do not care for).
Jamaica: We were lucky enough to get last-minute tickets on one of the ship's excursions to the Beaches Resort on the other side of the island in Negril. We took a real chance because the night before they were predicting rainy weather. I think this is why they had extra tickets the morning of. Anyway, it was a good choice for us, and a great (sunny, warm) day.
Caymen Islands: Grand Caymen is for jewelry shopping! If jewelry is on your list, this is the port for you. If you need an excursion, if you've not seen the stingrays, this is the place to do it and is a great option.
Overall: this was a great cruise for the price. Two days were cold and "inside" days. Still, in our estimation it was a terrific cruise.