This was our 4 cruise on the Conquest. We decided to give the eastern route a try. I am 61 and my bw is 60. We drove to Galveston the night before our cruise.We had made online reservations for the Comfort Inn. It is the one between Wal-Mart and Golden Corral. Nice clean rooms and is very quiet. We went to Wal-Mart for the usual pre cruise we forgot stuff. We ate at Shrimp and Stuff @ Ave 0 and 36th street.Good fresh seafood at reasonable prices
Sunday morning: got up and ate the free breakfast and then out to see if the ship was in.We got back to the motel and finished packing. Then on to Easy Cruise. Dropped the car off and then on to the( what I call a three ring circus to get on the ship) terminal. We got there right at 10:30. Get this we go through screening, wait in line for 15 min or so to get our sail and sign cards and then proceed directly on to the ship!Blew my mind! By 11:15 we were sitting on the lido deck eating lunch! We did the usual wait for the rooms to be ready. Sailed out on time, really liked the new safety briefing, lot easier.
Monday and Tuesday: mostly just goofed off. We did go to some of the shows, however that topic brings up a gripe. After having been on the ship 4 times, looks like they would change the shows! Other then that gripe, who cares we are on vacation.
Wednesday: Nassau: first port - See and Sea tour. Got off and went to look around. Took a short horse and carriage ride around the down town area. We met our guides and go on a bus ride around the down town areas. Interesting tour. Then on to the bay to catch the ship to take us out to the semi submersible ship. Took us to three coral reefs, very neat tour.Only gripe I had was the ship was small and was not for claustrophobic people, my wife and I had no problems but others did.
Thursaday: Freeport: dolphin encounter. By far the neatest thing I have ever got to. Met the tour guide at the dock. Boarded a bus for the 30 min ride to the UNNESCO dock. Boarded a tender to rake 2o min boat ride to the dolphin area. Got off, was met by great trainers. They were very good at answering questions. We went to the holding area and met the dolphins. There were 20 of us in our group. I never felt hurried by the staff. Really enjoyed this encounter.
Friday: Key West: Hemmingway house walk/jog! Key West is really neat. This is where my biggest gripe is. We were met at the port by Greg, the tour guide. There were 30 in the our group and 30 in the second group. We take off walking and Greg speeds up, wanting to get in front of the second group. I had no problem with that, what I did have a problem with was the the continual speed he maintained. We had some people almost left behind. Up on arriving at the house,I told Greg that we were not going on with the tour, He got defensive with me and said I would have to talk to Carnivall about a refund. I told him I was going to talk to the excursion desk once we were back on board. We did the house and then got on the trolley. Had a blast with the driver.Just messed arounfd till time to get back on.
Saturday: where did the time go day! Did the usual stuff. We usually do laundry towards the end of the cruise, did that.
Sunday: We were called to get off at 9:20 or so. We were through customs and back at Easy cruise by 9:50!
How would I rate this cruise: excellent, good food and we had a great time! We plan on going on this cruise again next year. We will be going on this cruise again next year.