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Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by Maddie911: Mostly fun---until the END!


Maddie911
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 4.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 4.0

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Mostly fun---until the END!

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston

Just returned from our Conquest cruise....we were lucky to get out almost a day late, due to fog in Galveston. Caused Carnival to reroute us, so we missed Montego Bay completely, and they substituted Progresso at the back end of the trip. A pretty sorry substitution really, but guess they had to make that change. Wished we would have kept Jamaica but o well.

Our suite was lovely and very comfortable. Great huge bathroom with a tub. Tub is pretty skinny tho, so be prepared for that!

Food was pretty good, we ate oftentimes in the dining rooms for most meals, wait was not bad at all, tho the Lido deck buffet had lines at the expected times. Chocolate buffet one afternoon was a fun treat! The Point was a nice break for dinner. I dont know that I'd agree that it is "not to be missed" as reported by others, but it was lovely. When you do "anytime dining" you dont always have the same table, which is probably what affects service. Wait staff knows they probably wont be More seeing you again, or infrequently at best, and you just dont establish the rapport you do when you sit at the same location each night.

The hours in port are simply not enough to get a feel for each location. In Grand Cayman, we had time for a leisurely lunch and a bit of shopping, and that was about it. Felt very touristy.

The debarkation was what we were NOT happy about. We had early flights out of Houston, so COMPLIED with the rules and met early at the theatre. We were there at 7a, and due to fog, didnt get off the ship until about 9:15a. No problem with that, BUT we heard a LOT of folks talking in the debarkation area talking about having DRIVEN to the ship etc. OH REALLY? and you have EARLY flights? Just pretty inconsiderate, but you see that everywhere you go I suppose. Carnival does nothing to attempt to keep this part of the cruise orderly really, and in another 5-10 minutes, things would have gotten unruly. Folks like us were annoyed at latecomers who just pushed/shoved, and stacked their suitcases wherever.

This will be our last Carnival cruise. In our age group (50s-60s) we'd like to travel around folks that are more polite and appreciative. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Conquest Suite Empress 7272

This cabin was a good location, near the main elevators etc, tho we did hear a bit of music from Lobby 3 each evening.

Port and Shore Excursions


Nice shopping at the pier. We had booked an all inclusive small beach excursion ( Nochi Cocum ) that only takes 100 people a day, but missed that when our itinerary changed and we were in Cozumel a day early. Tried to re-book for the earlier day but they were full. A bit of a challenge contacting them, we ended up buying internet time and contacting them that way. NOTE: take phone numbers for EVERYTHING, guest services was willing to make calls for us IF we had had the number. We booked Playa Mia Beach Break Deluxe thru Carnival, and it was NOT Good. With several ships in port, it was way crowded, hard to find a lounge chair if you werent one of the first ships in ( we werent ) you MUST have beach shoes for the water, rocks close to the shore make it a bit difficult. Food was ok. We found some shady spots near a volleyball net and dragged chairs there and that was fine, shady and husbands smoked their cigars! Had it been hotter and more humid ( it was only lo 80s and not humid ) it would have been uncomfortable given the crowding. We ended up cancelling a Progresso beach excursion we had the next day based on this day's experience, and we heard the beach smelled badly there and was in general, not a pleasant experience.

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Harbor House Hotel is lovely! right on the pier and we walked to the Strand for dinner the night before, and TO the pier the next morning.


Beautiful port...Breezes Restaurant was comfortable, we sat right down, view of the action, and prices were very reasonable. Friendly wait staff.

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