Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by cruisers23: Great time, but too many unattended children
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Great time, but too many unattended children
Destination: Western Caribbean
We just returned from our 5th cruise (3 with Carnival). I think this will be our last with Carnival. We got a little irritated with the constant stream of unattended children all over the ship at all hours of day/night. I am a teacher and really don't enjoy having to baby sit other people's children on my vacation. Out of Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival; we definitely prefer Royal Caribbean. Carnival could really use a policy on people not allowing their children to have free reign all over the ship.
Food portions seemed a little smaller on this cruise, so we usually ordered more than one main course at dinner. Lines at the buffet and other food lines are a bit of an issue on the Conquest, as the ship allows for more people than other ships in similar size.
Rooms: We picked a balcony for the first time in our 5 cruises and I loved it. My husband doesn't seem to feel it was worth the extra $1,000; but it was pretty neat. We ordered room service almost every More morning and were able to enjoy breakfast on the balcony. Room service has a very limited menu, but enough to get you going. The room was very clean, but I always take my can of Lysol and Clorox wipes to get the extra germs out.
Conquest staff were all very nice and helpful. It is fun to learn where they are all from. Less
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Cabin review: 6217
Cabin was great, we had a balcony. We enjoyed being able to look at where we were without getting out of bed. The only disappointment had to do with the kids constantly running up and down the hallway at all hours of day/night.
Port and Shore Excursions
Shopping is good if you get in the downtown area. The further you get from the main street the better the prices are. I got an authentic Mexico soccer jersey for $20 (started out at 45). My husband found one his size closer to the ship and had to pay $35 (very same jersey, other than size).
Cozumel has so much to offer and is a very safe place to do just about anything. Some in our group felt unsafe with everything going on in Mexico. I have heard it cost more than a days wages for a local to take the ferry from Playa to Cozumel; so they don't seem to have as much of the beggars as you get from the mainland.
Mr. Sanchos is a good beach to stop at on the West side.
If you go to the other side of the island, stop at Rasta's on a huge corner. cheap beer and some really neat hand made crafts and bracelets/necklaces.
I can't say enough about Cozumel! You have to be crazy not to enjoy the crap out of being there.
When back in town, we ate at Margaritaville and our bill was $70 for two appetizers and a pitcher of beer. I would not recommend this stop as the food is not that great and it really was not that fun.
People in Grand Cayman are nice and it seems like a safe place.
We have taken a Dunns River Falls excursion before and would not pick it again, unless staying in Jamaica. It seemed like everyone in the world picked that excursion as the Falls were so packed! You also spend about 3 hours in a bus (1.5 each way) which is not my idea of fun.
I would really have liked to visit the Rose Hall plantation. I ordered a book on Amazon called Rose Hall's White Witch to learn more about Annie Palmer who was a plantation owner back in the 1800's. After finishing the story, I wish we would have taken that excursion.
Jamaica is not a very safe place to just walk around and do your own thing, so if you plan on an excursion during your trip; definitely do one in Jamaica.
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