This was our fourth cruise with Carnival, our first time on the Conquest. We traveled with two other couples that were first time cruisers, each of us celebrating anniversaries.
We booked an interior room with an obstructed view, the room was on deck 7 at the front of the ship, just under the captain. We were told we would be able to spend time on the deck outside of our window and have a great view. Not really. We had some windy days at sea so the door to the deck was kept locked the first 3 days, when they did unlock them, there are no deck chairs at all so you have to stand on the deck when you go out on it. There is also no view, especially if you are short, as I am, and you have to stretch to see over the solid wall railing. Our room was supposed to be larger than most interior rooms but it was the smallest room we have EVER been in on a cruise. We had to turn our suitcases sideways to get them into the hallway between the bathroom and closets. Our last interior room on Triumph was MUCH larger, with a double drawer dressing area and a small sofa to sit on. When we spent time in this room, we had to lie in bed as there was no room for anything but that. Very disappointing. There was also some random clanging, it was loud and happened night and day. Our room steward said it is noise from pipes running under the room.
Our room steward, Ida, was a charming gal. I had some seasickness the first full day at sea and she was so sweet to ask me every day how I was feeling and if she could do anything for me. She kept the room totally spotless, which was not easy considering how much stuff we had piled here and there because of the tiny room size.
We ate each night in the Monet dining room, Our dining room wait stuff was good & efficient but we have had better service. Our waiter seemed stressed each night, he said his normal assistant was out with an infection and he was just being sent whomever could help him. It seemed that one of his assistants did not really understand English very well. Some nights we were being served our main course and the tables around us were finishing dessert and leaving. Made me feel rushed to get finished so they could set up for late dining. The food for the most part was served hot and most of it tasted good. My husband says he does not think the food is as good as on previous cruises. Elvis, the maitre de, was wonderful, greeting us each night and even stopping to talk when we saw him around the ship.
We had three ports to visit, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. The weather in each port was beautiful. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus tour in Jamaica. Disappointed with it. We took the bus to the beach as we did not want to shop, that was the second bus stop. We did get to see some of the area from the bus. Lots of poverty in Jamaica. We got to the beach, paid for our chairs and umbrella and got a place by the water, the beach was nice but it is Jamaica, all that you hear about the locals is very true. We were confronted MANY times to buy weed (for the party they assumed we would be having later)and bracelets and conch shells. Irritating to say the least. The water was beautiful and since we love to be at the ocean, that made the day great. Then when it was time to leave, we waiting about 20 minutes out front for the bus to take us to Margaritaville. Each bus that came was packed with people. Finally gave up on that and went off on foot to find it ourselves. About a three block walk and we were there. Much faster than waiting for us a bus. We shopped at the shops closest to Margaritaville since we knew we would not have time to catch a bus and go all the way out to the shopping area they take you to shop and have time to make it back to the port on time.
Grand Cayman was wonderful. We did Stingray City tour with Captain Bryan's Sail and Snorkle Tours. We had pre booked online with Dexter's Fantasea Tours, but he did not wait for us to get tendered into the port. We had confirmed with him twice before we left for the cruise. He did not inform us that he was on a different time zone than the Conquest. He expected us to somehow be at the port waiting for him before our ship had even begun tendering people off the ship.
We met a young woman at the port that heard us talking after we found that we had been left behind and she told us about Captain Bryan, that saved the day for us. We only waited about 35 minutes for the next tour and we were off on the bus to his boat. It was truly one of the best days we have ever had. There were less than 20 people on the boat and they were all great folks. The water in Cayman is truly beautiful and the stingrays and snorkeling are awesome. We HIGHLY recommend it when you go to Cayman Island.
Our final port was Cozumel and we spent another relaxing day at the beach (Club Cozumel Caribe), we go there each time we are in Cozumel. Nice beach, good food and not a million people. We finally took the time to find Wet Wendy's while in Cozumel and that was a fun way to end the day. If you have time stop in for a margarita, mine was the Elvis (banana and peanut butter), So good!
The ship was clean, the staff was friendly enough. Embarkation was quick since we arrived at the port about 10:45. Getting off the boat was pretty painless too. Caught one of the buses back to the airport and our driver was very entertaining.
All in all, it was a nice cruise, but my husband and I both feel as though it was not as good as our past 3 on Carnival. Cruise director Paul was good enough, not impressed by any of the other entertainment staff. I heard someone say that Paul is leaving and another cruise director is coming to Conquest. The entertainment in the nightly shows was not great by any standard. They have had the same opening night show every time we have cruised, after 3 years you would think they would have something new??
We are thinking that our next cruise may be on Celebrity or Royal Caribbean so we have something to compare too. We love cruising as a vacation, maybe it is just time for us to see what else is out there.