Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by amanda3434

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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: October 2005
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
This cruise was my husbands first and my second on Carnival. This cruise was a Welcome Home gift because he had just gotten home from the desert. I would like to first commend Carnival on doing such a great job of keeping us updated on the goings on of our cruise. It was originally out of New Orleans, which is why we chose it, however, as we all know the hurricane screwed that up. We ended up sailing out of Galveston, which is where the Conquest is ported from now on. Beware of cruising this time of year, there can be itinerary changes because of hurricanes so be prepared for that. If you have changes Carnival is good about doing what they can to help. We got $100 shipboard credit for the port change. That came in handy when it was time to pay the Sail and Sign account.

The Ship: All I can say about the ship is that it is HUGE!!! It has Carnivals usual vibrant dEcor. There are several pools and hot tubs. The waterslide is fun even for adults. There are hot tubs at the More back of the boat for adults only, if that is what you are looking for. The only draw back to the ship is that it is so big that you take the first couple of days to figure it all out.

The Rooms: We had a balcony room on the Upper Deck (Deck 6). Definitely pay the extra for the balcony. It was wonderful. We would order room service (which is free, but remember to tip them they arent included in prepaid tips) and sit out there and just relax. We saw dolphins and flying fish as we were cruising by. The only bad part about the room was the location. If you chose a balcony, definitely upgrade to Deck 7. Deck 7 is located with rooms above and below you. We were right above the Degas Lounge and could here Karaoke every night.

The Food: My husband and I enjoyed the food. We ate in the dining room for just about every meal. It is mostly the same food as the buffet and you dont have to wait in long lines to get it. You can order as much as you want so it may as well be a buffet too!!! We had the late seating dinner in the Monet Dining Room. Our waiters are the only reason we actually went to dinner every night. Benjamin of South Africa and Razvan of Romania were our waiters. We had our own table, which was awesome. Beware of the cocktailer, Boris from Czech Republic, he will get you to buy and buy and buy!! Very good at his job and not hard on the eyes either!

The Entertainment: We didnt do much of the onboard entertainment. They have lots for you to do but we were there to relax. We saw the comedy show and it was pretty funny. We enjoyed doing the daytime activities like Win, Lose, or Draw. We did Bingo twice&.waste of $40 for 5 mins of time. The best entertainment is the Newlywed Game. This is HILARIOUS!! Make sure you go to Neils Smart Shopper talk. He gives away lots of free stuff. I got some free black pearls. Todd is a very good cruise director and fun to listen too. The casino was fun, we played but lost in there several times.

Embarkation: This was so EASY!! We parked in the Dolphin parking lot for $50 for the week. They transported us and our luggage to the terminal. We walked directly up to the desk, checked in and boarded the ship after the welcome aboard pic of course. This took all of 10 mins and we were off to eat and see our room.

Debarkation: We decided to take our own luggage off the ship and glad we did. We were back to our car by 8:45am and headed on the long road trip home. This is definitely the way to go if you only have a few bags. Montego Bay: Sucks!! This place is dirty. We went on the white water rafting tour and booked it through Carnival at $99 per person. This was a blast until oops went down a waterfall and the boat turned over and we nearly drowned but hey mon no problem. The shopping sucks too, I would say dont bother but if you are like me you have to see for yourself.

Grand Cayman: We booked our excursion through Captain Marvins Watersports. We did the Sting Ray tour with snorkel. It was $39 per person. Way less than Carnival and way better cause they only allow 25 people per trip. The snorkeling was awesome. The tour guide has been feeding a nurse shark for several months so he got it to come out of the cave so we could all see it. The sting ray part was awesome too. I was a big chicken and on my husbands back for the first part but eventually got off and held a sting ray. Just know those sting rays are HUGE!! They bring squid for you to feed the rays. I didnt do that but my husband said it was like a vacuum sucking it out of your hand. The shopping is just the opposite here from Montego Bay. It is catered to tourists but we still didnt find anything we couldnt live without.

Cozumel: The best port of them all. Again we didnt book our excursion through Carnival and WE ARE SO GLAD!! We booked through Eagle Ray Divers. It cost $50 per person for 3 hours of snorkeling. This is a personal one on one tour. It was amazing. The tour guide took us to a shallow area to snorkel and told us the names of the fish we were seeing. He got a sea urchin out of a cave for us to see it. He also brought tortilla for the fish to eat&.who would have ever thought. It was so awesome. There were hundreds of fish inches from our face. The pics of this are amazing. He took us to another snorkel site called the drop off. This was freaky looking. There was no bottom to the ocean!! Right off the port of Cozumel are lots of shops. Same junk as from the other two stops. The only thing we didnt do that we wished we had was rent scooters. People looked like they were having so much fun. *Remember you are on vacation and so is everyone else and not everyone vacations the same way. *Dont buy the Coke Card&.Bring your own, it is allowed. *Beware of the spending on the Sail and Sign card&.you can rack it up quick and not realize it cause this is the only method of payment on the ship. *The alcoholic drinks are worth the crazy prices. They are pretty strong. The first day get a Fun Ship drink and you will have fun on the ship. *Room Service comes quicker if you tip them at least $1 per trip. *Go to the Captains Cocktail Party. FREE DRINKS and lots of them. *The toiletries in the room are free but the bottled water isnt. *Order one of everything at dinner, when else can you try gourmet foods and not pay for them.

We would definitely cruise Carnival again. Carnival Conquest again but only if it goes to other locations. Next year we are doing Carnival again but going on a ship that goes to the USVI. Less

Published 01/03/06

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