Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by do1036

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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean

Sail Date: February 2007
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
We started our trip on a very sunny Sunday afternoon. The embarkation was painless. We got on the ship had some lunch at the buffet and right away the food was not very good. The staff seemed standoffish and unfriendly. As we toured the ship we noticed that all the windows throughout the ship were very dirty which took away from the view of the ocean. The ship was very hard to navigate. If you were located center or aft on the ship you had to walk through the dining room to get to the main area of the ship. The ship was very unorganized. The decorations were loud and very unpleasant to the eye and this coming from a man. We made it to our balcony room by about 2PM. Again the window were dirty the room nothing special and the curtains leading out to the balcony were torn with an amateur sewing job that made them look worse rather than better. The balcony was nice. We were excited about the prospect of ordering breakfast in bed the next morning and enjoying it on our balcony. We lounged More around took a nap and dinner came around. We noticed that even though we booked our cruise 8 months out that we did not receive the early dinner time we requested. We were surprised, they said that times are on a first request service when you make your reservation. Not true we met a person who booked the cruise a few days before it left and they had an early seating time. There were even people with early times that requested later dinner times. You were assigned one dining room and had to eat there the entire cruise unless you wanted to pay a premium to eat somewhere else. The service was subpar. My iced tea sat empty most of the time we barely had time in 2 hours to finish dinner and dessert. The food was worse than most restaurants on land. It was dry and there was not much of a selection throughout the cruise. Carnival is a party cruise liner so if you dont like to party all the time steer clear. There really was not a variety of activities for all types of people. Most activities were the same day after day. They tried to sell you something every chance they got. They even tried to pitch a vacation club that was a rip off. The ships railings had varnish flaking off throughout. The ship seemed alot more crowded than the Grand Princess we sailed the year before. The shows were entertaining and were definitely the strong point of the cruise. The cruise did stop at some nice spots: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. By about Day 4 we were counting the days to get off the ship. On the final day before we disembarked I asked a man at the pursers desk what he expected the weather to be like in Galveston. He told me that they did not have that information at the current time. I had been at the pursers desk earlier and they told me that they would have it in about 30 minutes. So I explained this to the gentleman. I told him that they said that they needed the manager to log onto the internet so they can get the weather. He said that was not true and they got the weather from the captains deck. I asked if he could just look it up on their internet since I needed to know because I had flown my own private airplane to Galveston and the weather was a big deal to me. He said and I quote "if it is such a big deal to you why dont you go to the internet cafe and look it up yourself." That was the straw that broke the camels back. No more Carnival for us. Last year on Princess we were sad to leave. Princess treats you like a King and Carnival like a clown. We are through with carnival and are going back to Princess or may try Royal Caribbean. Hope this saves someone some money and grief. Dan Less

Published 03/01/07

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