Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by mmakar
- Sail Date: October 2015
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Interior
Let me start with embarkation. We arrived at the port at noon and found a one hour line to board the ship. The muster drill was worse. Why does Carnival make everyone stands 3 inches from their fellow passengers on the deck in the heat? Why do they hand count? Princess (owned by Carnival) allows passengers to sit in lounges and common areas, uses bar codes to count passengers to review the safety rules. Our CD loves to hear himself talk. He spoke s-l-o-w-l-y with many pauses while reviewing the safety procedures having no concern for older passengers standing in the heat. Make sure you don't buy liquor on the ship, you are not allowed to pick it up until the morning of embarkation. This morning at 6am I stood in line for nearly an hour waiting while a few confused Carnival crew attempted to pass out purchases.
Overall the service in the dining rooms was slow and servers were not attentive. Carnival is saving money by skimping on tablecloths, requiring passengers in the dining room to fill their own water glasses, limiting the dining room menu items, bathroom amenities have been totally eliminated and don't count on chocolates at night on your pillow. There was no captain's party. Remember that free drink ticket you used to get for being a gold, platinum or diamond member - you still get it but can only use it on the last night of the cruise after 5pm. I guess Carnival is hoping most will forget and they will save more money.
As a long time shareholder and previous passenger that used to promote Carnival to new cruisers as "pretty good'...well let's just say those words won't come out of my mouth anymore. We are done with Carnival.
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