Fun, Fun, Fun First Cruise: Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by kensroomie

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Fun, Fun, Fun First Cruise

Sail Date: February 2009
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Galveston
We booked the Carnival Conquest Winter Western Caribbean 7-day cruise through a local travel agency who provided transportation to the Port of Galveston on a comfortable tour bus. The agency handled our baggage and boarding the ship was super easy as they dropped us at the ship. We had requested oceanview rooms close together and were pleased to be only 4 rooms apart. The Conquest had just returned from dry dock so everything was very clean and in good working condition. Our stateroom was quite comfortable with nice amenities, including luxurious bathrobes that could be worn to the spa or pool. There was ample storage for all our clothing, however, we did bring extra clothes hangers.

We traveled the first week of February, and the weather was quite windy which cancelled some of our optional excursions and in two ports caused the ship to be docked on the opposite side of the island, which was somewhat inconvenient. However, the staff and crew were more than More accommodating to ensure that transportation was available.

The food was excellent and we chose to eat most of our meals in the main dining room. The Lido Deck buffet is information but pretty much like any other buffet line. The wait staff was above expectations and made us feel very special.

Entertainment on the ship was about par. We took in several shows but opted to skip the magic show and the comedian. The Casino was friendly with 3 of the 4 of us coming home winners. We saw several big winners in the Casino, which was unexpected, but made the trip even more exciting.

The spa was wonderful and offered a good variety of services at reasonable prices. We did not use the pools or waterslide as it was pretty chilly with the wind, but they are average size and met our expectations.

Carnival is a fun cruise line. We had two formal evenings, but even at that we saw people who were in Sunday best or business attire. Oh the other hand, we thought it was fun to get gussied up and posed for lots of pictures.

One of our group has cruised several times on Royal Caribbean and comparatively, she said Carnival was more reasonably priced but also not as luxurious. I think that comes from the fun-theme that Carnival promotes.

Disembarkation, both at designated ports and also at the end of the cruise, was very impressive and smooth. The cruise card system works great, and we will very likely do another Carnival cruise next winter perhaps to the Bahamas. Less

Published 03/27/09

Cabin review:

Comfortable bedding, plenty of storage for two women, take extra hangers, nice bathrobes provided, good variety of amenities, could not hear PA in room, had to open door to hear speakers in the hall. Ship layout is confusing and hard to get around, but I think that's common on most ships.

Port and Shore Excursions

Well, coming from Texas, Cozumel was just another view of Mexico!! Again, our water tour was cancelled so we opted for a bus tour which took us to a tequila factory (a complete disappointment), then through a jungle to the beach where we were allowed a 5 minute walk on a reef (but it was frightening because there were some questionable locals lurking about and we were in a very desolate area). On the return back to the ship, the tour guide took us to a country market where he bragged he could get us much better prices than at the new marketplace at the Cozumel pier. Well, that was a huge joke and we did not see one passenger on the bus return with anything other than a bottle of soft drink. However, the marketplace at the pier is new and the prices are great, and we picked up several souvenirs. There are some good restaurants and the shops are upscale. It is a beautiful market and easy access on and off the ship.
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At Grand Cayman, the Conquest was forced to dock on the back side of the island due to the high winds. We had signed up for a catamaran ride to Stingray City, but all water excursions were cancelled. Instead, we took an island bus tour which took us to area called Hell, the Tortuga Rum Cake store and the Turtle Farm. Grand Cayman is awesome very beautiful, very rich in culture as well as monetary wealth, and we would love to return to see more of the downtown Georgetown area and beautiful beaches.

Montego Bay, Jamaica, is beautiful, but scary. We were warned not to travel alone because the locals who offer the sale of drugs. We selected a beach excursion to Negril, which was a 45 minute narrated drive, where we were treated to 3 hours on the beach at Margaritaville with lunch. The sand is beautiful and the resort provided beach loungers and cabanas with a beachside bar service. There were vendors along the beach and also a presence of police and security. On the return trip to the ship, we stopped briefly at a market to pick up trinkets. It was a fun day, but Jamaica is a very poor country and I would definitely not suggest a self-guided tour.

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