Carnival LinesCarnival Conquest ReviewJamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Russell & Kathy Green
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Sailing Date: October 22nd, 2006
Carnival Cruise Lines
This was the first cruise for both my husband and I, as well as for my mother, sister, and brother-in-law. My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary. We departed from the Galveston Port. My husband, mother, sister, and I are all from Alice, TX. My brother-in-law is from Dallas, TX. We all met in Galveston.
Embarkation: We were dropped off at the terminal with our luggage while my husband parked the car in the parking lot. There was a $70.00 fee for this parking. Our luggage was almost immediately picked up and checked in and we proceeded to get into a pretty long line. The line seemed to move at a steady pace, but there was never any end. We were in line for about 2hrs while we cleared security and then registered for our sail-n-sign card and room key, then finally made it onto the ship. Though the lines were long, everyone was very friendly and helpful.
THE SHIP: The ship is so big and beautiful. As soon as we pulled into the terminal, we were all in awe at this magnificent site. It was a first for all of us and we were so excited to begin our journey. We had very high expectations. We read several reviews before our trip and were amazed at the very different opinions people had. We chose not to let any negative feedback influence us, so we came aboard with open minds. My husband and I got ourselves a room with a balcony since we were celebrating our anniversary. My mother, sister, and brother-in-law all had inside cabins. All the rooms were very clean and inviting, but I have to say that it is worth the extra money for the balcony. When I cruise again, it will be another balcony. The view is indescribable. You must see it for yourself. The rooms were very comfortable and cool. In fact, the entire ship was slightly chilly and I took a light sweater which came in very handy. It was very easy to forget you were on a ship with all the stairs, elevators, large dining rooms, casino, lounges, pools, gift shops, ect. The only thing that gave it away was the rocking back and forth the first night of sailing. The seas were rough. This can't be helped. Mother nature has a mind of her own. Several people had patches behind their ears (obviously cruised before) Luckily, I took my Dramamine and it helped very well.
FOOD: If you starve on this trip, you have a serious problem. There is so much food throughout the entire day. We were assigned to the Monet dining room for the 5:45pm dinner. We were there the first night. Very impressive. The staff is wonderful. We were seated at our table with another family and all learned a little about each other while we dined. We were told the menu was different every night, but that ended up being our only night in the dining room. We really enjoyed it, but we didn't like having a scheduled dining and chose to go buffet which allowed more flexibility with our other activities. There is something for everyone. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, pizza, ice cream, sushi, and all the juice, tea, coffee, and water you can hold. Sodas and alcohol are extra. You can purchase a fountain card for 37.00 and get all of the soda you want for the entire cruise. It is good for only the person whose name is on the card. They only issue one soda per card. My husband and I shared a card and still had many sodas. There is no cash exchange on board. All shopping, bar drinks, excursions, ect. are charged to your sail-n-sign card. It is then charged to your credit card at the end of your cruise. You are able to keep tab of your spending with the television in your cabin. This is very convenient.
ENTERTAINMENT: This cruise had an amazing cruise director. His name is Mark Price. Absolutely fantastic! The entire crew was fabulous. It is impossible to remember everyone's name. Adriana was our cabin steward and she was amazing. Always had a smile. This was the same of everyone. If they ever had a bad day, you would never know it. All nationalities were represented. One big family!! There is entertainment for everyone. Bingo, comedy (adult comedy after midnight), Las Vegas style shows, music, dancing, talent, karaoke, casino, contests, and more. If you get bored, then you have a problem. There are always the pools and hot tubs.
PORTS: Our first stop was Montego Bay, Jamaica. We chose the Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove. We took a bus for a 2hr ride into Ocho Rios for this trip. We had a tour guide for the trip. Her name was Sasha. She was informative and had a since of humor. The countryside was somewhat disturbing. There is so much poverty. Homes with no doors or windows. This is basically all we saw for the whole 2hrs on the torn up road. What a ride!! I was more motion sick than on the ship. The waterfall was beautiful. We climbed the 600ft waterfall along with hundreds of other tourists at the same time while holding hands forming a chain. The water was very cold, but we adjusted very quickly. The dolphin cove was nice, but could have done without it. The encounter or swim would have been better. We then had another 2hr drive back to the ship. We were approached twice with an offer for drugs. We were warned that there are many locals that are very pushy. Just say no. They will leave you alone.
GRAND CAYMAN: This was our favorite port. The water is beautiful. Our ship was unable to dock due to the shallow port, so we took tendered ferries to land. This was not bad. We chose to take a private excursion with Captain Marvin's Stingray Feed and Snorkel. It was wonderful. I'd do it again. We did a little shopping, then back to the ferry to the ship. Don't miss your ferry.
COZUMEL: Again, you must tender out to
port. We went on the Caverns by Jeep and Beach tour. This was actually in Playa
del Carmen and not Cozumel. We explored a cave and underground connote. We were
able to swim in the crystal clear and very cold water of the cavern. We were
then taken to the beach and served lunch. Excellent!! There was very little time
to shop as we had to get the ferry boat back to the ship.
DISEMBARKATION: This went faster than I had expected. We opted for the self-help leave. This is where you carry all of your own luggage off the ship. We were off by 0930am.
We all enjoyed ourselves so much. We will be booking another cruise sometime in the future. I could go on and on, but everyone has their own opinion. Carnival Cruise Lines is an A+ in our book.