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Age: 49


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Conquest

Sailing Date: 2008-12-30

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

Great cruise, but the Texans were horrible. You leave from Galveston, so it's a popular starting point for many Texans I'm sure. I was surrounded by Hank Hill, his family, and his neighbors. God love 'em, Texans can be really nice one-on-one, but get them in a group of two or more and watch out! Suddenly these ego-centric rednecks are loudly and arrogantly trying to prove everything about them and their state is better than everything about you and your state. Elegant evening in the dining room, and there are a bunch of loud Texans in ball caps and tee-shirts. They should have a seperate ship for these people. Don't mess with Texas, indeed. I'd just as soon embark in another state. It's good incentive to try the Eastern Caribbean cruise next, which leaves from Miami.
Great food, from the quickie snacks to the formal evening meal to the reservations at The Point.
Clean, freshened up twice a day, couldn't ask for more. Plenty of room considering you're only there to sleep and shower. Far better service than most hotels.
Plenty to do, lots of variety. Incredible really.
You had better like shopping, the water, or both if you take an excursion. These activities can't be beat in these locations. The Mexicans and the Cayman residents will bend over backward for you. The Jamaicans are real people in a real country with a real culture, so they are more human, but still easy to work with, just don't let them push you around. Stand your ground on everything from taxi rides to the price of goods and services. Jamaica is a beautiful country, maybe my favorite stop. If you are taking a tender boat back to the ship, be sure to find out the possible wait times and show up early. It's a shame to have to cut your excursion short, but we got to the pier an hour early only to stand in line in the heat for another hour before we got on our tender boat. It took nearly two hours to get back to the ship. Evidently, the Disney cruise ship beat us to the tender boats, and I wish I had at least been told. Our cruise director apologized profusely, so this may be an isolated incident. Besides the rude loud Texans, this was the only other low point of the cruise.
Well, if it gets better than this, I'm not sure how. Even loud rude Texans couldn't spoil my fun. I may try another cruise line, but I'm certain I'll do a Carnival cruise again some day.

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