by Buddy Griggs
June 18, 2006
First time cruisers, I'm 51,wife is 45, three boys ages 10,17,18. We have just returned from a wonderful vacation on the Conquest. We left Galveston and visited the islands of Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.We were pleased with the cruise and Carnival exceeded all expectations we had.The ship was clean and neat, the staff was wonderful and the food for the most part was very good. I would like to address a few concerns I read on this web site about the Conquest.
There was one small area of the ship that smelled of sewage, but otherwise the ship was odor free except for the smokers. The casino reeked of cigarette smoke but the parts of the ship I frequented, Lido deck, Promenade deck, all outdoor areas and the Renoir dining room were smoke free. The food was great on board except for lunch in the Cezzane dining room, I didnt enjoy the selections on our days at sea but there are plenty of other options on board. Kudos must be handed out to the wait staff on the entire ship, they were kind, helpful and incredibly entertaining, I will never forget the "showtime" during our evening meals when the wait staff would dance and sing to everyone's enjoyment. Our waiter was Marcus and he was awesome. Cruise director Todd was fun with plenty of activities to enjoy if thats your bag. Our steward was Alfred and our room was clean and neat everytime I entered it. The ship experience was great and the most relaxing time I've ever had on vacation.
Our shore excursions were all fun, we did the Rose Hall Beach Resort, great fun for the youngest at the water park. The rest of Jamaica was beautiful I'm sure but Montego Bay is not a good place to wander around, get a tour and see the rest of the Island, or at least take a cab from the dock and go to Sunset Beach, great place and just 5 minutes from the boat. Grand Cayman and Cozumel are lovely islands with friendly people, we did the jeep and snorkle tours and were pleased with both, lots of fish, great scenery, pristine beaches and plenty of good food. Miguel and Andre of the "Eco Jeep and Snorkle tour" in Cozumel were awesome, you would have a great time with these two. Our trip was fantastic, hats off to Carnival's Conquest and it's staff, it is a "Funship" as they say.