We sailed June22 on the Conquest. I was in awe of this big ship. Of course it was my first cruise if ya'll remember. Embarkment went smoothly and we had a balcony room which was georgus and worth the money, Can;t go to inside cabin now. The boat was just beautiful that's all I can say about it. Our room steward was the best. We had 49 in our group and nobody seemed to have the personal contact with their steward as we did. We tended to our every need above and beyond. Needless to say we showed our gratefulness to her the last day. Our restaurant was Renoir last seating. Regina was our head waiter and she was great. We were a noisey bunch, all 49 sitting in lots of tables and having fun constantly. My husband was sick one night and she sent his dinner up to him. She got tipped extra to. There were so many things to do on the ship we didn't get to do all of them, but surely tried. Met likes to travel one night. Seemed to be having a good time also.
I didn't do an excursion just went with some of the group who had cruised before to their spots and saw lots of sites with them. There were some in our group who did excursions and had a blast. They went to the Falls, which they said was worth it and on the party thing that wasn't crowded or to wild. (think it was called wet and wild).
Some went to the sting rays but that got mixed reviewes because some stingrays get a grip on your hand and don't let go. Be careful.
The food was great all of it everywhere. I was so surprised at the variety.
I am not a picky person so it doesn't take a lot to please me. Oh the infirmary was good also we had two trips there, one with my husband and one with the daughter.
I enjoyed buying the photos taken by the photographers everwhere you went.
As a beginner I probably missed some things I wish now I had done like having a formal picture done on one of the formal nights. The casino did not pay out very well was the only complaint I heard from our avid gamblers. The shows were good, I made 3 of them, played bingo once and shopped in Cozmel. It poured on us there and we were soaked but make it to carlos and charley's anyway. I did find the grand caymens a little snobby sort of but it was the most beautiful of all ports. We went to 7 mile beach there and the Westin. They let you use their facilities but not their chairs.. go figure.
Getting off the ship was another deal, it was well organized just moved a little slow. If you are experienced or have somebody telling you how to do things it helps.
They have walkie talkies you can rent for the ship which come in handy when you can't find somebody in that large boat (excuse me ship).
The only thing I had difficulty with was sleeping. I felt the bed move for the first 3 nights but finally got use to it and no sea sickness for me. I could even look out on the balcony without queezy feelings which surprised me.
It is a good feeling to have a cruise booked, now just have to find another one to do. May not with 49 people this time, but it was the best vacation I ever had, wish I had not waited so long to go.