My in-laws and my husbands aunt & her friend booked a swamp pop cruise thru a local radio station & a local travel agency they sailed on the Conquest from New Orleans to Key West, Freeport & Nassau. They did not enjoy the trip at all.
This is a combination of my posts from our roll call from the past few days.
Just made final payment. I called to see if there were any price reductions; and our Carnival personal TA said that we had booked at a great rate and that with the new format they use were were in an 8A balcony for $585 per person. So I ask about it since we booked at $729 for us and $299 for our son. She explained that they now average the fare by adding across the board and dividing between the number of passengers per room. (This might be old news; but it's new info to me) she said we are booked at a fantastic rate. This is our 1st Carnival cruise and we have family members on the Conquest now and they are not liking it. They aren't enjoying the food (that's subjective I know) they said the entertainment isn't that great and that it's boring. I can't figure out how ANY cruise is boring. We'll talk to them in length when they come home Sunday.
Spoke to my FIL tonight (they are on the Conquest now)
and he said that customer service was lacking on this cruise.
No coffee when they went to get it or no cups if they did have coffee.
My MIL said the best meal she had all week was a hamburger. Uh oh!
I plan on getting all the facts tomorrow (today) when they get home.
She loves cruising so IDK what made this one bad; but she's not happy
about our upcoming Carnival Conquest cruise in Feb
Spoke to the in-laws today after they got home and she said my FIL wasn't happy with anything so it brought her down as well. She did say the only hot meal she had was minestrone soup. They had a jr suite on deck 7 which she said was nice; but not that much bigger than a regular room. Their room steward was great and they tipped him $50 for the week.
They got 3 bottles of wine, choc covered strawberries & 2 ball caps from the casino so she said they enjoyed that.
This was a Swamp Pop group cruise sponsored by a travel agency and there were cajun bands that played throughout the week. The pool area was supposed to be limited to the cruisers who 'paid for' the swamp pop cruise but the travel agency representative and Carnival did not work together to reserve the area so the pool area was full and the swamp pop cruisers had to stand in the back so other cruisers basically got a 'free' show that day.
Several of the swamp pop cruisers were upset with the overall experience and said they enjoyed the last swamp pop cruise better. One man told my in-laws that he was going to the travel agency on Monday to file complaints.
By day 2 my husbands aunt was ready to go home, she said the cruise was boring. And she loves cruising!
On a positive note, they said it's a beautiful ship, it was clean and they enjoyed the casino.
All of that being said....my FIL is a workaholic and does not know how to relax. He didn't like being out of touch with work (he & my husband own a business together) and not knowing what went on for a week. He had 2 days of no cell reception so he couldn't relax at all.
In my opinion no matter how bad a cruise is; it's still a cruise and it's all what you make it. I'm looking forward to our first Carnival cruise in Feb.