We just finished a 7 night cruise, July 30, 2006, from Galveston on the Conquest. The cruise was great with the exception of the shore excursion in Cozumel. The deep sea fishing is 6 persons in a small boat designed for 1 to 2 fishermen. The fishing setup is one chair, fishing from the lower level only because of boat design and size, and rotating each fish hooked to the next person in line for the chair. Boat seating includes one fishing chair, 2 plastic lawn chairs, one beverage cooler, and one fish cooler. The captain's interaction with guests was zero. At approximately $160 per guest or $960 for 4.5 hours, spend your time walking around town.
Against my better judgment, I decided to inform the shore excursion desk to assist future guests. I prefaced my comments by saying I was there only to advise them of our experience and the lack of an accurate excursion description on their website or brochure. We were told about the fishing setup on the dock and also advised to decide the order in which guests would use the one fishing chair. The shore excursion manager was not interested in trying to record our experience for future Conquest guests. She was very interested in trying to display her superior fishing experience, advising us that our expectations were unreasonable, and explaining Carnival's non-responsibility position. I guess she was afraid we were going to ask for some compensation.
My only purpose for this posting is to describe the fishing setup so other guests will not learn on the dock. All of the other portions of our cruise and Carnival Conquest crew interaction were exemplary.