This was our first cruise. We are in our 30s and left the children at home. My sister-in-law and her husband also came who stayed next door. Overall, we had an awesome time. We flew in one day early as part of our package and stayed at Hotel Tremont in Galveston, TX. The Lone Star motorcycle rally was going on that weekend. Except for having to deal with the extra traffic, the rally was an experience. We had never seen so many motorcycles in our life. Hotel Tremont was staffs was polite, but acted "stuffy".
Embarkation: We were dropped of by our hotel van about 12:30. The process was pretty painless. Crowd control was great. Lines was smooth. We were eating lunch at the Lido deck by 1:00. We were told that our cabins will be ready by 2:00, and it was.
Room service: 24 hour service via simple telephone. Rated 90% for accuracy, 98% for promptness, and 100% for service with a smile. Limited menu only, mostly sandwiches and snacks. Be sure to order double of cookies and brownies, because the portions are very small. You tip at the time of delivery, usually 1 dollar.
Cabin staffs: Very friendly and very accommodating. Our cabin staff was very quick with our request and our room stayed very clean. He gets and A+ and rated 100%.
Supper Club: We did not have a chance to use this service. Book early if you want to eat at The Point. By the time we wanted to try it it was too late. There is an extra $30 pp.
Casino: We enjoyed every moment we lost our money. Atmosphere was okay. It was a bit crowded in the evening. Staffs was cheerful while they take your $$$. Expect to loose, winning is rare. Rated 90% for entertainment purposes only. The casino is closed while at port.
Spa and Fitness Center: Did not use. Plenty of ways to exercise by walking and using the stairs. Not rated.
Camp Carnival: Visited the facility for future references. Left the kids at home, ha ha ha. They looked like they were having fun. They had their own private area. Looked clean and organize. It was announced that there were over 500 children on board. We hardly noticed any children, they must keep them busy. Not rated.
Renoir Dinning Room: We had early seating at 6:15 pm. We had met some new friends from our tables. It was setup with 2 couples per table with 3 tables together. We had a blast. The service was perfect. Our headwaiter was Rommel and his assistant Chalinee for table 136. We could have not asked for a better service. They were personable and very professional. After the first night, they called us by our names and knew our favorites. Accuracy was A+ 100%, Attitude was A+ 100%. Tip them nicely, they work very hard. They also perform dances and singing right before dessert. It was marvelous. The food was rated 94%, many choices available. Food had great presentation, bland at times. Seafood was excellent. Don't be afraid to ask for extra of something if you like, the portions were small. The breads and desserts were A+, 95% for the bakers. I cannot say enough for dinning experience, we looked forward to it every night.
Monet Dinning Room: We ate there for breakfast. No reservations required. Be ready to be seated randomly with people. Food was good and service was good. They were not as friendly as staffs at dinner. We met some older folks who had cruised 20+ times. They said that the Conquest is one of their favorites. We only tried eating here once. Never tried it for lunch. We were much too busy.
Other foods: The sushi bar was open only on certain time, it was good. The sandwich restaurant was better than "Subway". The seafood fish and chip located on the top deck was good, only got to try it once. The oriental restaurant had some very nice staffs, food had limited menu but taste was great. Did not try the specialty coffee shop, it cost extra. The piano bar had afternoon tea with various desserts, try at least once, it was excellent. The lido on the ninth floor is where the most food are! You gain a pound for every hour you stay on this floor, and no I am not kidding. The grill had great steak sandwiches. The pizza is served 24 hrs a day, try the calzone it is worth the wait. Soft serve ice-cream 24 hrs availability.
Entertainment: The cruise director Todd was SUPER!!! He was full of energy and exceptional. Todd and his helpers Sarah and Jen had given us memories to last a lifetime. The comedy shows and magic show was A+ 99%. Comedy show was kind of "risque" at times, but they warn you at the begriming and only happens at night. The Conquest dancers were young and some seems very inexperienced. The dancers gets B+ for effort. Don't miss the ice carving in the lido deck in the afternoon on the first formal night. They also had a hairy chest contest that was so funny I could not contain myself. There was so much to do! If you get bored, it is your fault. Todd and his helpers gets A+ 100+.
The Captain: Got to meet him personally on first formal night's cocktail party. He seems very nice. He was Italian. I loved his accent. The captain and his crew did a great job "manning" the ship. Very little movement noted, smooth sailing 99% of the time.
Ports of Calls: Montego Bay, Jamaica was kind of scarry with too many people approaching you to take their Taxi. The people was very pushy. We went to Doctor Cave Beach and Margaritaville. It was fun. Try to go the bank across the street and take home some Jamaican money for souvenir. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands was rushed. We took a tour through Carnival. Turtle farm received some damage from hurricane Ivan and still under construction. The "hell" stop was very rushed and not much there, be sure to send a postcard to your preacher that you had been to Hell and back, he he he. The sting ray was my highlight of my vacation. Swimming with the sting rays was an experience we will never forget, don't forget your water camera. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico not as much bargain as I thought. Don't fall for the timeshare spill they offer you. They tell you that there is food and refreshments and "free stuffs". Just skip it, you will waste 2 hours of your precious port time. Just say Nooooooooo way. We wished we were able to go to Cozumel : ( , maybe next time.
Disembarkation: We had VIP tags due to immigration process (I am a Filipino Citizen) Overall it was organize. We met in a nice lounged and they checked off our names and off we went to be checked out together.
Summary: The ship was beautiful and huge. The staffs was great. I will go on this cruise again. Thanks to Carnival! Thank you Todd.