If you are looking for a Fun Ship, and this is your first cruise, look no farther. This huge ship has a party every night and something to do when you thought you would just relax.
When we were searching reviews for our second cruise we read a lot of bragging stories about their Balcony Suite or VIP service. It was easy to see the braggers wearing their Gold Sail & Sign Card everywhere they went. But for the remaining 99% of the crowd, fun was had by all. We were treated like a king and queen while enjoying a nice inside cabin on 6 near midship.
I have heard of people packing for weeks trying not to forget anything when in fact, they carry too much. We took almost twice the required clothing. Never again. We have decided for our next cruise to pack only clothing that will last half of the cruise. For $15, housekeeping can pickup your soiled laundry Wednesday morning and have it back that evening by 6.
In the future we will carry a garment bag with dress clothing for 2 people. After dinner we change back into comfortable attire. The remainder of our luggage consists of a travel roller bag each, the same one we use on Southwest Airlines. Coupled with a small carry on tote bag and you're set to go. Things change when you have kids but their cloths will wash also.
The object is to go for the self assist at Embarkation and Debarkation. There is no fear about loosing luggage or the delay of finding a porter when you have everything in your hands. The on and off process on smaller ships is not so bad but it can be extremely frustrating on a ship the size of the Conquest. On this cruise, we were at port shortly before 6:00 AM Sunday morning. We pulled away from EZ Park at noon. Speaking of EZ Park, those guys worked their butts off too and I didn't see much tipping going on. I have heard $1 a bag is customary but they deserve more. The driver in the old school bus should be commended for an excellent job of lifting the spirits of a bunch of unhappy travelers that had gone through a very frustrating time getting off that ship.
In short, we had a great time and had very few dull moments. Don't settle for buffet style dining because you deserve better. You are on vacation. The dining staff does an excellent job at the Monet plus they put on dandy little musical performances at the conclusion. Don't leave early. Some of these dancers should be dancers at the evening shows. We are in our 60's and had lots of fun. Think of the fun you could have!!!