I enjoyed this cruise more than the my two previous cruises. The Conquest was a beautiful ship. The food was absolutely fabulous. I was disappointed with the food on the Ecstasy so this was a pleasant surprise. We had dinner in the dining room six out of seven nights. We choose Your time Dining. This worked out great for us and we were able to meet more people this way when were seated at a table with others or near others. Even with over 3000 quests on board we always seemed to keep running in to some of the people we sat with at dinner which was so nice. The last two nights they seated us by ourselves and we did not enjoy that as much. The staff in the dining from were friendly and very helpful. We did not have any problems with anything with ordered or any of the staff. One thing I do recommend is that you let them know right away if you want iced tea to drink otherwise they will serve you water. Someone will come around to take your bar order as well. The night lobster was on the menu I requested two lobster tails as this is one of my favorite foods that I rarely ever eat. They brought me my plate with just one lobster tail (which was fine) however when I was finished, they brought another complete plate of lobster with the grilled shrimp and veggies. WOW, I was not expecting that and of course could not eat it all but I did enjoy the second lobster tail and shared the grilled shrimp with Audra. Most days for breakfast we ate on the LIDO deck. Audra loved the breakfast tacos and arepas at the Blue Iquana Cantina. She ate here every morning except the one day we went to the Punchliner Comedy Brunch. The food was great but the service is slow. (but friendly as always) Our favorite lunch spots were Guys Burgers and Blue Iquana Cantina. I did check out the Fish & Chips place but they did not have anything on the menu that interested me that day. We did visit the Taste Bar the first night and really enjoyed it. I wish we would have went the other 3 nights it was offered as well but, we did not make it. We both sampled the pizza as well and liked it. Neither of us are big drinkers however, Audra ordered the Mocha Getaway (something like that) and really liked it. My favorite drink was a Guava frozen drink that was peach in color and not too strong. Audra really enjoyed the coffee place on the 5th deck for cold coffee every morning. Reni the server knew her by name by the second morning and always greeted her by name. The desserts were probably our overall favorite. We rarely ever eat dessert at home during the week so this was a real treat. Only minor complaints: 1) The iced tea on the LIDO deck was too strong and I poured it out more than once. 2) We appreciated the free drink as past quests however, wish we could have ordered it somewhere else other than the Punchliner Comedy brunch dining room. We do not drink at breakfast and had to go back before 1pm to get it. The wait was long this way.
Our room was on the six floor. I think it was room #6245 or 6345. Our steward Bukari was exceptional. I loved the towel animals he left every night. He was always friendly and helpful. I requested more breathe right bandages and he brought them right away. However, they did not work well and I had to move to another room for the last two nights of our cruise so my friend Audra could sleep. The guest relations department was exceptional in assisting us with this issue as well. Our room was small but it was comfortable and clean. Mary Ann was my steward in my new room upstairs on the 10th floor. She was also wonderful, friendly and helpful. The only complaint I have about the six floor room was that it was right above a room with loud music & singing that lasted until 11pm or 12pm almost every night. This really did not bother me much however, it was a big problem for Audra.
We decided to attend two of the shows after dinner.. Divas and Latin Nights. We missed part of Diva's. I was not blown away but they were both entertaining. Two nights we went to the Punchliner Comedy Club for the family comedy show, we saw Jason Blanchard and Russ Nagel. They were both great, especially Russ. The Red Frog Caribbean Deck party was alot of fun as well. The entertainment staff passed out beads, floral hair barrets, glow in the dark braclets, colorful bandanas etc, We both danced during the group dances which was alot of fun. We both just loved our cruise director Gary and his staff. He was so funny. The only complaint I have about the entertainment was the Seaside Theatre on the Lido Deck. Three out of the seven nights they played Blind Side which is an older movie. I wanted to see newer movies and a different one every night. Same situation with the movie channel in our cabin on the tv. Only three different movies played in seven days. Both Audra and I like to watch movies so this is something we would have enjoyed more, had they played newer movies and a larger variety. We did also catch Hasbro the Gameshow twice. I tried hard to be chosen to play on stage but.. no luck.
I purchased more at the on board shops on this ship than my previous cruises. I did notice that some of the "Deals" were actually regular price through out the week like the $10 accessories. One day the 2 for $20 t-shirts were on sale for $4.88. Audra was able to go to this sale however, I missed it. I did purchase a beautiful beaded bracelet for my mother and a pretty scarf for my grandmother in the gift shops on the ship. The six pack of Tortuga rum cakes seemed to be a better price on the ship as well. (I purchased for gifts for friends & family).
Overall, we truly had an amazing time on the Carnival Conquest.