I want to say thank you to Carnival and their awesome hospitality. My wife and I along with our two children traveled by car from near Tampa Florida. This is our second cruise with Carnival with our previous cruise being out of Tampa on the Legend. We arrived at embarkation port at Miami around noon...kudo's to the Port of Miami and Border Security, we were all checked in and on board within 30 minutes of arrival. Let's talk about the ship. The Conquest is a beautiful ship with a French Impressionist theme. We were greeted by friendly staff upon entering on the Lobby Deck(all the great information from excursions to customer service is located here). We took the shiny glass elevator up to the Lido deck on 9. We had a delicious lunch at Restaurant Cezanne which is the cruise buffet. A hidden gem to look out for...check out Fish and Chips for great seafood on the second floor of the buffet. The food at the buffet, Guy's Burger Joint and they had a cool taco/burrito bar were all fresh, hot and good. The food on the ship was great with no bad meals for our party of four, for the entire 7 day cruise. We ate at the Renoir Restaurant and Gusti was a great Head waiter. The food was always interesting and satisfied even my youngest child's picky eating habits. Gusti and his staff were attentive and provided outstanding customer service. We ate breakfast most days in the Monet Restaurant and were happy with the food selection and service. Overall, we were happy with our food.
Our cabin which was 1241 was located on the Rivera deck and was an oceanview cabin. It was spacious enough for two adults and children(fold out bed and bunk bed, we had a king). The room stewards cleaned the room and did a turn down service in the evening. No complaints with the room or staff.
Children activites-my oldest daughter who is 13 participated in Circle C, this is the group from 12-14 year old's. She had fun doing scavenger hunts, watching movies with friends she met, and played video games. There was always an activity to keep her busy if she wanted to spend time away from the family. My 10 year old enjoyed Camp Carnival. She could not keep herself away from all the activities. The highlight was the Glow Stick party until 3am Friday night. The nice thing was that a staff member brought her back to the stateroom so we knew she was safe and secure.
We did one excursion during our trip and this was one of the only downsides to the cruise. In St. Thomas we went to Magen's Bay. The trip to the beach was adventurous with an open air truck taking us up a winding scenic road that stopped at Drake's Point(famous explorer) to take pictures of the beautiful town and ocean below. The beach which is heralded as a top 10 beach by National Geographic was just so-so. The area to lay out is very skinny with hardly any room to spread out a towel. The view was nice with an island jutting up out of the water in the distance but that did not overcome the feeling of overcrowding we had on the beach.
Activities on board were numerous and fun. We really enjoyed Trivia with Bruno, Emily and the rest of the staff. We spent tons of time hitting up the comedy club, karoake, trivia, and crafts. Gary and Matt were the cruise director and assistant cruise director and both were very entertaining and informative. The shows were great. We saw all three showings of Hasbro the Game Show(felt like a TV production), The Brits and Diva's. The performers sounded good and performed their hearts out. The first showing of Diva's was cancelled due to heavy rocking of the ship due to inclement weather but Gary had the group come out and give us a taste of things to come and it was worth the wait. We really enjoyed Matt (assistant cruise director) and Gary(Cruise director). Both were very active in all of the activities on board and they worked very well together. Both did a great job, teasing each other and joking around to the benefit of the people on the cruise.
We disembarked on December 1st and were picked up by a relative. The only problem with getting off of the ship was that people on board were not listening to the times being called and were crowding the gangway which slowed down the process. We had no issues upon leaving the ship and the port porter and Border Security were both efficient and friendly.
Bravo Carnival for making this a Thanksgiving to remember.