Out experience with Carnival Cruise line has been great in the past, but if this was our first I would think twice about ever taking a cruise again..My companion answered a Carnival Conquest evaluation and was notified his review was not publishable...The review did not meet their criteria, which makes me suspect they only publish positive reviews.
Our cabin was in a good location, aft, on the sixth floor and had a balcony which was very nice. Our first indication this might not be a great cruise was the boat drill, we have never gone to a boat drill so unorganized and slipshod. We were told we did not need to tak eour life vest to the drill and herded into the crowded deck with no instructions, there was a crew member giving some instructions we could not hear or see, as passengers talked and waited. This was frightening,we have been on quite a few other ships and coud only think if there was a disaster we were in real trouble.
The other problems were multiple but the worst was the worn out mattress, lumpy and hard. Our cabin steward supplied a mattress pad, at our request, that made us at least able to sleep on it.
Our head waiter in the dining room, German, was incompetant, He was rude and did not get our food to us before it was cold. repeatedly mixed up who ordered what, even to actually bringing a salad to my companion he did not order and when he was told it was for the lady across from him snatched it away and delivered it to her as if nothing had happened. We had to request the desert menu almost every night and were the last to exit the dining room. All this seems like not so much until you compare it with our other cruises on Carnival and other Cruise lines.
The other big negative was the entertainment, it was 6 or seven dancers and singers and a light show behind them. There was a comedian juggler that was what you might see in a amatuer show somewhere.
There were many other little things but the topper was the disembarkation. We were told our group would be the 19th group to leave the ship, this sounded like we might be one of the last and we waited until 11A/M
in the public rooms, to start debarking, some of the passsengers we spoke with had number 39 group, wonder when they made it off the ship. My ADVICE is do not let an experieince like this happen to you.