This is our third trip with Carnival. Our previous trips have been on the Elation and Inspiration. The Conquest is by far the best ship of the three. Since we live near the Galveston area, it was easy to drive down and park with no problems. We took the advice on this forum and arrived at the port by 10:30 am with only short waits involved. We enjoyed eating our lunch and visiting with friends who were also on the cruise until we were able to go to our staterooms at 1:30 p.m. There were 8 adults, 2 young adults (20ish)and 5 recent high school grads. There were quite a few grad parties aboard.
Our staterooms were on the lowest level (Riviera) in the very back of the ship. We have usually been on this deck or one above on our other cruises, but being on the back of the ship was pretty noisy and had lots of vibrations at times. It's location in proximity to elevators and dining options via the elevators was very convenient, however.
Food was good as usual and service was excellent. Activities and entertainment was very good too. There was at times a strong sewer odor in some parts of the ship, otherwise, the ship was clean. This ship can hold a lot of people but we found that we waited very little in lines. Other ships we have been on have seemed much more crowded.
The kids of our group took the snorkel/Margaritaville catamaran excursion in Jamaica and loved it. We have previously been to Jamaica and done the Dunn River Falls trip, which was good. In an effort to save money, some of us went on the $15 trolley, which drops you off in various spots in Georgetown. We would definitely not do this again. It took us to some unscheduled stops and would not take us to some spots that were advertised. We did end up at the Georgetown Margaritaville, which is the best one of all of them, and not to be missed. Other members of our party golfed at White Witch and loved it, and took the rum plantation tour, which they said was good, but was way too long of a drive. We were made aware of an incident that happened to a young couple on the ship who had opted to take a taxi into town to buy liquor and were involved in an unfortunate situation, so heads what the ship tells you about taxis!!
In Grand Cayman, we all opted to do the 7 mile beach tour, be aware that you will shell out an additional $10 for a beach umbrella upon arrival and additional taxi fee (nominal) if you want to leave the beach earlier. I found that you could take a taxi for less to the beach and they let you out in about the same area as the tour. The beach is not to be missed. Absolute perfection. (We have previously done the Stingray swim, which is great). The shopping in the Caymans is awesome and you don't have to worry what you eat and where, and the people are great. I highly recommend attending the shopping for gems presentation that the ship provides. I learned many things that were quite helpful, and if you see what you want in one place, it is true that you should buy it then, you may not see it at the next port.
This was our third trip to Cozumel and we have previously done the Dune Buggy trip and various island/snorkeling trips. This time we opted to do the Dolphin Swim at Chakaknaab (through Shoretrips.com) This was a fun excursion but my only gripe is that you are "herded" around to view your video of interacting with the dolphins and see your photos. Chakaknaab is very clean and nice,with shower and changing facilities. We ate at Senor Frogs, and of course, did alot of shopping.
We did the self help in getting off the ship. I have never been on a ship that didn't call the upper floors first so we did wait around for several hours, but used the porter once we got on the pier and it was faster. We were homeward by 11 am.