Just returned from our first cruise on the Conquest with ports of call in Jamaica and Grand Cayman. This 7 day cruise should have also stopped in Cozumel but was diverted due to the H1N1 virus - we spent an extra 'fun day at sea'.
Embarkation was pretty simple. We spent the night before on the Island at the Holiday Inn so we were minutes from the port. We parked at Lighthouse Parking, $50 for 7 days. They were very efficient - no complaints. The porters at the port however said they do not recommend Lighthouse because their pick up/drop off point is the farthest walk from the entry/exit and they said they did not have a reliable pick up and drop off schedule - we did not find this to be true in our case.
We boarded at 11:30 and got to our rooms at 1:00 - not bad. Plenty of bar staff to greet you with a drink of the day to pass the time.
We were assigned to early seating - 6:00 pm. We received plenty of advise to change to the late seating because 6:00 is tough to make after the days activities. With 2 kids - 10 and 12 years old - the late seating was too late and with the exception of a couple of days, we had no problem making the 6:00 seating. Our waiters were great, very attentive and even offered multiple entrees if we didn't seem pleased with our choice or just wanted more (lobster!)! All of the main courses were excellent with the exception of the beef which no matter the cut or dish, was tough and over cooked. Deserts were delicious - the kids loved the chocolate melting cake - I loved the creme brulee and the orange souflee. Breakfast in the dining room was good - not great - but we preferred it to the buffet style in the Cezanne Dining Room. The best breakfast item in the Cezanne had to be the Omelet - there is an Omelet station for made to order. We tried the burgers from the Lido Deck - fair. The seafood from Sur Mur - fair. Pizza next to the adult only pool was pretty good - passed the kid test. Soft serve ice stations were great! We used room service for lunch quite a bit and late night deserts. You can get a great Ruben and Turkey sandwich from room service. Beware the PB&J - it's grilled paninni style - weird. We didn't try dinner at The Point because it seemed pricey for kids ($30pp) but would try it next time based on the quality of beef in the regular dining room. Overall I would say the food was 'good'.
Camp Carnival (9-11 year olds) and Circle C (12-14 year olds) was, and I quote, 'AWESOME'. The kids were never bored and met lots of friends.
We saw three shows, Point and Click - don't waste your time - very random and hard to follow. The comedy show was great - can't remember the name of the comedian but he does two shows - a 'G' rated and an 'R' rated. We saw the 'G' show and enjoyed it. Also went to the magic show which was entertaining - a little cheesy but fun to watch.
The jumbo screen on Lido Deck was great. The late night movies were fun and they also broadcast events live from different parts of the ship so you can attend without leaving your deck chair! Speaking of deck chairs, if you want one on the Lido deck, get there by 10:30 am.
Room stewards were exceptional - we loved the towel animals and our steward taught us how to make one of them. Our room was kept clean and neat, ice bucket stayed full and we always had fresh beach towels. Didn't have a single complaint here.
Pictures - throughout the cruise there are many opportunities to have your picture taken and they are displayed for purchase. Speaking from experience, if you wait until the last day, you will have to dig through hundreds of prints in no particular order to find yours. If you see one or many that you have to have, buy them on the day they are displayed or you might not find them again.
Disembark - a breeze. We did self assist and grabbed the first porter we saw and we were in our car by 8:30 am. This was a great vacation with kids. For a fun filled vacation we would do this again. For myself, if I want relaxing, I will probably find a quiet beach somewhere.