In mid-May we took the Conquest to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. We've been on the western swing with this ship before and liked this just as well or better except for the food. We were really disappointed in the buffet and the dining room. The food had very little seasoning and the variety of the main dishes and the side dishes was not good. Either we were loaded with carbohydrates or the real vegies came as some odd concoction. Overall the quality was diminished from earlier cruises on Carnival. We had more hamburgers, sandwiches and salads than usual because the other options just were not that appealing. And they can't cook beef at all. The steak was tough. The prime rib was tasteless. They need to hire a Texan to do the beef.
We crammed four people - parents and two 18-year-olds - into one of the cheap interior cabins and we did fine. We didn't spend much time there anyway. There's surprisingly good storage space. You just have to be organized. Beds are comforable. Shower is way too small, but we expected that. The crew was slow to get it cleaned each morning and evening. Sometimes we'd come back 3-4 hours later and they still hadn't done it.
The ship's crew did a fine job as usual other than the stewards being kind of slow to clean the room each morning and afternoon. The entertainment was good, but the best bands weren't in the lounges, they were in the casino walkway. The caribbean band by the pool was good, but the duo they had the last few days in the lobby and by the pool were awful.... ran us out of both locations.
Good trip other than the rain and the onboard food.