Our 2nd Carnival cruise. This time we took our boys (23 & 12) and booked two interior staterooms for price, privacy, and space....and less mess/smell from them. We were a little worried that it would take away from the trip.....because the other trip was an oceanview room. However, we realized from before.... that we only spent time in the room for showering/dressing and sleeping. If you're sitting in your little room looking out a small window at the water......you're missing the whole "fun" thing.
The staff of Carnival Conquest are really into customer delight concept. There is total buy-in from the crew on this mantra......especially from the two most important people that will be serving you personally.....the steward and your dining room waiter. On this note, thank you very much to our steward....Agus....for such great attention to detail in maintaining our rooms. It's like the guy was hiding under the bed....just waiting for you to step out of the rooms so he could make them back up for you. Always smiling, addressing me by name, professional, polite, and prompt for the few requests we had.
Our dining experience was superb.....due to the hustle and care given by Gonsales (sp?) a young Indian man. Every fine word you can find, for this guy, isn't enough compliment for the professional service my family enjoyed each evening. The cruise makes you understand again that real "dining" is not just another waddle to the buffet. We did not realize how fast time passed while dining. Each evening meal was approximately 1.5 hours of quality time that our family does not normally enjoy. All the waiters were organized by the maitre de.....Ruwan....another Indian man. Actually came around to the tables and shared a little with you.....friendly and very involved with his staff.
We enjoyed our excursions....couldn't get on a snorkel trip in Key West...so, we booked a couple of mopeds to sight see and had a blast....easy enough there since it is still regular US. Would not have wanted to do this in the Bahamas in case accident or other problems might arise. Did do the morning snorkel in Freeport (nicer water than Key West) and then we took a taxi to the Lucayan beach area.....wow, that's beautiful. Best excursion trip was the Atlantis waterpark and beach day on Paradise Island (next to Nassau). Make sure to leave yourself about an hour before boarding to do some shopping in the area right off the wharf......about 2-3 blocks worth....some great buys and lots of selections.
Hope all this helps someone who's trying to make a decision. It's kind of like having kids.....if you were waiting for the right time....you'd never have them. Glad we went ahead and made this family experience happen.