This was our fourth cruise, having sailed twice with Carnival before and once with Princess. I would say that the food and service on the Conquest were the best of any of the cruises we have been on. Our waiter, Imade, was absolutely the best and made our dining experience particularly enjoyable. He was always friendly, and if we wanted something special, he made every attempt to meet our needs. Our room steward, Tammy, was friendly and responded very quickly to all our requests.
The dEcor of the Conquest was pleasant, with the Impressionist painters theme. Our last Carnival cruise was on the Splendor, which is quite gaudy. Although older and showing its age slightly, we really liked the Conquest better than the Splendor.
We booked an inside room. We have booked balconies before and find we are hardly ever in our room, so we hardly spent any time on the balcony. The inside room was slightly smaller than the balcony and didn't have a couch, but otherwise was pretty much the same. There was plenty of room and closet space for my husband and me.
We lucked out and had John Heald as our cruise director. He was fabulous and very funny and really included the passengers in his presentations. However, the big production shows on the Conquest were very corny and old fashioned. They really need to get a new show with some more modern music.
Embarkation was easy, but disembarking took forever. We had a late flight so left the ship at about 10:30. We stood in line for almost 2 hours to get through customs.
Jamaica: I had read horrible reviews about Jamaica, so we decided to play it safe and did the ship's Sandals excursion. Well, it started out on a bad note but ended pretty well. We were booked for 10:00 to go to Sandals Montego Bay. Our excursion was delayed until 11:00, and when we were on the bus to Sandals, we were told that we were going to Sandals Royal Caribbean instead. We were pretty disappointed until we discovered their private island. They have a boat that goes back and forth to this little island with great food, pool with swim up bar, and friendly staff. We had a great time there.
Grand Cayman: We just shopped and took a taxi to Seven Mile Beach. Taxis cost $4.00 per person.
Cozumel: We did the ship's Isla Pasion by Twister excursion. This was the most awesome excursion, and I highly recommend it. You travel to this beautiful tropical island on a Jet boat that does 360 degree spins. You get soaked, scream a lot, and have an absolutely great time. When you get to the island, all the food and drinks you want are included. The food was very good, with awesome hot salsa. The people were all extremely friendly. It was just an overall great time.