We sailed on the Carnival Conquest out of Galveston on April 25, 2010 to the Western Caribbean. We were in room 7445. The room was fine. The pink in the room was a bit much. When we arrived the bed was set up for two single beds despite the fact we needed them to be together. They fixed that problem the first night. Our room had the over sized balcony on the back of the ship. When we first got on the ship the balcony was dirty. The railing glass was dirty and the deck wood was dirty. When we first got on the ship at noon they told us that we could not go to our rooms until 1:30 PM. They directed us to the buffet dining room. The food was simple, but we thought since it was sail away day it would get better. The buffet never got better. It was all simple food. The buffet would close completely at about 10:00 PM. The only food you could find was the pizzeria or room service. If you called room service any time in the evening for dinner or a snack it would be an hour plus wait. The limited room service menu was mostly a cold sandwich. They served good food in the dining room.
Now the ship. The ship is simply a hotel. The only access you have to the outside is on your own balcony if you were lucky enough to get one or the top deck. There is no other access. This is quite different from the Princess Cruise ships we have been on. On those ships you can walk around each deck and see the ocean, smell the ocean. Not on this ship. You can get through the ship on deck five, but you must go past the cigarette smoke filled casino. On other ships there were two smoke free evenings, but not on this ship. The smoke is so bad; we had to stay away from the casino. We were disappointed in the Carnival Conquest. We were docked in one of the ports next to another cruise ship of another company and found out they had an ice skating rink, a rock climbing wall and other things. The Carnival Conquest only had an outdated water slide. Check out the competition before book with Carnival. Have fun.