We sailed on the Conquest from Dec 5 - 12. Hubby and I in early 30s, this is our 3rd cruise, 2nd on Carnival Conquest. We thought we knew what to expect.
Getting on and off was very simple, no problems with that.
We were very disappointed overall with the weekly itinerary. We would say over 75% of passengers were older people and it was tailored to them. Bingo, trivia, library hour...not very much going on. Our first cruise on Conquest 4 years ago, it was a party ship, too much, that we weren't sure if we were going to cruise with them again. This time, total opposite, plus the cold front reached to the Bahamas, making our excursions, windy and chilly. And we could only tolerate a certain amount on time on the outside deck. The Lido deck was dead most of the time, which is unusual, they did play some movies at night, but too chilly for us to be outside.
Crew did not seem as pushy this time to buy drinks and photos, which was nice. Overall crew and staff are very nice and we appreciate there attitude.
Food was okay, no need to worry about gaining weight. Almost the same items are served at breakfast everyday. For lunch we usually ate from the Mongolian Grill, very good, but be prepared to wait in line. Quite a bit of fresh fruit is served, apples, pears, bananas, melon, watermelon, we enjoyed that, since we both love fruit. They did have a chocolate buffet at noon one day, we are not chocolate people, but enjoyed all the fruit that was offered. And at midnight one night, they did have Mexican buffet, too late for us to try.
We went to one magic show; it was good, but not great. The Conquest Band was pretty good, they usually played live for Karaoke. Karaoke was fun the first night, but then the same people kept participating over and over.
Nassau is a beautiful place; we enjoyed a short excursion to the Blue Lagoon, total worth it, about 30 min boat ride from Nassau. Crystal blue water with white sand. I would say no more than 100 tourists on the island. They have a dolphin and seal encounter for extra and you can rent bikes or other stuff too.
Freeport was okay, took taxi into town and went to beach, too cold to get in. Shopped around, vendors are very pushy. Probably would not return to this place, if warmer, would go to beach behind the hotels. Don't forget to try the Conch Salad and the Conch Fritters, these were a treat, very delicious. The Conch salad is like a Ceviche, if you like that, you will like the Conch salad. The fritters are like huge hushpuppies, but very yummy.
Key West is a very neat place; we did shopping and ate Cuban food, key lime pie on a stick, delicious. Hubby tried snuba, but because of weather, excursion was shorten and changed, not too happy about it. Carnival did not care either, even though we purchase through them.
Our time on the ship was very relaxing, since we did not do much on ship. We had allot of downtime to take naps and read. Our favorite things from our cruise, only 4:
1) Our steward of course, Phootoo, I believe from Indonesia, fantastic, very nice. Our room was kept clean and tidy and at a very comfortable temperature.
2) Our head waiter, Jeffrey, very attentive in the Renoir dining room with his excellent team. We had dinner at 6, always very prompt, always what we ordered, usually in and out in about an hour, depending on what time we arrived. He also sings and dances and does tricks at the dinner table. We ate dinner in the Renoir 6 times. Dinner not too bad, have quite a few options to choose from, including healthy. Fruit and cheese dishes offered, which was a great alternative.
3) The only entertainment we enjoyed, Latin Noise. We danced almost everyday and learned how to salsa from these guys, they are GREAT. The lead singer has an excellent voice. Played cumbias, merengues, salsas, bachatas, they are 3 very sweet boys from the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately they mainly played in a smoked filled room. If it wasn't for Latin Noise, I am not sure what my hubby and I would have done on the ship. We had a surprise a few nights in Alfred's Bar, to have the Captain sing for us songs in Italian and in Spanish.
4) The dinner at The Point, $30 bucks a piece, but so worth it. Huge difference in quality of food from the usual dinner in Renoir/Monet and The Point.
If it wasn't for the service and entertainment of these guys (1-3) and the dinner (4), the trip would have sucked big time. Not sure if it had to do with time of year, December.
I noticed justlaff69 posted a review from same trip, the Rock group in the Casino was a Filipino band, they were loud, but they were okay.