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Carnival Conquest
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  • First ship in Conquest-class series
  • Great for kids, featuring family cabins and a teen disco
  • Impressionist-themed decor with Carnival's neon flair
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Carnival Conquest Overview

Updated By Dan Askin, Senior Editor
Editor Rating
4.0
The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest debuted in 2002 as the first ship in Carnival's Conquest-class series, which also includes Carnival Glory, Valor, Freedom and Liberty. Like its younger sisters, Conquest is every bit a "city at sea." Mostly that's a plus because the space means there are tons of options, including a dedicated venue for cruisers ages 12 - 14, more than a dozen bars and the Seaside Theatre, a 270-square-foot LED screen overlooking the main pool area. An October 2012 refurbishment, part of the line's half-billion dollar Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, added even more new features. These include a quartet of theme bars, burger and burrito joints, and a comedy club rebranded with the help of George Lopez.

For a ship with so many people, there are invariably a few lines, though if you plan to embark during peak times, the wait can reach 1.25 hours (later arrivals -- after 3 p.m. -- will speed through the boarding process). The Promenade Deck gets a little clogged during formal night as passengers saunter down the main thoroughfare en route to the dining room. Otherwise, you'd never know there were 3,000-plus other travelers sharing the ship.

Conquest is decorated in an Impressionist theme -- but don't let that most gracious of art eras confuse you into thinking Carnival's going PBS. Think instead of elegant Impressionism crossed with Paris' psychedelic Moulin Rouge -- lots of crazy colors and patterns and shapes -- with some nutty post-Impressionism thrown in for good measure. Many of the public rooms are named for art masters such as Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir and Manet. The murals copying the works of the art masters are wonderfully fun and scattered all over the ship, everywhere from elevator ceilings to the atrium.

The onboard atmosphere, with its large-ship feeling, lots of playful passengers in all age groups and excellent entertainment, really aims to celebrate playtime -- for adults as well as kids.

Carnival Conquest Fellow Passengers

Conquest caters to a broad crisscross of (mostly) middle America; according to Carnival, 30 percent of its passengers are under 35, 40 percent are between the ages of 35 and 55, and 30 percent are over 55.

Carnival Conquest Dress Code

Four- and five-night cruises feature one "cruise elegant" evening. Many men opt for jackets and ties, and some pull out the penguin suit. Women typically wear cocktail dresses, dressy blouses, etc. Resort casual attire is suggested for the rest of the evenings.

Carnival Conquest Gratuity

Carnival recommends $12.00 per person, per day. The guidelines allocate $6.10 to dining room services, $3.90 to cabin services and $2 per day for alternative services, which include kitchen, entertainment, guest services and other hotel staff members. The amount is automatically added to your shipboard account, but it can be adjusted in either direction at the guest services desk. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar bills. Tipping a couple dollars for room service at delivery is expected (and appreciated) by the service staff.
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Carnival Conquest Member Reviews

We were very excited to take our 1st Carnival cruise after travelling with Royal Caribbean 5 times, we had very high expectations. After boarding, many things were to our dismay. The ship is very dated, the service was less than accommodating. The ... Read more
Food We dined in the main dining room (late seating) every night. We enjoyed our waiters, Roger and Ashune, who were very attentive. They remembered our names, what we liked to drink, how we liked to be served. They always served us with a ... Read more
This was my 5th cruise and my husband's 8th cruise. Unfortunately, I think this was the last Carnival ship that we will be going on. POOLS: The Conquest ship was old and outdated and the pools were WAY too small for the amount of people on ... Read more
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Carnival Conquest Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
4.0
4.3
Cabins
4.0
4.3
Entertainment
5.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
5.0
4.0
Family & Children
5.0
3.6
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.1
Enrichment
3.0
3.5
Service
2.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1

Sailing From

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Port Everglades

Cruises To

Bahamas Caribbean - All Caribbean - Eastern Caribbean - Southern Caribbean - Western

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Ship Stats
Crew:
1,150
Launched:
2002
Decks:
13
Tonnage:
110,000
Passengers:
2,974
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
98
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