31 Carnival Conquest Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

I choose the carnival conquest to try a different ship one the food was ok and the ports we did was not the best grand turk, amber cove these stop I could of stay on the ship for this it was not a lot to do there. For this experience I ... Read More
I choose the carnival conquest to try a different ship one the food was ok and the ports we did was not the best grand turk, amber cove these stop I could of stay on the ship for this it was not a lot to do there. For this experience I will never go to these stop again. I will never go on the conquest again. We had a mini fridge in our room and it was dirty we ask for it to be clean out every day and still was not clean .I notice when they came to Clean the room they did not change our sheet every night I think that's very tasty. The boat was out dated the window look like they was never clean they was very dirty .its ok ship but I want never do this ship again now I love the vista very nice ship Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Great cruise with Carnival as always. It was our 30th Anniversary Cruise and we renewed our vows. Nickolette did an excellent job helping me make last minute decisions. I wouldn't have done anything differently. The food spread ... Read More
Great cruise with Carnival as always. It was our 30th Anniversary Cruise and we renewed our vows. Nickolette did an excellent job helping me make last minute decisions. I wouldn't have done anything differently. The food spread was beautiful. I Wayman was our cabin guy and he made sure we had what we needed. The 3 guys for late dinner in the Monet table 144 was great. They made sure we had plenty of sweets. LOL Only 2 of us did Dunn's River fall climb. Oh my that was so much fun and I even fell twice in the water. But when I go back to Jamaica I'm going to do it again. All 12 of us had a good time. It was relaxing. My first time on Conquest. From my understanding they are going to do an upgrade. That ought to be nice when it is completed. I would recommend Carnival anytime to all of my family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Looking for a cruise scheduled for my son's birthday that stopped at Grand Turk. This one had good rates for a balcony at the time I booked. Nothing was terrible, except for the (lack of) exercise classes. But when I go on a ... Read More
Looking for a cruise scheduled for my son's birthday that stopped at Grand Turk. This one had good rates for a balcony at the time I booked. Nothing was terrible, except for the (lack of) exercise classes. But when I go on a cruise & spend what is for me, a goodly amount of money, I expect better than just "not terrible." I want a nice cruise, comparable to most of my other cruises, and this one fell short. The cabin steward did a good job, but was grumpy and even snappy at times for no reason I can think of - other than how hard they have to work & likely short on sleep. His assistant was at least very pleasant & friendly. I always, always pay our gratuities, and will tip extra for extra things. I had called for ice one day from room service, and all of a sudden he was there knocking on my door. I thought he had got up for the ice? But he was bringing laundry by. I mentioned calling room service for ice, and he said that's good because I'm on my break. :/ In any case I had not tried to wake him up so it seemed a less than friendly response. Our waiter did an adequate job, but was not at all concerned with whether the food was good or even acceptable. I had one good meal in the dining room - the first formal night. I ordered the lobster & shrimp, and it was perfectly cooked. Not tough, not mushy, probably the best lobster I've had on a cruise ship & I'm comparing that to Murano on Century & the steakhouse on the Miracle. But the jerk pork I had on another night was incredibly bad. The flavor was bad, the pork was as tough as nails, and with no table cloth I sawed & sawed at this piece of meat while the plate ran all over the table. The steak knife seemed sharp but was no match for the pig, that must have been fighting back. I had 3 miniscule bites, and the waiter timed his question for me to put a bite of the pork in my mouth before asking me how it was. It wasn't a big mouthful of food but would require at least a full minute of chewing before I could speak. I think he knew. I couldn't speak, but shook my head and shrugged my shoulders when he asked if it was good. In response, he smiled, said "I'm so glad you like it" and then took off without waiting for any more feedback. The fact I barely touched my dinner should have given some clue as to how much I liked it. Despite leaving most of my food at most dinners he never once was concerned at why I ate so little. This is not normal for a cruise ship waiter. On other cruises if I didn't eat all of a dish I had waiters worried why, and they always, always offered me a different dish instead. My first time eating at Guy Fieri's burger place was pretty good. Nothing to rave about, to me it just tasted like a normal home cooked burger. But it was good. Blue iguana cantina was excellent. I think the best meals I had were here, the wraps were incredible and I had a salad bowl that was really good too. Kudos to this place. I also stopped at the seafood shack. I know we don't like the notion of the surcharge for what used to be free, but I think this place is worth it. The service was excellent, friendly, and the prawns I had were perfect. I am allergic to potatoes, so said just don't give me any. Instead, the guy added 6 more prawns! I must have had 20 perfectly cooked prawns for $6. What a deal. And these were light as a feather. Rivaled my Mom's tempura prawns - not greasy in the least. I was impressed. These are worth the charge, it's a steal. I skipped the hot sauce & got tartar sauce on request. The conquest is slated for refurbishing later on this year, there was some rust on the balcony & I noticed stains on the carpet in the cabin. None of this bothered me. There is always a little rust on a cruise ship if you look for it, and the carpet felt clean. Anyone who has had carpet in their house probably knows the phenomenon of the stain in the carpet that has been cleaned to a high degree but still doesn't look perfect. The service in the bars was hit or miss. Usually there are more servers offering drinks at the lido bars, but not here. Service in the blue iguana bar was non-existent as the waiter would only serve the people who were seated right in front of him. He either needs to learn to turn his head or get better peripheral vision. It is so loud on that area of the deck that he must not have heard me trying to order. I would say the worst thing on the cruise ship was the lack of fitness classes. Yes, they list them on the fun times, they advertise them, but in reality - at least on this sailing of the Conquest - they were not offered. I went on 4 separate occasions, and every time, the fellow in the gym who was to lead the class - a tall guy with a Scottish brogue - had no interest in teaching. One time I got there 10 minutes early, while he was busy doing some high pressure sales routine on a couple for some cruise ship service that would purportedly change their lives, and the lack of which would lead to catastrophe in the future. I could not help but overhear as I was waiting nearby hoping the class would be starting, & I didn't want him to think he had no waiting participants. He kept me waiting until 15 minutes after the start of the class, at which time he said "You are the only student, so as you know, if you want to take the class you will be charged for a one to one training session." He had given me this excuse at a different class the day before. Which actually, is not true, as I have been the only student at an exercise class on other cruises, only paid the usual cost, and had an instructor who was happy he had one student & complimented me on being the only one of 3,000 passengers who wanted to work out. This fellow does not want to bother with leading fitness classes, he wants to try to sell high cost packages for which he can make bank on commission. Another time, for the 7AM stretch class, I was there 5 minutes late because I had trouble finding my sail & sign card. I hoped someone else might lead the class, but again it was the fellow with the brogue. I should have got his name, but didn't. In my mind he was Mr. Crankypants, a name that fit him to a T. He stomped out, no smile. There was no class going on, I asked if there was a stretch class, and instead of giving a verbal answer he just angrily tapped at his watch. I guess there was no class because I was late? I asked "The class is over already?!" and he then replied that there was no one else to take the class so no, no class unless I wanted to pay for a private session. Did he lose track of which excuse he would fall back on? I don't much like being the only student, and certainly not with a hostile instructor, so did not take the class. But I wonder if his less than friendly attitude influenced other people who might have wanted to work out, or if others had stopped by to take the class & got the same treatment. Most instructors, if not enough students have come to run the class, will at least ask students to wait in case there are stragglers coming. This guy just does not want to teach. I am platinum on Carnival, but I think for the most part I am done with this cruise line. The food has taken a dive with the American Table, the entertainment as well with playlist productions (although there was a lovely show the 2nd night, and I really did enjoy the great class Pauly taught with the Thriller Dance). Pauly and his dance classes were the high point of my cruise. I will likely go for a short ensenada cruise out of long beach, or the occasional caribbean from time to time. But I am now more interested in longer cruises, and have baltic & british isle cruises on my bucket list - or new england cruises that include montreal. These aren't offered by Carnival, so it's yet another reason to branch out to other cruise lines. Sad to get to platinum & have the product change for the worse, but it is what it is. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We've just returned from our 6 day cruise on the Conquest. If I could, I would have given it a 2.5 out of 5. We chose my time dining, which we really liked the flexibility of. We liked going when we were ready, and not forced to a ... Read More
We've just returned from our 6 day cruise on the Conquest. If I could, I would have given it a 2.5 out of 5. We chose my time dining, which we really liked the flexibility of. We liked going when we were ready, and not forced to a fixed schedule. We never had to wait for a table for the 4 of us. That was the good. The bad was the spotty service we had. The only great service we had was the ONE night we were served by O'Dane Trevor. We asked for him every night thereafter, but were told his section was full. And then we had very poor service. Long waits, appetizers arriving before cocktails, soup & appetizer arriving both at same time for same person, wait staff having language barriers, and seemingly overwhelmed. Granted, the ship was at maximum capacity of 3,730 guests but we are used to much better service in the DR on previous cruises. I should mention this was our 3rd Carnival cruise, and we've done 2 NCL and 1 RC in the past. Service in the Renoir DR was the worst we've had in all our cruises. We dined once in the steakhouse, which was exceptional. It's an extra cost, which we had contemplated but SO GLAD we did it. Worth every penny. But, why should you have to pay extra to have that sort of service? We chose this cruise based on availability for our daughter's spring break. Loads of college spring breakers on this cruise. It seemed Carnival is more geared to young people, which is also why we like Carnival for our kids. But we weren't expecting such a party-fest. Embarkation took the longest of all the cruises we've been on. The "select your boarding time" was new for us, and clearly we chose the same time as 75% of the other cruisers. We finally got aboard the ship at around 1pm and were told the cabins would not be ready until after 1:30. We were able to get to ours around 2pm and our bags came awhile later (around 3:30). During that time, we were able to have lunch and explore the ship. Suggestion: be sure you pack shorts or swimsuit in your carry-on, as we were walking around in denim and long sleeves. We had 2 cabins on deck 6, and both were what we expected. Our room steward Nia was excellent. She took good care of our cabins and was always pleasant. We stopped in Ocho Rios Jamaica, Amber Cove DR, and Grand Turk. Ocho Rios was a short visit (arrived at 7:30 and departed at 1:30). Did not allow much time to do much. Especially if you did not want to pay for lunch ashore. We stayed in close proximity and paid US$12 per chair from Margaritaville. Otherwise, you can sit on the sand. Even after paying for chairs, they're expecting you to order drinks and/or food. Small beach was nice though. Amber Cove was fun, and we enjoyed the beautiful swimming pool area. Note: this stop does NOT have any beach access. So if you want beach, you'll have to go somewhere to put your toes in the sand! Shade was scarce, and umbrellas were a rip-off at US$20 each. Again, a rather short stop since we were only arriving at mid-day. Staying until 7:30pm, but not many people would be staying pool-side beyond dinner time. Not much else to do here unless you do an excursion. So another short time to visit the island. Last stop was Grand Turk, which we were really looking forward to. We had booked a poolside cabana. But alas the day was a complete wash-out with pouring rain the entire day. You can't predict the weather though! We were glad to have the cabana, so we could stay dry, but wished we could have cancelled it as it was not worth the money to sit inside a cabana shivering. Debarkation was kind of slow as there were many cruises coming back at the same time. We were awakened at 6:45am to Chloe the cruise director's loud announcement that they were about to start calling decks for debarkation. It was still dark outside!! Although we had been previously told we only had to vacate the cabins by 8:30. We had planned to have a nice breakfast before doing that, but with the constant announcements, we really felt the urgency to GET OFF the ship. But then they stopped people from getting off due to congestion at port customs. We waited around until we were finally called to debark. So it was hurry up and wait. Out of the 6 cruises we've done, this was our least favorite. DR service not great. Buffet food was not great. Again, the least favorite of our cruise experiences. And there are only so many tacos and Guy's burgers one person can eat. The "chocolate-fest" is a joke when compared to the one you have on NCL. The chocolate buffet is just some extra desserts at the lido buffet. Our kids did not even bother to go. I think we won't be hurrying back on another cruise for awhile, and when we do, it likely will not be on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
As a grandma of 2 pre high school children, I was a bit concerned about our potential ship mates. Approximately a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the ship were indeed aged 18-23. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not witness any rowdiness-just a lot ... Read More
As a grandma of 2 pre high school children, I was a bit concerned about our potential ship mates. Approximately a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the ship were indeed aged 18-23. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not witness any rowdiness-just a lot of 'f' bombs. The Conquest is a mid size ship that we learned easily. To walk from forward to aft (vv) use our floor (7), 5 or 9. The public rooms were nicely maintained and it was easy to find a place to relax. The pool areas are busy on sea days. As always Guy Fieris hamburgers were fantastic. The kids loved them. Any time dining works best for us. When shore excursions kept us out late, we are whenever we want. Also, we requested our favorite waiter-Trevor and we were lucky to get him every time. We were lucky to be offered an upgrade to a ocean suite for $300 for all of us. We took it! I like the deep tub and the separate dressing area. The room was in great condition. The balcony needs some cleaning-rust abounds. We had robes and asked for service twice a day and also requested ice. Our room steward was excellent and our room was always in great condition. We enjoyed the entertainment and comedians were fun. We've been on many cruises so the entertainment has become more routine. Still good but we've seen to many shows throughout the years. Embarkation-we were there at our allotted time as requested. Although we had Priority status, our wait time was still over 1/2 hour after getting our sail and sign card going through the preliminary steps. Debarkation-We left our room after knocks on the door and a phone call. My granddaughter had vomited on the carpet and I was trying to clean it up. We left the remaining mess at 9:30 as ordered. Nothing more we could do. We promptly left the ship without further ado. I felt bad for the steward and cleaning crew but I did what I could while juggling the phone and door. The fitness center was nearly empty in the afternoon. Everything was there that I needed for a good workout during sea days. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Why chose this because of the itinerary. This is the first time we have been on Carnival (We went on the NCL Escape last year). It was a very good cruise but it lacked in Entertainment and Food. Also, the ports were ok and the shore ... Read More
Why chose this because of the itinerary. This is the first time we have been on Carnival (We went on the NCL Escape last year). It was a very good cruise but it lacked in Entertainment and Food. Also, the ports were ok and the shore excursion we picked was not what the description said. It was a 6 night Caribbean cruise that went to Ocho Rios, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. Embarked and Disembarked in Port Everglades. I went with my 3 kids (Twin Boy & Girl 13) (Girl 16) and myself (the mother). I will also be comparing the Conquest and the NCL Escape. Cabin - OUR CABIN WAS AMAZING, plenty of room for everything, easily fit four people, bathroom was very nice and balcony was quite big too. Our steward Casy was very nice and was very helpful. (Our cabin was Balcony Deck 6) (6232). Cabin - Better on Conquest Dining - Dining was ok, the first few meals lacked amazing taste but were very presentable. Our last too meals were pretty good, and the dancing and singing was very funny, some nights though the service was a little slow. Our waiter Nilo was very nice. (We were in Monet Restaurant Upper). But better than Norwegian. Service - Better on Conquest Food - Better on Escape Embarkation - Very good, lines were just a little too long and they didn't have many people working, but it was quick and easy. Embarkation - Tie Enrichment - Never really had much going on for the port activities except for the port specific food every night. But they did have things to do on St. Patricks Day. Enrichment - Better on Escape Entertainment - It was ok, the welcoming show was good and Flik was pretty good, except there were some mistakes (Because there was rough seas). The other shows were pretty boring and they had the same people performing every night. They had lots of Karaoke and Comedy but it was almost always 18 and up. Entertainment - Better on Escape Fitness & Recreation - The gym was confusing to get to and they had average equipment to use. They had a pool and a slide (which was fun) but the water was usually cold. They also had basketball, soccer, volleyball, and mini golf, but it was small and was very windy up where it was. Fitness & Recreation - Better on Escape Onboard Experience - Very Good, usually on our two sea days we hung out on the deck, was not much to do though and the buffet was a lot of time closed, only the burgers, pizza, and ice cream was open. The only thing in the buffet that was good though was the pizza and ice cream. Also the ship was very rocky on half of the nights. Onboard Experience - Better on Escape Public Rooms - The public rooms were very neat except the bathrooms were ok and the buffet was sometimes messy. They also didn't have much hand sanitizer. Public Rooms - Better on Escape Service - Was very good, it was a little slow during dinner. And shore excursions was nice in refunding us some of our money for our shore excursion. Service - Better on Conquest Shore Excursions - They had plenty of shore excursions but most were pricey and some of the excursions were not all that they said they were. Shore Excursions - Better on Conquest Value for Money - We felt as if our money was well spent. Value for Money - Tie My kids did enjoy it, some aspects they like more on the Conquest but other on the Escape, but since they are teens, I think they enjoyed the Escape more. I would go on Carnival again, but for shorter cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our 4th Carnival cruise and first time on the Conquest and at Port Everglades. Traveled with our 15 year old son who was looking forward to his Club O2 as he thoroughly enjoyed his Circle C clubs on the past cruises. ... Read More
This was our 4th Carnival cruise and first time on the Conquest and at Port Everglades. Traveled with our 15 year old son who was looking forward to his Club O2 as he thoroughly enjoyed his Circle C clubs on the past cruises. Embarkation was the usual standard fare. This was the first time we had a scheduled check-in time, but once we got there we found out that was actually just a "check-in" time and we still had to wait an hour or so to board the ship. It wasn't bad though. Once on board, our rooms weren't ready for another hour so we got our drink packages and head up to the Lido buffet for lunch. After walking around the ship and getting to know the layout, our room was finally ready and the luggage was already there. This was our first time choosing a balcony room and we were very impressed! It had more room then we were used to and the bathroom was bigger then expected as well. Plenty of storage space and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony. The one drawback is that the neighbors arerightthere so you can hear everything. The one neighbor had a roomful of young ladies who spent a lot of time on their balcony listening to salsa music. It was OK though as they weren't rowdy. The one problem we had with the room was the bathroom toilet clogged the first night and the shower overflowed every single time we used it. We had them service it the first morning (due to the toilet) but they couldn't fix the shower. Every time we needed extra towels to put down on the floor so it wouldn't overflow into the room. That was not pleasant. We generally pack light and do laundry on board so we always bring a few rolls of quarters. However, we found that the Conquest laundry is run with your sail and sign card instead of coin so that was a nice surprise! This was the first time we had "Your Time Dining" as the main dining times were full when we booked our trip. This is also the LAST time we will do "Your Time Dining" as well. This was by far the worst experience of any cruise we've ever been on. It's not "Your Time" by any stretch of the words. There is always a 30-45 minute wait and then it takes forever to get service. Our food was downright cold one time and only lukewarm the others. Dining is always our favorite part of cruising and this was a major disappointment. My observation was that our waiter had more tables then they usually do and they're serving different courses to all the tables so naturally everything isn't as scheduled as it is in the main dining hall. One table is getting drinks, another appetizers, still another main course and then there's the dessert table and maybe someone ordered seconds. It's just not organized and as I said we will NEVER take YTD again. If the main rooms are sold out we will pick another sailing. We did so the steak house one night this time just to break the monotony. We will DEFINITELY do the steakhouse again! That was a wonderful experience and well worth the extra $35/person. Wow. The entertainment was great. We attended every show and enjoyed each one. They were about to change out the cast though so not sure if the same crew are still at it. The cruise director Chloe was also FANTASTIC! She was far and away the best CD we've ever experienced. We ran in to her several times throughout the cruise and watched her morning LIVE show each day. Very energetic, friendly, welcoming. I never realized how much a CD can bring to a sailing until I met Chloe. The cabin service was OK. Nothing special but not bad. I interacted with this guy far less than any of our past stewards, but he did his job well. One more highlight for us was the Behind the Scenes tour held on the last day at sea. We've never done that before and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it for everone and there are only a limited number of tickets sold so book early. They took us to the front of the ship for a "Titanic" moment (not the one with the iceberg, but think of the movie), we same the life boats and rafts for the crew (yikes), we went to the laundry area, food storage, freezer, main kitchen, engine room and the bridge to meet the captain. It was fabulous! Our ports were Ocho Rios Jamaica, Amber Cove Dom Rep and Grand Turk. We chose this cruise (and drove in from Texas) because we'd never been to any of these islands. No hurry to get back either. Third World for sure! Overall we enjoyed the cruise as we always do, but were very disappointed with the YTD'ing and shower overflowing. The ship was great though and we enjoyed the extra space in the balcony room. Overall thumbs up! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We were a group of 4 ladies. I have been on many cruises(18) and I have to say this was the worst cruise ever!. I have been on Carnival ships before and didn't have any major issues. This boat was rocking from day one. I think the ... Read More
We were a group of 4 ladies. I have been on many cruises(18) and I have to say this was the worst cruise ever!. I have been on Carnival ships before and didn't have any major issues. This boat was rocking from day one. I think the only time it was calm was when we were at port (3 of the 4 stops) Another thing I want to mention is on other Cruise ships we were always well informed.We would know what the weather/temp is . Not this ship.Forget calling Guest services too. Many of the phone don't work around the ship. On this ship the Captain made few announcements mainly about latitude and degrees? Do these people know most passengers do not speak in nautical terms? The only part of the Entertainment that was enjoyable was the singer Caleb. He was awesome! The food on Conquest was horrible.The selection was lacking. Tasteless. Very repetitive. I thought..at leaset I can have pizza and burgers. How can pizza be horrible? Guy's burgers was the only good "meal". I had to alter the pizza by adding more sauce and cheese for any kind of flavor. The ship is very old. You can feel and see how badly this boat needs updating. Some areas around the elevators actually feel like the floor is about to give way. I always enjoyed using Carnival. I can tell you without a doubt that I would never waste my money on Carnival. Please...people I know Royal might be more. But its sooooooo worth spending that extra. Hope this helps someone Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just returned from New Years Eve - 3rd cruise for us, 2nd Caribbean, 1st News Years Eve Cruise. Departure from Fort Lauderdale was pretty effortless. Waited in a crazy long line for about 30 minutes and then another 20 or so to get ... Read More
Just returned from New Years Eve - 3rd cruise for us, 2nd Caribbean, 1st News Years Eve Cruise. Departure from Fort Lauderdale was pretty effortless. Waited in a crazy long line for about 30 minutes and then another 20 or so to get through security, have our picture taken and obtain our sign and sail card. Our room was not immediately ready so we grabbed some lunch on the Lido Deck. Got into our room around 1:30 and did not get luggage until 5:30. There were many young children (under 18) which meant strollers, crying, hormonal surges (LOL), and running around. Kids running in the hallways at late hours of the night. Crew were friendly and helpful. It was interesting to learn about their background and help some practice their english. I was not thrilled with our dinner crew - he was a bit rude to my father in law making jokes and snide comments about his age. Thankful my inlaws are hard of hearing and missed most of it. Ports were nice: Enjoyed free bus in San Juan for a quick tour; St Thomas was lovely, but for the most part we stayed on the ship enjoyed the peace and quiet. Loved the evening movies on the Lido deck. Bar entertainment was good but did not see any shows. Ship was clean and attractive. Loved our balcony. Won a few dollars in the casino slots. Dinner at the Steakhouse and Chef's Table were our most memorable meals. It is worth the extra money for the steakhouse for the service and ambiance alone! Try the Chef's Table if you are an adventurous eater (be prepared for a 3 hour experience). Food - Food was just good. Nothing out of this world. The Lido deck buffet area always smelled like a lunchroom. BBQ place was good. Guys Hamburgers were greasy and rather tasteless. The Seafood Shack had some yummy Oysters for $1 each and a pound of peal and eat shrimp was $11 (21-25 lb). Drinks - The Pineapple Habenero martini from Alchemy and Lobby Bar was delicious. And I loved my Pina Colada's from the Lido deck Aft bar. Spa - hubby and I had an an overpriced massage and seaweed treatment. It was ok. The upsell at the end is shameful. Here you are completely relxed and they are trying to sell you $500 worth of product. Environment was not quiet or relaxing. Biggest disappointment: The coffee is DISGUSTING! We drink it black. Colored bathwater would taste better. Even coffee purchased at the coffee shop tasted burnt. If you like Dunkin Donuts, you will find it acceptable. If you like Starbucks, you will be very disappointed. Best Part of the Cruise: (1) no facebook, no fox news...really cut off from the outside world and electronics made for a super relaxing time. (2)Dinner at Steakhouse and Chefs Table; (3) Pineapple Habenro Martini; (4) Movies at night on the Lido Deck; (5) Time spent on our small deck watching the water and the occasional vessel we would pass. Yes, I would cruise Carnival Conquest again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I need to use a scooter (which was to be delivered to my room) to get around the ship. I reserved a wheelchair to get from the port to my room (which I thought!!). Well, they took me to the lobby which was on the 3rd deck. My room was ... Read More
I need to use a scooter (which was to be delivered to my room) to get around the ship. I reserved a wheelchair to get from the port to my room (which I thought!!). Well, they took me to the lobby which was on the 3rd deck. My room was on the 8th deck. I had to walk to get to my room (which I was not happy about). I asked if we could take the wheelchair to our room and then return it, and was told "NO". When I saw the pools, I was shocked. They were very small for the amount of people on board and there were not enough chairs to accomodate us. Our first port was to be Half Moon Cay (which we were to be tendered). We get there, see the tenders waiting for us and then were informed that we couldn't go due to the swells in the seas. So we had to stay onboard on Monday. Activities were not as I thought they would keep us busy. Tuesday was an at sea day. Wednesday we were at Grand Turk. We were informed that we would not be going to Amber Cove either as the dock was underwater. We would be going to Nassau on Friday. This was a very disappointing cruise. Now to debarkation - I called for a wheelchair to take me from the room down to the port. I was told "go to deck 3 - aft". Well we walked there and were told we were on the wrong side of the ship, so we had to get to deck 3 - forward. Again, I had to walk. By this time, I was in so much pain that I had to take a pain pill,. I would NOT recommend this ship to anyone!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Choose this cruise because of the port s because we have never been to any of them, Being usually a Royal Caribbean cruiser I wanted to try something different. Flew from Indiana into Lauderdale and stayed the night at Ramada Oakland Park ... Read More
Choose this cruise because of the port s because we have never been to any of them, Being usually a Royal Caribbean cruiser I wanted to try something different. Flew from Indiana into Lauderdale and stayed the night at Ramada Oakland Park because of the great price.The transportation to the hotel was $10 but because they could not find us we were left to hail a cab there that cost us $40!! So much for the great room price! Hotel was clean and the outdoor pool and bar was beautiful. The next day they waived the $10 fee to the port because of the screw up. Had a boarding time of 11am and arrived about 12:30. Thank God we did because the line outside was tremendous! We were escorted to the front of the line which still was long and took forever, This was the worse embarkation I have ever experienced!! First was half moon cay which the ship had to skip because of the swells. That was disappointing, Our room was a balcony on Lido deck 9281, LOVED it! So close to everything and never heard any noise at all. Was so easy to go get breakfast and take it to the room to enjoy on the balcony. Our room steward was top notch and always kept our ice bucket full. I purchased the unlimited soda card but shouldnt have. They will not give you a can of soda! Only a cup with straw and ice. Next time I will know to carry on soda. I was told they are not allowed to. The room was clean and neat and well taken care of. My disappointment was in both ports Amber Cove and Grand Turk. The huge Carnival stores at each port were so fake to the island..It was like a giant outdoor mall and ruined the natural beauty of the islands. I imagine any natives there had to pay Carnival a hefty price to sell their wares there and that turned me off.I wont be back. Luckily at Grand Turk we reserved the poolside cabana for 4 of us . It was so hot out it was great to get away in the airconditioning and also have a phone to order drinks and food. We got the cabana closest to the beach so we could enjoy snorkeling. Snorkeled up near the ship and saw quite a bit of sea life. really enjoyed that. At Amber Cove again was the giant concrete mall like amusement park built by Carnival. Cannot wait to go back to St Martin or St Thomas and see a real island! We took the Coconut Cove beach break and enjoyed it. The ride there was long but got to see the real country even though it was so poor, at least it was real!! The surf was quite rough but the hurricane had just passed through so I imagine thats why. The guys working there were wonderful. Saw them interact with a group of girls taking them snorkeling and were so accomodating to everyone. Hda a few cocktails at the outside bar and all in all had fun. Food on the ship was ok. Typical ship food except Guys burgers was great. Im not a big burger person but it was so much better than any of the other offerings we ate them a LOT! I must say the entertainment shows were terrible! I could not believe it. The Motown show first of all had not one black singer and everyone was off key, Kind of like a grammer school choir singing motown ..we left. Tried the rock and roll show and I thought Prince was turning over in his grave the way they were ruining his misic..again we left. Maybe we are used to Royals shows and this is how Carnivals is?? I dont know. The band in the Atrium every night was OUTSTANDING! They should have been the show. We spent many nights there before and after dinner. Wish I could remember their name . Thats about it. We will not visit those islands again and am looking now to return to St Martin or St Thomas for some good snorkeling Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruise was a nice one. Getting on the ship was easy and getting off the ship. The cruise director was wonderful. My problem was in our cabin 6365 it was just about the band playing in the casino. We go to bed at around 11 so that ... Read More
The cruise was a nice one. Getting on the ship was easy and getting off the ship. The cruise director was wonderful. My problem was in our cabin 6365 it was just about the band playing in the casino. We go to bed at around 11 so that didn't work to well. Also the music shows were so loud several of us had to put a finger in ear. We three females taking a trip together. We traveled to Grand Turk, Dominica Republic, Bonaire and Aruba. In Bonaire we took a tour from one of the people out on the deck. We rode in and open air van. He spoke English so was able to ask questions and enjoy it. In Aruba we hired a taxi. Our driver was named Elvis and was great. He also spoke English. In LaRomana, we caught a taxi to visit the caves and Altos De Chavon. He did not speak much English but we did ok. For 100.00 for all three of us it was a nice trip and cheaper than Carnival offers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Traveled with a group of 40 college friends. We had a great time but that had more to do with our being together then any activities on the ship. It rained much of the time so outdoor activities were somewhat limited. The entertainment was ... Read More
Traveled with a group of 40 college friends. We had a great time but that had more to do with our being together then any activities on the ship. It rained much of the time so outdoor activities were somewhat limited. The entertainment was fair. Nothing jumped out as a must see. The comedy club was decent. The explicit show was ho hum but the guy tried. The food was really good in dining area and on deck. Rondel was an outstanding waiter for our group. Jose was a great steward .The only real negative comment I had was that by day three seemed like we could smell urine in bathroom. (Like a porta petty smell)Maybe that's par for the course on a ship. May sound like a negative review but we had a great time. Would recommend to other friends. Looking forward to another cruise. Have already started planning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I've sailed on the Sensation twice, the Valor, the Glory, and the Pride. I've also sailed with Princess, Celebrity, and Norwegian. I must say that while a cruise vacation is still one of my favorite ways to unwind, this one had ... Read More
I've sailed on the Sensation twice, the Valor, the Glory, and the Pride. I've also sailed with Princess, Celebrity, and Norwegian. I must say that while a cruise vacation is still one of my favorite ways to unwind, this one had its share of disappointments. Embarkation was terrible, with a two hour line that filled the port building and wound around the outside. The food lines were long, the food in the Cezanne Restaurant was marginal. The times of availability of food was limited. In the Monet Restaurant the wait staff was spread far too thin. How far things have fallen since the days of seven courses and white table cloths, and piano. The production shows have and orchestra have been eliminated. The ports were fine, though the window in San Juan was quite small. The cabins are well kept. The staff is generally friendly. I might sail with Carnival again but will look twice at the competition before I book. It's been a long but steady decline over the years. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Let's start with my stay down in Fort Lauderdale the night before the trip. I traveled with 4 other friends, all in our 30's. We wanted to keep the cost of a hotel room economical, so we decided to try the Red Carpet Inn. I ... Read More
Let's start with my stay down in Fort Lauderdale the night before the trip. I traveled with 4 other friends, all in our 30's. We wanted to keep the cost of a hotel room economical, so we decided to try the Red Carpet Inn. I had read reviews and it seemed like it would be an OK place to stay for just the night. Well it was more than okay! The room was $100 with tax, so break it down to $20.00 a person. They provided transportation from the airport at no additional feel, and to the cruise terminal the next day again, for no additional fee. So all in all for $20 a person we had a place to stay, and transportation. The rooms were nice, don't let the outside deceive you. We were lucky and had a brand new renovated room. There was a restaurant attached to the hotel serving food and drinks till 11pm. When we weren't ready to end the night, there was a bar/restaurant right next door (walking trail right to it) to satisfy that need. I have no complaints and thank a review on cruise critic for the recommendation. Embarkation: Went pretty smooth. Lines were long, but seemed to move along rather quickly. We had received an email the night before stating not to arrive until 1:30pm, a change from the original 12:30 arrival time. We were obviously the only ones who either received that email, or the only ones who had listened to the email. This process was pretty painless. Not the most painless one I've been through, but not the worst one either. First Stop On Board: Once on the boat we headed right to the Lido deck, stopping for a drink at the Rum Bar next to the pool. The pool however, was empty and the net was placed over it on the Lido deck. I was disappointed to see this, as I do believe a lot of travelers were. Also, and surprisingly we never once saw a souvenir cup for the drink of the day. I usually only buy it on day one to start the vacation, so I was sad that it wasn't offered, but now looking back they didn't offer them at any point on this cruise. State Room: Balcony Room, balcony room, balcony room! It's the only way to cruise. I swore I'd never do a balcony room, after my first 2 cruises in an interior room. I was never in the room, why am I paying more money for a balcony room... WRONG! This is my second cruise with a balcony room, and I'll never go back! Upon first getting to the room, and opening the mini fridge to stock it with our own stuff we were surprised to find half eaten desserts left behind from the previous cruisers. It was kinda gross to see, but worrisome on another level. They're supposed to have inventory of what is in your mini fridge, so if he didn't open it in between visits, how do you know what I'm starting with? You don't, and then when and if something is missing, you're gonna charge me. I called the front desk, but obviously it was embarkation still and they were chaotic. We threw it out on our own and hoped for the best. I figured we'd mention it to the steward when we saw him later that evening. Later that evening came and went, and we never saw the steward. Steward: For the first time ever I was disappointed with our steward. Don't get me wrong he did a good job of tending to the room for the most part. I was in a triple with 2 other ladies. We each need 2 towels when we shower, and I personally like to sleep with a lot of pillows. On day 2 after having our room tended to during the day, we still hadn't seen or met our steward. We left a note when we went to dinner requesting for 6 towels each day, and an additional pillow. In the note we indicated we were looking forward to meeting him. The next day he saw us walking out of our room, and approached us to introduce himself. That was the first and only time we ever saw him while on board. Some people may prefer this, but I've always enjoyed interacting with the steward. I've never had a steward where they weren't always greeting me by my name as I passed them at any point. I think he was good and what he did, but not as friendly as I've always experienced. Your Time Dining: I love the your time dining. I hate being constrained to having to be at the dining hall for a set time. The only down side to your time dining is you do not have the same wait staff all week. This time though for the most part we sat in the same section and had the same staff every night, it just wasn't guaranteed. I was disappointed on the last night, we sat in a completely different section. I'm not sure if the waiter was new, or training, but he didn't understand any English. Now I know English is a second language for mostly all of the waitstaff on the Boat, but he messed up our drink order, as well as appetizer order because he didn't understand. Overall the dining staff was okay. Nothing terrible, nothing to write home about. Entertainment: LOVED the comedy shows on board.... I have to say outside the comedy shows and BINGO we didn't go much else as far as on Board planned entertainment. Curly was awesome at BINGO, o and we saw him one night for Karaoke. Karaoke was a little dry compared to other ships i've been on but that's not the fault of the entertainment staff. Comedy shows were great each night. I think the MC was a little cheesy at times, but she got a laugh one way or another. The George Lopez rules video is played out, time for a new one! Guest Services Desk: Has to be the worst part of any ship. Had to wait 2 times to discuss issues. When we first arrived our A/C wasn't working, and the shower wasn't draining fast so if you were in the shower for more than 3 minutes it was pouring over the shower lip and flooding the bathroom. I had to wait in line for over an hour to report this on day 2. Upon reporting this on day 2 I also told them about the left over desserts in the fridge. No apology, didn't even seem to care. I know it's not a huge deal, and I never would have waited on line to report just that, but since I was there why let them know. NO reaction, no care in the world. The second time made me mad. I will preface this with the following... I've worked in the service industry off tips for over 15 years. I'm a pretty generous tipper, but performance based. I'm always leaving you the proper amount, but based on service I'll offer more. I remove the auto gratuity because it is the one thing that drives me nuts about going on cruises. I'm spending $1,000 plus to walk on your boat, and now you want me to tip every single person I come in contact with.... NO! I will tip where tips are deserved, and I will determine how much to tip. So judge me if you want, but I remove the auto gratuity. When I went up to the desk to remove the auto gratuity the person who assisted me replied "Well have you been tipping accordingly"- I wanted to respond, it's none of your business, but I'm not rude, so I just replied yes. She was busy doing something as I replied, and seemed distracted. A 40 second delay and she goes, well what did you say, you are or aren't. I said I am, and will be leaving cash for the steward. She replies well what about the dining staff and other staff. I've never been questioned about removing the gratuity. The whole line of people was there to do the same (the whole 2nd time of over an hour wait)- My friends all removed it as well and none of them were questioned. I was extremely annoyed by this. Overall it's a nice ship, it's clean. I wasn't blown away by any of the staff as I have been in the past. We're big drinks (no we're not the annoying drunks on board) but we're the type to order a few drinks during the day, have a few more at dinner, and then again at the shows. I've been on boats where waiters knew not only my name but portfolio numbers. They seeked me out wherever I was during the day or at night. I wouldn't have to get out of the pool to get my card, they knew the order and portfolio number already. We didn't have that on this boat. Not with bartenders, not with the servers. I was disappointed by the staff. I've already booked another cruise, and I'm hoping the staff on Board is more friendly. As far as the islands are concerned. We're not big excursions people, and I'm glad we didn't. We had considered 2, one in curaco, one in aruba. We happened to know someone on board from back home who did the excursions we had been interested in, but sold out, and she hated them. Aruba- We went to Eagle beach on a recommendation. Nothing fancy. Jet Ski's available. The normal haggling for a beach chair and umbrella. Aruba was beautiful, scenery was gorgeous but the beach wasn't anything to brag about. I'd imagine all the beaches in Aruba are gorgeous. I'd recommend finding one that has a restaurant and a real bathroom. Curaco- GORGEOUS! We went to Mambo Beach! When you first arrive there's a pool where you can rent lounge chairs or cabanas. Not bad pricing either, and completely worth it to have the pool. (I'm more of a pool person than a beach so to have a pool on the beach, with beach view I was in my glory) There's waiter service right to your chair/cabana. It was amazing. Bunch of small shops down there also, very clean. La Romana- GROSS! Dirty! Even the beach was sketchy. Want a day to enjoy the lido deck without the crowd? Stay on the BOAT! Wasn't worth it!!! I'm telling you now, stay on the boat. Grand Turk- Second time there, didn't see much more than margaritaville. It's good to do even if you have kids. There's a pool at margaritaville, with lounge chairs. Wave Surf Pool. Swim Up Bar, and stage. Always a good time there, always packed, but not so much so that you can't get service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This cruise was chosen for us as my daughter got married in the ship prior to sailing. After the reception and ceremony 6 of us continued on the sailing with the wedding couple. The last time I sailed Carnival was in the early 90's ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for us as my daughter got married in the ship prior to sailing. After the reception and ceremony 6 of us continued on the sailing with the wedding couple. The last time I sailed Carnival was in the early 90's and at that time my impression of Carnival was not favorable. Due to our past sailing we chose not to sail Carnival and instead sail other cruise lines.( we have over 30 cruises under our belt) I will say I enjoyed myself so much that this will not be my last Carnival cruise. We chose an outside cabin on deck one. The cabin was the largest outside cabin I ever had. We had an amazing cabin steward who remembered our wants and needs and attended to them each day. Food for lunch was amazing. We had so many choice that we never hit the buffet. Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana ( breakfast and lunch), deli, pizza, Fish & Chips. I have food allergies and each of the venues were able to accommodate my needs. On sea days they had the sea day brunch and it was very good. Dinner in the MDR in the evening was hit or miss. Some nights the food was very good and other nights not so much. (Early fixed dining) An example is my MIL had salmon one night and sent it back three times as it was raw, yet I had the salmon one night and it was delicious and cooked properly. Our dining staff we felt had too many tables which made dinner slow and we were always the last table served even though we arrived before other tables. Entertainment was good. We enjoyed the singers performances, piano bar and the Punch liner Comedy club ( enjoyed PG and adult versions) Bar staff was attentive but not pushy which we enjoyed. We enjoyed ice cream open 24 hours and appreciated that they had cups and spoons for those of us who can't or don't like cones. ( this was my weakness). As for the ports we found all,but one very nice. In Grand Turk we chose to go to the beach which was walking distance from the ship. ( Jacks Shack) There is also a Margaritaville on the dock along with small shops. In Aruba we chose a Carnival Excursion called UTV Adventure and it was amazing and so much fun. In La Romana Dominican we also chose a Carnival excursion bit we were quite disappointed. We went to the Blue Hole which was advertised as 6 hour excursion. It wasn't even 4 hours and most of the time spent was in the bus or waiting for photos of you wished to purchase. Swimming in the hole was beautiful but out of the 4 hours we got a half hour of swimming and when we were walking though the gardens we were rushed by our guide. The animal encounter was them bringing out a parrot and asked if you wanted to take a photo for a fee. If I ever went back to that port I would stay in the ship. In Curacao, we chose to stay on the ship and enjoy the peace and quiet. After dinner we got off the ship and explored around the dock and bridge and had a relaxing stroll. Curacao is beautiful at night all lit up. The ship had Lectures at Sea and we found them educational and interesting. They also had a cooking show in the steakhouse where we were able to try foods that are served in the Steakhouse. Pool area on the ship was crowded as with all ships. We enjoyed the adult only pool in the back of the ship with pool and two hot tubs. We also had access to coffee, tea, frozen yogurt and ice cream machine. Pizza was also there along with a nice bar. The appearance of the ship is very dark in colors and is starting to show some wear. The one thing about the ship which we disliked was the casino was open and the smoke drifted to many parts on the ship including decks below. Overall, I would give this ship and experience a thumbs up and after this cruise we plan to take additional Carnival Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I apologize for the lengthy review. Flew in day before cruise and stayed at the Best Western Plus. Nice hotel with decent breakfast. Was sent an email 2 weeks before the cruise re an early boarding time between 11:30-12:30…Yahoo! ... Read More
I apologize for the lengthy review. Flew in day before cruise and stayed at the Best Western Plus. Nice hotel with decent breakfast. Was sent an email 2 weeks before the cruise re an early boarding time between 11:30-12:30…Yahoo! There were 4 in my party: my niece, daughter and daughter’s friend, took a cab to the port for about $20.00. Embarkation: We arrived at the port around 11:45 AM. Surprisingly, at least to me, it was quite well organized. The line to check in was quick, we were assigned a number (lucky #7) and were directed to a waiting area by Carnival staff; there was plenty of seating available. We were on board ship by 12:15 PM and that is without doubt the fastest embarkation in all my 18 cruises on various lines. Dining: Well, of course, my gals went directly for Guy’s Burgers. I’m not a burger eater so I headed over to the Deli for my Reuben sandwich. The fries were good and went great with my drink of the day. I think my only dining disappointment was with the MDR. We were assigned the Renoir Restaurant and were seated at a table for 4. I specifically requested a large table, 8 to 10, because we wanted to meet other folks. I spoke with the maitre’d after dinner and was told that the table assignments were based on the time requested and number of people in the party. I told her if that’s the case, why does Carnival have on the web site a space to indicate the size of the table? I was told they did not look at that info. Absolutely pointless. Entertainment: There were 4 production shows on a 6-night cruise. I love production shows and the singers, dancers, sets, etc. were quite good. Went to 2 adult comedy shows; there was an actual steel drum band on board and it was wonderful listening to them. Ports: First stop was Key West. My 2nd time here and this time I stayed on the darn trolley and really toured Key West. Had my mandatory key lime pie (oh, yum) and my gals had a blast! The weather was perfect: not too hot or humid. Grand Cayman: My 3rd time here but my niece and, at this point my niece by osmosis, have never been so first we took a mini-tour of GC, got a photo op at “Hell”, then went to the beach. The sand was very gritty and rocky; I think it was due to lots of ocean activity the previous week. I tried to rinse off before going back to the ship but there was still a lot of grit when I took a shower. Cozumel: Been here lots but my niece hasn’t so did a tour, went to tequila tasting, then had the driver/guide drop us off at the port. Was planning to stay downtown and shop but the heavens opened up. Josh was a great Cruise Director. I did a couple of trivia contests and actually won a Carnival medallion. I gave it to my niece for her grandson. Overall it was a really good cruise with lots to do. The hot tubs were actually hot in the Adult area. That’s not always the case. Debarkation: We did self-assist so after breakfast in the MDR, we were off the ship ~9:30 AM. Our flight out of FLL wasn’t until 1:30 PM. No problem getting to the airport but the check in on SW and TSA line was horrendous. We finally got to the gate at 12:45 PM. More than 2 hrs later. Sigh… Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We had planned this cruise for over a year.... and a month before, we got custody of our 9 yr old grandson....so we got online and took him with us....the only bad thing was we booked an interior room so it was little tight sleeping but ... Read More
We had planned this cruise for over a year.... and a month before, we got custody of our 9 yr old grandson....so we got online and took him with us....the only bad thing was we booked an interior room so it was little tight sleeping but manageable....Getting on the ship was a big pain...the lines were just long long long...NEVER had those lines before....This cruise getting on and off was terrible for some reason... We had no complaints about the food...It was good and much better than our first American Table experience..LOVED the fish and chips on the 10th floor....The bouillabaisse was so good...ceviche was my favorite thing there and the fried oysters were delicious...The burritos were another plus... Our grandson absolutely loved Camp OCEAN....he made many crafts...and friends....TWO THUMBS UP for the variety of things to do for the kids....he's already begging to go again... We never attend the shows so can't comment on that...Cruise Director Josh is a nice guy....Fanny Pax band rocks and the live band karaoke was fun.... All in all we had a great time...until the end...nobody wants to go home but this just made it worse...the ship docked EARLY and it seems like we were RUSHED to get off...never even had a cup of coffee...the line to get off self assist was very long and winding...AT 630AM... We had an 11am flight so it was fine but we felt LIKE we were getting the bums rush...After getting off the ship and going to customs DOWNSTAIRS at FLL the elevator didn't work right so we were all backed up since we had our hands full with luggage ,I didn't want to fall down the escalator so we waited...and waited.....I asked the guy standing with the name tag if it worked and he yelled at me and someone else that it wasn't HIS FAULT and other spewings....WHAT A RUDE LITTLE MAN...... All in all fun trip...attentive stewards and waiters...guest services need help but this was really the only time we had to even ask a question.....never got the answer either.... Already looking at another cruise.....we like Carnival.... Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our 2nd time on the Conquest. We did back to back 6/8 day out of Ft.lauderdale (our favorite port), 1st time was 7 day out of New Orleans, and our 15th cruises overall. My wife and I cruise about twice a yr. Embarkation: flew ... Read More
This was our 2nd time on the Conquest. We did back to back 6/8 day out of Ft.lauderdale (our favorite port), 1st time was 7 day out of New Orleans, and our 15th cruises overall. My wife and I cruise about twice a yr. Embarkation: flew in night before late and stayed at a Days Inn w/ free airport/cruise port shuttle. Arrived at port around 10:45 and were able to board around 11:45. Cabin was ready by 1pm and we went to Lido deck and ate then the sports bar for a pitcher of Carnival's own Thirsty Frog ale until the safety drill. Ship: showing her age but clean and well kept. We were forward on deck 8 w/ an inside cabin that was well situated. Public area were as we remembered though Carnival added a Guy's Burger on the Lido deck that was excellent. All the staff we met were smiling and seemed happy to be there. Cabin: our standard inside w/ nothing new. We requested an eggcrate and our steward also added a topper as well and so we were more comfortable as the mattress is quite firm. Our steward Bobby was excellent. Dining: we always choose anytime dining as we like to eat early and so were relegated to the Renoir dining room. We found the menu had changed and the food seemed of lesser quality than prior Carnival sailings. This dining room seemed very much to be training new staff and so service seemed unusually slow. But overall acceptable. We ate often at Fish/Chips and got out fill of fried oysters and ceviche which were always excellent. We ate at the buffet as well w/ the food being decent/acceptable as well w/ decent variety. The Iguana café served great burritos/taco's and Guys burgers were excellent as well. The pizza was odd w/ very thin crusts and different toppings but tasty. Lobster night is still on in the main dining rooms and was excellent. Appetizers were of good variety. Overall food was good but not great in the main dining room/buffet. Public areas: always love the water slide and outdoor theater w/ popcorn. Casino ventilation was bad and we noted excessive cigarette smoke. Main pool deck was very crowded on sea days. All public area's were tasteful and well kept. Entertainment: A-list performers were some of the best shows we have ever seen at sea. The pool deck Caribbean band needed practice and was having lots of feedback problems and so sounded bad until they finally figured it out on last sea day. The 1st 2 comedians Mike and Will were great but we found the 2nd 2 not nearly as funny. Cruise director Wee Jimmy was energetic and one of the better one's we have been around. Ports: We had fun at every port we visited. Key West and Grand Turk were new to us and we had been to all the others. Key West;e rented bicycles and toured the town. Beaches are less than nice but still had good time. Grand Cayman; took local bus to our favorite Cemetery beach or great snorkeling. Cozumel; were going to take snorkel tour but after much debate and arguing w/ locals just rented a car and drove around like last 2 visits. On 2nd leg St.Marrten; rented car ($33 US) and drove to past Orient Beach to ferry station and took 5 min ferry ride to Pinnel Isle for some decent snorkeling then around the island to Mullet Bay for more snorkeling. Very bad traffic and congestion. St.Kitts; rented scooter for 1st time and drove all over. South Friars beach was beautiful w/ good snorkeling. We rode around and explored many area's. San Juan; only ship in on a national holiday so walked to cathedral, both forts, cemetery, and then thru town. Grand Turk; rent another scooter and snorkeled at Pillory and Governors beaches. Rode around and saw lighthouse and many devastated areas from storm damage. Nice people and had a great time. Disembarkation: walked off w/ luggage and took cab to Best Western Plus Oceanside near the port. Had a great stay there for one night then home. Overall: cruise was not the best we ever had nor the worst. Had a good time w/ good weather and will likely sail w/ Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Here is a quick review of our 8 day conquest cruise. This was our 7th carnival cruise and 2nd time on the Conquest Pre cruise: We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express cruise/airport . Just as advertised, clean, plenty of food and ... Read More
Here is a quick review of our 8 day conquest cruise. This was our 7th carnival cruise and 2nd time on the Conquest Pre cruise: We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express cruise/airport . Just as advertised, clean, plenty of food and shopping across the street. Would highly recommend. Transportation: Free shuttle from airport by hotel, $21 round trip shuttle at hotel, went smooth and would recommend. Boarding: No fttf, from shuttle drop off until stepping on ship it was maybe 45 minutes so no complaints here. Cabin: As always we did a balcony room deck 6. Room was as expected with literally no changes or updates since we have started cruising except the change to a flat screen tv. Ac worked enough to keep comfortable but by no means cold. Room steward was just as I like, did his job after a $20 tip when we met and kept us supplied with ice. Ship: Yes, Conquest shows her age but I constantly saw workers cleaning and replacing floor tiles, wiping surfaces, etc. However, ship does need a major overhaul if for nothing else to update the decor. Condition of ship did not hamper our fun in any way, Food: Ok here we go.....We ate breakfast in the dining room every morning and enjoyed it as usual. Just can't do the troughs. Guys Burgers: Visited nearly everyday . Good but not great. Never waited more than 5 minutes and we had a sold out ship. I recommend without cheese as it's not a s greasy. Fries were top notch. We did miss the hamburgers at midnight....just what we like. Blue Iquana: By far our favorite and a great addition to carnival. Fresh made tortillas with chicken, pork, fried fish, or ask for grilled shrimp form burrito bar and they will take care of you. Really good stuff and again never waited more than 5 minutes. Steak house: Ate here 1 night but was not impressed at all. My food was average at best. Have done the steakhouse on every cruise and was fabulous so maybe just time for us to have an average outing. Pizza: Great. Some waiting here but very good if you like thin crust and I do. Dining room: Ok here is where you will hear some complaints. Yes it is true, the conquest is the "training" ship for dining staff. It shows! For the first time we had just terrible service. To the credit of the staff, they apologized over and over again as they knew we had cruised many times and knew things were not good. Some of the problem was that this cruise was the first for the new American table menu. That can account for the slowness but not the lack of service from staff. I had to ask for coffee over and over. The staff was just overwhelmed to the point that around the 3rd night we noticed management staff assisting our section so they were trying and service did improve but was disappointing for sure. The food was ok. Portions have been cut back but just ask for two, not a big deal. But you will notice the difference, even the coffee cups are smaller. Bread offerings were lacking as well. But you will find good items on the menu. Quality is still acceptable as I understand they are feeding the masses and have to aim for the middle on taste. If you can't find something to eat on a cruise then cruising just isn't for you. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
worst ship of the carnival line. we sailed twenty something times with carnival ships and every one was excellent. This ship is not up to par with the others except food and dining. steward threw out my wifes new sneakers the first day ... Read More
worst ship of the carnival line. we sailed twenty something times with carnival ships and every one was excellent. This ship is not up to par with the others except food and dining. steward threw out my wifes new sneakers the first day thinking they were left from previous cruisers. After the steward cleaned the room, dirty towels were left in the shower. No ice or chocolates left anymore. Balcony was dirty and we wrote our initials in the dust on the inside table. We won a painting at the park west show but we didn't order a frame so they never sent it. Crew getting off and on were not friendly and even yelling at some people coming aboard with one soda, while the crew was allowed all they wanted to bring on. Most of the time the beverage areas were empty and after 7, only one was operating on lido deck. Same was for the ice cream machines. Lido deck was always greasy and tables were not cleared fast as people were looking for seats to eat. If this was my first cruise with carnival, I would not use them anymore, but I know from lots of voyages with them on other ships, that it is just the conquest is not very good. We only went to 3 ports instead of 4 because of a storm and we were never compensated for the port charges. Also, instead of taking us to a clear area away from the storm, the ship stayed one day in front of it and floated around Nassau for 2 days which was disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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 ... Read More
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 cleaning crew cleaned the hallways every morning at 8am, hitting our cabin door with the vacuum cleaner multiple times waking us up. The atmosphere around the ship and especially the pool area was more like a booze cruise, only playing hip hop music, that catered to some passengers, but not all of us are fans of hip hop, the music outside was extremely loud hip hop, same everyday, and contests for the hairiest man. Dining the 1st 2 nights, our food was not very good at all, and very small portions. When our waiter was asked for an additional dinner, we seemed to have annoyed him and told us it was too late, we opted for the late dining 8:15pm, and we felt rushed through dinner, I was even served stail bread! Royal Caribbean never refused service. When it came to the buffet, that was awful. There were very long lines waiting for food because there were not enough food stations. At night, the only available food was terrible pizza served by not very happy employees. Either we were spoiled by Royal Caribbean, or maybe our standards are too high, but we expected more from this experience.One good note, our cabin was clean and maintained. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Carnival Conquest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.0
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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