397 Carnival Conquest Caribbean - Eastern Cruise Reviews

My husband chose this Cruise because these were places that we've never cruised to before. This was also a Carnival ship that we had not been on before. It was literally a mess from the first day to the last day! We were so ... Read More
My husband chose this Cruise because these were places that we've never cruised to before. This was also a Carnival ship that we had not been on before. It was literally a mess from the first day to the last day! We were so disappointed that we thought we deserved a refund! I would not recommend this Ship or trip to anyone! We have cruised with Carnival several times and have never has this experience! It makes us want to Cruise with other ships from now on! This was my husband's Birthday Cruise and he did not have a good time at all! Even on his Birthday!! We spent the entire Cruise in the Casino, they were the only people making sure that we had a great time. All though we are Premiere Club Cruisers we didn't feel like we got any special treatment on this ship. There was no Adult entertainment like really good shows! The food was very horrible, the service was poor, the Ship is dated and needs a complete make over. They worked on the Water slide the entire time we were there so one ever got a chance to use it! This just was not a good experience at all. We flew in from Dallas, TX to Miami to take this Cruise and when you go through all of that traveling to Cruise, you deserve the Royal treatment! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Carnival conquest-buffet was nasty, bbq nasty, blue iguana nasty. The only food worth the trip/money was renoir, guys burgers and then the pizza. And construction/repair projects the whole trip especially the last night heading home, ... Read More
Carnival conquest-buffet was nasty, bbq nasty, blue iguana nasty. The only food worth the trip/money was renoir, guys burgers and then the pizza. And construction/repair projects the whole trip especially the last night heading home, starting at midnight, jackhammers until 5 or 6 am. Really. This was supposed to be a great full house cruise for my family. I mean the water slide was closed on the first day. With all the work that went on and that was needed no notice form carnival what so ever. Not happy may have to up grade to another cruise line. i think it a it insensitive to make that much noise on hte way home at that time of night. and for that type of work why have anyone in those rooms why waste money on a shop that well could care less? really not happy and i dont normally complain about things Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Unhappy crew and staff that needs customer service training. Most of the staff was very slow in response. They seemed tired all the time. Seemingly hating their jobs. Very old decrepit ship that needs to be dry docked. Rusty walls, rusty ... Read More
Unhappy crew and staff that needs customer service training. Most of the staff was very slow in response. They seemed tired all the time. Seemingly hating their jobs. Very old decrepit ship that needs to be dry docked. Rusty walls, rusty sides, worn out floors, peeling pool sides, rusty pool sides. Dirty pool water looking more yellow than clear. Fraying deck chairs. Fraying and dirty carpets in inside areas. Cabins falling apart. Worn and old. Cabin was hot all week. No fans available. No clean sheets all week. Constant knocking on the door even with the "snoozin" sign hanging on the door. Cooks need training to produce edible food. Sometimes restaurant staff was rude, especially in the steak house. Cabin room service food was really terrible. Cold, tasteless and disappointing. Time to replace the ship and the staff. Not worth the price with such and old outdated ship and unhappy staff supplying poor customer service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked ... Read More
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked like regular pasta with marinara sauce. After asking found out all the pasta sauce has seafood base. There seems to be no care given to people with dietary restrictions or needs. They have these hateful ladies (aka crumb patrol) in the Lido restaurant. They get in line right on top of you and clean crumbs the whole time you are in line. Felt very unwelcome. Hot tubs are not hot. I’ve had warmer baths. The temperature control in the cabins on deck 7 were horrible. I’m cold natured and I couldn’t get cool the whole trip. Then I saved the best for last. The muster safety drill! We had to stand outside sweating for an hour (because of waiting for late people), for a five minute safety drill showing how to put on a life jacket. The guy doing the demonstration in muster station F was so short we couldn’t see him. People were about to pass out from the heat. This was my 3rd cruise and my worst. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on ... Read More
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on 24/7 which is a lot better than what I experienced on Royal's Harmony of the Seas last year Food on Lido had good selection and guy's burger (especially fries), burritos, pizza was great . Lines for Deli can get long and they premake the sandwiches which leads to them being soggy sometimes Buffet quality and selection is sufficient but can't match the variety of the newer/bigger ships The main dining room food was good and better than Royal Caribbean but the servers are clearly stretched and things like drinks, taking orders and even food can take a while depending on server and time. The deserts were mostly very well done Pool is small and there's only one water slide but didn't have issue finding chairs on deck Movie under the stars showed current movies with free popcorn (not like Royal charging$5) and usually had two movies a night Didn't watch the nightly shows as I never do regardless of cruiseline due to low quality for all cruiseline compared to shows on land Comedians were good Overall very enjoyable cruise and glad to see Carnival keeping up the quality of the basics like food and ship upkeep unlike other cruiseline chasing bigger and more gimmicks at expense of basics However, some fellow cruise passengers on this Carnival cruise were rude and lack basic manners to staff and others . Had an OV cabin which was in very good condition, great size and soundproof compared to other newer ships I've been on. Gym was generous size and had lots of cardio equipment though resistance/weight can sometimes have a wait but much better than other newer ships with more pax but even smaller fitness area than on conquest Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. ... Read More
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation, so so, this time we decided to carry our luggage off the ship. We received our waiting area location, right next to the “fast to the fun” quests. When the time came to disembark, the cruise director came in said Platinum quests can go, all the Fast to the fun people headed for the door. The cruise director stated we are all platinum today. Don’t know how you feel but I earned me status. Once on the ship my wife and I took a tour to become familiar with the ship. Standard layout for Carnival’s older ships. We hung out until time for the muster drill. This is where it starts to go downhill. We get to our muster station, it’s 90-95 outside. We stand there for over 30 minutes waiting on the safety instructions. Finally they give the instructions, lasted less than a minute, and had to wait another 30 minutes to be released. Our luggage did not come until right before dinner, we selected the early dinning. So much for being priority. Headed down to dinner, table mates were great, we hit if off from the beginning. I was surprised at the lack of menu selections. Portions were small and the taste was less than savory. Service was great, waiter took very good care of us. Standard entertainment you would expect from Carnival. We went to the comedy club, comedians were great. Standard lido deck entertainment, nothing new there. Our ports were nothing special, San Juan, Grand Turk, St Thomas and Amber Cove. Took an excursion to St Johns, beach was OK, water was rough, due to the storms out in the Caribbean. On our way back to St THOMAS they break out the rum punch, as you can imagine some, many indulged way to much. To the point that I had drinks spilled on my hat, Hands stepped on and people falling all over me. Not a good trip back. Once back we headed to the ship. We noticed a longer normal line to board. Again we stood in the backing sun for over 30 minutes to board. The metal detector broke down and they had to wand everyone. You would have thought to open up the other gangway. The onboard ship experience was less than stellar, smokers know no boundaries, the smoking areas were well defined, however some felt they could walk the ship with lit cigarettes. Smoking on the balcony was common, yet I did not see a single Carnival crew member say a word. I understand what to expect on a Carnival cruise, drinking, parting, and general a wild crowd. However, I have never been on a cruise with so many cabin, balcony doors slamming shut at all hours of the night. People running up and down the hallway every night at 2am. My wife and I have decided we will not sail on a Carnival cruise again. We are going on a Celebrity cruise end of October. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can ... Read More
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can tell you none of them were true. Our steward Yoga was incredibly kind and thorough. The entertainment staff Adele and Lee made us feel like family and always at home and we were hugging them when we left the ship, they were fun, upbeat, kind and caring! The entertainment was phenomenal. The Cruise Director Mat was incredible, he has the best attitude and is so good at what he does as is everyone else. Cristian and Lauren who both do bar waiting we incredible they are such nice people and made us feel at home. But Tommy the head waiter in the Renoir Dining Room was absolutely incredible! When I say personable and kind I genuinely mean he made us feel so welcomed and we requested him every single night. We had a chaotic family of 9 and he and his team we wonderful. My daughter was looking for him every single day as we walked the ship and the last night she gave him a hug and we all took pictures. He knew every single one of us by name and I hope we get to see him and the others again next cruise, that goes for all the staff. Everyone from housekeeping to fun squad was great. By the end of the cruise we felt like a family on the ship! The only con is the added extras you pay for and they can get pricey but I would do it all over again. My entire family and I have already said this was our best family Vacation we have ever had. The Gaudette Family Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose ship due to ports. This is our first carnival cruise although not our first cruise. We were on a family cruise celebrating my sons high school graduation! We are in our mid 40's with 2 teenage sons cruising. I'll ... Read More
We chose ship due to ports. This is our first carnival cruise although not our first cruise. We were on a family cruise celebrating my sons high school graduation! We are in our mid 40's with 2 teenage sons cruising. I'll start with the CONS: First off the Muster station drill.. Wow one gal had to be called 3 times at least! Not sure she ever showed up but we were held there nearly 45 mins to an hour shoulder to shoulder with other guests with little ventilation waiting on this lady to come for the drill! Why not do this in decks. There was a 60 second demo of how to use life vest and that was it - was played on the room TV too. Waste of time, people were so hot, crowded, and miserable. My hubby got pretty claustrophobic due to us waiting so long on one passenger. Ship was not clean, our balcony smelled like someone around was smoking all the time (even though not allowed and flares mine and my sons asthma), plexiglass on our balcony had handprints and smears (filthy) from previous guests, and dirty all over it (see pics). Food repetitive and got old fast. Other guests were entitled acting, loud, obnoxious, discourteous and we heard some bragging about being on 100% state/federal assistance programs! We felt like we were on a section 8/welfare cruise and I don't mean that rude, it is just the truth. Saw a previous review on this ship saying it was Jerry Springer type guests on here and I completely agree! The other passengers were pushing their way into food lines, like it was feeding time, loading plates to the brims, and just rude! It was gross to go through the buffet due to the people in the lines.. One lady got drunk and every night like clockwork went to the cabana staff (which were younger kids) and cussed them out and yelled until she got security there (that she asked for and was asking for the "Po-Po"). She needed to be contained and told this behavior wasn't allowed - I didn't take my kids on this ship to hear this language and see her trashy behavior. She was always claiming something she had was "stolen." Not sure why they continued serving alcohol to someone who was this loud, rude, cussing, and making such a scene - actually I do- for more $$ for carnival. These kids working didn't deserve this treatment either. They were doing their jobs trading in towels, but she felt she could tear them down and belittle them since she was drunk I guess.. The music was trashy and mostly rap- on repeat. No variances of music to accomodate other peoples music choices, but just for one set of guests in my opinion. There was no where you could go to get peace and quiet and relax on this ship. If you could find a quieter deck, there was a large white safety barrier blocking the ocean view. I asked a worker if I could put a chair on another deck which had a see through area and he said no. Like I mentioned above we were there for my sons graduation gift trip and he can not stand loud music and we found him hanging in the room most of the trip due to the loud chaotic environment. There were several pools rather than 1 large pool. They were either filled with little kids (packed full) or the adult pool which was a group of 20's age drunk men hitting on their girls for the day - which changed daily. Kind of entertaining I guess or disgusting. Swimsuits were minimal and should not allow thongs when people have kids on this ship. In the past when I cruised Royal Caribbean, the tipping was at the end of the ship and I felt like the staff/crew really worked for their tips. However, this ship I felt like an inconvenience (except in the formal dining room at night by wait staff). Staff and crew members (even the ones in all white or dressed up) would pass by in the halls or elevator and not say hello or engage in conversation. I've never experienced this before on other cruise lines. Their deli was one of the better places to eat but William who works there is rude and when I ordered my sandwich on a pretzel bun instead of the egg bun, he let out a huge sigh and rolled his eyes and was very rude in his tone and how he came across. They need to open a second deli somewhere in the ship - maybe in the O2 (teen hangout room) that was ALWAYS empty! The deli line was incredibly long every time! This should also tell them the food here is much better than the gross buffet. Wouldn't hurt to have just some chicken strips/fries on the buffet or something so you don' t have to wait in line for 30 mins for fries.. Desserts were beautiful and looked delicious but very disappointing when tasting. Only one worth the calories was the chocolate cheesecake one time. Toilets smelled so bad in our room, like a porta potty. Got worse everyday! Made you sick to use your own bathroom. My son (reason for our trip) was stoked for seafood on this trip. Said it wasn't really good, sushi (costs extra) was terrible and they did refund our money - thank you. But, I really expected good seafood and it wasn't tasty which was disappointing. In my opinion, they need to take a week off from cruising and update, renovate, and CLEAN this ship! I know they'd lose money not sailing for a week but this ship needs a good cleaning in corners, crevices, and scraping old rusty paint and re-painting. Decor needs updating. Bathroom counters etc are green in color. Cruise Director, Mat was funny to listen to but after day 2 or 3 he doesn't need to keep saying "Good morning ladies and gentleman, this is Mat your cruise director.." We know. He did do a good job entertaining - loved his laugh - was very genuine. The way he interacted with kids was funny and good too! Enjoyed Jake, Adele, and the other guy who MC'd too (can't remember his name-but bald and funny and had a b-day a few days after we got off the ship). We have teenage sons who loved the basketball courts they offered and had a lot of fun spending time there; staff was rude when they would come take the basketball away from these kids at 5:30 pm. Apparently there is a steakhouse underneath the courts so they don't allow them to play b-ball from 5:30-11pm. Therefore, every night we had to wait up til 1230 am so the kids could play ball from 11pm-12am. This is dumb. These kids paid the same as those ppl in the steakhouse to be here. Allowing them to have a ball from Noon-5:30pm then 11pm-12am needs to be re-evaluated or steakhouse moved - again maybe to the O2 lounge area that was always empty!!! Not a lot for teenage kids to do on this ship. Felt too old for the slides, pools were cramped with little kiddos, and not allowed in adult pools so they never stepped into a pool on the ship :( O2 lounge was empty as I stated above. Flags on the ship are a bit disrespectful and need to be replaced, they are torn up (see pics) Guests on this ship could not follow simple directions as I mentioned before they are all entitled. Now, there were a few normal people on here but not many. Mat the cruise director would give simple instructions for disembarkment process and no one could listen. We were on express disembark where we took our own luggage -haha it was anything but express. We were supposed to be off at 0830 and we didn't get off until 1010am due to the entitlement of others going before their deck was called. Literally waited on deck, in hallways, and theatre for 2 hours elbow to elbow with thousands of guests. Carnival said it was not their fault but one would think this was the first time they've ever emptied a ship! You need staff who are assertive and shut the elevators off! Mark off stair wells etc.. Had a lady keep saying "if you aren't on the stairs don't come down, if you are on an elevator, stay on and go back up to deck 9." If you have 1 crew for every 3 guests, put people at the top of the stairs and enforce it, shut down the elevators, get control of the unruly pushy guests! No one listened to her and just kept piling down the staircases and pushing their way through - we had to sit in the theatre for a while until we could get off due to this. This process needs re-vamped as well. King bed is only 2 twins pushed together..Don't fall in the crack when they move apart during the night! lol Elevators were Slllloooowww! Then when they opened, people would get on before letting others off which is super frustrating for a week straight. I was in the casino waiting on my husband and I was peering out a window looking at the ocean. A crew member came over and shut the shades to the window I was standing in front of.. I nicely said, "I was looking out that window at the ocean." and he said, "Oh sorry and proceeded to close the shades! What kind of customer satisfaction/service does this show? This was pretty much how all the crew treated us on this ship. Only Johnny (cabin steward) went out of his way to be kind and do a fabulous job! I've had 4 knee surgeries in past 1.5 years and I always liked going to the top decks on the ship to look out but elevators didn't go to the 11 and 12 floors and was definitely harder for me to get up the stairs but I made it. Would be nice if they had some way for people with knee issues/handicap guests to get to the top, this was the best view and somewhat quieter depending on what area of ship you were on. PROs The dancers/performers (4 women, 4 men) were amazing! We enjoyed each show each night, our favorite was the Flicks night. Their costumes could be a little less "cheeky" and showy of their butt cheeks and still have the same impact. They are talented and great singers/dancers. Their choreography is amazing and well rehearsed/performed! This was a huge highlight to us. Johnny our room steward was the only staff who was smiling, greeted me by name and kind. He did a great job and loved his towel animals each night!! Guest Services was very helpful booking an excursion after hours and in helping with anything we needed. Pools were drained, scrubbed well. That was reassuring as I mentioned above full of kids or 'horny' adults.. The staff really took their time and really cleaned these well when I watched one evening from afar. I wish they cleaned the whole ship like this! When waiting to get off ship on last day, Jesse was out working very hard scraping and re-varnishing benches around the pool. He was a hard worker and did a great job! Carnival Deli, 24 hour pizza, frozen yogurt, and Guys burgers were good - but only so many burgers you can eat in a week! PG comedian shows were hilarious! Loved Mr. Winfield the most. Went to an adult only once and stayed for Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. There was only one sea day and the rest were ports of call with beautiful beaches. We booked and Grand Suite, 7928, and it was perfect. We even got new furniture for the room in one ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. There was only one sea day and the rest were ports of call with beautiful beaches. We booked and Grand Suite, 7928, and it was perfect. We even got new furniture for the room in one port. The A/C worked very well, first time ever we turned the thermostat up because it was too cold. The bed and linens were exceptional in quality. The food was incredible, sampled several different dishes, always found something great. The worst part was the entertainment, which we already were aware of, so not disappointed. The day of the dancing waiter is past. We had anytime dining and one night they could not serve us our entree due to the Show. I felt so sorry for this poor people, you could tell they were so over worked and then have to "perform". We choose two excursions thru Carnival, both were wonderful, and we felt very safe. We choose to self disembark, the fastest we ever have been off a ship. If you do the research you will not be disappointed and the price is the cheapest out there. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
wanted to try a different ship and port......conquest was nice... staff friendly....food ok-with exception of the steak house!!!! It was over the top!!! the prime steak house was very nice wait staff very eager and helpful food was out of ... Read More
wanted to try a different ship and port......conquest was nice... staff friendly....food ok-with exception of the steak house!!!! It was over the top!!! the prime steak house was very nice wait staff very eager and helpful food was out of this world!!!! The chef came to the table and I could not have been more pleased!!! The "art of dessert" was fantastic!!! we will do this again! This meal would have cost more than $200.00 back home...Book early and enjoy! The Barbeque was not to my liking...On the Magic it was fantastic ...don't know what happened here on the conquest. I thought that the quantity of the food offered at the blue Iguana was lacking..two pieces of chicken on a burrito and five shrimp in a bowl come on. The spa was fantastic!!!! a young lady from south Africa gave me the men's day at the spa with a professional shave and haircut facial and massage..IT WAS SOOOOO GOOOOD! Casino was ok at first and too smoke filled for me so, after one evening there I did not return....cant there a smoke free cruise? Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This is our third cruise and I couldn't be more happier with the service we received. This is the first time we stayed in a balcony suite and we weren't disappointed with how spacious the cabin was and the great ocean view from ... Read More
This is our third cruise and I couldn't be more happier with the service we received. This is the first time we stayed in a balcony suite and we weren't disappointed with how spacious the cabin was and the great ocean view from the balcony. Our Cabin steward Michael made our trip so much more stress free by making sure all our requests were met throughout the week. The food was amazing with tons of variety and a 24 hour burger and pizza station. My sister is special needs and I couldn't be more happier with the kind treatment we received. They helped us with her wheelchair coming on and off the ship and made sure that she was comfortable when we dined at the restaurant. It was mom and sister's birthday and they gave my sister a free picture frame and my mom a free spa experience worth over 50 dollars, as well as singing happy birthday for both of them in the restaurant. The shore excursion that I would recommend as being the best is the dolphin encounter at ocean world Dominican republic. The staff helped make the experience so much more pleasant and the price for photos and the video of the dolphin swim was not that expensive and very much worth every penny spent. Anyone travelling with a special needs person or has a disability I would recommend this cruise ship; you won't be disappointed with the amazing treatment. The entertainment was phenomenal, every night we had a great show to see. One of the cleaner's in the buffet named Aillen always made sure to greet us anytime we saw her and always had a big smile on her face. I will totally recommend this cruise to anyone who wants great food and entertainment as well as a friendly staff that is there to help you feel right at home. :D Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Because my wife is a teacher, and my daughter a student, we cruise based on time (school breaks only) and price (less expensive is better). We wound up getting an incredible deal on the price of this cruise (less than $90/person/day for an ... Read More
Because my wife is a teacher, and my daughter a student, we cruise based on time (school breaks only) and price (less expensive is better). We wound up getting an incredible deal on the price of this cruise (less than $90/person/day for an oceanview), and booked it without really worrying about itinerary, although we were excited to see two new-to-us ports, St. Martin (where my wife had gone on vacation as a teenager) and St. Kitts, and two that we had visited last year and loved, San Juan and Grand Turk. The itinerary was embark in Ft. Lauderdale, 2 sea days, St. Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan, Grand Turk, sea day, return to Ft. Lauderdale. However, about 3 weeks before the cruise, we were informed that instead of St. Kitts, we'd be going to Tortola as the 2nd port. No biggie, we thought, it's another new-to-us port. Embarkation at Ft. Lauderdale was as smooth as we've ever experienced. We opted to park on-site, as the reviews of local off site parking were sketchy at best and downright unhappy at worst, so the difference between $10 off site and $15 on site a day was not worth it. We had an 11:30-12:00 arrival window, and parked the car at 11:30 exactly. We were on the ship before noon. Let me repeat that -- from parking the car at 11:30, we were on board in under 30 minutes. That includes: off loading our luggage, walking to the elevators, walking about 1/4 mile to the porter stand to drop off our luggage, going through security, getting a photo, and going up the gangway. Under 30 minutes. We literally never stopped moving forward. It was the most efficient embarkation I've ever experienced, to the point where I'll seek out cruises from Ft. Lauderdale based solely on that experience. The fact that it's also the closest port to our house (by about 15 minutes -- it's 2 hours ish to Tampa, 1:45 to Lauderdale) is a bonus. Onboard with our carry-ons, we went up to the Lido to have a little lunch and explore while waiting for our cabin to be ready (at 1:30). Protip: in the Lido, there are 4 buffet lines (fore and aft, one each port and starboard), and a dessert line (aft of the buffet). Behind that, there are 2 stairs going up to deck 10, where there is the "old fashioned barbecue," and more seating. We easily found seating there while the Lido was packed on embarkation day. We also signed on for a sea day activity -- a whisky tasting and blending class -- and bought a wine package (3 bottles for $99). At 1:30, we took a ride down to deck 2, to find our cabin. Lo and behold, our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived! Awesome! Get in the room, and unpack. There was plenty of space for 2 adults and a child to stow their stuff for a week (in fact, there were tons of extra plastic hangers in the closets when we arrived, which we really liked). Our cabin steward, Aldo, introduced himself and asked the usual questions ("when do you like your room serviced? Any special requests?" etc). We had ordered some water bottles for the room, and they were waiting for us when we arrived as well. Muster was... well, muster drill. You've done it once, you've done it. It was crowded, annoying, and legally mandated. We started sailing before being released from muster, which was a bummer if you wanted to go to the bon voyage party, but foreshadowed our captain's school of thought towards travel times -- we were always early in to port, and left on the dot -- which we kind of liked. Then, time for dinner. We opted for early dining, so we were in the Monet dining room (all the way aft, decks 3 and 4) at 5:45. Met our headwaiter (who we rarely saw after, to the point that I don't really remember his name a day later), and the rest of our wait team, Redana, and Ralsita (from Indonesia and Bulgaria, respectively). They both took a special interest in our daughter, with Redana delivering her food (usually a chicken breast or some steak) and cutting it up for her, even feeding her the first bite, and Ralsita keeping a supply of chocolate milk for her from the second day on (we saw Ralsita at the Lido early on the first sea day, and our daughter asked for chocolate milk to drink with breakfast; she inferred the rest and kept us in calcium and chocolate for the rest of the trip). The food on the trip was, overall, in the quite good to excellent range. There were little touches that stood out -- some sauces plated on the sides as decoration, an extra sprig of greens to garnish -- and everything was cooked as we ordered, so no medium rare steak arriving medium well, for example. The wine service was done professionally, by the book, which I appreciated (the ritual of wine service is interesting, with every part having a point -- the bottle is presented, kept in sight at all times so you know it's not getting switched, the cork presented to prove it's the wine you ordered, first taste to the one ordering to make sure it's not corked or oxidized, and first full pour to the lady at the table for politeness). We also found Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana, Pizza Pirate, and even the BBQ to be nicely done. I did try out a couple of "food hacks" for the burgers from Guy's -- get a plain burger, top with salsa from the Blue Igauna, for example, or take it up the the BBQ and get some pulled pork and sauce to top it with -- and liked the results. Entertainment was easy to find. There are the production shows and comedy, of course, but there were also things like having the production show cast lead a dance routine by the pool, and plenty of live music (this cruise had a steel drummer, a DJ, a brass trio, an acoustic singer and guitar soloist, a 6-piece rock band, and a string trio, playing in the atrium lobby, by the casino, and sometimes elsewhere, like by the dining rooms). As noted above, I did a Scotch whisky tasting and blending class with one of the Alchemy bartenders, who was super-knowledgeable about whiskys, and that was well worth the time and money (several glasses worth of whisky, and I got to keep a 100 ml bottle of my own creation -- which they let us simply walk off with, rather than confiscating like duty-free booze). We also saw two of the dive-in movies (Instant Family and Bohemian Rhapsody), and enjoyed the experience a lot. Our daughter liked the Camp Ocean activities, including one night when we had her in Night Owls so we could have a grown-up dinner and go see R-rated comedy; when we went to pick her up at a bit after midnight, some kids were dozing in "sleeping bags" made of extra blankets in the little kids side, while a movie quietly played, but there was a dance party going on in the bigger kid's side, where she was going strong. She also liked the fact that, because the Conquest has only 1 water slide rather than the 2 on the Glory (which we sailed on previously, and is the same class of ship), it has an extra pool and hot tub which were, if not by rule, then de facto kid's pools. My wife and I appreciated the kid's pools as well, as we could more easily get lounge chairs near the secondary pool; chair hogs were very much in effect on this ship! At one point, we took it upon ourselves to take a couple of lounge chairs that were obviously unoccupied for an hour or more (the folks actually using the chairs around them agreed that they had been empty since at least noon, and it was 1 PM), moving the towels left behind on them to a neat pile behind the chairs as we were using them, and in the hour and a half we were on them, nobody re-appeared to try to reclaim the chairs. This is probably the worst annoyance we had on the trip, to be honest -- there has to be a better way to police chairs by the pool. Perhaps some sort of timer, for when you leave (kind of like a parking meter)? I don't know what the solution is, but I wish someone would find it. Now, as to our grown-up dinner... we opted to do the Chef's Table, which is a bit of a splurge, but well worth it in our opinion. It was over a dozen courses, personalized (I don't like tomatoes, and they changed one course -- tomato soup -- specifically for me -- I got roasted red pepper and pumpkin soup instead), with a tour of the galley, private dining room for up to 10 people (ours had 9), private magic show, photos, and the recipe for warm chocolate melting cake included. It was seriously one of the best meals I've ever had. If you have foodie inclinations, the Chef's Table is well worth the $70/pp plus tip. The ship itself has certainly seen some use -- the carpet is a little worn in places, and some of the seating has seen better days, but it's overall well kept-up, especially when you consider that 3000+ people get on it every week. I do think that it will benefit from it's scheduled drydock in November 2020. Now, each port and what we did.... St. Martin, we literally walked off the ship and got an island tour with some new friends. Off to a senic overlook, Maho beach (crowded, small, and underwhelming), a straw market on the French side (with a very nice cafe nearby), and a 2-hour stay on Orient beach (which is beautiful). On Tortola, we did a snorkeling trip through the ship. It was the afternoon, so we put our daughter in Camp Ocean for the morning and did a little shopping -- my wife tasted (and liked!) some local BVI Gin, we looked at jewelry and watches, etc. Then, after lunch, off to snorkel near Norman Island (the island that inspired Treasure Island). The guide, Mario, was great. My daughter is a very strong swimmer (in fact, she swam with our local swim team for 2 seasons), but for some reason freaked out snorkeling, and Mario came by with a flotation ring to take her to see caves and fish; we just stayed along for the ride. Well worth it! San Juan was, frankly, a little bit of a bummer this time. We arrived early, and could get off the ship as early as 7:30, but nothing in San Juan aside from Walgreens (right off the pier!) is open until 9. Since we had to be back on the ship at 1:30, that meant basically only 4 and a half hours to do anything. We just stopped for some sundries at Walgreens, walked the city a little, found a cafe (Cafe Angel) for mofongo and pina coladas, and back on board. I really liked San Juan last time we were in port, but last time we stayed longer; too bad. Then, Grand Turk. We arrived, and it started to POUR. There was a waterspout visible from the gangway of the ship, in fact! Sucked for my wife and daughter, as they were planning on a beach day. Me, I was scuba diving alone (neither of them are certified divers), so as long as the dive boat went out, I was OK. The diving was awesome; two tanks, first dive at the "tunnel" site, about 200 yards offshore, we dropped to the bottom at 70', then were led through a rock formation to "the wall," where the bottom drops rapidly to 7,000'. Super cool! Then the second dive was at "governor's house," where the bottom is more like 55', and we saw a ton of sea life -- Spanish mackerel, dories, even a turtle! Again, well worth it, but I would bring my own regulator next time -- mine had a non-working depth gauge, and another man on our boat had to make an emergency ascent with his dive buddy providing air through his octo, as his pressure gauge malfunctioned (never something you want to say). My wife and daughter, meanwhile, enjoyed the cruise port chairs (with the green cruise port umbrellas!) and rented snorkeling gear to enjoy the shallows. Finally, it was time to leave. Disembarkation was as smooth as embarking. Picked up our duty-free alcoholic souvenir (a bottle of BVI gin), had some breakfast, and before we knew it, they were calling our group number. We were off the ship and back in our car within 30 minutes, easily as smooth as the embarkation was. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The beds in our cabin were uncomfortable and the A/C was subpar. We normally have very comfortable matrices on Carnival cruises. Public bathrooms and areas need a deep cleaning and more attention though out the cruise. Many of the deck ... Read More
The beds in our cabin were uncomfortable and the A/C was subpar. We normally have very comfortable matrices on Carnival cruises. Public bathrooms and areas need a deep cleaning and more attention though out the cruise. Many of the deck chairs need replacing. We noticed stains and tears in the Serenity deck clam shell cushions. Staff was very friendly and attentive to guest. The activities and shows were fun. The dining room food was very good; however, the wait time was much longer than normal. Hot tubs and pools were nice. On the last day a passenger vomited in the pool. The crew skimmed it out with a net. I thought it should have been drained and refilled (or closed). I did not care for Nassau. Half Moon Cay was better than expected. It was very clean with a beautiful beach. You cannot go wrong with Jacks Shack in Grand Turk. Waterfalls in Amber Cove was our favorite activity. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose the Conquest because friends invited us to join them. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale was quick and easy. First thing we noticed after boarding was how dirty the windows and floors in the eating areas were. This ship is in need ... Read More
We chose the Conquest because friends invited us to join them. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale was quick and easy. First thing we noticed after boarding was how dirty the windows and floors in the eating areas were. This ship is in need of a major renovation. Chaise lounges around pool area had threadbare cushions and stains. Decor throughout ship was aged and worn. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and quiet. We were on the forward port side Lido deck and the views were amazing. Cabin steward was very friendly and did a great job. We got stuck with the late (8:00 pm) seating time for the dining room. We tried to get it changed to the early time but no dice. Food was good, service was great and we ended up going there three nights. I should add that we purchased the beverage package which was a value for us but the constant barrage of paper receipts got old. We also dined at the steak house one night and the meal was very good. It was a shame that the place was nearly empty. Biggest surprise was the first formal night or whatever they call it on Carnival. It seemed like 90% of the passengers dressed up. The last two cruises I was on in the last year (Holland & NCL) it seemed that hardly anyone dressed up. For breakfast and lunch we stayed with the buffet which I would say was average at best although the burger bar was great. Entertainment was so so. The singing and dancing act was definitely the B team. The casino was very smokey but at least they didn’t allow cigar smoking in there. The piano bar lady put us to sleep. The fitness center was great. Fantastic sauna and steam rooms. We had a good time with good weather at all of the shore visits. Nassau, Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay was our favorite even though a bucket of beer (six) cost $52 once they added taxes and tip. Half Moon has one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! Debarkation was wonderful, we docked early and the whole process was quick and orderly. Port of Ft Lauderdale has their act together! Bottom line is that we had a great time with great weather and the crew was very friendly and polite. I wouldn’t sail on the Conquest again because there are too many newer and cleaner ships out there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
All in all a very nice experience. The ship was very well maintained, very clean Crew was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Customer service top notch. Cabin Steward very good, very conscious of our needs. The dining ... Read More
All in all a very nice experience. The ship was very well maintained, very clean Crew was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Customer service top notch. Cabin Steward very good, very conscious of our needs. The dining room experience was wonderful, our waiter was very personable, the food was excellent and arrived soon after order. The buffet seemed well stocked and delicious.Could have used a bit more variety. Entertainment OK, the atrium band was very good, the shows were very good. All ports were excellent. Did not take long to get off ship at each stop. The cruise director was excellent. The only exception to the overall good experience was the female entertainer in the Piano Bar. She was a foul-mouthed poor excuse for entertainment. She had some huge chip on her shoulder about men and for some reason felt it important to drop the F-bomb every chance she got. For the short time I was in there I felt like I was watching the movie Good Will Hunting. Her singing voice was pretty weak, I am shocked she was even able to land a job with Carnival. Despite this one bad experience, I would recommend this ship to anyone with the suggestion that they stop by the Piano Bar the first night and peek inside. If there is a blonde woman playing piano, keep moving, don't waste your time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Carnival got it right again. We cruised this ship for our 25th anniversary which is when we started cruising again thanks to the wonderful time we had. This trip was even better. The service was outstanding. Only had one complaint and ... Read More
Carnival got it right again. We cruised this ship for our 25th anniversary which is when we started cruising again thanks to the wonderful time we had. This trip was even better. The service was outstanding. Only had one complaint and they handled it immediately and fairly as well. We had a small problem on an excursion and they took care of it and gave us a 25% discount. This was very fair. Everyone went above and beyond to be sure we had a great trip. Our cabin steward Gusti was amazing. He knew us before we even got to our room. Marko in the Renoir dining room was terrific. The food was great as always. We had faster to the fun, but probably did not need it except for getting to enter our cabin early. We got to the ship about 11:00 and walked right on. Easiest boarding I can remember. Leaving went smoothly as well. We did 4 Carnival excursions and except for one small problem that they took care of they were all very good. CD Matt was very good, but nobody can replace Chris Willams for me. He is the absolute best. Russ the comic was the best. He proves you can do an over 18 show without a lot of foul language and be funny. His PG show as also the best I have seen. I was lucky and had 2 upgrade offers and took both of them and had a great 10th floor balcony room, so now I am spoiled. Great location on the ship. Overall this was a great cruise and I can't wait for the next one. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
My sister actually chose this cruise. I was very impressed with the crew. Whatever you do to make your crew pleasant and helpful please keep it up. I was very impressed with the bar tenders as the Red Frog. Komang, was a great bar tender ... Read More
My sister actually chose this cruise. I was very impressed with the crew. Whatever you do to make your crew pleasant and helpful please keep it up. I was very impressed with the bar tenders as the Red Frog. Komang, was a great bar tender very nice with a super sense of humor. Keep up the good work! The food was fabulous both at the buffet and at the restaurant. Guy burgers were absolutely addictive. The room Stuart’s were great. The whole ship was kept clean at all times. The entertainment was awesome. The cruise director Matt had such great energy that is infectious. He kept me laughing the whole week. The shows I saw were well done and very professional. This was my first cruise and if/when I do this again I will be sure to make it on carnival conquest. Thank you all for such a great time Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We loved this cruise that went to St. Kitts, St. Maartin, San Juan and Grand Turk! The CD, Mat was a hoot. He had more energy than an energizer bunny. He was so entertaining and related to everyone, young and old. We enjoyed the food - ... Read More
We loved this cruise that went to St. Kitts, St. Maartin, San Juan and Grand Turk! The CD, Mat was a hoot. He had more energy than an energizer bunny. He was so entertaining and related to everyone, young and old. We enjoyed the food - we did YTD. I will say some of the tables were just a little close (they actually had to pull the table out for my husband to be able to sit there. Even the Lido buffet food had excellent choices and were prepared well for a buffet. The entertainment was excellent especially in the atrium each evening. We enjoyed listening to Joanne in the piano bar - she has a wonderful sense of humor and can tickle the ivories like no other. Her voice isn't bad either!! Our cabin steward, Dmyetro, was very pleasant and efficient and made the best towel animals. I did not enjoy having to pass through the smoke infused casino - it would be helpful to glass enclose a smoking area in the casino so that non-smokers could pass through or play without inhaling other peoples smoke. We took one shore excursion and had a great time. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the island and handled the variety of personalities on the tour with professionalism. We chose to take our own luggage when we disembarked and found it to be very easy to do. Very organized and well run! We plan to book another cruise soon! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
It was 8 nights east Caribbean cruise from FLL. I have only Carnival experience so cannot compare with other cruise lines. As Carnival is more on the low end of the cruise holidays I did not expect luxury and fine dining. The ship has a ... Read More
It was 8 nights east Caribbean cruise from FLL. I have only Carnival experience so cannot compare with other cruise lines. As Carnival is more on the low end of the cruise holidays I did not expect luxury and fine dining. The ship has a '90s kind of design, but they keep nice care of it. All common areas were clean and well maintained. I was happy with the service level they provide, very good value for the price. Would not pay more just because the decor is nicer. Conquest was a bit less entertaining compared to our previous cruise. The fun squad did a great job on the lido, but the evening shows were awful because of the singers. I have no idea how they got this job. The program itself was well designed but they must have been more picky selecting the team. Room, food, other services were really good, just the same like other Carnival ship. We prefer the main dining for dinner and lido for breakfast or afternoon snack. Also liked the pizza for the dive in movies after dark on the lido. It is great fun, just be prepared to reserve a sunbed in time. As per the Carnival Hub App you could order pizza to anywhere on the ship, but it was not working. Overall the App is good but this time it did not work properly, also the chat function. I really like Carnival's free room service for breakfast. You can save a lot of time if you plan to get off the ship early. There is no waterworks on this ship=less kids which was great if you want a more relaxing vacation. The average age of people on this ship were older, I was happy with that. Sea days were more quiet and our dining room company was really great. Room: Deck 7 front. 7214 Inside 4E Quiet. Close to the deck7 front "secret deck". It was really good to get out there in the mornings to check how the weather is. Also to take some photos during docking. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. ... Read More
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. Randi Andi the Comedy manager also was awesome and the 8 singers/dancers put on a fabulous show of rock music. I literally have no complaints about anything. Service in main dining and food excellent, cruise director Matt was exceptional. Spa was just right, ship size was just right right service was great, inside room was just right for us. We moved from Serenity deck to the kids pool to the adult pool and they were all nice. Carnival also was great getting on board and transferring from the 8 day to the next 6 day we did not have to leave our room. The staff made everything very smooth. We liked the shows so much we saw the Epic Rock and 80s show twice. Amber Cove was a great port it had a free pool with bar like Margaritaville in Grand Turk so we don't even want excursions. We did go on an excursion to the Batik, and fort on St Kitts which was fine. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible ... Read More
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible service due to need to do job searches and staying in touch with family! It took literally 3 days for one fb post to load on the ship. It did not matter if I was online at 3 am or 5 pm the WiFi was hideous. The 5.00 hub chat was broken!! I complained about my WiFi mid week my money was refunded and they neglected to tell me they were shutting it off!! In st. Kitts our exercusion was canceled with no notice, Also wheel chair assistance was horrible returning to the port I couldn’t even get my moms name on the list we ended up walking her out!!! We were told to put my moms name on the list with the guy that had the clipboard he stated one sec and was calling a few people to be taken out. I came back up to him and he was writing down people’s names that were coming in the door after we had!!! By then we had, had it. My mom has had a knee replacement in one knee and needs her other knee replaced. She can’t walk stairs or long distances. She had decided she was going to attempt to walk from boat to cruise terminal by then we were so mad. So debarkation was awful!! When we got in cruise terminal it was nice to gather luggage and not have to fill out a customs form and easy to get a porter. I followed close behind him and he was nice enough to wait for my mom to catch up Behind us to go through customs. When we got out he was kind enough for me to follow him and took is straight to the carnival bus to go to the airport. Over all we will never sail on the conquest again this was our second journey on it, and we will NEVER go out of ft Lauderdale’s port. We have used Orlando, New Orleans, and been out of California overall ft Lauderdale carnival port is horrible. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, ... Read More
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, it was by far the easiest boarding and debarkation experience so far. Although an older vessel, it was clean and easy to find our way around. I wish there were better ways to circumnavigate the casino without having to go up or down to another deck and then back to avoid the smoke. As a reformed smoker the stench is very repulsive to me. The food didn't seem quite as good or as previously experienced on other ships and the serving temperature left a bit to be desired. Staff was great, Mat Sequin was our Cruise Director and was quite entertaining and engaging. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale and for the price, amebnities and shuttle service, would suggest it as a possible overnight accommodation for your cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We go on a cruise every year. We picked this cruise because it only had one sea day. We had one of the rooms with floor to ceiling windows on the 9th floor. The 9th floor is the perfect location. However, every day around 530am a loud ... Read More
We go on a cruise every year. We picked this cruise because it only had one sea day. We had one of the rooms with floor to ceiling windows on the 9th floor. The 9th floor is the perfect location. However, every day around 530am a loud noise exists which is rediculous and lasted a couple minutes. I think it's the opening if the blinds in the floor above. This ship had the worst entertainment we have seen thus far. Every single show was some sort of musical. Very limited. We are vegetarians and they had very limited almost non existent options. The dining room had very good Indian vegetarian option though. The ports were naturally amazing. They had very good movies at the outside screen. The ship never seemed crowded which is a very good thing. The water slide allowed for use for smaller kids and they had nice doctor suess activities. This ship had more to do for kids than I was expecting. Very nice. Disembarkation was the longest I have ever been involved with by far, but I don't hold that against carnival. In end, I think we will stick with Royal Caribbean. Don't get me wrong as the cruise was amazing any cruise would be amazing. The two main negatives were shows and lack of vegetarian food at the buffet. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First off to give some perspective, we have sailed maybe 25 times. We're obviously not first timers but we also have some relative experience with different lines. We have sailed Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and ... Read More
First off to give some perspective, we have sailed maybe 25 times. We're obviously not first timers but we also have some relative experience with different lines. We have sailed Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival lines. We have stayed in Suites, Balconies, Oceanviews and Inside Cabins. We chose the Carnival Conquest primarily for the ports but also the holidays and past experience with Carnival. Although there were definite bright spots along the way, we ended our 6 night cruise with a definite decision not to come back to Carnival for the foreseeable future if ever. We were a family of five and booked two suites on the Empress deck; my husband, son 22, daughter 16 and our stepdaughter 36. Embarkation at Port Everglades was fine. We had taken a red eye flight from PDX to FLL and arrived around 8am. A cruise staff person at the port was extremely helpful and assisted us in getting a porter to take our luggage early so that we could walk out and find some breakfast nearby. Great customer service. Suites allow for priority boarding and we were on the ship by around 11:30. Champagne offered poolside on the Lido deck was a nice touch and something we hadn't experienced before that was complimentary. Had a bite to eat - pretty standard fare and very predictable if you've sailed Carnival before. Rooms were available by 1ish and we unpacked and explored the ship. Dining: Even though we booked 6 months before and had suite status we were unable to reserve a dining time which put us in the Your Time Dining category. Not initially a bad thing because there is some flexibility for eating when you are ready and not assigned a certain time. Your Time Dining was only available on the lower level of one of the two main dining rooms. Something we didn't know ahead of time. Also not a deal breaker but would have been nice to have some alternatives. First dinner was fine. Livia our waitress was very good. No complaints - just getting settled in. The next night was New Year's Eve and it was a total disaster. Wait times were over an hour and when we finally got a table we were stuck in a booth with a chair on the end of it. Still not a dealbreaker but we literally had NO staff ever. Everything we got was because we had to literally flag a person down and ask for it. Very much an afterthought. Finally after waiting the hour to be seated plus another 45 minutes to have anyone come to our table I went to the hostess station to let them know. Shortly after that someone came and took our order but there was nothing nice about it. Disappointing for what we hoped would be a really nice elegant New Year's Eve dinner with our family. Food was so marginal. Because of the time dinner took, we missed the evening show. And our experience was consistent with many other diners who left before the meal was completed. After that experience we stumbled upon I Wayan in the Renoir Dining Room and never went anywhere else. We opted to wait for his section than to take an earlier seat. Very professional and reminded us of what cruises and dining used to be like. He was excellent for the four remaining nights we were seated in his section. Food in the formal dining room was fine; some things better than others but you won't get a lot of perks that you may still get on other lines; pulling your seat out, putting your napkin on your lap, offering coffee at the end of the meal. They used to have more fanfare with Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee table side etc. That didn't exist on this cruise or maybe just with Carnival. Casual Dining: The first day we tried the Lido deck for breakfast. Long wait lines for what was institutional type food with no variations throughout the cruise. We had breakfast every remaining day at the Blue Iguana Cantina poolside. It was amazing and the staff were excellent. Made to order burritos, tacos, huevos rancheros - definitely a plus. Deli was fine, pizza was good and Guys Burgers were good but greasy. We ate dinner every night in the formal dining room so no input on the Lido dinner fare. Desserts were adequate. Pastries in the morning were horribly dry, tired and not worth putting on your plate. Soft serve ice cream stations were nice if they had cones and were operating properly - hit and miss. Staterooms: Our suites were very nice. Bedding was wonderful, very comfortable. A lot of storage and very generous bathroom size. Anita our steward was wonderful. You can opt for once or twice a day service. We opted for just one in the morning to get fresh towels and bedding done. Anita was very attentive, learned our names the first day and always had a smile and a kind word. No complaints with the cabin or service. Ship: This is a nice sized ship. Not a mega ship but big enough to feel like you had some options. Activities were lacking which didn't really bother us. We're not big poolside contest people but again, just not impressed with the offerings or even the delivery. Carnival has gotten away from a lot of the paper information they used to provide. But they will still paper you to death with 'offerings' and attempts to get you to buy something I miss the newsletter that we used to get talking about the next day activities, port information, dress for dinner, weather, etc. They still gave you a small brochure but just not the same. They expect you to utilize their Hub app instead which brings me to another negative - wi fi. Cleanliness of ship was lacking. The windows were filthy. They washed them on the last day. Paying for a suite and not being able to see out of your balcony is a definite negative. Wi-Fi: Short and simple, don't purchase it. Not worth it and is really just a money maker for Carnival and a source of frustration for the consumer. My family all purchased wi-fi; our oldest daughter purchased the premium for work reasons, our 22 year old the middle option and our 16 year old the basic. None of them worked adequately. Save yourself the frustration and cost and don't bother. Ports: We booked in large part because of a couple of ports that we hadn't visited before but also for some diving options that my oldest daughter and husband wanted to repeat. Bahamas was fun - walked to Junkanoo Beach and spent the day there. Half Moon Cay was fine. It's the cruise line's private island. Drink prices are high and they served the drinks the first time in $16 carnival funship glasses that we didn't ask for and didn't want. Turks and Caicos is beautiful. Lots of shopping and drinking if you like that. Amber Cove was fine - again not really authentic but just an artificial cruise port. A taxi to Puerta Plata was $70 roundtrip. The pool area was very nice. Diving: My husband and stepdaughter dove twice on the trip. Staff was great but organization was very poor. Debarkation: Smoothest debarkation so far. Our flight was leaving late so although we had priority debarking we opted to stay up on the Lido and get off near the end. No lines, no issues. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Boarding at Fort Lauderdale was pleasant due to having Faster to Fun add on. We were checked in and onboard in under 15 minutes, room was ready as soon as we boarded. Downside of faster to fun I don’t think the room stewards have time ... Read More
Boarding at Fort Lauderdale was pleasant due to having Faster to Fun add on. We were checked in and onboard in under 15 minutes, room was ready as soon as we boarded. Downside of faster to fun I don’t think the room stewards have time to properly prepare your room after previous guests have checked out. This was probably the first time in 9 cruises that we can say our room was dirty, old ear buds left on floor, floor not vacuumed. Cupboards not wiped out - had what appeared to be sugar on the shelves. As a whole this particular cruise did not seem to worry about general housekeeping or cleanliness. On other cruise lines you are seeing cleaning staff constantly wiping down and cleaning, here they had a white towel/cloth wiping without any sign of disinfectant or cleaning product. Room also had a strange safe- firstly safe was tiny it’s a squeeze to put in iPads and camera, as well as a really strange locking mechanism needing to use a credit card to swipe in and out of the safe. So instead of locking away a credit in safe you now needed to keep one out to get back in. We had room 1067, which had pros and cons if you want to be right at the action namely swimming pools, sun deck, the two bars and the best of course guys burger bar you couldn’t ask for closer, as well as movie nights. The con on this room you are located next door to a air conditioner unit assuming for the running of systems on ship and this hums all night and day, if you are a light sleeper not good. Plus being so close to the action- you will hear everyone else coming in and out on their way back to their rooms. Food: On the upside this is probably one of the best cruise lines with regards to food selection and quality, the buffet had a wide range of foods etc. more so than other cruise line buffet options. Staff onboard were all amazing and really went out their way to remember your name and beverage preferences no matter which bar you went to. The gym onboard was well stocked of machines and equipment, approx 12 treadmills, elliptical trainers, weights. A brilliant gym which is needed especially with the amount of food being eaten onboard. Ports of calls amazing, couldn’t ask for a better stops. The cheers drinks package was worth getting it, especially with the selection of drinks be aware majority of drinks are either rum or tequila based! First time on cruise were you can also get vitamin water which is great for gym sessions as well as taking off boat on your excursions just remember all drinks will be opened. Maintenance on ship wasn’t as great as other ships, where you see staff all day long cleaning, painting and repairing. Not so on this one? Doesn’t mean ship unsafe and we never felt safety was compromised, just more unusual as we so used to how other cruise lines work! On the whole we would definitely cruise with carnival again just perhaps on a newer built ship! Great staff made up for anything that was maybe lacking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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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