12 Carnival Conquest Fitness Cruise Reviews

This was my third cruise (after Norwegian and Celebrity) and my kids' first cruise in honor of high school and middle school graduations. Such a huge disappointment. The food was ok - don't bother with the buffet for literally ... Read More
This was my third cruise (after Norwegian and Celebrity) and my kids' first cruise in honor of high school and middle school graduations. Such a huge disappointment. The food was ok - don't bother with the buffet for literally anything, ever. The burgers and pizza weren't bad. The steakhouse was ok but not worth $35/person. The restaurant was ok... our server was actually great but the food was just ok. There were SOOOOO many small obnoxious children so the pool was overrun. And there were so many jack@sses that camped out on the basketball courts and wouldn't let anyone else on that my 14 year old son (who is 6'5" and fantastic at bball) was literally not allowed to play the whole week. This was supposed to be this fantastic, memorable, bonding trip and at least we all agree on one thing - Carnival SUCKS. I'm not scared off from cruising - just from this cruise line. btw the balcony had a door instead of a slider - another bummer. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My wife and I celebrated our up and coming 20th anniversary and we enjoyed the cruise overall. The food was fresh especially the fruit which we love to eat. It had something for everybody including those with children, (our children are ... Read More
My wife and I celebrated our up and coming 20th anniversary and we enjoyed the cruise overall. The food was fresh especially the fruit which we love to eat. It had something for everybody including those with children, (our children are adults now but we believe they would have enjoyed the activities). The comedians were funny and offered PG and adult shows. We like how NCL offers packages that cover the whole cruise for one price as opposed to a daily fee per day (x) the length of the cruise i.e. A spa package vs a spa day or a meal package as opposed to a one night specialty restaurant, but The Point Steak house was good. We did not care for the particular performers that were highlighted stage show but they were ok...Jamaica and the Cayman island were nice, the staff was friendly for the most part and the Guy burger place was one of the highlights of our just treat yourself moments :) The only con: our cabin 8390 was directly under the deck where the pool and buffet areas are. During our two last nights of sailing the crew sounded like they rebuilding the 9 deck, they actually were cleaning and such but it started from 4:30 AM until about 6:00 AM and was very loud waking us up. We got a sorry... Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Our Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Cruise was absolutely wonderful. During the day we not only enjoyed the buffet breakfast and lunch but also Guys Burgers as well as the burritos at Blue Iguana Cantina! The evening dining experience ... Read More
Our Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Cruise was absolutely wonderful. During the day we not only enjoyed the buffet breakfast and lunch but also Guys Burgers as well as the burritos at Blue Iguana Cantina! The evening dining experience at Monet was great thanks to the delicious food and the terrific staff led by head server Ida - she along with Tullus and Juan were warm, friendly and fun. We enjoyed the entertainment at the various lounges especially the shows at Toulouse lounge - Noonan was a terrific cruise director. The port stops were amazing: 1) Cozumel: After shopping at Puerta Maya we took 15 min taxi ride to Chankanaab Park - snorkeling was great and we enjoyed walking thru the gardens as well as the Mayan exhibits. 2) Belize: We really enjoyed the excursion to the Xunantunich Mayan ruins - the walk to the top of the main ruin was a little challenging but very exciting as the views were breathtaking. 3) Roatan: Only a 20 minute walk to Mahogany Beach - a beautiful, tranquil beach with luscious scenery. 4) Grand Cayman: took about a 15 taxi cab ride to Seven-Mile Beach - beautiful beach with crystal clear waters - bring your snorkeling mask! I thoroughly recommend the cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After swearing off cruising following a not so good cruise experience a couple decades ago my wife and I were pleasantly surprised (delighted) that our Carnival experience was nothing short of excellent! We passed on our annual 2 weeks in ... Read More
After swearing off cruising following a not so good cruise experience a couple decades ago my wife and I were pleasantly surprised (delighted) that our Carnival experience was nothing short of excellent! We passed on our annual 2 weeks in Hawaii to go on this cruise with family and from our house (wife and son 15 years old) two thumbs way up is the unanimous verdict on for the Conquest cruise. The most impressive was how we were consistently greeted and treated by the Carnival staff aboard the ship. From top to bottom the Carnival team was very pleasant and attentive to our every comfort. They seemed to really enjoy their work in creating a great vacation for us. Fifteen family members (some quite extended) spanning 3 generations all had a wonderful experience on the cruise. Each family group within the traveling bunch had different goals for activities and attractions both on and off the ship. We did our own separate things during the day and came together most evenings for dinner and late night activities. There always seemed to be something for for everyone ...all the time! My wife remarked that she could go outside the room, straight ahead, to the right or to the left at any time of the day and could find something fun just a few steps away. The food was fantastic! Our evening meals in the main dining room were prepared almost to perfection each evening and there was always something good to eat on the ship whenever you got around to it. It was very apparent that Carnival pays very close attention to what works! Our state room was very comfortable. There was Plenty of storage room, comfortable bed and our son loved his converted couch bed. Was nice to be able to watch the Olympics during our stay. Dave, our cabin attendant was incredible! Not only was our room always impeccably cared for but Dave remembered and called us by our first names throughout the cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This review is for the Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Itinerary that sailed from MIami January 12, and visited Gran Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan. I will not focus on the ports. We had previously visited three of the four, and ... Read More
This review is for the Carnival Conquest Western Caribbean Itinerary that sailed from MIami January 12, and visited Gran Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan. I will not focus on the ports. We had previously visited three of the four, and were disappointed only by bad weather, which is no-one's fault. I also want to give an objective shout-out to the entire Conquest staff. This was our second Carnival Cruise and it will certainly not be our last. I had read a number of negative reviews before leaving, and am now, as I was then, wondering which ship, exactly, the nay-sayers said they sailed on? Certainly not on the Conquest. For the record my wife and I have sailed all major lines and are in our mid 40's. We don't drink or smoke, are aware that some of the ship entertainment can and should be classified as "SHiP," but with a "T" where the "P"is, and are also aware that things can and do go wrong every week the boat sails away with paying passengers. We also know that unrealistic expectations from passengers can ruin an otherwise great time. So....here are my goods and bads. Overall, I can think of nothing that would make me think twice about sailing on Carnival again: Goods: Cabin steward Denys. They don't get better than him. Clean room, timely service, and very friendly and pleasant to be around. Food. We ate in the buffet most of the time, and tried pizza, the deli, and the Blue Iguana Grill. Of these, the Blue Iguana was THE best. Food in the buffet was good. Salads were the best. We ate in the dining room once and enjoyed it immensely. Make certain that you try the chocolate melting cake. We did not try Guys Burger Joint, but not because of the quality. It was SRO most of the time, and we didn't want to wait. We also had room service once. No complaints there. Our favorite was the fresh fruit. Shops. Typical cruise stuff, but the selection of items was a little better than most, and we really had fun window shopping for watches. Cabin. We had a suite with a tub. Booked during a crazy sale almost a year ago and were not disappointed in the least. Balcony was a smash. Cleanliness and condition. Move on. These guys run a very tight ship. If you aren't impressed, you don't understand what it is to have that impressive of a vessel despite loading and unloading 3,000 people who make messes everywhere each week. General crew: good or better than any other fleet. Embarkation and debarkation...smoothest we've ever had. We did have preferred status on the way in. That was great. We chose the walk-off option when leaving. It was slick as well. The Bad: I can think of only one or two things, and they weren't that bad. The first is, the disembarkation at Belize was a little bit of a fiasco. All Carnival had to do was to tell everyone that those with tours met in the theater, and those without went down to deck zero and waited for the next tender. One thirty-second announcement to the whole ship. Instead, it was a pile-up for about 30 minutes while they fixed it. Once on the tender, life was good. The second negative is the general entertainment. Some of the live performers were great. Some stank. We avoided the theaters since in a past cruise, we determined that Carnival lost its ability to blush some time ago, so we just didn't go. That is not to say that we didn't find other things to do that were enjoyable. Lastly, the selection of movies in the outside theater was poor. They needed a good headliner each night, and sometimes, all they showed were sitcom reruns. I will also say something similar about the in-room TV selection. Please, Carnival, try a little harder. The Ugly: drunks. The pool area reeks of folks who have temporarily forgotten good manners. Sorry to say, but it's true. Boisterous, boozing late teens and early 20's pounding as many as they can, while they can. I'm not sure what Carnival can or is willing to do about it, but we have noticed this problem on both cruises. It is easy to avoid,however, and we never once felt that it impacted our vacation enough that we were disappointed. There you have It. I give four out of five stars. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
First, there was the embarkation. Long lines which reminded me of the Atlanta airport security check. But, the folks were very friendly, and of course we chatted with the others waiting in line. We had previously sailed on the MSC and ... Read More
First, there was the embarkation. Long lines which reminded me of the Atlanta airport security check. But, the folks were very friendly, and of course we chatted with the others waiting in line. We had previously sailed on the MSC and Costa lines in Europe. This was our second Carnival (US) cruise following last years cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy to the Bahamas. There were 3K+ guests on this cruise. I have to say that the crew were excellent, and very friendly, courteous, etc.. Only real complaint is that the entertainment MC's thought everyone was hard of hearing. Not only was the volume of the speakers at max ... they had to yell every word. We had to leave Henri's (?) disco because of that. And I might add that it was the only disco on the ship. No other dance place anywhere on board other then the open Lido deck (pool area). The Ecstasy had several. Cabin was far more than we expected. Lots of room, and had a 4 x 4 port window. Cabin crew was very nice and took great care of us. Room was always cleaned promptly and supplies replenished as needed. Very happy with this stateroom. Food was very good, but not as good as the Ecstasy. Dining room food was also very good. The seas were fairly rough 75% of the time, and this took some of the pleasure out. Of course we do not blame Carnival at all. The bridge crew did a great job of controlling the pitch and roll. I don't think any cruise line will ever get the embark/debark process under control. Just too many folks to load in a few hour span. Kudos to the luggage handling crew. Our dining crew was super. Many laughs and excellent service. Looking forward to the next cruise. Carnival is a good line to cruise on. Not to cheap ... not to expensive. All in all, a great value. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was my first cruise on a non-Fantasy class ship with Carnival, and both my husband and I are impressed with the Carnival 2.0 upgrades done aboard the Conquest. The ship looked and felt almost brand new, which only added to the element ... Read More
This was my first cruise on a non-Fantasy class ship with Carnival, and both my husband and I are impressed with the Carnival 2.0 upgrades done aboard the Conquest. The ship looked and felt almost brand new, which only added to the element of luxury already present with the ship's French Impressionist themed decor. Everything from the cabins to the pool decks to the dining rooms was simply lovely. Although, from what I understand, our Cruise's itinerary was uncommon for the Carnival Conquest, we cannot wait to cruise aboard the Conquest again, regardless of her destinations! EMBARKATION: We sailed out of New Orleans, and we just love the updated ease of this terminal. We flew into New Orleans the day before our sailing and spent the evening enjoying the hospitality of the city. The next morning after a mandatory breakfast of chicory coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, we took a quick taxi ride from our hotel, the Intercontinental, to the terminal. We arrived just before noon, quickly made our way through the check-in and boarding lines, and soon found ourselves on-ship. THE STATEROOM: Our stateroom was ready by 12:30pm. Imagine our delighted surprise when we walked in and discovered that the normal, ocean-view staterooms on the Conquest are easily the equivalent of the balcony suites on the Carnival Fascination, only without the actual balcony itself. We had an unaccustomed amount of space for a Riviera deck stateroom! Both sides of the bed had its own end-table and lamp, the couch was both comfy and spacious, the coffee table was mobile and non-intrusive, and we still had 3 full closets, extra drawers and storage space, a flat-screen television, a mini-refrigerator, and lots of mirrors. I thought the bathroom was especially well-designed on the Conquest because it has actual vanity space with extra shelves extending up the sides of the mirror, and the head is located just outside the shower in an ideal location to provide an easy prop for ladies when shaving our legs. The only drawback I found about the stateroom was a very minor one. The hairdryer is perm-attached into the top drawer of the bureau, and since it is a coiled cord hairdryer, those with long hair may have difficulty stretching it far enough to reach. THE SHIP: After boarding and dropping our carry-on bags in the room, we made our way upstairs. We were immediately surprised at the lack of lines we found in general on-board the ship, and this fortunately continued throughout the week. While our sailing was not at capacity, I would estimate we had between 85%-90% capacity and yet we spent very little time waiting in a line of any sort on-board. All public areas of the ship were kept immaculately clean during our entire cruise. This, coupled with the lovely decor of the ship, made an otherwise average cruise feel even more luxurious. Both my husband and I loved the understated elegance of the French Impressionist theme as compared to some of the more garish decors of the Fantasy-class ships. We even spent a good part of our week debating the names and artists from our art appreciation classes in college for all of the beautiful painting reproductions scattered throughout the decor on-board! Our itinerary included three fun days at sea, and my husband and I spent the majority of those days parked on lounge-chairs by the main pool on the Lido deck. We LOVED the addition of the large-screen by the pool and the theater-style seating around the pool. These allowed for much more interaction with the guests and the pool-side entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed The Morning Show each morning with the Cruise Director and Asst. Cruise Director, Gary and George. Despite being "adults", we spent an inordinate amount of time perfecting our runs down the twisty-twirly slide on the Lido deck and naturally judging other "adults" on their slide runs. Although our weather was so nice that we never had to take advantage of it, we loved that the aft pool deck had a retractable roof. We found the pool-area's design to be far superior to any other ship we'd been aboard. We found the entertainment areas to be nicely upgraded as well. The Toulouse Lautrec theater was enormous with surprisingly comfy seating. The lobby was especially well-designed to that it became an excellent entertainment venue as well. With the exception of the smoke wafting out from the casino, the Promenade was a delight to walk and browse and shop. Unfortunately, we did not make it to the Comedy Club, but we heard it was quite nice. I did like that there weren't an over-abundance of night clubs on-board because the large number on other ships usually splits the crowd so much that no place ever seems to have a good group out dancing. ALCHEMY BAR: Our single most favorite aspect of the new Conquest design though was the Alchemy Bar. I cannot speak highly enough about just how much we enjoyed our time spent there, and I certainly cannot categorize it to just Ship or Activities or Entertainment or Ambiance because it was all of these and more! Making the Alchemy Bar even better is the crowd that it draws. Its location is prime, and the drinks/service/show put on by Adri, Brian, and Izabella are so enticing that many who stop by while wandering the Promenade are apt to stay and mingle. We met many, many of the nicest people we've met on any cruise while having a drink at the Alchemy Bar. We wandered by our first day aboard, and after giving Adri a brief description of the types of tastes that I and my husband prefer, we soon learned that Adri is a cross between a magician and a mind-reader. Do not make the mistake of thinking this is your average martini bar where you sit down, order a drink, and merely enjoy a nice cocktail. Sure, you could do that if what you want, but doing so would be a waste of of the Alchemy Bar's special je ne sais quoi and certainly of Adri's talent. She brings the delightful palate of a discriminating chef to the art of cocktail making, so trust me when I tell you to let Adri have her way with you - just give her a brief description of your tastes and then let HER tell YOU what you want! If you enjoy a nice cocktail every once in a while, you will not be disappointed in a sojourn at the Alchemy Bar. DINING: Both my husband and I found the food aboard the Conquest to be better than Carnival's normal fare. Included in the 2.0 upgrade were Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana Cantina, and both were well worth their advertisement. We found ourselves spending very little time in the Cezanne dining room for buffet dining, other than the occasional slice of pizza. Instead, we'd have an early brunch in the Renoir dining room where the Huevos Rancheros was spectacular, a late lunch at either Guy's or the Blue Iguana, early evening sushi in the Cezanne dining room, and late evening dinner in the Monet dining room. While my husband preferred the burgers from Guy's, which were quite tasty, I personally tended towards the burrito bar from the Blue Iguana because the burritos were simply delicious plus I could name my ingredients, which means I could have a surprisingly healthy lunch. We were disappointed to discover that the Conquest no longer has a sushi bar in the early evenings; however, most nights there were a few sushi selections available from the Cezanne dining room. For the days in port, the ship served their typical seated breakfast fare instead of the brunch. The Conquest does have a The Point steak house, and we would highly recommend this for at least one night of your cruise. The price is only $35/person, but the meal is easily equivalent to a $200+ dinner at one of the top echelon steak houses here in Atlanta. The portion sizes at the steak house are enormous though, so come with your appetite intact! All in all, we are happy to report that we found the dining experience aboard the Conquest to be a cut above our previous Carnival cruises. ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT: My husband and I don't typically engage in too many of the on-board activities when we cruise beyond jumping into a few of the trivia contests. Given the large monitor and the theater seating design at the Lido deck's main pool though, we found ourselves spectating far more activities than we ever had previously, which we enjoyed immensely. The DJ mixing by the pool leaned too heavily into pop, R&B, and country, but he did play the occasional rock song when asked. Each afternoon also brought a live "guy and his guitar" style performance, which we also really enjoyed. We did attend a performance of The Brits one evening. We found it to be a somewhat lackluster performance, but we did hear from several other passengers that the Divas performance was very good. SERVICE: In all areas except one, the on-board service was stellar. When eating brunch in the Renoir dining room on fun day at sea days, we strongly recommend that you request be be seated downstairs. Apparently the service upstairs during the brunch is done a la carte so you can easily find yourself waiting 45+ minutes for your breakfast to arrive. The server was extremely apologetic about the delay, and when we requested downstairs seating the next day, we did not experience the same problem. That was the only service downfall we experienced on the entire cruise though. In all other areas, the staff was extremely attentive, friendly and very quick with their service. One thing we found odd on this cruise as opposed to previous cruises was that we had a "stealth" room-porter. Our room was perfectly serviced, but whereas our porter is usually ever-present and ready with friendly interaction, on this cruise, we rarely saw our room porter. He was there the moment we called if we needed something, and he learned our likes and proclivities quickly and readily indulged them for us, we just didn't see him very much. Again though, he did do an excellent job. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS: This cruise was my reward for getting my dive certification, so it was chosen primarily on the merits of the diving offered at the ports of call. We dove with the ship in Roatan, Honduras, and we dove off ship in Belize. We chose not to dive in Cozumel. For the dive in Honduras, we purchased the ship-sponsored, 2-tank certified dive excursion. The muster point was a short walk from the pier, and once we completed the necessary paperwork, we were escorted to small buses for the drive to Anthony's Key for our dive. Each bus carried about 20-25 passengers, and the trip to Anthony's Key took about a half hour. Once at Anthony's Key, the dive masters took you directly to your dive boat. There were about 20 divers per boat, and the boats did seem to be in excellent repair. The dive masters took care of gathering and assembling all of our equipment for us, which was nice, and the dive outfit itself had very nice facilities. The dive masters did not query anyone about their amount of diving experience, though, and since this was my first ocean dive and I did not know enough to volunteer that information to the dive master, my first dive proved to be extremely challenging and could have ended very poorly if not for the intervention of the dive masters, Louis and Ben. The boat ride to the dive site was only about 2 minutes. The weather was rainy and very windy, so the water was quite choppy with 6'-8' swells. Because there were so many of us on the dive boat, we were somewhat rushed off of the boat so that no one wasted their air waiting on such a large group to enter the water. I was sent off the boat with my snorkel still in my mouth and without having a chance to test my BCD or my weights. Unfortunately, I took in a large lung-full of salt water, could not locate my regulator, was unable to inflate my BCD, and began panicking in an effort to keep my head above water in the large swells. Fortunately, the Louis spotted me after about 5 minutes and swam out to me to find out what was wrong. When I explained my issues, he attempted to calm me down by telling me "don't worry, you've done this many times before." When I responded that this was my first ocean dive, he was visibly shocked and said they should have been told. He then did a fantastic job of calming me down, getting my BCD inflated, getting my regulator into my mouth, and towing me back to the drop site because the current had taken me so far away from the others. The first dive was to 80', and the visibility was very good. We saw quite a bit of wild life, and even saw a baby sea turtle who was too small to know any better and kept swimming up to all of the divers to check them out! Unfortunately for me, my hyperventilating had caused me to blow through my air supply, so when Ben asked for the first air check at the expected 1,500 PSI mark, I discovered that I only had less than 300 PSI left in my tank. Since 700 PSI is what was needed to get me back to the surface including my safety stop time, we went straight to Ben and showed him my air gauge when he seemed to misread my air supply report. When he saw how little air I had left, he immediately gave me his secondary regulator, and buddy-breathed me up to the safety stop. Once at the safety stop, he switched me over to buddy-breathing with my husband's secondary regulator, gave us instructions for how long to stay at 15', and went back to take care of the rest of the group and get them back to the dive boat. We did make it back to the surface without any further issues. We went back to the dock for our surface interval, then after another 2 minute boat ride, we arrived at our second dive site. Fortunately, this dive went far better than the first, although the water was still extremely choppy due to the weather. The second dive was to be over a wreck then around across the reef and back up. Although the equipment seemed nice and in very good repair, we discovered on my second dive that my depth gauge did not work. The dive was only supposed to be to 60', but since they sent me in as the third diver so I could get my bearings, my husband caught me at about 85', yanked me back up to 60', and when he tried to show me my depth faux pas, realized that my depth gauge was broken. The dive masters kept a closer reign on me for this dive, and although there were no further issues, I did blow my tank before the rest of the group again and had to surface about 5 minutes before everyone else. The dive masters took very good care of me once they discovered I was a novice diver, but I would strongly recommend to anyone else taking this excursion that you make them aware of your dive experience if you are less than an expert, experienced diver. In Belize, the ship is too large to dock, so expect a fairly long tinder to shore - about 30 minutes. For our Belize dive, we dove with an off-ship company because of their extremely high recommendations on the PADI site, Sea Sports Belize. Belize is where I fell in love with diving. While I had read that Belize has the best diving in the Western Hemisphere. experiencing this for yourself is very different. The diving in Belize was spectacular! It was like diving in an aquarium. The weather was sunny and very windy, so the swells were 6'-8' like they were in Honduras the day before. Underwater though, the reef and the colors and the abundance of sea life were stunning. The dive experience with Sea Sports Belize was amazing as well. If you are a diver and you get the chance, DO NOT miss diving Belize, especially with Sea Sports Belize as your guide! For our Cozumel stop, my husband and I elected to be tourists for the day. We'd been to Cozumel back in April with his two sons (9 and 13), and we'd run the Amazing Cozumel Race, which is far and away the best ship-sponsored excursion I've ever done. For this trip, we walked around, shopped, drank cold beers along the way and visited many of the sites and attractions that we'd blown by running the Amazing Cozumel Race. Cozumel is a very tourist-friendly town, and its downtown boardwalk is a fun place to spend a nice, lazy day. DISEMBARKATION: We were slated for the last group to disembark the ship, so we thought we'd sleep late the last morning of the cruise. What we did not know is that you're awakened and asked to vacate your room several hours before your actual disembarkation time. Our room porter was exceedingly patient with us though, once we explained our misunderstanding, so we gathered our remaining things with undue haste, vacated our room, and gathered in the Toulouse Lautrek theater to await our groups disembarkation time. Despite being in the last group, the disembarkation process only took about an hour, which speaks to the relative efficiency of the terminal. SUMMARY: In our opinion, the new Conquest 2.0 upgrade was well worth it as this was our best cruise experience thus far. When we get the chance, we will definitely book another cruise on this ship. Some of the things I'm already looking forward to on my next Conquest cruise are: lounging by the big screen on the Lido deck's main pool, the Huevos Rancheros for brunch, the Blue Iguana burrito bar, a special night at The Point, and definitely, definitely, definitely the Alchemy Bar! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
We love the relaxation of taking a warm, Caribbean cruise in the winter months. Given our kids are now in college and not cruising with us, we pick a date that kids are in school. This was our 7th cruise, and fifth with Carnival. We ... Read More
We love the relaxation of taking a warm, Caribbean cruise in the winter months. Given our kids are now in college and not cruising with us, we pick a date that kids are in school. This was our 7th cruise, and fifth with Carnival. We love all cruises, and our trips on Celebrity and Princess were quite nice. We simply don't believe the extra price those brands commands are best for us...we would rather take 2 cruises on Carnival than 1 on Celebrity for the same amount of money! We had sailed on the Carnival Freedom out of Fort Lauderdale last February, and since that was a (younger) sister ship, we knew what we were getting from the Conquest. We generally like the layout of the ship, and feel the size (about 3,000 passengers) is about the biggest we would like to do...although we'll probably try one of the bigger ships in the future just to see. We did prefer the more serene color scheme of the Conquest; less flashy, more classy than Freedom, but in the end they are both beautiful ships. We love sailing out of both Ft. Lauderdale and New Orleans; both ports really have their act together when it comes to getting on and off the ship quickly. Last year Fort Lauderdale was a lot warmer than New Orleans was this year, but that isn't surprising. As I said, we love to cruise, relax, and enjoy, and are not the type of cruisers that look for things to complain about. We loved the addition of Guy's Burgers (delicious, and we were proud of only eating two each during the cruise!), and the Blue Iguana Burritos were also a nice addition. Anytime dining was "sold out" so we went with the Late Seating, and thoroughly enjoyed our table mates... we laughed so hard other tables no doubt wondered what we were drinking. We also love to eat out at any type of restaurant, so cruise ship food is fine with us. We don't expect gourmet, and we got what we hoped for...good tasting, beautifully served food anytime we wanted it. We always hear good things about the Steakhouse, but again, we'd rather spend the $70 on a nice dinner when we aren't on a cruise (with free dinner served to us!). Because we like to eat, we also use the fitness facilities. The equipment was in great shape, and we spent about an hour and a half each morning there. We love to see Broadway style shows, and thought the presentation of Motor City was exceptionally good and fun. We also really liked the Divas, and thought the background digital staging for The Brits was interesting and entertaining. The quality of the singers/dancers was about the best we've had on any cruise. We also thoroughly enjoyed the George Lopez Punchliner comedy shows. Again, these will be as good as the comedians who play there, but we were fortunate to have 4 really good ones during the week. Since we've been to all the ports numerous times before, we were content to stay on board during Jamaica and Cozumel (would have rented mopeds but it was cloudy and windy that day), and as always enjoyed our day at the beach in Grand Cayman. We dropped in to view the artwork (nice, but didn't stick around to bid), played the last night in the casino (won $65 at video blackjack), almost participated in the bean bag toss (but too lazy to get out of the hot tub to get in line), and enjoyed some of the small duos/trios playing live music around the ship. All in all, another relaxing and satisfying cruise. And we missed the two largest snow storms of Chicago's (mostly snowless) winter! Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Conquest Sail date: 12/24/2011, Duration: 8 days -- Western Caribbean. Here is a list of grievances for this trip: 1. Bean bag toss. Only one set for all 3000 passengers. 8 teams that signed up were told that they couldn't play the ... Read More
Conquest Sail date: 12/24/2011, Duration: 8 days -- Western Caribbean. Here is a list of grievances for this trip: 1. Bean bag toss. Only one set for all 3000 passengers. 8 teams that signed up were told that they couldn't play the first day it was offered. And why have it in the lobby? Wouldn't it make more sense to have it out on the top deck where there's plenty of room? 2. Crappy prizes. Who would want a ship on a stick? How about a free drink? Or a $10 gift certificate to the shops? 3. The library. It doesn't have enough books or board games. On the second sea day I tried to borrow a paperback to read while sitting out on deck and there were only 3 partial shelves of books to choose from. And not a SINGLE science fiction work was among them. Would it be so hard to send a worker out to a second hand book store while docked in the U.S. and pick up a few boxes? It would cost less than $200 and all the shelves would be full. You made that off of my wife in the casino alone! 4. Not enough activities. How about some classes such as towel folding, mixing drinks, cooking, dance lessons, crafts, casino gaming, ice carving or scrapbooking? And how about educational lectures? You wouldn't even need to invite guest speakers, just have a few workers administer them. Topics could include smart investing strategies, saving for retirement, computer tips and tricks, or personal enrichment. Hell, do an online search for some ideas. The gym could have workout classes including yoga, Pilates, stretching, kick-boxing, step classes, and organized walks. 5. Gratuities. Adding 20% to every drink we got SUCKED! During the first comedy adult show our drink server took 15 minutes to bring us back our drinks. And yet we were still FORCED into a ridiculous tip. In a normal bar setting he would have gotten one single dollar for the bad service. 6. Drinks WAY too expensive. We did everything we could to avoid buying drinks on the ship. I'm positive that if you had certain drink specials on different days you would have more people ordering them. How about Mexican night with $1 off Coronas and margaritas? Even a small incentive would be enough to change my mind and buy on board. 7. Gym equipment broken. There were 3 machines that were broken during our trip. And there weren't enough of the most popular ones such as the elipticals or the recumbent bikes. We tried to go early the first at sea morning and there were people waiting for almost every machine. We had to change plans and came back at noon just to get on the equipment. 8. Casino scams. The addition of digital Black Jack should have had a big sign above it that states that it is NOT the same house/player advantage as a real deck of cards. My wife played for a half hour and watched EVERY SINGLE PERSON at the table lose. It was a $60 learning lesson for her that I tried to explain. You can digitally change to odds to give the house any advantage you choose. I figure it must have been about 85% house advantage by the amount that people were losing. Be warned so at least some others can save their money. And everyone already knows that your slots are the tightest of any gaming center because you know you have the gamblers trapped on board with not much else to do. 9. Movies. I was pleased with the selection of new movies available but couldn't believe you didn't have any in the theater. The outdoor movies had the following problems: The sound wasn't loud enough the first 2 nights at sea. I had to struggle to hear any dialog. One night the movie came on too early when the sun was still out and the picture was completely washed out. And one night the fog was so bad you could barely see the screen. 10. Tendering. During our stop at Belize we had to wait over an hour and a half for a tender. The announcement said that we could get our tickets starting at 8a.m. We arrived at 8:15a.m. so we could meet our excursion at 9:15. We almost missed going but were lucky enough to squeeze into the 10:00 bus with the late group. Doing that made us miss out on the shopping in the port which really disappointed us. 11. Roatan. There was not much to do at this stop. You could have had people renting out jet-skis or have a booze cruise or any number of activities. We only found laying out on a beach and drinking. Yay. 12. Cozumel. When trying to board there was only one side of each line open. This caused a backup of hundreds of people. I find it hard to believe that there wasn't enough staff to cover the operation of the other 2 card scanning machines. 13. Progresso. Why is this even a stop? Even the comic joked that Progresso is a shithole. I can understand having busses that ran to the shoreline, but create SOMETHING to do there. We researched online for activities and couldn't find much information. Now we know why, because there aren't any. You should create some form of entertainment along the shoreline to give people a reason to get off the boat. Besides these problems the rest of the trip was enjoyable with great food and happy, helpful crew everywhere. We also really liked 2 of the 4 comics that they offered. And the weather was beautiful the whole week. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Departed on Conquest Oct. 16th. Embarkation very smooth. On ship by 1145am. Our cabin was ready at 130pm. Sailed with grandchildren on fall break. The ship is worn in places. The crew are always smiling and pleasant. We had open seating ... Read More
Departed on Conquest Oct. 16th. Embarkation very smooth. On ship by 1145am. Our cabin was ready at 130pm. Sailed with grandchildren on fall break. The ship is worn in places. The crew are always smiling and pleasant. We had open seating for dinner in the Renoir dining room. Ate in the dining room on the second cruise night-food was cold. I sent it back and still it was cold and I never received the correct order. I never received a warm meal in the dining room. Other diners complained of the same thing. The food on the Lido deck was warm however, the buffet was very bland. Most of the time, the food was not recognizable. Not much fresh fruit. Several times no dessert. When we were on the Esctasy the pizza was usually ready, here they made 1 pizza at a time and sometimes had to wait 8 minutes after ordering pizza. My grandchildren loved Camp Carnival. The employees were so very nice. The basketball/volleyball courts & mini golf closed at 5pm. Debarkation was a nightmare. We were in group 2 after self assist and we didn't get off the ship till 945am. This is my 4th time on Carnival-2nd time on the Conquest(within 3 years). I will probably never sail Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
I need a vacation from my vacation. The beaches at Cozumel and Grand Cayman were wonderful. The waitstaff was friendly and the food was better than expected - I don't expect "fine dining" on a ship. The problem? The ... Read More
I need a vacation from my vacation. The beaches at Cozumel and Grand Cayman were wonderful. The waitstaff was friendly and the food was better than expected - I don't expect "fine dining" on a ship. The problem? The ship was overrun by families with children and Carnival either wasn't prepared or didn't care about those of us who weren't traveling with kids and just wanted a little minute of quiet at some point during the week. I'm not one who requires complete silence to sleep, but I purchased earplugs at the giftshop and still didn't sleep one decent night out of seven. Normally going on a cruise is a sure bet that I'll sleep great. I can't count the number of times the doors of either side of my cabin slammed. I can't count the number of times I was almost knocked down by kids running, RUNNING, down the halls. I'm not talking about only little kids, I'm talking about big, hulking teenagers. I wonder how the old people with walkers managed not to break a hip. I'm not kidding. The little monsters (hey, I'll call them as I see them) were seriously out of control. It's as if the parents of the kids turned them loose for a week and thought, "What could happen? It's only an ocean out there? Let's hit the bars." One night we returned to our cabin to find a little boy of about 6 years old sitting outside his cabin, alone (10 pm), locked out because his "dad was at dinner". Something was seriously wrong with this picture, people. (Yes, we waited until he had help getting back into his room.) My cabinmate and I attempted to be pleasant about the noise with, "Hey, do you minds?" We called the front desk. We went to the front desk. We were told to call Security. We were told we should have picked another time to sail. Really, we were told that WE made the mistake of vacationing when we did. Ummm...ok...perhaps we did. And perhaps we chose the wrong cruiseline. I wonder if another cruiseline would have been more strict about barefeet in the formal dining room. Although we inquired of the Maitre d' about a girl who was barefoot at a table next to ours, the same girl was again barefoot the next night. This wasn't an infant, she was almost as tall as me. The positives? The Point Steakhouse was excellent. For an extra thirty bucks a person we enjoyed a delicious meal. We thought it was worth it. There was a Motown show one night that provided great music and some unexpected laughs. Purchasing a bottle of vodka from the Bon Voyage service is a great way to save on the liquor bill. Ours was in the room the first night of sailing. We stayed on the ship at Montego Bay and enjoyed a near-empty Conquest which was really heavenly. The quiet was sublime. We had spa appointments with facials, back scrub and hotstone massage, and scalp massage. There was a special port price of eighty-nine dollars. The spa was scrupulously clean and we both agreed that our treatments were sublime. The overhead announcements have been cut back so they're no longer as frequent as on previous sailings. That's a very good thing. Again, the waitstaff at the bars and the dining room were very friendly. The ship was clean and embarkation went smoothly. I've met all types of people on Carnival cruises. I'm not sure why this particular sailing had so many that didn't seem to be aware of (or care about) the way their children were behaving. I do put the onus on Carnival for not enforcing the behaviors of their passengers. As a paying customer I don't feel I received my dollars' worth. I've written the company to let them know. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
Overview - This was our first Carnival cruise, however, we have been on close to 12+ other cruises with RCL, HAL, Princess and NCL. My wife and I are in our late 30s and have 2 young sons, 6-3. This was our 3rd cruise with the kids. ... Read More
Overview - This was our first Carnival cruise, however, we have been on close to 12+ other cruises with RCL, HAL, Princess and NCL. My wife and I are in our late 30s and have 2 young sons, 6-3. This was our 3rd cruise with the kids. Overall, I would rank this cruise in the top 5 we have taken to date and being our first Carnival cruise, we were impressed. We avoided carnival in the past because of negative things we have heard, but they turned out not to be true, at least on Conquest. Embarkation - We usually cruised out of Miami or Ft Lauderdale given we use to live in Florida, however, we are now Texas residence so Galveston was the logical choice for us. We stayed the night before the cruise at the Hyatt Galveston which was a great hotel for the short stay. The embarkation was the easiest we have ever been through. We pulled up to the dock about 11:30, dropped off the luggage, parked the car, went through the check in lines in about 15 minutes and were on the boat about 12:30. Very seamless process and not crowded at all. Great start the vacation. Rooms 1382 and 1384 - We picked these two rooms because they were adjoining so the kids slept in one and we slept in the other. 2 bathrooms were nice too. We were very impressed with the size of the rooms, especially the bathrooms, but didn't like being that low on the ship. We had a picture window in each room. Cabin steward was great and the rooms were kept very clean. We also noticed that we didn't have the cabin 'creaking' noises we had on some of the newer RCL ships. Food - This is where Carnival blew RCL away, at least with the kids. We had the best main dining room staff. We did the your time dining option and from the very first night, the service was beyond excellent. They immediately acknowledged the kids when we sat down and took their orders so their food would come quickly. They entertained them when they got a little board and the hostess and maitre d established a bond with my two sons and treated them like their own. Now I understand that the wait staff is working for gratuities, but they went way beyond the call of duty to make our dinner experience excellent. I will say it's the first time I have ever sat down for dinner with my two sons and have a relaxing dinner for 7 nights in a row!! I would cruise Conquest again just for this experience. We ate breakfast and some lunches in the buffet which was also very good. Plenty to choose from and the wait staff up there were also very personable. My wife and I aren't food connoisseurs and is not an important part of our vacation, but I can say the food tasted very good to us. Kids Club - This was a little negative for us. First, I think there were close to 1000 kids on that cruise being on a holiday so I don't know how they dealt with that kind of volume. Both of my kids didn't think very highly of it and didn't want to go back after the first day. We did send them back one other time so we could go to the gym for an hour, but I don't think they liked the second time much either. My guess is too many kids and not enough facilities and staff. I liked the fact that RCL has in room babysitting because they seemed to like that a lot more on our cruise last year and allowed us to go out later at night. Luckily, the dining room staff made it possible for our kids to eat with us which actually worked out for the best. Ports of call - This was the first cruise that we decided to do our own excursions and we wished we had done this long ago. It was great not having to stick to a set excursion schedule. I picked out about 2-3 things that I think we would like to do on each island during breakfast each morning before we got off, we decided which one we were in the mood for. In Jamaica, we went to the Sunset beach resort which is maybe a 5 minute taxi cab ride from the port. Excellent time! Kids loved the water park. I would actually consider going there on an all inclusive vacation in the future. In Grand Cayman we went to the turtle farm and then 7 mile beach. Had a good time, it was fun holding the turtles. Just a relaxing day, noting overly exciting. In Cozumel, we went to Nochi Cocum (sp) and also had a great time. Service was excellent and the kids loved the fresh water pool. Just a note, we didn't have any reservations for any of these excursions, we just walked up and had no problem getting in. This is very unlike us, but it worked out great and we will continue to do this on future cruises. I did do some research prior to going so I had an idea on prices which were in line and sometimes less expensive when we got to the actual resorts. Ship and ship Activities - Overall, very good, although it did lack the 'WOW' factor of the newer RCL ships. The layout of the ship was a little odd too. We found ourselves having to go up to one deck to get down to another. Mainly because one of the dining rooms was in the middle of the ship. Kids activities were very good, putt putt, ping pong, etc. but the gym was a little smaller than what we were use to, however, the equipment was very new and up to date. The TV screen over the pool was amazing. Swim, sit in the Jacuzzi, watch football, who could ask for more. Disembarkation - Again, much easier than what we are use to in Florida. They allowed us to stay in our rooms until about 8:00am and when we did make our way down to the waiting areas, they told us we could get off the ship whenever we wanted. Walked right off, got our luggage and on our way back to Dallas a little before 9:30. I think we could have been off even earlier if we wanted to, we just didn't rush it because we didn't think they would let us off. Conclusion - great cruise and again, the staff went way above the call of duty to make it great. Everyone was friendly, especially the dining room staff. We will definitely cruise Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
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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