973 Carnival Conquest Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

We went with a group of 58 from our community. We do not normally sail Carnival as we are not big fans. I must say I was surprised by a few things. 1) When we were able to access our cabin, one piece of luggage was waiting for us!! ... Read More
We went with a group of 58 from our community. We do not normally sail Carnival as we are not big fans. I must say I was surprised by a few things. 1) When we were able to access our cabin, one piece of luggage was waiting for us!! This is the first time since we started cruising is 2002 that luggage was waiting for US. The second piece came about 20 minutes after the first piece. 2) The food was surprisingly good on this ship. I was on the Victory a few years ago and the food was just awful. This certainly was a pleasant surprise. We had a balcony cabin and the size was on par with other cruise lines - there was plenty of closet space and the shower was a decent size. Our Cabin Steward was fabulous - we have never had bad service on any cruise we have been on - and took care of our few requests in a timely manner. The entertainment - especially the comedians were excellent! They have really upgraded their entertainment and the special effects in the theater were awesome. The ports were the usual. We have never been to Belize and Roatan so that was interesing. We did a Zip Line excursion through the ship, which was very well run and a great deal of fun. We did cave tubing in Belize through a private company as the ship's excursions got very poor ratings on their website. We just went onshore in Grand Cayman and Cozumel as these were repeat stops for us. Now for the awful: 1. Muster drill was absolutely horrendous!! They still do it where you squeeze on to the deck and keep getting pushed back. It was so bad, our friend passed out because she was pushed up against the wall of the ship. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why the can't use the public rooms. Royal and Celebrity have eliminated this uncomfortable muster. I hope that, in the future, Carnival changes their protocol. 2. Elevators - the lights on the elevators were hard to see and it was hard to discern when the elevator was there. We were on Deck 8 Mid-Ship and had to walk aft to get to the dining room on Deck 3. You could not walk forward to aft on 3 because the galley is mid-ship. There are four elevators at each spot, but it seems at night when trying to get down, ony 1 or 2 worked!!! Also, if you didn't know where to get off in the ports, there were no signs directing you to what deck to get off. 3. Luggage Retrieval - This is a joke. They give your numbered tags so you would think it was like the other cruise lines NO - they have a conveyer belt like the airports and the workers also just stack them up willy nilly on the floor in no particular order!! I know Carnival is building a new terminal in Miami - let's hope this improve. Like I said, we are not fans of Carnival - we went because of our group - and we had a good time but I don't think we will be sailing with them again - not even with our group. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I go with the best price and itinerary. I have sailed with most other lines, first time with Carnival. I have avoided them because I am not a big party person. The ship was nice, a lot of brown decor I don't care for brown. But the ... Read More
I go with the best price and itinerary. I have sailed with most other lines, first time with Carnival. I have avoided them because I am not a big party person. The ship was nice, a lot of brown decor I don't care for brown. But the food, the service and the entertainment was about the same as with the others I have cruised with. The entertainment was a bit different, they had the song and dance stuff every night with the same singers. My other trips they have had more variety, song and dance, magicians, jugglers, comedians etc. The Conquest had comedians in one of the lounges and they were okay but not great. The waiters were great as was the cabin steward. The excursions from the ship were pricey. You can do a lot better online or just getting off the ship and hook up with the swarm at the ports. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We normally take a cruise for either Christmas of New Years so we have certain dates we are off work. This was going out on 12/28 so worked for our schedule perfectly. We have been on the Conquest a few years back and thought we'd ... Read More
We normally take a cruise for either Christmas of New Years so we have certain dates we are off work. This was going out on 12/28 so worked for our schedule perfectly. We have been on the Conquest a few years back and thought we'd give it another try. Getting onto the ship we had been assigned 12-12:30 timeframes. We took the shuttle over and dropped off the luggage and got right inside and onto the ship, I'd say less that 30 minutes. Disembarking was delayed due to customs so that took a bit longer. We know it was not Carnivals fault so we were just patient. I personally think they should shut down the elevators to lobby until they get people back offf the ship and moving, it was kind of a nightmare......... We had inside cabin 6365. It could use some updating for sure. There were scuff marks on the walls, the lampshades were cracked, the tile in the bathroom could be replaced as it was cracked..... I think the ship just need a few updates here and there. Our steward Jeanette was awesome. We had her come twice a day so we could have fresh towels and her and her assistant were always very kind. We did My Time Dining for the second time. We loved Deryl and Adriana our servers. I had read where you can request the same people each night, so we did just that. Unfortunately one night they had just filled up their section so we had to sit elsewhere. Service was slow and not as good. We enjoy talking to the servers and bumping into them other areas of the ship. PIANO BAR was the bomb. Gustavo is amazing. He is now on the Paradise but let me tell you if he is ever on your ship check him out. Every night we spent in there, he was funny, and very entertaining. I'd say the best PBE we've had to date. Keep up the good work Gustavo. We enjoyed the sports bar as it was college football playoffs week. I Gede was an amazing bartender and very kind and hard working. Spent a little time in the casino. I didn't find it very smoky at all and we enjoyed gambling a little. I also enjoy people watching and seeing them lose their money instead of myself lol . We had our adult children with us 24 and 28. They enjoyed the casino a tad more than we did. Comedy shows were all good and entertaining. We try to do the later shows so there aren't too many families and noise. We did not go to the main theater for shows. We saw Epic Rock in March and we tried the 80's show but weren't impressed so moved on. We loved the trivia games throughout the week :0) we enjoyed the deli, several Guys burgers which are always delicious, pizza almost nightly before we hit the hay. Dining room food was good each evening. Nothing over the top but we had plenty of options and filled our stomachs just fine. Ports: our fave Cozumel we spent the day at Paradise Beach. We do this every time we are in Cozumel, it is nice and relaxing. Grand Cayman we taxied to the Royal Palms resort and enjoyed the deejay, the pool and lots of sunshine & relaxing. Mahogany Bay we went to the beach area and stayed in the water for a couple of hours and hopped back onto the ship. We had never done that before but it was a short walk and beautiful there. Belize is not our favorite so we stayed on the ship and watched football as it was New Years Day. If you have never cruised over New Years you should check it out sometime. It's so much fun. Parties every where for midnight and we really do enjoy the deck party for midnight. free champagne galore ......... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are platinum cruisers and just finished our 19th cruise yesterday. We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary and wanted to take our 12 year old granddaughter on it. The ship itself is okay...needs a little TLC...but that ... Read More
We are platinum cruisers and just finished our 19th cruise yesterday. We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary and wanted to take our 12 year old granddaughter on it. The ship itself is okay...needs a little TLC...but that didn't bother us. Our evening dining experience was good and our wait staff was excellent as was our cabin crew. However, we feel CARNIVAL has lowered its standards. This is a small complaint, but come on, ….we used to get a cheap pen and paper in our rooms (yes, we took the 10 cent pen home) and now we got a half pencil and 6 tiny sheets of paper. We used to get samples of products in the bathroom, but this time we had to ask for another bar of soap....a few years ago we got chocolate mints on our pillows when the bed was turned down,....etc. My biggest complaint, however, is the family time shows. My granddaughter and I went to Epic Rock (at 7:30 pm) and it was so VULGAR, I felt like I was in Sodom and Gomorrah! No wonder the theater was only 1/2 full at the most. This was absolutely no place for kids! Where is your shame and decency! The same applies to the *80's Rock show! This is NOT family entertainment! Also, I may add, screaming the songs IS NOT singing. Anyone can scream a song! CARNIVAL, what happened to entertainment? On our way back to Wisconsin, we have decided to go on Celebrity X on our next cruise. We hate to give up our perks, but I will not patronize the standards Carnival has set. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We were on a 2 week back to back Ultra casino cruise, starting the first week on a western cruise followed by a week in the eastern Caribbean cruise. I want to say this cruise had a lot of surprises that were positive. I'll ... Read More
We were on a 2 week back to back Ultra casino cruise, starting the first week on a western cruise followed by a week in the eastern Caribbean cruise. I want to say this cruise had a lot of surprises that were positive. I'll start out with the shows, we were extremely pleased with the quality of the singing, and the dancing! It showed this group had put in a lot of time practicing! The food on these cruises were near perfect, only one blemish was a steak order in the main dining room that wasn't very good, we could have sent it back, but wanted to make the show. The buffet food for these 2 weeks was easily the best buffet food we've had, the quality was excellent, the variety every day was also excellent! We actually ate extra meals in the buffet not because there was anything wrong with the dining room, but because we were so happy with the buffet! I told the buffet manager several times during the 2 weeks how happy we were with the buffet's quality! Our cabin was an ocean view mid-ship on the 2nd deck, and it was well maintained by our cabin steward, it was quiet, and comfortable! After taking about 10 cruises in a row in balconies, the banging of balcony doors has really gotten under our nerves, so we decided to go back to an ocean view, and we are happy we did! Is it a plus to sit outside in your balcony cabin, yea, but the banging is too much for that plus! I do want to say one little comment that we didn't like, the change in TV channels, CBS news is awful, go back to MSNBC, and add Fox for people on the other side! We don't watch a lot of TV, but getting our morning fix of room service coffee, along with some news is just our little thing. The 2 movies channels were OK, can't complain too much about free. The outside movies at the pool had a lot of current movies, and seemed to be well attended when we walked through! Who can complain about free popcorn!-)) The Ultra casino gift giveaway has changed, I'm sure most casino club cruisers know this by now, so I won't go into too much detail, some liked them some didn't, we fell on the side that liked them. The casino parties were OK, need to go longer for such large crowds, there just is not enough time to get a few drinks and some snacks cause there aren't enough servers! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I am going to preface this review by saying my wife and I are gold card cruisers with Carnival and this is our 5th with them. We are super easy to get along with and are some of the most non picky eaters known to man. We hopefully are ... Read More
I am going to preface this review by saying my wife and I are gold card cruisers with Carnival and this is our 5th with them. We are super easy to get along with and are some of the most non picky eaters known to man. We hopefully are customers that Carnival would want to retain and keep going on their cruises. I waited until I spoke to someone at Carnival about the issues I will be writing about for clarification and explanation. Carnival basically told me tough, so here it goes: We enjoyed our Christmas Cruise on the Miracle so much that I immediately began looking for a cruise to take my family on again during the fall. I must say that the behavior and demeanor of a portion of cruise passengers on this cruise were strikingly different. 1. My number one complaint was the closing of the door between our adjoining balconies. Our family was next door in another balcony room and we looked forward to spending evenings sitting on the balcony after the door was opened making it one large balcony. They live 3000 miles away and we see them rarely. Much to me and my family's dismay, the door between the two balconies had to be closed whenever the ship was moving. We had adjoining balconies in December and loved it and looked forward to it again. When I asked all the way from the person who had to close it to the front desk to the cruise director, all I received was "it's policy." Policy? Safety? How is a door held back by a 1/2' bolt going to hurt anyone? The doors going outside to your balcony are more dangerous in my opinion (with the air vacuum) than those partition doors. When speaking with Carnival, she could not tell me if it was fleet wide or just on the Conquest. I told her if they were that worried about safety, maybe they should stop selling balcony rooms since my chances of falling overboard are probably far greater than getting hit with the metal door. The partition door was opened while in port, but who is ever in their rooms and much less on the ship while in port? So Carnival, what changed in the last ten months? For the cruise, we had to stick our heads and part of our bodies out over the rail to talk to our family next door. How's that for safety? Poor, poor, poor policy and an even worst explanation why! 2. The marijuana smoking on this cruise was the worst ever. On all my cruises combined, I have never smelled as much marijuana being smoked as I did on this cruise. Another reason why the balcony could not be enjoyed was people smoking marijuana on their balconies. NOTHING should be smoked on a balcony! If you look below the balconies, there are rows of lifeboats with motors and more than likely with GAS in them. It is bad when you can walk by rooms and smell it coming from within. We reported it but alas nothing was done. I guess they were too busy closing partition doors on the balconies. Could security not smell this? If Carnival was as vigilant in looking for marijuana as they were in finding alcohol smuggled on board, this problem would be non-existent. 3. RUDE passengers. From the people showing up about four nights as a large group of 15-20 for dinner at 9:00 when it starts at 8:15 (this is just rude for the waiters and staff) to the woman yelling at guest services because she couldn't make a cell phone call while 300 miles out in the ocean (even though she bought the internet package) to a fight the first night, this group was rude and rough. I love to stand near guest services on the last night of the cruise and hear people complain about their bills. Probably the truth is that 99% of the bills are legitimate and you don't recall because you were in a drunken stupor when you bought it. When I compare this to the passengers on my Christmas cruise from Tampa, it was night and day difference. I will say that the other 75% of the passengers on this cruise were well behaved and didn't cause any problems. It may have been an outlier or just a bad group, but there were a large amount of rude, rude, rude passengers. 4. Our wait staff and room steward were excellent. Victor (head waiter- Peru), Khomang and Dalimah (Asst. waiters- Indonesia) to I Gede (Indonesia) our room steward were all great! The food most nights was excellent. The filet mignon, lobster and es cargot were excellent. A tip that may help first time cruisers is, give your wait staff additional tips throughout the week and see how much extra attention you get! The same with the room steward. The buffets were just that, buffets. Nothing to write home about. Adequate and actually pretty good considering the number of people you are feeding. The BLTs at the Deli are excellent and the Pizza Pirate is good pizza. The food waste is really outrageous. Piles of half and non eaten food just piled onto plates and left sitting. The cruise director Mat was one of the best I've had. The onboard shows were really good. The singing and dancing were really great. 5. Embarkation was the easiest and fastest ever. Had a 1:00 appointment and was no more than 15 minutes from the time I left my Uber to on the ship. Disembarkation wasn't bad. In the last luggage group (#24) due to a late flight and we were off the ship by about 10:00 am. It's not easy to move 3000 people and luggage off a boat in 2 hours. 6. Ports of call: Grand Cayman- Took a cab for $34 for six of us down to Calico Jacks on Seven Mile Beach. Relatively crowded. It is only a ten minute cab ride and the beach is clean and safe. Calico Jack's rents chairs and umbrellas (4 chairs and 2 umbrellas for $40). Grand Cayman is clean and safe. Roatan- Went to Little French Key. $88 a person. Loved it. You have to book this on your own. Carnival doesn't allow the cabs to park in their pavilion so it is a short walk to where you catch the cabs. Ask for Renie the waiter and take care of him! Belize- Didn't get off the ship- I guess I could sit on my open balcony now!. Been there before. Not fond of the 20 minute tender ride in. Cruise director warned to not wear jewelry, or take too much cash or leave the compound unless on a tour. Belize City is sketchy once you leave the compound. The cruise port or compound reminds me of the Bahamas where you are bombarded by people trying to sell you things. A great deal of people were back on the boat by 1:00 if that tells you anything. Cozumel: Went to Nachi Cocum. Not as good of service and attentiveness as before. It was at capacity that day which I have never seen. Usually it is half full at most. Cab driver told me to go to Palancar Beach next trip. May just do it! In closing, I have always loved Carnival and have recommended them to friends and family. Even after talking to Carnival about the "policy" on the balcony partitions, I am still not satisfied with their explanation. I know some of you say quit your complaining, but I spent a lot of money for two balcony rooms and feel as if I was shortchanged. Will I go on Carnival again? The jury is still out. I may make the leap and go with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was the second week of our Back-to-Back on the Conquest. We love the crew, especially our room stewards, Dan and Muzaki! They did an outstanding job both weeks as they cared for our cabin and requests. The waiters in the Monet Main ... Read More
This was the second week of our Back-to-Back on the Conquest. We love the crew, especially our room stewards, Dan and Muzaki! They did an outstanding job both weeks as they cared for our cabin and requests. The waiters in the Monet Main Dining Room were excellent. Sherwin, Wendell, and Leila made every evening special. All of the wait staff in the Monet were great at breakfast and brunch also. Customer service was very helpful, as was the excursion desk. Entertainment was fun, from evening shows (even if aimed at a younger crowd!), to the musicians throughout the ship every evening to the Mardi Gras party on the last evening. BTW - We LOVE Carnival's Groove for St Jude's parties and donation opportunities. That hospital for children with cancer does incredible work! I really hoped this was a GREAT GROOVE!! The food in the MDR was great with a wide variety, and lunch at Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana is always fun on sea days. We started the week at the The Point steakhouse on embarkation day. We ordered filet for my DH and lamb chops for me. WOW cuisine!!! Lovely evening! Worth the upcharge for sure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just ... Read More
I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just a guy playing a steal drum to canned music. They have too many rug rats on board. They run around free even in the adult areas. The food has gone downhill too. The wait staff is great they can’t control the food they put out. Overly spice. Got sick the second day from fish dishes. The pools are dirty I doubt they test the water. They smelled. The bar staff overall were not too friendly. The rugs in the ship could use a replacing. The ship should be sent to dry dock for a full overhaul. The ship was built in 2002. The furniture in the cabin is worn. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship overall looks old and the decorations are cheesy and tacky. The art hanging on the walls in the main gallery area have broken frames. Their suites are small. The dining rooms served a lobster dinner that totaled 4 bite and we ... Read More
The ship overall looks old and the decorations are cheesy and tacky. The art hanging on the walls in the main gallery area have broken frames. Their suites are small. The dining rooms served a lobster dinner that totaled 4 bite and we had to go up to the Lido deck to actually have dinner .As for entertainment, only four singer, but.eight performers, everyone should have at least one song in every show. In the soul performance there’s two blonde girls two white boys ...two dark-haired girls and two young men of color. It was racially and culturally insulting that everything was preformed by white singers. Magic show A+! Servers Are very polite and well mannered I saw people vacuuming dusting and cleaning day and night. And our room Stewart was phenomenal I felt pampered like a princess. As for our ports of call they were dirty and full of beggars and thief’s. only one was worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. ... Read More
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. The floors of the lido buffet were consistently sticky, slippery, and visibly dirty, regardless of the time of day. Grime was visible on all elevator buttons (when you could find a button that worked). Hair, bugs (both living and dead), and dust were common on window sills across the ship. Dining ranged from mediocre at best to downright terrible. Typically I enjoy visiting the steakhouse, but between being swindled into paying for a bottle of wine that should have been free - our assistant waitress insisted that Carnival does not offer complimentary wine on the first night of the sailing and thus charged us, this was later rectified by speaking to the head waiter - and an inedible steak, I was left disappointed. Portions in the dining room were exceedingly small, nor was any customization available due to pre-prepared food. For example, my wife does not like cocktail sauce and prefers her shrimp plain. It was not possible to have shrimp without cocktail sauce drizzled over it since it was already prepared. Likewise, the vegetarian option was the same every night, quite frustrating for my vegetarian wife. While I certainly understand Carnival as the "Fun Ship" line, many fellow guests took the fun too far. The muster drill lasted over 40 minutes due to a group choosing to play a game of hide-and-go-seek. Forty minutes standing in the Miami heat was not enjoyable. On several occasions we witnesses intoxicated guests wandering the promenade during the dinner hour with no shirt or shoes on with no crew asking them to cover up, at least for the sake of hygiene. The highlights of this cruise were the ports of call - Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. The staff at the Alchemy Bar were also warm, hospitable, and engaging. Despite this, I can firmly say that this was our last cruise with Carnival. Standards have slipped greatly. From now on, we'll pay the premium to cruise Celebrity instead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I know everyone is entitled to their opinions and so I always read reviews with an open mind and then I like to go back and give my experience based on my travels with the cruise line. This was our 9th Carnival Cruise. To be honest we ... Read More
I know everyone is entitled to their opinions and so I always read reviews with an open mind and then I like to go back and give my experience based on my travels with the cruise line. This was our 9th Carnival Cruise. To be honest we are 15 days away from Platinum so that is our goal. Embarkation was swift and easy. This was our first VIP entrance since we were staying in a suite - and it was truly faster - but then again Carnival has made strides in improving and making this process as quick as it possible. Once on the boat - our room 7312 was ready at 1:30 as told to us inside the terminal. Our bags made it quickly to our room also. We did not buy the Drink Package (alcohol) we prefer to smuggle in Rum Runners. We did buy one over priced six pack of Sprite and Coke for mixers and a 4 pack of beer - also overpriced but a little cheaper pre-cruise. I would suggest buying and paying for as much as possible before a cruise. Tends to be cheaper and less of a bill at the end. The Internet and hub worked just fine and was quicker than experience last year on different ship. Much better and we shared on social for the adults and a basic for the two teenagers, again purchased prior to leaving. The ship was nice. It has three small pools. So we always sat between the two pools on deck 9/10. Plenty, plenty of chairs to be had by all. You should remember their is a set of stairs in Vincent's bar which leads up to the walkway where the photos are taken and you can get to the piano bar and pixels too. We watched a video on YouTube on our exact room and some tips on navigating the ship and from their it was easy. Quick to navigate in a day or two. Food was good. They repeat the menu every week so they have it down to a science. Now you can get a molting chocolate cake for the whole table if you want. Where improvements have been made are on the sit down breakfasts and the "sea day brunch". Both were fabulous to us - since we can recall the days the sit down was the same as the buffet food wise. The bagel tower and the 24 hr French toast to die for. Entertainment was good. Fun Squad was great too. We choose to interact, greet others with a smile and become a part of the cruise family for the week. Robbie, Ritchie and Jake were real, real good and funny and you could have a blast if you wanted. Don't be afraid to join them - the payoff is rich in kindness and stewardship of the cruise world and passion of the fun-ship. It truly is part of the experience. We went to Grand Cayman - did our own thing at Eden Rock and Smith Cove. Amber Cove was nice but the country is so poor looking. Belize City was again nice and the pier was great.. lots of fun things to do right there. The last tender was not good at all - took nearly and hour and a half to leave and get back on boat. Way too long. Disembarkation - piece of cake, we were in a suite so you get to leave early -but what was bad was the terminal - they had all zones of luggage kind of thrown together at some point. Not a big fan of that since with the conveyors they had made the process better.. but someone just started moving luggage cause the terminal got backed up. The cruise ship itself did a bad job keeping us posted on Hurricane Dorian. It did not affect our trip on the boat - I understand - but for some it affects/affected their lives - so they could have been more open. In closing - the ship was nice. I do not think it needs to be overhauled and updated. Staff was great and it was a good trip and vacation. In my opinion a litte homework ahead of time goes a long way in enjoying a trip. Peace and safe travels. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. 30 minute lines in the buffet. Dry beef and too many spicy ethnic foods. Buffets closed down early. If you wanted food after hours or between excursions you waited in more 30 minute or more lines for the burger joint or sandwich shop. Water and ice machines constantly out or broken. Only a god awful super sweet lemonade available during the day to drink. The ship removed all the fruit juices in the machines shortly after breakfast. They had a nice tropical punch in them and I’m sure they closed them down so guests couldn’t use them for rum mixers. Had to pay $2.50 for a glass,of juice. Rude and unmannerly people. Seemed 90% were from the inner city and they forgot their manners. Kids who had soda bubble passes were forced to go to the bar to get a beverage. I don’t want young kids to be forced to mingle with drunken passengers to get a soda. Had to present their ship ID and sign for a coke! Constantly hawked by photographers. Fair entertainment. Dining room food good, service and our wait team was fabulous. The Conquest was only able to dock at one out of the four ports of call! The other three we anchored in the harbor and had to disembark and embark on water taxies. This was a slow and tedious process. Lines, lines and more lines! The Shore excursions we chose were well worth the money. Sorry Carnival....never again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Daughters Honeymoon Cruise, there was a total of 16 of us that went on the trip. This was my 3rd time on the Conquest. Not my favorite ship, but a good ship. The food was great, the service in the main dining room was awesome. Food at ... Read More
Daughters Honeymoon Cruise, there was a total of 16 of us that went on the trip. This was my 3rd time on the Conquest. Not my favorite ship, but a good ship. The food was great, the service in the main dining room was awesome. Food at the Buffet was acceptable. Our room was clean, but the bathroom toilet was showing its age and a little smelly. Had a problem with the shower, it was immediately corrected. Our room steward was amazing and filled the ice bucket 2-3 times a day. we had a balcony room and the balcony was small but did the job. Everything was clean. The Cruise director was trying to be a good one but had a little ways to go. One of the "fun squad" would be an amazing cruise director, i believe his name was Robbie. The main shows were amazing, the singers were great. the comedians the 1st 3 days were great, then they got changed out and the new ones were not nearly as good. Embarking and Disembarking was as smooth as i have ever seen it. Overall Great Cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
All I can say is wow , this was an amazing cruise. The staff on the Conquest especially Felix Lictawa was so polite, gracious, helpful attentive to all your needs. I felt like I was rich for 7 days. A staff that was professional at every ... Read More
All I can say is wow , this was an amazing cruise. The staff on the Conquest especially Felix Lictawa was so polite, gracious, helpful attentive to all your needs. I felt like I was rich for 7 days. A staff that was professional at every thing they did. The food at every restaurant was delicious especially in the former dining room, I really felt like the rich and famous because that's how my family and I felt for 7 days . It was always something to do on the ship so much activity and a good energy coming from the hostess of all events going on. On the ship it was a mixture of all different nationality 82 was what the director said and all age groups , everyone was happy and having fun with each other and I give credit to the Carnival Conquest staff. I cant wait to book another cruise through Carnival. I just want to thank Carnival for an amazing 7 days July13-20, 2019 will be a time of great memories for me and my family. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I loved this cruise. My husband and I went for our 30th anniversary. Some things about it seemed a little old school but we enjoyed spending most of our time out on the deck when we weren’t on an excursion. The buffet was ok. The 24 hr ... Read More
I loved this cruise. My husband and I went for our 30th anniversary. Some things about it seemed a little old school but we enjoyed spending most of our time out on the deck when we weren’t on an excursion. The buffet was ok. The 24 hr pizza and the deli were excellent. The dining room options had some good higher end options. The staff was always friendly and very helpful. The outdoor movies w/popcorn each night was fun. The pools were usually packed and quite small but since we spent everyday swimming in the ocean we didn’t care about using the pools. I have 2 complaints -The way they herded us into the muster stations like cattle as we waited 45 hot and humid minutes for a 1 minute presentation on how to use the life vest. I get that it’s a mandatory presentation but there must be a better way! 2nd complaint-The blaring loud music throughout the buffet during the early morning breakfast hours made breakfast miserable. I would highly recommend purchasing the faster to the fun pass if you’re not a fan of lines. It was well worth it for many situations. For the most part it was a lot of fun and the excursions were well organized considering the amount of people Carnival had to route on and off the ship. I would definitely cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The crew was happy and helpful! They must have great bosses! Our waiters Vergel and Junrey were exceptional. We went to Chef’s table and had an amazing time! Rosann took care of our cabin and made each day perfect! I can’t say enough ... Read More
The crew was happy and helpful! They must have great bosses! Our waiters Vergel and Junrey were exceptional. We went to Chef’s table and had an amazing time! Rosann took care of our cabin and made each day perfect! I can’t say enough about the Entertainment crew, Lee had us groovin, Adele was super fun! Jackpot Jake was the best! What I can’t believe is how they all remembered our names. I met Dickie one of the singers on deck. He helped with an issue on my phone, introduced himself and remembered me every time I saw him by name! The shows were absolutely amazing especially Dickie. Dancing, singing,comedy and drama he was super! Dissapointing was the Buffet! It was awful and we couldn’t enjoy anything on first day. Type of food awful! Over cooked or inedible. Never went back! Burgers were excellent! Excursions were fantastic in every port. Chef Luis wowed us in Cozumel. We cooked and ate at Blu! Overlooking the sea and pool with Dolphin Swim! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Hello all Cruisers: Let me start by saying that this is not my first cruise. However, it was my first cruise with Carnival. Ship: Very old ship and in need of a renovation. Throughout the ship were humidifiers lining the halls for ... Read More
Hello all Cruisers: Let me start by saying that this is not my first cruise. However, it was my first cruise with Carnival. Ship: Very old ship and in need of a renovation. Throughout the ship were humidifiers lining the halls for all the moisture from leaks. The ship design also did not allow from easy access to some common areas so it was a bit tedious getting from one place to the next. Cabin: Seemed cleaned until my wife noticed that they made the bed daily but did not change the linens for the entire 7 days (she had a makeup stain from the first night that was still there the last night). That may not be a big deal to many but most hotels change linens at least every 3 days for multi-night stays so I would expect the same on a cruise. Dining: This was a biggest disappointment. After deciding not to eat breakfast in the buffet but in the main dining, under the assumption that the food SHOULD be better, we asked for scrabble eggs with cheese and they brought back lumps of eggs with cheese sprinkled on top. The next day we came back to the main dining and asked for hard boiled eggs, and received eggs with runny yokes. For the entire 7 days I ate salmon for dinner because that seemed to be the only thing on the menu that they consistently got right. We sat and watched as most guests sent back meal after meal or would leave near full plates at the tables. Guy's burgers is also OVERRATED and was a mess. The beef was not seasoned so if you did not add the special sauce the burger lacked flavor and was flat out horrible. Carnival: This was my first and will be my last! I will continue to cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise line. I know with RCC they will treat you like family not just a guest. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We stayed in Miami overnight before the cruise and explored the city some, then went to the terminal the next day. Embarkation was a fairly quick and fluid process. We were on the ship within an hour of getting through security despite ... Read More
We stayed in Miami overnight before the cruise and explored the city some, then went to the terminal the next day. Embarkation was a fairly quick and fluid process. We were on the ship within an hour of getting through security despite being in group C. Disembarkation took abit longer but that was simply due to having a late number more then anything, once our number was called it was smooth and easy as well. The ship herself was the most beautiful to date I’ve sailed on (Previously one cruise on Disney (don’t remember to much as I was little) and one on the Carnival Dream in 2016). So I’m not an experienced cruiser by any means. Still every single day aboard I was awestruck by the architecture. It is not to big of a ship (smaller then the Dream I believe) but I never felt cramped, it was fairly easy to learn my way around. The only thing that was slightly annoying was the only way to get to dinner every night was to go through the casino and smoke but was not a big deal at all. Our cabin number was 6202 right at the front of the ship. One warning for this cabin is the curtains must be closer after sunset due to the bridge being right above, as well as out the window is an obstructed view showing the deck and bow but if you sit higher on the bed (or I can fit in the window) you can see the ocean. Personally I would book this room again. I loved it, it had plenty of space and was fairly quiet at all times of day. If you do get seasick though Deck 6 was noticeably more rocky then the upper decks. I love the motion of the ship so I actually enjoyed this. The dining we did was all excellent. I ate at the Lido Buffet, Guys burgers, and the Monet restaurant for 8:15 late dining. Never had a meal I didn’t like and the wait staff were absolutely incredible. No complaints whatsoever. The only thing I missed regarding dining was unlike the Dream the Conquest does not have the Mongolian Wok. Entertainment wise I went to 2 comedy club shows. The 18+ one was hilarious, the family friendly one was...eh. But that’s also just my sense of humor. We played several games of Bingo which all were great Jackpot Jake made it a great time even counting we lost every time. We danced one night out on Lido deck and Though is was fun it was extremely crowded and I’m not sure I would do it again (I’m not a Lido deck kind of person anyway). I’d like to mention our cruise director Lee. He was absolutely awesome and literally lit up the whole ship with his enthusiasm during announcements and at events. Three of the ports were fun Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Isla Roatan. Though Security was extremely tight at Cozumel including drug sniffing dogs for every passenger it didn’t lessen the fun. Belize I’m not sure I’d get off the ship next time. This was my second time here and I still wasn’t very impressed. Even though we actually did a 7 hour excursion there I only enjoyed about 45 minutes of it (The Mayan ruins starting with X) the rest kind of felt like a waste of time. If you have never been to Belize I say go, but don’t expect the fanfare of the other ports. The other issue I had with Belize was Carnival seemed very disorganized that morning. For both Grand Cayman and Belize we had to take a water shuttle due to the reefs. Grand Cayman every ran smoothly and we got to shore rather quickly. In Belize they were running behind and it was a 20 minute tender ride to shore. We arrived late for excursions that day. I didn’t travel with any children. I was actually the youngest of the group at 20. Overall I would do this cruise again. I have other ports I would like to explore but the Conquest herself is a beautiful ship that had me awestruck. When it came time to leave I actually shed a few tears at leaving the ship behind. Despite the few bumps it was incredible. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Overall a good cruise. Embarkation was a breeze, only took about 30 minutes max from unloading to walking on board. Waited until about 12:15 to show up, and at looked like most folks had already gotten on board and the lines were short. ... Read More
Overall a good cruise. Embarkation was a breeze, only took about 30 minutes max from unloading to walking on board. Waited until about 12:15 to show up, and at looked like most folks had already gotten on board and the lines were short. Enjoyed the Punchliner comedy club (especially Mike E Winfield) and the deck top movies. Lots of room to sit under the stars. Biggest disappointment was the overall food. Just average what I expect on a cruise, especially when compared to my last cruise on NCL. Very few options for low sugar desserts, and I asked our waiter in the Monet dining room three times if they had low sugar ice cream...said he would check but I never heard back (NCL had it every night). Also no options for food after 11pm but pizza. Would have liked to have a burger or salad after all the shows, but you were out of luck except for the pizza line. The ship is showing its age. Needs a good cleaning and paint job plus new carpet. Also the flooring in the Lido buffet is slick as glass in the mornings...don't know what they are using to clean them, but almost fell a couple of times. Also long breakfast lines on excursion days. Avoided the crowded pool areas for the adult serenity area. Too many folks with too much booze to enjoy the pools. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Decided to take my boyfriend on a 7-day cruise with the Carnival Conquest. This trip was our first cruise & did not disappoint! Everything was convenient and well planned out. We only brought a carry on bag each but checked it in when ... Read More
Decided to take my boyfriend on a 7-day cruise with the Carnival Conquest. This trip was our first cruise & did not disappoint! Everything was convenient and well planned out. We only brought a carry on bag each but checked it in when we embarked the cruise. I originally read nightmare reviews about avoiding the Lido buffet during embarkation, but it was wonderful. We both ate & by the time we found our stateroom our luggage was already at our door & our room key was in our personal mailbox. Super exciting. Our room steward, Hendra was amazing! He always made sure we were comfortable, & answered any questions I had. Also, our interior room wasn't as small as I imagined & was super clean. We both slept wonderfully. Our cruise director Matt was energetic & hilarious. All the staff was friendly & professional. Even the travelers on the cruise were super friendly. There was always something to do on the ship. I never laughed so hard at the hairy chest contest & my shy bf even volunteered for the push-up contest. We enjoyed the movie nights on the Lido deck & of course the popcorn. We really enjoyed the excursions that we booked through Carnival. We choose Stingray City in the Grand Cayman, which is a must- see. And we decided to just chill by the beach in Roatan, & save money by not booking an excursion for that port. The beach was super clean & beautiful! Overall it was a memorable vacation. So thank you Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
It was a family vacation cruise. This was my first cruise and I enjoyed every minute of it a great way to spend time with my family. Love being out at sea. Some of the people in Jamaica was a little push to sell something to you. I would ... Read More
It was a family vacation cruise. This was my first cruise and I enjoyed every minute of it a great way to spend time with my family. Love being out at sea. Some of the people in Jamaica was a little push to sell something to you. I would like to go on my second cruise one day. The food was great. The room was cleaned good everyday.the drinks where great, great way to relax and enjoy the time aboard and meet new friends. I will do this again sometime next year. The check in and out time was very quick. The shop's on board are really great. The live band was awesome. There's so much to do when your on board. I was very nervous about being on a big ship, but liked it after the first 2 hours. If anyone has never been on a cruise before, you would love it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My wife and I decided to take our two adult children with us this time-they're both in their 20's. Our son had been cruising before, but this was a first for our daughter. This cruise, we decided to do an inside cabin, since we ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take our two adult children with us this time-they're both in their 20's. Our son had been cruising before, but this was a first for our daughter. This cruise, we decided to do an inside cabin, since we had never done one before. I can honestly say that it wasn't bad at all. We don't spend very much time in our cabin anyway. Our last cruise, we had a balcony on the Elation and hardly used it. Same for the cove balcony on the Fascination. The window on Ecstasy was nice, but I'll never shy away from an inside room again. Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was a breeze. I drove right up to the terminal, dropped off luggage, and parked not 50 yards away. Amazing. We were on deck 10, Panorama, which was really nice because we were close to the decks and the eats! The one dig on our room was that my mattress wasn't very comfortable. DW was fine with her side, but mine almost had a lump in the middle. I could have asked our steward to help me out, but I didn't, so it's my fault as much as anyone's. As you can see, we had only been on the Fantasy class ships before and wanted to try something a bit bigger. I'm a believer that you get what you want out of your cruise, and we did. We all really enjoyed ourselves. The lines at the Lido buffet were a bit longer than we were used to, but nothing unmanageable. The MDR wasn't crowded at all and we got great service. Guys burgers was fantastic, just like always, and I'm a big fan of the Blue Iguana also. The BBQ was amazing! I could have eaten there every day. We did the steakhouse one night, which was a first for us. It was really nice, but it took a looong time to eat. Our reservation was at 5:30 and we didn't leave until 8:00. Is that normal? We really didn't notice the time dragging by or anything. Our server checked on us regularly, he brought out courses on time, but we just couldn't believe it when we got up and it was eight o'clock! We loved the Serenity deck. It was two levels and at the front of the ship. I like it being on the front better than the back like on Elation. Just my opinion. I don't know if it was the time of year or the bigger ship, but the ride was as smooth as glass. You really had to try to feel the movement of the ship. We did the Blue Hole and river tubing excursion in Jamaica. I used a tour company that I found online after some research and I am very, very happy. The excursion was only $60 per person. I was a little put off because it was so cheap, but there were hundreds of 5 star recommendations of TripAdvisor. The Blue Hole is magnificent, I don't care who you get it through. You MUST be able to swim, and it doesn't hurt to have some intestinal fortitude. Some of those jumps are HIGH. It is cold mountain water that is so refreshing. After that we were taken to the White River for tubing. We each had our own tube with a bottom in it. It was a blast. There were small rapids all through it. Very fun. I'm pretty sure there are different river tubing excursions, so your results may vary. In Grand Cayman I had reserved a beach cabana at the Royal Palms beach resort. Admission was included with the cabana. The water was incredibly beautiful. We just swam around and were basically beach bums. It was nice to have to cabana to get out of the sun occasionally. The waiter came by often. We ordered lunch that was great. My son got the jerk Mahi Mahi. I didn't even know that was a thing. We have gotten the Cheers package in the past, and our kids did get it. This time, I was determined not to get it, but act like we had it, if that makes sense. I bought a $500 gift certificate from AARP for $450, like I learned here on Cruise Critic, and I put that on our sign and sail card. We never once stopped to think how many we've had or how much it costs. Let me say that neither me nor DW are heavy drinkers, but still. She loved the Pina Coladas, I drank whatever drink i felt like, we got a pitcher in the Punchliner, several drinks from the Alchemy Bar (which is just as amazing as I've read it was). Can't go on a cruise without a couple of milkshakes with a shot of Espresso! Plus, DW is a Coke-a-holic. The night before debarkation I checked my balance and I still had $200 left. We couldn't believe it. I think that seals the deal for me on the Cheers question. Debark wasn't quite as smooth. We were going to carry our own luggage out, so we could hit the road for the long drive back home. They called the first 2 decks and that was it. Finally, about 9:30, they just announced that everyone who was carrying their own luggage could go. Wow. Deck 1, deck 2, everybody else. We went through the cattle line and breezed through customs. One thing I felt like the port folks did that was above and beyond, my daughter left her Nintendo Switch game in her room. Probably $1000 worth of game and cartridges. She noticed this as we were getting in the truck to leave. We went and found a port worker, who directed us to another port worker, Jerry. He listens, makes a call on the radio, tells us they'll get it. About an hour later, someone came walking out with everything. First, I figured it would be fill out some paperwork and they'll mail it to us, if they find it. Second, I thought an hour was incredible time for someone to go up to that deck, find it, and then walk all the way back out to us. Kudos to the port crew and Jerry. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I've heard so much about Carnival and their awesome summer getaways! This is a first for my daughter and I. The crew that tended to us was Top Notch! Just when I thought I have kicked the Energizer Bunny out of my way, Mat our cruise ... Read More
I've heard so much about Carnival and their awesome summer getaways! This is a first for my daughter and I. The crew that tended to us was Top Notch! Just when I thought I have kicked the Energizer Bunny out of my way, Mat our cruise director, has surprised me time and again. It is beside me how the man can host and participate in anything and everything , and ever so happy ... and still standing, no less . Go Mat! And you certainly kept us busy, it was a blast. We had a nice time in Grand Cayman except transportation sucked. Now Jamaica on the other hand, was incredible every moment, every Excursion, and the gentleman transporting us was an absolute gem! On the Carnival Conquest, the crew that made our first cruise complete and always memorable..with a smile were: ● Nuegos waiter for dessert ☆●☆ Dragan our waiter ☆●☆ Mat cruise director ● Basuki guest services desk ☆●☆ Taneika Jamaican queen ● John macdonnel comedian ● Ramon bartender ☆●☆ Bongani housekeeping Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We love going on cruises and love Carnival. I have 2 teenagers and they love it! Club O2 is great. Love the piano bar. Gilbert is wonderful. He is very entertaining and getting everyone involved. Renoir restaurant was great I ... Read More
We love going on cruises and love Carnival. I have 2 teenagers and they love it! Club O2 is great. Love the piano bar. Gilbert is wonderful. He is very entertaining and getting everyone involved. Renoir restaurant was great I Made and Jaya were great waiters. They were entertaining as well. Food was excellent!! Drinks were excellent. The service on the lido could have been better on day at sea. Disappointed that Mongolian Grill wasnt on this ship. My husband and I just assumed it was on all ships. but not. Not thrilled with the italian buffet. My 17 year old loves italian and she was eager to go, but found out there was no pasta selection. Not happy that late night room service changed. Anything after 10 is a charge. That's ridiculous. Also, not enough comedy shows...lacking. Loved seeing the Love and Marriage show, but hardly any air stirring. Then after that night no air stirring. It was like a sauna in there. Very disappointed that the 18+ comedy show wouldn't let my teens come. It should be up to the parent if their child should attend. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Sailing on the Carnival Conquest was a great experience. I have been on many cruises but this was my first vacation as an adult without parents so I was very nervous! The embarkation process was very simple and was something that I was ... Read More
Sailing on the Carnival Conquest was a great experience. I have been on many cruises but this was my first vacation as an adult without parents so I was very nervous! The embarkation process was very simple and was something that I was most nervous about as I know how it used to be in the past. The ship was very nice and up to date! We did not do any shore excursion but did get off the ship and explore! Half moon cay is a beautiful destination and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves the beach. Our cruise director was very fun and made our cruise experience amazing. We enjoyed the punchliner comedy club and shows! The food on this ship was excellent. Only complaints that I could give was that the over all cleanliness of the ship could be improved but I am understanding when it comes to this as there are thousands of people on board that others are cleaning up after! This was a great vacation for us! Read Less
Sail Date July 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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