1,692 Carnival Conquest Cruise Reviews

This boat is just plain tired. There is paint on top of paint, curtains don't fit, windows need work, carpet is bad, etc. I realize it takes on a heavy load every week but it is just screaming for some decent care. Even the ... Read More
This boat is just plain tired. There is paint on top of paint, curtains don't fit, windows need work, carpet is bad, etc. I realize it takes on a heavy load every week but it is just screaming for some decent care. Even the uniforms were faded...maybe that would help the staff who also appeared to be at the breaking point. Whatever you do, if you get sick, make sure it is during infirmary hours or you will pay through the nose. With all the health concerns, it also needs more sanitizer stations--like EVERYWHERE, PEOPLE--and more trash recepticles. Announcements are rambled off so quickly you cannot possibly comprehend what is being said. I would suggest that the restaurants make available nutrition information, including fat and calorie information. That shows you care, even if it isn't used. Post ingredients, at least what fats you are using in cooking. If you purify the water you use for drinking, it will taste better and you can eliminate bottles. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Carnival conquest was quiet a bit cheaper then the other cruise lines I was looking at sk made the choice to give them a try worse mistake ever I will gladly pay more for Norwegian or royal Caribbean cruise line this boat is run down the ... Read More
Carnival conquest was quiet a bit cheaper then the other cruise lines I was looking at sk made the choice to give them a try worse mistake ever I will gladly pay more for Norwegian or royal Caribbean cruise line this boat is run down the food is absolutely terribly seriously lacking entertainment small layed out very inconvenient u gotta go up to get down and skip around to get to the next floor up or down the stateroom attendant seriously ask me our 1st day if I really needed our room cleaned daily never mind twice a day I've cruised many time prior just not with carnival unless u are going on a cruise to get totally wasted and stay in the casino this is not the cruise line for you i normally dont leave bad reviews but it truly needs to be told publicly how terrible this boat and cruise line is JUST SAY NO n go with some other line trust me it's worth the extra $$$ Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I chose this cruise to take with my family of five (two adults, three kids under the age of 12) because it was an excellent value and we could have connecting ocean view rooms. This was my 20th cruise and 7th with Carnival. ... Read More
I chose this cruise to take with my family of five (two adults, three kids under the age of 12) because it was an excellent value and we could have connecting ocean view rooms. This was my 20th cruise and 7th with Carnival. Embarkation- I parked in the port lot directly across the street from the terminal after dropping off my family and luggage. It could not have been closer, though at $22 per day was a little steep. We literally walked onto the ship after waiting in the security line for under 5 minutes. Ship- the entire ship has a French Impressionist theme, which we really enjoyed. The art around the public spaces was lovely to look at. I'm not sure what some of the reviews here are meaning by dirty or worn areas; I did not notice anything like that anywhere. There was a little rust on the hull, however, but that is not a problem. Cabin- We had connecting rooms on the Riviera Deck (1), all the way aft. We were surprised that the rooms seemed large and had tons of hangers and closet space. The noise from the engines was minimal and we even remarked how we thought it would be worse. Bathrooms were nice and a good size. Dining- We had most of our breakfasts in the Monet dining room as we prefer that to the buffet. Dinners were also in the Monet and lunch at the buffet/ Guy's/ Blue iguana. Every meal we had was tasty and well prepared. The fish was a tad dry, but still good. There was always a good selection to choose from. Is it "fine" dining? No, but it doesn't come at that price either. It is however, very good, and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Entertainment- The cruise director, Kyndall Fire was really great and seemed to be everywhere! The shows were well done and the dancers especially good. Service- Everyone we interacted with was just excellent. Ports- We did not do any Carnival excursions: Grand Turk- We took the Island Tram and saw the island, then snorkeled right off the beach by the pier. Had a great time though the water was not as clear as usual as storms had come through the day before. San Juan- Walked off the ship into the old town, saw the fort, had dinner in the city. Very safe, beautiful and a great place to wander. St. Thomas- We got a taxi to Sapphire Beach and spend our time there. It was $50 each way for all 5 of us and took about 20 minutes. There is a restaurant, bar, and facilities to use but we brought our Carnival towels so we did not have to rent chairs. Amber Cove- This was a surprise. I booked a private tour with RV Tours and we had the best time. Just the 5 of us, our driver and guide. We saw the town, rode the cable car to the mountain top, and stopped at rum, amber, and chocolate factories. Highly recommend. Children Program- Our kids love Camp Ocean and enjoy the programs very much. Summary- I would sail the Conquest again. However, the lack of the water park that some of the other Carnival ships have (even the smaller Fantasy Class) would make me probably pick one of those over her if my kids were with me again. Also, I would choose, if possible, a cabin on deck 6 or higher simply because the galley and restaurants make it so that you cannot walk fore to aft on decks 3 or 4, which was annoying if your cabin is below those. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We arrived in miami the day before we sailed. We didn't have to wait long before we got on the ship from the time we arrived to getting to our cabin maybe half hour it was really quick. The inside interior cabin was clean and ... Read More
We arrived in miami the day before we sailed. We didn't have to wait long before we got on the ship from the time we arrived to getting to our cabin maybe half hour it was really quick. The inside interior cabin was clean and spacious. The food was good and had a great selection our waiter alimin was amazing he had our drinks on the table when he saw us coming. The band was really good. Enjoyed all the shows and activities the ship had to offer. The ports we visited were grand turk, san juan ,st thomas ,amber cove i think my favorite was st thomas the shopping was amazing really good deals. I would definitely will be cruising carnival again. Disembarkation was really quick also maybe 30 minutes . Met some wonderful people on the cruise . We went on one excursion in san juan didn't really enjoy it . The Rest Of Our Ports We Went On Our Own Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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
This was our 8th Carnival Cruise and will most likely be our last With them. We chose this one because it was the common date that all of our family had available to book. There were 14 of us total including my 8 month old grandson. We ... Read More
This was our 8th Carnival Cruise and will most likely be our last With them. We chose this one because it was the common date that all of our family had available to book. There were 14 of us total including my 8 month old grandson. We have always had a good experience with Carnival and did not have much to ever complain about, but in my opinion, this cruise allowed Carnival to show their true colors when it came to guest services both on the ship and once we were home and contacted corporate. First the Good: Cabin Stewards were great as usual and were johnny on the spot with anything we needed or requested Dining staff were attentive and again, as usual, knew everyone's name by day 2 and always had our standard requests ready (sprite for me, wine for my wife, and other beverages ordered from the bar. Shows were good and entertaining (The need to change them up more frequently as they seem to run the same ones on all the ships) Casino staff was phenomenal Steakhouse was exceptional Now the Not so Good Food was definitely not up to par. I have seen a decline in this area for the last couple of cruises and it has not gotten any better. This is both in the dining room and at the buffets. We had an issue fitting at a table in the dining room comfortably. They put 14 of us an 8ft round table which we were unable to actually eat at as we had to sit a bit back from the table due to space. When we asked the Matre'd for another space he told us the only table that would fit us was requested by another guest who was on a back to back cruises. When I saw this table it sat 16 comfortable and their party only had 10 people. I would have been fine with 2 tables next to each other, but according to him they were unavailable. Our dining experience was horrible as it pertains to this. My grandsons hi-chair had to be set back from the table so we could at least get close enough to eat. Public restrooms were not kept as clean as they have been in the past. I understand they cannot be standing there cleaning after every use, some of them were just plain disgusting. The main reason for my negative review and our plan to no longer patronize Carnival is as follows As I stated above we had my 8 month old grandson with us. We had to pay full price for him minus gratuities. The reason we were given at booking was that US Coast Guard Manifests allow certain amount of bodies on the ship so whether they are 8 months or 80yrs it takes the place of an allowable body. We knew this when we booked and basically accepted it UNTIL we experienced this cruise. Carnival has NO baby changing stations or family rooms anywhere on board so you either have to change a baby in public or go down to your room to do so. My daughter received 3 different stories from 3 different crew members as to my grandson being allowed in the pool; 1st was he was only allowed in without a diaper (Really), 2nd was he was only allowed in with a swimmy diaper (ok makes more sense) and 3rd was unless he was potty trained he was not allowed in at all. (Per Carnivals email to me upon returning, per US Dept of Health Standards and Regulations the 3rd was the truth. So here is my complaint: My grandson at 8 months old did not sleep in a Carnival provided bed, did not eat Carnival provided food, was not allowed to use any of the amenities like the pools!!!! So why did we pay full price? My daughter wanted to bring him to Camp Carnival to play on the mats a crawl around. She was only able to do so 3 days during the cruise for 1 hr each day which was from 5pm-6pm, and with us booking the early dinner at 6, this would be when she would be getting herself and him ready for dinner. For a cruise line that promotes family fun,in my opinion, they are not family friendly Carnival's email response for nothing more that a form letter personalized to my name and the promise they would look into things. I was not looking for a refund at all but you would think they could have at least offered an explanation as to the negative points I stated above. Sorry Carnival, I'm done. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced ... Read More
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced every night and had a great time. Dining service was excellent and food was very good. Will do the conquest again next year. The serenity spot was very relaxing and the adult only pool was nice. I like using the sauna as well. If you do Carnival 2 years in a row the shows are repetitive but because we dance and love the comedians we don't mind that much. Grand Turk and Amber Cove are some of my favorite ports to visit. I will return to them. I will warn you not to do a 6 day cruise if you can do a 7 because there are so much more comedian shows and it is more relaxed. 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
My husband chose this Cruise because these were places that we've never cruised to before. This was also a Carnival ship that we had not been on before. It was literally a mess from the first day to the last day! We were so ... Read More
My husband chose this Cruise because these were places that we've never cruised to before. This was also a Carnival ship that we had not been on before. It was literally a mess from the first day to the last day! We were so disappointed that we thought we deserved a refund! I would not recommend this Ship or trip to anyone! We have cruised with Carnival several times and have never has this experience! It makes us want to Cruise with other ships from now on! This was my husband's Birthday Cruise and he did not have a good time at all! Even on his Birthday!! We spent the entire Cruise in the Casino, they were the only people making sure that we had a great time. All though we are Premiere Club Cruisers we didn't feel like we got any special treatment on this ship. There was no Adult entertainment like really good shows! The food was very horrible, the service was poor, the Ship is dated and needs a complete make over. They worked on the Water slide the entire time we were there so one ever got a chance to use it! This just was not a good experience at all. We flew in from Dallas, TX to Miami to take this Cruise and when you go through all of that traveling to Cruise, you deserve the Royal treatment! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Carnival conquest-buffet was nasty, bbq nasty, blue iguana nasty. The only food worth the trip/money was renoir, guys burgers and then the pizza. And construction/repair projects the whole trip especially the last night heading home, ... Read More
Carnival conquest-buffet was nasty, bbq nasty, blue iguana nasty. The only food worth the trip/money was renoir, guys burgers and then the pizza. And construction/repair projects the whole trip especially the last night heading home, starting at midnight, jackhammers until 5 or 6 am. Really. This was supposed to be a great full house cruise for my family. I mean the water slide was closed on the first day. With all the work that went on and that was needed no notice form carnival what so ever. Not happy may have to up grade to another cruise line. i think it a it insensitive to make that much noise on hte way home at that time of night. and for that type of work why have anyone in those rooms why waste money on a shop that well could care less? really not happy and i dont normally complain about things Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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
Unhappy crew and staff that needs customer service training. Most of the staff was very slow in response. They seemed tired all the time. Seemingly hating their jobs. Very old decrepit ship that needs to be dry docked. Rusty walls, rusty ... Read More
Unhappy crew and staff that needs customer service training. Most of the staff was very slow in response. They seemed tired all the time. Seemingly hating their jobs. Very old decrepit ship that needs to be dry docked. Rusty walls, rusty sides, worn out floors, peeling pool sides, rusty pool sides. Dirty pool water looking more yellow than clear. Fraying deck chairs. Fraying and dirty carpets in inside areas. Cabins falling apart. Worn and old. Cabin was hot all week. No fans available. No clean sheets all week. Constant knocking on the door even with the "snoozin" sign hanging on the door. Cooks need training to produce edible food. Sometimes restaurant staff was rude, especially in the steak house. Cabin room service food was really terrible. Cold, tasteless and disappointing. Time to replace the ship and the staff. Not worth the price with such and old outdated ship and unhappy staff supplying poor customer service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked ... Read More
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked like regular pasta with marinara sauce. After asking found out all the pasta sauce has seafood base. There seems to be no care given to people with dietary restrictions or needs. They have these hateful ladies (aka crumb patrol) in the Lido restaurant. They get in line right on top of you and clean crumbs the whole time you are in line. Felt very unwelcome. Hot tubs are not hot. I’ve had warmer baths. The temperature control in the cabins on deck 7 were horrible. I’m cold natured and I couldn’t get cool the whole trip. Then I saved the best for last. The muster safety drill! We had to stand outside sweating for an hour (because of waiting for late people), for a five minute safety drill showing how to put on a life jacket. The guy doing the demonstration in muster station F was so short we couldn’t see him. People were about to pass out from the heat. This was my 3rd cruise and my worst. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on ... Read More
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on 24/7 which is a lot better than what I experienced on Royal's Harmony of the Seas last year Food on Lido had good selection and guy's burger (especially fries), burritos, pizza was great . Lines for Deli can get long and they premake the sandwiches which leads to them being soggy sometimes Buffet quality and selection is sufficient but can't match the variety of the newer/bigger ships The main dining room food was good and better than Royal Caribbean but the servers are clearly stretched and things like drinks, taking orders and even food can take a while depending on server and time. The deserts were mostly very well done Pool is small and there's only one water slide but didn't have issue finding chairs on deck Movie under the stars showed current movies with free popcorn (not like Royal charging$5) and usually had two movies a night Didn't watch the nightly shows as I never do regardless of cruiseline due to low quality for all cruiseline compared to shows on land Comedians were good Overall very enjoyable cruise and glad to see Carnival keeping up the quality of the basics like food and ship upkeep unlike other cruiseline chasing bigger and more gimmicks at expense of basics However, some fellow cruise passengers on this Carnival cruise were rude and lack basic manners to staff and others . Had an OV cabin which was in very good condition, great size and soundproof compared to other newer ships I've been on. Gym was generous size and had lots of cardio equipment though resistance/weight can sometimes have a wait but much better than other newer ships with more pax but even smaller fitness area than on conquest Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. ... Read More
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation, so so, this time we decided to carry our luggage off the ship. We received our waiting area location, right next to the “fast to the fun” quests. When the time came to disembark, the cruise director came in said Platinum quests can go, all the Fast to the fun people headed for the door. The cruise director stated we are all platinum today. Don’t know how you feel but I earned me status. Once on the ship my wife and I took a tour to become familiar with the ship. Standard layout for Carnival’s older ships. We hung out until time for the muster drill. This is where it starts to go downhill. We get to our muster station, it’s 90-95 outside. We stand there for over 30 minutes waiting on the safety instructions. Finally they give the instructions, lasted less than a minute, and had to wait another 30 minutes to be released. Our luggage did not come until right before dinner, we selected the early dinning. So much for being priority. Headed down to dinner, table mates were great, we hit if off from the beginning. I was surprised at the lack of menu selections. Portions were small and the taste was less than savory. Service was great, waiter took very good care of us. Standard entertainment you would expect from Carnival. We went to the comedy club, comedians were great. Standard lido deck entertainment, nothing new there. Our ports were nothing special, San Juan, Grand Turk, St Thomas and Amber Cove. Took an excursion to St Johns, beach was OK, water was rough, due to the storms out in the Caribbean. On our way back to St THOMAS they break out the rum punch, as you can imagine some, many indulged way to much. To the point that I had drinks spilled on my hat, Hands stepped on and people falling all over me. Not a good trip back. Once back we headed to the ship. We noticed a longer normal line to board. Again we stood in the backing sun for over 30 minutes to board. The metal detector broke down and they had to wand everyone. You would have thought to open up the other gangway. The onboard ship experience was less than stellar, smokers know no boundaries, the smoking areas were well defined, however some felt they could walk the ship with lit cigarettes. Smoking on the balcony was common, yet I did not see a single Carnival crew member say a word. I understand what to expect on a Carnival cruise, drinking, parting, and general a wild crowd. However, I have never been on a cruise with so many cabin, balcony doors slamming shut at all hours of the night. People running up and down the hallway every night at 2am. My wife and I have decided we will not sail on a Carnival cruise again. We are going on a Celebrity cruise end of October. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can ... Read More
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can tell you none of them were true. Our steward Yoga was incredibly kind and thorough. The entertainment staff Adele and Lee made us feel like family and always at home and we were hugging them when we left the ship, they were fun, upbeat, kind and caring! The entertainment was phenomenal. The Cruise Director Mat was incredible, he has the best attitude and is so good at what he does as is everyone else. Cristian and Lauren who both do bar waiting we incredible they are such nice people and made us feel at home. But Tommy the head waiter in the Renoir Dining Room was absolutely incredible! When I say personable and kind I genuinely mean he made us feel so welcomed and we requested him every single night. We had a chaotic family of 9 and he and his team we wonderful. My daughter was looking for him every single day as we walked the ship and the last night she gave him a hug and we all took pictures. He knew every single one of us by name and I hope we get to see him and the others again next cruise, that goes for all the staff. Everyone from housekeeping to fun squad was great. By the end of the cruise we felt like a family on the ship! The only con is the added extras you pay for and they can get pricey but I would do it all over again. My entire family and I have already said this was our best family Vacation we have ever had. The Gaudette Family Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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
Carnival Conquest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 2.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.3
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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