Sail Date: February 2018
well this cruise was supposed to be a family gathering to remember my mother everybody back out except 5 of us it was my 6 cruise first for the rest in comparision to the other lines I have been on royal carribean ncl I thought it was a ... Read More
well this cruise was supposed to be a family gathering to remember my mother everybody back out except 5 of us it was my 6 cruise first for the rest in comparision to the other lines I have been on royal carribean ncl I thought it was a nice cruise my stateroom attendant was excellent are dining was set up so we could go anytime between 545pm and 900pm food was average to good depending on what you got we went to 4 islands total 8 day cruise would recommend to all whom haven't been on a cruise we went to princes cay grand turk aruba and curaco went with my niece good children area to drop off children so parents can enjoy there time in summary I thought this cruise was verygood combared to my other boats I have been on would make a good choice for anyone who has not been on a cruise Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise worked for us in terms of time and the fact that we had not been at any of the four ports of call. We also prefer small or mid-size ships with under 3000 passengers. We also had not visited the Fort Lauderdale area before ... Read More
This cruise worked for us in terms of time and the fact that we had not been at any of the four ports of call. We also prefer small or mid-size ships with under 3000 passengers. We also had not visited the Fort Lauderdale area before and were able to spend time before and after the cruise exploring the area. Before the cruise we stayed at the Ramada Inn Airport/Cruiseport. It is an older property cut off from convenient stores and the like by Interstate 95. It is near a county park that was fun to walk through and during our late January visit had Manatees in the river. It was comfortable and transportation from airport and to cruiseport was complimentary and on time. Embarkation was surprisingly smooth, probably fifteen minutes from curb to ship. The ship was clean and seemed in good condition in public areas and cabin. I really didn't like the lay out, but that lies more on architect than staff that was helpful and friendly at all times. There seemed to be a lot of wasted space on the decks, and not enough space in public gathering areas. We left several events because you simply couldn't get close enough to feel you were participating. And what's with having the Serenity Deck in the front where one is buffeted by wind and has the noise from Seaside Theater every night. And they never had the Serenity Deck hot tubs working on this cruise. The food was surprisingly good at Lido buffet, Guys Burger, BBQ, and dining room. It exceeded expectations of all six in our party. The food service staff seemed stressed and overworked but did a good job. Carnival, please hire some more food servers! We were seated at a table for twelve but felt we received good personal service from Mark and Elmer. I like one of the two comedians I saw in the comedy club. Shipboard entertainment seemed better quality that last couple of cruises we've been on, the shows were entertaining, I really enjoyed the string trio and the band. Piano bar was "meh." The cruise director, Chloe, was very visible and made a point of talking with people. She appeared to be a seasoned professional. This was the first cruise we were asked how often and when we wanted our room cleaned. Although we chose once a day and morning, we wished we had our towel animal on the bed after dinner rather than breakfast. But Gusti and his helpers did a good job of cleaning cabins and hallway. We did a Carnival Excursion in Amber Cover, Outback Adventure. It provided an entertaining day that in 5 1/2 hours gave a snapshot of life in the Dominican Republic, provided an open bar, good lunch, and boogie boarding at a secluded beach. We did the VIP Sailing Excursion in Nassau through Carnival. Unfortunately it was the one day we did not have wind so we could not use the sail, but we motored to a good snorkeling location, and toured the harbor, lined with many celebrity mansions. Good food, open bar, but the quality of excursion might be attracting too many people. There were twenty passengers on the boat, which was 5 or 6 too many. Other than the awkward layout of the ship, we were very satisfied with our cruise and its relative value. It exceeded expectations and I would consider sailing on this ship again, although probably would not repeat this itinerary. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Carnival promotes their ships as "Fun Ship's", but a ship that oozes classic french art is probably not the best atmosphere in promoting letting your hair down. Whether it was the classic art motiff or the particular ... Read More
Carnival promotes their ships as "Fun Ship's", but a ship that oozes classic french art is probably not the best atmosphere in promoting letting your hair down. Whether it was the classic art motiff or the particular passengers on this cruise, it was indeed a subdued week. The large waterslide that dominates the lido deck was criminally underutilized. The Serenity hot tubs were out of commisssion all week but were not missed. I found the cruise to be very relaxing, but had a much more mature vibe. Despite the addition of Guy's Burger Shack and the Blue Iguana Cantina, the on board sushi board and steakhouse give the ship a much more mature vibe. Even Pizza Pirate has grown up with gourmet style pizzas with Quatro Fromaggi and Arugula and Prosciutto in addition to the standard Pepperoni and basic Cheese (now labeled Margherita). Perhaps it was the extra day. 6 day over 5 day. I don't know, but whatever it was, it was subdued. And perfectly wonderful. The upgrade to the Pizza Pirate menu is a welcome change and Guy's Burger Joint served sublime burgers. The fresh tacos were also delish. About the only weakness was the buffet. Which I have found to always be the achilles heel of all cruises I've been on. One of the best or worst kept secrets is to avoid the buffet at all costs. Leave the buffet for the families with kids and for first time cruisers. There's just no need for it. The seafood shack is an expensive option for lobster or crab legs, but the $6.00 fish and chips are definitely worth the spend at least once. The cabin (6262) was clean and had easy access to the front stairwell and elevator banks. The beds were amazingly comfortable, and even as an inside cabin was a nice private alcove for an afternoon nap or to catch up on reading. The entertainment was enjoyable, although I mourn the dropping of cruise staples like magicians and aerial artists for the more "song and dance" type reviews. These new shows have lasers, pyrotechnic's and an overuse of LED screens. I found the constant use of the screens to be distracting. There is nothing magical about a dancer pantomining creating a ball on the back screen and sending it bouncing around, or a dancer pretending to be electrocuted by fake background lightning or dancing with shadow dancers portrayed on screen. The newest production "FLICK" was supposed to be a review of movie music hosted by a mysterious man who appears to have the "power" to bring forth the acts from his imagination. It's clear that they are trying to evoke a "phantom of the opera" type vibe, but the dancer's interpretation of this character came across more as a sharp dressed Smegol, lurking in the background with an oddly uncomfortable smile across his face. Spa Specials also seem to have been eliminated. While you used to be able to get pretty good discounts at the spa, these have been replaced with volume discounts applying to multiple treatments. So if you are only looking to do one treatment, expect to pay full price. The Carnival APP was invaluable for downloading the days events and food and beverage options. It was nice to be able to access the menu of each restaurant prior to the meal. And for an additional 5 dollars for the entire cruise, the app includes an instant messenger which allows you to chat with others on the ship or in your party. This is a much less expensive proposition than getting the basic wi-fi just to use facebook messenger. The ship had plenty of deck space and one nice feature for this ship is the rear of the lido deck has a retractable roof that changes the pool area from outside to inside in case of inclement weather. This was very nice and allowed people to utilize this space even when we went through a slight rain squall. Overall I had a great time even with the more mature theme. I definitely will choose the conquest again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Service was excellent, staff in all areas were very attentive to your needs. It was s a party ship but it s very family friendly, many families have infants and young children. They have something for everyone. We have cruises with other ... Read More
Service was excellent, staff in all areas were very attentive to your needs. It was s a party ship but it s very family friendly, many families have infants and young children. They have something for everyone. We have cruises with other ships, but continue to come back to Carnival. The only problem we had was tipping, we were not aware that our gratities were put on our every purchase on the ship in American $, and we tipped our waiters and room staff with cash. Don’t it cost us $300.00 on our credit card US$. Each cruise company is different. You learn but your mind stakes. Will continue to book Carnival, maybe the Medditrainan. There was always food available. You always get complainers, I think they do an amazing job feeding people, cleaning , sanitizing, entertainment. There was a lady sitting with her legs in the pool and yelled at the kids to stop splashing, they have as much right to play in the pool, if you don’t want to get wet stay away from the pool, go to the adult section, I think her beer got the best of her. Kim Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
8 days of cruising at an unbeatable price and value made this an easy choice. We had late dining and we're so satisfied all 8 nights especially by the selection and great wait staff. The morning and lunch choices were up to our ... Read More
8 days of cruising at an unbeatable price and value made this an easy choice. We had late dining and we're so satisfied all 8 nights especially by the selection and great wait staff. The morning and lunch choices were up to our expectations.How can you beat a fresh omelette every morning. Yes disappointed that the Mongolian Wok was no longer available. The seafood place or sushi counter seemed to never have a customer. . The guest services desk really took exceptional care with our room problem. We will definitely be back with Carnival for our 25th cruise. The highlight on Conquest is the New gym ,this is the first time on any ship that all machines were working.The big bonus is that as promised by Winston the spa manager both the steam room and sauna were always perfect by 8AM until closing at night.Congratulations to his team. We are platinum and were even more impressed than ever by the speed of boarding & check-in 15 minutes from the time we handed our luggage to the porter and when we walked into our room all this at 11:30 AM Carnival continues to offer the best value in cruising from Florida Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Overall this was a great vacation. I'm happy any time to be on a cruise. Embarkation with FTTF was easy as usual. We had also upgraded to a suite but kept FTTF to guarantee our room would be ready. Muster drill took forever but it ... Read More
Overall this was a great vacation. I'm happy any time to be on a cruise. Embarkation with FTTF was easy as usual. We had also upgraded to a suite but kept FTTF to guarantee our room would be ready. Muster drill took forever but it always seems to. My favorite thing on this cruise was the shows. The entertainment staff was so talented, the shows great, and the participation with cruise guests was great as they were the teachers with the dance classes and Suess children's show. Suess breakfast is definitly worth it for $5 Customer service was good. We had an incident where they were fixing our tub and spilled water on the carpet. They had to leave the fan in the room for the day and they offered us a bottle of wine and free steak house selections from the MDR menu that night. Our room steward was ok. We met him the first day and didn't see him after that. We usually got fresh ice and the room was kept clean and we had daily towel animals which my daughter loves. I think the room stewards are over worked and that's why you don't feel the service is so personalized any more. Winds were high the day of our last stop so we missed Grand Turk and were super disappointed. Of course safety is most important, but it was our last port of 4, and we were really looking forward to a beach day. One thing almost everyone in our group of 12 commented on was the rocking of the ship. I know we had some choppy water and windy weather, but I've had weather like that on other ships and not noticed the movement so much. I had to take Dramamine almost every day which I don't usually need much. We had a room mid ship deck 7, so I was surprised how much movement we felt. Being a bigger ship that we are usually on I wasn't expecting it. THere were multiple nights people skipped dinner and stayed in their rooms bc of being sick. Camp Ocean was great for my 3yr old. There were days she didn't go at all, but it's a great option for sea days for her to burn off some energy and if we wanted to go to piano bar for an hour or a trivia that she'd be bored at. Chloe the cruise director was great. Very friendly and I'm amazed at how she remembers names so well. The entertainment staff running games and trivia weren't anything spectacular. Sometimes it felt like they were phoning it in, especially if a big crowd didn't show up for a particular game. But we just made our own fun! Pools didn't seem overly crowded but there are multiple pools so that helps. The slide was fun. My daughter was an inch short but they let her go on anyway so she was thrilled. Hot tubs were not hot. I didn't get to the spa this trip so I can't comment on that Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We booked this cruise somewhat late and were fortunate enough to get an aft balcony room. We enjoyed the room and the housekeeping service, but overall were not impressed with the cruise. We were surprised the the Mongolian Wok was no ... Read More
We booked this cruise somewhat late and were fortunate enough to get an aft balcony room. We enjoyed the room and the housekeeping service, but overall were not impressed with the cruise. We were surprised the the Mongolian Wok was no longer available. Instead there was a seafood place that seemed to never have a customer. Getting the limited continental breakfast hang tag was available ON REQUEST. Seem slike Carnival is doing its best to cut every corner to save a few cents. The continental was not available on the last day of the cruise. Our cabin steward said that the menu will be changing (likely further reduced) on the next sailing. The Captain's reception for Platinum VFIP members is easily avoidable with slow service when the beverages are comped. Bar service in the comedy club was also sketchy with orders getting lost. Our expectations for Carnival are getting lower so not to be too disappointed when we cruise with them again. Hopefully their rates will be low enough to encourage us back. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This is a review of a B2B that sailed 2 weeks through the Eastern Caribbean, Jan 14-28! Our first week we were in an Ocean View cabin on the 1st deck around mid ship. Our second week was a balcony on deck 7 near the rear elevator! ... Read More
This is a review of a B2B that sailed 2 weeks through the Eastern Caribbean, Jan 14-28! Our first week we were in an Ocean View cabin on the 1st deck around mid ship. Our second week was a balcony on deck 7 near the rear elevator! Both cabins were quiet, everything worked fine, our hot water the whole cruise was really hot! Our cabin attendants both weeks did a very good job! We used room service every day for AM coffee/muffins, and it was free, and the service was very good! Carnival still offers free sandwiches all day, but have added a extra charge for some new items like chicken wings, etc.! At lunch we usually tried out the buffet, 2 times we tried the brunch in the MDR, and all was really good. From carved top round, bottom round, lamb, pork, we always found a really good selection! The deli was always making some great grilled sandwiches that I tried more then a few times! The only slightly negative again is the slow pizza, tasted good, but you always had to wait!-(( At dinner we always ate in the MDR, on your time dining, which is great! Even though we had 'your time', we always chose head waiter Orlin and his 2 helpers as our servers in the mid ship MDR, they were funny, great at making you feel welcome, were excellent at their jobs, and had us looking forward to their 'great dancing' each night! Late night snacks were a sandwich at the deli,(before 11 pm) or pizza later! Our week 1 itinerary was Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove. On Nassau and Half Moon Cay, the weather was rainy, so we stayed on ship, we swam at the beach next to the pier at Grand Turk,,,,got sun burnt,-)), then went to Ocean World at Amber Cove! In the summer, can see this excursion filled with kids, as they'd really like it! Our week 2 itinerary was St Martin, St Kitts, San Juan, Grand Turk. At St Martin, we did the water taxi to the beach, and spent the day there,,,yep, sun burnt again,-)), St Kitts was a Carnival excursion to a beach, more fun, and more sun,-)), in San Juan on a cloudy day, we did the free trolley around Old San Juan, at Grand Turk, we didn't port because of windy conditions! We were told there would be added activities on this extra sea day, and an updated fun times, but that never seemed to happen! One thing we noticed was the Conquest sailed with a full ship, and it never seemed crowded other then the buffet on the first day-boarding, and our last day-leaving! Another thing we noticed, likely because of the dates, there were almost no kids on the ship, it felt like more of a Holland cruise then a Carnival cruise! Finally I'll finish that the Conquest in the theater shows has arguably the best 4 lead singers as a team! 2, I will let you guess which 2, are outstanding! Corporate needs to utilize them better! The can'ed singing during the middle of the 80's rock was a waste, these singers could easily have done better! Looking forward to see if singers on future cruises can compare favorably! Next up is a Feb/March Miracle cruise and review, a April Glory B2B cruise and review, followed by a May/June Vista B2B cruise and review, and of course comparisons! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Decided on the Conquest for this cruise for the itinerary and departure point, Ft. Lauderdale. We are not all that difficult too please or make happy but this cruise fell short of satisfying my wife and I. The good points: The food ... Read More
Decided on the Conquest for this cruise for the itinerary and departure point, Ft. Lauderdale. We are not all that difficult too please or make happy but this cruise fell short of satisfying my wife and I. The good points: The food was good and plentifull, Guy’s burgers are great, the dining room and buffet were both pretty good however the smokehouse bbq on deck 10 not so great, food was not hot, small portions and the beef was fatty but the beans although cold, were pretty much ok. We liked the ports of call, Nassau is nice to stroll around and shop at the straw market. Half Moon Cay is a great beach day and so is Grand Turk with the beach, pool and entertainment. Amber Cove not the greatest port we have visited, no beach just a pool and the same typical tourist shops located in the “compound” but we took a city tour from Iberotours located right past the duty free shop exit for something like $29, it was ok at 2 1/2 hours. Cheaper and half as long as the closest comparable excursion from Carnival and you pay with your ship card. Shipboard entertainment such as the comedians, stage shows and musical entertainers in the atrium were also very good. The not so great: And why we’ll probably not go on board the Conquest again even though I really like(d) Carnival we will likely try any other cruise line next time that is not owned by the Carnival corporation. We had to virtually beg the Guest Services desk for our gold level pins and our 2 complimentary bottles of water. When entering our room for the 1st time there was only half a roll of toilet paper with no additional rolls on hand, had to ask for more and the towels were always in short supply. On our other cruises the bed protector for luggage was removed or put away by the housekeeper on embarkation after unloading our suitcases but this time it stayed folded on the sofa for the entire 6 days. Previous cruises we had 2 housekeeping visits per day, this time only once per day. The Cruise Director made very few announcements never giving info where to assemble for debarkation for the ports of call, what I.d to take along with you, what time to be back on board or what to expect until we were half way down or off the gangway. Even though you would find it in hidden in print in Fun Times or on the Hub an announcement would be a great and welcome reminder. When she did speak her accent was very strong (no fault of hers) and difficult to comprehend. The ship layout is confusing to the point of no, you cannot get there from here and having to go way around to get there. No easy way to get from bow to stern on the same deck on several levels. There didn’t appear to be many public washrooms and the ones we did locate were not really clearly marked. Note: Carnival Pride so much easier to go anywhere on the ship from front to back on any deck. Sure not so bad faults to some but enough of a frustration to make us not recommend this ship. Read Less
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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