Sail Date: January 2019
It was 8 nights east Caribbean cruise from FLL. I have only Carnival experience so cannot compare with other cruise lines. As Carnival is more on the low end of the cruise holidays I did not expect luxury and fine dining. The ship has a ... Read More
It was 8 nights east Caribbean cruise from FLL. I have only Carnival experience so cannot compare with other cruise lines. As Carnival is more on the low end of the cruise holidays I did not expect luxury and fine dining. The ship has a '90s kind of design, but they keep nice care of it. All common areas were clean and well maintained. I was happy with the service level they provide, very good value for the price. Would not pay more just because the decor is nicer. Conquest was a bit less entertaining compared to our previous cruise. The fun squad did a great job on the lido, but the evening shows were awful because of the singers. I have no idea how they got this job. The program itself was well designed but they must have been more picky selecting the team. Room, food, other services were really good, just the same like other Carnival ship. We prefer the main dining for dinner and lido for breakfast or afternoon snack. Also liked the pizza for the dive in movies after dark on the lido. It is great fun, just be prepared to reserve a sunbed in time. As per the Carnival Hub App you could order pizza to anywhere on the ship, but it was not working. Overall the App is good but this time it did not work properly, also the chat function. I really like Carnival's free room service for breakfast. You can save a lot of time if you plan to get off the ship early. There is no waterworks on this ship=less kids which was great if you want a more relaxing vacation. The average age of people on this ship were older, I was happy with that. Sea days were more quiet and our dining room company was really great. Room: Deck 7 front. 7214 Inside 4E Quiet. Close to the deck7 front "secret deck". It was really good to get out there in the mornings to check how the weather is. Also to take some photos during docking. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. ... Read More
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. Randi Andi the Comedy manager also was awesome and the 8 singers/dancers put on a fabulous show of rock music. I literally have no complaints about anything. Service in main dining and food excellent, cruise director Matt was exceptional. Spa was just right, ship size was just right right service was great, inside room was just right for us. We moved from Serenity deck to the kids pool to the adult pool and they were all nice. Carnival also was great getting on board and transferring from the 8 day to the next 6 day we did not have to leave our room. The staff made everything very smooth. We liked the shows so much we saw the Epic Rock and 80s show twice. Amber Cove was a great port it had a free pool with bar like Margaritaville in Grand Turk so we don't even want excursions. We did go on an excursion to the Batik, and fort on St Kitts which was fine. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible ... Read More
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible service due to need to do job searches and staying in touch with family! It took literally 3 days for one fb post to load on the ship. It did not matter if I was online at 3 am or 5 pm the WiFi was hideous. The 5.00 hub chat was broken!! I complained about my WiFi mid week my money was refunded and they neglected to tell me they were shutting it off!! In st. Kitts our exercusion was canceled with no notice, Also wheel chair assistance was horrible returning to the port I couldn’t even get my moms name on the list we ended up walking her out!!! We were told to put my moms name on the list with the guy that had the clipboard he stated one sec and was calling a few people to be taken out. I came back up to him and he was writing down people’s names that were coming in the door after we had!!! By then we had, had it. My mom has had a knee replacement in one knee and needs her other knee replaced. She can’t walk stairs or long distances. She had decided she was going to attempt to walk from boat to cruise terminal by then we were so mad. So debarkation was awful!! When we got in cruise terminal it was nice to gather luggage and not have to fill out a customs form and easy to get a porter. I followed close behind him and he was nice enough to wait for my mom to catch up Behind us to go through customs. When we got out he was kind enough for me to follow him and took is straight to the carnival bus to go to the airport. Over all we will never sail on the conquest again this was our second journey on it, and we will NEVER go out of ft Lauderdale’s port. We have used Orlando, New Orleans, and been out of California overall ft Lauderdale carnival port is horrible. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, ... Read More
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, it was by far the easiest boarding and debarkation experience so far. Although an older vessel, it was clean and easy to find our way around. I wish there were better ways to circumnavigate the casino without having to go up or down to another deck and then back to avoid the smoke. As a reformed smoker the stench is very repulsive to me. The food didn't seem quite as good or as previously experienced on other ships and the serving temperature left a bit to be desired. Staff was great, Mat Sequin was our Cruise Director and was quite entertaining and engaging. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale and for the price, amebnities and shuttle service, would suggest it as a possible overnight accommodation for your cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We go on a cruise every year. We picked this cruise because it only had one sea day. We had one of the rooms with floor to ceiling windows on the 9th floor. The 9th floor is the perfect location. However, every day around 530am a loud ... Read More
We go on a cruise every year. We picked this cruise because it only had one sea day. We had one of the rooms with floor to ceiling windows on the 9th floor. The 9th floor is the perfect location. However, every day around 530am a loud noise exists which is rediculous and lasted a couple minutes. I think it's the opening if the blinds in the floor above. This ship had the worst entertainment we have seen thus far. Every single show was some sort of musical. Very limited. We are vegetarians and they had very limited almost non existent options. The dining room had very good Indian vegetarian option though. The ports were naturally amazing. They had very good movies at the outside screen. The ship never seemed crowded which is a very good thing. The water slide allowed for use for smaller kids and they had nice doctor suess activities. This ship had more to do for kids than I was expecting. Very nice. Disembarkation was the longest I have ever been involved with by far, but I don't hold that against carnival. In end, I think we will stick with Royal Caribbean. Don't get me wrong as the cruise was amazing any cruise would be amazing. The two main negatives were shows and lack of vegetarian food at the buffet. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Stepping on board the Conquest and your party begins! Entertainment and enthusiasm from the crew was so fun and energizing. From sail away to the very last night this Carnival crew was fabulous. The dining options were plenty and the ... Read More
Stepping on board the Conquest and your party begins! Entertainment and enthusiasm from the crew was so fun and energizing. From sail away to the very last night this Carnival crew was fabulous. The dining options were plenty and the variety of food venues was no exception. The ports of call were great. We got off the ship at each port, whether it was to enjoy a beach day or take in an excursion. We sat on the beach in Princess Cays where chairs were free and plentiful and the views were stunning. Our stop at Grand Turk was gorgeous where we were mesmerized by the beautiful blue water and great sandy beaches. Curaçao was where we took our first excursion and had a great tour of some of Curaçao’s most famous highlights. Aruba was our last port and we certainly saved the best for last. We also took an excursion here called, “The Highlights of Aruba”, and learned so much about its history and culture. The entire cruise was filled with more entertainment and adventures than I expected. Having the opportunity to travel the high seas and to be able to visit places in the Caribbean that I’ve never been to is such a joy. There’s no vacation like a cruising vacation! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
First off to give some perspective, we have sailed maybe 25 times. We're obviously not first timers but we also have some relative experience with different lines. We have sailed Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and ... Read More
First off to give some perspective, we have sailed maybe 25 times. We're obviously not first timers but we also have some relative experience with different lines. We have sailed Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival lines. We have stayed in Suites, Balconies, Oceanviews and Inside Cabins. We chose the Carnival Conquest primarily for the ports but also the holidays and past experience with Carnival. Although there were definite bright spots along the way, we ended our 6 night cruise with a definite decision not to come back to Carnival for the foreseeable future if ever. We were a family of five and booked two suites on the Empress deck; my husband, son 22, daughter 16 and our stepdaughter 36. Embarkation at Port Everglades was fine. We had taken a red eye flight from PDX to FLL and arrived around 8am. A cruise staff person at the port was extremely helpful and assisted us in getting a porter to take our luggage early so that we could walk out and find some breakfast nearby. Great customer service. Suites allow for priority boarding and we were on the ship by around 11:30. Champagne offered poolside on the Lido deck was a nice touch and something we hadn't experienced before that was complimentary. Had a bite to eat - pretty standard fare and very predictable if you've sailed Carnival before. Rooms were available by 1ish and we unpacked and explored the ship. Dining: Even though we booked 6 months before and had suite status we were unable to reserve a dining time which put us in the Your Time Dining category. Not initially a bad thing because there is some flexibility for eating when you are ready and not assigned a certain time. Your Time Dining was only available on the lower level of one of the two main dining rooms. Something we didn't know ahead of time. Also not a deal breaker but would have been nice to have some alternatives. First dinner was fine. Livia our waitress was very good. No complaints - just getting settled in. The next night was New Year's Eve and it was a total disaster. Wait times were over an hour and when we finally got a table we were stuck in a booth with a chair on the end of it. Still not a dealbreaker but we literally had NO staff ever. Everything we got was because we had to literally flag a person down and ask for it. Very much an afterthought. Finally after waiting the hour to be seated plus another 45 minutes to have anyone come to our table I went to the hostess station to let them know. Shortly after that someone came and took our order but there was nothing nice about it. Disappointing for what we hoped would be a really nice elegant New Year's Eve dinner with our family. Food was so marginal. Because of the time dinner took, we missed the evening show. And our experience was consistent with many other diners who left before the meal was completed. After that experience we stumbled upon I Wayan in the Renoir Dining Room and never went anywhere else. We opted to wait for his section than to take an earlier seat. Very professional and reminded us of what cruises and dining used to be like. He was excellent for the four remaining nights we were seated in his section. Food in the formal dining room was fine; some things better than others but you won't get a lot of perks that you may still get on other lines; pulling your seat out, putting your napkin on your lap, offering coffee at the end of the meal. They used to have more fanfare with Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee table side etc. That didn't exist on this cruise or maybe just with Carnival. Casual Dining: The first day we tried the Lido deck for breakfast. Long wait lines for what was institutional type food with no variations throughout the cruise. We had breakfast every remaining day at the Blue Iguana Cantina poolside. It was amazing and the staff were excellent. Made to order burritos, tacos, huevos rancheros - definitely a plus. Deli was fine, pizza was good and Guys Burgers were good but greasy. We ate dinner every night in the formal dining room so no input on the Lido dinner fare. Desserts were adequate. Pastries in the morning were horribly dry, tired and not worth putting on your plate. Soft serve ice cream stations were nice if they had cones and were operating properly - hit and miss. Staterooms: Our suites were very nice. Bedding was wonderful, very comfortable. A lot of storage and very generous bathroom size. Anita our steward was wonderful. You can opt for once or twice a day service. We opted for just one in the morning to get fresh towels and bedding done. Anita was very attentive, learned our names the first day and always had a smile and a kind word. No complaints with the cabin or service. Ship: This is a nice sized ship. Not a mega ship but big enough to feel like you had some options. Activities were lacking which didn't really bother us. We're not big poolside contest people but again, just not impressed with the offerings or even the delivery. Carnival has gotten away from a lot of the paper information they used to provide. But they will still paper you to death with 'offerings' and attempts to get you to buy something I miss the newsletter that we used to get talking about the next day activities, port information, dress for dinner, weather, etc. They still gave you a small brochure but just not the same. They expect you to utilize their Hub app instead which brings me to another negative - wi fi. Cleanliness of ship was lacking. The windows were filthy. They washed them on the last day. Paying for a suite and not being able to see out of your balcony is a definite negative. Wi-Fi: Short and simple, don't purchase it. Not worth it and is really just a money maker for Carnival and a source of frustration for the consumer. My family all purchased wi-fi; our oldest daughter purchased the premium for work reasons, our 22 year old the middle option and our 16 year old the basic. None of them worked adequately. Save yourself the frustration and cost and don't bother. Ports: We booked in large part because of a couple of ports that we hadn't visited before but also for some diving options that my oldest daughter and husband wanted to repeat. Bahamas was fun - walked to Junkanoo Beach and spent the day there. Half Moon Cay was fine. It's the cruise line's private island. Drink prices are high and they served the drinks the first time in $16 carnival funship glasses that we didn't ask for and didn't want. Turks and Caicos is beautiful. Lots of shopping and drinking if you like that. Amber Cove was fine - again not really authentic but just an artificial cruise port. A taxi to Puerta Plata was $70 roundtrip. The pool area was very nice. Diving: My husband and stepdaughter dove twice on the trip. Staff was great but organization was very poor. Debarkation: Smoothest debarkation so far. Our flight was leaving late so although we had priority debarking we opted to stay up on the Lido and get off near the end. No lines, no issues. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I knew the ship was older, refurbished, when booking but it was the itinerary that was most attractive--Southern Carib, 8 days. Shocked to find only 1 standard US elec outlet in the stateroom. All other elec outlets were European style. ... Read More
I knew the ship was older, refurbished, when booking but it was the itinerary that was most attractive--Southern Carib, 8 days. Shocked to find only 1 standard US elec outlet in the stateroom. All other elec outlets were European style. The ship must have been built for a different market and moved to North America later. So bring a converter! FORMAL DINING We could never get in and out in less than 2 hours. Service was consistently slow, even at the end of the week when most people decided to forgo dining room. The only good thing about the dining room was Manu, a roving magician. Amazing card tricks and very entertaining. He hit our table two times during the week. ENTERTAINMENT Not as good as Vista a year before. Joanne the Piano Bar Entertainer is amazing and funny and best talent on the ship. EXCURSIONS Snorkeling in Aruba, booked outside Carnival system directly with vendor, located right near port. Try Full Throttle in Aruba, especially if you like to be in a small boat that goes FAST. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Carnival Conquest We cruised out of Fort Lauderdale on 12/22/18 for our Christmas cruise. We flew in a few days early and stayed at the Embassy Suites (17th Street). The hotel is very nice and was decorated beautifully for Christmas. ... Read More
Carnival Conquest We cruised out of Fort Lauderdale on 12/22/18 for our Christmas cruise. We flew in a few days early and stayed at the Embassy Suites (17th Street). The hotel is very nice and was decorated beautifully for Christmas. The pool area and koi pond was very enjoyable. Breakfast was good, very busy at times but during the holidays that is to be expected. Evening appetizer and drink reception was fine. Apparently gone are the days of hot food (wings, poppers, etc.) for the reception, but the chips, veggies, and popcorn were ok. Lots of shopping and restaurants in this area. One night we walked to the 15th Street Fisheries, I would highly recommend this. We ate in the casual area (dockside). They light up the water and you can feed the fish (including tarpon). I would recommend going at night. We were able to experience the new Pixel photo program that Carnival is offering. No more searching through thousands of prints to find yours. There are IPad’s all over the ship where you can look up your photos and download them directly to your device. There is still an option to have your photos printed, if you like. Big fan of this, but thought the cost was high. This was our first Christmas cruise. The crew did a great job with all of the Christmas programs and giveaways. Meals – we had the early seating and enjoyed our waiters (especially Gus). Service was good somedays and not good others. Seems that they are understaffed. We have noticed this on our other recent cruises as well. Several nights we skipped dessert so we could make it out in time for the Dive In Movie. Bars – we enjoy the Alchemy bar but were disappointed in our two other cruises this year that the staff was lackluster. We however did enjoy the staff (and the drinks they served us) on the Carnival Conquest. Embarkation This was very easy with no issues. No more checking in at the desk, we just walked right on the ship. First stop “Guys Burgers”, then a little exploring. Before we knew it, it was time to get into our cabins. Muster Station Carnival needs to do something about this process. First of all, deck 4 had a horrible sewer or oil smell. Bad enough that most of us felt sick to our stomachs. Secondly, the drill took an HOUR. We were already leaving dock before we were done. There should be no more waiting on people who do not show up. Start charging them $200 per person and that should get their attention. It is ridiculous to make the people who are doing the right thing by showing up, wait an hour. Survival of the fittest, if you can’t figure out how to put on your life preserver, then…. Also, kids could be given their wrist bands when getting on the ship. Princess Cays We rented a cabana in the adult section and we had a very relaxing day. First on the tenders, then they give you a ride to (and from) the cabana. Waiters delivered drinks during the day and it was just a short walk to lunch. Make sure you bring water shoes, as there is no “beach” in front of the cabanas but only rocks and coral. Also we found some sand burs, so be careful. We were provided with one float which we took with us into the water to snorkel (we brought our own). Beautiful fish and coral to look at. Grand Turk One of our favorite ports! We got right off the boat, then took the kids to see the NASA Mercury display. Stopped by the “whale” for photos and then headed on down the beach. Went to the conch shell graveyard and snorkeled for a bit. Then headed back and had a drink at the Beached Whale Bar. Some of our group wanted to head back to the ship. The remainder of us plopped down in the sand at the beach in front of the cruise ships; we also did some snorkeling here. Washed off at the showers and headed back to the ship. Aruba We booked a tour with Sonny Binns https://sonnytoursaruba.com and we had a great time. There ended up being only 4 of us on this tour, which was AMAZING! We visited the Lighthouse, Aloe Factory, Natural Bridge, and climbed Rock Formations. Plus, lots of “extras” along the way. This tour is highly recommended. We ended up being in port for about 5 hours extra because of a crime that was committed on board. Very unfortunate for everyone involved, but it did make me think that the ship could have stayed at this port longer. Which would mean more beach time for us. As we still made it back to Fort Lauderdale in plenty of time. Curacao We booked the Beach Hopping tour with Irie Tours http://irietours.com/ Four beaches and a stop to see the flamingos. All of the beaches were beautiful, but at one we were able to swim with sea turtles…amazing! So much fun! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Our family of three decided to book Carnival because of the food quality: we've been a lot more active, eating healthier, and didn't want to stop doing that. We felt it would be easier on Carnival than on some of the higher end ... Read More
Our family of three decided to book Carnival because of the food quality: we've been a lot more active, eating healthier, and didn't want to stop doing that. We felt it would be easier on Carnival than on some of the higher end cruise lines to not eat rich foods at the big meals since it's not usually quite as good. We also liked the idea of Carnival's younger, more active atmosphere. This plan worked except for Chef's Table and the Steakhouse. The Chef's Table was one of the best dinners ever!!! If you can get in on this, do it. Wow we were impressed. The chefs and wait staff were tremendous. Each little piece of food is described then tasted - and the tastes go on and on. Wow! The Steakhouse was just ok. We walked the track on the top deck quite a bit - that worked well. We only got to the gym a few times. We walked several miles in ports. Oddly enough you have to go through the spa and through restrooms there to reach it. We also snorkeled (brought our own gear) in all four ports. We didn't have any trouble with others smoking when on our balcony (this is a pet peeve - that eliminates the use of the balcony we paid for, and we report it when/if it happens). Carnival imposes a $500 per incident fee to those who do smoke in their cabins/balconies, along with the threat of disembarkation at the next port(!). The starboard side of the ship up high and on a lower deck is reserved for smoking. Plenty in the casino too. Ports: Princess Cays is always nice, but keep in mind that with regard to smoking, it is actually one huge ash tray. People can and do smoke anywhere, even on the beach in the middle of a crowd of people. Snorkeling here was fun off of the pier and back along the beach. Turks and Caicos is always a good beach stop. Fun drop off to snorkel farther out. Curacao is a good port too. But we took a tour from Viator (Curacao City Taxi) there and were greatly disappointed. First, they couldn't decide what time they'd be picking us up. Then, the Cato Caves tour was slow and very short. Our guide forget to bring any water. Mambo Beach was horribly overcrowded, slow, and expensive. We won't book via Viator again. In Aruba we took the "Mi Dushi" tour through the ship. Admittedly Mi Dushi is now on a new boat, but this was our third time doing this there. Fun again too! Highly recommended. On board the Carnival Conquest, the service and staff were great - with one exception. We set up a studio photo shoot. Olina (the photographer) never called us to see the photos (nor were they on the Carnival Hub app). So we went back down. We were apologized to and told she'd be told to call and set up an appointment. Nope. Never again. We never even saw the pictures. If you get photos taken onboard, be sure to avoid Olina. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We cruise every 3 to 4 years. My last carnival cruise was in 2004 and it was very good. After 3 Norwegian cruises we decided to try Carnival again, Here is my summary. SHIP Large and stable. Minimal motion issues in 5 foot ... Read More
We cruise every 3 to 4 years. My last carnival cruise was in 2004 and it was very good. After 3 Norwegian cruises we decided to try Carnival again, Here is my summary. SHIP Large and stable. Minimal motion issues in 5 foot Caribbean seas. Overall fresh and clean appearing despite its age. From a lay out standpoint my only complaint is that the main rear dining room on levels 3 and 4 could only be accessed from levels 2 and 5. CABINS We had inner cabins toward the front of the ship under the theater. They felt large and spacious especially for the cheap cabins, My main worry was noise form the theater at night however it was a minimal issue even on the night of the loud rock show above, The main theater show is normally over by 11 pm. No motion issues. The bathrooms and showers were large for inner cabin standards, DINING First the good. We liked the food at Guys burgers, the Mexican restaurant, the deli, and the barbecue joint above the Buffet. At the main dining room the appetizers and deserts were good and up to standards of previous cruises. Next the mediocre. The Buffet was disappointing to average at best compared to my last 3 cruises on Norwegian. At the breakfast buffet we had to request how many strips of bacon we wanted and staff will serve us. They also used this cost cutting method for deserts having a cake cutting station where we had to wait in line as one at a time we requested our desert and staff will slice us a piece of cake or pie. Often the cake was just out of the freezer and was hard to rubbery. Shame on you Carnival. Now the Bad. Main dining room entrees were the worse I ever had on a cruise ship. Fatty meat, cafeteria flavor on some dishes, Sea bass that wasn't sea bass. These complaints are not coming form a foodie as normally Applebees quality is fine with me but this was significantly less. The dining room breakfast menu never changed and on on Sea day brunch I had the worse, fattiest fillet mignon ever. Maybe the simple chicken, salmon, and flat iron steak would have been safer and standard quality, but I prefer to use cruises as an opportunity to eat adventurously. I think they attempted to up their quality the last 2 evenings hoping to have us remember the good food rather than the bad. ENTERTAINMENT. The musical entertainment was solid. We enjoyed the main theater song and dance entertainers. I also spent a lot of time enjoying the house band in the main lobby. The sound was especially good when combined with their 3 piece horn section. Other members of my group really enjoyed the violin trio. ACTIVITIES I used the gym 5 times. Overall it met expectations but only 2 incline weight benches which tend to get hogged rather than shared, SERVICE The best part of the dining room were our waiters. The head waiter at our table Win had every one in our group of 9 names memorized and was very personable and helpful. Our cabin steward Carleous was excellent also. The cruise director Leigh was energetic and entertaining. No complaints overall with the rest of the crew as they easily met expectations. PORTS AND EXCURSIONS On Princess Cay we used the beach to the right as it was much less crowded as compared to the beach on the left. Better structure for snorkeling and seeing fish also. The beach buffet food quality was was fine for what is was. Grand Turk was crowded with 3 cruise ships in. There was a large free pool at the Margaritiaville site. Also crowded. Probably fun if you like a lot of action and loud music. On Curacao and Aruba it was easy to get 2 to 3 hour island tours for 20 to 25 dollars as compared to 60 to 80 for similar ship sponsored excursions. For the most part the cruise was good. Unfortunately due to the food quality issues it brought down my overall score to average. I doubt I will be sailing Carnival again until I hear they fixed this problem. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Boarding at Fort Lauderdale was pleasant due to having Faster to Fun add on. We were checked in and onboard in under 15 minutes, room was ready as soon as we boarded. Downside of faster to fun I don’t think the room stewards have time ... Read More
Boarding at Fort Lauderdale was pleasant due to having Faster to Fun add on. We were checked in and onboard in under 15 minutes, room was ready as soon as we boarded. Downside of faster to fun I don’t think the room stewards have time to properly prepare your room after previous guests have checked out. This was probably the first time in 9 cruises that we can say our room was dirty, old ear buds left on floor, floor not vacuumed. Cupboards not wiped out - had what appeared to be sugar on the shelves. As a whole this particular cruise did not seem to worry about general housekeeping or cleanliness. On other cruise lines you are seeing cleaning staff constantly wiping down and cleaning, here they had a white towel/cloth wiping without any sign of disinfectant or cleaning product. Room also had a strange safe- firstly safe was tiny it’s a squeeze to put in iPads and camera, as well as a really strange locking mechanism needing to use a credit card to swipe in and out of the safe. So instead of locking away a credit in safe you now needed to keep one out to get back in. We had room 1067, which had pros and cons if you want to be right at the action namely swimming pools, sun deck, the two bars and the best of course guys burger bar you couldn’t ask for closer, as well as movie nights. The con on this room you are located next door to a air conditioner unit assuming for the running of systems on ship and this hums all night and day, if you are a light sleeper not good. Plus being so close to the action- you will hear everyone else coming in and out on their way back to their rooms. Food: On the upside this is probably one of the best cruise lines with regards to food selection and quality, the buffet had a wide range of foods etc. more so than other cruise line buffet options. Staff onboard were all amazing and really went out their way to remember your name and beverage preferences no matter which bar you went to. The gym onboard was well stocked of machines and equipment, approx 12 treadmills, elliptical trainers, weights. A brilliant gym which is needed especially with the amount of food being eaten onboard. Ports of calls amazing, couldn’t ask for a better stops. The cheers drinks package was worth getting it, especially with the selection of drinks be aware majority of drinks are either rum or tequila based! First time on cruise were you can also get vitamin water which is great for gym sessions as well as taking off boat on your excursions just remember all drinks will be opened. Maintenance on ship wasn’t as great as other ships, where you see staff all day long cleaning, painting and repairing. Not so on this one? Doesn’t mean ship unsafe and we never felt safety was compromised, just more unusual as we so used to how other cruise lines work! On the whole we would definitely cruise with carnival again just perhaps on a newer built ship! Great staff made up for anything that was maybe lacking. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My husband and I are pretty loyal to Carnival, this being our third cruise with them. We've also cruised on Royal Caribbean and Holland America. We prefer Carnival because of the more relaxed customers. Just my observation, Royal is ... Read More
My husband and I are pretty loyal to Carnival, this being our third cruise with them. We've also cruised on Royal Caribbean and Holland America. We prefer Carnival because of the more relaxed customers. Just my observation, Royal is best for families unwilling or unable to spend the money for Disney, and Holland is for the older crowd. While my husband and I are demographically more aligned with Celebrity or Princess, we like to let loose and have fun while cruising and have found Carnival to be a good match. We used All Stars Tours & Transportation to get us from the Crown Plaza to the port and would recommend them. We don't purchase the FFTF and aren't Diamond or Preferred or Platinum members and it's not a race to me, it's vacation. I prefer to get on board when the cabins are accessible. I wipe down the cabin with antibacterial wipes first thing. My kids call me a germaphobe, but knowing how quickly they turn over cabins, going over light switches, the telephone, the tv remote assures me the cabin is clean. I drop my carry bag, stash valuables in the safe and then head to the buffet for lunch. We sailed Carnival in 2012 and in 2015. Since those cruises, the quality of the food has changed, not for the better. Before I go further, let me assure you I have realistic expectations. I know the dining room food is on par with banquet food, the buffet isn't gourmet although everything should be fresh and appealing, even if basic. The buffet wasn't very good for the most part, especially at dinner time when they'd serve creations that were barely edible. The main dining room food was hit or miss. During the past cruises, I could name memorable dishes from the dining room. This time around, the food wasn't very good. The salmon was overcooked, not just a little, but close to inedible. The chicken was dry. The shrimp was okay. The dining room and buffet is where I had the disadvantage of having sailed Carnival previously, because I KNOW they can do better. At first I thought I was being too picky, too critical (getting too old?), but other passengers talked about it as well. So, where is the good food aboard? 1. The Blue Iguana. Go for breakfast and let them make you a scrambled egg and sausage burrito. This will be the one food thing I will miss. Also, they will make you eggs to order here: fried, freshly scrambled. This was a little-known option. 2. The barbecue on deck 10. No, it's not going to win any awards, and Franklin barbecue in Austin has nothing to worry about, but it's decent pork and beef (I didn't try the chicken), served with decent potato salad and beans. 3. The Deli. There were longggg lines here. Sometimes you just want a good, basic sandwich. They had a good falafel wrap. 4. The steakhouse. $38 per person. The food was very good, akin to what you'd be served in the main dining room years ago before cruising became so mass market. I did find it odd that we couldn't get a 7pm reservation, just a 6pm, yet at 7pm, while we were still dining, the room was half empty. 5. The Chef's Table. A $75 per person experience that gets you a tour of the galley, along with champagne, wine, interesting taste experiences like mango that looks like an egg yolk, a smoked salmon and cream cheese appetizer in what looks like an ice cream cone, and a 7 course meal that includes Wagu beef and sea bass in a lobster foam. This fills up quickly, reserve it when you book your cruise. It's a cool experience, like being a judge on Top Chef. Bring an open mind. There was one couple who turned their noses up at most offerings. 6. Guy's burgers. They are greasy, so I can't recommend them for a daily meal, but indulge at least once. Room service now charges between 10pm and 6am for a limited menu. Outside those hours, they charge for warm items like the cheesesteak sandwich, chicken nuggets, and fries. A simple sandwich or salad, some cookies or cheesecake will be delivered without additional charge. Also, room service no longer delivers a warm breakfast. Your choices are bread, bagels, cereal, and yogurt. Also, there is NO breakfast delivery the morning the cruise ends. THIS is an UNWELCOME change from previous cruises. Just 3 years ago, my group enjoyed smoked salmon, cream cheese, toasted bagels, coffee, and muffins on our balcony while we watched the ship come into port. AND speaking of smoked salmon, it's no longer offered on the buffet line. The ONLY place to get it is during the sea day brunch. Pizza, available 24/7, was greasy and nearly inedible. And while it may seem like I'm being overly critical, these changes have taken place in just three years. The differences between then and now are pretty significant. Okay, what about the rest of the cruise? Our cabin attendant was very friendly and asked if we'd prefer cabin service once or twice a day. We gave him a beginning of the cruise additional gratuity to tend to us twice a day. He took excellent care of us and we made certain Conquest's hotel director, Mirel Cimic, knew it. I wanted to go to the comedy club more often, but only made it once due to longggg lines to get it. You seriously need to be queued an hour before a performance to get in. If anyone from Carnival is reading this- 86 the lip sync night and put comedy in the main showroom for that night. We spent most nights in the casino. They allow smoking all over, you can't get away from it. As a former smoker, having the smoke smell on my clothes and having a sore throat every night was a huge inconvenience and we spent less time there than we would have had smoking been limited to one area or ventilation been better. The entertainment staff were fine, the Cruise Director, Leigh, was pretty funny. The best music on board was on the 3rd floor each evening. They had a trio of string players, very pretty ladies, performing rock music on the cello, violin, and viola. Their version of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir was excellent. Also on 3, usually later in the evening (but through by midnight) was a band called Soul Sensations, and they were great. It was sad how few people got up and danced, but there was always a crowd. They played 70's, 80's, pop, soul, rock. I enjoyed this band very much. The spa is very expensive, but there are few things more indulgent and say "vacation" than a massage at sea. Most staff were friendly. They bust their asses though and a few were visibly burned out. There was one girl, maybe 18 or so, who was dragging and seemed so unhappy, I just wanted to hug her. There are not enough thank yous to cover how hard they work. Music is piped throughout the ship, there are no quiet public places other than the Serenity area on decks 11 and 12, however you do hear the music from the pool area. I'll review the cabin location below. We booked two excursions through Carnival. Curacao's Coastal and Country Drive was good. It was a motor coach tour where we went to a couple of museums, scenic overlooks, and get thorough information about the island. In Aruba, we had the BEST EXCURSION EVER! Kukoo Kunuku Open Air Bus & Beach Break.....if you want to see the island, spend some time on the beach and have FUN, book this! When you check in for the tour, ask for Lesley's bus. Only book this tour if you want to get loud and rowdy and have fun. Party people make some NOISE!!! Disembarkation was fine. We grabbed a porter at the terminal and he whisked us past the lines and we were outside within minutes. My husband and I have been having a conversation about whether we want to sail Carnival on our next cruise with the changes they've made. It's a conundrum for us, as the clientele on Carnival are our people, and we do get loyalty rewards and casino player rewards. So then we're thinking that Carnival is concentrating more on the newer ships, but again we have a conundrum, as I don't want to sail on a 6000 passenger behemoth amusement park. Is there an affordable cruise on a smaller ship for fun-loving people? We do NOT want to abandon Carnival, but don't wish to experience any more downgrades. Carnival, are you listening????? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise for the ports of call namely Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove- certainly, all of these ports were absolutely wonderful to visit! The Conquest is an average ship, we enjoyed the sailing her but would not search ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the ports of call namely Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove- certainly, all of these ports were absolutely wonderful to visit! The Conquest is an average ship, we enjoyed the sailing her but would not search her out again to sail on. Pros: Casino smoke was not bad! The layout of the ship is nice, it was not too difficult to get used to. Guest Services had long lines but were helpful and able to handle issues. Our Cabin Steward was awesome! I have his card/name at home :(. If I can edit this review I will provide it later. Cons: In my opinion, the dark interior is a con. The entertainment crew were not up to the same level as on our previous cruise on the Vista, this is probably to be expected... newer ship vs older ship. Nonetheless, a disappointment as I was expecting the same level dancers and singers on the main stage shows as we saw on the Vista. The shows were the same but the level of the entertainer was just not quite there. (Again, my opinion) The Lobby fills up quickly and there is little space to sit and enjoy the music before dinner, arrive early for a lounge seat. Activities seemed not as engaging on the Conquest. The Cruise Director, Leah as okay, after having Matt Mitcham on the Vista-- well, it will be hard to find a better CD than Matt. Overall- if the Conquest has the interinery you are looking for- take her for a spin- who knows perhaps she will be just the type of ship you are looking for! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of ... Read More
I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of the ship. I was located in cabin 6379 which was conveniently located within easy walking distance of elevators, near the middle of the ship. Standard balcony cabin for Carnival which is spacious for one and adequate for two - not sure how those with more cope unless you each sit on your own beds for relaxation. Nassau : This was my second visit to Nassau and I wanted to spend time in the Straw Market. It's worth having a good wander around this and getting away from the stalls at the edge which are more mass-produced items to those in the centre where you may well see ladies working at their craft. Invest in a purchase or two of straw work and engage with the lady who made it for you. My US$20 basket was made by a 78-year old lady who told me how she had previously worked but now made baskets to keep her fingers nimble and how it got her out of the house, Half Moon Cay : Definitely one for the beach fans. I took a walk around the back access road in the hope of finding a little solitude - which I did for a while in one of the shelters (presumably where you can wait for the shuttle back to the dock if you've walked too far) but it didn't last long. I didn't spend much time ashore and rather appreciated the balcony of my cabin instead. Grand Turk : A selection of shops, cafes and bars but mainly a beach stop again. You can get your passport stamped at the 'post office' here but it's not much of a stamp. I made the mistake of getting off ship for the second time just before sunset (a real struggle as none of the gangways are left open for those wishing to depart so you have to battle the returning crowds). I wanted to get some sunset photos and photos of the ship lit up - unfortunately, the mosquitos had other thoughts, so if this is something you'd like to do here, be sure to use bug repellant. Amber Cove : Open some 5 years, this is a purpose-built port for the cruise ships. Great selection of shops, cafes and bars where I enjoyed a lovely iced coffee. As it's purpose built, the Amber Cove sign is strategically placed to ensure your cruise ship is in the background. Additionally, there's a large pool complex here which is free of charge. This is because there is no beach at this stop. One of the reasons I cruise Carnival out of the USA (I'm a UK resident) is because I enjoy playing craps, which we don't have in the UK. So cruising this way I get two holidays in one. Maria (from Russia) was an excellent dealer in the casino - I look forward to seeing her on Carnival Glory in January 2019. Like other patrons, I do wish Carnival would remove smoking from their casinos instead of making it the only interior space for smoking. As craps players, we were slightly spoiled as none of the regular players smoked and it was the 4th evening of the cruise before any smoker joined us. The first couple of evenings they had new dealers for craps learning alongside the more experienced staff. It's important for players to remember that we rely on these people to be able to play and we do need to give them opportunity to practice their craft. I ate in the Monet Restaurant for breakfast - service was good. In the evenings I ate in the Renoir Restaurant, sometimes solo and sometimes at a shared table. Antoine and Krestina were excellent here. Lunch was a selection from the Lido deck buffet - followed by a plate of cake to take back and enjoy on the balcony. I didn't participate in any of the other activities on the ship so can't comment on the entertainment in general. I did have to wait in the atrium area a couple of times for a table in Renoir Restaurant and have to say that a found the string trio rather disappointing. Their backing track was a little too loud, not allowing the strings to dominate; they barely smiled and never spoke. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I went with my friend who had an extra ticket. The food was great even the unusual food they served. The cabin was nice, but I was a little bummed the cabins only have one normal outlet. Our room keeper, Su, was wonderful and always ... Read More
I went with my friend who had an extra ticket. The food was great even the unusual food they served. The cabin was nice, but I was a little bummed the cabins only have one normal outlet. Our room keeper, Su, was wonderful and always greeted us by name when he seen us. Even by the first day. There were great activities on board. Dining was great and waiters very patient. I had Rouelo and Marco. Very polite and willing to joke around to break the awkwardness amongst the people we were assigned to dine with. Excursions great and organized. Embarkation went smooth for us, because we happened to be around where they unloaded we got off fast. The Cruise director, Leigh, was great with announcements and his dancing. The shows they put on are wonderful. Between live music and the lip sync battles. Leigh trying to teach people to dance was one of the best shows put on. Overall one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise for a few reasons. I wanted to go to Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, I liked the length of six nights, and the price was excellent, For the most part I was very satisfied with only a few irritations. We had Faster to ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a few reasons. I wanted to go to Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, I liked the length of six nights, and the price was excellent, For the most part I was very satisfied with only a few irritations. We had Faster to the Fun so embarkation was so easy. We literally dropped of our bags, went thru security and walked right onto the boat. Smoothest ever. I talked my husband into trying in inside cabin since we would be out of the room most of the time. He said he felt a little "boxed in", but agreed it was worth the savings for this cruise. The air conditioner did not seem to adjust and it seemed a little warm at night. The bathroom functioned surprisingly well. The room was kept clean by a great steward. Dining was hit and miss. A few nights the service was very slow. We had the Our Time Dining. After observation I decided the problem was two fold- the need more wait staff, and some staff were just better at there job. I think Carnival would be well served to increase the staff in the dining rooms. In the buffet there never seemed to be enough clean up staff and at times tables sat for hours without being bussed. For the most part the food was varied and tasty. There were several Punchline Comedy shows with two different comedians, and aout three music groups that played everyday. I think entertainment is an area that Carnival could improve on, not much to do on Sea Days except shop or play in the Casino. I suspect that is part of Carnivals business plan, Naussau has become too dirty and just isn't much of a port. We got off, walked to the Queen's staircase, toured the port and went back to the boat. I really don't care to visit there anymore. Half Moon Cay was amazing! We enjoyed a beach day, played in the warm, clear water, and walked the beach. Would love to go again, wish I could spend a few days there! Fisrt time in Gran Turk and I loved it. Beautiful beyond belief! We wne on the Ultimate snorkeling Excursion. The first stop was the wall and it was okay- didn't really see too much. The second stop was on a reef and we saw a large variety of colorful fish, was my favorite stop. We we dropped at a beach and we walked back to the port and stopped for a drink at a small bar near the dock the excursions went out. We used the free wi-fi and tried to conch fritters, then returned to the ship. In the Dominican Rebublic we did the ATV tour and loved it. It was a long bumpy ride in an open air bus to the site, but I enjoyed seeing the countryside. The staff were awesome. Would recommend this excursion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My last Carnival was 4 years ago. Now I see many nice changes, and at least one terrible innovation. Booked the Conquest post-thanksgiving cruise for the great ports and the great price. Chose an outside cabin for the extra space and ... Read More
My last Carnival was 4 years ago. Now I see many nice changes, and at least one terrible innovation. Booked the Conquest post-thanksgiving cruise for the great ports and the great price. Chose an outside cabin for the extra space and view for 100 extra, midship. Wanted to make my companion, a first time cruiser, comfortable. Great embarkation with the new appointment system. No wait. Easiest ever. As was debarkation 8 days later. Wow factors. And fantastic fire drill without the crushing bodies on deck. The big downer was the buffet. After 35 cruises, I rate it as one of the worst buffets ever, and I mean EVER. Went to the deli at the buffet. Big Big disappointment. Terrible pastrami, tuna, turkey, Cuban, falafel. Rest of the buffet was bad, I mean real bad. However, what they did do right was the 3 external stations. The Pizza was very good, but cracker crust only. I recommend everybody’s favorite, Guy’s Burgers. Why doesn’t he have a chain of them, they are sooo good? Burrito’s were terrible but good taco bowl and fish tacos. A real gem was the upstairs BarBQue, also by Guy. Don’t miss it. All buffet desserts tasted like cardboard throughout the cruise. I hated being forced to eat lunch at the buffet. Even on sea days they introduced Brunch in the dining room. Talk about penny pinching. The bad buffet food will most likely steer me away from Carnival in the future. BUT, the dining room breakfasts were superb (unless you got cold waffles like I did one morning). The filet mignon served with the steak and eggs was very nice, with bernaise. Service in the dining room seems to have slowed down considerably over the years. Heck, I sat there for 30 minutes one morning before any food came, AND THE ROOM WAS EMPTY! The real standout for me was the quality of the dining room suppers. Gourmet all the way, mostly. Delish. But the quality degraded as the days passed by. The prime rib on the last evening was a joke. No one at any surrounding table was able to cut through the thin portion because of all the membrane. And it was tasteless. So, you just had to try the other dishes on the menu and find one that fit. The earlier dinners included marvelous lobster tails and one dinner had the best filet mignon I ever had on a ship without having to pay. Melted in my mouth. The dinner desserts were mostly top notch. Nothing like the sawdust served up in the buffet. So, I was pleasantly impressed with the Carnival upgrades here, except for the noticeable quality deterioration on the last 2 nights of the 8 night cruise. The shows started out enjoyable, but became the same thing in different form. They brought on a juggler in the middle who was good. And they cheated us by removing one show in favor of some silly marriage thing. Cheap shot. I must say that the Australian male activities director was one of the best I have experienced. Kudos to Leigh for that. The comedy club, Punchliner was always packed, so you had to get there early. And the piano bar had Eden, who was one of the best, by his own admission. And Karaoke every night, but with low attendance. The atrium lobby had good bands, but NO SEATING!!! I do have to mention that the Casino slots did pay off nicely for us. That was a real surprise. It paid for the cruise. But I won’t use the money on another Carnival cruise. Oh yeah, this was the first time that I did not get an invite to the Captain’s party. They changed their requirements and don’t count their sister ships. Well, you can read below how another Diamond 47 will never cruise Carnival again. Carnival, sometimes it doesn’t pay to be cheap and flaunt it. Visited some of my favorite ports. Philipsburg St. Maarten, has a fun broadwalk with a nice beach. Walk to the end of the broadwalk where it is empty and enjoy the water and serenity. Then walk back on Front street for all the bargains. The port has lots of shops where we bargained as well as on Front Street. Nothing much to see on French side, or to buy. If they would build a beach by the port, I would stay there instead of walking into town along a broken sidewalk. St. Kitts is lovely. But visiting the Manor is a waste of time, as is the Batik shop. Heck, they charge you now $3 to look at the Batik, which went out in the 70's. Oh yeah, and $1 to go to a dirty toilet. Better to take a taxi to the rain forest and go for a lovely walk and maybe see the monkeys in the trees. San Juan is looking upgraded and modern. Walk along Principessa to enjoy the views and shade until you come to El Morro. It's unfortunate that the ship does not spend more time in a place with so much history. Grand Turk is a nice beach break alongside the ship, with the bonus of a Margaritaville bar and pool, all free. The first 2 days at sea to rest for the ports was nice as was the final day at sea before coming home. Would do this cruise itinerary again, but not with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Our sailing was Nov 24th-Dec 2nd. We chose this sailing because of the itinerary, which was awesome! The rest was just Meh! The food, for the most part, was not so great. We had to order a bunch of things from the menu just to find 1 or ... Read More
Our sailing was Nov 24th-Dec 2nd. We chose this sailing because of the itinerary, which was awesome! The rest was just Meh! The food, for the most part, was not so great. We had to order a bunch of things from the menu just to find 1 or 2 decent items. The fish tacos were gummy and bland. The ship is definitely dated and could use a complete remodel. The muster drill...SIGH! It was a cramped, hot, unorganized mess. It was never that bad before but this time, it was the absolute worst. The whirlpools in the back of the ship were the 2nd worst part of the sailing. I usually look forward to my time in the whirlpool but they were not even hot. I informed guest services, but they barely did anything. The staff working on the ship, including our cabin steward, were amazing and we were grateful to them for taking such great care of us. After this last sailing, we will not be sailing with carnival anytime soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was the first, and probably last, cruise of my life. Overall it was just mediocre, and in the future I think I will stick to visiting all-inclusive resorts. Myself and my girlfriend (mid-30s) plus my family on the trip. Some ... Read More
This was the first, and probably last, cruise of my life. Overall it was just mediocre, and in the future I think I will stick to visiting all-inclusive resorts. Myself and my girlfriend (mid-30s) plus my family on the trip. Some details: Embarkation: We arrived around 1 p.m. and got through security pretty quickly and easily except that my group got separated and one half of us didn't have the necessary boarding papers. But that was our fault, not Carnival's, so I won't hold that against them. The safety drill was poorly timed because we missed seeing the ship set sail, and also it was hot and humid and we were crammed like cattle three deep. And it took an hour right after we arrived when all we wanted was to finally relax and get some food, so that was frustrating. My girlfriend had a minor panic attack getting stuck in that hot crowd. Debarkation: We had a 2 p.m. flight so we were in no hurry to exit the boat, and by the time we did so, we made it through pretty easily. There were still huge lines but they moved quickly and it was fairly straightforward. Ship: The ship seemed dated. I'm not sure how old it is, but I swear it felt like I was in a 1970s Vegas casino. From the outside, you could see rust that I didn't notice on other cruise ships at various ports. Parts of the ship just seemed worn. The decor was dated. The ship seemed strangely dark on the inside. Cabin: Review is below Dining: One thing they did well was food. We did not go into this expecting Michelin-rated meals, and as long as you temper your expectations, you won't be disappointed. I would say the food was roughly Applebees quality. I tried to get the various local seafood options at dinner and those were always tasty and well-done. The service could be a bit slow, but we were with family so it was fine, gave us time to talk and catch up. The dances they make the poor wait staff perform were silly and unnecessary and added nothing but wait time. Other than dinner, there are plenty of options. Like I said, don't expect the world, but you also won't go hungry. It's fine. Entertainment & Activities: I attended some things. Karaoke is just like karaoke anywhere. Trivia was random. I'm a sports fan, but the sports trivia could be stupid difficult, like, who won the 1972 gold medal in fencing? Are you kidding me?! The casino was smoky and the payouts were poor, but if you have some money to burn it can be fun. The shows in the theater were pretty fun. You just have to give them a chance, because the descriptions of each made the shows sound like they would be lame. But they were surprisingly good. Otherwise, the entertainment team does what entertainment teams do, and try to spice up an otherwise basic pool day. Service: Our room porters and cleaners did a fine job. No complaints, and I was impressed that our porter learned our name the first day and called us by our names the rest of the way. Dining service could be slow, but they got the orders right at least. Leigh the entertainment leader was fantastic, and should be a game show host on TV. Misc costs: I feel like Carnival tries to nickel-and-dime you to death on this cruise. Every single thing costs money. Drinks that aren't water-based, $$. Rent a lounger on Half Moon Cay, which Carnival owns, $$. Wifi, $$ (speaking of, this was particularly annoying. I know we're on a cruise ship, so I don't expect the wifi to be strong and high-quality, but it should be free. I don't like being disconnected from the world for a week or having to pay outrageously for something that even airports give away). They also heavily promote their various on-board shops, and they try to make them sound like great bargains because they're tax-free, but the prices are outrageous and you get a better deal back on land even with the taxes. The casino payouts are tiny when you win. Drinks are over-priced and under-liquored. And on and on. Like I talk about below, it was like living in a Walmart for a week. Ports and excursions: The beaches and landscapes were, as you would expect, gorgeous and fantastic. The problem was all the people crowding them. I wish I knew more about each port prior to arrival (my fault) so that I could find a safe way to get away from the crowds and better enjoy the time. The two excursions we did - Snuba in Nassau and a catamaran/snorkel/drinking trip in Amber Cove, were the highlights of the trip. They were amazing and fun and too short. Miscellaneous: I don't know if it's because this is a budget cruise, but my fellow cruisers... let's just say it was like being trapped in a Walmart for a week. There were so many times I wanted to snap a photo of someone and send it to peopleofwalmart.com... Being my first cruise, I don't know if they're all like that or what, but it was funny and sad. There were a few instances of rude people, but nothing major, and it was never anything Carnival could have controlled. Overall: I'm glad I did a cruise finally, and I'm glad to know that I'm not a cruise person. Between the ship being dated, the mostly trashy and sometimes rude people aboard, the way the ship nickel-and-dimed you over every single thing, and the general mediocrity of it all, I just don't think it was worth it. If you can afford a nicer, more expensive cruise, I would recommend giving that a try. This one isn't really worth it unless you just want cheap. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Carnival Conquest from November 18 through November 24th.We choose this cruise because we wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving and to celebrate couple of birthdays. The ship was a little dated and a bit ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Conquest from November 18 through November 24th.We choose this cruise because we wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving and to celebrate couple of birthdays. The ship was a little dated and a bit overcrowded. Let not talk about the sewage smell, it was unbearable at time. We won't do another holiday type cruise. The embarkment went smoothly. Once on the ship we went to our room to get our Sail and Sign Cards, then off to explore the ship. We got something to eat and enjoyed some time in the arcade area. The muster drill was unorganized and the sail away was uneventful. The cabin steward was excellent. The dining experience was ok. One morning we decided to have breakfast in the main dining room. Service was slow and the food was better on the Lido Deck. However, that dining experience gave us a good opportunity to meet some nice people. Ports and Shore excursions were great; ATV in Grand Turks was great and informative. Ziplining in Amber Cove was fun. The Disembarkation was unorganized and chaotic. Summary: We had a wonderful time take another cruise with Carnival but on a newer ship and not a holiday cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We enjoy going on cruises over the week of Thanksgiving. We found this cruise and thought it would be a good choice for our family. We've never cruised on Carnival before so we thought we would try it. We've decided Carnival is ... Read More
We enjoy going on cruises over the week of Thanksgiving. We found this cruise and thought it would be a good choice for our family. We've never cruised on Carnival before so we thought we would try it. We've decided Carnival is not the cruise line for our family. I recognize that a lot of families were traveling but the cruise was overrun with kids off all ages. Most were not well behaved and were running up and down the halls. It didn't matter what time of day or night. The itinerary was ideal because we've never been to any of the islands. The ports were nice and we felt safe. We went to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove. We didn't book any excursions and I have to say I'm glad. My husband got hurt while playing basketball on the ship with our son. The medical staff onboard was awesome. They took very good care of him. He had to be in a wheelchair the rest of the trip. People were rude when he needed to get down the halls. I had mixed feelings about the food. Guy's Burgers were the best burgers I've ever eaten! The coffee shop was good for specially coffee. The buffet was not that great and the options in the main dining room weren't either. There was one night that we had really good food and the desserts were awesome. Other nights, not so much. Our room steward was very nice. He kept our room clean and provided what we needed. Needless to say, we will be going back to Princess. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I went on this cruise with family and friends. I really enjoyed everything. Everyone was so nice and spoke to you when passing. All of them were so helpful. The first night the dining room staff introduced themselves. After that they knew ... Read More
I went on this cruise with family and friends. I really enjoyed everything. Everyone was so nice and spoke to you when passing. All of them were so helpful. The first night the dining room staff introduced themselves. After that they knew exactly what I wanted to drink. They were so helpful with everything even suggestions on some things. Loved the entertainment!!! The Cruise Activities Director was amazing!!! I hope I see him again. I went to the Veterans service on Sunday. They had little service pins to give to Veterans some of them that came with me did not go. When I met him after the service. I asked could I have a few more. He said sure. I went to the morning show a few times he always called my name. He even asked me to participate in a dance contest. I took a picture with him. His name is Leigh. He is from Australia. I think the singles night could be better. It was at the Alchemy bar. But no one showed up. I think it could be in one of the clubs. Or on the sight when they book their reservations to say that they want to meet someone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We sailed on Carnival Conquest from the 27th of October to the 4th of November. Even though my mother and I have been traveling together ever since I was born (22 years ago), all around the world - it’s only recently we started cruising. ... Read More
We sailed on Carnival Conquest from the 27th of October to the 4th of November. Even though my mother and I have been traveling together ever since I was born (22 years ago), all around the world - it’s only recently we started cruising. This was our fourth cruise and the first Carnival Cruiseline. Stateroom 2214: It was a very cozy, little cabin. Nothing extremely exciting, but what to expect from a standard cabin. The cabin-stewards were always very quick with cleaning the cabin, so it always looked nice. The cabin stewards were very sweet and always made sweet towel animals - so many that we had a zoo on the last day! The beds were outstanding! Never have we slept in better beds - not in hotels or other cruises - the madras was so soft and the pillows were fluffy and big. Dining: There were quite a lot different places to eat - but if it is doing the busy hours, not enough room to sit. We eat mostly on the Lido Deck with the buffets, Blue Iguana and the Pizza place. The food, in general, was good, but the variety isn’t the biggest. We liked the fact that we were able to get pizza almost any hour of the day and the frozen yogurt was available 24/7. The frozen yogurt/soft ice was very tasty and even though there weren’t more than three flavors to choose from - you never got tired of them. Breakfast: the croissants and most of the bread wasn’t fresh - which were quite a big bummer. The pasties such as cinnamon rolls were fresher and tasted great - but you expect to eat fresh bread every day when you are on an 8-nights cruise - actually no matter how many days you are onboard. Lunch: we loved the burritos and tacos - in general the lunch was great with a better variety. Dinner: the variety wasn’t the biggest, but it had a good taste. It could have been a plus if the Blue Iguana were open doing dinner-time. Desserts: Most of the cakes lacked taste and texture. Many were almost uneatable due to the huge amount of gelatin, so they became rubbery. Crew: We had the great honor of having Leigh as our cruise director - who is absolutely the star of the ship (if not the company). Leigh is energetic and shows a lot of passion and enthusiasm about his work. He cares a lot about the passengers, always allow himself time to chat with them and knows everyone onboard. He is without a doubt the greatest gift to this company and will with guarantee make your vacation even more unforgettable. He became a great friend of my mother and me, and we will always be thankful for everything he did. You will differently be missing him when you get back home. We hope to cruise with him again!!! Captain Claudio is - just like Leigh - a star of the ship. He is a very sweet, outgoing, charming man, that cares about his passengers, his crew and his ship. He likes to chat with people - not only doing events but also outside of the ship. My mother told him, I want to be a captain myself, and he immediately courage me to do so. The officers: all of the officers we came across were very smiling, sweet and caring. They always said hi and wanted to chat. Not only onboard but also when they saw you outside. The waiters: our experience with the waiters on the lido deck wasn't the best. They did not clean the tables very quickly and did not speak very much with the passengers. They did not seem to be very happy about their job and did not really want to get in contact with anyone - this was a shame, many want to talk with all kinds from the crew, and every other ship we have been to, the waiters were much more talkable and made you feel special. Entertainment: You will never be bored on carnival. If so, it’s your own fault. They have so many different activities during the day and night - so the only problem there is is the time-limit you have. Everything with Leigh is a must. He can make every event laughable. The game shows are a great fun - especially the love & marriage show. The shows with the dancers and singers have a beautiful, creative scenery, the performers and music are great - but the shows are quite the same concept except from a different theme (Motown, the 70’s & the 80’s). so it lacks a bit of variety. We were so lucky to be on Conquest on Halloween night. It was great to see that so many had a costume and Carnival for sure did a lot to put up special drinks and decoration for the night. The only minus was that it wasn’t the guests who chose the winner of the costume competition. It was a shame. Many talked about this afterward and they wished they had a saying in who should have won. The Wi-Fi was terrible. You have to log out and reconnect all the time, and you aren’t able to make a call over Messenger. The Hub-app, Carnival have is a great way to see what’s happening during the day and even get a reminder for the events. You are also able to see a map over the ship, which can come in handy for the first few days. Unfortunately, the app wasn’t able to download after leaving the port due to the Carnivals weak internet. Overall our first experience with Carnival was a success and we look forward to joining the fleet again in April on Carnival Splendor. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This cruise was a bad idea from the start. Last time we went on Carnival 12 years ago and even then we thought that probably no more. But we really needed to get away this time and for many years wanted to visit Bermuda, so we decided to ... Read More
This cruise was a bad idea from the start. Last time we went on Carnival 12 years ago and even then we thought that probably no more. But we really needed to get away this time and for many years wanted to visit Bermuda, so we decided to have no expectations whatsoever, and just relax and see the island. But this cruise was something else. To start, embarkation was ok, we came on time, went straight to the cabin and were shocked by the dilapidated state of the furniture and accessories, the shades were broken, the couch is stained, the window and door to the balcony so dirty you could not see through it. So I cleaned the room, the doors, the windows, the bathroom, but I still did not sit on that couch for the duration of the cruise, and tried to stay away from all surfaces. One day when mirrors were fogged, when we had the balcony door open, I saw all kind of had prints on every mirror in the room – must be a year at least of prints. We found discarded items from previous passengers, pill boxes under the bed. The same is true for every room and hall on this ship – it is dirty. Both my husband and I had terrible allergy attacks in the dirty cabin, and had to take antihistamine pills every day and buy more in Bermuda. Steward could not care less, I asked him to bring me a rope, it took a day, and when he did, it smelled of mold. One day the towels he changed were stained and torn. The drill was next, it started around 3 pm, standing in line for an hour in FL heat on the deck waiting for the drill. Captain did not wait until the end of the drill and started moving before it was over. So we were not able to have a going away party or see the shore from the top floor. This was just an opening act of the cruise where nothing was done on time. The crew behaved like it was their first cruise and they had no idea what to do and how the clock works. Captain’s toast was delayed by hour and a half without explanation or announcement. It was scheduled for 7 pm did not happen until 8:30; balloon drop scheduled for 9:15 was done at 9 instead when people were at dinner, and so on and so forth. There are no public places on this ship where you can just sit, relax, listen to music, the smoke is everywhere. The only through deck on the ship (deck 5) has a casino in the middle, the smoke is standing there, you cannot breath, and you cannot avoid going through there 10 times a day. Entertainment is nonexistent at best, and horrible the rest of the time. We could not find a thing to do on the ship for 8 days, tried to find any dance music, but all they have are terrible Cuban and calypso music on promenade, even when they played something tolerable, you cannot dance or stay there because of the smoke from the casino. So-called punch liners with their bodily function humor are tacky and not entertaining. Violinists on deck 3 were not told to stop playing when cruise director or captain is speaking, they would play louder so no one could hear the announcements. Singers and dancers are the worst I have seen in my over 30 cruises, 3rd rated Las Vegas strip club has better dancers that the once on the ship. The singing crew - wow - they should not be allowed to sing. In over 30 cruises that we took, we maybe missed 2 shows; this time we skipped 2 shows on purpose and left after 10 minutes of the other 2 shows - impossible intolerable cruelty on passengers to endure the screaming and screeching from the stage. The TV in the room is from the 19th century, no movies on demand, not even pay per view. Store selection is poor. This is the first cruise ever and the first trip abroad that we did not buy anything in the gift shops and did not bring any liquor back with us. The booze, watches, jewelry on the ship was more expensive than in regular US stores – first time ever. Everyone on the ship seems unhappy, crew is complaining all the time on long hours and being tired. Everyone is talking about when their contract ends and they go home. Very depressing. Now, the food. Food was terrible everywhere, no one cleans the tables at the buffet, and when they do, you have to clean them over again. I do not eat pizza, burgers, Mexican food, or any other junk, so I cannot rate these joints on board. But there was no food after 9:30 anywhere, no late night buffet, no deserts, no snack, no cookie, no ice cream ( I do not eat the chemical stuff they put into soft serve machines, would not consider it food). There is a coffee shop on board, so you can have coffee at least during the day because the cafeteria coffee is undrinkable. Buffet did not have any fresh choices, no berries, no fresh deserts, no good deserts either anywhere in 8 days. Terrible breakfast, to order cooks were out of pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms for omelets all the time. There would be a line of 10-12 people and he is making one omelet at a time on one skillet while 3 other people are standing nearby talking. Not once there was lox, white fish, herring, smoked fish served. No shrimps, no seafood for lunch or dinner at the buffet. I have not had anything tasty in 8 days, every time you go and eat, you think – why did I eat that? And how can I get it out of me fast? The second night was formal, so there was lobster at the restaurant; it was spoiled, I had stomach aches all night and the next day. Soups were terrible everywhere, how hard is it to have a consommé or chicken noodle soup? No vegetables were ever served anywhere but one day for lunch they had grilled zucchini and squash. In the restaurant when I asked to have vegetables, I would get 1 piece of broccoli or potatoes. We have noticed before that when chief is from India, the food is terrible, both in quality and choices. This was certainly true on this ship. On the last day at sea they decided to wash balconies - they wasted our last day on that and just spread the dirt all over. I can go over every day and every detail and cannot name one good thing from this cruise. This was our last cruise on carnival, it was terrible, and I never want to repeat it. 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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