1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruise because it had two ports that I had not yet visited. I was disappointed for the following reasons: 1. The telephone in our cabin did not work. I called guest services,they promised to send someone but never did. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it had two ports that I had not yet visited. I was disappointed for the following reasons: 1. The telephone in our cabin did not work. I called guest services,they promised to send someone but never did. 2. The air conditioning did not cool. Colter called someone and claimed it was checked but I couldn't tell the difference. 3. Guest services answered the phone twice and put me on hold immediately without asking. That is RUDE! 4.We had a devastating family event while on board. I needed to maintain WiFi the night prior to disembarking. I called guest services and was forced to purchase 24 hours of service for 9 hours. Our 41 year old nephew suffered a stroke and was declared brain dead. 5. We were charged same day service for laundry that was picked up on Sunday and delivered on Monday. That is NOT same day! In addition, my husband suit was not pressed. Volter spoke to his supervisor who offered to "do it over" versus reimburse us. It was after our elegant night and the day before disembarkation. Is that reasonable? 6.The food was absolutely horrible. There was one day when it was decent,rib day. The Steakhouse was amazing. It is simply a shame that the best meal cost us extra. 7. It was highly inappropriate to have children at the hairy chest contest where men were dancing suggestively, getting spanked, and talking about men tongue kissing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Positives: the ship, the common areas, the employees, the service, & the cabin. Negatives: the Muster Drill, the food, the push to spend $, the lack of free activities, & the evening theater shows. > The Muster Drill was ... Read More
Positives: the ship, the common areas, the employees, the service, & the cabin. Negatives: the Muster Drill, the food, the push to spend $, the lack of free activities, & the evening theater shows. > The Muster Drill was long & disorganized. The ship would have sunk by the time the drill was over. > Most of the food was greasy, fatty, & recycled. Other than salads, there weren't many veggie options. Entree pans frequently didn't match the labels &/or were empty. I usually had to go to more than one ice machine & iced-tea dispenser for drinks at meals, also. > If you like laying out in the sun, paying for Spa treatments, paying to play Bingo, going to art auctions, going to the bars, the clubs, the casino, & spending $ on jewelry, watches, liquor, cigarettes, t-shirts, & other items, the Conquest is for you. There were very few free activities for passengers to do on-board. When I went to the Service Desk the night before we disembarked, a few people ahead of me in line bragged about racking up between $800 - $1,000 in expenses during the cruise. > I stopped after going to three of the shows in theater. The first one was replaced/ rescheduled, the second one was good (the Motown review), & the third one was canceled & was replaced by a sing-a-long. There were a lot of flashing lights & the volume was too loud. I didn't think that the performers were very good either. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my first cruise and I was pretty disappointed start to finish. A couple hours after arrival they literally herd all passengers onto the sides of the boats and line us up 5 rows deep for a mandatory “safety instruction”. It ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I was pretty disappointed start to finish. A couple hours after arrival they literally herd all passengers onto the sides of the boats and line us up 5 rows deep for a mandatory “safety instruction”. It was so hot, we stood there sweating for an hour waiting for all passengers to line up before the instruction could begin. There was an elderly lady in front of us who needed to sit, sorry but she was told she had to stand. One man went running out because he was claustrophobic and started hyperventilating. My husband’s shirt was wet with sweat by the end and after a full day of travel and piled on top of each other in the heat like that, the smell was bad as well. The crew seemed oblivious. The crew members putting on the demonstration were also actors in the nightly cruise show and seemed more concerned with telling everybody to come see the show than the well being and comfort of the guests. I understand they have to give all passengers this instruction but there has to be a better way to do so. Now the pools...if you want a nice, relaxing pool experience you won’t get it here. The pools are tiny...it’s standing room only, they are packed like sardines. Okay now the food...the buffet food is BAD. People warned me about gaining weight on a cruise, I lost weight on this one. Think the worse Shoneys buffet you’ve ever been to. The rooms are small but storage is very efficient. The decor is tacky and like downtown Vegas maybe. The stewards do keep the rooms very tidy, so that’s a plus. At night we dined in the formal dining room, the staff is great but the food, while better than the buffet is still sub par. Best food on the ship is Guys Burgers. The ports were amazing, Nassau and a private island beach day. I just wish we would have had a better ship experience. I’ve been told by experienced cruisers that Carnival is at the bottom of the list of good cruise lines. And we want to cruise again but next time we’ll pay extra and cruise with Royal Caribbean Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This is a fairly new ship. I thought it would be different with more updated activities and a stellar menu. I thought the food was going to be well seasoned and well cooked. Embarkation and debarkation was pretty smooth. With 3700 ... Read More
This is a fairly new ship. I thought it would be different with more updated activities and a stellar menu. I thought the food was going to be well seasoned and well cooked. Embarkation and debarkation was pretty smooth. With 3700 passengers, the process was rather easy going. The interior cabin is small, but will do for sleeping. Limited TV channels (as expected). Employees were on the most part friendly. The employees who cared for my cabin were thoughtful, leaving animals shaped from towels daily. Now let's talk about the food. One word: Horrible. The food was bland. The food was served cafeteria style on the Lido deck. The food taste like it was frozen food. The waffles were heated in a toaster, the eggs were powdered. The only foods that were hand cooked was the hamburgers (Guy Hamburgers) and the hand tossed pizzas. It was hard for me to enjoy my food. Who wants to eat hamburgers everyday? I eventually paid an additional $35.00 for the Steak House 5 course meal and that was absolutely GREAT!!! I went to the other diners that were included, and the service was poor in that it took 2 hours for me to receive my food. Once I received my food, if I needed anything I had to flag down a waiter. The Entertainment that took place only at night was great. During the day there wasn't much to do except go to the pools, read a book, complete crossword puzzles, or tour the ship (like a hamster in a cage). BINGO was offered for a price. Very boring. No entertainment included in package. Bring a good book. Excursions: I went on the Jerk and Rum. It was AMAZING. Definitely worth going. We had a variety of food and rum. Jermaine was the best. Exploring the Cayman by Land and Sea was great. Tyrone and the driver were absolutely the best. They made sure we had time to shop, take pictures and had fun. I did not travel with children, I did see the parade. I thought it was going to be a parade, but it was the children following the Cat In The Hat. The Conquest did not meet my expectations and I will not be cruising on Carnival because they are all the same. There are very limited variations on ships. All have Lido, Alchemy Bar, Punch Liner Comedy, etc. All very limited entertainment during the day. It would be nice to have shows and dances offered during the day and at night. Have better food quality. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Embarkation - Poor signage leading up to the port. Average embarkation process; nothing too fancy or annoying. Had to wait in the chairs only about 30 minutes before our group # was called. Entertainment - The "big" ... Read More
Embarkation - Poor signage leading up to the port. Average embarkation process; nothing too fancy or annoying. Had to wait in the chairs only about 30 minutes before our group # was called. Entertainment - The "big" shows in the main theater were good-to-very good. Saw 3 out of the 4 (skipped the "Soul" show). Best was the rock show followed by the welcome show and lastly the wildly disjointed Flick show. One of the two comedians - Rob Little - was terrific. Saw 4 of his shows (2 R-rated and 2 PG). The other lady was so bad we left halfway through her first set and never came back. It was like she was unprepared and just wanted to make the cliche "microphone looks like a male apparatus" joke. Ports - Only got off at Half Moon Cay so can only speak to that. Very, very crowed. Had to walk to the end of the beach just to finally get a chair. Food was hysterically bad and nearly inedible. Sand on the beach was great, but water was ice cold so didn't get in. Service - Usual average service; nothing memorable. Cruise Director - TJ was good but the poor guy just seemed to exhausted all the time. Probably needs a vacation of his own. Food - The food with Carnival has progressively taken a nosedive and somehow they find a way to get worse every year. I've always said Carnival is "well-presented school cafeteria food" and this was no different. Generic, bland, tasteless - only some of the words I'd describe it with. And I find the point is nailed home when the buffet is serving literally the exact same thing as the dining room every night. Other passengers - This was the worst part. Carnival's low pricepoint and "fun ship" marketing have dug up the lowest of the low at this point. This is the Wal-Mart of cruise lines. I'd equivocate it to a lively Baptist church 24/7 with the amount of screaming, yelling, and laughing to rival anything else in the world. There are no 40+ on this boat. There's a young, party atmosphere and if that's for you then more power to you. But if you're looking for things like romance, luxury, peacefulness, or relaxation - look elsewhere. Overall - EVERY time since I did the Fantasy in 2006 I've gotten off Carnival boats saying "never again". Then there was the Elation, then the Triumph, the Dream, and now the Conquest. Fool me once shame on Carnival. Fool me 5 times I'm just an moron who can't learn a lesson. This will be my last time on Carnival. While the party atmosphere may be just the spot for some folks, it's not for me. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Having been on one Carnival cruise 6 years ago we vowed we would never do it again as we were very disappointed after a terrific experience on Royal Caribbean. Our daughter was doing this one and we decided to give them one more chance as ... Read More
Having been on one Carnival cruise 6 years ago we vowed we would never do it again as we were very disappointed after a terrific experience on Royal Caribbean. Our daughter was doing this one and we decided to give them one more chance as we wanted to surprise her for her birthday and just show up. It was a great surprise but again we were greatly disappointed with the food, service, quality of the ship and sad to say even the coffee bar left a lot to be desired. We sailed on the Carnival Conquest and it was not a good experience. We walked into our room and there was enough dust on the dresser ledge that there were little piles of dust as ran a finger along it. The walking track had small chips out of it and was laid on top of the regular decking causing a ledge for people to trip over if they caught it just right or turn an ankle on again if caught just right. There were no instructions or lane markers designating running or walking areas and the runners were dodging in and out of the walkers. The food with the exception of Guy's Burger Joint was mediocre and not what I would call plentiful. At the breakfast buffet you had to wait for someone to serve you bacon as they kept it in the back of the buffet and it was so hot under there that you did not want to put your hands under the lights. The deck chairs were shabby and in need of replacement. There were not enough bar tenders around the bars and therefore the lines were long. The entertainment was ok. We had massages done in the spa and they pushed products on you that you really did not necessarily need or want without telling you the price until the bill was brought to you for your signature. Having been to all but one of the ports in the past we did not do many excursions but several of the ones they offered we had done before and they were great. We had purchased the Cheers package and when we were departing the ship for an island they had bottled water and when I asked for one to take off the ship with me they wanted to charge me for it. Another hidden charge, we got smart after that and made sure we got them from the bar the night before from then on. The cabin steward only came in your room once a day unless you called them as opposed to other cruise lines when they were there several times a day checking on the room. Lunch on the day of departure was a real cluster, everyone was required to congregate on the Lido deck and it was wall to wall people, much too crowded and not nearly enough seatingl Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
My wife and I choose this cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Fifteen days before departure she got an email offering a 1 day only discount on couple's massages. We chose the stone massage for $119.00, BUT before we ... Read More
My wife and I choose this cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Fifteen days before departure she got an email offering a 1 day only discount on couple's massages. We chose the stone massage for $119.00, BUT before we booked online we called Carnival Customer Service to verify this price was for the couple. Carnival Customer Service Representative (CSR) stated massages are managed through the Fun Shop, BUT if the email and the online offer stated "Couples" then the price is for the couple. We called the Fun Shop and got the same verification, so we booked online. After the safety drill we went to the spa for our couples massage and were told only my wife was booked. We explained how we verified the offer, but we were told we'd have to talk to Chandler, the Spa Manager. Chandler does not exhibit any customer service skills. He went so far as to accuse us of lying and demanded we prove to him the offer from Carnival. We could not prove the offer because as a 1 day only offer it expired at midnight, meaning that page can no longer be accessed. Chandler stated they have "this problem on every cruise", so I advised that they should honor the email offer and fix the website to specifically state "Price for individuals only". Chandler would not honor the email offer, insisting we were lying and the offer never existed. Upon severe demand from me, he refunded the purchase price. However, that is of little consolation when we wanted to start our anniversary cruise with an event together. Secondly, on our way to the cabin the Cabin Steward working the cabins down the hall from ours was sick and coughing up the hallway. My wife asked him is he was sick and he confirmed he was. She told him to get a mask, but we never saw him with a mask for the whole cruise. We left on Saturday and by Monday I was sick and by Thursday my wife and our cabin steward were sick. Third, the dining room menu rarely varied and was boring. Unlike our cruise on the Valor a few years ago, the Conquest left much to be desired for dining. Fourth, the live music by the pool was repetitive and boring. The artist sang the same songs day after day, and all songs had a reggae beat. The DJ played teen music hour after hour after hour. Good thing I have 50GB of good music on my phone. Fifth, the decks were cleaned only once during a week's cruise. All of our previous Carnival cruises entailed at least two deck cleanings during the week. All in all, our first cruise on the Valor was fabulous and gave us an indication of future Carnival cruises. However, the Triumph and the Conquest fell extremely short of that standard. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My first cruise at the age of 44 with our 13 yr old daughter and her friend. I went with an open mind, but in the end it just wasn't for me. Cons: rude passengers (70% of them wouldn't even acknowledge your presence unless ... Read More
My first cruise at the age of 44 with our 13 yr old daughter and her friend. I went with an open mind, but in the end it just wasn't for me. Cons: rude passengers (70% of them wouldn't even acknowledge your presence unless they felt you were in their way and they would rudely speak to you); all-you-can-shove buffet mentality (some passengers didn't even bother to drop off their luggage on boarding day because they wanted to go straight to the buffet lunch and walked around with their rolly-bags); tiny swimming pools the size of a martini glass packed full of people - our teenagers could only stand in one place and the pools looked dirty too; casino odds were awful - my husband and I played 2 diff black jack tables and one dealer hit 21 18 times in a row, the other table/dealer hit it 13 times in a row; room decor and bathroom were very outdated - I believe I read that there had been a remodel a few years ago - NO possible way - room looked like it was circa 1980; bathroom shower curtain had holes and mildew stains on it and drain was always clogged. Pros: size of ocean view room was fine for just me and my husband with plenty of closet space; fresh towels always in room; Renoir dining room waiters very nice (hostesses not so much); Guys Burgers were very good (my husband is a chef and we're pretty picky); good dinner menu options each night; wine selection and prices were very good; strong bar drinks made in all spots on the ship. DEFINITELY purchase the fun pass that allows you to the front of lines, first on/off the boat, etc. Had we not had this, I would have rated my experience as "terrible" - worth the $50 per cabin - saved us hours. I don't want to sound at alll like a snob - I've done both low budget and high-end vacations in my life, but the average cruise passenger mentality on this ship was low budget and had an expectation of gimme-gimme-gimme + rude. Combined with a below average boat amenities. Perhaps one day I'll try another cruise line but not anytime soon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
The best thing about this cruise was the cabin we stayed in, but the sad part is that you don't really want to spend time in your cabin when you are on a cruise! Our cabin was 6481 at the back of the boat so it had 2 windows and a ... Read More
The best thing about this cruise was the cabin we stayed in, but the sad part is that you don't really want to spend time in your cabin when you are on a cruise! Our cabin was 6481 at the back of the boat so it had 2 windows and a door to the balcony! The balcony was big enough for 2 chairs/table and a chaise lounge. Sweet cabin! Our boys had their own balcony cabin 4 doors down. This was our first cruise with our 3 boys and we had high hopes for a dream vacation. Perhaps the problem was that they were at an odd age to really enjoy the activities (20, 18 and 16). Since our youngest was under 18 he was not allowed to do many of the activities, even if he was with us (and he was not going to the teen club by himself, it was a family vacation). We also got stuck with the late dining time so many of the activities he could do fell during our dinner hour so we only ate in the main dining room twice. The arcade was also way overpriced, so they could not spend much time there. I get milking the adults (which they did), but not the kids really. We went to 2 of the stage shows, they were OK. The Dive In movies were pretty good, but again with an 8:15 dinner time, you had to miss dinner to catch a movie. Comedy was good, but mostly for 18+, only one PG show a night and again, mostly during dinner hour. Mini golf was fun but that was quick. BBall court was in the blazing sun and tiny (and closed when the sun went down...seriously). Pools were small and packed. Hot tubs same, we never set foot in any of them. My boys were really bummed about that. My oldest went to the 18+ once and was turned off by all the drunks in the pool with drinks. I took a Pilates class and the instructor was not very good. Food was just OK, and we were extremely disappointed that the alternative dining options onboard were basically a FOOD COURT on the 9th floor! No ambiance whatsoever. It was almost impossible to get a table during Breakfast and Lunch. And if you want water (i.e. to fill a water bottle) you have to ALWAYS go to the 9th floor. There should be water dispensers on EVERY floor!!!! As for the service...well it was HORRIBLE!!!! We could not get drinks at the bars to save our lives (or waited at least 15 mins each time we tried). I got our boys the all you can drink soda and they could not get soda...since it was ONLY offered at the bars, and the bartenders completely ignored the kids. THEY NEED DEDICATED SODA STATIONS!!! I could not believe they could not get a soda in the food court area where we ate most of our meals. I did complain on the second day and spoke with the beverage manager. She apologized ofcourse, and told the boys to go to the Sports Bar on the 5th floor for soda. Service there was great there but not very convenient when you are eating on the 9th floor to have to go 4 floors down to get a soda to have with your now cold meal. They were completely understaffed EVERYWHERE. Half Moon Cay was nice, but the service at the bar there was atrocious also (and we only tried to get one drink). The tender boats took forever, and long lines. They start cleaning up lunch at 1pm even though it says it goes to 1:30pm (translation...cold burger patties and overall pretty unappetizing). Getting water at lunch was a chore also...jeez given the heat they should have water READILY AVAILABLE!!!! Nassau is a dump (the port area). We went snorkeling with the cruise which was again just OK. The reefs were beautiful but it was not a very personal experience. The boat was pretty crappy, and you were crammed in with 50 or so people. We spent more time signing papers and waiting for late people to arrive than we did not the excursion. That was super annoying. Our 2 hr trip was about 4hrs total (not quite 2 hrs on the water). After snorkeling we went back to the boat, cleaned up real quick and went to explore the port and have lunch, no good restaurants...we found one that looked nice and "local" and the food was bad and overpriced (paid $170 for lunch for five and left hungry). Oh and DO NOT waste money on the "chat" option on the Carnival App (which we thought was going to be free). You DO NOT get notified when a chat comes in so you have to constantly just keep checking your phone and hope the person you are chatting (our kids) are checking also. Since they did not have enough family activities we were separated quite often and had to rely on chat to hook back up. Their social media package is a joke too as it did not work half the time. I gave them 2 stars because it was still cool to be on a cruise. I would cruise again but NEVER on Carnival. In hind sight I wish we had done Royal Caribbean, for about an extra $300 for the 5 of us or had done the Disney Cruise when the boys were smaller. Live and learn I guess. Read Less
Carnival Conquest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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