133 Carnival Conquest Cruise Reviews

I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just ... Read More
I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just a guy playing a steal drum to canned music. They have too many rug rats on board. They run around free even in the adult areas. The food has gone downhill too. The wait staff is great they can’t control the food they put out. Overly spice. Got sick the second day from fish dishes. The pools are dirty I doubt they test the water. They smelled. The bar staff overall were not too friendly. The rugs in the ship could use a replacing. The ship should be sent to dry dock for a full overhaul. The ship was built in 2002. The furniture in the cabin is worn. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. ... Read More
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation, so so, this time we decided to carry our luggage off the ship. We received our waiting area location, right next to the “fast to the fun” quests. When the time came to disembark, the cruise director came in said Platinum quests can go, all the Fast to the fun people headed for the door. The cruise director stated we are all platinum today. Don’t know how you feel but I earned me status. Once on the ship my wife and I took a tour to become familiar with the ship. Standard layout for Carnival’s older ships. We hung out until time for the muster drill. This is where it starts to go downhill. We get to our muster station, it’s 90-95 outside. We stand there for over 30 minutes waiting on the safety instructions. Finally they give the instructions, lasted less than a minute, and had to wait another 30 minutes to be released. Our luggage did not come until right before dinner, we selected the early dinning. So much for being priority. Headed down to dinner, table mates were great, we hit if off from the beginning. I was surprised at the lack of menu selections. Portions were small and the taste was less than savory. Service was great, waiter took very good care of us. Standard entertainment you would expect from Carnival. We went to the comedy club, comedians were great. Standard lido deck entertainment, nothing new there. Our ports were nothing special, San Juan, Grand Turk, St Thomas and Amber Cove. Took an excursion to St Johns, beach was OK, water was rough, due to the storms out in the Caribbean. On our way back to St THOMAS they break out the rum punch, as you can imagine some, many indulged way to much. To the point that I had drinks spilled on my hat, Hands stepped on and people falling all over me. Not a good trip back. Once back we headed to the ship. We noticed a longer normal line to board. Again we stood in the backing sun for over 30 minutes to board. The metal detector broke down and they had to wand everyone. You would have thought to open up the other gangway. The onboard ship experience was less than stellar, smokers know no boundaries, the smoking areas were well defined, however some felt they could walk the ship with lit cigarettes. Smoking on the balcony was common, yet I did not see a single Carnival crew member say a word. I understand what to expect on a Carnival cruise, drinking, parting, and general a wild crowd. However, I have never been on a cruise with so many cabin, balcony doors slamming shut at all hours of the night. People running up and down the hallway every night at 2am. My wife and I have decided we will not sail on a Carnival cruise again. We are going on a Celebrity cruise end of October. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. ... Read More
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. The floors of the lido buffet were consistently sticky, slippery, and visibly dirty, regardless of the time of day. Grime was visible on all elevator buttons (when you could find a button that worked). Hair, bugs (both living and dead), and dust were common on window sills across the ship. Dining ranged from mediocre at best to downright terrible. Typically I enjoy visiting the steakhouse, but between being swindled into paying for a bottle of wine that should have been free - our assistant waitress insisted that Carnival does not offer complimentary wine on the first night of the sailing and thus charged us, this was later rectified by speaking to the head waiter - and an inedible steak, I was left disappointed. Portions in the dining room were exceedingly small, nor was any customization available due to pre-prepared food. For example, my wife does not like cocktail sauce and prefers her shrimp plain. It was not possible to have shrimp without cocktail sauce drizzled over it since it was already prepared. Likewise, the vegetarian option was the same every night, quite frustrating for my vegetarian wife. While I certainly understand Carnival as the "Fun Ship" line, many fellow guests took the fun too far. The muster drill lasted over 40 minutes due to a group choosing to play a game of hide-and-go-seek. Forty minutes standing in the Miami heat was not enjoyable. On several occasions we witnesses intoxicated guests wandering the promenade during the dinner hour with no shirt or shoes on with no crew asking them to cover up, at least for the sake of hygiene. The highlights of this cruise were the ports of call - Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. The staff at the Alchemy Bar were also warm, hospitable, and engaging. Despite this, I can firmly say that this was our last cruise with Carnival. Standards have slipped greatly. From now on, we'll pay the premium to cruise Celebrity instead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. 30 minute lines in the buffet. Dry beef and too many spicy ethnic foods. Buffets closed down early. If you wanted food after hours or between excursions you waited in more 30 minute or more lines for the burger joint or sandwich shop. Water and ice machines constantly out or broken. Only a god awful super sweet lemonade available during the day to drink. The ship removed all the fruit juices in the machines shortly after breakfast. They had a nice tropical punch in them and I’m sure they closed them down so guests couldn’t use them for rum mixers. Had to pay $2.50 for a glass,of juice. Rude and unmannerly people. Seemed 90% were from the inner city and they forgot their manners. Kids who had soda bubble passes were forced to go to the bar to get a beverage. I don’t want young kids to be forced to mingle with drunken passengers to get a soda. Had to present their ship ID and sign for a coke! Constantly hawked by photographers. Fair entertainment. Dining room food good, service and our wait team was fabulous. The Conquest was only able to dock at one out of the four ports of call! The other three we anchored in the harbor and had to disembark and embark on water taxies. This was a slow and tedious process. Lines, lines and more lines! The Shore excursions we chose were well worth the money. Sorry Carnival....never again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Hello all Cruisers: Let me start by saying that this is not my first cruise. However, it was my first cruise with Carnival. Ship: Very old ship and in need of a renovation. Throughout the ship were humidifiers lining the halls for ... Read More
Hello all Cruisers: Let me start by saying that this is not my first cruise. However, it was my first cruise with Carnival. Ship: Very old ship and in need of a renovation. Throughout the ship were humidifiers lining the halls for all the moisture from leaks. The ship design also did not allow from easy access to some common areas so it was a bit tedious getting from one place to the next. Cabin: Seemed cleaned until my wife noticed that they made the bed daily but did not change the linens for the entire 7 days (she had a makeup stain from the first night that was still there the last night). That may not be a big deal to many but most hotels change linens at least every 3 days for multi-night stays so I would expect the same on a cruise. Dining: This was a biggest disappointment. After deciding not to eat breakfast in the buffet but in the main dining, under the assumption that the food SHOULD be better, we asked for scrabble eggs with cheese and they brought back lumps of eggs with cheese sprinkled on top. The next day we came back to the main dining and asked for hard boiled eggs, and received eggs with runny yokes. For the entire 7 days I ate salmon for dinner because that seemed to be the only thing on the menu that they consistently got right. We sat and watched as most guests sent back meal after meal or would leave near full plates at the tables. Guy's burgers is also OVERRATED and was a mess. The beef was not seasoned so if you did not add the special sauce the burger lacked flavor and was flat out horrible. Carnival: This was my first and will be my last! I will continue to cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise line. I know with RCC they will treat you like family not just a guest. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose ship due to ports. This is our first carnival cruise although not our first cruise. We were on a family cruise celebrating my sons high school graduation! We are in our mid 40's with 2 teenage sons cruising. I'll ... Read More
We chose ship due to ports. This is our first carnival cruise although not our first cruise. We were on a family cruise celebrating my sons high school graduation! We are in our mid 40's with 2 teenage sons cruising. I'll start with the CONS: First off the Muster station drill.. Wow one gal had to be called 3 times at least! Not sure she ever showed up but we were held there nearly 45 mins to an hour shoulder to shoulder with other guests with little ventilation waiting on this lady to come for the drill! Why not do this in decks. There was a 60 second demo of how to use life vest and that was it - was played on the room TV too. Waste of time, people were so hot, crowded, and miserable. My hubby got pretty claustrophobic due to us waiting so long on one passenger. Ship was not clean, our balcony smelled like someone around was smoking all the time (even though not allowed and flares mine and my sons asthma), plexiglass on our balcony had handprints and smears (filthy) from previous guests, and dirty all over it (see pics). Food repetitive and got old fast. Other guests were entitled acting, loud, obnoxious, discourteous and we heard some bragging about being on 100% state/federal assistance programs! We felt like we were on a section 8/welfare cruise and I don't mean that rude, it is just the truth. Saw a previous review on this ship saying it was Jerry Springer type guests on here and I completely agree! The other passengers were pushing their way into food lines, like it was feeding time, loading plates to the brims, and just rude! It was gross to go through the buffet due to the people in the lines.. One lady got drunk and every night like clockwork went to the cabana staff (which were younger kids) and cussed them out and yelled until she got security there (that she asked for and was asking for the "Po-Po"). She needed to be contained and told this behavior wasn't allowed - I didn't take my kids on this ship to hear this language and see her trashy behavior. She was always claiming something she had was "stolen." Not sure why they continued serving alcohol to someone who was this loud, rude, cussing, and making such a scene - actually I do- for more $$ for carnival. These kids working didn't deserve this treatment either. They were doing their jobs trading in towels, but she felt she could tear them down and belittle them since she was drunk I guess.. The music was trashy and mostly rap- on repeat. No variances of music to accomodate other peoples music choices, but just for one set of guests in my opinion. There was no where you could go to get peace and quiet and relax on this ship. If you could find a quieter deck, there was a large white safety barrier blocking the ocean view. I asked a worker if I could put a chair on another deck which had a see through area and he said no. Like I mentioned above we were there for my sons graduation gift trip and he can not stand loud music and we found him hanging in the room most of the trip due to the loud chaotic environment. There were several pools rather than 1 large pool. They were either filled with little kids (packed full) or the adult pool which was a group of 20's age drunk men hitting on their girls for the day - which changed daily. Kind of entertaining I guess or disgusting. Swimsuits were minimal and should not allow thongs when people have kids on this ship. In the past when I cruised Royal Caribbean, the tipping was at the end of the ship and I felt like the staff/crew really worked for their tips. However, this ship I felt like an inconvenience (except in the formal dining room at night by wait staff). Staff and crew members (even the ones in all white or dressed up) would pass by in the halls or elevator and not say hello or engage in conversation. I've never experienced this before on other cruise lines. Their deli was one of the better places to eat but William who works there is rude and when I ordered my sandwich on a pretzel bun instead of the egg bun, he let out a huge sigh and rolled his eyes and was very rude in his tone and how he came across. They need to open a second deli somewhere in the ship - maybe in the O2 (teen hangout room) that was ALWAYS empty! The deli line was incredibly long every time! This should also tell them the food here is much better than the gross buffet. Wouldn't hurt to have just some chicken strips/fries on the buffet or something so you don' t have to wait in line for 30 mins for fries.. Desserts were beautiful and looked delicious but very disappointing when tasting. Only one worth the calories was the chocolate cheesecake one time. Toilets smelled so bad in our room, like a porta potty. Got worse everyday! Made you sick to use your own bathroom. My son (reason for our trip) was stoked for seafood on this trip. Said it wasn't really good, sushi (costs extra) was terrible and they did refund our money - thank you. But, I really expected good seafood and it wasn't tasty which was disappointing. In my opinion, they need to take a week off from cruising and update, renovate, and CLEAN this ship! I know they'd lose money not sailing for a week but this ship needs a good cleaning in corners, crevices, and scraping old rusty paint and re-painting. Decor needs updating. Bathroom counters etc are green in color. Cruise Director, Mat was funny to listen to but after day 2 or 3 he doesn't need to keep saying "Good morning ladies and gentleman, this is Mat your cruise director.." We know. He did do a good job entertaining - loved his laugh - was very genuine. The way he interacted with kids was funny and good too! Enjoyed Jake, Adele, and the other guy who MC'd too (can't remember his name-but bald and funny and had a b-day a few days after we got off the ship). We have teenage sons who loved the basketball courts they offered and had a lot of fun spending time there; staff was rude when they would come take the basketball away from these kids at 5:30 pm. Apparently there is a steakhouse underneath the courts so they don't allow them to play b-ball from 5:30-11pm. Therefore, every night we had to wait up til 1230 am so the kids could play ball from 11pm-12am. This is dumb. These kids paid the same as those ppl in the steakhouse to be here. Allowing them to have a ball from Noon-5:30pm then 11pm-12am needs to be re-evaluated or steakhouse moved - again maybe to the O2 lounge area that was always empty!!! Not a lot for teenage kids to do on this ship. Felt too old for the slides, pools were cramped with little kiddos, and not allowed in adult pools so they never stepped into a pool on the ship :( O2 lounge was empty as I stated above. Flags on the ship are a bit disrespectful and need to be replaced, they are torn up (see pics) Guests on this ship could not follow simple directions as I mentioned before they are all entitled. Now, there were a few normal people on here but not many. Mat the cruise director would give simple instructions for disembarkment process and no one could listen. We were on express disembark where we took our own luggage -haha it was anything but express. We were supposed to be off at 0830 and we didn't get off until 1010am due to the entitlement of others going before their deck was called. Literally waited on deck, in hallways, and theatre for 2 hours elbow to elbow with thousands of guests. Carnival said it was not their fault but one would think this was the first time they've ever emptied a ship! You need staff who are assertive and shut the elevators off! Mark off stair wells etc.. Had a lady keep saying "if you aren't on the stairs don't come down, if you are on an elevator, stay on and go back up to deck 9." If you have 1 crew for every 3 guests, put people at the top of the stairs and enforce it, shut down the elevators, get control of the unruly pushy guests! No one listened to her and just kept piling down the staircases and pushing their way through - we had to sit in the theatre for a while until we could get off due to this. This process needs re-vamped as well. King bed is only 2 twins pushed together..Don't fall in the crack when they move apart during the night! lol Elevators were Slllloooowww! Then when they opened, people would get on before letting others off which is super frustrating for a week straight. I was in the casino waiting on my husband and I was peering out a window looking at the ocean. A crew member came over and shut the shades to the window I was standing in front of.. I nicely said, "I was looking out that window at the ocean." and he said, "Oh sorry and proceeded to close the shades! What kind of customer satisfaction/service does this show? This was pretty much how all the crew treated us on this ship. Only Johnny (cabin steward) went out of his way to be kind and do a fabulous job! I've had 4 knee surgeries in past 1.5 years and I always liked going to the top decks on the ship to look out but elevators didn't go to the 11 and 12 floors and was definitely harder for me to get up the stairs but I made it. Would be nice if they had some way for people with knee issues/handicap guests to get to the top, this was the best view and somewhat quieter depending on what area of ship you were on. PROs The dancers/performers (4 women, 4 men) were amazing! We enjoyed each show each night, our favorite was the Flicks night. Their costumes could be a little less "cheeky" and showy of their butt cheeks and still have the same impact. They are talented and great singers/dancers. Their choreography is amazing and well rehearsed/performed! This was a huge highlight to us. Johnny our room steward was the only staff who was smiling, greeted me by name and kind. He did a great job and loved his towel animals each night!! Guest Services was very helpful booking an excursion after hours and in helping with anything we needed. Pools were drained, scrubbed well. That was reassuring as I mentioned above full of kids or 'horny' adults.. The staff really took their time and really cleaned these well when I watched one evening from afar. I wish they cleaned the whole ship like this! When waiting to get off ship on last day, Jesse was out working very hard scraping and re-varnishing benches around the pool. He was a hard worker and did a great job! Carnival Deli, 24 hour pizza, frozen yogurt, and Guys burgers were good - but only so many burgers you can eat in a week! PG comedian shows were hilarious! Loved Mr. Winfield the most. Went to an adult only once and stayed for Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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
Sail Date November 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
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date September 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
Sail Date July 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
Sail Date June 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
Sail Date May 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
Sail Date March 2018
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
Sail Date December 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
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
Sail Date August 2017
I have been on 6 cruises - 2 Carnival (this was my 2nd time cruising Carnival), 1 Princess, 1 Celebrity, 1 Norwegian, and 1 Royal Caribbean. I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I had read many poor reviews on Cruise Critic about ... Read More
I have been on 6 cruises - 2 Carnival (this was my 2nd time cruising Carnival), 1 Princess, 1 Celebrity, 1 Norwegian, and 1 Royal Caribbean. I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. I had read many poor reviews on Cruise Critic about the Conquest, but figured that it couldn't be *that* bad - after all, when people leave reviews it's usually to complain. Unfortunately, all of the reviews that I read lined up exactly with what my experience was on the Conquest. EMBARKATION // DEBARKATION We opted for early embarkation where we carry on our own bags. Apparently so did the rest of the ship's passengers because the lines were so long! Don't worry about boarding early - by the time you wait in line, you'll be pretty much at regular boarding times anyways. Debarkation was quick and painless. However, they said it would start around 7am, but they called the first floor to disembark at 6:45am, so just be prepared for that. Be sure to download the Mobile Passport app, because it speeds things up and puts you in a quicker line! GENERAL // STAFF First of all, let me say that the staff that I interacted with were all extremely kind. That's the sad part - the staff themselves were great people, but there were just FAR too few of them. Like about half or one-third as many as they actually needed onboard. For example, on the Day at Sea, you usually are constantly being asked if you need a new drink or if you can be helped in any way by the numerous circling staff members - not the case on the Conquest. There were 2 staff members servicing the entire pool area. Yikes. Our dining room attendant, Made, was wonderful! Be sure to visit the Piano Bar to see Amber. Such a blast! The comedy shows, albeit raunchy, were hilarious each night. The Dive-In Movies were also a great ending to each night if we wanted to do something more low-key. The cruise director, Peter, was funny and had the whole ship imitating his, "BYYYYEEEE!" by the second day of the cruise. FOOD The food on the ship was underwhelming to say the least. The lines for the buffet (regardless of time of the day) were AT LEAST 20 minutes long each time. Especially for breakfast. With that being said, be sure to arrive early for breakfast, especially if you need to be off the boat for an excursion at a certain time. The dining room food was not great. The best meal I had was the Ricotta Ravioli on the last night. The Flat Iron Steak was not very good at all. The BBQ Chicken Flatbread appetizer and Kale Caesar Salad were both great! Usually on other cruises that I've been on, every option sounds so good that I want to try one of everything - not the case on this cruise. The ice cream machine was broken most of the time, or if it was working, they didn't have cones and/or cups to put the ice cream in. Room Service was quick every time we ordered, which was awesome and definitely worth the tip to have it delivered to the room quickly rather than wait at the buffet. Guy's Burgers were fantastic, as many other reviews on Cruise Critic had promised! STATEROOM Our stateroom attendant only visited once per day in the mornings. On other cruises, it seems like every time I returned to the room after being away for as little as 10 minutes, it had been cleaned and straightened up. Not on this cruise. And other cruisers said the same about their own rooms while we were onboard. That was disappointing. The balcony and stateroom both seemed smaller than the other balcony staterooms we have stayed in on other cruiselines. There's also only one outlet in the room, which proved to be problematic at night time when my mom and I were both trying to charge our phones, or when we tried to get ready and curl our hair for dinner at the same time. Just kind of inconvenient. I just felt like the overall condition of the stateroom was not at all up to par compared to my experiences on other cruiselines. The balcony was also really rusty. The biggest issue with our stateroom was the fact that we had to call to have our AC checked out at least once every single day. Sometimes twice a day. Each time, they would come in and take the temperature of the room, then do some sort of re-set. The AC would work decently for a few hours, then the room would get hot again. Because of this, we had to keep our balcony shade shut most of the time, so we didn't get to enjoy our view. :( Points to Carnival though because they did actually refund us some money and give us 15% a future Carnival cruise (without even being asked) for our troubles. SPA My mom and I decided to treat ourselves to massages on the first night of the cruise. There is a separate entrance to the men's and women's locker rooms, which each lead to the gym. The showers are also inside of the locker rooms. The spa does not provide robes, which I did not realize how inconvenient and impractical it is for a spa to not have robes available until I was at a spa that did not have robes available. How do you get from the waiting room of the locker room to the room where you will have your service? In a towel or in your clothes, apparently. The waiting room, by the way, which is usually called a "Relaxation Room" at most spas, is actually just a bench inside the locker room that you sit on until your therapist comes to get you for your service. Not very relaxing. The therapists themselves are wonderful, though! My massage was fantastic. However, my overall biggest issue with the spa was the fact that the children's club area is RIGHT ABOVE IT. This means that while you are trying to enjoy the massage or other spa service that you paid good money for, all you can hear are tons of children running constantly back and forth on the floor above you. They may be tiny humans, but they sound like a herd of elephants. Again, not very relaxing. :( ENTERTAINMENT The first show was a tribute to rock music and it was not good at all. Cheesy. The next two were much better, but still not up to par with our previous experience with entertainment on cruises. Also, by the pool, the "Caribbean music" that they played was just mainstream songs played with Caribbean instruments, which was kind of a let down. When you go on the cruise you want the whole Caribbean experience! PORTS // SHORE EXCURSIONS All of the ports were great! We had been to Nassau before, so we opted out of the Atlantis tourist trap this time and went to Breezes for an all-inclusive day pass (includes drinks, food, chairs, towels, beach access, etc.). Not exactly worth the money, but still better than Atlantis! For Half Moon Cay, we got up at 7am and got our tender boat number, so we were able to be on the first tender out for the day. Even though it's early, it is SO worth it to do this! We were able to get to the island before the rest of the ship passengers and enjoy it's beauty while it was quiet and peaceful for a few hours before it got so busy. Beware that if you purchased a Cheers! beverage package that it does not work on the island. Also, if you are under 21, you cannot drink at Half Moon Cay, even though it is in the Bahamas. This was a bit frustrating since they seemed to be picking and choosing which boat rules applied on the island in order to benefit Carnival only (i.e. Making money on people from drink purchases instead of using their drink packages, but not allowing 18-20 year olds to drink - even though it would ultimately make Carnival more money, honestly). Also, renting the clamshell umbrella on the island was worth the $16! Grand Turk was absolutely beautiful. We did the catamaran excursion, which was an absolute blast and I highly recommend it! The crew was fantastic and they walk you through everything in case you are a first-time snorkeler or need a refresher. My only complaint about this would be that it was super crowded when we got out in the water to snorkel, so I wish they would lower the number of people on each trip out. OVERALL My experience on the Carnival Conquest was so far below what my past cruising experiences have been, which was super unfortunate because the ports were so great. It honestly felt like the whole time we were being punked because things just kept going wrong or coming up subpar. It almost became comical towards the end because the only consistent thing was that each experience was pretty much a let down. Once again, this is not a criticism to the staff themselves, they were just extremely understaffed. This boat is in serious need of a dry docking, which is set to happen next month (Sept. 2017). I hope that when the ship is relaunched, that it will be staffed with triple or quadruple the number of staff that it currently has, and that it is majorly modernized, revamped, and given a major interior design makeover. I would give Carnival another shot (gotta use that 15% discount!), but probably only on one of their newer, larger ships. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Had high expectations for my 2nd cruise....I was so wrong. The highlight of my time on the ship, was Joel Tupas in the Monet dining area. Went for seaday brunch twice. The first server was nice and on top of things. The next brunch was ... Read More
Had high expectations for my 2nd cruise....I was so wrong. The highlight of my time on the ship, was Joel Tupas in the Monet dining area. Went for seaday brunch twice. The first server was nice and on top of things. The next brunch was horrible Servers acted like they would rather have nails hammered underneath their toenails than serve us. We were in Monet for 1 1/2 hrs that day. The only other person that I liked was, Taksin in the casino...he was on top of things too. Captain was boring and lacked enthusiasm. Also, my sons friend luggage was lost.... not a care from people working in luggage. They didn't want to "offend" anyone because they are on an "honor" system. They couldn't announce to check your bag number.....because someone would be "offended" If you like people not caring, then...this cruise is for you. My last time sailing Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted to go on a short cruise for the weekend of July 4th and we found the Carnival Conquest trip going to the Bahamas. I read the reviews online and even though there are quite a few negative ones, I thought that I've never had a ... Read More
We wanted to go on a short cruise for the weekend of July 4th and we found the Carnival Conquest trip going to the Bahamas. I read the reviews online and even though there are quite a few negative ones, I thought that I've never had a bad vacation in my life so it can't possibly happen considering how easy-going my husband and I are. We had an interior cabin which was spacious and pretty good for us (not as nice as the better ones with balconies of course). However, when we arrived, the toilet smelled really bad even though it looked clean. Our cabin stewards were very nice and clearly worked hard so we never complained. The ship was outdated but really beautiful overall. The bad:Our fist bad experience began right away- embarkation was disorganized and took a very long time. The staff at the check-in counter had there primitive numbers that they were holding up when they were available. Of course, it was so crowded that no one could see them and it was slowing the line and frustrating people. The disembarkation was even worse- it took over 5 hours to get off the ship. Then, during the safety drill, we were packed like sardines and the staff kept on telling us to get further back towards the wall. The hair of the woman in front of me was literally in my face. When I traveled with other cruiselines, it was not this cramped. The lunch at the buffet that day was so bad (bad tasting and poor quality) that even my husband made a face and we are not into fancy restaurants in general. After that, it was much better, some days even pretty good. The lines at the buffet were usually very long. The crowd was messy and the staff could not keep up but I could tell they were constantly cleaning.The tables at the Lido deck were close to each other but overall the entire ship felt very cramped and confining to me. We had opted for the open seating dining and went to one breakfast only at Reinier. Why? We waited for at least 20 minutes and then I waived one of the servers to ask if we could at least get some coffee. The food was mediocre, but the people working there were very friendly and approachable. The breakfast buffet was ok even thought the food was the same every day. We went to several dinners at the Rainier restaurant- nothing spectacular, but the one night after we ate, I got a horrible stomachache and vomited for a few hours. We never ate at the restaurant again but the buffet was good. I told the staff at the entrance about my mysterious sickness and they said "Oh, the ship is full so they probably didn't cook your food very well or you are allergic to a spice in the food." Mind you, I have no food allergies, but anyways at that point I was so grateful this cruise was only 4 days. There were several pool areas but they were very overcrowded and the pools were very small. You only get 2 very old pool towels (with hanging threads) that you can exchange at the pool but if you loose them, you have to pay for. The towel policy is ridiculous but after I waited in line to exchange ours, the guy at the service tent handed me 2 wet used ones. I was so shocked and disgusted that I just walked away and dropped them on the floor of our room. The ugly: I also visited the spa and the fitness center- big disappointment in both. I went to the spa and they totally messed up my eyebrows for $35 and my husband who never notices when I get things done asked me what happened to me... yep, that's how bad they looked. So avoid the spa at all cost! I also paid for the internet, I think it was around $80 for the full stay. It was practically unusable so I did not get any work done. That was ok because I was on vacation after all but it is a waste of money. Then I went to the fitness center which had great views. I got on the treadmill and it was shaking so much that I got dizzy after 10 minutes and had to stop. It was too hot and crowded to run outside so I decided to bring my iPad and do some workout videos that I had saved. There was an empty exercise studio on the middle of the gym enclosed by glass windows clearly for group classes. Since there were no classes at that time, I decided to workout there. I was trying to play a video and a woman came in and asked me if I was waiting for someone. I said no and tried to explain to her that I was planning to workout there. She didn't even care to listen, just said "This is my OFFICE so you need to leave." Wow, ok, great customer service. There were no signs that I could not use the class exercise room, but even if I was on the wrong, as a customer, I expect to at least be treated with respect and courtesy. Almost everywhere I went on this ship, I was treated like I was an inconvenience and at this point, I was in tears, regretting this vacation (something I never ever thought I'd say!!). This is very surprising to me because Carnival owns HAL and I loved traveling with HAL. Both my husband and I agreed that the difference is the service we received is HUGE. I waited a few months to cool off before I write this review but I feel that people need to know what to expect. The good: My favorite part was movie under the stars but the screen was so old and the chairs extremely uncomfortable. It is very relaxing and romantic to lay there and literally see the sky, the stars, and the ocean. It was great that they had popcorn for the movie, but the popcorn was burnt and the "Skinny Pop Popcorn" at home seemed like a super luxury to me once I got home. The great: There is a very nice app for the phone. You can use it to check the schedule and find things around the ship, and even chat with other people traveling with you. Entertainment on the ship was also great. The cruise director was always out and really wonderful. There also were tons of dancing and what not on different decks. The July 4th party was really fun! Even though most events were not my cup of tea, we appreciated the fun atmosphere, the nice music, and smiley faces. We often walked around the decks in the evening and it was very pleasant. The ports were really good- we did Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau. I love Half Moon Cay so I was very excited to go back there and it was the best port of the three! Grand Turk has a beautiful port with pools, shops, and bars. The beach is a few steps away and the water is amazing. Half Moon Cay is paradise- the water is amazingly beautiful and the sand is soft and white. There is a lunch barbecue with good food and that is so generous of Carnival. Nassau is interesting to tour and learn about, but you have to be careful which areas you walk to. There are many things you can do though. My advice is take your money to another cruiseline- HAL, Princess, Celebrity.. there are a bunch of them... unless of course you enjoy terrible customer service, bad food, and overcrowded spaces. Carnival is a little bit cheaper but you are only cheating yourself to save a couple of dollars. If we had booked a longer cruise with Carnival, we would have just gotten off the ship, stayed at a hotel, and then flown back home. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This cruise line was chosen because my family and I have enjoyed the cruises in the past. My daughter had a wedding ceremony on the Destiny ship and it was absolutely beautiful. We've always booked several cabins because we travel in ... Read More
This cruise line was chosen because my family and I have enjoyed the cruises in the past. My daughter had a wedding ceremony on the Destiny ship and it was absolutely beautiful. We've always booked several cabins because we travel in a large group. On this trip we were celebrating our family reunion with 124 members. One family received a phone call at 4am and was insulted and called "n****r, several of us had no air conditioning in our cabins. I had no refrigerator in our cabin until the 4th day, when I went to Guest services I was told there was no record of my complaints until I mentioned my cabin Stewart was aware. The dining staff were rude or ignored you. My family members found hair in the food in the buffet. The meals Served in the dining room were terrible and The Captain didn't go around and introduce himself, maybe a group of 124 doesn't matter. The Steakhouse, was excellent. It was the only sit down dinner worth having. It was a horrible experience because I introduced Carnival Cruise Line to the family and every opportunity we had to take a cruise, it's been with Carnival, for some it was there first time cruising. My cabin Stewart John was very nice. I guess it's time to move my family to another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I found this ship very disappointing. I was previously on a Norwegian ship and I doubt I'd do another Carnival. The amount of time on the islands were small. only a few hours, didnt have time to do nearly what i wanted and to get back ... Read More
I found this ship very disappointing. I was previously on a Norwegian ship and I doubt I'd do another Carnival. The amount of time on the islands were small. only a few hours, didnt have time to do nearly what i wanted and to get back on the ship while at Cayman took about 2 hours of standing in the sun. Turtle adventure excursion was horrible. They had a crocodile in a 20 foot tank/cage. they tried to extort me for money while holding turtles. only my line had a photographer and wouldn't let me take pictures. every other tank people were free to do what they want. snorkeling and swimming with the turtles was in a large lazy river type pool. very disappointing. my free meals were not very good. if you go to the late dinner it took about an hour to get my meal and it wasnt done. after 20 minutes waiting for my steak to come back properly I left and ate at the buffet, which is VERY limited for dinner. second dinner my prime rib was cold. rest of the cruise I had pizza and guy's burger which was great. just took forever waiting in line because i think everyone figured out these are the best meals on the ship. the MAIN TV, for dine in movies was horrible. any scene with light in it, all you saw are all the broken pixels. looked like watching a movie on a jigsaw puzzle. My wife doesn't drink, so the drink package was too much, because she is forced to purchase it. but at 6$ a beer while im trapped on this boat for 5 days becomes very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We decided to get married on board a carnival cruise ship. The cost of the wedding was affordable, and it seemed exciting that our guests were able to tour the ship before take off. The day arrived of our wedding, our guests were advised ... Read More
We decided to get married on board a carnival cruise ship. The cost of the wedding was affordable, and it seemed exciting that our guests were able to tour the ship before take off. The day arrived of our wedding, our guests were advised to arrive at the cruise port fully dressed for the wedding by 10 AM. Our wedding was scheduled at 1 PM and the Carnival needed to get the wedding guests boarded prior to other guests due to having some guests not sail with us on our honey moon. Our wedding had roughly about 60 guests, 47 of our guests ended up sailing with us. I was excited to take my time getting ready and to have the opportunity to take pictures on board the ship! Little did we know that things were going to take a huge turn for the worse on our wedding day. Much beyond anyone's control, our cruise ship did not allow anyone to board the ship until around 12:15 PM Everyone was forced to wait at the cruise ship terminal for over 3 hours!!!!! This meant, no one had the pleasure of touring the ship. This also meant that I was FRANTIC to get ready for my wedding with less than 30 minutes on the clock. I was forced to get my hair done in the waiting area at the cruise ship terminal, in front of all of my guests. Some of my guests flew in just for the wedding from New York only to sit in a cruise ship terminal and chat as we waited. Carnival did nothing to accommodate our guests but put a little water out for refreshment. I just wanted to share my story because if you are thinking about a cruise ship wedding, it seems like a great idea but beware, you could run into the chance of delay. I was so disappointed that Carnival Cruise did nothing to accommodate us, nothing free on board, no apology from the staff, nothing. Me and my guests enjoyed my wedding day in a holding tank waiting for 3 hours to board our wedding venue!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I am a gold-card member, and this will be the last cruise I take with carnival. Not only did they have an excursion which I waited at the bench in the hot sun for two hours before an employee finally told me "Oh well, it isn't ... Read More
I am a gold-card member, and this will be the last cruise I take with carnival. Not only did they have an excursion which I waited at the bench in the hot sun for two hours before an employee finally told me "Oh well, it isn't happening, take it with guest services when you get back on the ship." The concierge then refused to refund the money. Remember when all the little snack places were open all the time and had nice food? Well, they still do, but everything costs money now. No lavish meals at the sit-down dinners either. Hope you don't mind paying extra for a filet or lobster, because it isn't on the menu anymore at all unless you want an up-charge. Our days were rearranged as well after being at sea, with no prior notice and several sea-day activities no longer able to be done because of timing. The last port had people still lined up to leave the ship when they said it was the last tender... oh well to everyone that waited around for 5-6 hours to get off the ship. The staff was nice enough, but the company has gone to crap. I'll be sailing Royal Caribbean for the rest of my vacations. I was in a suite on the 11th floor this time. It was so wonderful to have loud bass and 600 drunks pounding on the ceiling until 2 am almost every night. Really nice to have a "premium" room with such amenities. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
very disappointed in the food, public areas need to be maintained better such as chair & hot tub hogs, Pot smoking and smoking on balconies and other areas of ship. Exposure to smoke to just walk past casino. Would have played the ... Read More
very disappointed in the food, public areas need to be maintained better such as chair & hot tub hogs, Pot smoking and smoking on balconies and other areas of ship. Exposure to smoke to just walk past casino. Would have played the slots but not to inhale 2nd hand smoke. The rude & ignorant guests who feel entitled to bring the party to their the hallways and cabins at 3-4am... Our cabin steward and Denis at guest services were great. Décor was very strange for a Caribbean cruise, it was dark & heavy. The usual chair hogs, & on this one, the hot tub ones. Drinks being allowed in pools and hot tubs, so booze was being spilt in them. Entertainment was seriously lacking in variety, same old every day. Mostly money making events. Or being held in areas around casino so couldn't join in. Will probably be our last Carnival cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We booked a cruise for three seniors and Carnival gave us a room with a queen bed and a bed that pulls out of the ceiling with a steep ladder to climb up. It was very dangerous for my all of us, especially my sister who is 67 with health ... Read More
We booked a cruise for three seniors and Carnival gave us a room with a queen bed and a bed that pulls out of the ceiling with a steep ladder to climb up. It was very dangerous for my all of us, especially my sister who is 67 with health problems, so my husband had to sleep in it and he is 64! We were never told this up front and when we tried to change rooms we were told that none were available. Also on one of the Carnival excursions we were taken to a jewelry store in the Dominican Republic where we were very pressured to buy something. The excursion consisted of a bus ride to a "ranch" where we had to have a police escort through rough sections of town. If we had known this we would not have chosen this excursion. Carnival needs to be more forthcoming with this type of information when trying to sell an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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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