2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
All I can say is wow , this was an amazing cruise. The staff on the Conquest especially Felix Lictawa was so polite, gracious, helpful attentive to all your needs. I felt like I was rich for 7 days. A staff that was professional at every ... Read More
All I can say is wow , this was an amazing cruise. The staff on the Conquest especially Felix Lictawa was so polite, gracious, helpful attentive to all your needs. I felt like I was rich for 7 days. A staff that was professional at every thing they did. The food at every restaurant was delicious especially in the former dining room, I really felt like the rich and famous because that's how my family and I felt for 7 days . It was always something to do on the ship so much activity and a good energy coming from the hostess of all events going on. On the ship it was a mixture of all different nationality 82 was what the director said and all age groups , everyone was happy and having fun with each other and I give credit to the Carnival Conquest staff. I cant wait to book another cruise through Carnival. I just want to thank Carnival for an amazing 7 days July13-20, 2019 will be a time of great memories for me and my family. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
The crew was happy and helpful! They must have great bosses! Our waiters Vergel and Junrey were exceptional. We went to Chef’s table and had an amazing time! Rosann took care of our cabin and made each day perfect! I can’t say enough ... Read More
The crew was happy and helpful! They must have great bosses! Our waiters Vergel and Junrey were exceptional. We went to Chef’s table and had an amazing time! Rosann took care of our cabin and made each day perfect! I can’t say enough about the Entertainment crew, Lee had us groovin, Adele was super fun! Jackpot Jake was the best! What I can’t believe is how they all remembered our names. I met Dickie one of the singers on deck. He helped with an issue on my phone, introduced himself and remembered me every time I saw him by name! The shows were absolutely amazing especially Dickie. Dancing, singing,comedy and drama he was super! Dissapointing was the Buffet! It was awful and we couldn’t enjoy anything on first day. Type of food awful! Over cooked or inedible. Never went back! Burgers were excellent! Excursions were fantastic in every port. Chef Luis wowed us in Cozumel. We cooked and ate at Blu! Overlooking the sea and pool with Dolphin Swim! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We stayed in Miami overnight before the cruise and explored the city some, then went to the terminal the next day. Embarkation was a fairly quick and fluid process. We were on the ship within an hour of getting through security despite ... Read More
We stayed in Miami overnight before the cruise and explored the city some, then went to the terminal the next day. Embarkation was a fairly quick and fluid process. We were on the ship within an hour of getting through security despite being in group C. Disembarkation took abit longer but that was simply due to having a late number more then anything, once our number was called it was smooth and easy as well. The ship herself was the most beautiful to date I’ve sailed on (Previously one cruise on Disney (don’t remember to much as I was little) and one on the Carnival Dream in 2016). So I’m not an experienced cruiser by any means. Still every single day aboard I was awestruck by the architecture. It is not to big of a ship (smaller then the Dream I believe) but I never felt cramped, it was fairly easy to learn my way around. The only thing that was slightly annoying was the only way to get to dinner every night was to go through the casino and smoke but was not a big deal at all. Our cabin number was 6202 right at the front of the ship. One warning for this cabin is the curtains must be closer after sunset due to the bridge being right above, as well as out the window is an obstructed view showing the deck and bow but if you sit higher on the bed (or I can fit in the window) you can see the ocean. Personally I would book this room again. I loved it, it had plenty of space and was fairly quiet at all times of day. If you do get seasick though Deck 6 was noticeably more rocky then the upper decks. I love the motion of the ship so I actually enjoyed this. The dining we did was all excellent. I ate at the Lido Buffet, Guys burgers, and the Monet restaurant for 8:15 late dining. Never had a meal I didn’t like and the wait staff were absolutely incredible. No complaints whatsoever. The only thing I missed regarding dining was unlike the Dream the Conquest does not have the Mongolian Wok. Entertainment wise I went to 2 comedy club shows. The 18+ one was hilarious, the family friendly one was...eh. But that’s also just my sense of humor. We played several games of Bingo which all were great Jackpot Jake made it a great time even counting we lost every time. We danced one night out on Lido deck and Though is was fun it was extremely crowded and I’m not sure I would do it again (I’m not a Lido deck kind of person anyway). I’d like to mention our cruise director Lee. He was absolutely awesome and literally lit up the whole ship with his enthusiasm during announcements and at events. Three of the ports were fun Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Isla Roatan. Though Security was extremely tight at Cozumel including drug sniffing dogs for every passenger it didn’t lessen the fun. Belize I’m not sure I’d get off the ship next time. This was my second time here and I still wasn’t very impressed. Even though we actually did a 7 hour excursion there I only enjoyed about 45 minutes of it (The Mayan ruins starting with X) the rest kind of felt like a waste of time. If you have never been to Belize I say go, but don’t expect the fanfare of the other ports. The other issue I had with Belize was Carnival seemed very disorganized that morning. For both Grand Cayman and Belize we had to take a water shuttle due to the reefs. Grand Cayman every ran smoothly and we got to shore rather quickly. In Belize they were running behind and it was a 20 minute tender ride to shore. We arrived late for excursions that day. I didn’t travel with any children. I was actually the youngest of the group at 20. Overall I would do this cruise again. I have other ports I would like to explore but the Conquest herself is a beautiful ship that had me awestruck. When it came time to leave I actually shed a few tears at leaving the ship behind. Despite the few bumps it was incredible. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Decided to take my boyfriend on a 7-day cruise with the Carnival Conquest. This trip was our first cruise & did not disappoint! Everything was convenient and well planned out. We only brought a carry on bag each but checked it in when ... Read More
Decided to take my boyfriend on a 7-day cruise with the Carnival Conquest. This trip was our first cruise & did not disappoint! Everything was convenient and well planned out. We only brought a carry on bag each but checked it in when we embarked the cruise. I originally read nightmare reviews about avoiding the Lido buffet during embarkation, but it was wonderful. We both ate & by the time we found our stateroom our luggage was already at our door & our room key was in our personal mailbox. Super exciting. Our room steward, Hendra was amazing! He always made sure we were comfortable, & answered any questions I had. Also, our interior room wasn't as small as I imagined & was super clean. We both slept wonderfully. Our cruise director Matt was energetic & hilarious. All the staff was friendly & professional. Even the travelers on the cruise were super friendly. There was always something to do on the ship. I never laughed so hard at the hairy chest contest & my shy bf even volunteered for the push-up contest. We enjoyed the movie nights on the Lido deck & of course the popcorn. We really enjoyed the excursions that we booked through Carnival. We choose Stingray City in the Grand Cayman, which is a must- see. And we decided to just chill by the beach in Roatan, & save money by not booking an excursion for that port. The beach was super clean & beautiful! Overall it was a memorable vacation. So thank you Carnival! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. There was only one sea day and the rest were ports of call with beautiful beaches. We booked and Grand Suite, 7928, and it was perfect. We even got new furniture for the room in one ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the itinerary. There was only one sea day and the rest were ports of call with beautiful beaches. We booked and Grand Suite, 7928, and it was perfect. We even got new furniture for the room in one port. The A/C worked very well, first time ever we turned the thermostat up because it was too cold. The bed and linens were exceptional in quality. The food was incredible, sampled several different dishes, always found something great. The worst part was the entertainment, which we already were aware of, so not disappointed. The day of the dancing waiter is past. We had anytime dining and one night they could not serve us our entree due to the Show. I felt so sorry for this poor people, you could tell they were so over worked and then have to "perform". We choose two excursions thru Carnival, both were wonderful, and we felt very safe. We choose to self disembark, the fastest we ever have been off a ship. If you do the research you will not be disappointed and the price is the cheapest out there. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This is our third cruise and I couldn't be more happier with the service we received. This is the first time we stayed in a balcony suite and we weren't disappointed with how spacious the cabin was and the great ocean view from ... Read More
This is our third cruise and I couldn't be more happier with the service we received. This is the first time we stayed in a balcony suite and we weren't disappointed with how spacious the cabin was and the great ocean view from the balcony. Our Cabin steward Michael made our trip so much more stress free by making sure all our requests were met throughout the week. The food was amazing with tons of variety and a 24 hour burger and pizza station. My sister is special needs and I couldn't be more happier with the kind treatment we received. They helped us with her wheelchair coming on and off the ship and made sure that she was comfortable when we dined at the restaurant. It was mom and sister's birthday and they gave my sister a free picture frame and my mom a free spa experience worth over 50 dollars, as well as singing happy birthday for both of them in the restaurant. The shore excursion that I would recommend as being the best is the dolphin encounter at ocean world Dominican republic. The staff helped make the experience so much more pleasant and the price for photos and the video of the dolphin swim was not that expensive and very much worth every penny spent. Anyone travelling with a special needs person or has a disability I would recommend this cruise ship; you won't be disappointed with the amazing treatment. The entertainment was phenomenal, every night we had a great show to see. One of the cleaner's in the buffet named Aillen always made sure to greet us anytime we saw her and always had a big smile on her face. I will totally recommend this cruise to anyone who wants great food and entertainment as well as a friendly staff that is there to help you feel right at home. :D Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Overall it was a great cruise. The weather was almost perfect and I haven't had a bad cruise yet. The ship's crew did a great job and the food was good. I think NCL does have a better food selection in their buffet but I ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise. The weather was almost perfect and I haven't had a bad cruise yet. The ship's crew did a great job and the food was good. I think NCL does have a better food selection in their buffet but I always found more than enough to eat. I had my son and granddaughter with me and they enjoyed their cruise too. My only real gripe came after the cruise. I was checking my credit card charges and noticed a charge from Carnival. This was a surprise because this was also my first cruise that I did not receiver a final billing statement. My son did receive one but for me, nada. I had to email for a final statement and it had a charge on the last cruise night. I then had to email to get a receipt for that sale. It was for a necklace that my granddaughter bought and didn't have enough credit on her Sign & Sail. Since her card was tied to her father's credit card and not mine, I can't figure out how I got charged. Also, what good is it to set charge limits if the crew are going to circumvent them? It may have been a coincidence but it looks fishy when I don't get a statement when there is a bogus charge on the bill. My son and I got the charges worked out but we should not have had the need. I let my grandchildren pick a cruise when they turn 13. I have two more grandkids younger than 13 and I am less than confident in keeping Carnival as an option. One last thing. I really liked the new embarkation. We just showed our passport and had our picture taken as we boarded. Our Sign and Sail cards were waiting for us at our door when we were allowed in the cabins. My only whine was that if there was an announcement about where we received the cards, we couldn't hear it. We were a little anxious about how to get in our cabin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Mat, the cruise director, was phenomenal. He is so full of energy and so positive. He was the perfect person to keep the ship going. The adults in our group enjoyed the casino a lot (someone please win our money back). We had so many ... Read More
Mat, the cruise director, was phenomenal. He is so full of energy and so positive. He was the perfect person to keep the ship going. The adults in our group enjoyed the casino a lot (someone please win our money back). We had so many people that talked and laughed with us. I could list something special about each of them, but that would take all day. I do want to mention some of the names of the casino staff that were absolutely amazing. Kyro, Rochelle, Emily and the rest of the pit bosses were fabulous. The dealers, Yuri, Anna, Dorothy, Prudence, Ilya, Tames, Malcolm and Edward are all AWESOME. They made us laugh even while taking our money. The dining was very VERY good. Our team was Lemsem "Sam" and Menzi made each night special. They made our youngest nephew Cooper feel special. I mentioned Anita, our steward, already, but the people behind the scenes are great. She always remembered our names and she always had a smile waiting for us. To say we had a great trip is an understatement. WE HAD AN AMAZING TRIP. I can't wait for the next cruise!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Because my wife is a teacher, and my daughter a student, we cruise based on time (school breaks only) and price (less expensive is better). We wound up getting an incredible deal on the price of this cruise (less than $90/person/day for an ... Read More
Because my wife is a teacher, and my daughter a student, we cruise based on time (school breaks only) and price (less expensive is better). We wound up getting an incredible deal on the price of this cruise (less than $90/person/day for an oceanview), and booked it without really worrying about itinerary, although we were excited to see two new-to-us ports, St. Martin (where my wife had gone on vacation as a teenager) and St. Kitts, and two that we had visited last year and loved, San Juan and Grand Turk. The itinerary was embark in Ft. Lauderdale, 2 sea days, St. Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan, Grand Turk, sea day, return to Ft. Lauderdale. However, about 3 weeks before the cruise, we were informed that instead of St. Kitts, we'd be going to Tortola as the 2nd port. No biggie, we thought, it's another new-to-us port. Embarkation at Ft. Lauderdale was as smooth as we've ever experienced. We opted to park on-site, as the reviews of local off site parking were sketchy at best and downright unhappy at worst, so the difference between $10 off site and $15 on site a day was not worth it. We had an 11:30-12:00 arrival window, and parked the car at 11:30 exactly. We were on the ship before noon. Let me repeat that -- from parking the car at 11:30, we were on board in under 30 minutes. That includes: off loading our luggage, walking to the elevators, walking about 1/4 mile to the porter stand to drop off our luggage, going through security, getting a photo, and going up the gangway. Under 30 minutes. We literally never stopped moving forward. It was the most efficient embarkation I've ever experienced, to the point where I'll seek out cruises from Ft. Lauderdale based solely on that experience. The fact that it's also the closest port to our house (by about 15 minutes -- it's 2 hours ish to Tampa, 1:45 to Lauderdale) is a bonus. Onboard with our carry-ons, we went up to the Lido to have a little lunch and explore while waiting for our cabin to be ready (at 1:30). Protip: in the Lido, there are 4 buffet lines (fore and aft, one each port and starboard), and a dessert line (aft of the buffet). Behind that, there are 2 stairs going up to deck 10, where there is the "old fashioned barbecue," and more seating. We easily found seating there while the Lido was packed on embarkation day. We also signed on for a sea day activity -- a whisky tasting and blending class -- and bought a wine package (3 bottles for $99). At 1:30, we took a ride down to deck 2, to find our cabin. Lo and behold, our luggage was waiting for us when we arrived! Awesome! Get in the room, and unpack. There was plenty of space for 2 adults and a child to stow their stuff for a week (in fact, there were tons of extra plastic hangers in the closets when we arrived, which we really liked). Our cabin steward, Aldo, introduced himself and asked the usual questions ("when do you like your room serviced? Any special requests?" etc). We had ordered some water bottles for the room, and they were waiting for us when we arrived as well. Muster was... well, muster drill. You've done it once, you've done it. It was crowded, annoying, and legally mandated. We started sailing before being released from muster, which was a bummer if you wanted to go to the bon voyage party, but foreshadowed our captain's school of thought towards travel times -- we were always early in to port, and left on the dot -- which we kind of liked. Then, time for dinner. We opted for early dining, so we were in the Monet dining room (all the way aft, decks 3 and 4) at 5:45. Met our headwaiter (who we rarely saw after, to the point that I don't really remember his name a day later), and the rest of our wait team, Redana, and Ralsita (from Indonesia and Bulgaria, respectively). They both took a special interest in our daughter, with Redana delivering her food (usually a chicken breast or some steak) and cutting it up for her, even feeding her the first bite, and Ralsita keeping a supply of chocolate milk for her from the second day on (we saw Ralsita at the Lido early on the first sea day, and our daughter asked for chocolate milk to drink with breakfast; she inferred the rest and kept us in calcium and chocolate for the rest of the trip). The food on the trip was, overall, in the quite good to excellent range. There were little touches that stood out -- some sauces plated on the sides as decoration, an extra sprig of greens to garnish -- and everything was cooked as we ordered, so no medium rare steak arriving medium well, for example. The wine service was done professionally, by the book, which I appreciated (the ritual of wine service is interesting, with every part having a point -- the bottle is presented, kept in sight at all times so you know it's not getting switched, the cork presented to prove it's the wine you ordered, first taste to the one ordering to make sure it's not corked or oxidized, and first full pour to the lady at the table for politeness). We also found Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana, Pizza Pirate, and even the BBQ to be nicely done. I did try out a couple of "food hacks" for the burgers from Guy's -- get a plain burger, top with salsa from the Blue Igauna, for example, or take it up the the BBQ and get some pulled pork and sauce to top it with -- and liked the results. Entertainment was easy to find. There are the production shows and comedy, of course, but there were also things like having the production show cast lead a dance routine by the pool, and plenty of live music (this cruise had a steel drummer, a DJ, a brass trio, an acoustic singer and guitar soloist, a 6-piece rock band, and a string trio, playing in the atrium lobby, by the casino, and sometimes elsewhere, like by the dining rooms). As noted above, I did a Scotch whisky tasting and blending class with one of the Alchemy bartenders, who was super-knowledgeable about whiskys, and that was well worth the time and money (several glasses worth of whisky, and I got to keep a 100 ml bottle of my own creation -- which they let us simply walk off with, rather than confiscating like duty-free booze). We also saw two of the dive-in movies (Instant Family and Bohemian Rhapsody), and enjoyed the experience a lot. Our daughter liked the Camp Ocean activities, including one night when we had her in Night Owls so we could have a grown-up dinner and go see R-rated comedy; when we went to pick her up at a bit after midnight, some kids were dozing in "sleeping bags" made of extra blankets in the little kids side, while a movie quietly played, but there was a dance party going on in the bigger kid's side, where she was going strong. She also liked the fact that, because the Conquest has only 1 water slide rather than the 2 on the Glory (which we sailed on previously, and is the same class of ship), it has an extra pool and hot tub which were, if not by rule, then de facto kid's pools. My wife and I appreciated the kid's pools as well, as we could more easily get lounge chairs near the secondary pool; chair hogs were very much in effect on this ship! At one point, we took it upon ourselves to take a couple of lounge chairs that were obviously unoccupied for an hour or more (the folks actually using the chairs around them agreed that they had been empty since at least noon, and it was 1 PM), moving the towels left behind on them to a neat pile behind the chairs as we were using them, and in the hour and a half we were on them, nobody re-appeared to try to reclaim the chairs. This is probably the worst annoyance we had on the trip, to be honest -- there has to be a better way to police chairs by the pool. Perhaps some sort of timer, for when you leave (kind of like a parking meter)? I don't know what the solution is, but I wish someone would find it. Now, as to our grown-up dinner... we opted to do the Chef's Table, which is a bit of a splurge, but well worth it in our opinion. It was over a dozen courses, personalized (I don't like tomatoes, and they changed one course -- tomato soup -- specifically for me -- I got roasted red pepper and pumpkin soup instead), with a tour of the galley, private dining room for up to 10 people (ours had 9), private magic show, photos, and the recipe for warm chocolate melting cake included. It was seriously one of the best meals I've ever had. If you have foodie inclinations, the Chef's Table is well worth the $70/pp plus tip. The ship itself has certainly seen some use -- the carpet is a little worn in places, and some of the seating has seen better days, but it's overall well kept-up, especially when you consider that 3000+ people get on it every week. I do think that it will benefit from it's scheduled drydock in November 2020. Now, each port and what we did.... St. Martin, we literally walked off the ship and got an island tour with some new friends. Off to a senic overlook, Maho beach (crowded, small, and underwhelming), a straw market on the French side (with a very nice cafe nearby), and a 2-hour stay on Orient beach (which is beautiful). On Tortola, we did a snorkeling trip through the ship. It was the afternoon, so we put our daughter in Camp Ocean for the morning and did a little shopping -- my wife tasted (and liked!) some local BVI Gin, we looked at jewelry and watches, etc. Then, after lunch, off to snorkel near Norman Island (the island that inspired Treasure Island). The guide, Mario, was great. My daughter is a very strong swimmer (in fact, she swam with our local swim team for 2 seasons), but for some reason freaked out snorkeling, and Mario came by with a flotation ring to take her to see caves and fish; we just stayed along for the ride. Well worth it! San Juan was, frankly, a little bit of a bummer this time. We arrived early, and could get off the ship as early as 7:30, but nothing in San Juan aside from Walgreens (right off the pier!) is open until 9. Since we had to be back on the ship at 1:30, that meant basically only 4 and a half hours to do anything. We just stopped for some sundries at Walgreens, walked the city a little, found a cafe (Cafe Angel) for mofongo and pina coladas, and back on board. I really liked San Juan last time we were in port, but last time we stayed longer; too bad. Then, Grand Turk. We arrived, and it started to POUR. There was a waterspout visible from the gangway of the ship, in fact! Sucked for my wife and daughter, as they were planning on a beach day. Me, I was scuba diving alone (neither of them are certified divers), so as long as the dive boat went out, I was OK. The diving was awesome; two tanks, first dive at the "tunnel" site, about 200 yards offshore, we dropped to the bottom at 70', then were led through a rock formation to "the wall," where the bottom drops rapidly to 7,000'. Super cool! Then the second dive was at "governor's house," where the bottom is more like 55', and we saw a ton of sea life -- Spanish mackerel, dories, even a turtle! Again, well worth it, but I would bring my own regulator next time -- mine had a non-working depth gauge, and another man on our boat had to make an emergency ascent with his dive buddy providing air through his octo, as his pressure gauge malfunctioned (never something you want to say). My wife and daughter, meanwhile, enjoyed the cruise port chairs (with the green cruise port umbrellas!) and rented snorkeling gear to enjoy the shallows. Finally, it was time to leave. Disembarkation was as smooth as embarking. Picked up our duty-free alcoholic souvenir (a bottle of BVI gin), had some breakfast, and before we knew it, they were calling our group number. We were off the ship and back in our car within 30 minutes, easily as smooth as the embarkation was. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
All in all a very nice experience. The ship was very well maintained, very clean Crew was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Customer service top notch. Cabin Steward very good, very conscious of our needs. The dining ... Read More
All in all a very nice experience. The ship was very well maintained, very clean Crew was great. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Customer service top notch. Cabin Steward very good, very conscious of our needs. The dining room experience was wonderful, our waiter was very personable, the food was excellent and arrived soon after order. The buffet seemed well stocked and delicious.Could have used a bit more variety. Entertainment OK, the atrium band was very good, the shows were very good. All ports were excellent. Did not take long to get off ship at each stop. The cruise director was excellent. The only exception to the overall good experience was the female entertainer in the Piano Bar. She was a foul-mouthed poor excuse for entertainment. She had some huge chip on her shoulder about men and for some reason felt it important to drop the F-bomb every chance she got. For the short time I was in there I felt like I was watching the movie Good Will Hunting. Her singing voice was pretty weak, I am shocked she was even able to land a job with Carnival. Despite this one bad experience, I would recommend this ship to anyone with the suggestion that they stop by the Piano Bar the first night and peek inside. If there is a blonde woman playing piano, keep moving, don't waste your time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Carnival got it right again. We cruised this ship for our 25th anniversary which is when we started cruising again thanks to the wonderful time we had. This trip was even better. The service was outstanding. Only had one complaint and ... Read More
Carnival got it right again. We cruised this ship for our 25th anniversary which is when we started cruising again thanks to the wonderful time we had. This trip was even better. The service was outstanding. Only had one complaint and they handled it immediately and fairly as well. We had a small problem on an excursion and they took care of it and gave us a 25% discount. This was very fair. Everyone went above and beyond to be sure we had a great trip. Our cabin steward Gusti was amazing. He knew us before we even got to our room. Marko in the Renoir dining room was terrific. The food was great as always. We had faster to the fun, but probably did not need it except for getting to enter our cabin early. We got to the ship about 11:00 and walked right on. Easiest boarding I can remember. Leaving went smoothly as well. We did 4 Carnival excursions and except for one small problem that they took care of they were all very good. CD Matt was very good, but nobody can replace Chris Willams for me. He is the absolute best. Russ the comic was the best. He proves you can do an over 18 show without a lot of foul language and be funny. His PG show as also the best I have seen. I was lucky and had 2 upgrade offers and took both of them and had a great 10th floor balcony room, so now I am spoiled. Great location on the ship. Overall this was a great cruise and I can't wait for the next one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My sister actually chose this cruise. I was very impressed with the crew. Whatever you do to make your crew pleasant and helpful please keep it up. I was very impressed with the bar tenders as the Red Frog. Komang, was a great bar tender ... Read More
My sister actually chose this cruise. I was very impressed with the crew. Whatever you do to make your crew pleasant and helpful please keep it up. I was very impressed with the bar tenders as the Red Frog. Komang, was a great bar tender very nice with a super sense of humor. Keep up the good work! The food was fabulous both at the buffet and at the restaurant. Guy burgers were absolutely addictive. The room Stuart’s were great. The whole ship was kept clean at all times. The entertainment was awesome. The cruise director Matt had such great energy that is infectious. He kept me laughing the whole week. The shows I saw were well done and very professional. This was my first cruise and if/when I do this again I will be sure to make it on carnival conquest. Thank you all for such a great time Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I went on this cruise with a friend who was joining 80 plus others she has cruised with before. This was their 10th anniversary group cruise. Everywhere we went people were awesome and friendly, except for the two people trying to save an ... Read More
I went on this cruise with a friend who was joining 80 plus others she has cruised with before. This was their 10th anniversary group cruise. Everywhere we went people were awesome and friendly, except for the two people trying to save an entire row in the theater. They weren't considerate or friendly. What part of no saving seats do some people not get? The pool areas were clean and there were no kids in the adult only pools or hot tubs. I was pretty amazed by that. The Aruba shore excursion, "Downtown walking and food tour" was informative and tasty. The tour guide, Ron Wayne, was very knowledgeable about the history of Aruba and shared his knowledge in a very engaging manner. In Curacao we went on a golf outing not sponsored by Carnival and it was the first time I had played golf on vacation. The water hazards were amazingly beautiful, you know the Caribbean Sea...... I did lose a couple balls...... oh well. I would recommend this excursion to anyone. We golfed at the Blue Bay Resort and Golf Club. I have nothing bad to say about the ship or crew. I was very happy the entire 9 days. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We loved this cruise that went to St. Kitts, St. Maartin, San Juan and Grand Turk! The CD, Mat was a hoot. He had more energy than an energizer bunny. He was so entertaining and related to everyone, young and old. We enjoyed the food - ... Read More
We loved this cruise that went to St. Kitts, St. Maartin, San Juan and Grand Turk! The CD, Mat was a hoot. He had more energy than an energizer bunny. He was so entertaining and related to everyone, young and old. We enjoyed the food - we did YTD. I will say some of the tables were just a little close (they actually had to pull the table out for my husband to be able to sit there. Even the Lido buffet food had excellent choices and were prepared well for a buffet. The entertainment was excellent especially in the atrium each evening. We enjoyed listening to Joanne in the piano bar - she has a wonderful sense of humor and can tickle the ivories like no other. Her voice isn't bad either!! Our cabin steward, Dmyetro, was very pleasant and efficient and made the best towel animals. I did not enjoy having to pass through the smoke infused casino - it would be helpful to glass enclose a smoking area in the casino so that non-smokers could pass through or play without inhaling other peoples smoke. We took one shore excursion and had a great time. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the island and handled the variety of personalities on the tour with professionalism. We chose to take our own luggage when we disembarked and found it to be very easy to do. Very organized and well run! We plan to book another cruise soon! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. ... Read More
We wanted to go to Grand Turk so we picked the Conquest and we did it back to back so we went to Grand Turk twice. We love live bands and love to dance. The Smooth Operators band was the best band we have experienced in 20 cruises. Randi Andi the Comedy manager also was awesome and the 8 singers/dancers put on a fabulous show of rock music. I literally have no complaints about anything. Service in main dining and food excellent, cruise director Matt was exceptional. Spa was just right, ship size was just right right service was great, inside room was just right for us. We moved from Serenity deck to the kids pool to the adult pool and they were all nice. Carnival also was great getting on board and transferring from the 8 day to the next 6 day we did not have to leave our room. The staff made everything very smooth. We liked the shows so much we saw the Epic Rock and 80s show twice. Amber Cove was a great port it had a free pool with bar like Margaritaville in Grand Turk so we don't even want excursions. We did go on an excursion to the Batik, and fort on St Kitts which was fine. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, ... Read More
!6th cruise, first time on the Conquest. The date, itinerary and recommendation from friends were the reasons f we chose this ship. This was the first time we sailed from Fort Lauderdale and even without Platinum status (yet!) or FTTF, it was by far the easiest boarding and debarkation experience so far. Although an older vessel, it was clean and easy to find our way around. I wish there were better ways to circumnavigate the casino without having to go up or down to another deck and then back to avoid the smoke. As a reformed smoker the stench is very repulsive to me. The food didn't seem quite as good or as previously experienced on other ships and the serving temperature left a bit to be desired. Staff was great, Mat Sequin was our Cruise Director and was quite entertaining and engaging. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale and for the price, amebnities and shuttle service, would suggest it as a possible overnight accommodation for your cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Stepping on board the Conquest and your party begins! Entertainment and enthusiasm from the crew was so fun and energizing. From sail away to the very last night this Carnival crew was fabulous. The dining options were plenty and the ... Read More
Stepping on board the Conquest and your party begins! Entertainment and enthusiasm from the crew was so fun and energizing. From sail away to the very last night this Carnival crew was fabulous. The dining options were plenty and the variety of food venues was no exception. The ports of call were great. We got off the ship at each port, whether it was to enjoy a beach day or take in an excursion. We sat on the beach in Princess Cays where chairs were free and plentiful and the views were stunning. Our stop at Grand Turk was gorgeous where we were mesmerized by the beautiful blue water and great sandy beaches. Curaçao was where we took our first excursion and had a great tour of some of Curaçao’s most famous highlights. Aruba was our last port and we certainly saved the best for last. We also took an excursion here called, “The Highlights of Aruba”, and learned so much about its history and culture. The entire cruise was filled with more entertainment and adventures than I expected. Having the opportunity to travel the high seas and to be able to visit places in the Caribbean that I’ve never been to is such a joy. There’s no vacation like a cruising vacation! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Carnival Conquest We cruised out of Fort Lauderdale on 12/22/18 for our Christmas cruise. We flew in a few days early and stayed at the Embassy Suites (17th Street). The hotel is very nice and was decorated beautifully for Christmas. ... Read More
Carnival Conquest We cruised out of Fort Lauderdale on 12/22/18 for our Christmas cruise. We flew in a few days early and stayed at the Embassy Suites (17th Street). The hotel is very nice and was decorated beautifully for Christmas. The pool area and koi pond was very enjoyable. Breakfast was good, very busy at times but during the holidays that is to be expected. Evening appetizer and drink reception was fine. Apparently gone are the days of hot food (wings, poppers, etc.) for the reception, but the chips, veggies, and popcorn were ok. Lots of shopping and restaurants in this area. One night we walked to the 15th Street Fisheries, I would highly recommend this. We ate in the casual area (dockside). They light up the water and you can feed the fish (including tarpon). I would recommend going at night. We were able to experience the new Pixel photo program that Carnival is offering. No more searching through thousands of prints to find yours. There are IPad’s all over the ship where you can look up your photos and download them directly to your device. There is still an option to have your photos printed, if you like. Big fan of this, but thought the cost was high. This was our first Christmas cruise. The crew did a great job with all of the Christmas programs and giveaways. Meals – we had the early seating and enjoyed our waiters (especially Gus). Service was good somedays and not good others. Seems that they are understaffed. We have noticed this on our other recent cruises as well. Several nights we skipped dessert so we could make it out in time for the Dive In Movie. Bars – we enjoy the Alchemy bar but were disappointed in our two other cruises this year that the staff was lackluster. We however did enjoy the staff (and the drinks they served us) on the Carnival Conquest. Embarkation This was very easy with no issues. No more checking in at the desk, we just walked right on the ship. First stop “Guys Burgers”, then a little exploring. Before we knew it, it was time to get into our cabins. Muster Station Carnival needs to do something about this process. First of all, deck 4 had a horrible sewer or oil smell. Bad enough that most of us felt sick to our stomachs. Secondly, the drill took an HOUR. We were already leaving dock before we were done. There should be no more waiting on people who do not show up. Start charging them $200 per person and that should get their attention. It is ridiculous to make the people who are doing the right thing by showing up, wait an hour. Survival of the fittest, if you can’t figure out how to put on your life preserver, then…. Also, kids could be given their wrist bands when getting on the ship. Princess Cays We rented a cabana in the adult section and we had a very relaxing day. First on the tenders, then they give you a ride to (and from) the cabana. Waiters delivered drinks during the day and it was just a short walk to lunch. Make sure you bring water shoes, as there is no “beach” in front of the cabanas but only rocks and coral. Also we found some sand burs, so be careful. We were provided with one float which we took with us into the water to snorkel (we brought our own). Beautiful fish and coral to look at. Grand Turk One of our favorite ports! We got right off the boat, then took the kids to see the NASA Mercury display. Stopped by the “whale” for photos and then headed on down the beach. Went to the conch shell graveyard and snorkeled for a bit. Then headed back and had a drink at the Beached Whale Bar. Some of our group wanted to head back to the ship. The remainder of us plopped down in the sand at the beach in front of the cruise ships; we also did some snorkeling here. Washed off at the showers and headed back to the ship. Aruba We booked a tour with Sonny Binns https://sonnytoursaruba.com and we had a great time. There ended up being only 4 of us on this tour, which was AMAZING! We visited the Lighthouse, Aloe Factory, Natural Bridge, and climbed Rock Formations. Plus, lots of “extras” along the way. This tour is highly recommended. We ended up being in port for about 5 hours extra because of a crime that was committed on board. Very unfortunate for everyone involved, but it did make me think that the ship could have stayed at this port longer. Which would mean more beach time for us. As we still made it back to Fort Lauderdale in plenty of time. Curacao We booked the Beach Hopping tour with Irie Tours http://irietours.com/ Four beaches and a stop to see the flamingos. All of the beaches were beautiful, but at one we were able to swim with sea turtles…amazing! So much fun! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of ... Read More
I booked a balcony cabin for the Eastern Caribbean cruise with stops at Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove. I opted for any time dining which gave me allocation to the Renoir Restaurant which is located in the middle of the ship. I was located in cabin 6379 which was conveniently located within easy walking distance of elevators, near the middle of the ship. Standard balcony cabin for Carnival which is spacious for one and adequate for two - not sure how those with more cope unless you each sit on your own beds for relaxation. Nassau : This was my second visit to Nassau and I wanted to spend time in the Straw Market. It's worth having a good wander around this and getting away from the stalls at the edge which are more mass-produced items to those in the centre where you may well see ladies working at their craft. Invest in a purchase or two of straw work and engage with the lady who made it for you. My US$20 basket was made by a 78-year old lady who told me how she had previously worked but now made baskets to keep her fingers nimble and how it got her out of the house, Half Moon Cay : Definitely one for the beach fans. I took a walk around the back access road in the hope of finding a little solitude - which I did for a while in one of the shelters (presumably where you can wait for the shuttle back to the dock if you've walked too far) but it didn't last long. I didn't spend much time ashore and rather appreciated the balcony of my cabin instead. Grand Turk : A selection of shops, cafes and bars but mainly a beach stop again. You can get your passport stamped at the 'post office' here but it's not much of a stamp. I made the mistake of getting off ship for the second time just before sunset (a real struggle as none of the gangways are left open for those wishing to depart so you have to battle the returning crowds). I wanted to get some sunset photos and photos of the ship lit up - unfortunately, the mosquitos had other thoughts, so if this is something you'd like to do here, be sure to use bug repellant. Amber Cove : Open some 5 years, this is a purpose-built port for the cruise ships. Great selection of shops, cafes and bars where I enjoyed a lovely iced coffee. As it's purpose built, the Amber Cove sign is strategically placed to ensure your cruise ship is in the background. Additionally, there's a large pool complex here which is free of charge. This is because there is no beach at this stop. One of the reasons I cruise Carnival out of the USA (I'm a UK resident) is because I enjoy playing craps, which we don't have in the UK. So cruising this way I get two holidays in one. Maria (from Russia) was an excellent dealer in the casino - I look forward to seeing her on Carnival Glory in January 2019. Like other patrons, I do wish Carnival would remove smoking from their casinos instead of making it the only interior space for smoking. As craps players, we were slightly spoiled as none of the regular players smoked and it was the 4th evening of the cruise before any smoker joined us. The first couple of evenings they had new dealers for craps learning alongside the more experienced staff. It's important for players to remember that we rely on these people to be able to play and we do need to give them opportunity to practice their craft. I ate in the Monet Restaurant for breakfast - service was good. In the evenings I ate in the Renoir Restaurant, sometimes solo and sometimes at a shared table. Antoine and Krestina were excellent here. Lunch was a selection from the Lido deck buffet - followed by a plate of cake to take back and enjoy on the balcony. I didn't participate in any of the other activities on the ship so can't comment on the entertainment in general. I did have to wait in the atrium area a couple of times for a table in Renoir Restaurant and have to say that a found the string trio rather disappointing. Their backing track was a little too loud, not allowing the strings to dominate; they barely smiled and never spoke. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I went with my friend who had an extra ticket. The food was great even the unusual food they served. The cabin was nice, but I was a little bummed the cabins only have one normal outlet. Our room keeper, Su, was wonderful and always ... Read More
I went with my friend who had an extra ticket. The food was great even the unusual food they served. The cabin was nice, but I was a little bummed the cabins only have one normal outlet. Our room keeper, Su, was wonderful and always greeted us by name when he seen us. Even by the first day. There were great activities on board. Dining was great and waiters very patient. I had Rouelo and Marco. Very polite and willing to joke around to break the awkwardness amongst the people we were assigned to dine with. Excursions great and organized. Embarkation went smooth for us, because we happened to be around where they unloaded we got off fast. The Cruise director, Leigh, was great with announcements and his dancing. The shows they put on are wonderful. Between live music and the lip sync battles. Leigh trying to teach people to dance was one of the best shows put on. Overall one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I went on this cruise with family and friends. I really enjoyed everything. Everyone was so nice and spoke to you when passing. All of them were so helpful. The first night the dining room staff introduced themselves. After that they knew ... Read More
I went on this cruise with family and friends. I really enjoyed everything. Everyone was so nice and spoke to you when passing. All of them were so helpful. The first night the dining room staff introduced themselves. After that they knew exactly what I wanted to drink. They were so helpful with everything even suggestions on some things. Loved the entertainment!!! The Cruise Activities Director was amazing!!! I hope I see him again. I went to the Veterans service on Sunday. They had little service pins to give to Veterans some of them that came with me did not go. When I met him after the service. I asked could I have a few more. He said sure. I went to the morning show a few times he always called my name. He even asked me to participate in a dance contest. I took a picture with him. His name is Leigh. He is from Australia. I think the singles night could be better. It was at the Alchemy bar. But no one showed up. I think it could be in one of the clubs. Or on the sight when they book their reservations to say that they want to meet someone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Entertainment: Comedy PG show with Ronnie Bullard was the best/funniest ever!!!!! Playlist Production shows: first 2 nights shows were not good plus one of the male dancer/singer kept grabbing his crotch ... Read More
Entertainment: Comedy PG show with Ronnie Bullard was the best/funniest ever!!!!! Playlist Production shows: first 2 nights shows were not good plus one of the male dancer/singer kept grabbing his crotch through the whole show. Then all 3 male entertainers laid on the stage and hunched their microphone stands. But do go to the last 2 shows they do. They were great!!!!!!!!! Food: Excellent! Better than some of the more expensive cruise lines. The restaurants are always delicious and even the Lido deck eateries were wonderful: Blue Iguana, Burgers, Deli and BarBQue. Never tried the buffet except for breakfast once and it was fine. Not impressed with their desserts but didn't need them anyways. Activities: Fun stuff planned but staff didn't always show up. We wasted time waiting for nothing twice; the Carnival Tower at Vincent's Bar and Future Cruise talk.? Matt the director is very nice and energetic but picked the same kids for both Hasbro game shows. Casino smoking is out of hand! Nasty even just walking by. Suggest blocking off a smoking section with walls. Tried to play the machines but couldn't stand it. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
It was a family vacation cruise. This was my first cruise and I enjoyed every minute of it a great way to spend time with my family. Love being out at sea. Some of the people in Jamaica was a little push to sell something to you. I would ... Read More
It was a family vacation cruise. This was my first cruise and I enjoyed every minute of it a great way to spend time with my family. Love being out at sea. Some of the people in Jamaica was a little push to sell something to you. I would like to go on my second cruise one day. The food was great. The room was cleaned good everyday.the drinks where great, great way to relax and enjoy the time aboard and meet new friends. I will do this again sometime next year. The check in and out time was very quick. The shop's on board are really great. The live band was awesome. There's so much to do when your on board. I was very nervous about being on a big ship, but liked it after the first 2 hours. If anyone has never been on a cruise before, you would love it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife and I decided to take our two adult children with us this time-they're both in their 20's. Our son had been cruising before, but this was a first for our daughter. This cruise, we decided to do an inside cabin, since we ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take our two adult children with us this time-they're both in their 20's. Our son had been cruising before, but this was a first for our daughter. This cruise, we decided to do an inside cabin, since we had never done one before. I can honestly say that it wasn't bad at all. We don't spend very much time in our cabin anyway. Our last cruise, we had a balcony on the Elation and hardly used it. Same for the cove balcony on the Fascination. The window on Ecstasy was nice, but I'll never shy away from an inside room again. Embarkation at Fort Lauderdale was a breeze. I drove right up to the terminal, dropped off luggage, and parked not 50 yards away. Amazing. We were on deck 10, Panorama, which was really nice because we were close to the decks and the eats! The one dig on our room was that my mattress wasn't very comfortable. DW was fine with her side, but mine almost had a lump in the middle. I could have asked our steward to help me out, but I didn't, so it's my fault as much as anyone's. As you can see, we had only been on the Fantasy class ships before and wanted to try something a bit bigger. I'm a believer that you get what you want out of your cruise, and we did. We all really enjoyed ourselves. The lines at the Lido buffet were a bit longer than we were used to, but nothing unmanageable. The MDR wasn't crowded at all and we got great service. Guys burgers was fantastic, just like always, and I'm a big fan of the Blue Iguana also. The BBQ was amazing! I could have eaten there every day. We did the steakhouse one night, which was a first for us. It was really nice, but it took a looong time to eat. Our reservation was at 5:30 and we didn't leave until 8:00. Is that normal? We really didn't notice the time dragging by or anything. Our server checked on us regularly, he brought out courses on time, but we just couldn't believe it when we got up and it was eight o'clock! We loved the Serenity deck. It was two levels and at the front of the ship. I like it being on the front better than the back like on Elation. Just my opinion. I don't know if it was the time of year or the bigger ship, but the ride was as smooth as glass. You really had to try to feel the movement of the ship. We did the Blue Hole and river tubing excursion in Jamaica. I used a tour company that I found online after some research and I am very, very happy. The excursion was only $60 per person. I was a little put off because it was so cheap, but there were hundreds of 5 star recommendations of TripAdvisor. The Blue Hole is magnificent, I don't care who you get it through. You MUST be able to swim, and it doesn't hurt to have some intestinal fortitude. Some of those jumps are HIGH. It is cold mountain water that is so refreshing. After that we were taken to the White River for tubing. We each had our own tube with a bottom in it. It was a blast. There were small rapids all through it. Very fun. I'm pretty sure there are different river tubing excursions, so your results may vary. In Grand Cayman I had reserved a beach cabana at the Royal Palms beach resort. Admission was included with the cabana. The water was incredibly beautiful. We just swam around and were basically beach bums. It was nice to have to cabana to get out of the sun occasionally. The waiter came by often. We ordered lunch that was great. My son got the jerk Mahi Mahi. I didn't even know that was a thing. We have gotten the Cheers package in the past, and our kids did get it. This time, I was determined not to get it, but act like we had it, if that makes sense. I bought a $500 gift certificate from AARP for $450, like I learned here on Cruise Critic, and I put that on our sign and sail card. We never once stopped to think how many we've had or how much it costs. Let me say that neither me nor DW are heavy drinkers, but still. She loved the Pina Coladas, I drank whatever drink i felt like, we got a pitcher in the Punchliner, several drinks from the Alchemy Bar (which is just as amazing as I've read it was). Can't go on a cruise without a couple of milkshakes with a shot of Espresso! Plus, DW is a Coke-a-holic. The night before debarkation I checked my balance and I still had $200 left. We couldn't believe it. I think that seals the deal for me on the Cheers question. Debark wasn't quite as smooth. We were going to carry our own luggage out, so we could hit the road for the long drive back home. They called the first 2 decks and that was it. Finally, about 9:30, they just announced that everyone who was carrying their own luggage could go. Wow. Deck 1, deck 2, everybody else. We went through the cattle line and breezed through customs. One thing I felt like the port folks did that was above and beyond, my daughter left her Nintendo Switch game in her room. Probably $1000 worth of game and cartridges. She noticed this as we were getting in the truck to leave. We went and found a port worker, who directed us to another port worker, Jerry. He listens, makes a call on the radio, tells us they'll get it. About an hour later, someone came walking out with everything. First, I figured it would be fill out some paperwork and they'll mail it to us, if they find it. Second, I thought an hour was incredible time for someone to go up to that deck, find it, and then walk all the way back out to us. Kudos to the port crew and Jerry. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time on a Cruise and I was a little nervous about being on a ship for a few days but when I got there it was amazing. The best experience. The Cruise Director Mat was amazing hes the right person for the job very ... Read More
This was my first time on a Cruise and I was a little nervous about being on a ship for a few days but when I got there it was amazing. The best experience. The Cruise Director Mat was amazing hes the right person for the job very entertaining. Everyone that worked on the cruise was very nice and friendly. Mario the floor keeper on the 10th floor was so nice. Whenever we called him he was there at the door. I had a awesome first experience and I'm planning my second trip on carnival conquest because of the awesome cruise director Mat! For my amazing first experience. The food was great and the head waiter we had I Made was great he remembered my boyfriend's name and my name it was very nice to be greeted by name. Marty was a great addition to having Mat he would make a great cruise director. Maci was great at bingo and karaoke. The performers and the shows were amazing and Stephanie was and absolutely an amazing singer and very talented. I wish I could remember and put down everyone's name on the ship they made us feel right at home. Carnival Conquest was an amazing ship with an even more amazing crew. We will be back because of them. Thank you so much to the conquest crew. Read Less
Carnival Conquest Ratings
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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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