We had a group of 9 which cruised for 7 nights on the Carnival Conquest. The night before the cruise we all stayed at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. The hotel was beautiful, it boasted wonderful accommodations at a reasonable price. It is located across the street from the gulf and has beautiful views and grounds. We all highly recommend the Hotel Galvez. They provide a free transfer to the cruise as well as parking during the cruise if needed. Embarkation was quick and easy. We arrived at the ship at approximately 11:30am. Those of us in the VIP category were on the Lido deck enjoying the lunch buffet by 11:40am. The rest of the group (non-VIP's) was only about 20 min. behind us and had no complaints about the embarkation process. We were able to enter our room at 1:30pm. Our room was the basic suite and well worth the extra cost. It was located on deck 7, a quiet floor with rooms above and below. We have previously stayed on a higher deck with a swimming pool above us and will not recommend this. The suite had a huge balcony, lots of misc. storage cabinets, 3 closets filled with hangers, a couch, coffee table, bar, refrigerator, dressing area, bathroom with double sinks and a jacuzzi tub. The bed and bedding was extremely comfortable. We were very happy with all of the space and didn't have to trip over each other for a week. Take a travel clock for your room as ships do not typically provide these. The cabin steward was very accommodating and friendly during the entire trip. The Conquest recently was in dry dock and everything was immaculate throughout the ship. We didn't see any dirt, chipped paint, ripped carpet, etc. anywhere on the entire ship. We spent the first 2 days at sea but weren't able to be in the pool area because of the extremely high winds. We spent a lot of time in the casino these first 2 days. The casino is what you would expect in any casino, a variety of slots and table games. The cocktail service in the casino is awesome and extremely quick. I went to the wine tasting seminar at The Point which was informative and worth the $10. I utilized the spa services for a hot-stone massage and facial. Both services I highly-recommended, they do try and sell you spa products at the end of your service but you just have to tell them "No" and there is no pressure at all. Our entire group went for dinner at The Point one evening and we were all very satisfied with the high quality of the food, service and the modest extra cost. We were in the Renoir dining room each night and the food/service were all satisfactory. We can't find anything to complain about! Some of the culinary highlights were the eggs benedict, chateaubriand, prime rib, chocolate melting cake, surf/turf, all an A-plus! Even the pizza, hot dogs and mexican midnite buffet are recommended! Jamaica was a trashy, dirty destination but those in our group who did the zip-line/waterfalls excursion recommend it. Grand Cayman Islands are beautiful but there is a very high exchange rate. We went to the El Cozumeleno all-inclusive resort in Cozumel for a day pass. It was $50 per person for all food, drinks (including alcohol), beach, snorkeling, swimming, hot tubs, etc. This was well worth the price and only a short $9 taxi ride from the ship. This was our 3rd cruise and by far the most pleasurable. The Carnival Conquest is a beautiful ship which is well-maintained. The service is absolutely top-notch. We didn't have anything to complain about until debarkation. We attended the seminar and were told if you have a flight out the next day to take your airline itinerary to the purser's desk and you would get luggage tags which would allow you to leave the ship first in the morning. Although we did this the debarkation still began with the self-assists, which by the way consists of about 80% of the ship and took until 10am to complete. We almost missed our flight due to this misinformation. My only suggestion for Carnival would be to let all of the people with flights off the ship first, whether or not they are self-assist. All it takes is showing your airline itinerary to prove you are a flyer!
Category 11 suite. Room is in a quiet location. The room is large, clean, comfortable, lots of storage and closet space. Balcony is large and has 3 chairs. The bathroom is awesome with double sinks and a jacuzzi tub. I highly recommend a suite for a long cruise.