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Just got back from an 8-nighter on the Conquest. This was our 6th cruise with Carnival; second on the Conquest. My review will concentrate on the good, bad, and just plain crazy for various categories. Embarkation/Debarkation: Not much good either way. Embarkation was better - we arrived at the port at our scheduled time of check-in of 10:30am. We were on board at a little before noon. That was the longest it has ever taken, but we were glad to finally start our cruise, or so we thought. We were travelling with another couple, thought we were linked, but had different tables at dinner. Spent about 30 minutes waiting in line to get that straightened out. Thankfully, we were eating at the steak house the first night as the dining room manager said he could not fix the table until the next night. Waited for our bags and, after muster drill and sail away, I went searching. Found them near the elevator and towed them back to the room myself - now I was on vacation! Debarkation on 11/6 was nothing short of a nightmare. Took 1 1/2 hours from the time we departed the ship to getting a cab. Five custom officials working - one for international/handicap persons, one for the "new" passport app (which they told us about as we were leaving the ship and was only good if everyone in your party had a smart phone, which we did not), 3 taking care of the rest of the passengers - what a travesty! Ship: The good - We loved our room (7451 - aft facing balcony). The location was great - not a long way to the stairs/elevator, 2 floors below the Lido deck, 2 floors above the bars/casino, shops. Very rarely took the elevator. Décor of the ship was nice. Loved the pool/slide and the bars on the Lido. The bad - she is a very tired ship in need of a lot of TLC. While clean, she has quite of bit of rust, peeling paint, broken things, etc. Think she is due for dry dock next year - hopefully she will make it. The bizarre - just the layout of the dining rooms - up one flight of stairs, walk forward, back down. Got lost a few times but think I have it mastered now. Entertainment: The good - Really enjoyed the show "Flick", the juggler and mentalist were entertaining. Went to the costume contest on Halloween - that was quite an eye opener as to what length people do for Halloween. Most costumes were fantastic and well thought out - but the bizarre were the S&M group - not sure anyone needed to see that, and they didn't specify that it was only 18+ so some parents were probably not too happy. The bad - went to one comedy show and it was horrible. Granted, it was the PG early show, but he was bad. Food: The good - Went to Steakhouse twice (first and last nights) and it was fantastic both time. Did the Chef's Table on Halloween - again, it was fantastic. One in our group tried the BlueIguana for lunch and liked it. Several did Guy's Burger once or twice - again, they loved it. Ended up at the BBQ on embarkation (Lido buffet was crazy busy) and went again another afternoon and enjoyed it both times. Main dining room was just ok, as far as the food goes. I opted several times for the Port of Call special and that was always the best in my opinion. The bad - while our wait staff in the main dining room were efficient, they are extremely overworked. Two people handling 3 tables of ten, and 5 or 6 tables of four. And, they did everything - ordering, drinks, delivering food, clearing - way too much. The bizarre - dress code was never enforced, even on Cruise Elegant nights. Anywhere from nice dresses for women, shirts/chinos for men (some ties and jackets) to short shorts, cut offs, t-shirts, lots of baseball caps. Saw one woman walking barefoot through dining room - not a good thing, but she was not stopped from doing it, several times. All In all, it was an enjoyable trip - any time on a cruise is a good time. Ports were good, weather was just ok (but you can't do anything about Mother Nature). Favorite bar still remains the Alchemy Bar - great drinks and wonderful bar tenders. We may try the Conquest again after her dry dock, but it would depend on the itinerary and what they do with her.

The Good, the Bad, and the What????

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by mduffy1834

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Southern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-View Extended Balcony
Just got back from an 8-nighter on the Conquest. This was our 6th cruise with Carnival; second on the Conquest. My review will concentrate on the good, bad, and just plain crazy for various categories.

Embarkation/Debarkation: Not much good either way. Embarkation was better - we arrived at the port at our scheduled time of check-in of 10:30am. We were on board at a little before noon. That was the longest it has ever taken, but we were glad to finally start our cruise, or so we thought. We were travelling with another couple, thought we were linked, but had different tables at dinner. Spent about 30 minutes waiting in line to get that straightened out. Thankfully, we were eating at the steak house the first night as the dining room manager said he could not fix the table until the next night. Waited for our bags and, after muster drill and sail away, I went searching. Found them near the elevator and towed them back to the room myself - now I was on vacation! Debarkation on 11/6 was nothing short of a nightmare. Took 1 1/2 hours from the time we departed the ship to getting a cab. Five custom officials working - one for international/handicap persons, one for the "new" passport app (which they told us about as we were leaving the ship and was only good if everyone in your party had a smart phone, which we did not), 3 taking care of the rest of the passengers - what a travesty!

Ship: The good - We loved our room (7451 - aft facing balcony). The location was great - not a long way to the stairs/elevator, 2 floors below the Lido deck, 2 floors above the bars/casino, shops. Very rarely took the elevator. Décor of the ship was nice. Loved the pool/slide and the bars on the Lido. The bad - she is a very tired ship in need of a lot of TLC. While clean, she has quite of bit of rust, peeling paint, broken things, etc. Think she is due for dry dock next year - hopefully she will make it. The bizarre - just the layout of the dining rooms - up one flight of stairs, walk forward, back down. Got lost a few times but think I have it mastered now.

Entertainment: The good - Really enjoyed the show "Flick", the juggler and mentalist were entertaining. Went to the costume contest on Halloween - that was quite an eye opener as to what length people do for Halloween. Most costumes were fantastic and well thought out - but the bizarre were the S&M group - not sure anyone needed to see that, and they didn't specify that it was only 18+ so some parents were probably not too happy. The bad - went to one comedy show and it was horrible. Granted, it was the PG early show, but he was bad.

Food: The good - Went to Steakhouse twice (first and last nights) and it was fantastic both time. Did the Chef's Table on Halloween - again, it was fantastic. One in our group tried the BlueIguana for lunch and liked it. Several did Guy's Burger once or twice - again, they loved it. Ended up at the BBQ on embarkation (Lido buffet was crazy busy) and went again another afternoon and enjoyed it both times. Main dining room was just ok, as far as the food goes. I opted several times for the Port of Call special and that was always the best in my opinion. The bad - while our wait staff in the main dining room were efficient, they are extremely overworked. Two people handling 3 tables of ten, and 5 or 6 tables of four. And, they did everything - ordering, drinks, delivering food, clearing - way too much. The bizarre - dress code was never enforced, even on Cruise Elegant nights. Anywhere from nice dresses for women, shirts/chinos for men (some ties and jackets) to short shorts, cut offs, t-shirts, lots of baseball caps. Saw one woman walking barefoot through dining room - not a good thing, but she was not stopped from doing it, several times.

All In all, it was an enjoyable trip - any time on a cruise is a good time. Ports were good, weather was just ok (but you can't do anything about Mother Nature). Favorite bar still remains the Alchemy Bar - great drinks and wonderful bar tenders. We may try the Conquest again after her dry dock, but it would depend on the itinerary and what they do with her.
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