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Staff and service: The true highlight of our experience. Chloe the Cruise Director, our room steward Erwin and everyone else we encountered was positively lovely and wonderful. Cabin (balcony spa deck 1108): see below Dining: We had the flexible "your time" dining but was only able to enjoy the main dining room two nights because the wait on the other nights were SO long - anywhere from 30-60 minutes, which wasn't worth the wait. We ate at the buffet most often and the food was plentiful but simply not satisfying. Also sometimes long lines at the buffet when they'd only have one side open. Blue Iguana and Guys were the best options. Entertainment: We went to the 80s and Hollywood theatre shows and really enjoyed them, as well as one comedy show (with the male comedian) which was hilarious. Shows are short, only 30 mins, so we wish they'd been longer. Also went to the Q&A with Chloe which was fun. Overall Experience: Just felt like we were in a constant "herd" - waiting in lines to embard/debark, waiting for the tender boats, waiting for the buffet, waiting for the main dining room (I did try to book FTTF but it was unfortunately sold out), no availability of lounge chairs, etc. I don't remember it to be this way from past cruises I've taken, though admittedly this was my first time cruising with kids so I'm sure that added to the frustration. The entire week was absolutely a practice in patience which didn't feel relaxing or like a vacation. Enrichment Activities: I'm not sure what they mean by this, but there were people everywhere trying to sell you stuff, felt really weird. They weren't overly aggressive, but it still felt like we were dodging "special offers" on every deck. Fitness & Recreation: Unfortunately did not end up using even though we specifically booked a spa deck room for close access to the gym (alas, kids....) Shore Excursions: We booked our own and not through the cruise to avoid the crowds which we were SUPER happy we did -- the cruise excursions looked packed and like more waiting around. Kids Club: My almost 6 year old son LOVED it, but my 3 year old daughter unfortunately did not, so we still had a pint-sized sidekick with us for all but one evening. She loved the shows too though =) We really wanted to love this cruise but unfortunately would not do it again in hindsight.

A practice in patience

Carnival Conquest Cruise Review by HeatherMc

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Staff and service: The true highlight of our experience. Chloe the Cruise Director, our room steward Erwin and everyone else we encountered was positively lovely and wonderful.

Cabin (balcony spa deck 1108): see below

Dining: We had the flexible "your time" dining but was only able to enjoy the main dining room two nights because the wait on the other nights were SO long - anywhere from 30-60 minutes, which wasn't worth the wait. We ate at the buffet most often and the food was plentiful but simply not satisfying. Also sometimes long lines at the buffet when they'd only have one side open. Blue Iguana and Guys were the best options.

Entertainment: We went to the 80s and Hollywood theatre shows and really enjoyed them, as well as one comedy show (with the male comedian) which was hilarious. Shows are short, only 30 mins, so we wish they'd been longer. Also went to the Q&A with Chloe which was fun.

Overall Experience: Just felt like we were in a constant "herd" - waiting in lines to embard/debark, waiting for the tender boats, waiting for the buffet, waiting for the main dining room (I did try to book FTTF but it was unfortunately sold out), no availability of lounge chairs, etc. I don't remember it to be this way from past cruises I've taken, though admittedly this was my first time cruising with kids so I'm sure that added to the frustration. The entire week was absolutely a practice in patience which didn't feel relaxing or like a vacation.

Enrichment Activities: I'm not sure what they mean by this, but there were people everywhere trying to sell you stuff, felt really weird. They weren't overly aggressive, but it still felt like we were dodging "special offers" on every deck.

Fitness & Recreation: Unfortunately did not end up using even though we specifically booked a spa deck room for close access to the gym (alas, kids....)

Shore Excursions: We booked our own and not through the cruise to avoid the crowds which we were SUPER happy we did -- the cruise excursions looked packed and like more waiting around.

Kids Club: My almost 6 year old son LOVED it, but my 3 year old daughter unfortunately did not, so we still had a pint-sized sidekick with us for all but one evening. She loved the shows too though =)

We really wanted to love this cruise but unfortunately would not do it again in hindsight.
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Balcony
Cabin 8F 1108
We booked a balcony spa deck room (1108) on the left side which was a poor choice -- there is a deck right above the room with a ping pong table, jumbo chess board and corn hole which meant kids were running back and forth at all hours. Very loud. And the balcony is barely covered which means there's no sun protection and worse people on the deck above you are staring down upon you. No privacy. The odd # spa deck rooms would have been a far better choice since the adults-only deck is on top of them. Also the boat was very rocky for 2 nights and we definitely felt it up here. We took preventive motion sickness meds fortunately which worked, but it was tough sleeping.
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