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Carnival Conquest Review

Carnival Conquest
Carnival Conquest
2019 Best for Shore Excursions

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4.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Let-down-your-hair vibe gives hardworking people the chance to unwind, with limited nickel and diming


Not for the easily offended; cruisers who don't like a lot of outdoor fun might be bored

Bottom Line

Good food, lots of laughter, friendly fellow passengers and no delusions of grandeur


Passengers 2,980
Crew 1,150
Passenger to Crew 2.59:1
Launched 2002
Shore Excursions 117

Dori Saltzman
Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Carnival Conquest Overview

Stepping onto Carnival Conquest is a bit like stepping into a 19th-century French Impressionist's dreamscape. Illuminated Murano-glass flower sculptures adorn the ceilings, and hand-painted replicas of Degas' ballet studios and Toulouse-Lautrec's Parisian theaters accent the lounges and theaters, while the main restaurants tip their caps to Renoir's "Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise" and Monet's "Water Lilies" paintings.

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It's a surreal juxtaposition, the high-brow art referenced in every nook and cranny of the ship contrasting with the leave-your-pretensions-at-the-door atmosphere that comes with every Carnival cruise. Passengers on Conquest are ready to shake off the concerns of their everyday lives and just let go, relax and have fun. To have the best cruise experience, you've got to do the same.

Carnival cruisers are onboard to for fun and have few worries about being judged. How could they when some of the biggest belly laughs come from watching a somewhat oversized man shake his groove thing while whipping his shirt over his head in order to win a bottle of Champagne and a "ship on a stick" (literally a plastic trophy featuring a gold replica of the ship)?

Carnival Conquest is also for cruisers who want to soak up the sun while listening to popular radio hits (loudly) and chatting it up with their deck chair neighbors. It's not at all unusual for large numbers of passengers to grab lounge chairs early and stay poolside until it's time for dinner.

This leaves cruisers not entirely into baking in the sun a bit out of the loop, as a typical sea day will offer few indoor activities, and the ones that are scheduled often centered on trying to sell you something (spa treatments, shoe inserts, paintings by little known artists). Just bring enough reading material, and you'll always find a quiet lounge to curl up in for a few hours of literary escapism. You'll also find sports broadcasts playing in the Deck 5 sports bar and movies on the TV in your room all day long. The beds in the cabins, by the way, are super comfortable for afternoon naps.


Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in the two main dining rooms and buffet, and at Guy’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina; also select room service items
  • All shows in the main theater, as well as Punchliner Comedy Club performances
  • Use of the sports court, mini-golf and water slides
  • Use of the Serenity adults-only area
  • Activities onboard except where noted
  • Fitness center (not including most classes)
  • Carnival kids club programs, until 10 p.m., for children aged 2 to 17

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily gratuities of $13.99 per person, per day for standard staterooms and $15.99 per person, per day for suites
  • Drinks except water (not incuding bottled water), tea, basic coffee and select juices
  • Specialty dining
  • Automatic gratuities of 18 percent added to all beverage purchases, spa and salon services and specialty dining reservations
  • Specialty coffees and any tea beyond the basic choices
  • Services and treatments in the spa and salon
  • Most fitness classes and all personal training sessions
  • Select activities like Build-a-Bear workshops, alcohol tastings, bingo and arcade play
  • Evening events in Carnival’s kids club after 10 p.m.
  • Shore excursions
  • Photos and artwork sold in onboard shops or at the photo gallery

Fellow Passengers

Carnival Conquest draws families, couples and groups of friends in all age groups and from all across the United States and Canada, with a handful of passengers from outside of North America. Large groups, such as family reunions and wedding parties, are common, especially in the summer.

Carnival Conquest Dress Code

Daytime: As on all Carnival ships, the dress code for daytime is casual.

Evening: Evening is casual as well, but there are two "cruise elegant" nights on cruises of six days or longer (one formal night on shorter sailings), during which long pants and collared shirts for men are requested. Suits, sport jackets and ties are not required, but you will see plenty of men decked out in suits. On cruise elegant nights, women may dine in sundresses, cocktail dresses, pantsuits, and skirt and blouse combinations. Similar attire is required every night in the Point Steakhouse.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, basketball shorts and swimwear are never permitted in the main dining rooms.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Carnival Cruise Line.

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Verandah Deck
Lido Deck
Panorama Deck
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Sky Deck

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More about Carnival Conquest

Where does Carnival Conquest sail from?
Carnival Conquest departs from Miami.
How much does it cost to go on Carnival Conquest?
Cruises on Carnival Conquest start from $109 per person.
Is Carnival Conquest a good ship to cruise on?
Carnival Conquest won 5 awards over the years, including Best for Shore Excursions in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2015 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Value

Carnival Conquest Member Reviews

Carnival Conquest
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....Read More
Carnival Conquest
Sail Date: Feb 2019
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 More
Carnival Conquest
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Picked Carnival Conquest after a disaster Caribbean cruise with MSC, wanted to try a new line and 3 new islands for us on this itinerary hit the spot....Read More
Carnival Conquest
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Sailing on the Carnival Conquest was a great experience. I have been on many cruises but this was my first vacation as an adult without parents so I was very nervous!...Read More

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