4 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
3 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
Sail Date: April 2019
wanted to try a different ship and port......conquest was nice... staff friendly....food ok-with exception of the steak house!!!! It was over the top!!! the prime steak house was very nice wait staff very eager and helpful food was out of ... Read More
wanted to try a different ship and port......conquest was nice... staff friendly....food ok-with exception of the steak house!!!! It was over the top!!! the prime steak house was very nice wait staff very eager and helpful food was out of this world!!!! The chef came to the table and I could not have been more pleased!!! The "art of dessert" was fantastic!!! we will do this again! This meal would have cost more than $200.00 back home...Book early and enjoy! The Barbeque was not to my liking...On the Magic it was fantastic ...don't know what happened here on the conquest. I thought that the quantity of the food offered at the blue Iguana was lacking..two pieces of chicken on a burrito and five shrimp in a bowl come on. The spa was fantastic!!!! a young lady from south Africa gave me the men's day at the spa with a professional shave and haircut facial and massage..IT WAS SOOOOO GOOOOD! Casino was ok at first and too smoke filled for me so, after one evening there I did not return....cant there a smoke free cruise? Read Less
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
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
5 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The beds in our cabin were uncomfortable and the A/C was subpar. We normally have very comfortable matrices on Carnival cruises. Public bathrooms and areas need a deep cleaning and more attention though out the cruise. Many of the deck ... Read More
The beds in our cabin were uncomfortable and the A/C was subpar. We normally have very comfortable matrices on Carnival cruises. Public bathrooms and areas need a deep cleaning and more attention though out the cruise. Many of the deck chairs need replacing. We noticed stains and tears in the Serenity deck clam shell cushions. Staff was very friendly and attentive to guest. The activities and shows were fun. The dining room food was very good; however, the wait time was much longer than normal. Hot tubs and pools were nice. On the last day a passenger vomited in the pool. The crew skimmed it out with a net. I thought it should have been drained and refilled (or closed). I did not care for Nassau. Half Moon Cay was better than expected. It was very clean with a beautiful beach. You cannot go wrong with Jacks Shack in Grand Turk. Waterfalls in Amber Cove was our favorite activity. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I was disappointed with my cruise with Carnival on the Conquest. Our first stop was at Princessc Cay and the tendons in my knee flared up when I was swimming in the ocean. That night I couldn't walk. I asked if I could borrow a ... Read More
I was disappointed with my cruise with Carnival on the Conquest. Our first stop was at Princessc Cay and the tendons in my knee flared up when I was swimming in the ocean. That night I couldn't walk. I asked if I could borrow a wheelchair to go to the dinner and they said that I would have to rent one for the remainder of the cruise or per day. The rental for the entire cruise was $137 dollars or $50 dollars a day. I asked them how Walmart or Target allows you to borrow their wheelchair that is motorized while you shop, but a cruise line wouldn't even allow you to borrow one to go to dinner. I told them I would not cruise with them anymore, that I paid enough money for the cruise for them not to let me borrow a wheelchair. After that they continuously called my cabin everyday to try to rectify the matter and to smooth over my resentment. One of the calls that I answered they told me that I could call room service and room service could take me to the dinner and then take me back to my room. That really upset me because they didn't tell me that until after they knew I wasn't going to rent a wheelchair. I ended up calling room service and doing that two times because I didn't want to stay in my room for the entire trip like I was being forced to do. I didn't want to spend any more money by renting a wheelchair that I thought I should be able to borrow. I called for room service in the morning to go to the breakfast and the room service person put the wheelchair to the side while I was eating. When we were done eating my husband just went and got the chair and took me back to my room. I called room service to tell them the chair was outside of the room. They left the chair outside of the room and didn't come and get it. It's sat out there for a couple of hours. My husband asked me if I wanted to look around the ship because I really didn't get to see very much because my knee hurt after the first port. We went in this wheelchair that was oversized and wide an saw that being handicapped is terrible on this Carnival ship. The buffet is not at the level for you to reach any of the food like a normal buffet is at a restaurant. I wasn't able to reach anything and my husband had to prepare my plate since we decided to get a bite there instead of going to the dining room. As we went through the ship on the lido deck where the tables are, we noticed we had to go around like it was a maze because there was so much in the way of the wheelchair. There was not a straight path for anybody that is handicapped to navigate through. Where they had the sushi bar on the side and also the deli sandwiches that were also on the side they had roped off lanes so people could stay in line. Well doing that didn't allow much room for a wheelchair to go through and we had to turn around and go another way. On the third floor where the guest services are you cannot hardly get the wheelchair through because of the support poles in one section. My husband pushed the wheelchair and lifted it so we could get through to the other side. It was ridiculous. It is not handicap friendly at all. Don't even try to get into any of the shops with a wheelchair because you will not fit. The wheelchairs that they have are overly wide. All of them were, which made it hard to maneuver yourself. I had a hard time so my husband had to push me. After we went through the ship with the chair we ended up putting it outside of my room again and leaving it there. They never did come and get the chair. It was like they left it there so I could use it and not complain. I was happy that they did do that but I was still disappointed in how I was treated. Carnival is not compassionate to injured or handicapped people. I will not cruise with them again. This was my fourth cruise with them and the last cruise I took was in 2012. I have found in 2019 a lot of changes in the food and the prices. The food is a hit or a miss. Some of the food was excellent, and some of the food was absolutely horrible. There wasn't too much in between, it was either good or it was bad. I was not thrilled with this cruise and it wasn't just because my knee was hurting. Our Steward was very nice I have to say. He at least showed that he cared that I was hurting. He brought me ice packs up every night which I really appreciated. Carnival has changed and not for the better. :( Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We don't have a must-book-with cruise company. We book cruises after looking at prices and flight schedules, and haven't cruised with carnival in 2 years and could tell differences. No tablecloths in formal dining room, not ... Read More
We don't have a must-book-with cruise company. We book cruises after looking at prices and flight schedules, and haven't cruised with carnival in 2 years and could tell differences. No tablecloths in formal dining room, not enough waiters and bartenders in pool areas and casinos, servers in dining room didn't seem to care if they served us or not. What happened to the captains cocktail party? A person used to just attempt to set a glass down and someone would be right there, swooping up your empty and bringing you a full one if you wanted it. The ship was dirty and looked like it could use a good power washing in all common areas. Our room was clean and our room steward was great. We did have water dripping from the ceiling one night from a broken beverage station pipe above us on the lido deck. It was temporarily fixed that night, but plumbers were in our room for 3 hours the next day permanently fixing it. Carnival gave us a free meal from the steakhouse, which we had to eat in the regular dining room and not the actual steakhouse. Food was average. Fellow cruisers told us that they had been on the ship on its first sailing, almost 20 years ago, so it's older and showing it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We went on this cruise as a group. One of our group had cruised Carnival many times. I was disappointed in the food. It was almost the same food each day. Not many new items added. I understood that this ship had been recently ... Read More
We went on this cruise as a group. One of our group had cruised Carnival many times. I was disappointed in the food. It was almost the same food each day. Not many new items added. I understood that this ship had been recently remodeled. It still looked tired and worn. The Lido deck needs more servers to help clear/clean tables. Some of the staff in all areas were not very friendly. The entertainment was very good. Mat the cruise director was awesome. The shows were grest. Many choices for entertainment. Some of the excursions were not as expected. The Cathedral Cave, was not a moderate activity (should be labeled strenuous not for people with mobility problems). The Curacao 6hr sea turtle adventure was okay, but many stairs for people with mobility issues. It would be nice to see more history excursions as well. I would like to give Carnival another try but not on this ship. Read Less
Carnival Conquest Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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