Carnival Conquest

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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Carnival Conquest is a large ship, carrying 2974 passengers and 1180 crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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Carnival Conquest Nov 26 to Dec 4, 2016 to Dominican Rep, ABonaire and Aruba

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4 out of 5

Carnival Conquest Nov 26 to Dec 4, 2016 to Dominican Rep, ABonaire and Aruba

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Overall, we enjoyed the entertainment headed by the talented, friendly and wonderful Hayley Mac, the energetic, high powered, great performers of the shows, and our good waiters and housekeepers. Special mention to Angel, Tangkas, Jamil of Monet Dining and Vince who comes to talk to us and dance, Junior our cabin cleaner, DJ and Uturns Band also did a great job providing music in the lobby. Thank you for the good services. We enjoyed the cruise a lot.More power to the behind the success of Conquest Carnival. The ship was memorable to me as it was my first start of cruise sailing ever before my husband passed away. We took the ship in New Orleans that time. It was worth mentioning and feeling sentimental. The last cruise was in celebration of my dtr's birthday, Kristine Miranda, and brought along with us a first time cruiser, my friend, Normita Moore.Once again.. thank you and more power to the Fun Ship Carnival.

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3 out of 5

Not worth the time

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Ship stunk...It really smelled like poop everywhere.  Staff attentive and friendly.  Food good.  I will never go back to any port on the Dominican.  Dirty and not safe

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2 out of 5

Not the Best Ship

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Second worst cruise I've been on next to the Glory.  The cabin (8th deck) was unacceptably cold.  The thermostat did nothing.  (Lady on 1st deck said their cabin was too hot -- no air conditioning.)  No quality shows.  Only bright spot was the servers (Alex et.al.) in the Renoir (dinner) and in the Monet (breakfast) restaurants.  Major smoke in the casino. 

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4 out of 5

First Time Cruise

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For our first time cruising, it was a great experience and we had decided that we will cruise again. The staff on the ship were great, very friendly, approachable and willing to help. The food at the Steakhouse restaurant was awesome. Didn't really care for the food selection at the buffet and the assigned seating dining rooms. We found our food was brought to the table either food or barely warm. 

 

Due to bad weather, the captain was able to dirvert us to another port instead of having 4 days at sea. This jesture by him was greatly appreciated. We enjoyed the excursions at the 4 ports we visited and can't wait to go back to two of the ports on a future vacation. 

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4 out of 5

Cruise was good but 2 stops in Domicincan Republic at least 1 too many

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I will start with the good and end with the bad...

The Conquest is a nice boat.  We have been on several smaller Carnival boats. We were impressed, as always, with our room steward's attention.  We were also pleasantly impressed with the food in general.  We have never really liked the food on prior Carnival cruises but we found the selection much more palatable.  Of particular note was the Blue Iguana, where you can get made to order burritos and tacos, with chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork, as well as almost endless toppings.  The buffet food was still not too much to our liking.  The dining room food was excellent, although there were several nights that they just did not have anything that we wanted so we grazed the buffet.  We were not impressed with the onboard entertainment.  We did like the comedians but the shows were not so good.  We have had better shows on other lines.  Overall, the "cruise" part of the trip, I would give 4 stars, dropping 1 star for the entertainment.

 

Ports of call:  Amber Cover, Dominican Republic.  We usually book stuff outside the cruise line but we were unable to find anything that looked interesting so we did a shopping and sightseeing tour that was cheap.  It went to a jewelry store, the amber museum, the fort and a rum factory.  I was keen on the rum factory tour only to be disappointed that all we saw was the finishing packing plant.  I wanted to see 200K barrel of rum stored for aging or the mixing process, etc.  We just saw bottles being put in boxes.  Not a great tour.  Weather was bad so most water tours had been cancelled. 

 

Due to the weather, we were told that we would have to skip the second stop in DR, which did not hurt our feelings much because we had again found nothing we really wanted to do and it meant we would arrive in Bonaire early (more on that below).  However, when we got back on the boat, we were told that we would be making a second stop in DR but at a different port, La Romana. They put out a list of excursions, none of which looked interesting. We caught a bus to town and hired a private taxi for the day who took us to Cueva de las Maravillas, a nice cave tour.  We enjoyed the tour.  The driver also took us to a tourist shopping place where we saw nothing interesting.  I did but a pretty piece of larimar jewelry for my wife.  At my request, the driver took us to a place for lunch and a grocery store, which I always like to do.  Oddly, we found the DR people to be generally rude.  We try to fit in where we go and not act like typical tourists.  I was very surprised that the overall feeling was so rude.

In all, we were not impressed by DR and were disappointed that we made 2 stops there, as opposed to another country.

 

Bonaire:  We chose this trip to sample Bonaire and Aruba for possible return for a longer stay.  We were not happy that we were not scheduled to arrive in Bonaire until 2:00 since we were going on a private snorkel trip and sunset was around 5:00 so we were happy when we were told we woudl skip the second DR port and arrive in Bonaire early, but that was not to happen.  As we watched the trip from DR to Bonaire, we saw there was no reason we could not have arrived in the AM, except possible to save fuel.  We had arranged a snorkel trip with a company called Woodwind.  I give that trip 10 stars on a 5 star system!  Although I have snorkeled in much better waters, I have never had such an impressive experience with the snorkel trip itself.  It was a catamaran trip with out 25 people, which I usually dont like but they broke us into small groups based on experience.  However, they did a nice safety briefing and they even had masks with corrective lenses!!!!  Our main reason for the trip was to snorkel Bonaire.  The snorkeling was OK, but does not compare to Roatan (Honduras) or Belize.  We had to quit snorkeling when it got dark, thus my complaint about arrival time. Bonaire is small and quiet.  Once it gets dark, almost everything shuts down.  We were in port until 10pm with nothing to do. :(

 

Aruba: We book a private snorkel trip with just us on the boat.  Another great review for the snorkel trip. Found the guys at privatesnorkeling.com. Our guide was Mike.  We had a nice boat to ourselves and Mike took us to the Antilla shipwreck and several other sites.  He was honest that Aruba is not great for snorkeling as there is really not much coral.  I suppose the water chemistry is wrong.  All the snorkel trips go to the same handful of stops and he tried to take us in an order to avoid other boats, whcih was great.  We were aware that the currents were known to be difficult and found that to be very true.  Not much to see but the Antilla wreck was cool.  Ate lunch on the beach at a place Mike suggested and then went to a grocery store.  Aruba was very Americanized.  Beautiful beaches.

 

Now, for the BAD:

Some time prior to the cruise, I received an email instructing me to select a boarding time as Carnival had initiated staggered boarding.  I was able to select the earliest time.  When we arrived, we found a cattle call with everyone already in line with no regard to the scheduled time.  It took close to 2 hours to get through the line.

 

Even worse was getting of the ship at the end of the cruise.  We docked early but they did not start letting people off until the scheduled time.  They let a small group off and then stopped for an hour, then repeated 3x.  They kept apologizing, asserting that there was congestion in the terminal and the authorities had shut down the line - 3 times for an hour each time??  Our group (18 of 36) was finally called around 10:30.  Based on what they had called, there should have been a few hundred people in the terminal.  There appeared to be over a thousand.  IT was clear that (1) Carnival had made no effort to enforce the scheduled disembarcation (2) there was utter chaos in the huge room with all the luggage in not particular group order and (3) Carnival does not pay for sufficient gvt agents to handle the process.  There was a RC boat next to us which had almost 2x the capacity as ours and it was completely emptied and everyone gone by 10:00.  There are many complaints specific to Carnival and Carnival at this terminal that this is a real problem for Carnival over others and this particular port for Carnival.  Everybody complains about the process but Carnival seems to be the worst and this port seem to be the pinnacle of bad.

 

Final gripe:  The safety drill at the beginning of the cruise.  I have had various experiences with these.  However, this was about the worst. The drill itself was typical but after the drill was over, they made us stand on deck for about 30 minutes before we were allowed to leave.  I am pretty sure Carnival delayed the drill to keep people out of the halls and elevators so luggage could be delivered. 

 

Overall, we greatly enjoyed the trip.  However, we will consider other lines over Carnival in future.

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3 out of 5

Well needed!!!!!

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I met different people from different back rounds and enjoyed the food! The only flaw was there were too many people and my card did not allow me to eat at the elegant Monet restaurant. The Russian waiter who works in the front was very rude.This was my 2nd cruise and I don't think I got credit for it. It sailed 11-9-2008. I went with a group of people. Shawn Falls is a elite member if I could remember. It sailed to Porto Rico, Grand Turk and Saint Thomas. I also put 200$ down on a trip 3 years ago to Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman and you guys took my money! There should be a notified hold for tips in the information when you first sign up online! I could not hardly sleep my room on the 2nd floor because of the loud banging noise! Overall I had a great time!

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3 out of 5

To sum it up

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I would rate our cruise aboard Carnival Conquest a 3.  The ship is dated and needs some face lifts.  The shows were not to our liking and we tried to attend but ended up walking out on all of them. 

 

The wait staff in the main dinning room was excellent.  The food was good.  Alexsandar was a top notch waiter.  He took care of our every need.  His attitude and attention to detail was extraordinary.  His assistants did a great job as well.  He is one of the best I have seen and should be commended for his work ethic and efforts to accommodate his guests.  He is personable and pleasant.  He is above average.  He enhanced our eating experience greatly.

 

Our steward was not around much.  His name was Ali.  He did assist us when we needed pillows and a fan, but he was out of sight most of the time.  Our friends traveling with us could not reach him on the phone.  It was almost like once it attended to the room, he was done for the day.  We asked him for ice in the room each day and he would leave the ice in the morning and it would be melted by the evening.  We had to contact room service for ice. 

 

The itinerary was great and I would travel back to Bon Aire and Aruba.  Beautiful ports.  The other 2 stops were not much to speak of.  Of course we did not get to stop in Santo Domingo due to winds.  The Captain was able to make the arrangements to port in another location which was good on his part. 

 

Carnival Conquest would not be a ship of my choice in the future if I could travel aboard another for the itinerary.  Visiting the 4 ports is a nice cruise.

 

The music on deck 3 was pretty good.  We enjoyed it. 

 

We played cards in the library and there was a broken chair that needs to be fixed.

 

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4 out of 5

Loved every minute!

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I loved every minute of our trip.  We had NO problems, but then again we are pretty easy people to please.  I believe too many people complain about too many things on these cruises.  If I could change one thing.......Food selection at night.  Only thing available late late is pizza and room service.  I wish there was a small buffet available, even if it was just chix tenders, burgers fries etc.  Thats it, the only thing wrong!  Everything else was great!

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

EXCELLENT

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We had the best boarding experience ever.  We would be happy to see the prices of the photos lower.  They are so expensive.  We would also be very happy to see the casino no smoking at all times.  It is awful having to walk through the smoky casino when you are trying to get through to the other end of the ship.  There is always great entertainment in that area that we don't want to watch because of the horrible smell of the smoke

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1 out of 5

nightmare at dining

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We enjoyed all of the ports but were a little disappointed to only a few hours at San Juan. Old town was beautiful and wish we had more time. The evening dining was a nightmare. We had anytime dining but no matter what time or section we were seated it took at least 1.5 hours but mostly 2 hours. Our food was just warm as it remained on the serving area more than 15 minutes. The servers were not focused. So most nights we missed the show. The cabin was very nice and had a great steward.

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skcheney
Contributor Level: Second Mate

I forgot one last tour we took. It was the 'Behind the Scene's' tour. Awesome, awesome, awesome! This was worth the price we paid. We got to see where the crew goes & how they live, how the ship runs, where the food is prepared and met the Captain. This is a must do tour!

Lilia
Contributor Level: Third Mate

LOTS of kids on board during the summer months. Wait till school is in for a more relaxed trip

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Contributor Level: Third Mate

During days 'at sea' check out afternoon Tea time at Monet Restaurant.

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Total Passengers

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Number of Decks

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