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Carnival Conquest is back cruising once again! - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

When did Carnival Conquest resume operations?

Carnival Conquest resumed sailing on December 13, 2021, from PortMiami. Throughout 2022, the ship offers a variety of short 3- and 4-night Caribbean cruises. Depending on the itinerary, port stops include Nassau, Key West, Half Moon Cay, Cozumel, and Princess Cays, a private island. 


Carnival Cruise Line requires 95 percent of guests to have had their final COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before sailing, and all will be required to present proof of vaccination at the time of check-in. In addition, the line has an exemption process to accommodate a small number of guests who are unable or ineligible to be vaccinated (which includes children under five and other exceptions as required by federal law). The guest’s birth certificate or passport (for children), or a letter from a medical provider stating that the individual cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, must be presented at check-in and an official exemption approval letter from Carnival. 

Additionally, Carnival requires a pre-cruise COVID-19 PCR test to be taken by all guests, regardless of vaccination status, within two days before the sailing date.

Cruising on Carnival Conquest? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Carnival Conquest is a large-sized, family-friendly ship. Staying true to Carnival’s laid-back approach to cruising, Conquest’s attractions include casual dining spots and activities like comedy shows, lip-sync contests and dance parties. The ship entered service in 2002 and most recently went through a refurbishment in 2017. Carnival Conquest can accommodate 3,002 passengers with 1,492 cabins at full capacity. 

Activities + Entertainment: As most have found when sailing on Carnival Conquest, finding something to do during your days at sea will not be a problem for travelers of any age! Onboard activities are laid-back, with fun at the center of all programming. Highlights of the ship include the Tahiti Casino, an art gallery, kids and teens areas, an arcade, multiple pools and whirlpools, an onboard spa, the Twister waterslide, and a shopping area. 

Carnival Conquest provides entertainment options for both kids and adults. At night the ship features movies under the stars at the Seaside Theater.  In addition, the ship offers several Broadway-style shows nightly for musical buffs in the Toulouse Lautrec theater. Adults can sample cocktails at any of the ship’s 22 bars and lounges or dance the night away at Henri’s Dance Club. 

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Dining: Travelers looking for a variety of cuisine will appreciate Carnival Conquest’s eclectic selection of restaurants. You will find many of Carnival’s staple eateries as well as a selection of unique dining options. Included restaurants are Blue Iguana Cantina, Guy’s Burger Joint, Lido Marketplace, Pizza Pirate, Swirls, Carnival Deli, and the Main Dining Room. In addition, specialty eateries on Carnival Conquest include the Seafood Shack, Steakhouse, Coffee Bar, The Chef’s Table, and Room Service. 

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Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Carnival Conquest, and prices are regularly changing. Expect to pay about $35 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin to enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean from your private oasis. Balcony cabins currently start around $55 per person per night and go up based on location and category. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long! 

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What to Expect at Embarkation: 

Every guest cruising with Carnival will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings. The line will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or identified at-risk for additional medical screening before allowing them to board. Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. In addition, contact tracing is planned for every cruise. 

Carnival Cruise Line will require passengers on all voyages, regardless of vaccination status, to present the following to board the ship: 

  • Proof of COVID vaccination (for all guests eligible). To be fully vaccinated, the guest must have received two doses of an approved vaccine within 14-days of sailing. 
  • A negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) was taken within two days of their embarkation date. 

As of January 2022, all guests (ages two and above) are required to wear masks when indoors, except when eating or drinking or when in their staterooms and when outdoors if in large gatherings and physical distance cannot be maintained. 

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Tips from Our Community Members:

We enjoyed all the food options available on the ship. Lido buffet was a go-to option at any time of the day. The main dining rooms had amazing service and the food was really great too. I really appreciated the choice of vegetarian/Indian dishes on the menu. - aesh1994

The shows were absolutely incredible! And that is coming from a former cruise ship entertainer. I was blown away! - rnewman2

Lots of trivia, comedy, music, and the Love and Marriage Show. Always something fun to do. - MommaNancy

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