Carnival Conquest Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

3.5 stars rounded up

Sail Date: October 09, 2016

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The entertainment in the main theater exceeded our expectations and the performance "Flick" was the best we have ever seen on a cruise. Lots of special effects made it a top-rate performance. 

Dining staff, room steward, and cruise director were all first-rate and made us feel like they were genuinely happy to serve us. 

I can't really complain that the ship is outdated and showing signs of wear (eg. upholstery in the theater is worn, torn) because I knew that before I booked it. Carnival acknowledges it too because Conquest is scheduled to be dry-docked in 2017 for renovations. 

My biggest problem was the smoke. The centrally located casino (one of several designated smoking areas) on deck 5 has no ventilation so the smoke permeates the entire 5th deck. We were also forced to walk through the smoke to get to most things (shows, coffee bar, Club O2, piano bar, karaoke, arcade room, etc.). It's a huge turn-off for non-smokers and it was excessive.

Food in the main dining area was good, but not great like I remembered from past cruises. I believe the quality has gone down a bit since they started introducing the specialty dining options that require you to pay extra (eg. steakhouse). If the food was as good as it used to be, no one would visit the restaurants that are an uncharge. That said, the Sea Day brunches were excellent! Guy Fieri's burgers were a big hit as well. Very tasty. 

Take a sweater! Indoor areas were chilly, especially in the dining room, spa, and library. 

We did one of the very best excursions we've ever experienced on a cruise in Amber Cove, DR. The terracross adventure was first-rate with nice, new equipment and off-roading adventure. An unexpected bonus was the lunch and rum/beer/sodas included at the end that we didn't realize were included when we booked it. 

Overall a very good vacation with our teenagers. Highly recommend Carnival for families as they have good programs for kids. They call themselves the "fun ships" for a reason. If you like drinking and partying, you will love Carnival.

Since our kids are about to head off to college, my husband and I will consider a different cruise line next time for a slightly calmer atmosphere. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Needs updating, but it was very clean and comfortable. Felt like we had ample room and plenty of closet space.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Clean, but very outdated and showing signs of wear. Upholstery on chairs in the theater were worn and torn. Ship is scheduled to be refurbished in 2017 so that tells you that Carnival acknowledges it needs work.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Since we couldn't get the Anytime Dining option, we were put on the late 8PM dining. This caused us to miss several of the evening activities and shows we would have like to attend. The only late comedy was R-rated or Explicit and we would have enjoyed the clean comedy that was scheduled during our dinner time. Same with some of the other activities.
Children's Programs
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
While the dinners in the main dining area were good, they were not nearly as good as we remembered from past cruises. The melting chocolate cake was still a hit every night. Guy Fieri's burgers were excellent.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Took Uber to Sawgrass Mills mall. Spent 8 hours there and still didn't see it all. Huge mall with great shopping, great restaurants, movie theater.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
We skipped this port due to damage that was caused by Hurricane Matthew that went through several days before our scheduled stop.

Tip

Try the Sea Day brunch in the Monet dining room. Also, order room service for breakfast on port days to avoid the long lines at the buffet so you can get to your excursions on time.



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