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Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship Review

Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship Review
Carnival Conquest, the first of six Conquest-Class ships. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

The first of six Conquest-class sister ships, the 110,000-ton 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest first hit the water in 2002. Similar in design to Carnival’s Destiny-class ships, though longer, the ship offers bright and playful décor that takes its cue from the color palate and painting style of the great Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists, with splashes of sunny yellows and oranges, and vivid blues and greens.

Activities on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship Review
Take a spin down the winding waterslide aboard Carnival Conquest. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

The glittery nine-deck-high atrium is anchored with a bar and is a great place to meet or people watch. On Conquest, the focal point is a mural collage of works by masters such as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Edgar Degas, with backlit flowers of Murano glass popping up from the granite-topped bar.

Conquest sports 22 bars and lounges, from a giant disco with a jungle theme and bar stools shaped like lotus flowers, to a sports bar, piano bar and an elegant wood paneled lounge with leather club chairs (and a smoking section). The casino packs in almost 300 slot machines and about two dozen gaming tables, and the three-level theater is the venue for pull-out-the-stops Vegas-style song and dance productions accompanied by live orchestras.

Dining on Carnival Conquest

Carnival Conquest Cruise Ship Review
Carnival offers plenty of dining options designed to suit every taste. Photo courtesy of Carnival.

The pair of two-story main restaurants includes the Monet Restaurant, where a large Murano glass sunflower greets guests at the entrance. An intimate and elegant extra-cost steakhouse serves USDA prime aged steaks and seafood for a mostly adult clientele looking for a more upscale experience. Meals are also served in the two-story lido buffet, where you’ll find separate stations for Asian and American dishes, deli sandwiches, salads, pizza, burgers and more.

Family Friendly Carnival Conquest

The four swimming pools include the main pool flanked by a pair of huge hot tubs, a stage for live (and really loud) music, and a giant movie screen for videos and ship events. A 3-deck-high spiral water slide takes thrill-seekers on a 214-foot-long ride.

The 4,200 square-foot Children’s World playroom has an arts-and-crafts station, video wall, computer lab, PlayStation games, and lots of toys for younger children. Hard-to-please tweens have their own separate space and so do teens, theirs with a soda bar and dance floor flowing into a huge video game arcade with air-hockey tables which is open to all passengers. Kid of all ages can have a zap-fest in the inflatable laser tag arena.

The oceanview gym is stocked with the latest exercise machines, while the Cloud 9 Spa measures 21,000 square feet and boasts 17 treatment rooms, plus an elaborate thermal suite and thalassotherapy pool.

Staterooms on Carnival Conquest

As big on cabins as it is on fun, Conquest offers standard outsides that measure a roomy 185 to 220 square feet. The amenities include stocked, pay-as-you-go minifridges, robes to use, and super comfy mattresses and bedding.

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  • the piano bar pianist and singer was really great. it was worth the cost of the trip to listen to her play. I wasn’t expecting such great talent. the food was also pretty good.


    1) My room steward would not quit coming into my room. Jose would knock and then immediately use his card to come in. It seemed he was definitely hoping to see something.

    2) The food was awful.

    3) service was lousy.


    4) I decide to escape everyone and all my stress at home and travel solo. I get a beautiful balcony room, or at least I thought it would be. I put my things down, put on my bathing suit, and went to the whirlpool. This was all just after the safety briefing in the very beginning of the cruise.

    5) Two very aged people, let’s call them antiquated, were in the whirlpool. One was a drunken old one and her husband, a dirty old man making passes at me (he was old enough to be my great grandfather)

    6) Jealous “grandma” decides to hurt me by telling the bartender I told her I was going to kill myself!! 1,000,000% absurdity!

    7) Security immediately rushed me out of the whirlpool and locks me in my room with the security guard sitting at the foot of my bed and my balcony door locked so that I cannot “jump”. For 18 hours the security guard sits in the room with me until I’m finally escorted to medical.

    8) They insist I should be assessed for a fee of $125. Dr. Allah (sp?) who seems to have a very Dutch accent insisted I pay. I blatantly refused because this was the most ridiculous situation I had ever been in in my life. Angrily, she says she’ll waive the fee but I have to sign paperwork or I cannot return to the ship. I signed the paperwork “blackmail”. I ask if I can record the conversation so that her notes match what she actually says. She refuses and says there are chaperones in the room with us… I said yes but they work for carnival. If your intentions are good you will allow me to record our conversation. She still refused.

    9) Finally the chief of staff comes in and security escorts me out and back to my room. For the first time since I boarded the ship in almost 24 hours they unlock the door and leave the room so I can rest. Just before I fall asleep I call guest services and I ask if I can please be put on a different ship at the next port. The guest services lady was very polite and said she would see what she could do.

    10) I don’t know how much time passes, but not very much because I was in a deep sleep. I wake up to several people in my room. They said you want to leave carnival? We know where we can take you. They pulled the covers off of me, opened my safe, and all of my contents were dumped into a suitcase.

    11) I was then escorted off the ship in Cozumel to a very scary motel. I’m accustomed to resorts which are beautiful in Mexico. This was not one of them. I am then told I will be flown home the next morning. They book a ticket for the WRONG port five hours away from the port where my car is at and I embarked on the ship.

    12) I am not given my airline ticket until the man who drove me to the airport handed it to me get in the car and drive away. United airlines basically said too bad too sad, there will be a $200 transfer fee plus another fee of some sort.

    Have you ever been so angry that you just didn’t know what to do and stood there with your jaw on the ground in complete disbelief that you were even in the situation??

    Since the service was so “great” on carnival conquest, I made sure to get the name so I can give them lots of credit in my reviews:

    Supervisor assistant chief security is named Laney. He is the one that made the decision to lock me up for 18 hours in my bedroom because I might injure myself since I “told the old lady I wanted to kill myself”. Idiots!

    Elza was a security guard that was forced to sit in my room for all those hours until her shift change at 6 AM. I have nothing bad to say about her. She was nice to me and stuck having to do this job.

    Navi was the next security guard to stay with me until 11 AM when I was taken to medical to be psychologically assessed. She was OK. Nothing good or bad to say about her… She was just stuck with her job.

    I will never, ever trust Carnival again. Yes, these numbskulls were running the Carnival Conquest, but I never got to visit any port and any fool that’s going to believe a drunken old lady just like that and ruin my entire vacation that cost $2000 that they are refusing to reimburse me for, is a business I never want to see again.

    I intend to file a lawsuit.

  • 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. 🙁


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