Sailed August 31-Sept 5 5 nights. Out of NOLA. Sea Day, Cozumel, Progresso, Seaday.
4th cruise, first time on conquest class.
first sea day and night were really rough, 3 in our group got a little sick due to motion.
Decoration and Cleanliness:
I can definitely see where people say decorations on this ship are "gaudy". I generally don't pay attention to such things but after reading other reviews, I get where they are coming from. For me, decoration is never something to base a cruise on so i just look and move on. As for Cleanliness, I have no complaints. I constantly noticed staff wiping down railings, cleaning tables, doors, windows, floors, etc.
I have to say that I liked the layout of the smaller ship. It just felt cozy to me. It didn't feel like I was walking forever to get somewhere. Lines were average during peak times. Other times there were little to no lines anywhere. Our rooms were on Deck 9 Lido. The rear pool is adults only which was nice. We spent a lot of time in this area. Drink service was good here. Never had an issue getting chairs. The area of the main mid ship pool was nice with the "terraced seating" but I must say, I missed the shaded middle deck of the Dream class and Vista class.
We ate at the Wok, Guys, Blue Iguana, Deli/Sandwich station, buffet, Pizza Shack, and Your Time Dining. Wok was ok at best. Guys never fails to please, Blue Iguana is good (wife loves there breakfast), Buffet was typical fair although we mostly used it for breakfast. Pizza Shack was excellent but they seemed to never have enough prepared. Your time dinning is the only way to go. This is our second cruise using it and will never do another scheduled seating. Now, let me add that we were in line at 5:45 each evening and managed to get the same table and same service team. Our group of 8 were always seated promptly and every evening we were done in just over an hour. Maybe 1 hour 20 minutes at the very longest. Food was good. I did have a veal parmesan that was excellent by cruise standards.
Nothing bad to say here, always friendly and courteous. Both the stewards and the wait staff called us by name and provided anything we needed.
Typical interior room. It was a bit warmer than rooms on other ships. Interior rooms on vista and dream were definitely cooler. I did not like having to swipe card to access safe. Only my card would work, wife's would not. Somewhat inconvenient at times.
The main theater is so much better than Vista its not even close. We saw the country show and the Studio VIP show. Both were good. Killer Beaz in the comedy club was good. Gave the piano bar a try and didn't go back. The guy did more crowd interaction and joking than he did doing "sing along" stuff. We were in there for about 30 minutes and I think he did 3 songs during that time. Casino was fun, staff was friendly. VERY SMOKEY, come on carnival, lets move forward and make it no smoking. Wife came home sick because of it. We like to spend time and money in casino but will think twice next time. Cruise director was not very impressive. So much so I don't even remember his name. Stuck my head in Red Frog Pub for a few minutes and heard a group in there that sounded pretty good but didn't stay long enough to catch their names.
Overall probably the most relaxing cruise I have been on. I have now sailed on Dream, Valor, and Vista and would have to rate them in that order.