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Recent Carnival Conquest Review 5/05

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I found the reviews on the various websites so helpful that I promised myself that I would post feedback just as soon as we returned, and while the details of the cruise were fresh on my mind. I don’t know about you but I want to hear both bad and good (there’s always both) -- some things are more important than others in everyone’s eyes. We returned on the Carnival Conquest on May 8, 2005 on the 7-day Western Caribbean cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I want to begin by saying that we did have a great time and that although I will be posting some negatives in this review, that overall we really did enjoy our cruise. We purchased round trip transfers from the airport to the port through Carnival. The full sized buses were clean and air conditioned but the “herding” began here. The transfer people were there at baggage claim as promised and were easily identified. However, they wait until they have a “bus load” of people from various flights before leaving for port. After a long flight, dragging a week’s worth of luggage across a fumy airport parking garage and sitting on a bus waiting for that last seat to finally be filled wasn’t great but it was OK. The ride is approximately 20 minutes. We arrived at port around 12:15. Upon arrival we were placed in a line to check in which took about 15 minutes. Check in was fast and efficient but the “herding” wasn’t’ over by a long shot. Check in here does not mean you are really “checked in”. We were placed in a short line leading to a small auditorium packed full of little yellow plastic chairs in rows, and then in sections. One row at a time was escorted through the “door” – presumably to board. Oh noooo! When your row is finally escorted to the “door” you are being taken into yet another small auditorium type room with yet more little yellow plastic chairs in longer rows. These rows were also escorted one at a time to a partition (yeah!!! Finally boarding!!!) Oh noooo! Behind the partition is the mandatory embarkation picture. Whew, I wonder how many people actually buy those??? After a long flight and the “herding” experience most of my fellow cruises were looking a little put out by the whole ordeal. Following the picture, you go through an airport type screening process and finally are allowed to board. The check in and boarding process took approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Refreshingly, (and in need of some summer attire) Our stateroom was ready when we boarded. We were greeted promptly and cordially by our room steward for the week. She was very friendly and accommodating to our needs for the entire week. The stateroom was spacious, looked nearly new and was very clean. We had a balcony room on the Panorama Deck (10th) floor. We highly recommend the Panorama Deck and the balcony rooms. There weren’t the famed orange bedspreads spoken so frequently of in many reviews I’ve read, but rather a pretty, crisp white spread over high thread count white sheets. NOTE: In walking through the lower decks, we did see some lesser appointed interior rooms open while they were being cleaned but our was very nice. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony in the mornings. Room service will deliver a steaming hot pot of coffee within minutes of calling. There really isn’t any hot food on the room service menu but bagels, toast, fruit, etc were enough to allow us to lounge on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful ocean view without having to dress for breakfast which we did several mornings.

 

On the dining situation, we planned our cruise with friends but booked separately. We had pre-arranged with each other the dining times we desired (late dining) and specifically requested that we be seated with each other even in the dining room. Well, the friends got the late dining in the Monet as requested, we got the early dining in the Renior. You find your dining assignment out on that initial check in but they cannot (or will not) make changes. We were told to report to the dining room(s) before 3 pm (whew we made it by 1.5 minutes) to request seating changes. We went immediately to the Renior and were told by the Maitre D that he could not give us permanent changes at the present time but that we were to show at the Monet that evening and request “temporary” seating together which would be followed with a “permanent” seating change to be delivered directly to our rooms for the remaining evenings. We did as directed and were given “temporary” seating Sunday evening together in the Monet. The service was good and the table for 4 was nice and comfortable. The appetizers, salads and desserts were very good, the entrees were AWFUL (the sirloin was cold, overcooked and the consistency of boot leather). The following night was formal night and we were celebrating an anniversary. We had never received our “permanent” dining seating and could never find anyone in the dining rooms to help us during the day. We dressed for the formal dinner – tux and cocktail dress. The doors remained locked until “straight up” dining hour. “Herding” is becoming a joke with us. What seemed thousands of formally dressed guests crammed into stair wells and a small reception area outside of the dining room. There is not nearly enough reception area for the number of waiting guests and the air conditioning cannot keep up with the number of people cramped into small spaces --- sweating in formal wear isn’t fun. We had arrived early due to concern over the dining arrangements not being taken care of as promised. The Maitre D in the Monet seemed irritable and unconcerned as to our dilemma. He asked who had promised “permanent” dining changes. I informed him that the Maitre D in Renior had as well as he himself the previous night. They initially told us he could not seat us which was absolutely ridiculous as a number of tables remained open even well past seating time. He then reluctantly seated us at a table crammed in between two other tables of elderly patrons voicing their discontent with the entire experience. This night the service was bad. They ran out food out fast enough but we hadn’t even been approached by someone with water let alone a waiter that could take our wine order which we intended to have with dinner. The cocktail waitress had way too many tables. We had a lukewarm over cooked lobster and tasteless steak, with water arriving mid-dinner and wine post-dinner. The “formal” night was very disappointing. We decided at that time that we would put ourselves in the position of being treated as badly as we had been on our very special night. As we had planned for 2 formal nights, we opted to dine at ‘The Point’ for the next. The $30/pp charge was definitely worth avoiding the dining room fiascos and the food and service were absolutely excellent!

 

We have traveled extensively and done most of the “excursion” type activities in the ports of call before so we opted to go on our own in Montego Bay. For $4/pp you can get a JUTA taxi and go to the beach or Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville which we did. In Grand Cayman we chartered a small boat and captain and teamed up with 2 other couples for a day full of snorkeling and beach activities. We purchased snacks and drinks for the day. This ended up costing us around $25/pp and was definitely more relaxing that the organized excursions. In Cozumel, we took the Sail and Snorkel Catamaran excursion. This excursion is a party type excursion and was fun. For those not comfortable with crowds, this one isn’t for you as they cram as many bodies on the catamaran as possible. There wasn’t enough seating for everyone and they won’t let guests ride up front or on top before the snorkeling. Also, “free drinks” doesn’t begin until after the snorkeling (which makes sense). After the 45 minute snorkeling the bar opens and you take a short ride to a nice beach with an open bar, free kayaks, floats and volleyball.

 

Room service was fast and efficient but there is nothing hot on the menu. A nice hot pot of coffee in the morning along with some fresh fruit, toast, bagel, etc. is what you can expect for breakfast. For lunch and dinner there are no real choices rather than some very unsatisfying sandwich choices.

 

The buffet lines in the Cezanne were usually crowded but moved fairly quickly. Breakfast on the buffet was just about the same every morning with some very minor variations. Scrambled eggs, very thin, low quality and greasy bacon, ham slices, and link sausage, pancakes and cold syrup that you pour out of a bottle. Of course there was always the cereals, pastries, fruits and continental type foods. There were two stations (for 3400 guests?) where you could get an omelet prepared to your specifications but they were extremely greasy (they use a small ladle full of oil for every omelet). Also, an over easy egg was hard yellows and whites browned on both sides. The lunch buffet lines were somewhat better in variety but the food was never hot --- lukewarm and pretty tasteless.

 

The good part is that there was always plenty for those guests that prefer quantity over quality.

 

We frequented both the pizzeria and the burger and dog grill on the aft side. There you could order and get hot food even though it wasn’t fancy. We agree with most of the reviews on the food --- Carnival would be better suited to quit trying to be so “gourmet” and concentrate more on quality. Food presentation was beautiful and very well done. We heard good comments on the Sushi bar from other guests although we never tried it. The bars and the bar staff everywhere were efficient, friendly and had great daily “specials”. This group of service people definitely earn their pay as they stay busy constantly. We tipped accordingly and they seemed appreciative.

 

The pool areas are crowded every day beginning early. If you want a lounge chair anywhere near the pools, you need to begin around 9 a.m. Once these chairs are taken, they stay taken for the remainder of the day. You see many chairs that are obviously “saved” by leaving towels on them for the entire day. On this cruise there were a lot of children and they were in all of the pools and Jacuzzis. As we traveled before school was out for the summer, this was a little surprising. For those expecting a romantic, adult type of setting, you might be disappointed.

 

The “Vegas style” shows were fun and entertaining although one shouldn’t expect the caliber of Vegas. The comedian didn’t show for the first night but apparently showed for the next night. We missed the show so can’t comment on how good he was.

 

Once again, we had a great time on this cruise. We didn’t really cruise for the food and entertainment but rather for the sun, fun and relaxation. And for that, Carnival delivered.

 

When we cruise again, we will be looking for this as well as a satisfactory evening dining experience and hopefully better food. In our opinion, each night a dining option rather than the tasteless buffet should be offered to those preferring casual attire. I agree that I don’t want to see an 80 year old man in a Speedo and tank top at dinner but cruises are vacations and formal attire should always be optional. With the size and levels in the dining rooms this should be easy to achieve. A suggestion to Carnival might be to offer reservations for formal dinner at booking or check in and leave the remaining dining areas available for casual dining. I believe that they would find that many guests would opt out of formal night in lieu of this choice if given the opportunity.

 

For families traveling with children and those interested in plentiful food, this cruise should definitely appeal to you. For those interested in less but better -- romantic settings, relaxed atmosphere -- look elsewhere.

 

Will we cruise with Carnival again? Maybe. Will we look into other cruise lines first? Likely. I hope this review doesn’t seem too negative as I’m sure that the things that bug us would be trival to others. I just appreciated all of the candid feedbacks I read!

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A very detailed review. I'm sorry to see that despite that you said you had a great cruise, it sounds to me that you had a thoroughly miserable time. We were on Conquest last month and we loved just about every bit of her.

 

You can't really cruise on Carnival and expect there to be no kids. If you want a no-kids vacation, you need to go to a place like Sandals.

 

Most of your complaints seem to be about the food and service. Sounds like The Point every night for dinner (for the quality), and the main dining rooms for breakfast and lunch (to avoid the buffet) would have been a better option for you. Personally, I thought the food was good. Not spectacular, but good enough for my liking.

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Glad to hear your review. We're sailing Aug 7. Hope the food situation is better by then. Also had a question concerning the Pointe--Previously it was $25 per person, you said in your review it was $30 has the price gone up?? or did you add a tip to that?? again thanks for your review.

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Apparently the price has gone up as we were charge $30/pp. In addition to that we tipped an additional 25% as the service was exceptional.

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Glad you had a great time. I got back from the Conquest on May 1st, the day you boarded :) I completely agree with you about the dinners. A lot of "fancy" or "gourmet" names and entrees, but when it came down to it, the quality was not there. I would have much rather had good quality basic entrees rather than the mediocre quality gourmet entrees Carnival offered.

 

Did you try the Sushi bar? The food there (besides possibly the pizza) was the most fresh and tasteful of anything we ate.

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I completely agree with you about the dinners. A lot of "fancy" or "gourmet" names and entrees, but when it came down to it, the quality was not there. I would have much rather had good quality basic entrees rather than the mediocre quality gourmet entrees Carnival offered.

Did you also eat in the Monet as the original OP? I truly believe there can be a difference in the dining rooms - even using the same galley. The reason I say this is when we were on the Rhapsody we were on the bottom level - we knew another couple traveling who were also on the bottom level - but a distance away. Everyone at our table (10 of us - us 3 and 7 new found friends) and this other couple thought the food was just awlful. After I got back I posted a review about it. There was someone who was on the same sailing - same dining time - but was on the upper level and said their food was fabulous. Why the difference? It's anyones guess. I'm sure it had something to do with how far in advance the food was prepared - maybe what "Team" put the entrees together - who knows - but it would be interesting to figure out at what dining times and what dining rooms the offending food seems to appear most often on the ships. Maybe it's time for a new poll?????

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Thanks for a well balanced review. One thing to remember in the future. If you travel with friends make sure that the TA's cross reference your booking numbers with the cruise lines so that you can be seated together. This will usually take away what you described on the first night.

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Great and thorough review.. we have been on Conquest twice and are booked for a third time.. Its not my favorite Carnival ship.. Pride is my favorite although that could be because it was my first cruise and I must be partial.. We seem to keep going to Conquest because its out of NO and convenient for us.. we did try Royal Carib last month and honestly I wasnt impressed.. I think I will stick with Carnival.. but Conquest is my second favorite.. Im not hard to please so the food seemed great to me.. but I will say we did The Point on the first cruise on Conquest and I wasnt impressed.. Dont think I will do that again.. as it seemed like a waste of money to me.. but thats just my opinion.. In past we have been able to change dining assignments, so not sure why you had such a problem.. The sandwiches on the room service were yummy.. you should have tried one.. We have done the Fury Catamaran sail and snorkel in Cozumel 4 times and it is always the highlight in Cozumel for us.. It is for the partyers but such a blast.. we were there last month and the photographer got in the water when we snorkeled and had some food.. so he would put some in the water when he went to take the picture and all these pretty fishes came right by us and the picture was awesome!! This is the first time we bought the in water picture..

 

"For families traveling with children and those interested in plentiful food, this cruise should definitely appeal to you. For those interested in less but better -- romantic settings, relaxed atmosphere -- look elsewhere."

 

I have to disagree with this statement.. we have taken this cruise by ourselves and taken it with 5 kids.. there are plenty of romantic settings and definitely a relaxed atmosphere...

 

It sounds like maybe Royal Caribbean or one of the other cruiselines is what you are looking for.. but I can say that you're going to get kids on them and the food didnt seem any different to me...

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I have to totally agree about the dining rooms. I know its the luck of the draw (so to speak) where you sit. We had a large group, they did pretty good sitting all of us close together. But, we were on the 3rd level in a corner. I would have preferred round tables. Our waiter was less than friendly. "Roy" came across with a attitude the 2nd night when someone at our table ordered a 2nd entree. He stood at the end of the table and ask DOES anyone else want seconds. When we were leaving 2 from our table approached Roy with

40 bucks and said hope we can get along better. Well, it approved somewhat. We purposely didn't go to a couple of dinners later in the week becasue of him. The fish and chips were great they need to expand hours that they are open. Pizza, burgers, dogs, were very good for a quick meal. We were on Empress Deck Cat. 11. Room was nice, balcony could have been bigger and a slider door would have been terrific. (spoiled by HAL rooms and balcony)

Carol:)

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Hello Everyone,

 

I have a question about the Conquest sailings from New Orleans. It's about the parking. Where do you have to park? Is it a parking lot or a parking garage, or both? The last time we sailed from NO we were allowed to park in the parking lot under the bridge that is right outside the terminal. But, I had read somewhere that all Conquest guests had to go park somewhere else now, that marked "Conquest parking only". Is the true? Please let me know. The reason it is important, well, my parents and 2 other couples are going on the cruise on June 5, and they are driving to NO in my dad's truck, which will not fit in a parking garage, b/c it's too tall. It's the only vehicle that all 6 of them, and their luggage will fit in, so I told mom that I would try to find out for them if they needed to regroup and decide to take two other cars, instead of the big tall truck!!!

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Thanks for starting this thread luvnthesun..am getting a lot from the responses to your review. We will probably book on the Conquest soon as I don't find your feedback detrimental to what we are looking for in a cruise. I like knowing what to expect and wannacruisemores description of balcony room leaves questions as to the difference to balcony rooms. Do the higher decks offer more in terms of balcony rooms?

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I found the reviews on the various websites so helpful that I promised myself that I would post feedback just as soon as we returned, and while the details of the cruise were fresh on my mind. I don’t know about you but I want to hear both bad and good (there’s always both) -- some things are more important than others in everyone’s eyes. We returned on the Carnival Conquest on May 8, 2005 on the 7-day Western Caribbean cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. I want to begin by saying that we did have a great time and that although I will be posting some negatives in this review, that overall we really did enjoy our cruise. We purchased round trip transfers from the airport to the port through Carnival. The full sized buses were clean and air conditioned but the “herding” began here. The transfer people were there at baggage claim as promised and were easily identified. However, they wait until they have a “bus load” of people from various flights before leaving for port. After a long flight, dragging a week’s worth of luggage across a fumy airport parking garage and sitting on a bus waiting for that last seat to finally be filled wasn’t great but it was OK. The ride is approximately 20 minutes. We arrived at port around 12:15. Upon arrival we were placed in a line to check in which took about 15 minutes. Check in was fast and efficient but the “herding” wasn’t’ over by a long shot. Check in here does not mean you are really “checked in”. We were placed in a short line leading to a small auditorium packed full of little yellow plastic chairs in rows, and then in sections. One row at a time was escorted through the “door” – presumably to board. Oh noooo! When your row is finally escorted to the “door” you are being taken into yet another small auditorium type room with yet more little yellow plastic chairs in longer rows. These rows were also escorted one at a time to a partition (yeah!!! Finally boarding!!!) Oh noooo! Behind the partition is the mandatory embarkation picture. Whew, I wonder how many people actually buy those??? After a long flight and the “herding” experience most of my fellow cruises were looking a little put out by the whole ordeal. Following the picture, you go through an airport type screening process and finally are allowed to board. The check in and boarding process took approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Refreshingly, (and in need of some summer attire) Our stateroom was ready when we boarded. We were greeted promptly and cordially by our room steward for the week. She was very friendly and accommodating to our needs for the entire week. The stateroom was spacious, looked nearly new and was very clean. We had a balcony room on the Panorama Deck (10th) floor. We highly recommend the Panorama Deck and the balcony rooms. There weren’t the famed orange bedspreads spoken so frequently of in many reviews I’ve read, but rather a pretty, crisp white spread over high thread count white sheets. NOTE: In walking through the lower decks, we did see some lesser appointed interior rooms open while they were being cleaned but our was very nice. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony in the mornings. Room service will deliver a steaming hot pot of coffee within minutes of calling. There really isn’t any hot food on the room service menu but bagels, toast, fruit, etc were enough to allow us to lounge on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful ocean view without having to dress for breakfast which we did several mornings.

 

On the dining situation, we planned our cruise with friends but booked separately. We had pre-arranged with each other the dining times we desired (late dining) and specifically requested that we be seated with each other even in the dining room. Well, the friends got the late dining in the Monet as requested, we got the early dining in the Renior. You find your dining assignment out on that initial check in but they cannot (or will not) make changes. We were told to report to the dining room(s) before 3 pm (whew we made it by 1.5 minutes) to request seating changes. We went immediately to the Renior and were told by the Maitre D that he could not give us permanent changes at the present time but that we were to show at the Monet that evening and request “temporary” seating together which would be followed with a “permanent” seating change to be delivered directly to our rooms for the remaining evenings. We did as directed and were given “temporary” seating Sunday evening together in the Monet. The service was good and the table for 4 was nice and comfortable. The appetizers, salads and desserts were very good, the entrees were AWFUL (the sirloin was cold, overcooked and the consistency of boot leather). The following night was formal night and we were celebrating an anniversary. We had never received our “permanent” dining seating and could never find anyone in the dining rooms to help us during the day. We dressed for the formal dinner – tux and cocktail dress. The doors remained locked until “straight up” dining hour. “Herding” is becoming a joke with us. What seemed thousands of formally dressed guests crammed into stair wells and a small reception area outside of the dining room. There is not nearly enough reception area for the number of waiting guests and the air conditioning cannot keep up with the number of people cramped into small spaces --- sweating in formal wear isn’t fun. We had arrived early due to concern over the dining arrangements not being taken care of as promised. The Maitre D in the Monet seemed irritable and unconcerned as to our dilemma. He asked who had promised “permanent” dining changes. I informed him that the Maitre D in Renior had as well as he himself the previous night. They initially told us he could not seat us which was absolutely ridiculous as a number of tables remained open even well past seating time. He then reluctantly seated us at a table crammed in between two other tables of elderly patrons voicing their discontent with the entire experience. This night the service was bad. They ran out food out fast enough but we hadn’t even been approached by someone with water let alone a waiter that could take our wine order which we intended to have with dinner. The cocktail waitress had way too many tables. We had a lukewarm over cooked lobster and tasteless steak, with water arriving mid-dinner and wine post-dinner. The “formal” night was very disappointing. We decided at that time that we would put ourselves in the position of being treated as badly as we had been on our very special night. As we had planned for 2 formal nights, we opted to dine at ‘The Point’ for the next. The $30/pp charge was definitely worth avoiding the dining room fiascos and the food and service were absolutely excellent!

 

We have traveled extensively and done most of the “excursion” type activities in the ports of call before so we opted to go on our own in Montego Bay. For $4/pp you can get a JUTA taxi and go to the beach or Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville which we did. In Grand Cayman we chartered a small boat and captain and teamed up with 2 other couples for a day full of snorkeling and beach activities. We purchased snacks and drinks for the day. This ended up costing us around $25/pp and was definitely more relaxing that the organized excursions. In Cozumel, we took the Sail and Snorkel Catamaran excursion. This excursion is a party type excursion and was fun. For those not comfortable with crowds, this one isn’t for you as they cram as many bodies on the catamaran as possible. There wasn’t enough seating for everyone and they won’t let guests ride up front or on top before the snorkeling. Also, “free drinks” doesn’t begin until after the snorkeling (which makes sense). After the 45 minute snorkeling the bar opens and you take a short ride to a nice beach with an open bar, free kayaks, floats and volleyball.

 

Room service was fast and efficient but there is nothing hot on the menu. A nice hot pot of coffee in the morning along with some fresh fruit, toast, bagel, etc. is what you can expect for breakfast. For lunch and dinner there are no real choices rather than some very unsatisfying sandwich choices.

 

The buffet lines in the Cezanne were usually crowded but moved fairly quickly. Breakfast on the buffet was just about the same every morning with some very minor variations. Scrambled eggs, very thin, low quality and greasy bacon, ham slices, and link sausage, pancakes and cold syrup that you pour out of a bottle. Of course there was always the cereals, pastries, fruits and continental type foods. There were two stations (for 3400 guests?) where you could get an omelet prepared to your specifications but they were extremely greasy (they use a small ladle full of oil for every omelet). Also, an over easy egg was hard yellows and whites browned on both sides. The lunch buffet lines were somewhat better in variety but the food was never hot --- lukewarm and pretty tasteless.

 

The good part is that there was always plenty for those guests that prefer quantity over quality.

 

We frequented both the pizzeria and the burger and dog grill on the aft side. There you could order and get hot food even though it wasn’t fancy. We agree with most of the reviews on the food --- Carnival would be better suited to quit trying to be so “gourmet” and concentrate more on quality. Food presentation was beautiful and very well done. We heard good comments on the Sushi bar from other guests although we never tried it. The bars and the bar staff everywhere were efficient, friendly and had great daily “specials”. This group of service people definitely earn their pay as they stay busy constantly. We tipped accordingly and they seemed appreciative.

 

The pool areas are crowded every day beginning early. If you want a lounge chair anywhere near the pools, you need to begin around 9 a.m. Once these chairs are taken, they stay taken for the remainder of the day. You see many chairs that are obviously “saved” by leaving towels on them for the entire day. On this cruise there were a lot of children and they were in all of the pools and Jacuzzis. As we traveled before school was out for the summer, this was a little surprising. For those expecting a romantic, adult type of setting, you might be disappointed.

 

The “Vegas style” shows were fun and entertaining although one shouldn’t expect the caliber of Vegas. The comedian didn’t show for the first night but apparently showed for the next night. We missed the show so can’t comment on how good he was.

 

Once again, we had a great time on this cruise. We didn’t really cruise for the food and entertainment but rather for the sun, fun and relaxation. And for that, Carnival delivered.

 

When we cruise again, we will be looking for this as well as a satisfactory evening dining experience and hopefully better food. In our opinion, each night a dining option rather than the tasteless buffet should be offered to those preferring casual attire. I agree that I don’t want to see an 80 year old man in a Speedo and tank top at dinner but cruises are vacations and formal attire should always be optional. With the size and levels in the dining rooms this should be easy to achieve. A suggestion to Carnival might be to offer reservations for formal dinner at booking or check in and leave the remaining dining areas available for casual dining. I believe that they would find that many guests would opt out of formal night in lieu of this choice if given the opportunity.

 

For families traveling with children and those interested in plentiful food, this cruise should definitely appeal to you. For those interested in less but better -- romantic settings, relaxed atmosphere -- look elsewhere.

 

Will we cruise with Carnival again? Maybe. Will we look into other cruise lines first? Likely. I hope this review doesn’t seem too negative as I’m sure that the things that bug us would be trival to others. I just appreciated all of the candid feedbacks I read!

Loved your review. We will be on the conquest May 22. Really looking forward to it. I like your comments on the herding of people. I have one better for you. We saild Conquest two years ago and the ship was moved to Gulfport Mississippi. Try 6 hours of bumper to bumper in a line just to drop off luggage. No airport style check in. We got to load on a banana dock through the hull of the ship, just like at some po-dunk port. That was an experience. We did have a chance to bond with many guest in the parking lot. It turned out to be a big tail-gate party.

 

Hope to see many people next week!

 

tom

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Folks, my wife is logging on every so often hanging to every bit of information on the Conquest cruise as possible. She has a question for the ladies.....how comfortable is the room temperature after a full day in the sun? Is it cool enough in the rooms? On previous cruises we experienced temperature highs and lows and sometimes at bad times. How are the spa facilities?

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Folks, my wife is logging on every so often hanging to every bit of information on the Conquest cruise as possible. She has a question for the ladies.....how comfortable is the room temperature after a full day in the sun? Is it cool enough in the rooms? On previous cruises we experienced temperature highs and lows and sometimes at bad times. How are the spa facilities?

 

I hate to be cold, I'm on the thin side & I think it doesn't take much for us to be cold. Your cabin temp you can regulate. I had heard that the public rooms can be a little cold. This I did worry about when considering dress clothes, some dresses just lose their whole effect if you throw a sweater over them. I have to say I did not have a problem with this, one night I even wore a dress where my shoulders were bare. I loved the dress & thought covering it up really changes the look of the dress. So I thought, don't wear the dress or suck it up! I was not cold at all. At the same time if she does get too much sun you know your going to get the chills at night, has she thought about tanning before the trip?

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Folks, my wife is logging on every so often hanging to every bit of information on the Conquest cruise as possible. She has a question for the ladies.....how comfortable is the room temperature after a full day in the sun? Is it cool enough in the rooms? On previous cruises we experienced temperature highs and lows and sometimes at bad times. How are the spa facilities?

 

There are individual thermostats in the rooms so you can keep it as cool or as warm as you want.. My boyfriend loves a COLD room and I love a room that is warm.. I usually have to freeze but we did a family vacation in March and he was in one room with his kids and mom and I was in one room with my kids and he got his cold room and I got my warm room... I was in heaven!! :D

 

sdwilson.. The first time we cruised on Conquest was a few years ago before the construction and we parked right there closeby the terminal.. we discovered machu picchutours.. We left our car there and they took us to the terminal and picked us up.. if interested you might do a search on the carnival boards and you will find much info..

 

wannacruisemore.. I agree about the sliding glass doors.. That would have been nice.. I ended up taking a bungee cord and fixing it where the door would stay open.. but at times it would slam shut..

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Okay..... YES the ship is cool in many areas. I did NOT bring enuf warn type of clothes. Our cabin was fine. The casino, the bar next to casino was freezing! ,Showroom, and dining room I found to be a bit chilly. I love the warmth.....I am from sunny san diego. As far as our balcony, I learned from these boards to bring a bungie cord, which I did. The problem was you can't get around the door when open so you lose half your balcony. As I said previous a bit spoiled from our balcony on HAL. We had a suite with the balcony having a 42" rd table, 4 chairs PLUS 2 chaise lounges with a end table....plus room to walk around. One more note.....Todd the cruise Director is wonderful!!!!!!!! Not over the top with sillyness, very nice guy. My adult son partied with him at night. If you see him he likes Captains and Coke!

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I just got back from the 5/1 crusie as well. I was dinning at Renoir, I found the food and service to okay, not as bad as you describe. Maybe there's difference between the two teams of staff?

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Waterbound- Thanks for the info. I will try the Carnival boards, I need to ask a few questions about hotel stays also.

 

We would like to stay in a hotel in NO where we can park there and walk. Anyone have any ideas?

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masterdiver,

We really enjoyed the casino even though we didn't spend a lot of time there. We played blackjack and the Wheel of Fortune slots (my favorite). The tables weren't overly crowded and there was usually plenty of open slots. All of the Wheel of Fortune slots are dollar slots.

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We would like to stay in a hotel in NO where we can park there and walk. Anyone have any ideas?

Check the Port of Call board for New Orleans - you will find some there.

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Did you also eat in the Monet as the original OP?

 

Yes. Monet, second seating. Maybe that's it.

 

I have a question about the Conquest sailings from New Orleans. It's about the parking. Where do you have to park? Is it a parking lot or a parking garage, or both? The last time we sailed from NO we were allowed to park in the parking lot under the bridge that is right outside the terminal. But, I had read somewhere that all Conquest guests had to go park somewhere else now, that marked "Conquest parking only". Is the true?

 

When we sailed 4/23/05 were denied parking at Fulton Street Garage and redirected to an open lot off of Melpomene street. Free shuttles were ran from the lot to the terminal. $12/day cash or credit card.

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Thanks for a great review... How did you find the common areas? Did everything seem to be in good condition? I hear she will be in dry dock in august and I was concerned she'd bit a bit worse for wear when we cruised the 1st week.

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