Just returned from the Conquest last night!! This was the first cruise for me, my husband and my kids, 10 year old boy and an almost 4 year old girl.
We got to the parking lot about 11:30 am and had to take a bus from the parking lot to the pier/terminal. There was a freight train passing through so this took longer than normal. There was a lot of other traffic. Checked in and waited to take pictures and go through security. I would say this whole process took about 1 hour or so. Everything was organized, just a lot of people. We checked out our cabin and then went to the Lido deck for Lunch.
Our cabin number was 2404. I thought the cabin was perfect for us, the king size bed was comfortable and the bunks were big enough for me or my husband. The bathroom was small but not too small. I thought the pressure in the shower was great and better than most hotels. Cabin steward cleaned the room twice a day and did make sure we had water and ice. There was very little noise above us (Galley) and we could only hear our neighbors when they came home drunk and laughing at 4am. Our kids like to squeal, wrestle and jump on the bed at 7 am, so we didnít say anything.
I thought the Lido deck buffet was OK. Nothing spectacular. The pizza was decent and I did have it for dinner one night. The grill was also decent. The best food was in the dining room and they did have a nice menu every night. Our waiter was wonderful and always brought pizza or something else for the kids, just in case. He also brought us an extra entrťe just to try.
The drink special Carnival offers when you buy the glass and then get it refilled for $3 is a good idea if you like sweet tropical style drinks with almost no alcohol in them. The best way to know what you are getting is to order a drink with a call brand. I thought the free coffee was strong. The iced tea, lemonade and other free drinks were good.
We went to Sunset Beach for the day. That was a nice place to spend a few hours. They do offer you unlimited food and drinks for $20 per adult. My husband always asked for extra rum in the drinks which they did for him gladly. The place was a little worn looking, the bathrooms were not clean. The food was decent, we had burgers and fries. The beach equipment was very worn and the life jackets were moldy.
We decided to shop at this port and took the stroller, just in case my daughter became tired. Big mistake, donít take the stroller in to Grand Cayman, there are lots of stairs and itís very crowded with people and automobiles. We had lunch at this little restaurant on the beach down a little ways from the piers (Carnival recommends this place but I forgot the name). It had outside seating and seemed like a nice little place. My husband and I each had the special of Coconut Shrimp, my son had a chicken sandwich and my daughter had a hamburger. I had one drink and everyone else had soda. We shared chips and salsa as an appetizer. The reason I tell you this is because the bill was $75 before tip!! I thought this was an outrageous amount for lunch, about double what we would normally spend at a restaurant for lunch. Anyway, their menu is in Cayman Dollars and when we looked at it we thought how much of a difference can it be? Oh wellÖ.
We went to Playa Mia for a day on the beach. This resort was very nice compared to the Sunset Beach in Jamaica. It was very clean and lots to do. They have the water trampoline and the iceberg. The water is very clear and the beach is clean. You can rent umbrellas and they have those blue raft/floats for everyone and they also have these beach lounge chairs for everyone, which is nice. We had the buffet which was ok, not a big selection. I was nervous about eating the food, but it didnít make us sick. Next time I would probably order from the menu or go to their grill. Everything was going great until the party boat arrived and about 200 people got off and then it became crowded and not so pleasant. They were only there for 2 hours and then left and it was nice again. On the way in we were approached to buy stuff and while on the beach we were approached, but they seemed to take no for an answer and move on.
I had a pedicure and a full body massage, both were nice, they do try to sell you their products. The pedicure was $25, but very basic. The massage was $125 I think and was worth it.
My 10 year old went a few times and they had an overnight party for them on Friday night, he had a blast.
My almost 4 year old went three times. We took her after dinner and picked her up at 10pm. She loved it as well!
My son saw the magic show onboard and LOVED IT, he thought it was better than the Blue Man Group which has been his favorite show until now!
My son and husband went to the juggling/ventriloquist act and thought it was wonderful as well.
Things I would do differently:
Eat in the dining room more often for lunch and breakfast, the food was much better.
Dress up for formal night Ė we didnít and it seemed like we were the only ones. The first formal night was much more popular than the second.
Things I would do again:
We felt very little motion in our cabin, so I would get a main deck middle of ship cabin again.
One thing I forgot to mention about disembarkation, especially if you are taking the bus back to the blue lot, watch the guys put your luggage under the bus and make sure it stays there. We saw them throwing luggage off and we also saw people looking for luggage after they were dropped off at the parking lot and having to return to the terminal. The whole disembarkation process took about 1 hour from them calling our tag color to getting to the car. We were the 3rd tag color called, I think being called after the point would probably be more chaotic.
I canít think of anything else, but please let me know if you have questions. I have to say Iím not sure I would do a cruise again, mainly because I didnít like being out in the middle of nowhere. That was a weird feeling for me. Carnival was wonderful, I think they do an amazing job of keeping the ship clean and tending to your needs. The employees really do try and work very hard. I would recommend the Conquest for families or anyone else!! There was a huge mix of people, families, singles, disabled, and seniors.