Carnival Conquest Review

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The first ship in the Conquest-class, Carnival Conquest launched in 2002. Similar in layout to previous classes of fleetmates, she nevertheless boasted more room in her interiors. A refurbishment in 2009 added the popular Seaside Theatre, a huge LED screen overlooking the main pool area; in a 2012 upgrade, Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" features with new casual dining options and bars were added. Carnival Conquest itineraries don’t stray from the Caribbean, but various departure ports—including Miami, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and San Juan, Puerto Rico—and different regional ports of call are available depending on the date.

Taking Fun Ships to new lengths and widths, Conquest-class ships are among the largest in the Carnival fleet. They're basically larger and more feature-filled versions of earlier Destiny-class vessels. More space translates into additional decks, an upscale steak house, and even more bars and lounges; however, well-proportioned public areas belie the ships' massive size. You'll hardly notice that there's slightly less space per passenger after you take a thrilling trip down the spiral waterslide.

Public rooms flow forward and aft from stunning central atriums. Just off each ship's main boulevard is an array of specialty bars, dance lounges, discos, piano bars, and show lounges, plus seating areas along the indoor promenades. The promenade can get crowded between dinner seatings and show-lounge performances, but with so many different places to spend time, you're sure to find one with plenty of room and an atmosphere to suit your taste.

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