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.
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.
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.
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.
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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