Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to board the Carnival Conquest in Port Everglades (Ft Lauderdale).

While I was touring the vessel I took the opportunity to photograph the ship for CruiseInd. This review will cover the public areas. Due to a delay in boarding at Port Everglades, I was unable to photograph any cabins. All Carnival ship’s have a theme and some are more subtle than others. The Conquest’s theme is art, specifically French. In fact, there’s quite a lot of French influence all throughout and I’ll be pointing them out throughout our tour.

The ship was originally home ported in New Orleans so the French theme fits. The Conquest is the first ship built as part of the Conquest class of ship’s which is an evolution of the Destiny-class of vessel.

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Elevator lobby on Carnival Conquest

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Stairway on Carnival Conquest

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Artwork on the stairways of Carnival Conquest

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A typical hallway on Carnival Conquest

Deck 01

DECK PLAN

The bottom-most deck normally accessed by the public contains only cabins. There’s both inside and outside cabins with windows and portholes on this deck.

Deck 02

DECK PLAN

Deck 02 also contains only cabins.

Deck 03

DECK PLAN

Deck 03 is where the public areas start. It’s also where you enter the ship when first boarding.
There’s a promenade on either side of the deck, but it’s not connected in the bow or stern. It’s usually pretty quiet out here during sea days. 
At the very front of the deck is the ship’s main theater, the Taulouse-Loutrec main lounge.

Toulouse-Lautrec main lounge on Carnival Conquest

Tables in the Toulouse-Lautrec main lounge

Entrance to the Toulouse-Lautrec main lounge on Carnival Conquest

Just past the entrance to the lounge are the guest services areas. On the port side is the shore excursion desk and on the starboard is the pursers desk. Immediately aft of those is the bottom floor of the Artists lobby. Direct above that is the Studio atrium. 

Artists Lobby on Carnival Conquest

This is also where you enter the ship when you first board. Hence the huge gathering of guests.

Walking through the lobby there’s a small corridor with the art gallery on the starboard side.

Entrance to Renoir Restaurant on Carnival Conquest

At the end of the hallway is one of the two main dining rooms, Renoir.

Renoir Restaurant on Carnival Conquest

Renoir Restaurant on Carnival Conquest

At the very aft end of deck 03 is the second dining room. Deck 03 is one of those split decks that Carnival ship’s have. That means you can’t walk all the way from the front to back, as the galley sits in between the two dining rooms. If you click on the deck plan you’ll understand what I mean.
Before entering the aft dining room, the Conquest-class of ship’s have this neat mini-atrium. On the Conquest it’s called the Sunflower.

Sunflower Atrium on Carnival Conquest

At the end of the atrium is the second dining room called Monet.

Can you spot the Eiffel Towers?

Monet Restaurant on Carnival Conquest

Monet Restaurant on Carnival Conquest

Deck 04

DECK PLAN

Deck 04 is slightly narrower as this is where the lifeboats are. On this class of ship, they are recessed inboard and adjacent to it is the boarding area. During normal ops, this area is only used during the muster drill.
At the very front of Deck 04 is the start of the second level of the main theater.

Second level of the main theater on Carnival Conquest

Exiting the theater, you walk down stairs, and past the forward elevators, you enter the second deck of the main atrium.

Second level of the Studio atrium on Carnival Conquest

At the far end of the atrium is the ship’s library.

Library onboard Carnival Conquest

Adjacent to the library is the photo gallery.

Pixels photo gallery on Carnival Conquest

Adjacent to the library is the Circle C club for 12-14 year olds.

Circle C Teen lounge on Carnival Conquest

Hidden between the library and the photo gallery is the second entrance to the top level of the Renoir dining room.

Renoir restaurant on Carnival Conquest

On the far side of the dining room you can enter a stairwell. Through that is a narrow corridor that takes you to the conference room.

Hidden stairwell

Conference room entrance

Through that is Alfred’s bar and lounge. There’s also a humidor there for cigars as well.

Alfred’s Bar and lounge on Carnival Conquest

Alfred’s bar and lounge on Carnival Conquest

Through Alfred’s is the second level of the Sunflower atrium.

Second level of the Sunflower Atrium

Walking through Sunflower you reach the second level of the Monet dining room. The windows on the far side overlook the ship’s wake.

Second level of Monet restaurant

Deck 05

DECK PLAN

At the very front of deck 05 is the top level of the main theater. You mainly access the top level though the stairs on Deck 04. At the very front I found the ship’s plaques. These commemorate every time she calls upon a port for the very first time.

Carnival Conquest’s Plaques

Front of Deck 05

Just past this is the start of the Fun Shops. These are the duty free boutiques onboard.

The Fun Shops onboard Carnival Conquest

The Fun Shops onboard Carnival Conquest

Aft of the shops is the top floor of the main atrium. Although it continues to the very top of the vessel, this is the highest floor where you can walk around it.

Main atrium on Carnival Conquest

Surrounding the atrium on the port side is the EA Sports Bar.

EA Sports Bar on Carnival Conquest

On the starboard side, towards the back of the atrium, is the Cherry on Top candy store.

Candy store on Carnival Conquest

As you exit the atrium towards the starboard side, you immediately enter the Impressionist Boulevard. This is the ship’s main promenade. At the main entrance to it, the casino sort of spills out into it.

Start of Impressionist Boulevard on Carnival Conquest

Tahiti Casio on Carnival Conquest

Tahiti casino bar Impressions Bar

Heading aft on the promenade you pass a small desk that had the sign up area for Carnival’s credit card and future cruises. Adjacent to that is the onboard internet cafe.

Internet Cafe on Carnival Conquest

Internet Cafe on Carnival Conquest

Right next to that is Cafe Fans. The specialty coffee bar onboard.

Cafe Fans coffee bar on Carnival Conquest

Right next to that is the entrance to Club O2. The ship’s club room for teens.

Club O2 onboard Carnival Conquest

Soda bar on Club O2 onboard Carnival Conquest

Dance floor at Club O2 onboard Carnival Conquest

Walking through that and to the left, is the ship’s arcade.

The Conquest’s Arcade

Exiting the arcade, you’re back on the Impressionist Boulevard. Located towards the end is the red-carpet entrance to the ship’s nightclub Henri’s.

Henri’s Dance Club on Carnival Conquest

Dance floor at Henri’s Dance Club on Carnival Conquest

Bar at Henri’s Dance Club on Carnival Conquest

We’re now reaching the end of the promenade. This is where the Alchemy bar is located. This is quickly becoming a staple onboard all Carnival ships.

Alchemy Bar on Carnival Conquest

Exiting the promenade you enter the top level of the Sunflower. On the port side is Blues piano bar.

Blues Piano Bar

The Conquest’s Blues bar is located on the starboard side off the Sunflower.

Vincent’s bar on Carnival Conquest

At the very end of the sunflower and continuing all the way to the end of the deck is the Degas aft lounge. This serves as the alternate lounge onboard the ship.

Degas Aft lounge on Carnival Conquest

Deck 06

DECK PLAN

Deck 6 contains cabins. It’s the first level where the outside cabins have balconies.

Deck 07

DECK PLAN

Deck 7 also contains cabins. The midship ones are all suites. Deck 06 and 07 also feature a fairly quiet open deck at the front. You have a fantastic view over the bow looking straight ahead.

Deck 08

DECK PLAN

Deck 8 is also all cabins. At the front is the bridge and officer cabins.

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