The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest resumed service this week from Galveston, Texas, following an extensive, multi-million-dollar renovation that included the addition of a new Circle “C” club for 12- to 14-year-olds and a massive LED screen on Lido Deck. Eighteen balconies were also added to existing ocean view staterooms.The Camp Carnival and Club O2 facilities for children and teens, respectively, were also updated.
The 110,000-ton Carnival Conquest operates year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises departing Galveston every Sunday. In addition to seven-day western Caribbean cruises to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, the ship begins a new weeklong eastern Caribbean option Feb. 15, with calls at Key West, Freeport and Nassau. The Feb. 15 departure will be the first of 11 eastern Caribbean cruises this year.
“Carnival Conquest is already a popular cruise vacation option and with these new guest-pleasing features - along with an exciting eastern Caribbean itinerary - we’re making a terrific ‘Fun Ship’ even better,” said Roberta Jacoby, Carnival’s senior vice president of hotel operations.
Expansive Kid-Friendly Facilities
Carnival Conquest’s extensive renovation included the addition of a Circle “C” facility on Atlantic Deck 8, part of the line’s fleetwide program aimed at 12- to 14-year olds. The center includes a high-tech sound and lighting system, plasma screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, a touch-screen jukebox, and gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles.
In addition to the new Circle “C” center, the 4,200-square-foot Camp Carnival play area was remodeled with updated gaming stations, while the 1,800-square-foot Club O2 teen center now features new plasma TVs. Various cosmetic enhancements were made to both rooms, as well.,p>
Carnival’s Seaside Theatre
Carnival Conquest is also the latest “Fun Ship” to feature the line’s popular “Carnival Seaside Theatre,” a massive 270-square-foot LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts, sporting events, and other programming, including a “Morning Show” hosted by the ship’s cruise director. Utilizing the same technology featured in large stadiums and New York’s Times Square, the state-of-the-art entertainment system includes a 70,000-watt sound system, providing concert quality sound, even outdoors.
New Balconies, Other Enhancements
Eighteen staterooms on the Carnival Conquest that previously featured floor-to-ceiling windows have been retrofitted with private balconies, creating expansive 230-square-foot verandah staterooms. Including these accommodations, Carnival Conquest now has 573 total balcony staterooms - ideal for scenic Caribbean cruising.
Additionally, dozens of individual pieces of exercise equipment were replaced in the ship’s 14,500-square-foot Spa Carnival facility. Carnival Conquest is also the latest “Fun Ship” to offer bow-to-stern Wi-Fi access, enabling guests to use their laptop computers from any location on the ship, including their staterooms.