When it comes to conquering the high seas, the Carnival Conquest knows best. This behemoth of a ship combines sumptuous living quarters with an exciting programme of entertainment options that will ensure you have plenty to do during your holiday. And crucially, while this 'city at sea' is capable of supporting some 3,000 passengers, it rarely feels as though you're sharing with that many people.
The onboard atmosphere is cheery, a feeling aided by Carnival's renowned approach to decor, which has long veered towards cheery and innovative designs. Aboard the Conquest, an impressionist theme is complemented by plenty of crazy colours and peculiar shapes. The public rooms are even labelled after art masters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and Van Gogh, further supporting the theme.
You certainly won't struggle to find a good meal aboard the Carnival Conquest. Formal dinner duty is handled by two double-tiered rooms (the Monet and Renoir - the former is more appealing thanks to the fact it has windows on three sides). You can expect salads, appetisers and chilled soups with entrees consisting of pasta, meat, fish and vegetarian options on the nightly rotating menus.
Particularly joyous are the waiters in the main dining room, who entertain people with clapping, singing and dancing to the digitised music. It's all good fun.
Tipping is expected and appreciated by service staff - $11.50 per person a day is recommended by Carnival's online guide.
Art auctions, karaoke, "game show mania," ballroom dancing, comedians, bingo, bingo and more bingo - these are the staples of a Carnival list of things to do on board one of their vessels. The Conquest is no exception.
Entertainment-wise, it's well worth checking out the show lounge - named after Moulin Rouge's Toulouse Lautrec - which is a wildly whimsical venue. It's busy most nights, with plenty of performances going on during the night and the day.
Live music and dancing in coffee shop Alfred's is also a highlight, especially as a particularly tasty afternoon tea is served.
When wondering what to pack, casual and smart casual is the order of the day. There is only one cruise elegant night aboard the Conquest's four and five-night cruises, but you'll want to dress to impress for it.
Women typically wear cocktail dresses or dressy blouses, while most men opt for jackets and ties.