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Recall that we selected this particular sailing of Carnival Conquest because of the itinerary and also to get an opportunity to compare with our last cruise on the ship. Since that time, Conquest went into dry-dock for a major face-lift which included adding the Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements.
See our previous article: Introducing Fun Ship 2.0
Welcome Aboard Lunch
Since the cabins were still being prepared when we got on the ship, the logical decision was to head up to Lido Deck (deck 9) for some lunch. I know we just had breakfast at the hotel, but after all, this is a cruise ship and "All you do is eat - right?"
We didn't get too far on Deck 9 before finding several of the Fun Ship 2.0 improvements. Of course, we also started taking some pictures with our camera phones to capture our first moments on board.
When we were asked if we wanted to try the burgers, we had to agree.
Guy's Burger Joint
Carnival has teamed up with best-selling author, restaurateur and Food Network personality Guy Fieri to bring all the appetizing appeal of a roadside burger to Guy’s Burger Joint, the cool poolside spot for hot burgers and hand-cut fries.
As you can see in the pictures, there is a menu posted with several options. You can have the "Plane Jane" which is simply the burger, bun, and cheese or you can pick one of the ready-made favorites. Either way, there's a complete topping bar with things like mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and various sauces that you can mix and match to your heart's content.
How are the burgers you ask? Food taste and quality is always a very subjective subject so we can only tell you that we definitely enjoyed the burger and had several during the week. Whether this is the best burger you've ever tasted we'll leave as an exercise for you to determine on a future cruise. We can tell you that for us they were definitely among the best burgers we've had at sea and will definitely include Guy's Burger Joint on future Carnival cruises.
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There are other options on Deck 9 for lunch when you get on board. We will talk about one more in our next article. We never made it to the welcome aboard buffet lunch, but other passengers seemed to be enjoying that as well.
If you are just joining us, we are reviewing every aspect of our cruise on the refurbished Carnival Conquest so be sure to come back for updates.