Here's a good advice for anyone planning on taking a cruise. Don't order anything that's fried. Because the dining steward has to wait for the food for each course to get plated for all of his/her diners before he/she brings them out, anything that is fried becomes cold and limp by the time it arrives in front of you. Thus, I made a mistake in ordering the calamari for lunch.
The food improved immediately after day 1, and so I started enjoying the heart and soul of cruising--eating nearly 24 hours a day.
On a really good note, the desserts on the Carnival Conquest sure beats those on Holland America-Volendam!
Linguini in a tomato cream sauce and ham; Philly Cheesesteak
Seared Ahi Tuna, Norwegian Salmon Tartar in Spicy Lemon Sauce, and Maine Mussel with Marinated Seafood (THE BEST DISH OF THE ENTIRE CRUISE)
Jerked Pork Loin with fried rice and green beans; Braised Short Ribs with sesame eggplants and fried rice
Warm Cinnamon Cake with Rum Raisin Ice Cream