The first thing I do when I get on the ship is take my carry on luggage to my cabin and then go up to the Lido deck and have lunch. Then I explore the whole ship from top to bottom and find out where all the public areas are. You can get a map of the ship when you get on. If they don't hand you one then check at the information desk. Check out all the options up on the Lido deck for dining. There will be buffets on the inside area and poolside area, also port and starboard sides. They are not identical. For example I just came off the Fascination yesterday. Poolside had the grill items, hamburgers, hotdogs,. Inside port had hot buffet that changed theme daily, ie: French, Italian, American. While the other side hot buffet served a variety of hot dishes and carved meat, and a daily pasta special. On the Conquest you have a nice seafood stand on the upper level of the lido deck restaurant that serves seafood.
Read your Carnival Capers daily, it will give you alot of vital information. Take a highlighter or pen and circle events of interest to you.
Your gratuities are automatically put on your onboard account. You should take lots of ones and small denominations to use for other tipping of baggage, pay for taxis.
Have fun. The Conquest is a beautiful ship.