Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by near the beach: Another great cruise on the Sensation.
Overall Member Rating
Another great cruise on the Sensation.
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Still a lot of construction going on with the new terminal and parking garage. I dropped off my wife and grandson and went to park the car.
You pay for parking when you arrive now. Which is a good thing. It would get backed up if everyone leaving at the same time had to some and pay for their parking. I parked our car and walked the short distance back to the terminal.
There were two lines to enter the terminal. One VIP and one regular. This time we were able to use the VIP line. The lines moved quickly all the way. Once inside we looked for the VIP lounge. We were told it was not open. Also that is was only a counter to checkin at and no lounge. We went to the regular counter and received our sail & sign cards. We were given our boarding number and shown were to sit and wait to board the ship.
The Coast Guard was making an inspection of the ship so we had to wait a short while longer to board the ship. We had a number one boarding card. There was no call More for passengers needing assistance so boarding started with the number one card. There were three photo stations which kept the lines moving quickly.
Once on board it was to the lido deck to eat and wait for our cabin to be ready.
This would be the third time for us to sail on the Sensation. She was in dry dock just a few weeks before we sailed. The ship looked really nice.
We had an ocean view cabin with three passengers on the Empress deck. It had plenty of storage space for the three of us. The bed was two singles not a double as we had stated when booking.
We found our cabin steward and he said he would take care of it when he did the turn down service that night. He did. He also gave use the extra pillows we requested.
The muster drill took a while because of the many passengers who were not paying attention to the announcements for the drill.
Our luggage arrived before the early seating we had for dinner. We opted for cruise casual which is the dress for the first night.
The first night in the main dining room we were assigned to a table for twelve. A long table. I think that a round table is better to talk to your table mates. The food in the main dining room was good for the entire cruise. Our wait staff was great. We did enjoy the singing and dancing by the dining room staff. It wouldn't be a cruise if they didn't dance.
The next morning we ate breakfast in the main dining room. We had our usual omelets. After a nice breakfast we relaxed and waited to leave the ship in Nassau.
When we left the ship and walked through down town looking around and did some shopping.
We then walked over to the British Colonial Hilton. Our excursion was on a boat at the Hilton dock. We chartered a private boat to go snorkeling. We were the only three on this excursion which was great. It was small boat. Twenty feet long with no cover on the top. Cold water and soda was provided. Mark the captain of the boat took use to two different places to snorkel. The first had some nice coral and the second was great with many different colorful fish. This was the second time we did this excursion and may do it again sometime. The only problem was that the new water camera we purchased was not charged so we didn't get much video at all.
We only saw one of the stage shows, which was good, in the main lounge. We also saw a couple of family oriented comedy shows. They were very funny.
Our grandson enjoyed the arcade and the mini golf. He didn't do laser tag because of the times it was held. We played bingo once before the stage show we saw. We entered the slot tournament. I won a ship on a stick in the game show. We danced to a live band on the Promenade deck.
We did eat our share of ice cream and pizza. We enjoyed late night room service sandwiches every night.
We purchased two Bottomless bubbles stickers for this cruise. They worked out well for us. This time I drank some orange juice instead of soda a couple of times.
For a Spring break cruise it was kind of quiet. Which we liked.
On the morning of debarkation we ate breakfast in the main dining room again. It would be our last time to be waited on. We went to our cabin and picked up our carry off items and went to get in line to leave the ship.
We were off of the ship in a few minutes. We picked up our luggage and preceded to customs were we turned our form and showed our passports.
After that it was a short walk to our car and a quick drive out of the lot to be on our way home.
The Sensation is a very nice ship and we would recommend her to anyone. The staff on board are great. There was so much to do it was difficult to decide on what not to do. The personnel working in the terminal at the port are great. Carnival did a great job as usual. Less
Read more Carnival Sensation cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Carnival Sensation Review >>
Port and Shore Excursions
The Sensation left much to be ...
Your dreams, from sea to shore...
Older, smaller, but still quit...
Good but can improve.