We chose this cruise as a relaxation cruise and a getaway for just me and the wife. Were also trying to get to Platinum before Carnival changes so with this cruise and The Dream coming up after summer we should make it, as long as Carnival doesn't change by then.
We don't usual fly in the day of the cruise but with this being a short one we did just that. At The Orlando Airport you will have to go to Level 1 where you will find the desk for Carnival just past car rentals, checking in we were told the bus would be there in 20 minutes just outside, and it was.
Once we left the airport it was only about 50 minutes to get to the port. This wasn't bad but when you arrive, if your traveling with someone whose handicapped you just need to ask a porter, and they will get someone to assist you. This we did not know and my Wife who can not walk long distances had to walk. It was only after the fact did we find this out. Embarkation went very smooth and we were on The Sensation by 1130AM heading for lunch on the lido deck.
The Sensation is holding up very well despite her age we did find many workers cleaning painting through out the cruise. Now the problems The Sensation is and can be very hard to maneuver a wheel chair around.So just beware, the one thing i did find was that to get to The Serenity area there is a ramp but you have to go through Plaza Aft Lounge, that is if you have someone in a wheelchair, i did not know this until we went exploring. The rest of the ship is what i like to call Carnival's WOW FACTOR yes it is true the ship will have you singing Purple Rain. I mean the ship is very PURPLE. We also found out they DO NOT sell future cruise certificate's on this ship there is 3 in The Carnival Fleet and this is one of them we were told TO BAD can not help you. I have our PVP looking into some way to buy one for our next cruise she told me she will let us know what happens.
Our fellow passengers well all i can say is it was kids running a muck, a lot of people whom seem to have indulge a little to much. Night time on the Lido we witnessed kids just running all over the place and no SERCURITY no ADULTS to supervise. The food was typical Carnival from the lunch to the dinner all around it was good. Our cabin was on Main deck we were port side 4 back from the middle elevator's and the noise was not to bad. John our steward did a excellent job he even came u to tell he was short on towels and we would have them in the afternoon, he kept hie promise.
Well to sum it up it was not a bad cruise The Fantasy Class of ships is a little confusing if you have not been on one. Trying to push a wheel chair around one is a battle in itself, and if you want to get into a lounge you better go super early, oh yes they have spots marked for the handicapped, but they fill up fast with just regular people, and when you asked them to move the just look at you. Three days is just not enough i would not mind doing another Fantasy Class but it is going to be 4 days or more