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Carnival Sensation
Carnival Sensation
Member Name: topspin1267
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Bahamas
Cabin Category: 4E
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        13-15 3.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Was it SENSATIONal?? Maybe
We were a group of 5 ranging from 13-77 with 1 mobility challenged Senior. We have cruised RCCL and CCL in the past and had a pretty good idea what to expect. Fortunately, except for 1 5 day, we've always done 7 day cruises on the larger ships and now we know why.

Pre-Trip

Booked a 2 room suite at Comfort Inn & suites for the night before. $171 total covered room, 4 beverages in the lounge, breakfast for 5, parking for the whole cruise, and round trip transfers for 5. Not a bad hotel not a great hotel, just your typical beach motel but definitely no complaints.

Had dinner at Jazzy's Mainely Lobster. GREAT PLACE!! Looks like a hole in the wall and it is but food was great and fairley reasonably priced. 3 lobsters or 3 lobster rolls for $25!!

Embarkation:

Pt Canaveral was a great embarkation port. We arrived and were taken straight in since my mom has to use a wheelchair or scooter to go more than a few steps. From the time we arrived at 11:30 to on board was less than 20 minutes. Super friendly staff and great facility.

Ship:

A little dated and ALOT PURPLE!!! The decor was nothing spectacular but not horrible either. Ship was pretty easy to navigate once you learned which elevator to use to get to the front of which dining room. If you are going to choose your time dining I recommend a mid ship to forward cabin since you cant get to the Fantasy dining room from any aft elevator.

Entertainment:

Trivia staff was fun and engaging shows were a little dated. The 2 shows were okay but do not compare to Dancing in the Streets on the Dream. Probably our least favorite shows on the ships, not because of performers, but just not the best shows.

SCOOTER AND WHEELCHAIRS:

no problems navigating the ship. Staff was friendly and eager to help whenever needed. The only problem is you can't drive the scooter off the ship without lifting it up over a hump on the gangway.

Dining:

Food ranged from not so good to great. The lobster this time was perfect but both times someone in our party tried the flat iron it was dry enough to be inedible even cooked medium rare. Chocolate melting cake ranged from perfect to caked topped syrup, but mostly towards the perfect side.

ONE POINT ON YOUR TIME DINING: If you get a good waiter (I highly recommend Ferdinand) request him every night. We decided not to wait for Ferdinand 1 night and the service was horrible, empty water glasses not refilled and almost 2 hrs for a dinner with a waiter with no personality.

Ports:

Freeport is not a very tourist friendly port. You basically get off the ship in an industrial area and have to take a cab anywhere. We cabbed to Our Lucaya and paid the $10 for the facilities beside the Treasure Bay casino and it was great.

Nassau was a much more tourist friendly port with most things in walking distance. Walked to Junkanoo Beach (free) and spent a few hours there. The beach there is very rocky near shore and the chair rental prices are very high but drinks are cheap. Cabbed over to Atlantis and was a little UNDERwhelmed after all I'd heard. Not a bad place just doesnt compare to the vegas casinos.

Disembarkation:

Again no problems great port

The only real problems on our cruise were fellow cruisers. With this being a short inexpensive cruise it seemed like there were more rude people and more drunk partiers than on most 7 day cruises. It seemed like everyone was in a hurry to cram as much in as they could in 4 days.

This trip, and to some degree our Feb. 2012 trip on the Elation, have shown us that for our family a 7 day cruise is the best fit for us.

Publication Date: 10/13/12
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