My wife and I have just returned from a 4 night cruise on The Carnival Sensation which was followed by 7 nights in Orlando.
The trip was organised through an agency via the Internet and we did not have a choice in what cruise company we could choose.
This was our first time on a cruise and our first impressions before boarding the ship was well organised. The booking in procedure was simple and straight forward and the staff were very helpful. They say a smile goes a long way and it did on this occasion.
That said when we boarded the ship, it was not what we had expected. My wife immediately said, "It feels like Vegas" Now that may not necessarily be a good thing and I have to say there was a serious amount of neon throughout the ship. My father-in-law has been on many cruises all over the world and he did not mention the neon once.
We were issued with a ship map and this did assist us in locating our state room. We had upgraded to one with a sea view and we both thought the room was adequate and clean and had everything we required.
We then went on a tour of the cruise ship and found it fun to have a look around. We did not however expect The Lido deck, where the pools were, to be like a outdoor disco with people staggering around as if drunk having only just boarded.If we did want to use the pool there was no chance as there were far too many people using this space. This was a smoking area too and neither my wife or I smoke and it wasn't pleasant walking through the smoke to get to the Seaview bar and grill.
Overall we found the food to be okay, nothing special but it catered for most peoples taste. It was claer that quite a few people took full advantage of the buffet !
What you will fing is that the drinks are expensive with beers at $6 each and cocktails at $9. The wines we had weren't very good and again quite expensive.
We ate in The Ecstasy dining room for our evening meals and the staff were really good and very entertaining and we enjoyed our time there.
We have 2 particular bar staff favouites who did make our cruise enjoyable,
In the Serenity deck area, Prajuab Thongprapin was particularly helpful.
In the Mirage bar on The Promenade deck, Samuel Garamendi, who made a mean Gin and Tonic and was a funny guy.
Chec both these locations out and you will see what we mean.
Overall a good experience, we enjoyed the Bahama's and our time on the ship, just a few things we weren't expecting.