Mother/Daughter Getaway Enjoyable: Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by Mandy

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Mother/Daughter Getaway Enjoyable

Sail Date: February 2008
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
My daughter who was off of reading week from College and I decided to take this 4 day cruise to the Bahamas for a break from our Canadian winter. The 4 days suited us because my daughter had to split her time between her Mother and the boyfriend. The only problem for me was I definitely could have stayed longer. The cruise itself is very economical but if you have to fly from afar the flight is more costly than the cruise. I am a seasoned cruiser having been on a Carnival ship 5 years ago thought this would be great for my young daughter but was surprised that the passengers were made up more of families (agree with previous review, although they said there were 500 children on board, I never saw them) and retirees who live in the Florida area. Perfect economical getaway for them.

Our room was spacious enough for a cruise ship and although the beds were in king size formation when we arrived, our purser when seeing we were not a couple was quick to change them into two singles More while we were out for dinner. Room was always spotless and we were always anxious to see what kind of towel animal was left for us.

We shared our table with 4 other people who were all very pleasant and made for nice dinner companions. The food was to die for. Steak, lobster, beef tenderloin...Dessert was amazing. Dinner portions are just the right size so that you have room for the dessert and you don't feel bloated when done. I ordered a bottle of wine which lasted me 3 nights and it was always waiting for me at the table when I arrived. The bottle was more reasonable priced than other cruises where I have been on when I know there has been about a 500% mark up from the store price. The shows were fantastic although rough seas on the last day made it necessary for them to cancel the show and rightly so.

In Freeport, my daughter & I took the Freeport Snorkeling excursion which was well priced. My daughter had never snorkeled so I was a little nervous but she did great and we had a very enjoyable afternoon. There is a little straw market just outside the ship at Freeport and was browsed around but waited until we got to the larger Nassau straw market to make our purchases. At the Nassau market, which I had been to before, it was very cramped and hot and the venders are very pushy but I knew this and they have to make a living. My daughter got a faux Burberry purse which we bartered from $65.00 down to $45.00. I don't now if this was a good deal or not but my daughter was thrilled with her purchase. In the afternoon we went out on the Yellow Bird Party Boat which for the price includes all the rum punch you can drink while on board. They take you to a little island where you can swim and lie in the sun. Only complaint was that it wasn't long enough. I would have loved to have spent the whole day on that beach. After the party boat, we went to Senor Froggies with some others we met on the excursion for yard high cocktail. Drinking age in Bahamas is 18 so my daughter was thrilled. We shared the yard high drink, otherwise I think we would have had a hard time finding the ship. The Ship stays in port all night in Nassau so a lot of people took advantage of this and partied in Nassau.

Because our day at sea was stormy, we found a quiet corner in one of the bars and read and no one bothered us at all. I would have rather been lying in the sun, but hey no one can control the weather. Despite seabands and graval, my daughter did suffer a little sea sickness that day as did others but I was fine.

Overall the 4 days was a nice day for us to bond while jealous Daddy stayed at home and worked. I think that will be my last 4 day cruise because just not long enough. My husband & I are off to Alaska in June on the Spirit and we can't wait. Less

Published 03/07/08
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