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Our Halloween weekend cruise to Nassau was 95 percent fine. Embarkation was fairly speedy, although we were surprised there was no tram to assist us with luggage in the handicapped-parking lot. Next time we will learn to arrive about an hour prior to sailing so we can proceed directly to our cabin and not mark time in lobby. The cabin itself was fine, except for the TV. The picture was too dark, and there was no way to adjust brightness. Also the programming was mostly Carnival promotion and advertising. It would have been nice to have a couple of channels with factual information about the ship and the Bahamas. An iron and a coffee-maker would have been useful amenities for the cabin. Next time, we will bring a large mug or Thermos to minimize the coffee runs to the Lido. (I know we could have asked the steward for a pot of coffee, but we tend to be self-service animals.) We enjoyed the theater entertainment, especially the Sensation Dancers & Orchestra. But it would have been helpful to have more detailed information from Carnival on what to expect in the way of Halloween celebration. Ship souvenirs were overpriced as we expected. Too bad they didn't provide at least one free T-shirt, similar to the freebie we received from Royal Caribbean a few years ago. Cocktail lounge entertainment was so-so. Bartenders were polite, but didn't exude a lot of personality. Maybe the automatic gratuity add-on reduces the incentive to be humorous and charming. Debarkation was simple and speedy.

Ship fine but TV disappointing

Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by beachcomberT

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2009
  • Destination: Bahamas
Our Halloween weekend cruise to Nassau was 95 percent fine. Embarkation was fairly speedy, although we were surprised there was no tram to assist us with luggage in the handicapped-parking lot. Next time we will learn to arrive about an hour prior to sailing so we can proceed directly to our cabin and not mark time in lobby. The cabin itself was fine, except for the TV. The picture was too dark, and there was no way to adjust brightness. Also the programming was mostly Carnival promotion and advertising. It would have been nice to have a couple of channels with factual information about the ship and the Bahamas. An iron and a coffee-maker would have been useful amenities for the cabin. Next time, we will bring a large mug or Thermos to minimize the coffee runs to the Lido. (I know we could have asked the steward for a pot of coffee, but we tend to be self-service animals.) We enjoyed the theater entertainment, especially the Sensation Dancers & Orchestra. But it would have been helpful to have more detailed information from Carnival on what to expect in the way of Halloween celebration. Ship souvenirs were overpriced as we expected. Too bad they didn't provide at least one free T-shirt, similar to the freebie we received from Royal Caribbean a few years ago. Cocktail lounge entertainment was so-so. Bartenders were polite, but didn't exude a lot of personality. Maybe the automatic gratuity add-on reduces the incentive to be humorous and charming. Debarkation was simple and speedy.
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Cabin 123
M123 had a flat-screen TV that was too dark to enjoy, with no way to adjust it.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    We decided on brief self-touring, which turned out OK. Of course you have to run a gauntlet of tour guides as soon as you hit shore -- it can get annoying after you are solicited for the 10th time. We braved the Straw Market, which was hot and claustrophobic but, contrary to the guidebooks, the vendors were not aggressive, at least that day. Nicest experience was taking a taxi ride around Nassau and going to the Fish Fry area. Twin Brothers Restaurant had delicious seafood, but it was expensive ($75 lunch for 2). There are probably plenty of affordable alternatives; ask a taxi driver for a suggestion. The Atlantis gambling experience was not our cup of tea. Unless you are a big gambler, a few hours in Nassau will suffice.
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