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Tara Shields

Age: 43

Occupation:RN

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: November, 2006

Itinerary: Bahamas

I just happened to look back and notice that there are very few recent reviews on this cruise. I traveled on this trip with my 68 year old disabled father and this trip was for him.

We boarded effortlessly and were on the ship within probably 30 minutes from the time we got to port which was great. I also traveled on a RC cruise in May of 2006 and it took much longer to board. We went up to our room and I was very pleased. This room was so much larger than the RC room that we had and it was well supplied with shampoo, toothpaste and all kinds of other goodies.

We went up to the poolside dining area and ate lunch. I personally was not overly impressed with the food but it was fine. For anyone who likes quantity, you will be pleased! The food in the dining room was much better and we had excellent service from the wait staff there. We were placed at a table with about 6 other people and I explained to the Maitre'd that my father has dementia and that it would be so much better for all involved to move us to a private table. He did oblige and moved us to our own table.

We went to the shows every night and I was very impressed with the entertainment. The dancers were excellent and the singers were good. My father really enjoyed the shows as well. I also like to hit a few of the slot machines and I did break even which is better than losing!!

Since I had just visited the Bahamas in May, we took a taxi straight to Atlantis. We went right into the aquariums- I did not even see an area where you should pay anyone. We walked all through the aquariums. We also ended up on the private beach and we sat in the beach chairs for over an hour and no one told us that we shouldn't be there. I am sure having someone who is disabled helped with this and it is possible that they just felt sorry for us there. We also walked around where the waterslides are and we enjoyed seeing that area. We took a taxi back to the port area and I pushed my dad around Nassau in a wheelchair. This was very hard on me but he enjoyed it. The roads are bumpy there so you should be in pretty good physical shape if you want to push someone in your party in a wheelchair through Nassau.

As a whole, this cruise was well worth the money. We did get a military rate and we paid very little to travel on this ship. It is not a luxury cruise and I went into it not expecting it to be a luxury cruise. There is only 1 pool and it was pretty crowded on Sea Day. I liked my Carnival cruise a lot better than our trip on the RC. I enjoyed having a bigger room and the shows were much better than the RC cruise as well. I hope this helps other future cruisers. We are booked to travel again on a Carnival Cruise in July 07 so this should say something for our trip!

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