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Age: 23


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: 2007-12-12

Itinerary: Bahamas

I went on the Carnival Sensation with a group of my friends (we're all in our early to mid 20s). This was the first cruise that anyone in our group had been on, so nobody had any expectations. We had a wonderful time, and it definitely hooked us on cruising!

We boarded at Port Canaveral without difficulty. We drove from Atlanta that morning and got there and on board with plenty of time to spare. We were able to get into our room fairly quickly. The life jacket drill took longer than I expected, and we actually started sailing out while we were lined up on the deck.

The food was amazing. We usually ate at buffet for breakfast, which was better than any hotel we would have stayed at on a typical vacation! Nothing too exciting, but it was good. The 24 hour pizza/ice cream especially appealed to the guys in our group. We ate some of our meals at weird hours, so it was definitely a convenient thing to have! The absolute best part was the food in the dining room. Our group of 6 had our own table and our waiter (Donny) and his assistant (Murat) were fantastic!! They knew our names and faces within 5 minutes of meeting us and would always stop by and chat if they saw us anywhere on the ship! My favorite items at the dining hall were the lobster, strawberry bisque, and warm chocolate melting cake.

We booked 3 interior rooms side by side and ended up with ocean view (the 2 portholes) which was a pleasant surprise. The rooms were small, but suited our needs just fine. Our room was kept clean, and though we rarely saw anyone go in, the beds were always made up in the morning and turned down at night (with the cute towel animals).

I'll be honest, I didn't participate in many onboard activities. I went to the karaoke lounge the last night and that was pretty entertaining to watch. The midnight buffet was a little to loud and wild for my taste, but I think a lot of people would enjoy it.

Freeport - don't try to walk to the beach yourself... it's too far. We took a taxi to the beach and found a nice area. There were people offering to braid your hair, and jet-skis for rent. We went swimming and laid out (although it was a little cool being December!). We walked around the shops for awhile... there was a huge Christmas tree up... drinks for sale... it was a nice little area.

Nassau - we were given directions to a local beach, but it had old tires, broken glass, rocks, and unpleasantness everywhere. We ended up taking a taxi to Paradise Island and found a beach that was wonderful. The water was perfect, there were great waves... and if you paid $10 you could get unlimited refills on your Rum/Fruit punch drink. Haha. We spent a long day there and walked around the Straw Market for a little while as well.

The Carnival Sensation may be somewhat old, and the decor somewhat tacky, but I had a great time, and would recommend this cruise to anyone! Be sure to bring a camera - and I would recommend investing in a waterproof digital one. I brought my new one along and took close to 900 pictures! :)

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