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Melissa Mack

Age: 34

Occupation:Operations

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: 2008-10-2

Itinerary: Bahamas

Overall, our family and friends enjoyed our short cruise on the Carnival Sensation. The food tasted good, although not alot of choices. The staterooms were larger than I expected as was the bathroom. The decor on the boat was cheesy but the casino was much larger than I thought it would be. The entertainment was so-so.

Our family ate at the buffet for all but one meal. We did not have a lot of dressy clothing with us so the dining room was only an option one evening.

Buffet:
The food at the buffet tasted very good, however the selection was somewhat limited. Hidden away in a corner is 24-hour pizza as well as a bar.

I was not impressed with the plates....they were plastic which I thought was cheesy. They were also constantly wet from being fresh from the dishwasher and I got tired of wet dishes. The plates were often a little dirty so I swapped my plate for a different one on more than one occasion. The feel of the buffet was very "cafeteria" and it was odd eating such good food in such a casual setting. The tables and chairs were all aluminum and I would have enjoyed more of a formal dining feel even though it was a buffet.

The desserts were plentiful during lunchtime but scarce at dinner which I thought was odd. The cheesecake had no taste but the chocolate cake with the pudding in the middle was to die for.

Ecstasy Dining Room:
The waitstaff was very attentive and professional. Again, the choices were limited but the food was good. I chose a New York Sirloin and it was flavorful and tender.

The stateroom was comfortable enough for two people and larger than our past experience on a different cruise line. The bed was a queen size and the bedding was very comfortable.There was a lot of storage (closets and drawers) in the room as well.

The bathroom was a decent size but it needed some cosmetic updates.

Our cleaning staff were very nice and attentive. We were greeted each night to a cute towel animal which everyone in our group looked forward to at the end of the day!

Overall we were happy with the stateroom.

There was always something going on but the activities seemed unorganized. Some examples are:

-at one point there was bingo scheduled for 30 minutes. By the time everyone purchased their bingo cards there was only 9 minutes available to actually play bingo. I thought this was a waste of money.

-many activities started late. My husband and I showed up on time for several activities but waited ten minutes or more for the activity to get under way which was frustrating

-One fun activity held was teaching the guests how to make the towel animals that were left in our stateroom each night. However, the room where the activity was held did not suit the activity. Ideally, each person would have had a small banquet table to spread out the towels. Instead we were cramped in and didn't really have room to spread out. But the idea was good!

On the positive side the evening shows with the dancers/singers were very good. The men and women are very talented and the shows were entertaining. In addition, the entertainment director, Paul, was extremely funny.

We took a $4 cab ride over to Atlantis which we thought was reasonable (also $4 back but still reasonable). The hotel was beautiful and the grounds were gorgeous but other than gambling there was not a lot to do. There was an aquarium for an extra cost but we chose not to pay for it.

We were only in port for a half day so other than Atlantis we just walked around Nassau...not far, just by the port. The area of Nassau where the straw market is very poor and we were not comfortable so we didn't spend much time there.

Overrall we had fun but I don't think we will go to Nassau again. Not much to do there and it's dirty. I'm also pretty sure we will try a different boat next time. The Carnival Sensation is not a bad boat by any means but, we would like a slightly more luxurious boat with more bells and whistles and more things to do. By the end of the 3rd day we had exhausted everything the boat had to offer.

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