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Dianne

Age: 46

Occupation:Payroll

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: 2009-01-3

Itinerary: Bahamas

We were pleasantly surprised at how far Carnival has come in their food, entertainment and overall good value. We had VIP embarkation which at Port Canaveral was the best. The terminal is clean and very well organized. We got there early (10 am) and we were the second couple to board the ship at 10:45 am.
The food was fantastic. Most of the time if you didn't want to eat in the main dining room most of the entrees were available on the Lido Deck at the buffet. I loved the fact that they had my chocolate milk at the buffet. They also had hot chocolate, coffee, tea, ice tea, lemondade our all the time. Our wait staff was the best. During the lobster dinner my hubby didn't want to order two lobsters and look like a pig. After everyone at our table finished our lobsters our waiter asked if anyone wanted another. When most said yes he produced them immediately, I guess we looked hungry.
We had a cat 11 suite cabin number V17. This was our first balcony and we absolutely loved it. We would order juice and coffee from room service in the morning and sit on the balcony, Suite has recently been renovated so it was all brand new. The bathroom was a good size especially the shower. There was not any counter space in the bathroom to put anything down but we managed just fine. The bed was heaven. We both did not have any problem falling or staying asleep. I wanted to pack the bed in my luggage!
There was always something going on at any given time. We only went to the main shows which were like Las Vegas style shows. The singers were fantastic and the dancing way past par to what you would expect on a ship. We did see some poolside activities but since the ship was overbooked it was very crowded it was hard to get a vantage point to see everything.
Since we were only in Nassau from noon to 6 am the next morning we did not participate in any shore excursions. There really wasn't enough time since it was also the formal dinner night. The day after Christmas (the day we were in Nassau) was a holiday in the Bahamas so most of the stores were closed which was disappointing since we like to shop and browse around. Even the famous straw market was only about 1/4 open.
Going on a cruise during Christmas time is a very unique experience. We were greeted with glasses of champagne and they kept coming all afternoon. The ship was decorated but not overly so just tastefully so. We has a wonderful time and would definitely do it again.

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