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Valerie

Age: 46

Occupation:professional

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: 2010-02-9

Itinerary: Freeport Nassau Bahamas

Overall experience was sensational! No pun intended. This was my first cruise and I decided I would do it again before this one was even over. My first vacation where I didn't have to do ANYTHING. Service was excellent and I felt free from all obligation to others -- because they were taken care of as well as I was. Two Thumbs Up!

Breakfast and Lunch were buffet style. The lines moved pretty quickly and the food was decent. Sometimes seating was a problem but I chalk that up to being with such a large group of people (16 of us). If going in a smaller group, seating would not be an issue.

Did not try the 24 hour pizza (but the kids with us said it was good). However the 24 hour ice cream and yogurt machines was visited often. Yummy little baby cones that were just right.

Dinner was my favorite. What a great opportunity to try things you wouldn't necessarily order at a restaurant. The servings were generous -- so much so that I didn't stick around for dessert the first two nights. I learned to adjust though and made sure I had that chocolate melting lava cake and ice cream concoction that was a crowd fave. The one thing I would do differently is select late dining rather than early -- Kinda hard to be hungry at 6 p.m. after eating breakfast and lunch -- at least for me.

i was pleasantly surprised by the size of the stateroom -- and I went budget all the way. Inside cabin. However, since I was traveling with a friend, we had two twin beds which made the room very spacious. A couple traveling with us had the same stateroom, but with a large bed and it took up a lot of the floor space. I think even if going with my partner, we would do the twin bed arrangement. Closets were spacious and I unpacked everything immediately upon arriving. Made my stay very easy -- suitcases fit nicely under the bed and voila! Time to have fun. The crew also kept the room absolutely tip-top shape -- trash appeared to magically disappear.

The activities were varied. Some I participated in and others not -- but that was the nice thing. I felt free to do what I wanted and not stick to any agenda. I really enjoyed the 80's show, the Trivia, and the Newlywed game. A little disappointed with bingo because it was $10 a card (or 3 for $20) and you only played one game for a $500 win so I chose not to play. Thought that was a little high. However -- I did ride up on the elevator with the eventual winner and he was one happy camper! :)

I meant to play mini golf but never found the time. and I meant to do the water slide -- and I meant ... etc. See, no wonder I need to go back again!

I did the catamaran / snorkeling / rum punch excursion. First time snorkeling and it was AMAZING. Really glad I did it. However, next time I would skip the rum punch and do the same excursion only with the stop at a beach instead of rum punch. Because my biggest regret out of my trip was never once hitting a beach -- I wanted to bring home sand!

We flew into Orlando and boarded at Port Canaveral. The process went very smooth. Ship departed at 4:00 p.m., but we boarded at 12:45 and were immediately greeted with a tropical cocktail of the day in a souvenir glass for $7.50. Um... I drank a quarter of it and was about ready to fall off my bar stool (granted I am not a big drinker, but I had to have one). Passed the remaining cocktail over to my more seasoned friends and bought the $29 unlimited soda pass. Lifesaver!

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