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Kristi

Age: 24

Occupation:Retail Purchaser

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Sailing Date: 2011-02-27

Itinerary: Freeport Nassau

This was my first cruise, I was traveling with you my boyfriend (his 3rd cruise) on a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. We had a lot of fun, but decided next time we'd try to get friends to go as the people that sat at our dinner table were a bit boring. I would definitely cruise again on the Sensation. Staff was more than friendly, dinner staff was hilarious! The only time the boat felt crowded was when we ate at the Lido deck grill, even then the wait was only 5-10 minutes. There was ALWAYS someone cleaning SOMETHING, even the walls in the elevator got a wipe down. Public bathrooms were always clean and well stocked, never a line.

The food was great, nothing extraordinary. We tried something different for dinner every night. We did however continually miss the lunch buffet but that was our own fault - we took a nap everyday and always woke up too late.

When we booked with Carnival we chose the cheapest option possible, even letting Carnival pick our stateroom. We lucked out pretty well because we ended up with a room with two portholes! Well laid out, perfect for two people. Turn down service is offered twice a day. Bed was comfortable, I could barely feel the seam where the two beds had been pushed together. The TV was odd, quite a few channels devoted to cameras around the boat but a lot of channels in Spanish - either Spanish speaking or English with Spanish subtitles.

We tried the first of two comics the first night and decided to go hang at the bar where a live band was playing instead, they were great. Didn't really attend anything else. We WERE sad we missed the hairy chest contest on the Lido deck the last day.

In Freeport, we opted to take a taxi tour ($30 a person) instead of the bus tour which was WAY more. Eight of us piled into a van and were taken on a 4 hour tour of the island. WELL WORTH THE MONEY. Our driver's name was "Geo" 242-359-4296 taxi #510. He gave us every insight into the culture, laws, and future of Freeport. He took us to the same spots as the tour bus took other visitors but I feel we were given a more intimate tour of the island. In Nassau, we wanted to rent jet skis so we headed over to Paradise Island via ferry boat ($3 per person). We were immediately smothered by locals as we walked onto the beach who wanted to rent out jet skis. My womanly instincts kicked in and I couldn't hold onto my bag tight enough. We tried to get them to leave us alone but they kept pressuring us and following us. We finally found a gentleman along the beach who showed us his license and told us the guys at the top of the beach were big time scam artists. To be honest, we didn't trust any of them and left to go back to the boat 15 min after getting to the beach. Took the ferry back and went to Senor Frogs for lunch - great atmosphere.

I'd do it all over, minus the Jet Ski adventure, in a heartbeat! We'd probably also go ahead and spend the $60 per person for the Atlantis day pass.

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