Number of Cruises: n/a
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Sailing Date: August 10th, 2006
Overall, we had a very nice time aboard the Sensation. We
arrived at about 3pm at the port and had a very smooth embarkation. I traveled
with my boyfriend and another couple. All of us are in our mid twenties. Once
aboard the boat, we were able to go directly to our rooms. Our luggage arrived
minutes later to our door. We stayed in Cabin E-67/E-65 on the Empress Deck. The
room was a decent size, a very comfortable king size bed, large window and good
size television. There was more than enough space to fit all of our clothes and
we fit the suitcases behind the bed. The rooms were also in a great location! If
you can get someplace near these rooms, I strongly recommend it. We were
centrally located and just a few steps to just about everything on the cruise.
Food- The Food was alright. I wouldn’t come back and rave about it. The portions are pretty small. You can however, order more than one thing off of the menu. I recommend ordering an appetizer, salad, entree and desert. One night I ordered two dinners (I wasn’t sure if I would like the filet) and they gave me no problems about that. We went to the sit down breakfast on our second day and I don’t recommend this. They serve the exact same food as the buffet on the Lido Deck and with the buffet you can pick and choose exactly what you want. We went to the Pizzeria a few nights, the food there tasted better after a few drinks. The Lido Deck almost always has food available. They have salad and fruit bars as well as a sandwich station.
Nassau- Nassau is not that nice. When you get off the boat, you are immediately herded into a building and there are many natives trying to sell you something. I found it uncomfortable since I don’t like pushy people. A few of them even followed us and kept shouting. We decided to take a water taxi over to Paradise Island and check out the Atlantis. BEWARE of the water taxis!! They are very very old boats and ours broke down on the way over to the island! We just drifted for about five minutes until a small fisherman boat came and towed us in. A fifteen minute trip turned into almost an hour! However, once there, we thoroughly enjoyed the Atlantis. They told us that we couldn’t use their beaches or pools but we did anyway as there wasn’t anyone checking to see if you were an actual guest. The beach was beautiful and the pools were great. We also used the lazy river. They have tons of aquariums and different areas with marine life to check out. I strongly recommend visiting! We spent for about five hours and then decided to head back to the boat. The night we were in Nassau, we went out to Senior Frogs. It’s in walking distance to the ship and we had a great time. It was packed with younger people and we all danced. The drinks are somewhat expensive. $15.00 for the yard drinks that they serve, they make them pretty strong though. I think we each had two.
Drinking- Drinks aboard the boat were about $6-7 a piece. I drink Kettle One and Soda and my boyfriend drinks Stoli and Soda. We actually brought alcohol on board and made great use of that. They say that you can’t, but we did and didn’t have any problems. Just be smart about it.
Formal Night- Bring dressy clothes. Everyone was dressed up very nicely and they have all sorts of opportunities to take pictures. Many of the men had on tuxedos and three piece suits. Some of the women had on evening gowns. I wore a cocktail dress. It’s just a nice opportunity to dress up and get pictures taken.
Day at Sea – The Day at Sea was great. Very relaxing. We played mini golf up on the top deck and then laid out on the running deck. The pool area gets very crowded. There are a lot of children in the pool as well. We weren’t too interested in going in the pool. I would jump in from time to time to cool off but it’s hard to just relax in there with everyone else. They had waiters walk around the deck and taking drink orders, live music, and different types of contests and events. It was entertaining. We didn’t make it to any of the shows but I heard that they weren’t that great. The couple we ate with said the one show was painful. We did make the comedy act on the first night and had to walk out it was so bad. Kaleidoscope- a dance club we went to was pretty fun. We had the best time in the Sing-A-Long bar called “Touch of Class”. Doug, the piano player was a great guy. Played all of our requests and within an hour the place was packed. He played until way past his cut off time and everyone in there had a great time! I highly recommend stopping in.
Debarkation- Fairly easy. They told us that we had to put our luggage outside our door between 8 and midnight the night before you leave. Bring a carry on bag that you can keep all your stuff in that you don’t want to pack up the night before! We got off the boat no problem and our luggage was waiting for us in the designated area. If you don’t want to give your luggage up the night before, they tell you that you have to depart the ship at 7:30a.m. We took our time. Ate breakfast on the Lido Deck and left around 10a.m.
I strongly recommend the Sensation for anyone who is looking for a quick, laid back, and fun vacation. If you want to have a good time, you can definitely make it an awesome trip! I’ll definitely cruise again. My boyfriend and I loved the convenience of it and being able to check out the Bahamas without investing a lot of money into it. In the future, I’ll probably look for a more upscale, newer ship with fewer kids.