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Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 04, 2015

Purchase a (waterproof) camera! We loved capturing photos of our time onboard, as well as our excursions. When we went swimming with the dolphins and kayaking, we were able to take our camera in the water with us, giving us amazing photos and video! Also, bring an air freshener for your cabin!

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 01, 2014

Every chance you have to eat in the Sensation Dining Room - DO IT! You will not be disappointed by the staff or the selection!

Contributor Level: Purser
Mar 08, 2015

We brought our GoPro and used it for our excursions and just while sitting around the pool to take pictures and videos! They turned out amazing! I also brought a mini fan to use in the room. Best idea I had!

Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 25, 2014

If you decide to go gambling, remember to cash out your money from the casino. This is important to remember as your ship account is completely different from your casino account, even though they are accessed from the same card. If you forget to cash out, you will lose your money.

Contributor Level: Purser
Apr 30, 2014

There is a small Adult Only section called Serenity just off the back of the Lido deck. If you exit the doors to the left of the Pizza Bar just go down the steps. Its for 21 and older so go enjoy the quiet and two hot tubs for adults only. Unlike the other "sardine" hot tubs full of kids!!

Contributor Level: Second Mate
Jul 25, 2013

In Nassau, shop on the side streets not the Straw Market, you'll save a lot.

Contributor Level: Purser
May 25, 2013

Take a snorkeling tour in the Bahamas....I do not like water I can't see through but I overcame my fear and it was the best experience ever!!!! Just make sure you purchase an underwater camera so you can capture all of the beauty

Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 25, 2017

The $1 off the daily special drinks only applies to OPEN DECK BARS. Everywhere else they are the standard price. Book excursions ahead of time. The popular ones go fast.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Feb 22, 2017

Swimming with the dolphins was our favorite. Bring extension cord, clothes pins, couple sunblock bottles, and beach towels. GoPro's are amazing during excursions and on the beach. If not, water camera will work also.

Contributor Level: Purser
Jan 19, 2017

Go up on the track and walk around coming into port. You will see beautiful sunrises and get great pics.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Nov 19, 2016

Rooms close to the main atrium, especially on Empress are noisy.

Contributor Level: Second Mate
Sep 10, 2016

This crusie gave us a lot for the money. Our room was in the back of the ship. It was not a bad place to be...never got sick and enjoyed the balony as we came into port.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Sep 07, 2016

If you wait later in the week and go out on a day with some clouds, the waterslide is practically empty. Also, the Serenity area is isolated enough that you never see kids coming there. If you don't know where to look for it, you tend to miss it, which has the benefit of making it less crowded.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Aug 13, 2016

I always bring too many clothes for this cruise and not enough bathing suits and cover ups. Make sure to bring enough toiletries like shampoo, conditioner etc. It's not easy to find good brands in the ship's gift shop or in the shops onshore.

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Dec 28, 2015

Do your homework before you book a cruise with Carnival.

Contributor Level: Purser
Dec 07, 2015

GREEN APPLES! If you begin to feel ill, eat green apples. Work like a charm!

Contributor Level: Purser
Nov 18, 2015

felt like we could have been treated a little bit better. the pool staff and the casino staff were about the only ones that treated us like we even existed. I expected a little more from Carnival and ended up disappointed over all. our excursions were good just wish they were a little longer.

Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 16, 2015

We took extra hangers and were glad that we did! Of course we over-packed and needed the extra hangers to store our stuff. We discovered that, if you are cruising with kids, you really only need a swimsuit and cover-up for the day and an outfit for the night. We will pack lighter next time!

Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 02, 2015

Read the information they give you when you first get on board. It tells you where to go to possibly win things like spa treatments, free jewelry, artwork, etc. We actually won a painting from the art auction! Also make appointments early as they run out of them.

Contributor Level: Purser
May 07, 2015

For example: We brought our GoPro and used it for our excursions and just while sitting around the pool to take pictures and videos! They turned out amazing! I also brought a mini fan to use in the room. Best idea I had!

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