Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Good cruise -- Bahamas port tips

Sail Date: November 12, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was my first Carnival cruise and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.

Pros: Most everything

Recommends Carnival Sensation? Yes!

Service and Staff
Food and Dining
This was a pleasant surprise: that it was so good.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an interior stateroom with two lower beds made up into a queen. The bed was very comfortable. There were only two issues: no thermostat (you controlled the temperature by adjusting the vent in the ceiling), and there was no supplied hair dryer (which we didn't know).
There was only 1 "at sea" day on this 4 day Bahamas cruise, so this only mattered on 1 day, but because it was a smaller ship, there weren't as many options. e.g., no ping pong tables.
Ship Quality
It's an older, smaller ship, but in very good condition. I didn't mind that there were only about 2000 instead of 2500+ passengers.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
We grabbed a cab to Lucaya (there's nothing near the port). Beautiful public beach. Just walk east about 1/2 mile or so and you have a spot all to yourself. Water was beautiful and calm and the beach was relatively flat. You could go out 50 yards and the water was only about 5 feet deep.
Nassau, Bahamas
The ship docks right at downtown Nassau, but within easy walking distance, it's mostly very touristy. You will be told that Cabbage beach on Paradise Island (next to Atlantis about $4-5/person by taxi) is good, but it isn't. The water's really rough, the beach is very steep, it's crowded, and the sand is really hard to walk in (making it tough to get to a relatively isolated area). Cable Beach (about 5 miles east of Nassau, take a #10 bus at $1/person, which you can catch up the street from Senor Frog) appears to be a much nicer beach. The local hotels (especially the Wyndham) don't seem to mind if you walk through to the beach. Apparently, the hotels view you as "guests of the Bahamas" even if you arent' a guest of the hotel.

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