We were supposed to leave on the Sensation on September 17, but due to the hurricane going through Tampa we didn't get out until the 18th. Carnival put everyone up in a hotel in Tampa (we were in the Marriott - $150 a night and they picked up the bill), the next day because the ship still wasn't in on time they took us to shopping malls (at first said it was going to be Busch Gardens). To make up for the time missed sailing and also the missed port every passenger was given a $110 shipboard credit (at 2,300 passengers that's over a quarter of a million $ - besides the hotels they picked up). This is our third time on the Sensation and our 7th with Carnival. I found a few spots on the ship that could have been better taken care of - but overall it was great. I wanted to bring our assistant waiter home!! He was great. The food was excellent (found the desserts lacking a bit this time). For the price that you pay you can't go wrong with Carnival - we paid $399 (including port charges) for a week's cruise. We didn't use the whole $110 shipboard credit and were given a check back for the unspent portion. I realize it wasn't Carnival's fault that the hurricane went through, I feel they did a great job of putting people up and giving them a shipboard credit. We've already booked for next month with friends of ours on another Carnival cruise.
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