Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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3 out of 5

Great Spring Break for the kids!

Sail Date: March 20, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

It depends on what you like. This was our first cruise and we went on it to see if we lie Cruises in general. From a family perspective, the kids activities as a part of Camp Carnival were awesome. The kids were excited, busy and never bored with all of the fun things there were to do. However, when it came to the shore excursions, the cost per person took this out of the reach of a family of five. Some of the excursions would have basically cost us the same as the crusie had we done them. So our shore stops ended up being a lot less fun because we simply didn't want to spend a grand in order to do something for a couple of hours. And for those people not able to afford the shore excusrions, there was no help from anyone to do something else outside of the shore excusrions.

Pros: Kids Activities kept them busy

Cons: Cost of shore excursions & photos

Recommends Carnival Sensation? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship was very clean and the dining room for dinner was superb. Very up-scale dining experience. The food and quality fo teh stateroom were worth the whole cost of the cruise.
Food and Dining
Dining food for dinner was awesome. Breakfast and lunch left a little bit to be desired. Lots of burgers and fries, and lots of long lines. Finally did the sit down breakfast on the final day, but the amount of selection was disappointing.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very good and while we had 5 people inside, it still was able to acomodate us all.
Service and Staff
Our stateroom was cleaned and prepped 3 times a day. The towel fgurines were a highlight for the kids (Which animal are we going to have today, mom??). When we came back from one beach excursion covered in sand, it was all gone by the time we got back from dinner an ohour later. Truly remarkable.
Entertainment
For the full day at sea, there were plenty of activities if we wanted. Not very many activities that got you moving, however. All of them were sit down and watch this show, or listen to this music, or watchthis comedian. Not many were ones to get you moving.
Children's Programs
Kids had an awesome time, and were completely out of our hair for the most part. They seemed to truly enjoy the time spent hanging out with kids their age.
Nassau, Bahamas
The Nassau port was overwhelming and hard to navigate if you didn't spend the money. Atlantis for a family of 5 would have cost us half the cost of the cruise. Ridiculous. So we went to a public beach again and it was not anything better than what we had seen on Freeport.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Freeport was a flat island with a small area for shopping and a few very pertty beaches. We couldn't afford the shore excursions, so the Freeport stop was the best one for us as it had things we could do without having to spend a lot of money.


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