Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

Hurricane Sandy Cruise

Sail Date: October 25, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Yes; The tittle says it all! We ended up just so happening to book this cruise in september last year, not knowing that exactly the time we were supposed to take a 3 day cruise to the bahamas, that hurricane Sandy decided to stop by as well...AT THE EXACT SAME TIME! The reason i bring this up first, is becuase i would like to note that Carnival did an EXCEPTIONAL job of taking care of us, as our 3 day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas sooned turned into the last minute 4 day cruise to Key West! Carnivals whole team + Captian got us through the storm safley, even though these were the worst seas i had ever seen, nor been in. Key West was a blast, and we ended up just making it in time for Fantasy Fest (for those who know what that is/ for those who truely like to party) so the whole day had beautiful weather, and was packed with crazy people walking up and down the streets for this event! I have to say it was a once in a lifetime experience! Unfortunatly for those who have to fly to get home- we were told around 7 pm on our 3rd night that we would not make it back to Port Canaveral in time the next morning; We were forced to slow down our speed to about 4 knots becuase of the wind and severity of the waves, and were told we were not expected to make it back until sometime tomorrow evening. That night and the whole rest of the 4th day at sea was extremely difficult to handle becuase of the severity of the rocking(and i am a cruise veteran). But Carnival took care of all our drinks(yes- even all alcohol for that day) and gave us so many free priviliages to use the internet, phone, whatever we needed to so that we could get our plans on track! Other than that, the ship is in dire need of a remodel; very old and dated! The interior is very clean and nice for a Carnival ship! The staff is very friendly, but more entertainment/activites are needed!!! Food is pretty good, not excellent, but still very good! Being that it is a smaller ship, it is much easier to navigate, but in excpetion, it does rock a LOT more becuase these sorts of ships in this class do not the stabalizers that the bigger Carnival ships have. For a 3 or 4 day cruise to the Bahamas, I would recomend this cruise; No matter what you will find a way to have a good time!
Ship Quality
Needs Updated
Food and Dining
Better Than Good; Not Excellent!
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean; Wish It Was Bigger
Service and Staff
Very Nice & Friendly
Needs More Of This!!!!
Children's Programs
Great Club Directors!
Onboard Activities
Typical Carnival
Destinations and Excursions
So Much Fun In Key West!!!

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