Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas


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4 out of 5

4 Night Bahamas

Sail Date: February 07, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

This was a wonderful time.  There are so many activities/entertainment to do you will never be bored.  We took our 4 kids (age 12+)  Make sure your kids register with the age appropriate camps offered.  Beings ours were older, they were allowed to stay past 10pm at no extra charge.  This is perfect as some of the entertainment goes much later than this.  The kids are able to come and go as they please, but they stick together and have a great time.  We found the group, with their mentor at midnight in the 24 hour diner, Just relaxing. (1 am is camp closing time). 

The ship was easy to maneuver around, (as some of the entertainment may be different levels from each other in consecutive times). No problems with that.

I have been told in the past Carnival is more of a 'party ship' line.  I now don't know if it was meant that they have more drinkers or 'party activities like the mardi gra or Caribbean dance night.  The alcohol runs aplenty, but I didn't notice any out of sort behavior.   It is all what you want to attend.  Like I stated, my kids were out until 1 or 2 am, not problems with anyone.

The only qualm I had was to easily get to The Plaza room, where we spent time every night for entertainment, you walk through the 'Boulevard' (which consist of casino area, bar, and so to speak a street performer-which were very good each time we passed) But with that you also walked amongst people dancing (no prob) but this is where the smokers hung out.  So now your hair & clothes smell of smoke. The other cruises I have been on, the smoke was allowed in a certain area where thru traffic wasn't affected. 

The ship all in all was wonderful and kid friendly.  Would for sure go again.

Cabin / Stateroom
clean, comfy, perfect for our stay
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Easy, but we had our stuff ready. Be organized with your boarding passes, passports, health papers etc and you will embark with no problem. Have your bags ready to go, paper work filled out for disembarkation, passports, answer the questions and you are off. We did notice some people were scrambling thru bags and what not. Don't get off ship until you are ready to go.
Ship Quality
I have not been on another Carnival, but we were happy. We also don't expect that we are the only ones each staff person has to care for. We were one of many, and they do a great job.
Destinations and Excursions
The cruise experience itself was wonderful. Nassau and Freeport were not. Having been there before, we didn't book the cruise for the destination. Freeport is not 'easy' to get out of as in walking. We like to wander and not be sucked into excursions that cost outlandish amounts of money Freeport-We did taxi to another part of the island. (no jokes-14 people in a little van) walked a small straw market, all vendors have the same thing, then went to a beach near by. This was beautiful and clean. Lots of water activities to do right as you come onto the beach, but we walked away down and enjoyed.
Onboard Activities
Have to read the itinerary, but get out and do it.
Children's Programs
My kids were in two different 12+ groups. They loved it. Made lots of new friends, whom now with social media continue to stay in contact with.
Lots to partake in. Read the daily itinerary and go go go.
Service and Staff
Our room was kept by Arta, he was so fun, and attentive. Our son, age 12 was sea sick the first night, Arta found him alone in the room while doing the turning down of the beds, he made sure he was alright, and informed us later when we returned. We were sat in 2 different dining areas, thus we had different waiters. But both were amazing. They included the kids in the song/dance dining activities and really made us feel welcome.
Food and Dining
The food was excellent. The waiters are wonderful and offer great dining entertainment if you are in there at the right time,7 pm. They know your name for the rest of the trip after the first night. We had a table artist come to our table 2 different nights. Amazing magic tricks. Left your mind in a blunder how he did it.
Port Canaveral, Florida
easy to get around, didn't do any activities here
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
can do the small market right off the ship, but not walking distance to anything else. kind of a pain that you have to taxi off
Nassau, Bahamas
While Nassau is not why we chose this cruise, you can walk easily to see beaches, shopping. The morning we ported here, they did an over intercom warning the US Embassy warned travelers of their safety here. The crime rate had risen. We didn't encounter any issues while walking. But we didn't do any excursions. Thankfully, is was so windy, in hind sight found out many things were cancelled or just not worth the money due to the high waves of the ocean.


Bring a lanyard. Especially for the kids. This is a must. Pockets are not on all of your outfits, and where in the world are you going to store that sign & sail card. They offer a pre-punched hole.

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