Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Best Part of the Cruise is the Staff!

Sail Date: February 14, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We've done this 4 night cruise to the Bahamas previously on other Carnival ships and hands down, every time, it's the crew that makes the cruise delightful! Our room steward was from Ukraine and we have friends from Ukraine (instant connection). Our wait staff could not do enough for us and we requested the same group every night during the Anytime dining. Take a little "something" for the crew members on the first day and they love it. We sailed on Valentines Day and presented a lollipop bouquet of heart lollipops and our head waitress said "in 12 years nobody had ever given her anything"! The room steward got the same gift and presented me with a $50 spa gift card! Sol little for so many hugs and thank yous! We acknowledge the fact that the crew is on board for 9 to 10 months and thank them for their service this way. The Sensation was slightly older but in well kept condition. The only thing that I found mediocre was the food in the buffet. OK, but not great. I think my husband ate a hamburger and french fries every day because it was the best looking (and tasting) thing on board! Unfortunately, we're not big "show" goers, so I can't critique them. The cruise director Mat had his young son with him and they were a hoot doing 70's, 80's and 90's music in the Atrium bar. What fun! Would I cruise Carnival again...Yes! Would I do it President's week when there were a gazillion kids off of school...NO! But the cruise was fun because of the crew! Happy

Cabin / Stateroom
We've had a suite before and opted to do an ocean view this time. It was a nice cabin but the windows were SO dirty, that it made seeing out difficult. Can't somebody wash them? Please?
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Fast on and off because we were prepared. I am amazed at the people who do not have their documents or items ready when they've been told multiple times what they need and they seriously slow the lines down.
Ship Quality
The Sensation was an older ship, but well maintained and clean. There were crew members everywhere making sure floors, etc. were clean.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
The crew members were awesome and a great shout out to: Yevhan (room), Iis (head waitress), Glenn (assistant waitstaff), Puthut (second assistant) and Dr. P (name too long to remember how to spell) who was the bar staff. Lina was awesome in scheduling dinner and making sure we got our favorite group (named above) and Dragana was super friendly at the dinner check in! Brighton in the bar remembered several days later what kind of beer my husband liked! Wow!
Food and Dining
Dinner was great, the buffet was OK.
Port Canaveral, Florida
This is an easy in and out port.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
If you're shopping right off the pier, go see Queenie who is a small vendor who makes shell ornaments. I've bought from her several times and she remembers me and autographs her ornaments! Love her.
Nassau, Bahamas Don't go to the expensive jewelry stores but instead find your goodies reasonably priced at a shop off of Bay Street. I had a special shop and they closed and have left but the ones on the main street are very expensive! Nassau is fun!


A power strip or an extension cord is helpful because there is really one, yes ONE plug that is usable either for 220 or 110. We always bring heavy duty cord for clothesline because we often get soaked and need to dry our stuff. We look like hillbillies but we save a lot ($8-$10) the cost to dry!

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