The best part of our First Cruise was CANCELED !! ? !!
Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
I selected this Cruise to go to Turks & Caicos, and had arranged a speaking engagement for myself with local business people upon docking in Grand Turk. But the Ship didn’t even dock, due to high winds. We choose that trip to go to Grand Turk. I didn’t care about going to the Bahamas - but that was far too cold to comfortably snorkel, at both locations. Though Half Moon Cay was warmer, there was no coral in sight there, plus it was still cold.
It seems to me, that the Cruise Company KNOWS that it is too cold to go in the water at this time EVERY YEAR, yet they persist in taking those particular paths for their cruises. I could have flown to anywhere, and given the ridiculous price for the Airfare, other departure venues then MIA would have been cheaper. I talked to a couple on Board, who said that on a previous November Cruise, a different Port of Call was canceled due to wind and cold.
As a first time cruiser, I felt I had been taken advantage of, both by American Airlines, (that doubled their airfare as soon as I booked by Cruise through their travel affiliate), and by the Carnival company, who used the word “Caribbean” to imply warm weather, but who by experience, should know that going to these places will neither be warm, nor will they be insuring that the promised Ports will be visited.
I made this choice, to go to Grand Turk! We never docked! I didn’t know that was an option! People in several Nations were aware that I was holding that meeting on Grand Turks. No one was happy that I never arrived.
The food was generally very good. The food service people in the main dining room did an outstanding job, as they did in the less formal dining area.
Without going into details, the “culture” of the Cruise experience showed the worst of the social changes in America. My mouth dropped open a lot, even though I am very well traveled.
So bottom line, I was disappointed over all. If you are going to say “Caribbean Cruise”, then go someplace WARM!
I could have just as easily flown to Puerto Rica and gone south, but thought that I was headed where it was warm out of MIA. And if the odds are that in November, you won’t be able to dock in a given Port, don’t promise that you can!
It wasn’t impressed, overall.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
I’d tell them about the location of the Gym. If they were going in the Fall or Winter, I’d tell them not to go - too cold - too much chance that you won’t get to dock as promised.