A friend of mine traveled on the Carnival Sensation, leaving Port Canaveral on Thursday, September 10, 2009 and returning yesterday (Sept. 13) for a three day cruise. This is one of the shorter trips: Port Canaveral- Nassua, Bahamas – Sea Day, and Port Canaveral. Everyone in the group was in their late 20’s.
The Sensation is a ship in Carnival Fantasy class, launch in 1993. Carnival added balconies to 98 existing staterooms on the 2,052 passenger Carnival Sensation during a 35 day dry dock in January 2009.
Embarkation process was very smooth & quick from the time we got to security till we were on the ship was only about 15 min. The Terminal was very nice as was the staff. We did have to stop and fill out a health form with a few questions because of the dangers of N1H1 these days.
As always, most of the food was delicious as always with Carnival. The Sensation has Mongolian BBQ as a lunch option on the lido deck restaurant, which was a nice surprise. The desserts left something to be desired but they weren't bad.
The nightly shows were good, one 80's themed(with a bit of Michael Jackson) and the second was R rated with lots of adults only material. The comedy shows were great both of them were R rated too.
Cabin and Dining Service
The cabins were average size for a fantasy class ship. The service was amazing the dinner staff made sure we were happy and since we were traveling on 9/11 they sang God Bless America in addition to their regular entertainment.
Kaleidoscope and Michelangelo's were the dance clubs they were the average fantasy class size. Michelangelo's had a live band that played until 1 am. Kaleidoscope was a top 40 and N themed dance club. I didn't make it to the "Touch of Class" Piano bar but every time I walked by they seemed to be having a great time in there. Most of the ship was smoke free other than the casino and the open decks, there was a designated area on the Lido deck close to the bar for smoking as well.
Disembarking was a breeze, we chose to do self assist so we carried our own bags. It took about 10 min. to get off the ship once we finished breakfast.
For a 3 day cruise it was a good time and I was entertained.
I am not a big fan of the overnight in Nassau, after about 3 hours I was done with the Island and headed back to the ship. If I would have planned better I would have headed over to Atlantis to party at AURA nightclub.