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Im working on getting ready for my first cruise. .the Sensation on June 17th...any one have an suggestions? I have NEVER been on a cruise before and neither has my hubby...well except for when he was in USMC but that dosent count...lol...so what should i be looking for? what should i do / not new...i basicly need to know everything ..lol...any help yall could give would be great!!

I have read a lot of things about this ship and im kinda scared..is it really as bad as what i have read? or is that just people making a mountain out of a mole hill ?

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I have read a lot of things about this ship and im kinda scared..is it really as bad as what i have read?
First off, stop being concerned. It's human nature for people who are upset with something to "vent". The vast majority who aren't upset may not post that fact
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Relax, it is painless and fun!!
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Glad you came over to this board. If you think the site is GREAT just wait until you come back from your cruise.

The people on this site are great caring people. They share their ideas, vents and advice.

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Tell your hubby that this "Old Marine" sez he'll love it! Keep in mind that the Sensation was launched in '93, but was drydocked for refitting last spring, so shouldn't be in bad shape. Carnival uses the older ships on the shorter cruises, but they are still a lot of fun, and a perfect ship for first timers. (They'll get you primed for a seven day aboard Conquest, Miracle, or Glory!) As MeHawk noted, the posts are usually made by someone who is upset about something, but the 98% who loved the cruise seldom write about it.
Once again, don't fret,,,you'll have a great cruise and probably book another immediantly upon return home from this one.

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Surf the site, get a packing list. Pack, pack, pack, stuff, stuff, stuff.....and RUN to the cruise ship! Go to the Carnival website and order something special for the room on your first night. I don't know if they still have the champagne, but it's a thought!

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Here's a few random tips...

Take a small power strip - there's only one outlet in the cabin (and one in the bathroom). If you have any electronic gadgets you need to charge, you'll appreciate the ability to have more than one outlet.

Take water bottles, then fill them onboard before any shore excursions.

Always take the stairs. They're often faster than the elevators, and its a great way to keep in shape for all that awesome food.

Take the galley tour.

Go to an art auction (even if you have no plans to buy). On our last cruise we watched a pair of elderly sisters spend about $130,000 on art.

Go to the Not So Newlywed game (or whatever they call it).

Be up on deck for the sunset, looking for that elusive green flash.

Take binoculars.

If you have a digital camera, take panoramas whenever you can...you can reassemble them into an awesome huge photo with free software like the program at autostitch dot net.

Read the daily news sheet, which will appear at your cabin while you're at dinner...it's got all the details on the next day's activities.

Go to the port shopping lectures, or watch them later in your room.

Take half the clothes you think you'll need, and twice the cash...
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I agree with the last poster's suggestions and want to add the following:

Make sure that you bring enough film or memory cards with you. You can buy those on board, but they tend to be expensive.

Also make sure you bring enough batteries with you, whether you have the rechargeable ones or the regular ones. And, make sure you bring extra batteries on shore excursions because, sure enough, your batteries will go out in the middle of a tour!!

If you are going to do any snorkeling or water excursions, you might want to buy a few disposable, waterproof cameras before you cruise. You can find inexpensive ones at most stores.

Don't overpack. A friend gave me a book of suggestions written by a former cruise director, and his one big suggestion was not to over pack. He said to pack what you think you'll need and take out 1/2. (I know someone who took 7 pairs of shoes on a 7-night cruise. She ended up wearing 3 of the 7 and taking up way too much room in her luggage.)

However!! If you are going on a cruise when and where it is hot an humid, you might pack extra delicates.

While you're on the cruise, try some foods that you might not try elsewhere. If you don't like something, you can always get something else. You never know what you might enjoy if you don't try it!

Finally, I suggest that everyone take a journal on any trip. Take a few minutes everyday to write down a little bit about the day. . . .Include the things that you like, things that you don't like, menus, good weather, bad weather, etc. Include photos and or doodles. It's fun to go back over them weeks, months, years later to "relive" the experience.

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Im working on getting ready for my first cruise. .the Sensation on June 17th...any one have an suggestions? I have NEVER been on a cruise before and neither has my hubby...well except for when he was in USMC but that dosent count...lol...so what should i be looking for? what should i do / not new...i basicly need to know everything ..lol...any help yall could give would be great!!

I have read a lot of things about this ship and im kinda scared..is it really as bad as what i have read? or is that just people making a mountain out of a mole hill ?

Thanks yall!!!

ps...this site is GREAT!!
I'll second what others here have stated...y'all will have a ball. They don't call them the "fun ships" for nothing. These negative reviews are basically worthless. While I haven't been on the Sensation, I did sail on her sister the Inspiration and she was great.
I have a few suggestions if you like, pack shorts and dressy wear> I'm a guy and I did need a coat and tie, but NOT a tux. During the day i ware shorts and t-shirts and at night was "Dockers" and a shirt with a collar and buttons. On formal nights, I added a coat and tie..simple.
Give some thoughts to what you wish to do on shore excursions..I recommend the ship's tour for most first timers. They can be booked on Carnival's website. I leave in May on the Valor and mine are already payed for.
There will be a$10 per day tips charge added to your on-board account, but most everything else can be payed before you board, which I find useful in budgeting. Of course souvenirs and other small items will be put on the ship's account, no cash except in the casino.
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Thanks yall!! I have foud so much good info on here from yall , i have been reading post like a crazy person. We are both really looking forward to this...I cant wait im so excited...it just cant get here soon enough...lol
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I'm excited for you! There is nothing quite like that first cruise. My recommendation (if you have an inside cabin) is a small light to keep bedside, or a night light. There was mention of trying new foods, I like to ask the waiter what their recommendation for the night would be. Don't forget to slow down and just savor the moment. There is something going on all the time, but be sure to slow down and just enjoy being there.
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Before my first cruise, I read this board like crazy and while I was doing it, I had a word document open to copy and paste anything I thought was a good idea and wanted to remember. It really helped when packing and getting on board without a lot of anxiety.
You will probably love cruising and become addicted like the rest of us.

Most of all, go into it with a good attitude and you will have a great time.
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We are going on the Elation 4/9. This will be our 3rd cruise. I got a lot of advice from this site and my sister who has been on several cruises. One thing that helped me was that I found someone that emailed the capers to me from when they went on the Elation in November. I now that some things will be different, but I feel that I have a heads up. I have already highlighted several things that I want to do. We went on the Glory 3 years ago and I had those capers ahead of time too. It was really helpful. All the packing tips are really inportant. I always take twice as many clothes as I need.
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Thanks for all the help yall!! I have been on this board every night since i found it...yea its addictive..lol...i have been taking notes like a mad person..i have found so much good advice and hints on here..and EVERYONE is just so friendly

does anyone have copies of the capers that i could sneak a peak at like someone mentioned?
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Sensation, right? Here is a link: http://community.webshots.com/album/142368833sCHlxT

Bon voyage!
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You will have a great time! Here is another link for information.

http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/sensation.htm

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Welcome to cruising. I promise you will become addicted. My husband and I are sailing in two weeks on our 7th cruise with Carnival and can hardly wait. We have sailed on the sister ships to the Sensation, the Elation and the Inspiration. One thing I always take is a cheap over the door shoe holder from the dollar store. It is a great way to tidy up the desk which seems to collect everything. Sunglasses, cameras, batteries, etc, etc. fit nicely into the shoe holders. You can always put shoes in there, too. Also, I always take a pop-up clothes hamper that I picked up at Walgreens on sale. I find that putting our Sail and Sign cards on a lanyard is a lot easier and safer than putting in a pocket. The casino gives out free lanyards and, along with the purser's desk, will punch them for you. They sell Carnival lanyards in the gift shop for about $5.00 with a nice plastic insert already attached in which to drop you S&S cards or you can bring one from home. An insulated cup from home is great if you are a coffee drinker. We picked up a big one last year on the Conquest and are bringing it along with us. One big tip - as soon as you get home, send a letter about your cruise to customer service. They will respond with a letter stating that 45 days before your next cruise, to call for a free gift. They will give you a choice from the gifts offered on the Carnival website. We usually ask for photo coupons but you can get wine, champagne, candy, etc.
And, don't forget to try out high tea, usually on the last several sea days. Watch your Capers and it will be listed, usually about 3 pm in the afternoon. Definitely worth going to.
And, remember, although you are handed a menu at dinner, you can have as much on it as you wish - even if you want two appetizers or two entrees. Also, if you don't see something you like (), you can always ask for a steak and they will bring it to you. Even if it is not on the menu that night. We sailed with some friends who did that. BTW, the menus for each day are posted just outside the dining rooms. We love to eat breakfast and lunch in the dining room. You can wear shorts, pants, but no bathing suits.
Just go planning to have a wonderful time. I promise you will. C2
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I went on the Sensation before her refurbishment and still thought she was great. I'm sure she is only that much better now.

Cruising on the Sensation got me hooked. I wouldn't hesitate to sail on her again.
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Four years ago we were in your shoes. We were looking for a different vacation for our family. We booked our first cruise on the Sensation. It was perfect.

The ship is perfect size for the first time cruiser. Our children were 8 & 10 and they had such a great time with the kids programs that my husband and I felt like we were sailing alone.l

We had such a wonderful time that week we have cruised every year since and are awaiting this years July trip on the Liberty.

Yes, all the previous posts are correct. You will enjoy it so much you will be booking cruise #2 as soon as you get home (if you can wait that long - some book right on the ship).

Over the years we have picked up a trick or two our selves and would love to share them with you.

First off, yes, pack light. My husband takes 2 pr of pants - 1 for formal night and the other for dinner the other nights.

Last year we picked up a large insulated mug at Wal-Mart for lemonade or iced tea. Worked so well we are getting 3 more for this year.

Bring a hi-lighter. Before settling in for the night we would review the caper for the next day and hi-lite the things we would like to see and do. We would then throw the caper in our pocket/bag/etc.

The first year I purchased a soda card. Found that I really didn't drink as much as the cost of the card. Found out for the next year that it was o.k. to bring a 12 pack of soda on board with you. Then I used my mug and got ice and was good to go.

Don't forget to order room service. This is included in your trip - just need a couple dollars for the waiter.

We like to get to the terminal by 10:30a so we can board early (usually have to wait an hour or so). Once on the ship we leave our bag in the room (if you can get to it) and then head to deck for lunch. After lunch tour the ship. We found that they were having a spa tour and we went. We found they offer specials at that time that are not offered any other time.

Oh, yes you can get steak each night in the DR. You can also get chicken and pasta. They do not advertise this but it is an option.

Have fun and enjoy yourself. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions.

Safe sailing.
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