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Old July 15th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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Default Sensation Review - 7-8-2007

We had a great cruise to the Bahamas. I went with my wife, Son and Niece. I am 46, my wife is 41, my son is 15, and my niece is 17.

Overall I loved this cruised and would recommend it to anyone.

I have several days worth of review topics that you can read on this thread. I will be posting a link to my pictures as soon as I can get them uploaded.

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Old July 15th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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Default Alamo Rental Car - Downtown Disney Pre Cruise Night

The Alamo rental car worked well. I had applied for for quick silver service . I waited in a short line at the counter which I do not think I really needed
to do. I then had to walk across the street and up a small escalator.

I was told to pick out any car I wanted in the midsize row. We look at a
few different cars and decided on a Chevy HRR. I picked this car because
it had a lot of space in the back. We had four really big suit cases and
two carry ons. It worked out very well for us to fit them all in.

I booked the car real early and got a very good rate. It was $148 ($199 with all the taxes) for 8 days. The Alamo experience was very easy. I would recommend it.

Driving to the hotel was a little confusing. Leaving the airport was easy,
but I got off 575 a little too early. I wish I had a GPS, but we made it
to the hotel in about 30 mins. It would have been about 20 if I did not
get lost. We stayed by downtown Disney the first night. Downtown Disney is a good pre-cruise stop if you don't want to spend a lot of cash and are looking for a nice place to visit.

We ate at the Rain forest Cafe. Food is average, but the atmosphere is interesting. It would be great for little kids. They have lots of salt water fish tanks and you are eating in a simulated rain forest. It cost me a little over a hundred dollars. We didn't have any alcohol or appetizers.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 04:48 PM
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Default Sensation Day 1

Checkin:

I really wanted to buy soda before getting on the boat. We took the beeline expressway from Orlando to Port Canaveral. There was nothing along the highway. Just before the bridge that goes over some sort of water way (the ships are in view) I took an exit and went to the right. There was a gas station that sold 12 packs. I bought two of them. I put them in a softsided cooler that I brought with me and some of my hand luggage.

They made me pull into a roadside curb. This was a little hectic. There
was a guy standing there waiting for my bags. There was very little time
to attach tags or mess with the luggage. I gave him two bucks per bag
and he told me to drive under a bridge to a different parking lot. It cost
me $48 to park in that lot.

I was now told to wait in a long line. I needed to have my cruise documents out and ready when we got to the front. They wanted picture ID. I showed my passports. Here we went through metal dectors and scanners. They did a visual inspection in my cooler to make sure my soda was not beer. They let me take the soda with no issue.

I personally think you are an idiot if you smuggle alcohol. These guys look like they wouldn't think twice about throwing you out if you got caught. They sell bottles of booze on the ship for what seemed like a reasonable price. You might save $10 by smuggling, but that wouldn't be worth the risk to me.

I went up an escalator. Here I was asked if we were American citizens.
We were so we went into another long line. This lady also wanted my cruise documents and credit card. She also checked my passports. She sent me through a gate were another person checked my passports. Here they took a group photo in front of a fake carnival screen and sent me for a security boarding photo. I went up the ramp into the ship.

The people that were standing there to guide me did not speak English well. All they knew to say was that I could not get to my cabin until 1:30 and lunch was being served on the Lido deck. When I asked how to get to the Lido deck she shrugged. I followed the crowds.

Lunch was hot dogs, hamburgers and salads. I bought some sort of weak rum drink. I must have been asked 10 times if I needed a drink here. I bought four soda cards. They were someone in the order of $18 for kids under 17 and $22 for Adults. With tax and tip the four cards cost almost $100. That seemed a bit high to me.

They did the Electric Slide and Macaran (Group dances) with the crowd on
the lido deck. We walked around until 1:30 and headed to the room.

The afternoon:

We walked around checking out the ship and the stores for shopping. We
went back to the cabin and took some quick showers to get ready for dinner which was 8:00 PM for us.

The dinner:

We went to the Escacy Dinning area as assigned for the 8:00 PM dinner. We were seated with a family of 6 that had children very close in age to ours. The kids did not say two words to each other.

I had the beef Wellington. It came with some sort of Squash, and broccoli
and a choice of Cesar or regular salad. It was all excellent. I choose
for desert the Chocolate Melting cake. The hype on the internet forums
ruined it for me. It was small and OK. I expected more. Overall a very
good meal. My family thought that it was to stuffy an atmosphere (But read on. They changed their minds).


The shows:

The show started at 10:30. We went to the Fantasy Lounge to wait around
9:50. they were finishing up some sort of game show trivia contest. At 10:00 they did two bingo games. The first card cost $5.00. The payout was $250. Two people split that. They 2nd game was a $10.00 bingo card. The payout was $750. Three people split that. We hung around for about 10 minutes of the show. It looked pretty boring. We were tired and left. We went and hung out on the aft deck buy the all night pizza and ice cream Seav View Bistro. It was nice there. My family went to bed.
I went to the casino for about 15 minutes. I am not much of a gambler. I work to hard for my money to lose it so quickly. I did not charge the casino to the room, but you could.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 04:55 PM
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We arrived in Freeport. Our cabin over looked what looks like a cement operation. Big silos, a building with the roof falling in, cranes, and mounds of sand. I am surprise that Freeport would not like to make a better first impression. The port side overlooked an area that was nice. It had shops and music playing. Not a lot of shops. I would guess a total of ten. The shops were not great. Cheap stuff that included tshirts, island baskets and one guy carving wood. There is nothing else to do at the port. You need to take a cab or excursion.

Finding the way off the ship was a challenge. I was not alone. There were a few of us wandering around aimlessly trying to find the plank to the pier. It turned out it was by the Rivera deck. Look for the signs for the infirmary. No one from Carnival was around to help. There were no signs.

We took the Bahama cruise and Coastal Shopping Tour. It was a nice 45 minute cruise that showed us more cost line of oil tanks and rock ledges. That sounds negative, but I liked being out in the small two story boat in very blue / green water. This was a pontoon boat. If you like that type of slow moving boat you would most likely enjoy it. They had an island guy do a limbo show toward the end that was fun. This drops you off at the Port Lucay shopping area. You could have just as easily took a cab here. They had a bunch of different stores here. If you are into shopping you will most likely have fun. My wife liked it. I don't like that type of shopping. They had expensive perfume, Cuban cigars, jewelry, and small shops with junk. I couldn't find a descent tshirt. That's all I look for in vacation shopping. I felt very safe here. We were not harassed or felt the need to barter. The people that worked in the stores were very friendly. You could easily avoid the ship tour here. It was a 15 minute cab ride for $5.00 each.

The Bahama Crusie and Coastal Shopping Tour provided bus transportation back at 12:30. We decided to go swimming at the Westin / Sheraton that is right across the street from the shopping area. The beach was free. We used the Westin pool house to change. No one was around to stop us, but they did have a sign saying for registered guest only. The hotels and grounds were beautiful. The beach look beautiful. At first glance we thought we might like to come back there for a week. When we got closer to the water we realized that it was not so nice. There was tons of seaweed floating in the water everywhere. You had to swim in the seaweed infested water. All I can say was yuck. this was the biggest letdown of the trip so far. I asked the Banana Boat ride guy (I did not ride) if there was another beach around that did not have seaweed. He said that they all did. It was the time of year (July 9, 2007). He said in a few months it would be gone. This ruined the beach for us. We swam for a twenty minutes to a half hour. We had enough and went back to the Westin Pool house to change. I did find out the the Sheraton rented chars for $10.00 per day. We found a cab (Actually he found us). We agreed that he would take us back to the ship for $5.00 each. He did circle the area a few times trying to find two more riders. He left after about ten minutes of trying with just the four of us. They drive on the left side of the road like the British. That was a little weird for us. They took our picture again getting back on the ship. We had to travel through a metal detector and luggage xray. They also scanned our Fun and Sail cards. They never asked to look at the picture id.

Freeport was a bit of a letdown. The beach really turned me off.
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Default Freeport Night - Monday - Formal Night

This was the formal night of the cruise. We choose not to do the formal dinner. We ate in the Seaview Bistro instead. Here they had prime rib (very good), Lamb (Very bad and I like lamb), very large fried shrimp, baked potato, soup, rice, vegetables and rolls. For desert they had a black forest cake that was very good and a banana diet cake which we did not try.

The Sea view bistro was not very crowded. I think most people were going for the formal night. They were taking pictures non-stop all over the place up until 11:00 PM. I would guess they started taking pictures at 5:30 PM.

They had a formal captains cocktail hour in the Fantasia Lounge from 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM. We did not do this because we were not dressed for it. The Fantasia Lounge is the show hall and main stage area.

We went to the Fantasia Lounge at 8:15 and played a $10.00 Bingo card. I think this is a rip off since 3 people ended up splitting $750, but it passed the time waiting for the show that started at 8:45 PM. You would have had a hard time getting seats if you just showed up at 8:45 PM. You can go at 8:15 and not play Bingo if you don't want to spend the money.

The show was called Curve. I am not sure what it was suppose to be about. It was entertaining for me and my 15 year old son, because most of the show was women dancing in g-strings to various music. They was some sort of tie in to famous women of the past like Marilyn Monroe and Betty Davis, but it was a weak tie in. If you like live performers wearing flashy outfits dancing tastefully with little clothes this show is for you. I think they were trying to imitate a Vegas style show. Don't take me wrong. I liked it for what it was. They tell you upfront that it is a PG13 show. It only lasted about 45 minutes.
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Default Nassau - Tuesday

We were in Nassau when I woke up on Tuesday morning. Nassau was much prettier then Freeport. We went to the Fantasia Dinning room for breakfast. Most of us had the Ham and Cheese Omelet. My son had an additional order of scrambled eggs and sausage and I had an order of waffles. It was all very good. They get you in and out very quickly which works out very well for us.

We went on the Historic Highlights Tour. I like the tour. This is a van tour were they drive you around and show you the area. They took us to the queens staircase area. There was also a fort that you could go into for free. The person at the fort giving us a little speal. I give him $2.00. There were a lot of vendors in the area selling island stuff and shirts. I bought a Nassau Hat for $8 and a magnet for the refrigerator for $1. My Niece bought a couple knock of pocketbooks for $25.00 each.

We then continued the van tour looking at various government buildings and poor, middleclass, and rich home. We also saw a very beautiful public beach. We stopped at another fort called Fort Charlotte that they wanted $5.00 each to enter. We walked around the grounds and took some pictures. We decided not to pay the extra $5.00 ($20 total). The grounds had some nice picture spots. There were more street vendors in the area. Not as many as the queens staircase area, but some. I bought a Bahama key chain for a buck. We did not buy much else. We then went back to the ship area. They wanted picture ID from the adults. I took copies of our passports as recommended by the information desk on the ship. They looked at those as we entered the ship area. They also used a scanner system like the airports to reenter the ship.

We ate lunch at the Seaview Bistro. I had the lamb and Salmon. It was a buffet. Everything was very good.

At 2:00 PM we went on the Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion. I was looking forward to this the most of the entire trip. I was not disappointed. The ship was nice. the staff was attentive, the water was crystal clean (Blue / green) and there were lots of fish to see. The actual time in the water was one hour. The entire trip was 2.5 hours. They pointed out Michal Jordan's, Oprah's, and Elvis' homes along the way. We also had good views and pictures spots for the Atlantis. Very nice time and weather.

Dinner I had the New York Steak. I couldn't decide if I wanted the steak or the ribs, so they gave me both. They were both were very good. My son had the ribs and shrimp. There wasn't a lot of shrimp so I think it was good he got both.

I took a cab over to Atlantis for a very fast tour of the Dig. the cab ride was $4.00 each way. It only took about 10 minutes to get there. It was worth seeing, but not worth the $29 that the tour would have cost if I did it through Carnival. I wish I had more time. It looked like you could spend some time there.

My family didn't like the first diner where we were placed with another family. They had me get used moved to a table for four. I personally liked being with the other family but I'm just the guy with the credit card. They one. This turned out to be a great thing for us. The new waiter we got made the trip for us. He kept telling us jokes and entertaining us. He seem to bond especially well with my son. I put on the comment card at the end of the trip that they made the trip for us. The waiter and his bus boy were the only ones that I gave an extra tip to. I wasn't planning on giving any other tips, but they earned it.
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I was a little disappointed with the amount activities they had for at sea day. I am not one for the hairy chest type of contests. I also do not or want to use the pools. They are way to crowded. I also find it to hot to hang out on the lido deck without swimming. We did watch the Not So Newly Wed Game. It was fun.

Dinner was good. I had the Veal Parm my son and Niece had a Pasta Shrimp seafood dish. It looked very tasty. She also had the baked Alaska for desert which looked very good. I had the chocolate melting cake again. I don't think my wife was a big fan of the chicken. It was a half chicken like you would get at Boston Market with a sauce. I don't think that was what she had in mind.

I actually look at what people where wearing. I counted the people waiting in line to get into the dinning room (I like numbers). Ten percent of the people waiting to enter the dinning room had either shorts, jeans, or a tshirt on. Don't worry about the fashion police on here. We almost didn't go on the trip because of the so called dress code in the dinning rooms. If someone claims that they couldn't get into the dinning room because of what they were wearing I would assume that that was an excuse the dinning staff gave because they were drunk or very loud.

I did not see any bathing suits.

The highlight of the day for us was the show "Far From Over". This showed feature music and dancing from the 80s. We really enjoyed this show. Some of the many tributes I remember where, Madonna, Prince, Pink Floyd, Flash Dance, the Blues Brothers, and 80s love songs. I would recommend that you do no miss this show.

A couple things bothered me today. The first was the SPA. My niece had a quote to have her nails done for $45.00. When she got there the price changed to $85. When she told them to forget it, she was told they would charge us anyway as a no show. It took me complaining to the Information desk to get it dropped. I did not see that charge.

The second item was cashing of travelers checks. I signed four travelers checks in front of the lady at the information center. She said that my signatures did not match close enough. It looked pretty close to me but not perfect. I had to complain to the manager and resign them four times (each) before they would accept them. I thought this was ridiculous. I just spend about $3,000 with Carnival. They have my credit card on file. What did this accomplish but to make me upset. I am not a complainer. For my to complain twice to the information desk in one day or even one vacation is very unusual.
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H Brian,

Now that you're back, I have a ton of questions for you, so please bear with me!

How was the shower water pressure in your bathroom?
How was the a/c in your cabin?
Did you feel the ship move at all?
How did your son like the teen program - did he parrticipate in anyof their activities?
If you played mini-golf, was it very windy up there?
Did you see any of the early evening shows with a comedian?
Did they have a place for people to order deli sandwiches or something like grilled chickn breast on the Lido deck at lunch or dinner? Very picky son and I don't think we'll be eating in the dining room much.

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This was painful. I don't blame Carnival, but we had to get up way to early to get ready to be out of our cabin by 8:00 AM.

We sat on the promenade deck for an hour waiting to be called. They started with the lowest deck and worked there way up. I wished we could have stayed in the cabin until they called us. That would have made it a little less painful.

The line after we were called was hectic. People were cutting in line. I am not sure where they expected to go. Finding the suitcase by color was horrible. It was like being dropped into the middle of a busy intersection.

One detail that I did not know that I wish I had was that if you used a FREE porter, they took you to the front of the line and walked you all the way out to your car. They had a sign up saying no tipping required. I gave the guy $5 anyway.

They tell you at least 100 times to have your custom forms ready. The guy in front of me didn't get it. they pull him out of the line after he waited all that time.

There is no self assisted Disembarking in Port Orlando. You still need to wait until your cabin is called. You could carry your own luggage off, but they stressed that you could not leave until your color was called.
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H Brian,

Now that you're back, I have a ton of questions for you, so please bear with me!

How was the shower water pressure in your bathroom?
How was the a/c in your cabin?
Did you feel the ship move at all?
How did your son like the teen program - did he parrticipate in anyof their activities?
If you played mini-golf, was it very windy up there?
Did you see any of the early evening shows with a comedian?
Did they have a place for people to order deli sandwiches or something like grilled chickn breast on the Lido deck at lunch or dinner? Very picky son and I don't think we'll be eating in the dining room much.

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Ask away. I enjoy talking about it.

The shower was horrible. No pressure at all.

The AC seemed fine. I like it cold. You could adjust it.

I didn't feel the ship move. It was very calm. I did feel vibration in the back of the ship. I assumed this was from the engines. It was almost like a vibrating bed. I also felt this in the dinning room.

My son stayed with us. He didn't try any of the activities. He is a little shy that way.

It was very windy up by the miniature golf area.

We did not see the early comedian show.

The back of the ship has a deli in the Sea View Bistro. You can get sandwiches I think 24x7 back there. My son is also a very picky eater. I would not recommend missing the dinner in the dining room. the waiters put on a small show and made it fun. What I told my son was that if he could not find anything to eat we would go down to the lido deck and get him pizza or a sandwich. He always found something to eat. I think the highlight of his trip was the interaction with the wait staff.

One other piece of information that was wrong at least as far as my cabin went was the need for a flat headed two prong extension cord. Any old extension cord (2 or three prong) would have worked.

We had two cabins. One had AV jacks on the TV. the other did not.

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Brian, thanks, so much! I think I will also take your advice about trying the dining room and as long as they ahve a deli set up 24/7, he can get the turkey & cheese that he loves if there's nothing he'll eat in the dining room.

We also asked for a large table at dinner, so if we get a group of diners we don't like we'll ask for another one like you did.

I was watching the weather for the Bahamas while you were there and it seems like it was cloudy with a chance of rain, but it sounds like you got lucky and didn't have any rain. I hope I'm as lucky in 2 weeks!

Are you planning to cruise again and if so, what itinerary/ship?
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Brian, great review!
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Brian, thanks, so much! I think I will also take your advice about trying the dining room and as long as they ahve a deli set up 24/7, he can get the turkey & cheese that he loves if there's nothing he'll eat in the dining room.
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The deli is NOT open 24 hours....
Only the Pizzeria and the Ice Cream machines are open 24 hours.

The deli is next to the pizzeria, but doesn't open until later in the morning.
I never saw when it closed.
I know by the time we would stop in there after the shows, it was always already closed.

Also remember that if nothing on the menu in the dining room looks inviting, you can....
1)ask for a children's menu (they try to treat kids like adults) which has simpler fare...
2)you can ask for chicken or a steak any night, even though they are not listed on the menu.

Also, on the lido deck all the way to the right, outside by the pool, is where they grill hamburger, hot dogs and chicken all afternoon and into the early evening.

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Brian, thanks, so much! I think I will also take your advice about trying the dining room and as long as they ahve a deli set up 24/7, he can get the turkey & cheese that he loves if there's nothing he'll eat in the dining room.
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The deli is NOT open 24 hours....
Only the Pizzeria and the Ice Cream machines are open 24 hours.

The deli is next to the pizzeria, but doesn't open until later in the morning.
I never saw when it closed.
I know by the time we would stop in there after the shows, it was always already closed.

Also remember that if nothing on the menu in the dining room looks inviting, you can....
1)ask for a children's menu (they try to treat kids like adults) which has simpler fare...
2)you can ask for chicken or a steak any night, even though they are not listed on the menu.

Also, on the lido deck all the way to the right, outside by the pool, is where they grill hamburger, hot dogs and chicken all afternoon and into the early evening.

Bill
The deli was open pretty late. I agree the more I think about it it was not 24 hrs. I know that it was open to at least 10:00 PM.

The menu always had the "Alternate Selections". That is where I got the NY steak one night and my son got the shrimp.

There was no chicken on the lido deck open air area last week that I saw unless it was just one night. The dinning choices were Hamburgers, hot dogs and salads on the lido deck "Open Air Area". A different selection of what I will call better food is in the SeaView Bistro. The Bistro is on the lido deck directly behind the open area. This is an air conditioned closed in area with the deli and 24 hour ice cream and pizza. The ice cream was a machine. Not like a Ben and Jerry's. There was always some sort of chicken, soup, beef, salads, etc in the bistro's buffet line.

Then the menu of the best food was in the dinning room.

One thing I will say is that we never had a problem finding food. You could eat yourself sick if you wanted to.

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Thanks Brian and Bill, as long as there's a deli that's open for lunch and dinner, we're all set. My son lives on turkey and cheese sandwiches. Ok, he does eat other things, but that and broiled chicken or turkey from Boston Market or burgers/turkey cheese sandwiches from Wendy's are his "staples." Sounds like he'll be okay, and we can hit the dining room first and use the deli/burgers/pizza as a backup if he doesn't want anything in there.
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Brian,

I just booked us for the afternoon Historical bus tour in Nassau. Questions:

Was the van well air conditioned? Was it crowded?

Seems well worth $27 per person, to ride from stop to stop in an a/c van, rather than walk out in the humidity and heat.

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Old July 18th, 2007, 03:16 PM
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Brian,

for the Nassau van tour you took:

Was the van well air conditioned? Was it crowded? Also, ws it a big vehicle with a bathroom in it? If not, were there restrooms at the places they stopped? I'm concerned about being on a bus for 2 straight hours and since I would do the tour that's right after lunch, what do they do if someone needs a bathroom en route to one of the stops?

I'm considering doing the historical tour in the nassau afternoon - as we were just going to do our own "walking tour" to see the queen's staircase, etc. it seems I may as well let someone else do the driving and not exhaust my feet!

I also think as a single mom, I won't have to worry so much about pick pockets if we're on the van, as opposed to walking to these places.

Seems well worth $27 per person. would you rate it high on a scale of 1 to 10?
It was very comfortable 6 person van. They had a bunch of them. The driver was very friendly and informative. I assume there were bathrooms in the fort, but I didn't pay the extra $5.00 to go in there. One fort is free the other costs the extra $5.00.

I would recommend this tour. I would say that it was a 10 if you like to see different areas of the island and shop at local island culture types of areas.

My wife enjoyed it very much. She thought that was of the best things we did on the island. You will feel very safe. You won't see much more then the local shopping area walking.

I also took a $4.00 cab ride over to the Atlantis to see the dig after 6:30 PM. That was also very easy, safe and close.

I sent you a PM.

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Brian, thanks so much! We're already booked to do the Atlantis tour in the morning, so now we have this historical tour to look forward to after
lunch! From your review of it, I KNOW we'll love it!

I have a damaged nerve in my left leg, so a lot of walking can lead to days of severe pain for me, although I have medication to take twice a day to keep normal pain at bay so I can work and sleep through the night. Knowing the bus tour is definitely worth doing, is a big relief and has saved me from either walking a lot and hurting, or having to just stay on board in Nassau in the afternoon.

I'm so excited I could almost scream! I have a big smile on my face all day long. I'm sure people think I'm high or something. I can't believe I'm FINALLY going on a cruise! I feel like a kid. What a GREAT feeling! I feel like I could almost DIE from the excitement!
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Godo going Brian, glad you had a great time. I mentioned in a post on another thread some time back that using the porter would get you to the front of the line...
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Godo going Brian, glad you had a great time. I mentioned in a post on another thread some time back that using the porter would get you to the front of the line...
That was the one thing I missed that I wish I remembered. Good advice.

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Brian,

what deck did you actually BOARD sensation on? I understand the Riveria deck is where you debark for excursions?

Thanks also for the notice that there is no self-debark. I guess we will just stay on the ship and enjoy it, take more photos/videos.

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what deck did you actually BOARD sensation on? I understand the Riveria deck is where you debark for excursions?

Thanks also for the notice that there is no self-debark. I guess we will just stay on the ship and enjoy it, take more photos/videos.

Thanks!
We got on the Empress deck.

Waiting to debark was pretty boring. Just sitting around.

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okay thanks.... I guess I"ll use that time to continue taking photos and movies of the ship and Ian can easily zone out and occupy himself with his psp games or movies or his ds games.
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what deck did you actually BOARD sensation on?
I understand the Riveria deck is where you debark for excursions?
You embark and Debark in Port Canaveral on the Empress Deck.
In Freeport and Nassau you go to Deck 3, the deck below the bottom passenger deck, Riviera. (The only thing there for passengers is the infirmary)

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Default excursion question....

more questions, Brian!

1. how soon before the "start time" of your excursion should you go to the Riveriera deck? 15 minutes before? 30 minutes before? We're ordering in room service breakfast both of these days and I wanted to know so I can plan how early to order the food and not be late for the excursions!

2. was a dining room available for breakfast on the last day (debark) or did you have to eat breakfast on the Lido deck?
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more questions, Brian!

1. how soon before the "start time" of your excursion should you go to the Riveriera deck? 15 minutes before? 30 minutes before? We're ordering in room service breakfast both of these days and I wanted to know so I can plan how early to order the food and not be late for the excursions!

2. was a dining room available for breakfast on the last day (debark) or did you have to eat breakfast on the Lido deck?
1 - They left about 5 minutes after the posted time. If I were you I would leave your cabin no less the 10 to 15 prior to the time. Anymore and you will be sitting around waiting. We left 10 minutes before and were on time.

2 - The dinning room was open until 8:30. We ate at the SeaView.

Your getting close now.

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Brian,

Thanks again!!!

Yeah, I can't believe a week from tomorrow we will be on a plane headed to Florida and that a week from Sunday we sail!

I hope you're not suffering from post-cruise depression...

Are you planning another cruise now?

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I added 50 pictures to the gallery.

http://cruisemates.com/gallery/view.php?id=3541



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Brian, what wonderful photos! Thanks for posting them! I'm such a shutterbug I'll probably have at least 2-3 galleries of 50 photos each to post! I will also put a few videos on my youtube page and provide a link to that!
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