We returned from our cruise last night. It was a good, but not great, vacation. I knew Carnival had a party repuation, but when we were on board for 4 hours and someone with a drink in their hand threw a leg over the railing and yelled "I'm drunk! I'm jumping!" I knew I was on a party boat!
I guess if I cruise again I will look for a cruise with more refined (which I know sometimes equals boring) passengers. Some of the Sensation's were downright unsavory.
Here's what I DID like:
The ship was very clean overall. Our cabin (U212) was bigger than I thought, and the bedding was great. Our bathroom shower did not overflow onto the floor, and I don't know what kind of water treatment they have, but my skin has never felt so soft!! Our steward was awesome, the crew was very helpful, and the food was awesome.
Freeport looked like an industrial wasteland, just as another member posted. We spent this day at the Discover Scuba Diving excursion, which was great, except that my husband's underwater camera took a picture by itself on the way down due to the pressure and therefore he was unable to take anymore pics because the button stayed depressed. He was about 20 ft down and the camera stated it worked to 32 ft down, so keep that in mind when you are buying an underwater camera. When we got to Lucaya for the excursion there were several cool stores there, but of course I left my credit card on the boat!
The next day we went to Nassau, rented a scooter, and went all over. All the locals were extremely nice and I never felt uneasy. We went to a local beach, the Fort, the straw market by the Fort, and drove to Atlantis. Then we shopped all over downtown Nassau, and went to the straw market there. An experience! That evening, it was funny to see hoards of women walking all over the ship with their brand new counterfeit purses.
We played the slots a little, went in the hot tub and pool, went to some good shows, and relaxed. Overall we had a nice time.
Here's what it cost:
4 day cruise $199/pp
Taxes (about $80 or 90)
Airfare from/to Chicago $59/pp each way
Transportation to/from airport $150 (private towncar shuttle)
Country Inns hotel night before Free (they screwed up our reservation)
Transfer to terminal from hotel $6
Scuba excursion $115/pp
Couples Massage $252 (waste of money and big ouch)
Carnival Sweatshirt $33
Photos we developed on board $17
Stuff we bought in Nassau $194
Extra Tips $40
If anyone has any questions about our cruise, please feel free to ask.