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Old May 22nd, 2010, 12:24 PM
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Hi y'all!

I have booked a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Sensation in August for me, my mom and my 3 kiddos, 18, 12 & 10. OMG! We are so excited!

We will be leaving from Port Canaveral, we are taking off from Texas two days before to drive it. Airfare is insane right now!!! Theres three of us to switch out drivers so we should be ok.

I have been trolling here and gathering information & had a couple of Q's come up that I thought I'd ask about if I could please? I am trying to figure out extra costs and all ahead of time because we are budget limited.

How much do soda cards cost? And when do you purchase them?

Does the coffee bar cost you anything?

If you gamble in the casino or shop the store does it go on your sail & sign card?

Does the Sensation have any laundry facilities? Do it yourself? Take change for it?

Is the Camp Carnival for kids good?

I am trying to carry just enough cash for shopping & purchases at port stops.

We are stopping at Freeport for a part day and Nassau for a full day. We can prob afford one excursion & I was thinking about the island tour in Nassau for 30 pp.

We were thinking of just hanging at the beach in Freeport and checking out the shops. Will we have to take a cab to the beach? Any pointers on which area to go to? Or can you walk it if its a short distance? Can you go back on the ship to eat lunch?

In Nassau we plan on the island tour and then the straw market and prob the beach. Any pointers for Nassau?


Geez, I feel like I don't know anything, lol. Any insight is appreciated!

Thank you!
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Hi y'all!




How much do soda cards cost? And when do you purchase them?

Does the coffee bar cost you anything?

If you gamble in the casino or shop the store does it go on your sail & sign card?

Does the Sensation have any laundry facilities? Do it yourself? Take change for it?

Is the Camp Carnival for kids good?

I am trying to carry just enough cash for shopping & purchases at port stops.

We are stopping at Freeport for a part day and Nassau for a full day. We can prob afford one excursion & I was thinking about the island tour in Nassau for 30 pp.

We were thinking of just hanging at the beach in Freeport and checking out the shops. Will we have to take a cab to the beach? Any pointers on which area to go to? Or can you walk it if its a short distance? Can you go back on the ship to eat lunch?

In Nassau we plan on the island tour and then the straw market and prob the beach. Any pointers for Nassau?

Teggie
Hi Teggie. Well, as much as we've cruised, I can't answer a lot of your questions, as we don't do the things you've asked about. Soda card you can buy as soon as you board, but I don't know the price. The coffee bar is extra cost, but you can get coffee, tea, or lemonade free on the lido deck. Everyone I've talked to says Camp Carnival is GREAT for the youngsters. As a matter of fact, we do a family reunion cruise once a year, and we have trouble getting the kids to leave Camp Carnival long enough to have dinner with the rest of us. One additional cost item that you may not have thought about, is parking your car at Port Canaveral while you cruise. It's a big secure garage, right across from the ship, and last time we parked there, it was $15 per day. Sometimes they ask us to pay in advance of the cruise, sometimes after we return. They do take credit cards, or cash.
Casino and shops do take your sign-n-sail card. At least the casino takes the s.s. card for the slots. Don't know about the table games.
Sorry I don't have all the info you need, but I have no doubt that someone here will be able to help you.
Have a GREAT cruise!

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Old May 22nd, 2010, 08:15 PM
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Hi there Teggie,

Congrats on the booking of your cruise. I thought I'd take a stab at some of your questions so here goes:

Port Canaveral is a nice easy port to get to, you'll find it very convenient. A small hint that may be helpful, we normally do the park and cruise at one of the local hotels simply because it is cheaper than paying the $15 per day to park at the pier and you can park and stay either before or after your cruise, your choice.

I can't remember the cost of soda cards, but I do know that you can purchase them pretty much as soon as you get on board. What we have found with our kids is that they are quite content to drink lemonade, etc with the occasional soda thrown in. In addition, you will be able to purchase sodas for a very reasonable cost in port and if you brought a few cans back with you no one notices or particularly cares.

The coffee bar does cost, but its not any worse than the prices at starbucks on land.

In the casino you can use either your S & S or cash. However all purchases in the gift shop have to be charged to your S&S and this is the same for the coffee bar as well.

There are laundry facilities on board the ship, you can get quarters very easily from either the purser's desk or the casino. Or if you are truly on vacation you can wait til the second last day of the cruise and take advantage of the $15 a bag for wash, dry, fold service.

Camp Carnival for the most part is awesome. Looking at the ages of your kids though I have to be honest and just say that at about 10 our kids started to phase out of camp carnival a little bit. There are still lots of activities and lots of fun to be had but the organized, constant action that is associated with the younger ages seems to disappear a bit from age 10 and up. Don't get me wrong though our kids love Camp Carnival, it's just different as they get a little older.

Freeport is an easy and fairly inexpensive port, the last time that we were there we grabbed the bus to town and then wandered through the market and then off to the beach, I think the whole day came in under $100 and that included us eating out for lunch.

In Nassau, we grabbed a private cab from the pier and negotiated an island tour, it was very enjoyable and we still had time to go to the beach afterward. We had our island tour end at Atlantis then we were able to swim and grab the water tax back ($3 per person one way for the water taxi last time we were there) We paid $60 for four of us on the island tour.

I hope this helps : )
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 04:04 AM
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Without too much excessive information overload, here are pictures from our Sensation cruise:
Carnival Sensation, Feb 14-18, 2010, Main

On one of the questions - on Freeport it is $5pp for a shuttle to Our Lucayo (each way). With 5 people, you should be able to get a discount or a private taxi for less.

At the port in Freeport, there is some shopping, food, a bar, "straw market", etc.

Ditto (above post - hope this helps)
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Self-Service Launderettes:

Each ship has at least 2 self-service launderettes located on the stateroom decks.

There are two or three washers and dryers, and one iron and ironing board in each launderette. The cost is $3.00 per washer load and $3.00 per dryer load. Vending machines dispense small boxes of detergent and water softener at $1.00 per box.

Note: Due to local environmental requirements, the washing machines in the guest' launderette will be closed in port, per each ports specific requirements; the dryers and irons will be available for guest use.
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Two weeks ago on our Liberty cruise DW and I carried on board a 12-pak of sodas each. In St. Thomas we purchased several bottles of ginger-ale and carried them back on board. Unless you or your kids drink numerous sodas a day you should be able to carry on an ample supply and then reload in port. Look on Carnivals web site, do the math and I think you will be able to save $. I have heard that if you wait for the ship to leave the US port and then purchase the soda card you do not have to pay tax.

The free coffee was actually very good and also very strong. The coffee shop does serve very good cappuccino, expresso, cafe latte, ect. In the MDR a cappuccino is free with your meal. In the MDR it's a hit or a miss on weather it will be hot or luke warm.

Years ago my daughter had to be dragged away from Camp Carnival. She is very outgoing and always "hooked up" with another girl her age. Some became pen pals for years.
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