The Carnival 'Sensation' is home ported in Cape Canaveral, Florida and does a year around itinerary of three and four night sailings to the Bahamas, carrying 2,052 passengers. This ship underwent the "Evolutions of Fun" program in January 2009, that included an adults only area, aqua park, new state rooms, and refurbs around the ship.
Embarkation: The embarkation process was very smooth & quick, from the time we got through 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.
Cabin: We had a typical cabin, approximately 185 square feet. The cabin wasn't huge by any means but had plenty of space to do the necessities. The cabin steward came twice a day (one in the late morning and once in the evening for turn down service).
Food: 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 still good. Carnival is one of the few cruise lines out there that still serve lobster in 3 and 4 night sailings. There was one formal night where cocktail attire was required.
Entertainment: 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.
Dining: 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, that in itself spoke numbers.
Public Areas: Kaleidoscope and Michelangelo’s were the dance clubs they were the average fantasy class size ship. Michelangelo’s had a live band that played until 1 am. Kaleidoscope was a top 40 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.
Disembarkation: 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. If you choose to get off early, be prepared to wait a bit (everyone rushes to the door).
For a 3 day cruise it was a good time and I was entertained. Doug Parker is the founder of Cruise Radio and has been in the media industry for more than 10 years. His Web site, CruiseRadio.net, offers industry news, on demand interviews, video and travel tips. Cruise Radio is the worlds only independent cruise travel show.
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.