Embarkation: Smooth easy no hassle..got there at 10:30 on board by 12:15.
My friends and I had different tables on our sign and sail card so off to the Fantasy Dining room. No hassle..they fixed it by 4:30 (note in our cabin) and gave us a window table for the six of us!! The ship sailed 11/2 hour late (never found out why) but that was OK because we could eat dinner (5:45) and still see the ship sail under the skyway bridge..Do not miss this from the sports deck. You swear it clears by 5 feet!!
Food: Thought all the food was good! Never set anything back! Filet and lobster were great...steak when all else failed was always cooked perfect
which for me was rare. I missed the flaming deserts but since the Ecstacy fire they are very fire safe. One food note and the only negative on these boards that I agreed with...THE COFFEE IS AWFUL!!!! Capacino was slightly better and the Seaview grill was a bit better but all and all my morning coffee was tough to take. 24 hour pizza and ice cream were a plus and the great sandwhiches at the deli added pounds to the trip.
Sea Days: We don't get into the games and stuff much. Relaxing is the main focus. The spa in the gym is usually empty and a great hang out. Played a bit of black jack. Did OK but they need to open more $5 tables during the day.
Ashore: If you have a privately booked tour don't sweat geting off the ship because with the time difference you will still be early. We booked the Capt Marvin Sting Ray City and Coral Gardens snorkel. We caught the first tender ashore and ended up on the beach by 6:45 island time. The tour did not leave until 8:15 so we had tons of time. Capt Marvin does a great job and for folks that do not dive it is a great trip ($34 a piece..much cheaper than the ship). I did it so that we could all stay together. If you dive..book the dive..I have done it and it is much much better than the sandbar. Of course we had to buy the DVD!!
Cozumel: Went to Chankanaab Park so that everyone could so their own thing. My daughter (19) her friend and I did a beach dive..the rest went to the sea lion show..and then we all did the sea lion encounter. This was my wife's highlight. Even though it is only 30 minutes she loved kissing and hugging the female sea lion (Nena). The sea lion show and locker were nicluded in the $59 price of the encounter. Of course we bought the video!!.
The dive was an escorted shore dive which would have been standard stuff except for the swim throughs. They were loaded with millions of silversides which parted as you went by and then closed in behind you. It was like being part of the school!! A great green effect to the surface on the last swim through as fresh water flowed over the sea water. Also some large Tarpon at the entrance and exit. We all left the water very happy. Any dive where you can do something you never did is a great dive to me!!.
We then took a cab back to the ship..showered..changed..and headed into town for some brief shopping and much longer Carlos and Charlies. On the way back to the ship we could not resist a few more large drinks at Fat Tuesdays.
Debarkation was not a big deal. Our waiting area was in the Disco where the PA system did not work but since we are from Tampa..no rush no hassle.
Overall coments: I thought the Sensation was a great ship. Lots of bars and lounges. The piano bar was great (yeah the stools are uncomfortable)....Hi John and Vicki!!...the band from the Philippines doing oldies were also great. The coffee for sale by the piano next to the info desk was very good. I found to crew to be happy,freindly and helpful at all times. Maybe that is because i was happy and upbeat,even when I had a problem. I found no smell anywhere although I brought my air freshener. R161 was smell free. My room steward left alot to be desired ,but even when I got back to my room at 2Am
and called the desk the problem was fixed quickly and efficiently(Toilet paper is one of those things that just won't wait until morning). My wait staff of Lenford and Jirina were fantanstic!! They took care of everything and knew our tastes and preferences after just one meal. Since breakfast and lunch were open seating they only had dinner to learn our ways. If you sail the Inspiration out of Tampa look for Lenford. That is where he is headed after vacation.
Well I guess I have rambled long enuff (!!!)The ship was great..Carnival was great..the weather was great!! Now if only they could make a decent cup of coffee. Any question I will be happy to answer. Our plan is to book the Miracle next summer.