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jaxfl

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About jaxfl

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  • Location
    Jacksonville
  • Interests
    Golf and Camping and Kayaking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival so far
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean
  1. jaxfl

    CCL Zipline/falls in Ocho Rios

    I thought that the ZIP had fallen also....That's what I thought too!! X3 Good thing I read that wrong. OK where is this Mystic Mountain???
  2. Pack lite, but take a jacket. When we got off the ship back at the terminal it was very cool and a little windy, I am very glad I had a jacket, but my nose still got cold. You guys being from Ohio may think it is nice when we are wearing longjohns. Go to the shows and if you smoke the Casino is one of the places that the Sensation lets you. Most of the ship is smoke free. I almost forgot.... "Is it cold on board the ship?" YES in some places. Our cabin had the AC running when we boarded and it was 57* outside. I turned it off and it finally got up to about 65* in the cabin. There are no heaters in the cabins, the AC only blows COLD air. The first night I and the wife were not what you would call warm, so I left a note asking the Cabin Stewart to turn on the heat or bring a extra blanket. Got a very nice warm blanket on my bed the rest of the cruise. The Cheers Program, did not use it just bought single drinks and left with a $178 tab. The wife does not drink so for the both of us (they wont do just 1) would have cost me $342+. getupgoHard to believe changed so quickly in 1 month. We had our time dining in Fantasy and all the food was well seasoned and service was great. Cabin steward was excellent. The buffet area was well run with tables cleared quickly. Wonder what happened? Like I said I think the Golden Corral Buffet is good food so you know if I complain it was not that impressive. The Fantasy and the Sensation are 2 separate ships and the cooks and waiters are different and the training and supervision could be very different too. The tables on the Lido Deck were cleaned pretty fast but not all that clean, just wiped off so sometimes still sticky/filmy. Never did see the Cabin Steward the whole trip but no complaints, I left notes and he did as asked.
  3. I went to the chocolate factory "Grayfields" a long walk and it is a little place inside a bunch of buildings that is a resort and restaurant and cigar factory and a nice garden area. They gave out tiny samples and to tell the truth it was kind of bitter, not like milk chocolate or even an American Dark. I also picked up some rum for friends and just walked around. They are rebuilding and there is major construction all around the terminal area. The nice thing is that we were there from noon until 8pm, and they (Nassau) had a lighted boat parade and fireworks show just before we left but I never did read or hear anything about it from the ship. I just happened to catch it as I was on the balcony facing the right way.
  4. First no I did not keep any of the funtimes, actually I just read through them once and trash them. comedians and the shows... I lessoned to 1 and people laughed but I did not think he was that funny. The only funny one was about dry cleaning his suits. The shows were Christmas and my grand daughters school has better actors, but the girls are pretty. Would I go on the ship again, yes, because it is easy to learn your way around and you don't have to walk for blocks like on the Dream to get from one end to the other. Did you eat anywhere else on the ship? There are limited choices on the Sensation, Main Dining, Lido Deck Buffet, pizza that was not that great, the sandwich deli that I normally like, but on this trip there was only 1 person working the sandwiches and he did not really care. If you walked up to the counter, he would let you stand there until you said, something. He also only made 1 sandwich at a time so line gets long at lunch. It is all Carnival food, no special restaurants, however, that being said... on the main dining menu you can order for an EXTRA $20 a stake... I watch one couple get that and only eat half then order off the regular menu...so I don't think it was to their liking. Favorite part of your trip? Just hanging out and relaxing on the balcony with a drink, and not having to rush (had anytime dining) so no schedule to adhere to and just chill.
  5. Well we just got back home from a weekend on the Sensation. We have been on the sister ship the Fascination sever time but this trip on the Sensation it fit you time frame. We have sailed out of the Cape 4 times and as usual getting on was so fast with the FTTF I did not have time to set down and we were in our balcony cabin U215. Really it took like 15 minutes from the first doorway at the terminal and half that was walking up the ramp and down the hall to the room. Like the Fascination the rooms are small but I feel the balconies are large enough, we had a lounger, 2 chairs and a table and had room to walk around. I spend about 45% of my time on the balcony so for me it works. Let us talk food and food service… has this degraded over the last 2 years. It really depends on who you get for your wait staff, but then again I think the kitchen has a lot to do with it also. The first night we went to the Main Dining Room, Jose is one of the slowest waiters I have ever seen, speaking of seeing, I think I only saw one of his assistance once the 2 ½ hours we were there. He had 4 tables, and could not handle the flow. At our table there were 6 people and one would get an appetizer then someone else would get theirs about 5 minutes later then another would come and so forth. I watch a young waitress handle 8 tables and serve all of them including the ones that came in after us their appetizers, diner and dessert before you got our meal. The next night we changed servers and things were much better. Now the food is nothing to write home about in the dining room. The cooks, just simply do not season the foods. Except for the butter and the eggs benedict nothing was great, even the little lobster is not a top choice product and the prime rib needed horseradish to be eatable. NOW I am easy to feed heck I think Golden Corral is good food, so you know it doesn’t take a lot to impress me. About Golden Corral, Carnival might think about hiring their cooks from that restaurant chain. As far as drinks I did not get the CHEERS program and only had a $212 bar bill and was only asked to buy or if I wanted a drink maybe 4 times over the weekend. Not a pushy as they used to be. I don’t think I ever saw my mysterious room Stewart the whole trip but I would leave a note and it would happen. The cabin crew that you see every day did not seem as friendly as in years past they would say morning when you initiated the hello but most just kept to themselves and worked. I must say for the age of the ship it is beautifully clean and the cleaning teams are always busy someplace. Any way any questions ask and I will get back to you.
  6. jaxfl

    Inspiration Questions

    The vanity has one 110v American outlet..... Is that a 2 or 3 prong plug with the ground ??? On the Sensation.
  7. jaxfl

    Walk to Adastra Gardens?

    Read the "crime post" below yours
  8. anything over 4 nights I wear a Tux, less and no just a coat and tie.
  9. jaxfl

    It's cool in the Bahama's, not sure how to pack!

    but if the ocean is cold….:confused: If your dressed in long johns on the ship, the water is not going to be to your liking.
  10. jaxfl

    Carnival funhub app

    Thanks you did come in useful.... :rolleyes:
  11. jaxfl

    It's cool in the Bahama's, not sure how to pack!

    I already packed last week for this weekend. Shorts and T-shirts/Golf shirts for the day time, slacks and dress shirt for diner and the clubs. Well it has been like 55-60* here in Jacksonville this week and it doesn't look like it is going to get any better by Thursday so will be sure to have a jacket or 2 and may be in long pants all weekend. A post from Nassau said the water was like really cold, but you could see kids on the slide and swimming so maybe it is OK there. I hate winter in Florida. :mad:
  12. Reading your review it sounds like the kids had a really great time, but you not so much. We go out this weekend and all I hope for is good food, calm seas and warm weather.... From the last week worth of crime and shootings in Nassau I think I'm going to stay on the ship not even make the market. 5 shootings in 1 week sounds like Chicago not Nassau. Thanks for the review.
  13. jaxfl

    Fourth crime warning for the Bahamas in 2014

    Well the last poster on the comment box. Summed it up pretty good.... Hey, no problem ... if the guys are caught they know they can get out on bail and shoot some more citizens in the back. The guy arrested for killing the police officer was out on bail for killing TWO people. There is no disincentive for being a criminal in the Bahamas. None. We just love criminals ... look how many we have put in charge of the country!
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