Day at Sea (Cruise Recap #6)

Sick of cruise updates yet? You’re in luck, this was our last day on Carnival Sensation!

We kicked the day off right with breakfast in bed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Then we headed to the top deck for our relaxing day at sea. With no stops scheduled for our last day, we knew we wanted to spend it sitting in the 80-degree sun (it was Dec. 19 after all!).

This is how Kevin tans. Actually, he burns.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Because Sara, Danny and I were past cruisers, we were treated to a free drink so we cashed in on the margs. DELISH!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sun + body of water + tequila in any form = Happy Gabby



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe couldn’t have asked for a better day!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We got a full day’s worth of sun and headed in for another snack. More chicken nuggets and fries. This time, however, I found the cheese sauce. Where was this the other days?!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We watched the sunset and got ready for our last dinner with our new friends and awesome dining staff.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I ordered two appetizers; the crab cake, which was okay. (It had a lot of onion, and I hate onions.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA And sushi! I was so excited to see sushi, but it was weird sushi, and nobody at the table liked it (and we all eat sushi).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA For my main dish, I got the seafood pasta, which was also just okay. The last dinner wasn’t the best, but dessert made up for it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Warm chocolate cake – with TWO scoops of ice cream this time. I wish I could have that every day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We went to the comedy club one last time, where the comedian told THE BEST METEOROLOGIST JOKE EVER. Seriously, we were dying. And Kevin was laughing too. It was the best.

After that was over, we sadly said goodbye to our new friends and went to bed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANormally, we would have been oh-so terribly sad that our vacation was over, but we had BIG plans to go to Disney World the next day. How can anyone be said when they know a trip to Disney World is in their future?

All in all, it was a GREAT trip and we’d all definitely go back! Since I’ve now been on three cruises, I thought it might be helpful to do a little Q&A for people who have never cruised before and might consider it.

What cruises have you been on?

My first cruise was a Carnival cruise in 1999 (I was 10) with my WHOLE family to Cancun, Cozumel and the Cayman Islands. My second cruise was in 2009 to Alaska via Holland America Lines. You can read a little bit about it here.

What do you get in the price of the cruise?

With our rate, we got an interior stateroom, all the food you want, water, coffee, entertainment and two stops in the Bahamas.

The liquor is extra and so is soda. Most cruises let you purchase a ‘soda card’ for $5 or $6 per day. We did this and shared it, instead of us each getting one, which worked out fine.

As far as liquor goes, you can bring one bottle of wine per person on board the ship. Although they don’t really check your luggage, so I’d imagine you can bring more. For instance, Kevin didn’t have a carry on so I carried on my wine and his wine, and they didn’t say anything to me about having multiple bottles. I should have brought 10!

Do you wish you had a view in your room?

I mean, sure it’d be great if I had more money to spend, but interior was fine to us. We  hardly spent any time in our stateroom (just to sleep and get ready), so it was perfect for our needs.

Do you feel the ship rock at all?

Yes you feel it, and because I get motion sickness easily, I was well-prepared. I took Bonine, an anti-motion sickness medicine, once a morning and I wore these hot little sea band things on my wrist. I ended up getting horrible tan lines from the sea bands, but I think a combination of the two worked well. The lower and more centered you are on the ship, the less you feel it move. Our stateroom was on the very bottom floor so that helped!

Are there hidden costs?

Nothing is ‘hidden,’ but there are gratuities that are suggested and most of the time, they automatically charge them to your room. However, Carnival lets you adjust your gratuities so you can add more or lessen the charges depending on how your service is. For less than $300, it really is a great way to vacation!

If you have any other questions about cruising, feel free to ask! We had a fantastic time and we can’t wait to book our next one! (“Ahem, Gabby, let’s buy a house and get married first”…I know this is what Kevin will say when he reads this.) 😉


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