Carnival Sensation Review Day 4Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Carnival Sensation Review- Day 4- Sea Day
*If you're just joining my review, head on over to the beginning at Day 1.
Oh, and I didn't forget. That towel animal that I promised to reveal what it was from Day 3? ....We were told that it was a....
*Silence* *Blank Stare* Does anyone see a scorpion from that picture?? No, really...go back and have a look. I'll wait. Did you see a scorpion?? Ok, just checking...
I feel like I should include a picture here, but don't know which one, so I'll just let you feast your eyes on this beautiful blue water:
Ok, on to Day 4:
I told myself I'd sleep in a little bit today, but I didn't really. We were up by 8am. We looked over the fun times to see what we wanted to do today before we got showered and ready for the Sea Day brunch. I have been looking forward to this all cruise! They weren't doing this on the last cruise I took a few years ago and from what I heard it's really good. And I love food! We went up to brunch and met our waiter, Trinidad. I want to start this off by saying that all the Carnival employees that I have come in contact with or seen from afar all seem very polite, hardworking, and nice people.... Except Trinidad. I'm not going to get into specifics. And I do think he was hard working. But he made many comments through the whole meal that made me offended. I don't know if it was his personality, and he was kidding or what, but it didn't seem like it. Maybe we just have different personalities. Anyways, brunch would have been great if we had a different server. Chris and I thought the food was the best of the trip.
I took pictures of the brunch menu, but I don't think they turned out really good for ya'll to be able to read them, so any quick google search will show some I'm sure.
I had the eggs benedict and had to try the mac and cheese. I love mac and cheese, and heard it was really really good at the sea day brunch, so I had to try it. Chris had the steak and eggs.
It started out with a pastry basket and coffee:
The eggs benedict was pretty good. I would say that if you get it though, ask for the hollandaise on the side, otherwise when it comes out, it's kind of cooked on there.
Chris liked his steak and eggs a lot, and also ordered a side of cheesy grits which were also very good. And that's coming from a southern boy.
I saved the best for last. Feast your eyes on the mac and cheese with bacon:
Look at that and tell me that doesn't look good. It was all I had heard it would be and more. Cheesy, creamy, delicious. I wish I was back there now, lol. By the way...that thing is huge. I didn't realize it would be so big. Now, granted, it is listed under "entrees" but I guess I just didn't believe it or I never would have ordered the benedict too. ha!
Chris also had the cheesecake for dessert and I took a bite. Neither of us liked it very much. It was warm? Just like they kinda let it sit out way too long or something. Oh well, we were full anyways.
After brunch we went and laid out in the sun for a while above the lido deck. I read my book while Chris just relaxed in the sun for a while. We spent the good bit of the morning and early afternoon just hanging around outside people watching and talking. After a bit we went to the deli to get some lunch (I know....hungry again? after what we just had for breakfast??). I had to get another one of those tomato, mozzarella, and arugula sandwiches. Should I share another pic just because?
I think so. Your welcome.
Then we had plans to play Bingo at 3:30. You go in, buy your boards, and dobbers, and you get a couple pull off tickets to play before the game starts. We won $2 on the pull offs! Woo hooooo! lol. We met a nice group of people who were sitting in front of us. Turns out they lived right near where we did in SC. And they had family in the same town I grew up in in NY......and more family back where we lived forever and went to college in NC! Crazy. Small world. Anyways. So you play 3 games of bingo. Chris and I have never won before. I always used to go as a kid with my grandma and my mom. It's a fond memory I have as they have both passed away now. They used to love going, my grandma especially. They had won a few times back in their day, but Chris and I never have. Anyway, Chris had been wanting to play ever since the first day on the ship but never said anything to me until today. The games tend to get bigger prize pools as the session goes on. First game I think won $100, second game I think won $200? and the last game had a possibility of winning $5,000 if someone could win within a certain number of balls being called, otherwise, it would go down to $500 for the winner. Well, that number had come and gone so the 5 g's were out of play. We were down to 1 number...and we were the only ones. (they make you stand up when you only have one number so you can see how many people are waiting). More numbers are called, more people stand up. Chris and I are frantically whispering "Come on O 66, O 66!!" B12! darn. more people stand up. "O...." yes yes yes "74!" darn. Then, "O 66"!! Chris and I shout BINGO!!! then we hear Bingo! and Bingo! haha, so we won! and so did 2 other people! Ha, that's ok we were so excited to even win. So it was the $500 game but we had to split it 3 ways. We each won like $170.
After that, we stayed right where we were because they were starting the Hasbro game show. It was pretty fun. The audience was really into it, everyone was screaming, cheering, and jumping up and down to be called upon to answer questions and get the chance to go up on stage and play the games. They played a version of connect four and Simon. After that, we went back to the room to get ready for dinner.
For dinner I started with the crab cake and Chris had the tomatoes and mozzarella.
The crab cake was pretty good, even though it didn't look all that great. The tomatoes were also yummy.
For entrees I had the meatloaf and I think he had the veal Parmesan?
The meatloaf honestly wasn't that great. The mashed potatoes were delicious though, and the veggies were good. I had wished I had got the salmon from the everyday menu again though.
Chris enjoyed his. He had switched out the diced potatoes for mashed.
So, remember how my birthday was back on Freeport day? And they sang to me and brought that banana cake for dessert?? Ok, well....Chris' birthday is a couple days after mine. His is actually the day after we leave the ship. So we aren't on the cruise at all for his birthday. At all. By a whole day and a half. During the meal, our server says something to us like "oh, we have something for you later" or " be sure to save room for dessert" or something like that to my husband. Chris and I just looked at each other and didn't really know what he was talking about. We were like, are they really gonna sing to you for your birthday even though it's not for another 2 days?? And I was all like " hahahah, there's no escaping the embarrassment for you! I had to sit through it, now you will too! hahahhaa"
Fast forward to dessert time, we order a melting cake.....to share. Because we were really really full. So our server brings that one to us. Then a few minutes later, we see them coming over....to sing. They start singing and I'm all smiling and getting ready to enjoy my husband's embarrassment, until I realize....they were singing to ME! again!! hahah what?? And Chris is all sitting there smugly enjoying me having to sit through it again thinking he got out of it. Then that's over (they bring apple pie by the way) and I was like, "What was that?? How do I get sung to twice?? And my birthday was 2 days ago!" Meanwhile, the whole restaurant looks at you during the singing....so everyone goes back to eating and minding their own business....when 30 seconds later, the serving team comes back AGAIN! with another piece of cake...and starts singing...again! I couldn't take it. I just started busting out laughing. This time they sang to Chris. All the tables around us just gave us the craziest looks. Like what the heck is going on??? Haha, it was just too funny. I think it's one of those you had to be there moments, but I couldn't stop laughing for like an hour afterwards. Anyways, so here's our THREE desserts when we wanted to share one:
After that, we rushed over to see the 8:15pm show of 88 keys. That is a fantastic show! If you get the chance, please go check that one out. It was great. Not like any of the shows I've seen on carnival before. It's rather new from what I hear. Nothing like what you'd expect. Me describing it wouldn't do it justice, so I'm not going to. Just go see it, ha! After that, we went to go see more of "Bobby Not In The Lobby". His music was great again and a nice little crowd all around him.
I had been wanting to try the martini tasting all cruise and we had never gotten around to it, so I made sure we did it tonight.
Here's the menu, you pick 4 different martinis to taste for $17. We shared them:
We chose the blackberry bramble, spicy chipolte, pomegranate breeze, and the sea blue.
They were all good. The Spicy Chipolte was by far my favorite though. I would like to have about 3 more of those, haha.
After that, we went to gamble for a bit in the casino. I sat down at the slots. Won a few, lost a few. Chris went and played some blackjack. He ended up doing really well. The whole table did. Everyone was really nice, the energy was good, and everyone was pumped up. I'm sure that had to do with the fact that everyone at the table was up in money from when they sat down. We stayed and played at the table for a little over 2 hours before cashing out. Between that and our luck at Bingo earlier in the day, it had covered our other gambling losses and covered all of our incidentals from the rest of the cruise. We got to leave the cruise with money, so that was a nice way to end the last day. It was late by now, but we went up and had some late night pizza and ate it outside overlooking the water. It was almost a full moon that night as well. Really relaxing way to end the cruise, listening to the water, seeing everything lit up by the moon....
Excuse the bite taken out of the pizza. It was late...and their pizza is good.
Then we went to bed about 3 am, not wanting morning to come and have to go home the next day...
This was our "towel animal" for the night: