Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews

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66% Loved It

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842 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews
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bhappy1130
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was definitely our worst cruise ever! We had a very smooth embarkation, but as soon as we began to board the ship, an overwhelming stench was present in the main atrium area. We dismissed it to "dock" smells and went on to ... Read more
pixiedust3030
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My husband and I had 1 week for vacation and decided to go on a cruise to Jamaica since it was our anniversary and we got married in Jamaica. We flew from Phoenix to Miami and boarded the ship for our 5 day cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and ... Read more
Family Dude
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
We arrived at port at 12:15 pm for a 1-1:30 pm boarding time. It seemed Carnival's embarkation system was in somewhat disarray. You had anxious travelers arriving via Uber, bus, and dropoffs waiting to get on board. Travelers were ... Read more
dvond
Member Since 2008
11 reviews
684 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We wanted a cheap cruise to get away for spring break with my 14 year old son. We knew it would not be the best ship due to age and price so had reasonable expectations. The shop overall is very easy to navigate and is in pretty good ... Read more
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nuttygal4
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Before heading off on my first ever cruise, I did what I always do and read many reviews on the cruise. A lot people had negative reviews which had me a little nervous on whether I made the right decision. After embarking on the cruise I ... Read more
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jefgrahm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
Full disclosure: My wife and I avoided Carnival like the plague. Then my daughter kept up her grades and remained on the honor roll all throughout high school. We promised her a cruise of her choice and she chose Carnival's Sensation, ... Read more
RoyalTee
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
On March 26th, my sister, mom and aunt set out on the Carnival Sensation to celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday. We had just gotten off another cruise and was ready for another epic adventure. Upon arriving on the Sensation ship we ... Read more
bboy1995
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose a cruise that had decent destination ports. We hoped that Carnival had enough experience in the industry to provide good entertainment and service during the transportation to these ports... we were wrong. During the cruise, it ... Read more
csmeleg
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
I tried carnival cruise line again after a 10 years of sailing Royal Caribbean. I was attracted to the lower price and curious if the lower price was worth a "potentially" lower level offering. This ship is old...even fresh ... Read more
KennyM
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
10 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I really like this size ship, and have been on the Fantasy and Ecstacy before and enjoyed them. However I think I had higher expectations for the recent refurbishment. They obviously only did a few public areas of the ship. I would ... Read more
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sweeneydj
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I chose this based on price, itinerary and size of ship for my dad who was a first time cruiser. I found the service on this cruise severely lacking. You waited at the bar for a LONG time for a drink. If a server came to you one time ... Read more
clarkecoln
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
15 helpful votes
This is an older ship, just be prepared for some quirks and make the best of your trip. We had a fun time. There is lots of good things the Sensation can offer. Some helpful tips below. BUY A FASTER TO THE FUN PASS for your cabin. We ... Read more
NYCruiserTwo
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and price. We were looking for a short cruise, not going to the Bahamas. The preferred cruiselines were going to similar destinations for a shorter time, but for more money. We took a chance.. For ... Read more
kycruiser307
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We selected this cruise because 2 other couples that are our friends had already booked this cruise. We wanted a balcony room ant the only one left was Cabin U224 which is a modified handicap room located on the Upper deck level 6 at the ... Read more
Sun and Fun expert
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
The Sensation was perfect size for my friends first cruise experience. Interior was quite dated and overly purple but....clean and well kept. Cruise director Mat is the Olympic Gold Medal winner of cruise directing. Bravo!! Grand Turk and ... Read more
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tidas22
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We just returned from a five night cruise on the Carnival Sensation! The ship is older, but in good condition! Most of the decor is very outdated! We had two rooms and they were pretty comparable to other ships we have been on. Our rooms ... Read more
gogirl2017
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
We paid an extra $1,200 for a last minute upgrade to the owner's suite (it was a quick birthday weekend away). What an outrageously expensive mistake. It was a big room but horrible layout, dark, no privacy (we knew it overlooked the pool ... Read more
KipperThe skipper
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Just returned from a short weekend getaway from Miami to Grand Turk and return. Let me state that we have cruised 12-15 times so we are knowledgeable and reasonable in our expectations.Our group had a total of 24 passengers. Hard to ... Read more
Jamazay89
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
I went on this cruise with my best friend. It was my first time "cruising". The embarkation and disembarkation were disasters. It was very unorganized. There should of been staff or signs on each floor level giving directions or ... Read more
watersedge23
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because of the destinations and the dates of travel. It fell on my birthday, and my last cruise was 7 years ago, and I wanted to do something for myself, so I chose a cruise. I did not research the ship, but because ... Read more
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Em_S
Member Since 2017
1 review
46 helpful votes
So the main takeaway from my review is simply this: Vacations are what you make it. I read a lot of reviews about the Sensation before going on this cruise and I was skeptical. But I have now realized that some people just can't be ... Read more
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badbeatking
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Got a pretty good deal on a 4 night cruise - Key West + Cozumel + day at sea (about $330 per person including all taxes, before gratuities). I've done Celebrity Alaska cruise and Norwegian Bahamas cruise in the past, so those are my ... Read more
yardvillecruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed January 2017
I took my Mom on this cruise for her 80th birthday. Carnival treated her like a queen. Myself and other passengers wish security would have kept some of the loud, obnoxious and disruptive drunks under better control-they pay their money ... Read more
terry5681
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
141 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Usually I go on an annual cruise with my best friend and her family. my hubby does not cruise . we stayed in M122. I knew the room would be small but sufficient for two people. all ports had beautiful weather. I stayed on the boat for ... Read more
Robert07
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
There was an incident at the Fort Lauradale airport on January 6th because of which our flight was cancelled and we were rebooked by Delta via Atlanta to West Palm Beach. In Atlanta the next morning flights were delayed due to weather ... Read more
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