Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews

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Carnival Sensation

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clarkecoln
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
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
5 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
5 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
6 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
tidas22
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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 Most of the decor is very outdated!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
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gogirl2017
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
3 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
3 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
7 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
11 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
Em_S
Member Since 2017
1 review
39 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
5 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
140 forum posts
8 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
5 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
Jester2913
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was my 4th Carnival cruise on my 3rd ship. I have been on Carnival Glory twice Carnival Freedom and now Carnival Sensation. Sensation was the worst cruise I have been on yet. So this was a cruise for my brothers 30th ... Read more
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Cindycc
Member Since 2014
1 review
5 helpful votes
Unfortunately for my husband and me travel on Carnival’s Sensation was not a positive experience. We choose to take this trip as a short get-away from New England weather and to visit Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island. We had taken ... Read more
Cork-dork
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
65 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My family (DW, DD, father, and stepmother) booked adjoining interior cabins on the Sensation for a 5 night cruise to Half Moon Cay, Freeport, and Nassau. DD is a first-time cruiser (she's 4. We'll forgive her), while DW and I have been on ... Read more
lglory
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
I have cruised before with Carnival and other cruise lines. Cons: - I feel our before cruises have been better than this because dining. They don't offer much variety of meats and salads at main dining every night. - We never had ... Read more
The forever cruiser
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
89 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Me and a friend cruised on the sensation, despite reading several reviews that were not real flattering. However, we had a great time and would sail the Sensation again in a heartbeat. It's an older ship so some wear and tear might be ... Read more
cruising9069
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I had an absolutely amazing time on the Carnival Sensation. I was hesitant about all the reviews but I have nothing but good things to say about the cruise I went on last week. The cabin was spacious and clean. The crew were so nice and ... Read more
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pumpkin1172
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We enjoyed our cruise. From reading previous reviews, I knew that they ship was older and is soon going for a refurbishment again. The décor is dated. It is kind of like walking onto the Vegas strip from the 80's-90's. That ... Read more
Abaoca1
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I chose this cruise for the destination: Cozumel, as well as the price. Embarkation was smooth, disembarkation was not smooth. I monitored my account via Carnival Hub. The night before disembark, I had money, and was expecting return ... Read more
aengineer
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
You get what you pay for. Read the review and make your own decision The Pros: Crew is great and they really work hard to make your trip fun The rooms are quite nice and well laid out. Even though there were 4 of us in a inside ... Read more
gar208
Member Since 2010
1 review
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This being my 15 Carnival cruise, I thought it was very good. For being an old ship, I even liked the décor better than newer ships like the Splendor. The dining room staff and our cabin steward, were very accommodating, as I ... Read more
DamceMomCooks2
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was an affordable Thanksgiving cruise for my family of 5 and group of 85. This was probably our 8th cruise. Carnival has always been my least favorite cruise line, but it has its pros, most importantly it's affordable and it is fun. ... Read more
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