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Prairieson
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We took this particular cruise (this was our 3rd) because it was a late-breaking decision and was one of two that fit in our window of opportunity. We enjoyed the cruise although a change in course to deal with medical emergency ... Read more
vacay40
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Our group of 6 girlfriends had a fantastic cruise! We met so many nice people and genuinely had a great time. Note - when picking a boarding time, go early. Our flight was in early and we got there early and then had to stand around ... Read more
bocaholody@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
I selected this cruise for family that had ever been on a ship before and also because of specific dates. Worst experience ever and I travel a lot. From poor service, to the outdated decor to mold and rust in the bathrooms. Not sure how ... Read more
esdoorn
Member Since 2015
1 review
433 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We chose the Carnival Sensation because the dates worked with our work schedule and the fact that the ship was going to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and it also included Nassau as a port of call. From the minute we set foot on the ship we ... Read more
Darmcg
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I have been on this western Caribbean cruise four times in the past, all on Carnival cruise lines, The last one before this recent one was about 4 or 5 year ago. I have enjoyed it every time except this last time. This time like all the ... Read more
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mrsh678
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
15 helpful votes
My mother and I sailed on our first cruise from March 14-19, 2016 on the Carnival Sensation out of Miami, FL. We flew in the day before and taxied to the port--the hotel informed us on arrival that their shuttles were full--but the taxi ... Read more
Tracy22
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The rooms and ship were clean, the food was very good not as bad as some reviews had stated. Smoking was not anything out of control the ventilation is good and I hate second hand smoke and it is only near casino. The staff were so nice ... Read more
jennieb1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
32 helpful votes
Hi Everyone: I just sailed on the Carnival Sensation from Thursday, March 10th - Monday, March 14th. This will be a pretty detailed review so I hope it helps someone. About me: I am a single 38 year old woman. I have a 4 year old son ... Read more
Dreams2Memories
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Overall, this was a fun 3 day trip to the Bahamas. Our cabin was clean except for the black substance on the curtains. The beds/pillows were comfortable. Our balcony was a little rough looking. Rust spots and chipped paint. The ... Read more
Bfmqw2s
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
7 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I read a lot of reviews before this cruise. Some good, a lot bad. The cruise started out on his energy and stayed that way. The ship is older, and it definitely is not like all the new larger ships, but it surely had all the elements I ... Read more
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freebird1111
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Obviously living in upstate New York my family knows cold temps and leaving from Baltimore we expected cold temperatures.Mind you we are experienced cruisers,but this was are first Carnival.What we didn't expect was our sweet to be as ... Read more
jrjrmac
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and after reading a lot of the reviews about the "Sensation" being a ship that was small and needed updating. I found it to be quite accommodating. The room was what I would consider large and had a very ... Read more
my2kids
Member Since 2007
1 review
47 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Well we started off at the Port Canaveral Cruise port. It was very organized and well done. We were on the boat by 11. We had lunch on the lido deck as our room was not ready yet. Our room was ready and decorated with Anniversay get up ... Read more
cruizernyer
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
First off the islands were a lot of fun beautiful and the weather was good for island days. The buffet were barely open. Lido deck quiet not much music or action going on, the cruise director tried his best but I feel he is limited on what ... Read more
KSHII2
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We have been on many cruises, but this one was less than which we are accustomed. The ship is in much need of "maintenance" . Also, I agree with several previous Cruise Critic reviews of the same ship/cruise, service was less ... Read more
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Chris Vogel
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise, a bargain, short, in an outside cabin on the lowest (Riviera) deck. It was wonderful! The cabin was very nice, large enough, and the beds were very comfortable. Although we were on the ocean, and, as far as I ... Read more
MorgannaLeFey
Member Since 2012
1 review
44 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our second cruise as a couple. The point of it was to break up our winter. We wanted to get somewhere it was sunny and warm. We didn't much care where the cruise was going so long as it was warm. We got a good deal on the ... Read more
90daybreak
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
My sister suggested I try Carnival because I prefer RCI so why not, we cruise every year just for a break. Very disappointing, service, food quality and lack of enthusiasm . The crew spent little if anytime ensuring you had the best time ... Read more
collect47
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Best parts: quick embarkation/debarkation. 5* 88 Keys show was very nice. 4* (one night out of four - I think the music was pre-recorded as there was no sign of the traditional Carnival band). Staff was nice. 4* Food: very ... Read more
DePaivaHolmes
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
I just returned home from my recent 3 night cruise on the Sensation to Nassau Bahamas. Keep in mind this was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare to. With that said I couldn't have asked for a better first experience. I traveled ... Read more
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Jimmy English
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
A family fun cruise, on a family fun cruise ship, that was not actually that much family fun. The Carnival Sensation was not a bad ship just a little past its prime and limited in its fun by a company that seems happy to strive to meet ... Read more
Serggo6
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
43 forum posts
4 helpful votes
After a totally miserable experience on RCI in Greece, it was good to get back on Carnival. Yes the Sensation is an old ship, but we actually enjoy the smaller ships more than the larger ones. With that being said embarkation and ... Read more
mark87
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Myself and 5 others amongst 3 cabin next to each other had similar experiences. Every single day our room was covered in the smell of old, wet cigarettes, and the stench from the septic tank. It made it hard for me to want to spend anytime ... Read more
samfudge13
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
From beginning to end, I thoroughly enjoyed my cruise vacation. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived early and got through security and check-in very quickly. We paid for the Faster To The Fun add-on and were among the first to board. ... Read more
Haleyobrien74
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My husband and I took our first cruise December 2015. Our room was on the Riveria (R) deck. We had a great ocean view room. Perfect size for just the two of us. It was nice and clean. The bed was actually really comfortable. I loved the ... Read more
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