Cruising the Sensation out of Port Canaveral for 3 days was a wild adventure involving “Woo-hoo” girls, camo-clad rednecks, inner-city gangtas (some with kill tattoos), drooling wheelchair riders and an entertaining mass of the drunken underclass. This was fun for us because we would have chosen a different ship and line if we wanted classy. Getting on and off the ship was fast and organized and there were rarely lines for anything important. The ship looked like it had been decorated by a Madea with metallic purple, tacky, 70’s art, giant fingers (touch of class bar), and everything was tired and worn. The crew worked hard to keep it clean and were usually friendly.
The activities were not anything exciting. My daughter wanted a trophy and a medal so we had to enter every trivia contest possible until she got them. Although I would never expose a child to women roaming the ship with ornamentation in the shape of male genitalia (mostly bachelorettes), the constant 4-letter words, or the generally dangerous looking thugs; Sensation did have activities to keep them out of my space. It would have been nice if there was a pool on the adults-only deck as every water space was a piled mass of limbs and wiggly butts. Time on the lido deck is best spent drinking the moderately priced cocktails and watch some 350 lb. bubba try to do the “wobble.”
The food was not as good as we had hoped and the dining room experience was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Some guy at the table behind us was so intoxicated that he vomited all over himself the first night and began to contain it in cups to avoid further spillage. Gross! We discovered on subsequent nights that if we ordered one of everything we could eventually find something we liked. I don’t think this endeared us with our waiter. The casual dining options were very similar to a hospital cafeteria so we generally avoided them.
Our room was spacious for a cruise ship and our extended balcony was nice. The common spaces were very smoky and so were our clothes when we got home. If you are asthmatic like me, don’t forget your inhaler!
The shows were not very good. The comedian performed to full crowds and told every wiener joke you can imagine. People-watching on this cruise was extraordinary! You can’t imagine the wealth of entertainment there was in this! I half expected to run into Honey Boo Boo, Mo’nique, or Dog the Bounty Hunter. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humor who wants to party! Great fun!