For me this was my 6th cruise and I have been on some very nice high end ships like the Carnival Breeze, Allure of the Seas, and Disney Fantasy and we normally go on 1 cruise a year but this year we decided to add an extra short and cheap cruise which is why we picked Carnival Sensation. Overall it wasn’t the best cruise or near the best. First let’s start off with the ship, which was made in 1993 and refurbished in 2009. I knew that the boat wouldn’t be that good because of the age but when I first walked on the ship I felt like I just walked into a 70’s casino. The lobby was dark but with neon which made it look even older. Then we walked up to the lido deck and it felt very closed off and what I mean by that is that you didn’t feel as if you were in the middle of the ocean because they had very high windows that covered the view and also the life boats were on deck 11 which also blocked off some of the view. Another thing that bothered me very much about the lay out of the ship was how on some decks you couldn’t walk from one side to the other. For example our room was on deck 5, aft and when we ate on deck 8 forward I would ride up the aft elevator to deck 8 but the deck was cut off so I would have to go up to deck 9 walk across that then go back down to deck 8 and even some of the midship elevators were like that too. Another thing I didn’t enjoy about the cruise was that when inside a lot of the cruise was dark and not very bright and open which I like on cruises. In addition the buffet food was not good at all. I ate breakfast on the cruise once and never again. In the morning I would only eat the cereal. I always ate on the islands so I wouldn’t have to eat lunch on the ship and many times I only ate ice cream because it was the only food I actually enjoyed. At dinner the food got a little better but was still not as good as other Carnival and other cruise lines food and I never finished my entire meal because it just wasn’t that good. Next onto staterooms, I had a balcony stateroom and it was a lot smaller than other standard balconies I’ve had. There was no couch in the room so there were 2 pull-down beds which made it nearly impossible to walk around the room with the beds down. So if you have younger kids that g ot bed early and you plan on staying in the room than good luck. Also 1 day for about 10 minutes our water was completely gone in our room and we were unable to get water. I also noticed that the room didn’t have a hair dryer which every other room I’ve stayed in had one so I didn’t think about bringing one. Also at times I did feel bored while on the boat so if you happen to go on this cruise I would bring a friend with you. Now with all of this aside the cruise was kept very well clean and I have no complaints about that. Also all of the staff but about 2 were very kind and nice. The crowd on this cruise though was a lot of young party students and not to be rude but a lot of lower class individuals which made the cruise a bit wild at times and for example there was a drunken man that pooped in the pool and I saw a couple drunk people passed out the floor throughout the boat. If you are looking for a college getaway with friends and you’re not so focused on the quality of the ship or you are a first time cruiser this might just be the boat for you. But for an older or more experienced cruiser I would not recommend this cruise.