26 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Bahamas Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews

I literally just got back from carnival sensation today . This was my 3rd carnival cruise and my 2nd on sensation and i love it ! I loved eating at the ecstasy diner cause out waitor was so great ! He called us by our names every night . I ... Read More
I literally just got back from carnival sensation today . This was my 3rd carnival cruise and my 2nd on sensation and i love it ! I loved eating at the ecstasy diner cause out waitor was so great ! He called us by our names every night . I can remember how to spell his name but we called him G . Something like gultexin or something but he was awesome . Can't wait to go back . The food was good . Desert was good . And even the crew who cleans everything were super nice I love it . Can't wait to go back . I highly recommend the carnival sensation as a great amazing experience and vacation for your family . Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We took my 17 yr old son & my Mother in law on this cruise, it was their first. We all had a great time. The ship is smaller but that wasn't a problem for us. We enjoyed the food, Main Dining is the best for Breakfast & ... Read More
We took my 17 yr old son & my Mother in law on this cruise, it was their first. We all had a great time. The ship is smaller but that wasn't a problem for us. We enjoyed the food, Main Dining is the best for Breakfast & Dinner, the buffet is fine for lunch, the breakfast & dinner was ok, just a lot of kids and drunk obnoxious adults. Our only problem is the amount of children that run wild on the ship, which is not Carnival's fault, that falls on the parents whom just allow their children to run wild while they drink and party. The comedy shows were great, we only watched 88 Keys and we all enjoyed it. My son had a blast at the Mega Deck party. Room was always clean and neat, never had to ask for ANYTHING. Embarkation took about 15 mins and we didn't have FTTF. Disembarkation took about 30 mins, and we choose Relax Disembark. Getting on and off at both ports was easy, but we choose to wait until 9 to get off the ship and returned a little early. We used Park Port Canaveral and they were awesome. We literally unloaded our car and were on our way to the ship in less than five minutes. Then they were waiting on us when we got back. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
3rd Cruise, and let me tell you it was not a charm! The food was decent & the staff was good. Only reasons why I gave it 2 stars) the smell of sewage in my cabin & on my balcony was a nightmare. My bathroom drain had to worked on 2 ... Read More
3rd Cruise, and let me tell you it was not a charm! The food was decent & the staff was good. Only reasons why I gave it 2 stars) the smell of sewage in my cabin & on my balcony was a nightmare. My bathroom drain had to worked on 2 times, a portable odor diffuser had to be brought in several times as well. My room steward would freshen it as best as he could. I was on the empress deck. My 12 year old tried out circle c and after the second time there he begged not to go back because the horrible language. There was only one staff member to look after over 25+ kids. The smoke was bad too. Seemed like smoking was allowed everywhere. Do yourself a favor a look at other cruise lines other than Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I am a avid cruiser, and I just love Carnival. This ship was nice, had some 2.0 upgrades, Extremely nice staff. Great entertainment, and decent food. It wasn't overly crowded at all. the cruise ship was immaculate, and I had zero ... Read More
I am a avid cruiser, and I just love Carnival. This ship was nice, had some 2.0 upgrades, Extremely nice staff. Great entertainment, and decent food. It wasn't overly crowded at all. the cruise ship was immaculate, and I had zero complaints. We ported into 2 different ports. Nassau and Freeport. This is what I thought about those ports. Nassau, was a lot nicer now than it has been in the past. I have been to this port 4 times and really didn't care too much for it in the past. However, they have done a lot of changes to make it nicer, safer, and cleaner. We did not get harassed by any sellers at all. We didn't do a cruise excursion, however we went to Junkanoo (turn right after you get out of the ship area and walk around the corner past Senor Frog's) It is a public beach, that is free. Extremely clean, very helpful workers/sellers there, great food and good drinks. The beach was perfect. No complaints. Freeport, is a ugly port once you arrive. The shops are mediocre, however the people are nice, not pushy, the food is decent priced and very good. The excursion was great. We swam over the coral reefs and the workers were hands down, GREAT! I'd totally do that again. Do not let the ugly port deter you from getting off the ship. It was clean, and safe. Venture out a little people! That's what cruises are for. To explore!!! All in all, it was a great cruise for your money. Do not let the negative nay sayers deter you from the Bahamas nor Carnival cruises. They've made a lot of changes and they are all for the better!. PS Kudos to all of the staff on Carnival for being very cordial and always addressing you by name! Super nice touch!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Although this was our first cruise and I have nothing to compare it to, I am only giving a 3. The pool was disappointingly small, we were dismayed at its backyard size. The "elbow to elbow" people was a big turn off. Rooms were ... Read More
Although this was our first cruise and I have nothing to compare it to, I am only giving a 3. The pool was disappointingly small, we were dismayed at its backyard size. The "elbow to elbow" people was a big turn off. Rooms were sufficient and the bed was comfortable. Wasn't impressed with staff. We rarely saw our steward and the one time we called he sounded as if we had woken him from a nap (it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon). Food was just OK, we had 2 experiences where a HAIR was found in our food. GROSS. That kind of ruined it for us. Wasn't fun having to check all meals for hair before eating. I found myself in disbelief watching the staff replenish the ice cream machine with boxes of powered flavoring and the lemonade machine with "lemon flavored drink". The shows I saw were good and the lounge they were in was really nice. I do not agree with the gratuities policy. Guests should be empowered to dictate what they feel is fair especially if they've found hair in their food, rarely saw their steward or asked for much of anything. Seems unfair to assume that everyone had the same experience therefore requiring everyone to pay the same minimum gratuity per person. Having said all of that I would cruise again but most likely will try a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room ... Read More
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room was spacious & comfortable. The decor was average. The suite had a good size closet, small bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, mini fridge, couch that converted into bed and chair. The temperature of the room was very cold, but adjustable. The deck was a perfect size for us. The crew that took care of us was spot on. The only drawback to our day in Nassau was that it was a national holiday and we were not told this when booking the cruise. Many businesses were closed & I heard a lot of people complaining because of this. We booked the Sea to See shore excursion that was wonderful! The tour guide was excellent and memorable. ( I wish we had more time in port.) Dining - Room service was timely. We chose the early dining and the staff were pleasant. I must say that the food was hit and miss. The majority of the people at our table agreed. In fact, on the last night, some opted for dining elsewhere on the ship. The pizza on the ship was delicious and was a hit with most everyone. My son participated in the kids club activities. He seemed to enjoy it. I would definitely cruise with Carnival. It is giving me a great cruise for families on a budget. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Are room steward was outstanding , and very much Johnny on the spot, when we needed something he was very efficientat making sure was thier , when the kids wanted a special towel animals the would whip one up for them. The maintenence ... Read More
Are room steward was outstanding , and very much Johnny on the spot, when we needed something he was very efficientat making sure was thier , when the kids wanted a special towel animals the would whip one up for them. The maintenence staff was very efficientat , when we had a soap dish fall off , as soon as we notify the purse office with in 5 minutes the maintenence department was their to fix it and very apologetic that it happened. The restaurant staff was out standing , service was excellent they went out of they way to make sure we like the food ,and had enough to eat. We did have 2 problems , one was their was a bar service person who did not like the fact that my daughter , was on the unlimited soft drink program where all tips paid in advance, the second was in the spa the personal at the front desk was very rude , so we left. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
There were SO many things wrong with this cruise that I dont even know where to start!!! My best friend and I decided to go on this short cruise for her birthday. We paid over $1200 for this cruise, so it wasnt like we got a great deal ... Read More
There were SO many things wrong with this cruise that I dont even know where to start!!! My best friend and I decided to go on this short cruise for her birthday. We paid over $1200 for this cruise, so it wasnt like we got a great deal or anything. We could have went with another cruise line for less but the dates just werent right. She has been on 21 cruises and has been on some with Carnival and she never had a problem but it just wasnt her favorite so she stopped using them. She decided to give them another shot this time. BIG MISTAKE. We got into our room - it was an ocean view - and the first thing we noticed was that the window was FILTHY. You couldnt even see out of it! What a waste of money! Next, the room was freezing and we couldnt find a thermostat. Finally, we looked up and saw it was on the ceiling! You had to stand on the bed, table, or trash can to turn this severely outdated AC unit down. AWFUL and very unsafe. After that we went to our muster station to do the safety drills. What a JOKE that was!!! There was no way they got an accurate head count and our section didnt even get escorted to life boats. It also took 45 minutes! Ive never been on a cruise where it took longer than 20 and they actually checked off your name and room number to make sure you were there and did everything properly. Carnival definitely needs to train their staff better because if an actual emergency occurred, they probably wouldnt have the slightest idea what to do. Once we were finally dismissed, we went back to our room and saw our stateroom attendant. He never introduced himself, said hi, anything.. We asked him to take our bed apart. He told us that he would do it the next day. We thought that it wasnt an unreasonable request as its his job but just said ok because we didnt want any issues. The bed was not good. It did not feel like a king bed like it feels on other cruises when they have the twins together. This one felt like it had two different sizes mattresses and they were splitting apart even though they had a big sheet on them connecting them. I would roll over and worry about falling in the gap. It was ridiculous. THEN we noticed the noise. We never did find out what was above our room on deck 8 because all the deck plan showed was galley - no through access - but there was CONSTANT noise that sounded like banging or construction of some sort. I have no idea what it was. But we would hear things at all hours of the night. It was very hard to get any sleep. The ship itself was noisy and rocky. There were no stabilizers and I found myself feeling nauseous the first night. I went to Guest Services to get some sea sick pills as I somehow managed to forget mine and was told they were $4 for 4 pills. Most cruise lines these are complimentary! They do not want you getting sick on their ship. Not Carnival!! I could see if they gave you one or two then charged you, but right off the bat! The second day was not much better. We were in Nassau - nothing special. Get back on ship and entering our room I smelled an odor. I am always smelling things no one else smells (guess strong sense of smell?) so my friend didnt smell it. It was by the door and you dont really stand there or anything so once I was in the room I didnt smell it. Didnt think anything of it since she didnt smell it. Well that day was her birthday as well. I had previously asked someone at Guest Services what I could do aside from decorating the room and ordering a big cake since it was just the two of us. He said that he could put a note in so that when we went to dinner that night, they would bring out a personal cake for her. I said that would be perfect. Well dont you know we went to dinner and they never did it. I didnt mention this to her at the time because she was already not happy with everything else that had been going on such as asking for wine glasses twice and not receiving them. We finally took two water glasses off a cart. We even tried to take our water glasses out of the dining room the first night to have glasses and they stopped us! On Royal you can take glasses from anywhere to anywhere on the ship. They dont care. Carnival apparently does. We went back to the room and went to bed and planned to stay in our room for most of our day at sea as we were so irritated by this point. The morning of our third day - our day at sea - i smelled the odor again that i had smell on the first and second day. My friend put our breakfast tray out and she too also smelled it. She happened to look down behind the door and saw a stain. It was VOMIT!!!! Apparently the previous people decided to drink too much or whatever but someone got sick right in front of the door in the corner and it was not cleaned up properly. So what we were smelling was vomit!!!! We notified our stateroom attendant right away who by now was not our favorite person anyway, and he argued with us that it was not vomit and that it was a smell coming from the air conditioner. I told him that it did not smell like a leaky AC, it wasnt musty or mildew, it was sour! Theres a big difference. He would not listen to us. He had his assistant come in (who was actually very nice) and sprinkle something on the carpet and vacuum it up but that just made the smell 10 times worse and throughout the room! We had had enough by then and went to guest services and explained what was going on along with everything else that was wrong with this cruise. The guy there called the Housekeeping Supervisor and she showed up and said that the stateroom attendant had called her and she told him that he was correct, it was from the AC problem they were having in the hallway that was causing another odor but once she was actually in our room she said she was incorrect because she smelled it and it wasnt the AC. We were right. She called someone to come steam clean that part of the carpet. We then had to leave a blower in our room. So our last day, our day at sea, that we just wanted to relax was ruined because we had a blower in our room and couldnt even talk to each other because it was so loud. Then it was removed in the evening before the spot was even dry anyway! And the smell was AWFUL. Then someone else came around 9pm, a Housekeeping Manager I believe, and asked if we wanted it steam cleaned again. We said no, that it was late and they had already ruined our last day on the ship. She apologized for the inconvenience but that was about it. That night we tried to sleep and instead of banging noises above us it was music thumping until about 3am! The next day we woke up to a letter apologizing and offering us 15% off another 2 or 3 day cruise. Are they crazy?? Do they really think we would give them any more of our money after spending over $1200 on a 3 day cruise (an expensive price as it is) that was awful?? and ruining my best friends birthday?? And only a 3 day cruise? So it would be the same ship! NO THANK YOU!!!!! We may have considered it if it was for a longer cruise and we found a good deal or something, then MAYBE we would give Carnival another shot. But even if we did that it would not be a very, very long time. At this point I honestly dont see myself ever going on a Carnival ship again. Other issues we had was that the food was crappy. The best things were the burgers off the grill by the pool and the fried vegetable spring rolls and warm chocolate melting cake from the dining room. Everything else was below standard. And the lines were outrageous. It seemed like they always had one part of the buffet closed causing the one side that was open to be about 50 people long and then people would have one person wait and once that person got closer they would bring their group over and cut in line. It was ridiculous. They also set food out for the next meal sometimes 45 minutes early! Thats why one side was closed: because they were preparing for the next meal. The food isnt even that great to begin with so why would someone want to eat it after its been sitting out for 45 minutes? Aside from that, the staff was incredibly rude. For example, at breakfast they have someone giving you the bacon and ham. I asked for some bacon. When the lady gave me some I also asked if I could have some ham. She signed and practically rolled her eyes because I asked her for something else. Im sorry, but thats your job! And I paid enough money for this cruise that I am sure as hell going to eat as much of your crappy food as I want. We were so fed up with the lines for food that for dinner every night we went to the dining room just to get away from it. Ive never done that on a cruise but ive also never done one as short as a 3 day so normally I space out buffet dinners and dining room meals. This time we did all dining room and even that took an hour and a half to 2 hours. Too long. The two times we tried to order room service so we wouldnt have to be bothered, we were told it would be over an hour. Even when I woke up once at 2am from the banging and couldnt go back to sleep and wanted a BLT. Does it really take an hour to make that/ Another time we wanted fresh fruit. We were told it would over an hour. for FRUIT. You put it on the plate and bring it! Also, our first morning on the ship, we didnt receive our breakfast. I called room service and was told that they received our order but we had forgotten to put a time. So instead of calling to ask us when we wanted it or just bringing it before breakfast was over, they did nothing until I called. Then they asked if we wanted it then. I said that was fine. So they brought it and threw it down and left before we could even check it. It was wrong. They gave us two things we didnt order and forgot what I really wanted - my banana and cherrios! They also gave us three packets of sugar for hot tea and coffee. Amazing. As far as the cabin goes aside from what I have already mentioned - the bathroom was gross. It definitely was not the cleanest. There were hand prints on the mirror in the actual room where the vanity is. There was also something that looked like clear nail polish dried on it. They have one pool on the whole ship and in 90 degree weather it was packed like sardines! I am not a pool person anyway, especially with that many people, but it would have been nice if I could have just stuck my foot in or sat in a lounge chair. And the adult only area was a joke. Too many kids for my taste on Carnival which was surprising since I know they try to gear their advertisements toward children and family but everyone knows its a party boat. So I guess parents go on Carnival to have someone else watch their kids so they can party! GREAT!!!! For anyone interested: Royal Caribbean is the cruise line I would recommend. Their service is outstanding, food is excellent, entertainment is on par and their prices are very reasonable. And considering we paid over $1200 for a three day cruise with Carnival when we could have gotten a 5 day cruise with Royal for the same price - its a no brainer!!! Dont make the same mistake we did and do not even waste your time or money with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I just got back from our cruise today. I went with my husband and two kids and 5 other families that we vacation with a few times a year. This was a great vacation for all of us. I love cruising and have been on over 10 cruises. I was ... Read More
I just got back from our cruise today. I went with my husband and two kids and 5 other families that we vacation with a few times a year. This was a great vacation for all of us. I love cruising and have been on over 10 cruises. I was a little nervous about this ship because it’s older and it’s been more than 10 years since I sailed with Carnival. Embarkation was fast and easy. We had an inside cabin since it was only a 3 day and it was bigger than I expected. The cabin was updated and had a good size bathroom. Definitely bigger than some of the Royal Caribbean cabins I've stayed in. Room steward was friendly and always available. Food was really good in the dining room. Service was a little slow but the wait staff was attentive. One negative was the head person in charge of the dining room. One of our friends forgot to pack dress pants for the dining room. He tried to kick him out saying that the passengers would complain. It was ridiculous and we asked for an exception. We complained at guest services and even they called for an exception but he would not budge. Luckily, our friend borrowed a pair of pants from another friend and he got in to eat with us. The 88 Keys show was excellent. We had a lot of fun in the piano bar with Gustavo the “piano man”. He was very entertaining. Loved the 70s and 80s dance party in the night club. Our group had so much fun there. Kids liked the waterslides, but there is only one pool which is definitely not big enough. It was close to 90 degrees and people were packed in like sardines. They also need to put some umbrellas in the waterslide areas so people have options of sun or some shade. Kids also enjoyed Camp Carnival. They had several fun activities and enjoyed them. They loved the magician as well. It’s a smaller ship and not as glitzy or refined as some of the others, but all in all, it was great for our group of friends! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 ... Read More
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 checked-bags), we got our luggages around 6 p.m.! luckily I packed us a small carry-out with a change of clothes and shoes. Ship decor is a bit dated but otherwise kinda cool looking. I did notice some areas of the ship have been renovated (washrooms, cafe's) Housekeeping: Excellent, our rooms was serviced twice a day (mid-morning and early-evening), clean and tidy. Room U-87 was one of the largest rooms on the ship, in the middle of the ship, with a king size bed, large couch that turns into a bed, coffee table, chair, 40-inch tv, plenty of mirrors and lighting all around the room, drawer space, small refrigerator, walk-in closet, safe, large washroom with jet tub and a large balcony. Well worth the money for staying on the cruise. with Large windows and view of the oceans waters. Food: was just OK - a couple items were really good, each day was something different but it was not terrible, just OK. If you dine in Ecstasy/Fantasy is much better then the lido/seagrill buffet Dining Service in Lido Buffet, Ecstasy/Fantasy Dining Rooms, all EXCELLENT, they remember your names and take great care of you and want to provide you with excellent service and make sure you're satisfied. Many Activities through-out the day with tons of shows in the theatre, lounges, nightclub, casino, arcade, photo-taking, pools, mini-golf, track, gym, waterslides. Great music/dj. We did not have our child participate in the available toddler programs but I did see select rooms for youths that looked pretty cool. Shopping is available on the cruise, men and women's clothing, jewellery (brand-name, low or high-end merchandise), merchandise for children and youth, candy store. Excursions we tried were the private island in the Nassau, Bahamas (was beside a Sandals Resport) beautiful white sands, clear blue water, clean vacinity, plenty of chairs of everyone, food was pretty darn good, HUGE portions. and Dolphin Close encounter in Freeport. THis was an amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a live dolphin beside you. and the instructors were excellent and friendly, they encourage their visitors to ask many questions about their dolphins. Summary: Despite the negative reviews I have read on this site prior to my cruise. We enjoyed our stay, nice large size room helped a lot with all the space and windows/mirrors and a balcony doesn't make us feel claustrophobic, we thought the service was excellent and really nice workers, they will get to know you and have a chat with you, very friendly. The only cons I have with this ship are Food - was just OK, I got sick of the buffet, although they change their menus daily and have plenty of options, Its probably a personal preference as my husband enjoyed the food they served and had no problems eating over and over again! and that it is a bit dated. It certainly looks kinda cool and out-there but it was a bit too dated for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Me and my fiance' had a great time on our cruise. It was his first cruise and he is still dreaming about being on the cruise. It was so much excitement and nice people we had surrounding us. This cruise was what we needed and it also ... Read More
Me and my fiance' had a great time on our cruise. It was his first cruise and he is still dreaming about being on the cruise. It was so much excitement and nice people we had surrounding us. This cruise was what we needed and it also kept out minds off of what was going on back home in baltimore. I was just sitting here thinking i should had one more lobster dinner before i left. Lol. We had an oceanview cabin so a couple of nights we got up early to watch the sun rise hoping to see some mammals. At night we sat on the serenity deck for peace and relaxation. We also like to sit there when the cruise is pulling off from the dock. The comediens were hilarious. We really enjoyed the them. The hasbro game was fun also. We had a good time participating in the games and contest we brought home 3- 24 carat plastic ships on a stick, a bottle of sparking wine and two ships on a rope. We are lookoing forward to our next cruise . Oh yeah before i go two thumbs up for our cruise director big sexy and his crew they were the best. I think we may be groupies and follow them. Until next time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I upgraded our cabin to enjoy a balcony and only on the ship learned that this meant so small cabin that we had to crawl under bunk-bed or hop over double bed to get to the balcony. I saw a floor-plan of our previous cabin and thought this ... Read More
I upgraded our cabin to enjoy a balcony and only on the ship learned that this meant so small cabin that we had to crawl under bunk-bed or hop over double bed to get to the balcony. I saw a floor-plan of our previous cabin and thought this would be similar but it was not. If you are four, prepare yourselves to sleep very uncomfortably! Luckily we were only three. Also the balcony was so tiny that you can't express any enjoyment of it. I also thought all-inclusive would mean all-inclusive but they have invented a huge amount of "nominal" fees they charge on top of the cruise price. The drinks are really expensive and in the middle of the cruise they announce that they charge "for customer's convenience" 60 dollars per customer... Tips! Meals are good and there is quite a lot of program. Only our 12-year oli son was late on the first meeting of the club of 12-14-year olds and despite several attempts found no friends on board. Most of the time these kids were on themselves and when he tried to talk to others he got no response. Even table-tennis tournament that was on the program was without adult supervision. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Did this cruise only because we are Trace Atkins fans. Had been a while since on a Carnival ship back when they said cabins were 185 sq.ft. We were unimpressed with the smaller cabin and the balcony was so small one person could not pass ... Read More
Did this cruise only because we are Trace Atkins fans. Had been a while since on a Carnival ship back when they said cabins were 185 sq.ft. We were unimpressed with the smaller cabin and the balcony was so small one person could not pass another person. I thought they had forgotten to put body lotion in the cabin, but our steward advised we had to go to shops and buy our own. There is no hair dryer, you must call purser and borrow a hair dryer. There is no fridge and no couch or love seat in balcony cabin. Perhaps because it was a short cruise, there was no perk for platinum members other than a special boarding line which then merged into the general boarding line Past guests got a coupon for 1 free drink that could only be used for lunch or breakfast in the main dining rooms. Guess this was to be sure not everyone would bother using the coupon. Employees were quick to say hello and good morning, evening, whatever. Can't complain about the service, but the feeling we were sailing on the cheap was evident. The cruise wasn't as cheap as that cruise would have been without the concert. Standard tickets to the concert were $20 seats first come first seated, except the first 4 or 5 rows were reserved for those of us paying $100 for a meet and greet ticket which also got you a photo w/Trace, but if you blinked, too bad cause the time for each of us was in seconds not minutes. We had waited outside the meeting room a good 2 hours before it opened, so we had the pics and were on our way to the auditorium in no time and had front row seats. All in all, was disappointed in the cabin, the lack of toiletries (be sure to take your own lotion and conditioner). We have been sailing Celebrity the p ast few years and will continue to choose Celebrity. We are Elite with Celebrity and the perks are plentiful. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Our group of 3 included a first time cruiser and we are so happy we chose Sensation! We had so much fun on this ship. The staff was not only polite and professional, but a lot of fun. Our cabin steward called us by name every time he saw ... Read More
Our group of 3 included a first time cruiser and we are so happy we chose Sensation! We had so much fun on this ship. The staff was not only polite and professional, but a lot of fun. Our cabin steward called us by name every time he saw us and my favorite crew member was Pablo, an assistant to the cruise director. We went to some of the "less popular" games/events where he was in charge and were glad we did! He presented his "ship on a stick" trophy as if it were an Oscar! FUN!! We were a little concerned that unlike R/C Enchantment, the ship doesn't go to a private island, but instead has a day at sea. I still prefer the island stop, but not a deal breaker at all. The ship was full of activites on the sea day, but the pool did get a little crowded with a full ship. We have never cruised with 3 in a cabin before, but our stateroom was perfect. The "bunk" was wall mounted and our cabin steward put it up and down as if he read our minds. The bottom twin beds were pushed together as a king and we still had room to move. Highly recommend this room if there are 3 cruisers in a party. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
This was our first cruise so I really dont have a lot of information about other ships to compare with other than what I've read on here. I will just give a heads up as to our experience. it was GREAT!! First off if you are doing this ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I really dont have a lot of information about other ships to compare with other than what I've read on here. I will just give a heads up as to our experience. it was GREAT!! First off if you are doing this on a budget and need to figure out transportation from MCO to the port/hotel.. I recommend Cocoa Beach Suites or 4 points Sheridan. They are sister hotels we stayed at CBS on the night after our cruise and they offered a free shuttle and parking for my rental car during the cruise. $84 for a King size suite that had the seperate bedroom, kitchenette , living room etc.. not the Ritz but it was nice for the price. on that same note Carnival charges $35 per person per trip for their shuttle, for us that would have been $140 and not letting us get to hotel etc. Rental car at Advantage was $85 + 14 in gas.. We drove down A1A , Kennedy Space Center , the mall, all at half the price almost of the shuttle.. OK NOW ON TO THE CRUISE AND SHIP ITSELF This ship is a little smaller than the others we saw in port but make no mistake it is a monster of a ship still. Yes it is purple but you get used to it pretty quick. The counter was quick and easy - I honestly do NOT recommend First to the Fun. I wanted to get it but after getting there was glad my wife talked me out of it. We were curbside to poolside in 20 mins or so.. got there around 1145-1200... My room was ready by 1, luggage by 3. There was constantly workers cleaning the ship so no worries of garbage laying around. THE FOOD: The food was really good. My wife tried and LOVED Mongolian Wok.. I tried a few of the grill offerings, the ice cream machine was ehh.. pizza was good, didnt try the deli... Room Service - my wife liked the Reuben , the steakloin on french was ok.. but the Grilled cheese was great... MAIN DINING ROOM -ECSTASY When you arrive, check your table.. if you see a worker in there ask if your table is one that Ide Burgas will be taking care of, if not, ask to switch to his!!! I can not stress this enough . This guy is the highlight of the whole ship.. he has a charm and personality that is unmatchable. He joked with us, pranked us, kept our glasses and plates full ( I had multiple starters and/or entrees every night) . I will attempt to upload a video of him dancing on the last night and share a link here later... The food was good as I said , multiples each time.. Seaday Brunch, Eggs Benedict is the way to go.. like lil yolky egg Mcmuffins. if you order cheesy grits ask for it minus the jalapeno as it was SUPER hot. STEWARD short and sweet.. We had the Upper 1.. porthole at the very front of ship. our steward ( pronounced Again) was on top of his game. kept our room clean, had awesome towel animals every night, great for info, I even left my keys in the room once and he saw me in the hallway , I explained what happened , he said ' no worries Mr. Phillip, I'm here.' ENTERTAINMENT I am 37 years old and married so didn't check out Kaleidoscope or any of the 'clubs'.. we went to the adult comedy shows and while cursing was plentiful, I've never seen my wife laugh so hard.. We watched Curves , which was a lil risque.. (guys sit up front or on the aisle on bottom floor lol ) We caught part of the love and marriage which was a newlywed type show with fellow cruisers, it was ok. Far From Over was pretty good , the purple rain segment was the best. Be sure to check out Tsurita in the main lobby ( also youtube rapping with Tsurita) . Music Degree is the bar band by the Casino. They are kind of in the hallway , but these guys are Impressive. they are all from the Philippines but sound just like Pink Floyd, Def Lepard , 3 Doors Down and many of the other rock bands they are covering.. Jason Jase Apps was our Director. HE IS AN IDIOT!! not that bad kind of idiot, like the outgoing , anything for a laugh, pretty funny guy idiot.. He is on the tv stations a lot and hosts the shows.. NASSAU / MELIA/ JITNEY #10 We got off the ship and I will tell you , nothing on this site can prepare you for the complete overload of Vendors that will approach you before Bay street.. offering taxi rides, hair braids, bracelets, water, etc.. it was a lil overwhelming.. to get the jitney just head into town, we went down the back street along the ships to go by the Harley shop, then at the Straw Market ( you will know it as it will have steps all around the building and tons of women yelling for you to come check their shops) . then turn right on bay street about 2 corners to George, buses are parked on the corner.. hop on tell the driver you destination (MELIA) and off you go. Rate is 1.25 , we paid 2 just to give a tip. He dropped us right in front of the Melia and we went to the Daq Shaq. Gotta say, we were disappointed. Good maybe just hyped too much on here. Took our drinks into Melia with no problems. bought our day passes. If you do this resort, on your way to the beach be sure to stop at the towel tent across from the bar as they have a waiver you have to sign before you can do any of the activities.. snorkeling is very fun.. I'm a novice swimmer, but you get a life vest from them and just float with it over their reefs. I swam over and photo'd a stingray on one of the reefs.. The Jitney back was a bit longer at 3 oclock with all the school kids etc.. shops were nice. We tried the conch fritters. and then waded thru the vendors again on the way back to ship.. EXPERIENCE We had a good time. As soon as you get on the Lido deck , waiters will offer you drinks left and right.. On the first night they advertise the Fun Shops having Liquor sales.. this is a great price .. we got 4 bottles of flavored Bicardi rum/ Captain Morgan for $29. this gave us raffle tickets for a prize pack later that night. WE WON! got another Bicardi bottle, Crown Royal and Amarulla... Now what they dont tell you right off is that it is not delivered till 8-10 pm saturday night (last night of your cruise) so DO NOT PLAN TO DRINK IT ON SHIP... you also are not advised till last night of Customs form to claim any purchases in Nassau or onboard and the limits you have (one bottle of liquor per person). Luckily the customs guy didnt bat an eye when we told him about them and winning them.. BTW I have an awesome way that worked to take a case of bud light or whatever onboard ( I did Twisted Tea) I will share if you message me on it. dont want to put it right out there in case these boards are watched any.. The last day at sea was a lil rocky due to a storm coming in. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
While on vacation in Orlando we decided to take the 4-night cruise to the Bahamas as we always wanted to go there. The cabin we were in was pretty nice and big though it could have been cleaner; there were stains on the carpet. It's ... Read More
While on vacation in Orlando we decided to take the 4-night cruise to the Bahamas as we always wanted to go there. The cabin we were in was pretty nice and big though it could have been cleaner; there were stains on the carpet. It's easy enough to find everything on the ship but the way to get places is horrible. Not all elevators go to all decks which by the way are named quite illogical too. We were on the so-called Upper deck which was deck 6. To get to Lido deck from our cabin was quite a challenge. The first big disappointment was the smoking policy. Although there were rules for smoking many passengers did not care and smoked wherever they wanted. Crew members did not object at all. The result is that you smell cigarette smoke all over the ship. Even more ridiculous is that the nightclub Kaleidoscope is a smoking area which basically means that as a non-smoker you cannot go there. We had hoped for at least one specialty restaurant but there was no such thing. Instead we went to the Fantasy dining room. Big mistake that turned out to be. The waiter we got appointed smelled terrible from his mouth and started by trying to sell us water as if it was wine. We didn't want that and he immediately went on by trying to sell us a three-pack of wine selecion while we already told him we only wanted a glass. He was clearly disappointed. We decided to have a shrimp cocktail and lasagne. Even before the appetizer arrived we were bothered by a photographer wanting to take our picture. NO! The shrimp cocktail had FIVE of them, wow!. While waiting for the main course and drinking from our glass of wine we were bothered (again!) by a guy selling shots. Huh? Seriously? Can't you see we are drinking wine? Do shots not belong in a bar? The lasagne was salty, not just a bit salty, but really salty. We could not finish it. In the meantime a guy dressed as a pirate showed up and yet another photographer. NOT AGAIN! We were offered something else but declined. There wasn't much on the dessert menu we liked and decided to leave. Our waiter was not amused and clearly showed that. From that moment onwards we only ate from the buffet on the Lido deck which was actually a lot better. More quiet too as you do not get interrupted every five minutes. To a certain extent I understand that money needs to be made, but what happened here is close to harrassment.The constant reminders about art actions (who wants to buy art on a ship anyway?), jewelry sales (again, why on earth would you buy jewelry on a cruise?), overpriced cocktails and excursions are ridiculous. What is even worse is the way they are doing it. Warnings against locals selling tours, renting scooters and crime against tourists are being used to get people to buy heavily overpiced tours. We rented a car in Freeport and saw more of the island than on any tour at a much lower price. In Nassau we went on foot and saw the city twice for free. Pure out of curiosity I asked a Carnival girl about the city tour they offered when we left the ship. She claimed we would see the whole island (really, that's what she said) for only $19.99 and showed us where we would go then. It was basically the round we went on by foot for free. When I explained to her that the whole island was a bit more than the three streets she showed she got pissed. A nice surprise were the shows Curves and Far from over. Really good dancers and the singing was great. Don't get me wrong, we had quite a nice time but don't be fooled into buying expensive tours. Use the ship as a means of transportation only. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I booked this cruise to surprise my husband for his 50th birthday.This was our 4th time sailing on the Sensation, our 10th cruise with 7 of these being with Carnival,and we were very disappointed this time. Living very close to Port ... Read More
I booked this cruise to surprise my husband for his 50th birthday.This was our 4th time sailing on the Sensation, our 10th cruise with 7 of these being with Carnival,and we were very disappointed this time. Living very close to Port Canaveral it is a nice option to have for a short vacation. Prior to boarding I was called by Carnival to see if I would be interested in an upgrade and I took this offer when I spoke with the representative she had made arrangements for my husbands birthday at our dining. After booking with the upgrade I purchased online the birthday package cake and decorations to be brought to the room during the day while we were at port in Nassau. Putting my trust in Carnival was a mistake. I came on board with nothing because I had believed the cake,decorations, etc.. would be handled. Boarding the ship was great I would recommend priority booking to anyone,this made boarding comfortable and effortless. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We arrived about 12:30 -1:00 and was told that our room was not ready.We purchased the "Cheers" drink package, I don't feel that it is fair for the shorter cruises the price is higher because we definitely did not get our moneys worth on this.This should be a flat rate for all cruises without the drink restrictions. We have noticed in the past that the food on the longer cruises has been better and we still feel this way. Again with this being our 4th time on the Sensation we already anticipated the long lines and lack of choices compared to other boats, nothing has changed here. I have always boasted to friends and family that the service with Carnival is much better than other cruise lines. The Sensation seems to be lacking in this aspect. The service on this boat was much better in the past. The dining staff,room stewards, casino staff and bar service would always refer to you by name and know what you need. We were disappointed that we didn't have this on this trip.It almost felt that the boat was under staffed. Long waits at the bar or you would wait forever for bar service at any of the gaming tables in the casino, and don't even think that you could get a drink if you were playing slots, we would have to leave and go to the bar to get a drink ourselves and then wait in a huge line because only one or two bartenders would be working. The casino has also made some changes. Newer slot machines which was probably needed but it seems to be focusing more on the penny slots.But more importantly the payout was not there. On past cruises we could at least win a little to make you want to keep playing but not anymore. We spent 3x more than we won.And also speaking with other guest that had sailed this boat before they felt the same way. We were not alone,no one was enjoying the casino as they had in the past. After we docked in Nassau on my husbands birthday, I was elated knowing that when we returned back to the boat the cake and decorations would be there. I felt that I could relax and enjoy a vacation too and trusted that Carnival had everything that I ordered prior to boarding.We spent the day in Nassau visiting the Atlantis for some gambling and some restaurants. After getting back on the ship and to our room after 5pm, I was certain that when we opened the door the cake and decor would have been set up.Nothing was done. I resorted back to my original thought that the boat seemed under staffed and maybe they were running behind. We got ready for our dinner which was the late seating and this was the elegant night. Again I had made arrangements for them to sing to my husband for his birthday. When we arrived and sat at our table the waitstaff had approached my husband about his hat. They told him no hats were allowed on the formal night. My husband wears a hat for personal reasons,and is very self conscious about why. So instead of explaining to them causing him ant further embarrassment or humiliation we stood up and left. We were given no options. As we were walking out of the dining room I not only noticed people in hats but, t-shirts,shorts,and flip flop sandals.These people were not being turned away.This situation also made it to uncomfortable to eat in the dining room for the rest of the cruise. We then had to eat dinner on the lido deck arriving about 5 minutes before they were shutting down the buffet. Not even enough time to get through the food line and the salad bar.They are quick to break down these food stations and if you ask any questions there is a real language barrier. After this we went back to our room and still no cake or decorations. At this point I am so upset and go down to guest services to find out what went wrong. I believe they tried to find every way manageable for them not to take the blame and say this was a mistake on my part. I showed them the conformation # for what I had ordered and time requested. The manager then came out and apologized and said there was an issue with the computer system. I told her about the dinner issues and how I had not brought anything because I was under the impression it would be handled by Carnival. I told her this was my husbands 50th birthday. You only turn 50 once. I was in tears and so sad that this birthday had turned out this way, she offered me a tissue and said they would sent the birthday package to the room within 15 min. I told her not to bother because it was already 10pm. She pleaded to let them send the cake and something special to the room. I was so upset and felt there was no other option to salvage this special day for my husband. They sent the cake and decorations as well as a bottle of champagne. I guess the champagne was supposed to make everything alright? Neither of us even drink champagne so this was left on the boat. I am a very forgiving optimistic person and hope that this was an isolated incidence.I also feel that I was way to patient about this for as upset as I was. I spent way to much money on this cruise for what I had received. I'm not saying that I will never sail with Carnival again, just not on the Sensation. I will however be looking into other cruise lines that sail out of our port to maybe give them a chance. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we ... Read More
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we booked ONLINE to park our vehicle at the gated Radisson parking lot in which we paid $40 for five days of parking. (http://www.parkportcanaveral.com/) I recommend booking online because I learned that it is cheaper online then going in person. When we arrived at the parking lot, we had to park our car and the staff helped us load our 4 luggage's and three carry on's. Yes we come with a lot of baggage. We tipped like $3, any who they drove us to the port in which these men who are not affiliated with the cruise line helped take our luggages to the ship and we tipped the man like $5. Anyway, when we got to the port, you have to go through security, they checked our boarding passes, our bags went through the scanner and they checked ID's and birth certificates and or passport. We sat and waited about an hour (Staff passed around chips and water for free) and must I say we did not purchase that Fast to the Fun passes and we were glad we didn't because it went quick. Upon boarding,we took pictures with our own camera and went to the pool area. I recommend bringing your bathing suits in a bag and a change of clothes because luggage's don't get to the rooms till 3 hrs later. We also purchased the ocean view room and we were happy with it. We had a king size bed and there is also a wall pull out bed. We were on the Riviera deck. We were greeted with alcohol which was $8.75. We bought one and shared it. At 4 pm, they were serving lunch. The food is delicious I must mention. It does get PACKED and People do get Greedy!!! So let me fast forward a bit. That same day, the captain announced that we were no longer going to Nassau Bahamas which was suppose to be our second stop before going to FreePort Bahamas because there was a Hurricane and Nassau port was closed. We were supposed to go to Key West, FL after FreePort Bahamas. However, the Hurricane passed and we still went to Nassau. On Monday August 25th, we arrived at FreePort, we were greeted by Taxi Drivers, and vendors. We decided and I do recommend going to Lucaya Beach, it is FREE and the water is AMAZING (NO WAVES). We paid $5 for each person to get onto the taxi, but they charge $10 so that you can do round trip and they give you a card which means you paid round trip. After a 30 minute ride, we got to Lucaya Market Place, we bought some stuff, took pictures and headed on over to the beach. Don't rent those beach chairs, I didn't because it was dirty and they rent them for $10. The man who rents them is rude. We just put our towels down. Also, I forgot to mention that when you get to Lucaya Market Place, there is a woman that sells coconut with Daiquiri ($7) it is very delicious at a coconut stand. Oh yeah, look around before buying shirts, souvenirs, and other stuff because I noticed that we got ripped off several times. The same stuff I bought at FreePort, Nassau was selling some of it for cheap. For instance, at FreePort we were charged $5 a shot glass and at Nassua $1.95. Yes I know!!!! My husband and I did not buy any food because throughout the day Carnival Cruise serves food so we never went hungry, I think we actually gained like 10 pds from our entire trip eating on the cruise. Moving on, you can bring coconuts and alcohol on to the cruise but they will have you give them the alcohol until the last day of your cruise ship in which your steward will bring it to your room at 9 pm. Our steward was Eufrancio. He was nice and sweet. After coming back from FreePort, we ate, hit the swimming pools, the water slides and the jacuzzi. By the way, children take over the Jacuzzi's. If you are bringing children, Carnival does provide FREE daycare services but after 10 p.m. they charge a fee. The next day when we got to Nassau, we first walked around downtown and found a FREE beach called Junkanoo. It was about a 10 minute walk from the port. There were no waves but we left because we heard people saying that Atlantis was a better beach. We ended up paying $4 for a taxi to Atlantis. Must I say that everyone who went to Atlantis Beach regretted it. It seemed so ghetto there and no one got into the water because surprisingly the waves were HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Even the life guards kicked people out of the water. We got bored and took a taxi back to Nassau Downtown. When we got to downtown, we explored, bought so many things even liquor and I bought Quenepas (a fruit found at most islands like Puerto Rico) it was a $1 a bag. Nassau downtown stores sell some cheap stuff. After some time, we went back on to the boat a bit early because the line to the ship gets packed. The next day is all ship day. If you're wondering, they do take pictures of you but it is $21.99 a Picture, not a package but a picture. The picture frames are affordable though. There was liquor tastings, shows, there's the casino, bar's, etc. If you do not want to dress elegant for the fine dining then you can always eat at the buffet on the lido deck 10. By the way, pizza and ice cream is 24-7. Fine dining is free as well as the buffet and so is Mangolian Wok. We chose our own time dining. It does get packed but we didn't mind. If you do fine dining, the waiter's are strict. They will put your napkin on your lap if you don't. Our waiter cut our son's meat and fed him twice (it was weird) but whatever. Also, my husband and I bought 9 bottles of liquor from both the ship and Bahamas in which four bottles of Bacardi was $35, and he bought other alcohol bottles and also from the Bahamas. If you're wondering about Customs, don't be because mu husband and I were TOLD that custom's might give us problems for buying 9 bottles of liquor and for bringing fruits back to the U.S. and we were honest on our customs paper about the fruits. There was no metal detectors, or scanners, we just presented our ID's, birth certificates and passport and our customs paper once we got to customs on the very last day and we were sent off to our shuttles. Our whole trip was great. We did not purchase any excursion's. Glad we didn't. One last thing, people complained and even my husband and I noticed the ship moving way too much. Many times we had to grab onto something because the boat rocked back and forth.. Good luck newbies. 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Sail Date August 2014
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big ... Read More
DW and I are seasoned cruisers with 14 under our belt most with Carnival. Our past cruises have all been in the 7-8 night range on all the newer ships including two each on the Dream and Breeze. So we probably had less than big expectations for a three night cruise on a 90's era, though retro-fitted, ship. This was a much needed quick get-a-way for us and our hearts and minds always turn to cruising when we need a break. Embarkation was painless and quick. Boarding started at 11:30 and the Captain's Lounge at this terminal was as nice as we have been in. Went directy to Cabin with FTTF program. Cabin ready. Our one bag not delivered until well past 3:00. Not an issue as we were "pool" ready! and enjoying the decks by 12:15 The ship was clean and well maintained but dated in general decor. Really not an issue with us. Easy to get around and we especially liked the Lido dining area aft. Spectacular place to have the Deli and Pizza stations. We ate all of our meals here and never entered the dining room. We found the food to be definetly above average for Carnival and quite good in general. This was far and away the best Lido breakfast we have had on any ship. Room service was also excellent. We were in cabin V-27, obstructed view Jr. suite. Just like a regular balcony cabin on most other newer ships. Blacony smaller and the obstructed view was over a small work boat and 1/2 of a regular life boat. Still nice views and very adequate, Nicely furnished and well maintained by a very attenttive steward. Very quite part of the ship forward Nassua is Nassua and working your way through the cab/excursion folks is a chore. Day pass at Atlantis was nice and expensive but would do it again. Nice ammenities an AWESOME "lazy" river. We enjoyed the one sea day and were out and about early for choice lounge locations. Pool crowded but just as expected. This was a really nice cruise for us and it really felt like it was longer as were pretty much in "beach bum" mode. Nice cabin, good food and great company make for a really good cruise.! Already booked again for November. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. ... Read More
Two college age sons and I had four nights on the Sensation. My second cruise, their first. Traveling in May allowed us to get a good price and each have our own ocean view room. We drove overnight and arrived in the morning on Sunday. Rode to the ship using the Radisson parking bus. Embarking the ship went very smoothly. With a four night cruise, we packed lightly. With only a backpack and small suitcase for each of us, we carried them all the way to our room after we got our room key. The ship was in good shape. On board, we enjoyed the hot tub, karaoke, comedians and food. We chose anytime dining. Several times we ordered extra and the staff gave us what we asked for. Mostly, we enjoyed the ship, especially the sunsets. In Freeport we snorkeled with Unexso and in Nassau, we scuba dove with Bahama Divers. Both were lots of fun and well run. After snorkeling or scuba diving, we did some local shopping or had a snack before heading back to the ship. For scuba, we did a discover Scuba dive, since two of us were not certified. This trip was a great value for us and I recommend it for others. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if ... Read More
There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together. We had so much fun. Some particulars.... We live in Orlando so drove to the port. We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if it was worth it. We did get to board 1st and the cabin was clean and ready but the luggage still showed up a couple of hours later. Not a big deal but probably would say it was worth it if the luggage got there sooner. With the FTTF we did get to disembark right after the Diamond people which was nice. We got off at 8:30 and were home in Orlando by 10:00am. Just a warning....after many successful rum runner attempts....I was finally busted. They got three of them, but they didn't get it all. While my husband was upset, I explained to him that hey we tried....we didn't succeed. Flame away, this and that won't stop me from trying again. While it did start out as an attempt to save $$, it ended up being nice to enjoy having a drink in your room at your convenience. Anyway...the rooms were great! The staff was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on Carnival again and again.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
A few things, you have to set at the same table at the same restaurant every night. That is if you don't want pizza or a hot dog. Chicken strips where always burnt. The bacon was always raw. You have to pay $2.24 for a can of coke. ... Read More
A few things, you have to set at the same table at the same restaurant every night. That is if you don't want pizza or a hot dog. Chicken strips where always burnt. The bacon was always raw. You have to pay $2.24 for a can of coke. You pay $16.95 for a small mixed drink, $6.00 for a beer. You can buy liquor on the boat at their store but you can not pick it up until the end of the cruise, joke..... Watch out for them charging you a $45.00 tip fee everyday on your bill. They do not bother to tell you that you have to have a picture id when you get off of the boat so that you can get back on. My husband did not have his with him and it was a pain. We were very lucky that I just so happened to have my drivers license on me. They only have two hot tubs and one was always closed. One of the main elevators was broken the whole time we were there. Be ready to do a lot of walking or wait at least 5 to 15 min for an elevator. Our cabin boy was very nice and our waiter Renoldo at the Ecstasy dinning room at 8:15 table 317 was very nice. The food was pretty good at this restaurant most of the time. The t.v. only gives you 10 channels to watch and 5 of them are about the ship, No, weather channel and there are no clocks anywhere even in your room. My daughter got married on the cruise and everything went very well with the weeding. The food was good and the photographer was great! Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This cruise was a girl’s trip-there were 6 of us in 3 cabins. Two of us flew into Orlando on the day of departure. Here is where the problem began-we landed at 8:45AM and had pre-paid for the Carnival transfer to the port. I have taken ... Read More
This cruise was a girl’s trip-there were 6 of us in 3 cabins. Two of us flew into Orlando on the day of departure. Here is where the problem began-we landed at 8:45AM and had pre-paid for the Carnival transfer to the port. I have taken the Carnival shuttle from Orlando to Port Canaveral twice in 2013 and did not experience any problems. The lady checking us in at the desk said the bus will be arriving at 10AM. The bus finally arrived at 10:45-we had waited 2 hours in the airport by this time and were getting annoyed. My last two experiences with the Carnival shuttle I waited no longer than 20-30 min for a bus. The bus was not full at all-there were maybe 15 people on it. The ride to the port was uneventful, but when we arrived we had a very unpleasant experience. Tammy the bus driver would not let us retrieve our suitcases from the bottom of the bus. She had a really nasty attitude towards us and said the only people who are allowed to get their luggage were the crew members that were on the bus. We wanted to carryon our luggage and she would not open the door to where the luggage was stored on the bus. My friend and I are experienced cruisers and we know we can carry our own luggage on the ship if it fits through the x-ray machine. After a heated exchange, Tammy opened the door to where our luggage was stored and we crawled in under the bus to retrieve our suitcases. I’m not one to complain, but this experience was definitely not normal and we spoke to the lady who was checking us in at the platinum lounge. She said it is a huge liability to let customers crawl around the bottom of the bus and she gave us a contact number for Mears Transportation. Guest services contacted us while on the ship and basically said sorry. I was not impressed at all and I will not use a Carnival shuttle again. We got settled into our room and went to the buffet for lunch. The weather in Port Canaveral was very cold for Florida, but that is the chance you take while cruising in January. I knew this cruise was going to have a huge party atmosphere, and I was right! We were celebrating 2 birthdays in our group, and we saw a lot of bachelor/bachelorette parties around. We went to the muster drill at 3:30-we met in one of the lounges and had the life jacket demonstration, then we had to go up to where the lifeboats were-it was very long and there were a lot of drunks making noise, etc. Our room was nice-we had an aft balcony and out room steward, Eddie was great-we always had fresh ice and he gave us some extra blankets because of the cold weather (there is no heat on the ship apparently). We did Anytime Dining all 3 nights and it was hit or miss. Every night someone’s order was messed up or one person totally forgotten. We had to ask repeatedly for a bar waiter, despite a waiter walking around the dining room selling shots. We did the sea day brunch and it was pretty good. The buffet was typical Carnival fare. I thought the pizza was not as good as what they are serving on the larger Carnival ships. There were always very long lines for the poolside grill and Mongolian Wok. The day in Nassau was the only warm day of the cruise so we took advantage of an almost empty ship and laid out in the Serenity area and also up by Waterworks. The slides were closed and when we asked about this, a worker stated they are waiting for a new part so they can be fixed? The slides were open the last day, but it was way too cold to use them! I did notice a strange sight up by the waterslides and funnel-there was a large container with a generator? Inside…I found this somewhat unsettling. Can they put that somewhere else, like out of sight of paying customers?! We ended up going to Senor Frogs for a few hours and had fun dancing, drinking, and people watching. We went to the Lido deck party that night and also the nightclub and had a great time. The last day was spent trying to find a warm area to enjoy the sun despite the cold temperatures. There was no shortage of people partying near the pool! We had a lot of pictures taken, but they all looked blurry and touched up, which ruined the pictures in my opinion. I was going to buy some alcohol, but the prices were a lot higher than the NCL cruise I went on last month and even compared to when I sailed Carnival last July. We did attend an 80’s show in the main theater that was very good-I was impressed! We saw one of the adult comedy shows and I thought the lady was terrible (don’t remember her name). This cruise was exactly what I anticipated and I had a great time partying with friends and new people I met on the ship. I would never bring my young child on a wild weekend cruise like this-there would be too much explaining to do! While I prefer sailing on larger ships with more amenities, the Sensation was just perfect for a short weekend cruise. We were off the ship by 9AM on disembarkation day and took the Carnival shuttle back-Tammy was not the bus driver this time!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
This was our very first cruise ever. We didn't do a lot of research before other than word of mouth from friends and family. We had a terrible first impression as we got into port as The Disney Dream and Carnival Ecstasy were also ... Read More
This was our very first cruise ever. We didn't do a lot of research before other than word of mouth from friends and family. We had a terrible first impression as we got into port as The Disney Dream and Carnival Ecstasy were also there and in comparison the Sensation was the smallest and looked the oldest. Once we got on the ship we went to the Lido deck for lunch - it was buffet style chicken strips and hot dogs. The waiters came by each table 100 times each trying to get us to buy overpriced watered down drinks - it was almost harassing. We chose anytime dining which was great because we never had to wait, but the food was less than appealing. There really needed to be more dining options. Also for us the Showtime at dinner each night was just annoying - it tied up the wait staff and delayed our dining. The first night was so rocky you couldn't stand up without falling sideways so we stayed in our room. Our room was E144. We learned the hard way this room was right under the kitchen as all we heard EVERY NIGHT ALL NIGHT was slamming and banging from above. We had a window but it was so dirty you could barely see. In Nassau we noticed the Norwegian Epic and Disney Dream were both being cleaned - including windows - this was not happening on the Sensation. Nassau was great except a lot of the citizens there were basically panhandlers and harassing. The best part of the island was Señor Frogs. It was a nice short getaway for our first cruise, but we will be cruising with Royal Caribbean and Norwegian from now on which was sentiment from a lot of people we talked to on our cruise that cruised all the time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Carnival Sensation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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