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Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to the Bahamas

Carnival
Carnival Sensation
Bahamas
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

25

Very Good

27

Average

10

Poor

8

Terrible

6

Cruise type

Family Cruises

193

First-Time Cruisers

78

Romantic Cruises

52

Spring Break Cruises

20

Group and Theme Cruises

9

78 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to the Bahamas


Chris Vogel avatar

Chris Vogel

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Way better than I expected.

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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 ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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DePaivaHolmes

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Amazing Time On Sensation For 1st Time Cruiser

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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samfudge13

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Time of My Life

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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Haleyobrien74

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Unforgettable Vacation!

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 ...
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Sail Date December 2015


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dmaurice

1 Review Written

Had a blast; very relaxing.

I was really nervous to go on my first cruise all I kept on thinking about was how much fear I had, all the past carnival issues, and getting seasick, BUT after my gf begged me to go on I was compelled to go it was ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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Goomo

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruiser Impressions

Preparation, all the paperwork, was a lot to take care of. Hopefully, it will get easier. We bought a Fun Pass which was a good idea. Unfortunately, for our 2nd cruise there are non available. Our luggage came early ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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talyah56

4 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Lovebugs cruise without paying.

After check-in we headed for lunch on the Lido deck which was surprisingly good. After eating we took a walk one deck above where we noticed a few flying bugs, then we discovered they had literally taken over ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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vinojack

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Not for British Families with Children Who Have Already Cruised Before

I am a brit, travelling with children and was lucky enough to be able to compare it to the larger ships and other companies like Royal Caribbean. If this is your first cruise, I'm sure you would enjoy it more than ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Alishamr65

1 Review Written

Show was the Best

Wonderful time. Food on Lido deck was good. Turkey wraps were the best. Fantasy dining room food was aweful and not done. Lobster was good though. House keeping was good. Mat was an excellent entertainment man. The ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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ladykarensea1

1 Review Written

Food was mediocre at best!

This was our first and last cruise with Carnival. The food was no better than eating at an Old Country Buffet. We thought eating in the dining room would be of better quality, but no, it was not. In fact, most ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Muddygirl1

1 Review Written

Hoped for 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 ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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Sammah

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First Time Cruiser Was Not Dissapointed

While I had never been on a cruise my partner had (RCL not Carnival) and thus had a better comparison than I. Neither of us really knew what to expect from the ship, but I don't think either of us was disappointed. ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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littlelittle88

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Excellent for First Time Cruisers

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 ...
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Sail Date May 2015


Shell99 avatar

Shell99

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great Adventure - First Time Cruiser

My first cruise had been with Norwegian 14 years ago and I've been wanting to go again since then. My husband had never been on a cruise and finally he relented and we decided to take a shorter one to see if he ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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RamiCruiser

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

First Time Cruise,family with 2 Teens - Better than expected-Let's do it again!

I had avoided booking a cruise my entire life because I thought I'd have that "held captive on board" feeling, but finally my friend convinced me to give it a try. I figured nothing awful could happen in 4 nights... ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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isaacjc22

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Almost Perfect

This was my 1st cruise as a 16 year old teenager and I enjoyed my self. Before I start this review I want to say if you have a child age 15-17 PLEASE sign them up for Club O2. This is one of the teen clubs aboard ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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brett_and_ciel

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Met Expectations (just)

This was our first cruise... we wanted to escape for New Years and do something different. I was surprised to hear that an 'older' and 'smaller' ship was hosting NYE, but oh-well! Sensation has some signs of age ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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CruiseMasterFlash

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great First Cruise

This was our first cruise so we decided to take a short 3 day one from Port Canaveral. We loved this worn in little ship. The service was spectacular and we always seemed to stay busy. I'm going to make this short ...
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Sail Date July 2013


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mitchellrichard

1 Review Written

Crew Apathy, Low Morale

I sailed on the Sensation in the late 90s on the first 7 night, and Carnival, cruise I ever took. Since then I have been on approximately 7 other Carnival cruises and 3 Royal Caribbean. I usually pick my cruise ...
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Sail Date November 2014


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lbordis6991

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Wow! Glad I read reviews

I am a review freak, so I took my time and read review after review before sailing. I am SUPER glad I did! Pretty much all the reviews on here were on point. We had priority boarding and it paid off. We were on the ...
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Sail Date October 2014


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pretykym

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Honeymoon not to remember :-(

This was supposed to be a beautiful begining to our life together. Yes it was a short three day on an older ship, but family circumstances and children with medical conditions do not give us much time away. The ...
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Sail Date October 2014


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TheCriuseDirector

3 Reviews Written

Sensational Christmas Cruise

On the cold, but sunny December 22nd, 2013, myself, my parents, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my 2 cousins embarked on a journey so fantastic that it will be etched into our memories for the rest of time. ...
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Sail Date December 2013


jessyg12 avatar

jessyg12

1 Review Written

This is a long review but worth reading if you are a first timer

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 ...
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Sail Date August 2014


spincalf avatar

spincalf

1 Review Written

Not what I expected

My family rarely takes a vacation, but decided to this summer before our daughter goes off to college. My sister wanted to go on a cruise, so our families went together. This is our first cruise, and more money than ...
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Sail Date July 2014


dparker avatar

dparker

1 Review Written

No rating

Know what you're getting into

If you are expecting a quiet vacation aboard a ship with quality service while you sail across pristine ocean waters. Forget this one. We are first time cruisers who usually vacation on land at all inclusive ...
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Sail Date July 2014


Carnival Sensation Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.53.7
Dining3.53.6
Entertainment3.53.6
Public Rooms4.03.8
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family4.03.6
Enrichment2.03.2
Service4.04
Value For Money4.53.7
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