1 Carnival Sensation Bermuda Cruise Reviews

My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time ... Read More
My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time (especially the 1st-timers), but the ship is definitely sub-par. I had low expectations going into the trip based on reviews I had read here, so I wasn't terribly disappointed, but I would recommend spending a few extra bucks to upgrade to a newer or more recently refurbished ship. HOTEL: We stayed at Wakulla Suites on Cocoa Beach. Very cool hotel in a kitschy polynesia kind of way. But I'm into that kind of stuff. Huge rooms for the price, beach access, and a nice garden. Recommended. FOOD: The main dining room's food was passable. The worst I've had on a ship yet, but that doesn't mean it was terrible. Lobster night was definitely the best. As for the buffet....awful. Bad food, no selection, and ALWAYS a long line. Breakfast was the same few items everyday. Room service is definitely lacking. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is basically a floating off-strip Vegas hotel. VERY purple. Mirrors. Neon. Super-gaudy. There was a slightly sour smell permeating the atrium. All the lounges are waaaay over the top. The casino is huge and nice enough. There were some interesting games like "Faceup 21". The Blackjack tournament was very fun. ENTERTAINMENT: We never saw the nighttime shows, so I can't comment on those. There weren't too many activities planned. We love playing trivia on board, but it only happened once during the whole trip, and not even on the sea day. Name that tune was fun, but it seems like the main activity on the Sensation is hanging by the pool and drinking. ROOMS: The rooms were very nice compared to the rest of the ship. A little wear and tear on the cabinets and bathroom sink, but not too bad. The bed was very comfortable. Our steward did an excellent job. PORTS: Freeport: Do something that gets you away from the dock! It's a very industrial port, but there are some beautiful areas elsewhere on the island. My girlfriend and I did Carnival's "Peterson Cay Kayak & Snorkel Tour". It was really fun, but a bit overpriced at $100 each. But a great way to get out in the sun, exercise, and snorkel around a wonderful reef. Nassau: We booked Stuart Cove's 1/2 day snorkel trip. You can't book this on the ship, you must do it independently in advance. It was WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. There were 3 stops: a beautiful reef, a "plane wreck" (actually a movie prop), and the sharks! Very fun, great crew, and an awesome day. OVERALL: You get what you pay for. I didn't expect too much going in, so I wasn't too disappointed. The 1st-timers had no idea what to expect and they had a blast. Go in to have a good time, and you will. It's sure better than being at work! Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
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 3.7
Rates 3.0 4.3

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