2 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews for Gay & Lesbian Cruises to Bahamas

Obviously living in upstate New York my family knows cold temps and leaving from Baltimore we expected cold temperatures.Mind you we are experienced cruisers,but this was are first Carnival.What we didn't expect was our sweet to be as ... Read More
Obviously living in upstate New York my family knows cold temps and leaving from Baltimore we expected cold temperatures.Mind you we are experienced cruisers,but this was are first Carnival.What we didn't expect was our sweet to be as cold as the air outside.This is no lie.Upon boarding the ship which had been delayed for three hours due to rough seas and cold temps.We along with all the other passengers waited in a state of chaos to board.We took this with a grain of salt taking in to consideration that this was unexpected and things happen.Once we got to our two br vista sweet,which happened to be large and very spacious we were taken back by the fact that we could actually see our own breath.We have never complain on any ship we have ever been on but we had no choice.My self,husband two kids 7,10 and 70 year old mother were told the ship will heat up once we move.In the meantime we will send up extra blankets.Needless to say we never got our blankets until we complained for the forth time at seven am when a worker came in to take a temperature reading.It read 57 degrees.Mind you this was warmer than what it was the night before.Very disappointed and plain out angry, the only thing we wanted in return was some sort of comp for our experience.The only thing we received was 100 dollars on board credit total for five people.Not what i call comp considering we froze, slept with our coats on and spent a fortune for our room.We did make the best of our trip when the weather got warmer.Bahamas was over rated.Not much to do,but had fun riding the waves in Nassau.Freeprt was a joke.Nothing to do and was only docked there for a few hours,so it didn't leave much time for the beach.The kids program on the ship was ok,when it was open.Kids took advantaged when it was open as much as they could because there was nothing else for them to do.Basketball court and miniture golf was hardly open,as well as the slides.One of which was closed and unuseable the whole week.They did use the pool which was nice and they always had videos on the screen playing which was cool but they never swam long because it was just to cold.Food was good no complaints there.We often took advantage of the buffets,pizza and guys burger joint on the lido deck.It fit everyones likes and dislikes with fast moving lines.Dining room was good as well.As for adult activity there was not much to do during the day.Other cruises i have been on had never ending activities to do,especially if the the weather was bad.This ship had none.The one activity i did go to was a hair show,which was moved to a different area than stated and didnt even have enough seats to accomidate the twenty people that attended.One of the two comedians we saw was excellent.Laughed my but off.The other not so much.I do warn you to go to shows at least half hour in advance.There is a huge issue with seating.All four shows i went to we had to stand along the wall if we could get near it or behind the pack of people standing by the door.As for drinks, we took advantage of the soda package which was well worth it as long as you were in no rush for it took way to long for service.I found this to be an issue all over the ship.We did make the best of everything,and had no problems with cleanliness.Im just not sure if I would use carnival again in the future.Maybe a newer ship might be ok.Its just being so cold those first few days and being ignored like it was no big deal left a real bad taste in my mouth.Oh one more thing we all came home with a nasty chest and head colds,so bad my husband was out two days from work and my one son a week from school.Coincidence or just bad luck? Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Overall a mediocre experience however I will be fair in my review. Boarding the Sensation was a breeze. We carried our own luggage on board and our room was ready immediately which was a nice surprise. Room was a fair size, clean, and met ... Read More
Overall a mediocre experience however I will be fair in my review. Boarding the Sensation was a breeze. We carried our own luggage on board and our room was ready immediately which was a nice surprise. Room was a fair size, clean, and met my expectations. The bathroom was larger than what I was expecting too which was also a plus. Having heard Carnival were "The fun ships" and hearing other people talk about their Carnival experiences my partner and I wanted to give Carnival a try. When embarking the port we were shocked there was no party going on deck. Having sailed on Liberty of the Seas once before, I expected people to be enjoying themselves swimming and drinking as we departed while the crew played music and entertained us. This was far from the case. The deck was near empty! There was no music or anything going on on deck. The only fanfare embarking was a toot of the ships horn. A bit disappointing. Exploring the ship was a bit difficult. There are several decks that have no through access to the other side of the ship so you must go up or down a few decks to cut over. The ship design is a bit old but she's an old ship and I think they did what they could with her. I understand that she's had some upgrades. We were excited about the waterworks feature of the ship but when we arrived it felt like a kitty playground and we were a bit apprehensive to go down the water slide thinking it might only be for kids. We eventually made our way up and down the "twister" slide. Your back could feel every seam in the slide and it was a bit painful. We did not go down it again. The smaller racing sliders were a bit more comfortable, but not a lot of fun for an adult. The kids in the area seemed to enjoy it so I think the waterworks area is better for children. We were disappointed to find that there was only one pool and it was very small. At times it was empty and other times it was so full I don't know how you could swim in it. I must have saw a different ship plan prior to booking because I really thought there was another pool. Finding food on the Sensation was like going on a scavenger hunt. It seemed they rotated the location of food and that only one station was open at a time. This is not what I was used to and thought most food stations would be open at least during normal hours. Often times we found only the Pizza place was open so that was all we were able to eat. I'm not sure if they were understaffed but there was one guy serving a huge line almost all the time and the line moved very slowly. I think they make the pizza fresh, but the downside is when it's the only place open all the time, it takes forever to get one slice of pizza. Even then you best take what they have cooked or you'll have to wait another 15min for them to make the kind of pizza you want to eat. When you were lucky to find food other than pizza it was decent but nothing to go crazy about. The formal dinner was nice and the crew there were timely and polite. At the end of dinner they did a little dance that was very amusing. Our favorite area of the ship was the Serenity deck. This is a 21+ only area aft right at the back of the ship. It has two hot tubs and staff that walk around to take your drink orders. The service crew however were hit and miss. When leaving Nassau we ordered a round of drinks from the waiter who came by and asked us if we wanted anything. We ordered some beer and the guy NEVER returned with our order. We stayed in our deck chairs for the entire departure which was about an hour. Another time in our stateroom we called room service for ice which also seemed to be a hard commodity to find. It took 3 phone calls and 3hrs to finally get it. Our stateroom attendant never came by to greet us and we had no idea who he/she was. Anytime someone delivered something to our room it was someone different. A few of the nights we also never received the ship itinerary. This ship is old and does not have the nice touch screen maps and guides like some of the newer ships. I felt like I never knew what was happening on board, what to do or where to go until I was finally able to get a hold of the itinerary. Be advised that Carnival will auto add stateroom gratuity to your bill, which we did not know. Having only sailed with Royal Caribbean before, we were expecting to get envelopes for each attendant for tipping. If you want to increase or decrease tips you must go to guest services. I was not informed this was their policy so I feel the crew might have felt it was ok to slack off because they were going to get auto-tipped. Completely bogus. There were only two crew members on the pool deck that I thought did a decent job with getting drinks and showing us a good time. We didn't see any shows because we were enjoying the serenity deck too much. Our dinner table companions said the adult comedy show was very good and I wish we would have seen it. Overall I was very disappointed in the crew and their service. The ship itself was OK. Overall it was mostly clean but sometimes hard to navigate with a dated deck plans. Leaving the ship at ports and back at the home port was a painless process and very speedy. I doubt I will cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 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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