6 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Bahamas

Hi Everyone: I just sailed on the Carnival Sensation from Thursday, March 10th - Monday, March 14th. This will be a pretty detailed review so I hope it helps someone. About me: I am a single 38 year old woman. I have a 4 year old son ... Read More
Hi Everyone: I just sailed on the Carnival Sensation from Thursday, March 10th - Monday, March 14th. This will be a pretty detailed review so I hope it helps someone. About me: I am a single 38 year old woman. I have a 4 year old son who I typically cruise with. We have done 5 cruises together. This was my first cruise in 4 years without him. I was so excited for an "adult only" cruise. I have done close to 20 cruises. A mix if Carnival and Royal Caribbean mostly. My philosophy is that there is no bad cruise. For this cruise on the Sensation I was cruising with my friend who is also around my age (41). Embarkation: I live in Florida only about 90 minutes from the Port of Miami so we just drove to the Port of Miami the day of sailing. We got there at about 11:30am. Parking was easy to find (Garage parking) and we dropped off both of our suitcases w/ a porter prior. Once inside the terminal we had Faster to the Fun (FTTF) so we were checked in immediately. We could not yet board, because they had not started so we waited about 15 minutes and then they began to board. We were on the ship just before noon. How awesome is that?!?! Once on ship we purchased the Cheers Program. I highly recommend if you drink wine, cocktails, cordials, etc basically anything over $10.00 a serving as this will pay off if you have more than 5 drinks a day...which is easily done. Also, with the new Cheers Program you can get bottled water, Vitamin water, specialty coffee drinks, etc. I had so many of those throughout the cruise. The main pool was very lively. A lot of people, the DJ was great. Bar service was constant. I cannot complain. The Serenity Deck on this boat was not that great. No hammocks, beds/fancy chairs. However the view was fantastic and both hot tabs were nice and hot. Just the way I like it. My friend and I are in the MDR every night. The food was great. 2 out of the 4 nights we ordered Surf and Turf from the Steakhouse menu. Delicious!! We did Buffett for breakfast and lunch that was good as well. Sea Day Brunch was fantastic. We saw two comedy shows in the punchliner. I thought they were good. No other shows. We gambled in the casino every night. I love the dealers...especially PETER!!! Great time in casino. Overall the cruise was great. It is an older ship so you cannot compare it to a newer ship like the Breeze. Happy Sailing everyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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
This cruise was the second and last chance for Carnival, as far as I was concerned. I had sailed on the Elation out of New Orleans for my birthday back in November, and was, and this is the nicest way I can state this, overwhelmed with the ... Read More
This cruise was the second and last chance for Carnival, as far as I was concerned. I had sailed on the Elation out of New Orleans for my birthday back in November, and was, and this is the nicest way I can state this, overwhelmed with the poor customer service and training of the staff. I understood that this is the affordable cruise line and that you can't expect attention to detail and appointments like that of Disney, but rudeness and defensiveness was not what I was looking for. But that was then, and this is now. I chose to go solo this time. And got a great deal on one of the larger interior cabins on the Empress Deck (7). Upon arrival, the staff in the terminal was well prepared, friendly, helpful and professional. having prepared my luggage for ease of electronic separation, I was through security, checked in with my Sail and Sign card and rolling up the ramp in less than 5 minutes.. with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. It was the way I wanted my long weekend getaway to start. When I got to my room, it was prepared: clean, bright, and with a note welcoming me aboard. Before I could even drop my luggage, the steward was there, welcoming me with a smile and asking if there was anything he could do for me right then. I asked for ice and smiling said he would be right back...and he was. I had a small cooler with me and he kept it full for three days. Little things, ya know? The staff... all of them.. would meet your eye and smile and say good morning/day /afternoon/evening when ever you passed. It was almost "disney-like". The Cruise Director "Wee Jimmy" was a hoot, never failed to stop and talk as well as put on some awesome shows. His team was always up to something, and there was always something going on. In fact, the only regret I had is that I wanted to do the trivia and something else at the same time. The only reason you could find something fun to do, would be because you didn't want to do something. Great energy on the boat. A good mix of families, young people (20 - 30), middle aged folks like myself (I'm 49) and more experienced folks. I met up with a bachelor party, two bachelorette parties and a wedding party... all out for a good time and finding it. Met a few couples and solo adventurers closer to my age that were fun to hang around with as well. Allowed me to step outside the box a bit, and still have a good time. Pulling into Nassau in the afternoon and being the last ship out that evening made it feel more relaxed than the last time I was there. Good times. The day at sea was packed full and the food selections were better that day than the two before. Game Show, Love and Marriage Show, Bingo, Trivia, Ice carving demonstration, Groove for St. Jude, and the Hairy Chest Contest made it a full day! (I won two of those...you have to guess which.) Overall, a wonderful experience, made more so by the people I met and the attitude of the staff. I will definitely be going again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was the first cruise for myself and fellow single girl friend. We decided to getaway for the weekend and flew from LA to Orlando on Wednesday 6/15 and stayed at the Comfort Suites near the airport. The next morning we took the Cruise ... Read More
This was the first cruise for myself and fellow single girl friend. We decided to getaway for the weekend and flew from LA to Orlando on Wednesday 6/15 and stayed at the Comfort Suites near the airport. The next morning we took the Cruise Xpress Shuttle to the port for $20 each.Embarkation was a breeze! We got to the port at about 11:30am. We went from the shuttle van onto the boat within 20 minutes! Once onboard we thought our rooms wouldn't be ready until 3:30 so went to the Lido deck to eat at the buffet. We started noticing more and more people without luggage and in full swimsuits and found out that our rooms were available at 1:30pm! By the time we got down to our room it was about 2:30pm.There was a mix of multi-generational families, couples, some singles, and parents with small children. The pool was smaller than I would have liked and as such I never got in as it was almost always crowded, as was the hot tubs on Lido deck. On the last day of the cruise we did enjoy the Serenity deck and I sat in the hot tub out there for a while and fell asleep on one of the comfortable deck chairs.The ship has tons of lounges to hang out in, and if I was part of a bigger group, or there with a significant other, then I probably would have sat around in one of them and ordered a drink, but as I am not the type of person to go to a bar and start convos with strangers, I didn't utilize the lounges.The first night we enjoyed dinner in the dining room and the adult rated comedy show. The 11pm comic was funny and the 12am comic wasn't. Dinner was delicious, but we weren't fans of the fact that dinner took a WHOLE TWO HOURS! 8:15-10:15pm. It seemed like the servers were waiting for everyone to appear before starting so we didn't get appetizers until about 8:45pm. Thank goodness the bread was good. The servers also didn't ask if you wanted something (free) to drink that wasn't on the wine/cocktail menu on the table and automatically poured ice water. Thank goodness on the second night I noticed other people getting lemonade and asked for that. We also had cappuccino after dinner both nights but didn't find it to be too tasty. I also didn't like the coffee served on the ship as well. The dance the servers did the first night was entertaining. Throughout dinner you could feel the boat rocking and it was an uncomfortable feeling for us first timers, and one of the ladies said we could feel it so much because this boat was built in 1993 and didn't have stabilizers. (?)The first night we went to the singles dance party, but unfortunately lots of couples showed up as well which made it completely useless as a way to get to meet singles of the opposite sex. We hung out for a while after scanning the room before leaving. The music they played was good though.The second day we went to Atlantis and thoroughly enjoyed the park! It was a great experience for $120. We did NOT pay the overpriced cost of $136 from the cruise ship. A taxi to and from the port to the resort was only $4 each way. We shared a locker rental at the park for $7. We took sandwiches and fruit from the buffet on the ship to avoid buying food in the park. It was 1pm by the time we had put our stuff into lockers at the park, and it was 6pm when we got our things out of the lockers after doing the slides and river tubing. We didn't get into any of the actual pools to lounge or visit the beach as we wanted to get pictures around the resort and at The Dig before we left to go back to the ship to shower for dinner at 8:15pm. The park is open from 7am-7pm, but our ship got into port at noon and left at 6am the next morning, so as long as you can enjoy 6 hours at the park, I'd say pay the $120 and experience Atlantis at least once, you can always go back. The second night at dinner we were exhausted from our day at Atlantis. We got served the appetizer and entree fairly quickly compared to the night before, but then they took forever to clear our plates, then to give us the dessert menu. We think they did this so that they could sing their song before dessert. As we were tired and wanted to leave, we could care less about the Italian song they sang that night "It's Amore!" And when they finished singing and brought our desserts, I was very upset that my sherbet had half melted. Because of this, we did the buffet the next night for dinner.The pizza and the lemonade in the buffet were standouts. Most of the food was absolutely delicious! One of the cakes with cream were dangerously diet busting! I almost ate 2 whole slices! Chicken strips were delicious with the honey mustard, just wish they offered bbq or sweet & sour sauce as well.The third night we saw the Show Time in the Fantasy Lounge which was a Vegas Style revue show of dancing and singing to 80's music. It was entertaining, but definitely not as good as some performances I've seen on 'So You Think You Can Dance'. Some dancers were better that others and the girl sang WAY BETTER than the male that sang throughout most of the show. She literally blew him out of the water. But the show was entertaining.Most surprising part of the cruise? Our stateroom! We had an interior double bed room and due to the 2009 refit, the new beds and linens are SO COMFORTABLE. For my job I stay in a lot of Westins, Hyatts, Sheratons, and Hiltons, and am used to comfortable beds, and I went to sleep as SOON as my head hit the pillow. 5*****! The bathroom was very nice and more spacious than I expected. We had a flat screen tv with tons of ship and shore channels and there were 4 just out of theatre movies constantly playing. (Toy Story 3, Tangled, I Am Number 4, and Tron on the 6/16/11 cruise) There was plenty of closet, drawer, and under the bed storage space.The water slides were just ok. The fast blue slide was better than the yellow long and twirling one as you could feel the bumps in the part of the slide where they connected together and sometimes the water pressure would dissipate and there would be barely any water pouring down the slide and some kids would stop sliding before they got to the very bottom where the pool of water was. I also didn't like the fact that the water didn't seem to be chlorinated and looked dirty. After doing slides at Atlantis the previous day, they just paled in comparison.All in all this was a great first cruise and I can't wait to do many more on a bigger and newer ship! This is my new favorite way to vacation. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011
My two cousins and I left the kids behind and took a "girls" cruise on the Carnival Sensation for 3 nights on 4/15/10. This was a great little getaway for all three of us. We drove to the port and arrived just after 10:30 AM. ... Read More
My two cousins and I left the kids behind and took a "girls" cruise on the Carnival Sensation for 3 nights on 4/15/10. This was a great little getaway for all three of us. We drove to the port and arrived just after 10:30 AM. Only one car was at the baggage gates at the same time as us, and even the interior of the terminal had few people this early. I was surprised, but as it turned out, this sailing wasn't even close to full. We checked in right away and sat down to wait for our zone, 8, to be called. They started calling zones pretty early, just after 11 AM, and we were up in the Lido restaurant by 11:30. Perfect. We tried a few items from the buffet as well as had our first Funship Special (my favorite Drink of the Day). Food on the buffet was good (not outstanding, but enjoyable), and the one slice of pizza was very good, as usual. (Side note - I have been on Carnival and Disney multiple times each. I never have a problem finding good food on either line. However, pizza on Carnival is far better than Disney, while Disney buffets tend to be great instead of just good for Carnival.) The doors to the cabin hallways stayed closed until 1:30, so we spent the time walking around the ship and sitting at the Atrium Bar with a second Funship Special. The cabin itself was standard oceanview on Main deck, M184, with two twin beds and a pull down. I had thought the pull down would be from the ceiling, but instead, it was from a contraption that was attached to the wall over one of the twin beds. My cousin found it to be plenty comfortable. Our room steward did a great job, though we didn't actually see him until the second day, and that was only because we were running back to the cabin to gather items for a scavenger hunt, else we would have missed seeing him altogether! We had 6:00 PM seating in the Ecstasy dining room, and were seated at table 249 with another group of three ladies who turned out to be quite nice and fun, so one of the best tablemate matches we've had. They did leave before the dessert on the first night due to feeling a little motion sick, so we enjoyed the "Low Low Low" show ourselves with dessert. Our wait team was fantastic - Aleksander was one of the best head waiters we have ever had. Especially considering he had to put up with another table with people who consistently showed up for dinner AFTER dessert was being served. Absolutely rude. If you can't make it within 15 minutes of dinner time, go to one of the many other options available for food on the ship - no need to disturb everyone else's schedule so rudely. All of our dinners were good to great throughout the cruise. The Lasagna Bolognese was a stand-out, never tried it before, but will get it again every time its offered! Panko shrimp with plum sauce was also outstanding. I enjoyed the pumpkin soup and onion soup, as well as the lobster, the warm chocolate melting cake, and the Grand Marnier souffle. The only thing I really didn't care for at all was the Veal Parmigana. Rather tough and chewy, not much sauce or flavor. The first night's show was Far From Over - an 80s music review, and it is my favorite Carnival show so far, don't miss it! The other production during this cruise was Curves, which was good. It has more of the Vegas style thongs and dancing. There was also an adult comedy show the first night with TC Tahoe, who was amusing. The second night had a juggler-comedian who was very good and a lady comedian who was very funny, and who also did an adult comedy show the third night, which was hilarious. Definitely an adult show, not for the kiddies. We dropped just a little in the casino and a little at bingo, had no luck. We participated in some of the trivia games and the scavenger hunt on the promenade deck, and two of us won ships on sticks! We watched the Hairy Chest competition which was fun, but unfortunately, the girls who were the judges got oddly confused, and when it was time to make the first cut, they gave the runner up medals to the two best guys there. When the guys left the stage, the girls got all upset when they realized they got rid of the ones they meant to keep. Kind of a shame for those two guys, they were a lot of fun and did deserve to win. The Serenity deck is outstanding, we loved laying out in the sun, and also loved being able to sit in the shaded area once it got too hot. My only complaint was on the sea day, the FunTimes gave the hot tub opening times as 8 AM, but they didn't open until 10 AM. Same for the pool on lido deck. They really should stick with the times they print, especially on a sea day. The new Waterslides are so awesome - we did them over and over. So much better than the old pool slide on the Fantasy class ships, and I also like them better than the single twister slide on the larger ships. The Carnival Sensation is an older ship, but I feel that she wears well and has a great crew. The new waterslides and Serenity area are a great addition and go far in keeping the ship fun. I've seen the Sensation get low reviews, and I understand that the smaller ships can be hit or miss, especially during Spring Break or holidays when you have a larger group of people looking for an affordable and fun getaway. However, this is my second time sailing on her and I loved her just as much as I did the first. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
This was my second cruise, having sailed last August on the Fascination out of the Port of Miami. Instead of flying, we opted to drive a lonnnng 12 hour drive to Port Canaveral. We stayed right outside of St. Augustine the night before, ... Read More
This was my second cruise, having sailed last August on the Fascination out of the Port of Miami. Instead of flying, we opted to drive a lonnnng 12 hour drive to Port Canaveral. We stayed right outside of St. Augustine the night before, and drove approximately an hour and half the next morning. The drive to Port Canaveral was much easier than I expected. I was surprised how easy it was to get there. There was traffic backed up waiting to unload baggage, but that's expected when there are two large ships in port. The embarkation process was fairly simple. We had a bit of a wait to get in, but it wasn't too bad. Upon arriving, we had to fill out a questionnaire about swine flu, which didn't bother me at all. It's nice to see they are taking measures to prevent sickness. I also noticed that there were hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the ship, and this wasn't something I had noticed last year. Anyway, we arrived on the ship in plenty of time to have lunch on the lido deck and enjoy a few drink of the day specials. Our luggage arrived promptly to our cabin. The cabin was nice and clean. There were four of us sharing a cabin, and I will say that next time I cruise, I will not be sharing a room with that many people. There just isn't enough room for everyone to be comfortable. The beds were cozy and our room steward provided fresh towels, turned down our beds and left us a towel animal every evening. We had late seating in the Fantasy Dining room. Our head waiter was great. He knew everyone by their first name and was very attentive. He was extremely friendly and quite funny when the waiters did their little "show" before dessert. We had fun and friendly table mates, and we were seated at the Captain's Table. The food was excellent, and many people at our table took advantage of the "all you can eat" aspect by ordering more than one appetizer or entree. I was a little scared, having read some other reviews about the food on the Sensation, but I must say, I was pleased. I thought everything was very good. Well, I didn't care much for the midnight Mexican buffet, but other than that, the food was excellent. I also took advantage of the massage special the day we were in port at Nassau. We didn't arrive to Nassau until almost noon, so we were able to schedule our treatments early that morning. I had a facial, scalp massage and neck and back massage for $99. My friend had a neck and back massage, hand massage and foot massage for $99. It was a "mix and match" sale. It was very nice and relaxing and well worth the money. In Nassau, we did not do a Carnival excursion. Instead, we took a taxi to one of the "free" beaches and spent the day. The water was amazing and we spent a lot of time floating and lounging in it. While they advertise as "free," as soon as you get there, people bombard you selling jewelry, hand made crafts and other things. You can also rent a beach chair and umbrella, which we did. There were also people selling mixed drinks in coconuts (5 drinks for $20) and unfortunately, we paid for this and did not receive all 5 of our drinks. The guy selling them conveniently took a break during the last few hours of our time there. The highlight and low light of our day at the beach was renting a jet ski. We decided to do this spur of the moment, and paid for an hour ride with two jet ski's. Two of my friend ended up falling off their jet skis and had to be rescued by a para sailing boat. At the recommendation of the guys renting them, we had put all of our valuables in the jet ski and when it flipped, our cell phones, cameras and other things were ruined. We ended the day by going back to the ship for formal night. We spent some time in the Casino, the lounge for karaoke, and relaxed on the top deck at night. The fun day at sea was spent just relaxing and lounging on the deck. We saw the show "Curves" that evening. I'm a total theater dork, and the show was basically average. The singing was good, but the show bordered on "cheesy" in some spots. It was entertaining, but I didn't understand why it had such a strong PG-13 rating. The dancers were in thongs, yes, but to me it wasn't anything more than what you see on television. We didn't see the other show "Far From Over," but we did see this show last year on the Fascination, and I think I prefer that one. We also saw the R-rated comedy show. He was quick witted, but not always funny. It was almost as if he was cursing just to be cursing, and to me that wasn't funny. All in all, the Sensation was a great ship. The food was great, entertainment was good and there was plenty of things to do on the ship. In fact, I had such a great time, I'm booked on the Sensation again this January! Read Less
Sail Date August 2009
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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