I gave my wife for Christmas a cruise gift which it was Carnival Liberty on 1/28/18 we have a 8 month old baby which unfortunately got sick on the first day of the cruise took him to the doctor that is at Carnival Liberty he had a rash ... Read More
I gave my wife for Christmas a cruise gift which it was Carnival Liberty on 1/28/18 we have a 8 month old baby which unfortunately got sick on the first day of the cruise took him to the doctor that is at Carnival Liberty he had a rash and the doctor said it was measles he told us to stay in the room and don't take them out of the room until we got back to the port in Cape Canaveral we were stuck in a room for two and a half days after the first day I complaint didn't get a call or asked if we need it anyting it's a shame that they were worried of my son getting everybody on the ship sick which I Emma wife understood but they did not care about us they just stuck us in a room to fend for ourselves it's a real shame that the only ones that really tried to help it was two gentlemen from housekeeping and as soon as we got back to Cape Canaveral we were one of the first ones to get escorted out of the ship took my son to the hospital and ended up that was not the measles on top of that they sent Health Services of Orange County to my house it's a real shame what was supposed to be nice trip especially for my wife that's been a great mother it wasn't don't want any money or free Cruise from Carnival but kindness and caring for other people goes a long way Read Less
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini golf ... Read More
This was a good short cruise to Moreton Island. There were heaps of first time cruisers on the ship which was good to see. I didn't even bother getting off the ship when we got there so I had the ship to myself. Was able to do mini golf without heaps of kids and could hang out in Serenity without heaps of people there. Was even able to win a couple of rounds of Trivia due to most of the people getting off the ship. I took full advantage of the SPA so that I could have a bamboo/stone massage.
Pro's - Good value for money and yummy cocktails.
Con's - People taking their kids out of school to do a cruise, but that happens a lot these days.
Best part is they showed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics so I was able to see some of that before I went off to see a show. Read Less
I chose the ship because close to home 6 hours away and inexpensive. The entertainment was great. The rock show outstanding. The band sunset blvd was excellent. The only problem they were near the casino so some people smoked at the ... Read More
I chose the ship because close to home 6 hours away and inexpensive. The entertainment was great. The rock show outstanding. The band sunset blvd was excellent. The only problem they were near the casino so some people smoked at the bar ugh!!! The show heart and soul very good. They only had 7 singers and dancers but made the shows work. The show Diva was good not great. Kevin the cruise director was full of energy and did music trivia in atrium area. He sang and performed and was so funny. The staff were very helpful. We did your time dining so we were able to meet a lot of people. We had some interesting conversations. Half moon cay was beautiful. The sand soft and very relaxing. We did not eat on the island. The ship had Guy's Bugers and Blue Iguana. The comedy a lot to be desired. Tom Foss was terrible and John Wessling was ok. Glad we didn't have to pay extra. Go to tea time in piano bar was nice. The buffet choices not great. Some of the dinners were good and some not. The prime rib fatty and wasn't good. I love it on Royal Caribbean. No lobster. Esgargot wasn't good and rabbit ugh. The salmon was good and steak was good. There wasn't a welcome back party. I am gold and all you got was a bottle of water each and 1 drink on last day after 5 pm. Pretty pathetic. They want either platinum or diamond or suite. Read Less
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to ... Read More
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to update a web site than to update signage and automation at the parking structure. In addition, we arrived early, and could only find parking on the top floor of the parking structure. We did not see any other reasonable options for parking. Good luck.
We cruised on the Carnival splendor. The decor was the worst of any ship on any line that we have ever experienced. Decks 3 and 4 have no access from one end of the ship to the other, so one is far too frequently going to the other end of the ship to use just the right elevator to reach your destination. The only good ship's map was in the Carnival Hub app on my iPhone. We never found a single good printed map. However, if your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone, the Hub app will give you the wrong time of day while claiming to be a good reference for the time -- beware. Entertainment was good (with nice costumes for the ladies) provided that you liked music from the 80's -- each and every show had music from the 80's. Food was good, and our wait staff in the main dining room was superb (especially Stanislava from Bulgaria). For a ship with over 3,000 passengers, embarkation and disembarkation was well done. The cruise director, MarQ, did a great job of setting up and handling disembarkation, so we knew progress and could remain comfortably seated until we could get off Read Less
We booked the Sensation without reading reviews as we general have not worried about that. After booking I decided to check out details on the book and reviews. Let's just say, the reviews did not make me excited to go and made me worry ... Read More
We booked the Sensation without reading reviews as we general have not worried about that. After booking I decided to check out details on the book and reviews. Let's just say, the reviews did not make me excited to go and made me worry about how the cruise would go.
First off, our experience was the complete opposite of the negative reviews.
Yes, the ship is older but the crew was always, always cleaning it. There was never a moment that the ship felt dirty! Way to go crew!
Yes, the ship had an older smell to it but older house have a smell too - this is very, very minor!
The water did have a smell at times but nothing that ruined our fun.
ALL of the crew, ALL, was amazing, friendly, kind!!! Not once did we encounter a rude crew member! Every single one of them were there to help!
Plenty of things to do, plenty! Shows were awesome, comedy family show as great! So much to do we didn't get to enjoy everything! Music was on point and great! There were times on the Lido deck that the bars got busy and people were having a little too much fun but we just enjoyed other areas of the ship during that time, no biggie!
It is a smaller ship but plenty of space to go to other areas and enjoy!!
Because it is a smaller ship you do feel more then the bigger ships, the first day was very rough but this is by no means the ship's fault - it's mother nature and this is not to be held against Carnival.
The pool was nice, two hot tubs by the pool and one in the adult only area - only during one day was the pool busy, but hey that is what it is there for. I feel like people are complaining about things that shouldn't even matter.
Awesome experience, would book this ship again. The cruise director is amazing and did an awesome job!
We are not fantasy people - this cruise was perfect for us. Great for the money!
If you want to be whined and dined and want a five star fantasy ship and treatment, then book elsewhere, this ship is for those who want to go on vacation, have not worries, and just want to relax and have a good time because that is just what we did! Thank you Carnival Sensation! Read Less
We absolutely loved serenity and the thermal suite and thalasso pool. We purchased the weekly pass and used the thermal suites daily.
This was a first cruise for some of our group and everyone said they would love to go again. This was ... Read More
We absolutely loved serenity and the thermal suite and thalasso pool. We purchased the weekly pass and used the thermal suites daily.
This was a first cruise for some of our group and everyone said they would love to go again. This was a ladies only getaway for the four of us, no kids or husbands.
Wayan, our cabin Stewart was amazing. We loved the deck party, shows and punchlines club. Stopped at the coffee bar every morning for Chocolate spiked coffee, after having steak and eggs in the dining room. Our dining room experience was fantastic. Sawarut and Frasier kept us entertained and made sure we had everything we could ask for.
We found the casino too smoky so we didn't spend anytime there at all.
The cave tubing in Belize was the absolute best and the deluxe beach day in Cozumel was really fun. In fact, 2 of us missed the boat (completely our fault as we were late) and they went out of their way and drove us to the private beach to catch up with our friends.
Such a fun and relaxing week on Magic! Read Less
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