1,030 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews

5 day Sensation Miami Nassau Half Moon Cay and Grand Turks. Embarkation fastest ever about 10 minutes.   Ship was at Port D if you take Uber.   Not allowed in state rooms until 130 pm so if u come early just know that.  Lunch is ... Read More
5 day Sensation Miami Nassau Half Moon Cay and Grand Turks. Embarkation fastest ever about 10 minutes.   Ship was at Port D if you take Uber.   Not allowed in state rooms until 130 pm so if u come early just know that.  Lunch is open of course.  Luggage took about an hour. Cabin steward came by and asked if we wanted morning or evening cabin service and his sheet also said both so we said both and he did.  Also asked for ice and he supplied a bucket of ice all cruise.  We tipped extra at the end. We had a back balcony which was good.  Most beds in most cabins run parallel to the ship, meaning as the bow goes up and down your foot end of the bed goes up and down slightly if that make sense.  However for the few cabins at the aft the beds run perpendicular to the ship meaning the bed goes up and down left to right instead of foot to head.  It was just weird to be rocked that way all night. Nassau is the only port on this cruise you need both your key card and I.d.  a driver's license is all you need for this cruise. No passport.  The other parts needed just your sign and sail card.   We walked 3 blocks south and 3 blocks east from the port and took a city bus on an unnarrated island tour for a buck and a quarter.  You pay at the end.  Bus 19 is a good one to see behind the scenes of you have done this island alot.   Private island... No tips...it was very hot.  Bring lots of sunscreen.  Excellent cell phone service.  Grand Turks.  It was so hot the locals were swearing badly.  There is limited free beach  chairs and cabanas and such right off the boat on the left of their pier so you want to be the first off.  The green umbrellas are free and the blue chairs behind them are free. First come first served.  The others are $25 for 2 chairs and an umbrella.   The 2nd night is formal night and an upgraded menu.  Be sure to try the rare finds like frog legs if that is your thing.  Most of the dinning room tables were for 8 to 12 people. Long gone are the days of tables for 2 and 4.  Every night they would stop service and the staff dance.  It use to be 1 night on cruised we took in the past.  Now everynight.  The background music is the same track each night.  We are dessert to Kenny g, entrees to a remake of Richard Marx, each night. It became a joke at our table.  Oh, this song is on, must be time for the bread..etc. By far the best part of the cruise was Deon the cruise director.   On 3 nights he had an event in the atrium about 845 pm. This is a must do.  It might be listed as name that song or something but just go. He had hundreds of people leaning over the edges of all the levels in the palm of his hand. IMHO one of the best vocalists at sea that we've seen is with the band Sixth Element.  They played most nights midship level 9.   Mostly standards from the 80s and 90s.  Some before.  They nailed so many songs so close that my phone app was showing the titles and original artist.  They have a new big fan   the crowds got bigger each night as passengers learned of them. The ship is old and worn out.  They have worked hard with upkeep but the price was right to overlook stuff.  The cabins have a hair drier and in the shower there are soap and shampoo dispensers.  One power outlet in cabin and 1 in bathroom.  We brought a very small splitter to charge 3 devices. Internet and cell phone...nassau if you have TMobile its local.  Others international plans work.  Half moon cay cell tower right by where dock is.  Turks the same.  On the sea day about 4 pm and off and on all night you are nearby towers on the islands you pass to get phone and internet.  In other words just make sure you are not on cellular at sea which is the ships towers, and you can stay connected without buying the ships internet package.  Overall a Nice cheap getaway. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I’ve travelled on this cruise ship 3 years ago and I remember the food being so amazing and I was super excited to have that again. Unfortunate, that was not the case. Guys burgers and all those workers there 100% saved the day. We had ... Read More
I’ve travelled on this cruise ship 3 years ago and I remember the food being so amazing and I was super excited to have that again. Unfortunate, that was not the case. Guys burgers and all those workers there 100% saved the day. We had an awesome waiter every night Herbert so amazing at what he does and so very sweet, Milovan made sure to put a smile on our faces throughout dinner and the show they put on, Juno and Budi very prompt and polite which made us feel more than welcome. Overall service was always superb and I am convinced that made the trip so memorable. Because the food wasn’t as great as expect we often ate at the sushi spot with Eduardo (I cannot remember the other gentleman’s name) and I can guarantee the $70 I spend on sushi in a week was well worth it. He described what was what and made the experience delightful and makes bomb sushi. Up on the deck, Iwan will always greet you by name, which is insane because there were well over 2000 people on that ship, made us feel so special. Our room was so cold, just the way I like and was always spotless. Jeerawut did an amazing job and was so patient when we would stay in during the cleaning times we set. Him and his crew are such hard workers even though we left a huge mess of confetti every night. (they deserve a raise!!) Overall, the cruise was pretty smooth sailing and our cruise director Andy made the experience worth while (even though the food wasn’t as great and we couldn’t enter the twerk contest) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I was on the Sensation many many years ago. There was a sale I couldn't pass up. Cost for both my husband and I 377.00 with a 100.00 OBC for an inside room. I did get a call the night before because I am platinum that they had an ... Read More
I was on the Sensation many many years ago. There was a sale I couldn't pass up. Cost for both my husband and I 377.00 with a 100.00 OBC for an inside room. I did get a call the night before because I am platinum that they had an ocean view no charge for us so I took it. I forgot about the fantasy ship purple and brass. Carnival really needs to do something when they do refurbishments they need to make more changes. The pool area was ugly. Maybe I am spoiled but I do not like the mega ships so I have cruised many times on sunshine ( my favorite ), Dream and others. I did fly down from CT I did spend money to get the ship so it wasn't that cheap when I added everything in. Our cabin was m39 and our room steward was awesome!! Our room was nice and cold and always clean. FYI no hair dryer. I forgot to bring mine. Sea days were boring. I am not into bingo , art sales etc. I spent all my time on the serenity area. Way too many kids for one small pool on the lido deck. They need more umbrella's . They only had 4 the first row and after that good luck. It was so hot we used the shower to cool off. If we went into the hot tub we went in early and sat in the shaded part. Food was the worst ever. Pizza , I would not even call it that. I loved it on the the other carnival cruises I have no clue what happened here. I had a grilled cheese at the deli and my bread wasn't even grilled. Dining room only item worth eating was the braised beef, and some of the soups. We did the buffet twice and at least we can maybe find a couple of items. The desserts were lacking at the buffet at night most were diet desserts. The water tasted like water that came out of garden hose. I was so upset not to enjoy any meals. Guys burger too much paprika on the fries and the burger was just okay. Crew staff was always smiling and I thought the ship was kept very clean . Now, the entertainment was awesome, this is what saved my trip. Deon the CD was terrific. Don't miss his trivia nights in the atrium lobby. He sings and dances and gets the crowd going. Just June the comedian was great. We went to all of her shows and the shows at the main theater were actually very good. Casino very smokey and small. Not many places to just chill inside and people watch. Just the main strip near the casino and coffee cafe. They didn't hound the people much for pictures so that was a plus. If they made some major cosmetic changes ( pool area, serenity, and upped their food I would try it again. I like the fact that it's a small ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We booked a couple months in advanced but were still able to get a balcony room. The room was still very tiny. We were on the 5th floor and out floor smelled moldy. There were holes in our curtains and the deck was very dirty. Our room was ... Read More
We booked a couple months in advanced but were still able to get a balcony room. The room was still very tiny. We were on the 5th floor and out floor smelled moldy. There were holes in our curtains and the deck was very dirty. Our room was M245. The cruise director deon was great. There were alot of activities. The food at dinner was great. The breakfast buffet was poor. Half Moon Cay, was a joke! I could of stayed on the ship and had a better day. There is literally nothing on the island. Hopefully carnival does some updates in the future. They were doing maintenance on the ship the whole time of the cruise which was VERY LOUD and unpleasant. The ship gave us an onboard credit for the spa but didn't do us any good being that we dont go to the spa. I would never cruise on sensation again! Most likely will never cruise with carnival again Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This message is to warn anyone planning on having a Carnival cruise wedding to NOT DO IT! If it weren’t for my family and friends the entire memory would be a disaster! I planned a carnival cruise wedding on the sensation on July ... Read More
This message is to warn anyone planning on having a Carnival cruise wedding to NOT DO IT! If it weren’t for my family and friends the entire memory would be a disaster! I planned a carnival cruise wedding on the sensation on July 30,2019. Upon deciding that I would have the wedding with Carnival I submitted all my documents necessary so that the wedding planner on board would be informed of all the details I requested. I paid for the Carnival Classic Platinum package. I had 12 cabins booked full of guests in addition to the suite I paid for. Upon arriving on the ship July 29th, I was told that I’d meet with my wedding planner Victoria right away.. that didn’t happen. I sought her out for the first hour that I arrived and she was not available. She finally reached out to me to let me know that we would meet later in the evening to discuss the wedding details. We met and she seemed friendly, I told her that I wanted to start the ceremony with a bible reading from my brother and proceed with the wedding by the captain. She agreed. I paid for a DJ and requested a blend of music. She agreed. I was told everything would be punctual and you can imagine it wasn’t. The day of the wedding comes and it was set to begin at 2pm. I waited outside the lounge for 20 minutes because the LOUNGE WAS NOT SET UP by her nor the staff responsible. (I have the entire wedding recorded with time stamps in case anyone on Carnival wants to fight me on this). The ceremony begins .. guess what? My brother isn’t able to start the ceremony with the Bible reading. There was no order after the ceremony ended and I walked out, the wedding planner asked if I wanted my brother to do the reading. I said yes so I walk back down the aisle and then leave. Already chaotic and awkward but I deal with it. I was told to stand outside to be reintroduced.. the bar should have been opened for my guests by 2:30 being that I paid for a full hour of open bar. It was 3 pm I was waiting outside to be introduced and the bartender with the most disgusting attitude refused to serve my guests drinks. I also had “specialty” drinks that came with the package she also refused to make them. Her attitude was horrible and mortifying. Again, I didn’t want to ruin my moment so I just rolled with the punches. During the reception we had the cake cutting ceremony. The staff serving us did not provide my guests with cake! They had to cut pieces for themselves!! We also had leftover cake from the reception, my wedding planner said they would deliver the leftovers to my cabin.. I never received that either. The DJ, that I paid extra for played nothing of a mix I requested. Possibly a total of 3 songs at a low volume nonetheless. Although they ran late, they did not hesitate to end the reception at 3:30 on the dot. To the point that I requested one last drink and the bartender slammed the door in my face. I wish I knew her name because I truly would personally send her a note of what a horrible person she is. So I lost out on time at my reception for not being introduced until 3 and can’t even get an extra drink although we were robbed of 30 minutes.. nice right? An experience you paid for! At the end of the reception I left to take pictures. My cousin who was helpful throughout the wedding planning and brought souvenirs and extra decor told me that The wedding planner also was nasty and demanded that She clear everything off the table and tell all the guest to leave. She said these words" you need to get everything off this table and clear out your guest out of this room right now". I’m beyond distraught with the treatment of carnival and its staff they ruined a moment and day I’ll never get back. Not to mention spending $10,000. I paid for a service and expected to receive instead got treated as an inconvenience. In addition, no one on the ship is willing to accommodate your complaints or even care to hear you out. Carnival should be embarrassed at their service or lack their of. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My mom and I booked this cruise solely to go to Cuba, as it is one of the few ports in the Caribbean we have yet to travel to. When the travel ban was enacted on Cuba two months prior to our cruise, we were beyond disappointed. Carnival ... Read More
My mom and I booked this cruise solely to go to Cuba, as it is one of the few ports in the Caribbean we have yet to travel to. When the travel ban was enacted on Cuba two months prior to our cruise, we were beyond disappointed. Carnival compensated us with $100 onboard credit per person (plus I believe $27 back in port expenses), or the ability to cancel our cruise with a full refund. In comparison, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian gave guests on their canceled Cuba cruises 50% off of the cruise fare. Our replacement port was Grand Cayman. So, this sub-par ship and itinerary did not have us overly stoked for this cruise. Upon boarding, it was evident the ship is old and in need of some help. The decor is outdated and the ship is a bit rusty. There is not anything exciting to do on board. However, this was made up for by the AMAZING staff. I was honestly shocked to find that the staff was so phenomenal on such a lackluster ship. Jai at guest services gave us four free drinks and complimentary steakhouse selections at dinner to compensate us for various disruptions on our cruise, such as the fact that our stateroom had an odor to it, which they took care of quickly. The cruise director, Deon, was lively, energetic, and kept the party going. His whole staff throughout the week made sure we were never bored. Our waiter at dinner, Joszef, remembered our names after the first night and made sure to always say hi to us wherever he saw us around the ship. The staff just made us feel so welcomed and appreciated throughout the entire cruise. We were disappointed to learn there was no steakhouse onboard, so we opted for the Chef's Table Experience. It was exquisite. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to expand their palate. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Platinum cruisers. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and cruise length. Embarkation in Miami was the best we have ever experienced in Miami. Parking garage could use a bit of TLC but overall the experience was good. ... Read More
Platinum cruisers. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and cruise length. Embarkation in Miami was the best we have ever experienced in Miami. Parking garage could use a bit of TLC but overall the experience was good. Arrived at 10:50am and we were on the ship at 11:00am. Cabin was ready so we were able to drop off some carry on items and go to explore the ship. Cabin was a bit small for a balcony. No couch just a chair. Ship is older but overall in very good condition. Lido buffet never seemed over crowded in lines. Most lines were for pizza and the deli. Main dining room dinner service was good...not exceptional. Food in dining room was okay. As was our experience on our last Carnival cruise. Just not feeling the dining room dinner cuisine. Guys Burgers, and the Cantina were great as always. Bar service was quicker to go up to the bar rather than wait for wait service on pool deck, which is fine. Only visited Alchemy Bar one time on this cruise. Entertainment in the main lounge was very good. The shows were good, and the the performers were good. Deon the Cruise Director was always around and did a great job. Our excursions were great and I will review separately. Sea Day Brunch was not as good as previously. Dining Room breakfast was okay...had the avocado toast. We self assisted leaving the ship for the first time and all went very well. Overall this was a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Short weekend cruise. Taking my grandson for his first cruise. This was our 5th cruise with Carnival. We have always talked highly of Carnival and enjoy the diversity of age on most of their ships. This ship felt overly crowded. Almost ... Read More
Short weekend cruise. Taking my grandson for his first cruise. This was our 5th cruise with Carnival. We have always talked highly of Carnival and enjoy the diversity of age on most of their ships. This ship felt overly crowded. Almost impossible to get to the buffet. Even harder to find a chair by the pool and forget getting in the 1 pool they have available on the ship. The room steward for the 1st time ever told us that things have changed on carnival and we can have our room cleaned in the morning or evening but not both there are just not enough people to work. In the dining room we watched as the waiters and waitresses in the dining room walked back and forth empty handed and walked by our table 4-5 times not stopping once to pick up the dirty dishes. When asked one waitress walking by our table she said that wasnt her area and we would have to wait for someone else. Really not sure what is going on with this cruise ship but it does not come close to comparing to any of the other carnival cruises I have taken. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I’ve been on a few carnival ships but Sensation would have to be the most boring that I’ve experience. This ship lacked entertainment!!! Although the cruise director Dion was very entertaining and super funny and friendly, the ship did ... Read More
I’ve been on a few carnival ships but Sensation would have to be the most boring that I’ve experience. This ship lacked entertainment!!! Although the cruise director Dion was very entertaining and super funny and friendly, the ship did not have much of anything going on while we were at sea... they not only need more shows but more variety. There was one nightclub(hip hop every night) which was only entertaining for the younger crowd that jumped in circles around each other the entire night. The pool (only seen 1) was occupied by kids the entire trip. The 2 shows I did attend (I don’t speak Spanish) were only 30 min long. Although The Dining area served the same menu as the buffet area every night we dressed up and ate there every night because they promised to sing happy birthday to my friends as we were on the cruise as a birthday trip. IT NEVER HAPPENED! We advised the host several times of this and she kept promising it would happen the next night, then the next night. Overall, I think this ship/cruise is best if you are looking for kid cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
DO NOT BOOK THIS CRUISE! We had a family reunion / birthday party on the ship. The ship/cruise line was picked by someone in the family who cruises often and promoted the trip as a "great deal" . Although I was happy that ... Read More
DO NOT BOOK THIS CRUISE! We had a family reunion / birthday party on the ship. The ship/cruise line was picked by someone in the family who cruises often and promoted the trip as a "great deal" . Although I was happy that someone else planned the trip, this is the last trip that family member will ever plan for us...#sensationFail. There was "NOTHING GREAT" about this cruise, and Carnival nickels and dimes you for everything, so once you add it all up - it was also "NOT A DEAL". There are many better options than this for a great trip. Food: Horrible. If you are into greasy Guy Fierri hamburgers and fries, then you'll be very happy... because that's about the only thing worth eating. Other than that, the entire cruise food choices are very very bad. There are no "restaurants" so your choices are buffets or dining room - both were gross. The crew members on the boat work their butt's off, so no disrespect to them, but sit down dinner service took on average of 3+ hours --- once food arrived, it was a joke. A "side" of broccoli = 1 piece of broccoli with two sprouts. A drink at dinner would take at least 45 minutes to arrive. Entertainment: Horrible. There is almost nothing to do on this ship. You will be out of options on day-2. Pool areas: Horrible. 2,000 people sharing an overgrown hot tub (the pool) and an actual hot tub. The slides -- hahahah -- they don't slide. The kids went down the slide and would get stuck half-way down because there's no water in the middle of slide. Rooms: Good - actually a bright spot here... had a Junior Suite, beds were clean and comfortable, bathroom and shower was fine, balcony was fine. Clean. Embarking/Disembarking - best part of cruise was getting on, then getting off the ship. Very well organized, fast and error free. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We always have great experiences on Carnival. You could definitely tell the ship was in an older class. The paint was chipping and rusting all over the ship. That is the only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating. The cabin was ... Read More
We always have great experiences on Carnival. You could definitely tell the ship was in an older class. The paint was chipping and rusting all over the ship. That is the only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. Our room steward, Leonardo was very personable and was there for all our needs. The dining was EXCELLENT whether you ate in the formal dining room or buffet. I always love all the food selections, e.g., Guys burgers, Cantina, buffet, deli, pizza. The entertainment was par on this ship. The piano man, Sam Martin was AMAZING. Sam is a very talented pianist and singer. Service was wonderful. The staff is very attentive to all our needs. Disappointed because one of our stops was Cuba, but was cancelled. Our cruise Director, Erin, was very energetic and always had the crown engaged with all the activities. Loved Erin and her crew. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chose this cruise because the itinerary included Cuba, which we wanted to visit. I most likely wouldn't have chosen this ship otherwise. That said, I don't get what all the complaints are about! I'm on my 20th Carnival ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the itinerary included Cuba, which we wanted to visit. I most likely wouldn't have chosen this ship otherwise. That said, I don't get what all the complaints are about! I'm on my 20th Carnival cruise so I've seen a lot of ships. It's true this one is smaller and doesn't have a few amenities like the Seaside Theatre but it still had plenty of other things you would find on other ships like Guy's Burgers, Sushi, Punchliner Comedy Club, mini-golf, Serenity deck, etc. It had a few very chill areas to relax on that you don't find on other ships too that I appreciated since the layout is different (in a good way). The smaller size meant fewer people which wasn't a bad thing either when it came to lines for food, port debarkation, etc. The food was decent too. Perhaps not quite as good as some of the other ships but other reviews had me expecting trash and it was far from that lol. Cabins were like any other ship for the most part imo (we had an Oceanview). The entertainment was good as far as music and comedians go. There was actually a live Salsa band in one of the lounges and dance lessons on one of the sea days which was fun. The cruise director Erin was just as good as other ships as well, so there was plenty to do. Room steward, waitstaff, etc also all gave the same high level of service I always have on Carnival so not sure why some people had a bad experience there. Bottom line, don't try to compare this ship to the Breeze or Vista. That would be like comparing Lake Michigan (which is indeed nice) to the Caribbean Sea (which is next level nice). The one thing I will caution is that final debarkation took a long time. There were only TWO customs agents that morning and there were probably about 2K people getting off. A few folks missed their flights so if you book a cruise to Cuba and have to fly to Miami be careful with how early your return flight leaves. Also, if you're looking for a tour in Havana go with Blexie. Much less expensive than Carnival's tours and far better. Rosio was the best! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my first cruise, so I don't have anything to compare this ship to. Embarkation was fast for me. The food was decent. I didn't eat as much as I thought I would. I think the heat suppressed my appetite a little. I ... Read More
This was my first cruise, so I don't have anything to compare this ship to. Embarkation was fast for me. The food was decent. I didn't eat as much as I thought I would. I think the heat suppressed my appetite a little. I enjoyed the cafe, bars, comedy shows, casino, and parties. The shows in the theater were good. Most of the staff was very friendly. I think I will enjoy smaller to mid sized ships, and I didn't get seasick at all. The rocking was soothing at night, and it added to my experience of really realizing "Hey, I'm on a ship in the middle of the ocean!" Plus, I enjoyed the spots on the ship where you could just sit alone and relax for a while. I don't imagine the ships with 5k people have many quiet public spaces. I probably wouldn't get the drink package again though. I think I would've come out cheaper if I just paid for each drink. I scheduled an excursion in Miami due to a late flight, so my debarkation was not typical. We were off the ship by 8am, I believe. I don't know how it was for everyone else. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We were looking for a quick long weekend getaway. I was a little worried based on reviews and a co-worker's experience. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes, the ship is older and shows wear and tear. The bathroom did not have a vanity ... Read More
We were looking for a quick long weekend getaway. I was a little worried based on reviews and a co-worker's experience. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes, the ship is older and shows wear and tear. The bathroom did not have a vanity like older ships. However, we found it quite clean. The color scheme is quite electrifying. It's great if you like purple....which I do lol If you are familiar with cruise ships, this one can be a bit confusing to navigate. For example, the casino and promenade are usually Deck 5. Not on this ship. The crew? Fabulous....every one of them! Of our 17 cruises, this was probably the friendliest crew we've met. On the last sea day, something happened that caused our shower to back up. We came back to our cabin and our steward made sure to find us before we could even open the door. He explained what happened. They had a large fan in the room and a letter explaining the accident. We were offered another room which we declined since it was the last day. We were then given a Steak House selection in the dining room that night and a bottle of Moscato. We appreciated this consideration. The food...on par for cruising. We never had a problem finding something to eat. We cruise Carnival frequently so the menu was familiar. The dining staff were excellent! We were fortunate to be seated with a great group of people who we became friends with. The shows...typical Carnival shows. 88 Keys is a favorite of ours and this version was pretty good..not the best but entertaining overall. We did not go to the Cuban music one. We liked this ship enough to book it again for August 2019. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Highly recommend priority boarding option. There was a very long line regardless if you had an appt. Loved George's food outside of the gate in Bahamas. Carnival should really allow/bring the Bahamas experience inside the gate ... Read More
Highly recommend priority boarding option. There was a very long line regardless if you had an appt. Loved George's food outside of the gate in Bahamas. Carnival should really allow/bring the Bahamas experience inside the gate giving people a cultural experience...we would have never know they were there if we didn't hear the live music outside the gate. Its wonderful, that's why people cruise to different islands Carnival....experiences!!! Carnival ran out of towels for people on the beach at Princess Cay..disappointing, when there is no other way but a water taxi back to the boat. Staff offered no apologies or alternatives. Shower curtain in room smelled like mildew, bring your bleach or lysol. Kind of weird. The spa was very expensive but offered no pre or post spa experience. Customer Service was terrible! We were not welcomed when we arrived, we went into what was supposed to be a relaxation room, but the chairs were regular chairs not comfortable at all. Not given any info about amentities. Save your money you'd have a better experience at a mall massage!!! Cruise Director Deon was very good and had great personality. The comedy show was great. Love and marriage show was entertaining. Recommend highly transportation transfer to and from airport you wont regret it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
First of all—getting onto the cruise went really smooth and quick, that was great. Although, it was very difficult getting off. The crew blocked stairways and hallways so it was very hard to find where you’re supposed to go. I just ... Read More
First of all—getting onto the cruise went really smooth and quick, that was great. Although, it was very difficult getting off. The crew blocked stairways and hallways so it was very hard to find where you’re supposed to go. I just went with my mother, I wouldn’t say that it’s the type of cruise for that though—you would want to go with more than one person definitely. The ship was very interesting, it was very shiny and purple haha. When I walked through somewhere I thought I was going to bump into a mirror or something, kinda trippy. This is just my opinion, but it was very hard to find your way around if you are using the stairs. The cabin was pretty small, including the bathroom. The beds were comfortable. My only two complaints about the cabin is when you take a shower, water gets all over the floor and everything, and, on the last day of the cruise, at like, four in the morning, they put up the gangway so we could get of the ship. I was on floor 7, and that happened to be the floor where they put the gangway. Since the ship was in the water, there were small waves (duh) and that rocked the boat a little bit. So, when the gangway was up, the ship was banging against it making this god awful sound for HOURS. I couldn’t sleep for the rest of the morning. The food wasn’t that great, but it was edible. The chefs work very hard and I appreciate them very much, but I probably won’t cruise on sensation anymore because of the food. The dining room food was okay as well. The entertainment was pretty good, there was a lot of stuff that didn’t appeal to me, but I think that’s just me. The comedy was my favorite, the comedians were hilarious, especially Percy Crews 2. He was great. The service was good, the crew who cleaned our room was so nice and said hi every time we saw him. He left little towel animals every time he cleaned which I loved. Deon was hilarious and full of energy, he was so great, and the manager of the comedy shows, Andy, was very hilarious and very helpful. The excursions were great, I played bingo and won $250 and a dolphin swim in Cozumel! It was great. I wouldn’t go on carnival sensation again, but maybe one of their other cruise ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Spring break girls cruise with daughter and granddaughter was everything we hoped for and more. Cozumel is beautiful and a tourist driven economy means they go the extra mile. We never felt unsafe and we cruised almost the entire island in ... Read More
Spring break girls cruise with daughter and granddaughter was everything we hoped for and more. Cozumel is beautiful and a tourist driven economy means they go the extra mile. We never felt unsafe and we cruised almost the entire island in a Dune Buggy. Very fun. The cruise director Deon and Fun Squad (Andy) just made the time on board an absolute blast. The food was good and always something available, from pizza to Guy's Burgers, burritos and made to order sandwiches and the Buffett was real good. The show was entertaining and the comedy club a lot of laughs. The Captain and Officers even came to Lido for extended photo op and waited until everyone who wanted pics with them had a chance to do so. The Wi-Fi worked most of the trip and the Carnival Hub was really helpful. If you have a bad time on this cruise it's on you! Would recommend and go again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I was invited to join a family group to celebrate a birthday, and as the group was amazing, I did have a good time on this cruise. However, the decor of the ship was definitely the ugliest I have seen. The predominant color was dark ... Read More
I was invited to join a family group to celebrate a birthday, and as the group was amazing, I did have a good time on this cruise. However, the decor of the ship was definitely the ugliest I have seen. The predominant color was dark purple, with lots of neon thrown in. As Carnival does not have any side windows open on the pool deck, many people like to go up one level, where there are lounge chairs and you can enjoy the ocean breeze...but on the Sensation, you cannot enjoy the ocean views...as this is where the lifeboats are kept, blocking your view. There are many nooks and crannies throughout the ship, which means you often 'can't get there from here'. My room was by the midship elevators (my preference for getting around easily), but this elevator did not go all the way up to the pool. Had to walk a flight of stairs to get there from mid ship. This was true for the Serenity deck as well...stairs only to reach. In fact, there were many instances where you needed to use stairs...and for this reason, I would definitely not recommend this ship for those with mobility issues. Also, many of the staircases needed seemed hard to find (like hidden passageways!). On the positive side, embarkation was a breeze (15 min. from drop off to onboard), the Serenity Deck was a wonderful oasis, and the food was not as bad as I had been led to believe (though not great either). If you are looking for an inexpensive option and find one on the Sensation, go with a good group and make the best of it. That's what I did. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We visited Jamaica and grand Cayman. Both ports were amazing! Would recommend to anyone. The ship was an older ship, which we knew entering the cruise. This was our 3rd cruise so my husband and I are familiar with the embarkation ... Read More
We visited Jamaica and grand Cayman. Both ports were amazing! Would recommend to anyone. The ship was an older ship, which we knew entering the cruise. This was our 3rd cruise so my husband and I are familiar with the embarkation procedure and the cruising experience. We had been on 1 royal Caribbean cruise and 1 carnival. Our room was in the front of the ship on deck 6. We heard banging from closet, bathroom, cabin doors allllll night and all day. We felt music thumping all night long. We were extremely irritated as this was the first time we had ever experienced this on a cruise. Shows were lacking, activites were lacking and so was space around the pool and in the pool. Our hallway often smelled of cigarettes and marijuana which made no sense because I could pinpoint which cabin the small was coming from so it was hard to understand why they were unable to find it for themselves. Now the staff on the ship was amazing. Our room was clean, dinner server was amazing and everyone else on the ship was amazing. I would just recommend avoiding this ship! I do understand it is an older ship but the noise really did destroy our peace. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The Carnival Sensation was a pleasant surprise! Although I’ve been on more than a dozen cruises, including 3 other Carnival cruises, I wasn’t sure what to expect on this 5-night itinerary on one of the older boats in the Carnival ... Read More
The Carnival Sensation was a pleasant surprise! Although I’ve been on more than a dozen cruises, including 3 other Carnival cruises, I wasn’t sure what to expect on this 5-night itinerary on one of the older boats in the Carnival line. I’m happy to report that it is a great deal for your dollar if you’re looking for a low frills, high fun cruise experience. What the boat lacks in décor from this millennium, it more than makes up for in enthusiastic entertainment and customer service. Despite the dated look and feel of the ship, everything on board was clean and we did not experience any of the funky odors reported in other reviews. The onboard activities were plentiful and well run. The buffet is small and the selection is not as diverse as other similar cruises we’ve been on, but the quality is good. The Guy Fieri’s burger bar was particularly tasty. The dinner selections were also good quality, and we were happy to see some of the vintage cruise fare options like escargot and baked alaska on the menu. The waitstaff shows were entertaining, but one would have been enough. We enjoyed listening to Tequila Mockingbird after dinner each night as well as “performing” karaoke with our fellow cruisers. Deon the Cruise Director was awesome. The mega-deck party on the second to last night was a blast, as was the 80’s/90’s trivia that he emceed on the last night! Also, the embarkation and debarkation was the BEST we have ever experienced. We were on the boat within 5 minutes of arriving at the port, and in a Lyft within 10 minutes of our floor being called for debarkation. This cruise definitely exceeded my expectations and I would not hesitate to cruise on Carnival again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
There is not enough room to share how horrible this cruise was. First, the dock member lost my luggage as I checked in, and later found out they wrote the wrong room number on my tag and set my luggage outside the wrong door. It took me 5 ... Read More
There is not enough room to share how horrible this cruise was. First, the dock member lost my luggage as I checked in, and later found out they wrote the wrong room number on my tag and set my luggage outside the wrong door. It took me 5 hours to find it. Then. I paid $85 for internet service to do grad school homework, but the internet didn't work. The staff was very rude, the ship was old and had signs of floor damage (holes below the carpet), the food was fine day one, but they served the same thing every day. Guys burgers saved the day. The entertainment was extremely disappointing. I could only do kareoke and comedy so many nights and all other entertainment was a 2 day rotation. The ship basically looked like a ghost town. This company basically will nickel and dime you to death. I even had to pay $50 for soda for the week! The excursion times were very short and the communication of the ship was very poor. The only enjoyable moment I had on the ship was playing blackjack at the casino. We also really liked our housekeeper. He was excellent! There was nothing to do for children, and the 3 pools advertised was one short and 2 mini circle children's pools. STEER CLEAR OF THIS SHIP! PAY THE EXTRA FEW BUCKS - I guarantee you will be happy you did. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Let me start off with this was my first cruise, although I was traveling with a sensoned veteran. Possibly my expectations were too high but this cruise delivered on almost none of my main points. The first look at the cruise ship.. it’s ... Read More
Let me start off with this was my first cruise, although I was traveling with a sensoned veteran. Possibly my expectations were too high but this cruise delivered on almost none of my main points. The first look at the cruise ship.. it’s OLD. Everything needs to be updated. Actually the ship just needs to be sunk. The pool is SOO small and so lame that I actually never got in it once the whole trip. It was layers on layers of people trying to wade in a small area. The “adult” only zone was nothing of excitement. Actually I hardly noticed it was there. The whole boat took about 6mins to lap around. Casino lame, club lame, improve comidians we’re awful. We often found our selves with nothing to do on the boat. The food was horribly. Low standards of cafeteria frozen food. Even the not so formal dinning rooms had awful food. We found ourselves searching for one decent meal the whole time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
First, we are avid cruisers with over 25 cruises. Although we take a few different cruise lines Carnival has been the one we have been on the most. We chose this cruise for my wife’s 60 Birthday because it was only 5 days and we had ... Read More
First, we are avid cruisers with over 25 cruises. Although we take a few different cruise lines Carnival has been the one we have been on the most. We chose this cruise for my wife’s 60 Birthday because it was only 5 days and we had just came back from the Carnival Breeze 7 day cruise 2 weeks prior. Let me say that we knew it would be a small ship and was one of their first, and we tried our best not to compare till the end. First thing is you should know there is not a great selection of food to eat which was disappointing. There is only 1 buffet for breakfast,lunch and dinner and it usually had the same thing everyday. If it wasn’t for Guys Burgers or the Pizza pirate it would of been salad everyday. The deli although wonderful on other Carnival ships was extremely disappointing on the Sensation. We both ordered a Reuben and it was all and I mean all fat and forgot the saurkraut. We did try a little something from the buffet everyday but one bite you just move the plate to the side you do not want to eat it. To the pizza pirate we go, which is very good. Also, the buffet closes at 2:30 everyday and they don’t care if your in line or not, they just start taking the food away. I went to the sweet bar to get a cookie and as I was reaching the tray went right out from me and the guy said, we’re closed. Not the friendliest crew around. The sweet bar we did try a little of everything, some good some not so good. We went to the restaurant a couple of nights hoping it would be better, well...whatever you do, do not order fish. It is so well done and over cooked you can’t eat it. The best thing we ate was the prime rib and shrimp pasta. Their signature dish for dessert is the Melting cake, which I have every time I go on a cruise. It was well done every time I got one. If you don’t know what it is you would probably love it. The cake should be in the middle filled with chocolate that is just like a liquid. It is usually a chocolate lovers dream. On the last night I figured I try one more time and again well done. I asked our waiter if they changed the receipe and he looked and said, oh my well done,let me get you another, he brought out 3 and finally there it was, The carnival chocolate melting cake the way it should be. The last night was southern fried chicken. You could not chew it, we saw table after table sending it back. Sea day brunch wasn’t bad, but beware of the eggs benidict. It was hard boiled eggs, not once but every time I ordered them. With that being said, even though you have much fewer selections to eat they should at least have the same standards of food they have on other Carnival ships. If they did I wouldn’t even be writing this. As far as our room, we have had all different types of rooms from suites to interior rooms. As long as the room is comfortable no biggie, we only sleep in it. We had a porthole room which to our surprise was extremely roomy. The only complaint is there is no refrigerator so if you bring your own soda or order water there is no way to keep it cold. They will bring you a refrigerator only if you have medication to keep cold and you have to ask. There is a safe in the room but you have to use your drivers license or a credit card to use it. No charge but who wants to carry around 2 important items all the time. Also, if you need a make up mirror bring one, these rooms do not have one like the other ships although they do have a hair dryer. We always bring our own toiletries because they stopped putting them in the room. I mean they give you little packages of soap and there is shampoo and body wash. They will also only do your room once, your choice morning or night. No more morning and night. Also, bring something to stay warm in your room, like a parka lol, You can only control the fan speed, there is no thermostat so you pretty much freeze all the time. The entertainment was ok, comedians so so, nothing great just ok. Although Dion (Cruise Director)is a hoot he can only do so much. The Quest is a lot of laughs so I recommend getting there early and don’t miss it. Although it says scavenger hunt you do not leave the plaza and believe me you have never seen anything like it. Most were first time cruisers so if you don’t know what it is you won’t stay. Everyone we saw that were first timers we told them not to miss it. But if your easily offended it’s not for you and it’s for adults only. Absolutely no children and if you go you will understand why. Now let’s talk about the shops, they have beautiful jewelry but they are extremely pushy and don’t let go. If you go in for one thing they try to talk you into spending thousands more. One guy was chasing me out the door trying to get me to purchase something I just wanted to look at.. so if you ask to look at something that you like and are considering buying they will try to push you into buying something else. Look on the islands first before buying on the ship, although they can be just as pushy on the island they can take no for an answer. Now onto the spa. Enjoyable yes, but wait for their specials or go to the ladies pamper party. That’s were they give you the best deals. Instead of spending 200 on a message at the pamper party it’s 100 dollars. But again also beware, they try to sell you Elemis products for everything. I made the mistake many years ago and bought what they suggested for the tune of 300. Well, you can get they same products on Amazon so beware. Just take the card they write everything down on and if you like it get it elsewhere. Now the cruise itself was all in all nice and relaxing and we met a great couple to do everything with. The last day of the cruise did not have a lot of activities to do. It was mostly Jewelry blowout sales. We did have a good time and if the food was up to Carnival standards it would of been a great getaway. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Carnival sensation was a wonderful ship. Although one of the oldest. I had read some bad reviews but I have to see for myself. I appreciate the reviews because it helped me decide. This ship was recently redecorated from what I read. It ... Read More
Carnival sensation was a wonderful ship. Although one of the oldest. I had read some bad reviews but I have to see for myself. I appreciate the reviews because it helped me decide. This ship was recently redecorated from what I read. It was beautiful! Our cruise director deon was so fun and hella funny! He made the cruise worth it. He is full of energy! Can sing and dance. Kept us up on the happenings. My only complaint is the food. Guys burgers was the best eatery. But if you don't eat pork then this ship is not for you. Room service wings were great for $5. Plenty of places to eat for free. And the wait staff in main dining gives great performances every night. Singing and dancing on the tables sometimes. Comedy was funny as hell in the comedy room. Kareoke was awesome. Great giveaways during the jewelry shows and just all around fun. Food needs an upgrade. Too much pork on board. No turkey sausages or bacon. Chicken sausages is nasty as hell! For your 1st time like me, I had a wonderful time for the low price. Looking forward to my next cruise but on a ship that serves turkey and chicken. With less pork! My cabin was great. Larger than a standard size hotel room. Plenty of storage. The steward john was friendly and very helpful. I tipped everybody at least $2 because the grituity we pay up front is sack. They deserve more than what they get from that. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We went on the Carnival Sensation Western Caribbean cruise. The ship is one of their older and smaller ships, but we paid the extra for a room with an external view, and so we liked our cabin. On the first day, we went to the Lido deck ... Read More
We went on the Carnival Sensation Western Caribbean cruise. The ship is one of their older and smaller ships, but we paid the extra for a room with an external view, and so we liked our cabin. On the first day, we went to the Lido deck for the buffet-style lunch, and the food was *terrible*. I had an eggplant dish that was burned and mushy, which suggests that it was totally overcooked. My wife got a sandwich from the deli bar, and she thought it was awful too. We (of course) never ate the buffet food on the Lido deck after that point. The food in the main "Fantasy" dining room was very good. On the last evening, though, my wife ordered the lobster tails as a treat (for a $20 surcharge), and she ended up with diarrhea the following morning. Word to the wise - *don't* order the lobster tails. They were clearly frozen (rather than fresh), and they contained some kind of pathogen that made my wife sick. The breakfast service was usually slow (in the Fantasy Dining Room), which was a problem on mornings when we had an excursion and had to be ready by a particular time. On one morning, the waiter took our order (after a long delay) and brought our food, but he *never* came back to our table. I had to go to the fruit bar myself to get some fruit for our table, even though only the waiters were supposed to go there. The Cruise Director was energetic and funny, and the comedy shows were good. The musical entertainment was good as well. I rate this experience as "average," because it was such a balance of good and bad. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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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