2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: February 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
5 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
Carnival Sensation Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.5 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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