Sail Date: April 2018
Terrible!! Will never even consider carnival again. 1- Not enough seating areas for number of guest. My example is, if you're sailing and don't have a stop that day, what will the 2000 + people on board do? They will go to the ONE ... Read More
Terrible!! Will never even consider carnival again. 1- Not enough seating areas for number of guest. My example is, if you're sailing and don't have a stop that day, what will the 2000 + people on board do? They will go to the ONE pool, that might have enough chairs to support a few hundred of those people. So then people get up first thing in the morning to put their towels (that cost $20 if you lose) on a chair that they only use for a few minutes throughout the day because they're all in the pool. 2- When it's time to eat, the food is awful. What makes it worse is having to move dirty dishes out of the way on tables so you can sit down to eat. There is no shortage of staff though, they're all over, but they are not real quick to move dirty dishes off of tables. 3- Maybe it was just a bad time of year, but it seemed to be a party barge and not at all family friendly. College aged girls pulling their tops down in the pool with young children in there with them (right next to them), pot smoking regularly occurring not only in the designated smoking area, but throughout the entire ship (in the cabin, playing putt-putt, at the water slides, etc...) 4- Did I mention the food was terrible? 5- Cost- the initial cost of the cruise seems reasonable. Then an $11 drink (PLUS automatic gratuity) for you and your wife here and there over the course of the cruise, a few souvenirs for the kids, (none of the $12 pictures they took everytime you turn around though), a couple bucks for the casino, a fee for gambling your own money in their casino all added up to almost $1000 extra dollars!!! Oh.... some of that was the almost $4 per bottle of water. 6- I just remembered, I always saw the crew washing windows and wiping down hand rails. That must be priority over taking away dirty dishes and wiping down tables. 7- I'm 100% convinced they don't change the bedding after each float. 8- Our last two nights, we decided to order room service and eat in our tiny little room rather than going through the chow line and finding a spot to eat. The food was that bad. 9- We've been on other cruises. My wife and I are not cruise experts but any means though. But this entire experience has almost been a joke to us. If my son hadn't learned some new words from some of the crowd that was around, it would have been a joke. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Overall, this was the best cruise I have taken so far with Carnival (my 3rd one). This has mostly to do with the amazing ports that this sailing visited. I had an amazing time in the Dominican Republic and Grand Turk was by far the most ... Read More
Overall, this was the best cruise I have taken so far with Carnival (my 3rd one). This has mostly to do with the amazing ports that this sailing visited. I had an amazing time in the Dominican Republic and Grand Turk was by far the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. As far as the ship, believe the majority of the reviews, the ship IS older and definitely shows some signs of wear and tear. There were no areas or spaces that were down-right decrepit, but from the staterooms to the common areas, you can definitely tell that this is an older, smaller ship that lacks a lot of the luxury of the newer, larger ships. The only pro to this was that areas were less-crowded which resulted in better, faster service (most of the time), however it was still a fight to find a beach chair on days at sea. Overall, if it involved being able to travel to such amazing destinations for a somewhat reasonable price, I definitely would hop on the sensation again, however in the future, I will definitely be on the lookout for larger newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Ok. We knew going in it was a older ship wanted a low cost 3 to 5 day cruise to Caribbean. Not all the latest accommodations as other ships. The ship was very clean . Dining room experience good .They should allow more food options on ... Read More
Ok. We knew going in it was a older ship wanted a low cost 3 to 5 day cruise to Caribbean. Not all the latest accommodations as other ships. The ship was very clean . Dining room experience good .They should allow more food options on Lido deck. The burgers were very good. Kids had a great time. Entertainment was non stop. The staff was friendly and helpful. For the cost and length of the cruise I think we got our money's worth. I would recommend for 1 time cruise to try the Sensation. You have to try it yourself and not go by all the reviews. Kids had s nice time at the camps. Age groups 6 to 11 you have to pay after 10pm fee and 15% gratuity for night activities. Do not wait till the last minute to get your pictures. Could not locate my family pics. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for the Sail Dates and the Destinations because our kids 14 and 12 were on spring break. We also had our 17 yr. Old Niece with is us. This was our 2nd. Cruise, but first was with Carnival. Our first cruise was with ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Sail Dates and the Destinations because our kids 14 and 12 were on spring break. We also had our 17 yr. Old Niece with is us. This was our 2nd. Cruise, but first was with Carnival. Our first cruise was with Disney. (Disney pampers you!) First of all, Embarkation went really smoothly. When we finally got in our Room U-88 (SUITE) we found that the room was not as clean as it should have been, we mentioned it and it was taken care of right away, the room steward (Nancy) was so sweet, but she shed tears over the missed mess and explained to us the she was training New crew and she was sorry for not double checking! Training seemed to be an issue ship wide, as Sensation must be a training ship. Older crew training younger crew. As I said before we had 3 teenagers with us, not much for them to do, sure they had their Camp Rooms to go to; if you want to go to very small, crampt, stuffy rooms. The swimming pool is also really small (Don't trust pictures) and loaded with kids and so were the 2 hot tubs. The adult only section was also really small with no pool only 2 hot tubs. Needless to say too small of areas for the amount of people on ship. Food, okay I am kinda a picky eater, but to me their was not much to choose from other than Guy's Burger Joint. Sit down dinners were nice, but limited unless you paid more. The buffet lines for Breakfast and Lunch were extremely long and the food was not a warm as it should have been. 24hr. Pizza was okay, if you want paper thin pizza and somewhat burnt! If you want better breakfast go to the dinning room and order from the menu vs the buffet; no lines and made to order food! 24hr. Ice Cream was also okay if you like soft serve (Ice milk) not scooped. You only get scooped in the resturant. Bottomless Bubbles, not really worth it, if you want soda from a can and flat tasting. And you can only get 1 glass every every 15 mins. We are not drinkers so the Cheers package need not apply. As for other drinks, the water that was available was okay, but kinda musty tasting. They also offered self serve Lemonade and Iced Tea, no other juices were offered! The entertainment was good, but 1/2 hr. To 1 hr. Shows. Could have been longer since there was not much else to do! Overall, we had a good time, but what we takeaway from this cruise would be, do more research on the ship and it's amenities. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
With this being my best friends seventh cruise and the first for myself and our two daughters we chose sensation because it was reasonably priced. After reading other reviews it sounded like the best choice for spring break fun for a ... Read More
With this being my best friends seventh cruise and the first for myself and our two daughters we chose sensation because it was reasonably priced. After reading other reviews it sounded like the best choice for spring break fun for a family with teens. We had an amazing time! The overall experience was a great one. Everyone we encountered on our five day cruise from staff to other passengers were all friendly and engaging. You read a lot of reviews regarding the food but with so many options between the dining room and lido how can one complain?.. I will say by day two we skipped the sit down dinner because we were occupied with other things. Our two teens enjoyed circle c club so much that we had to force them to catch a show or two with us. Although I have no other cruise to compare my experience to my best friend said sensation was by far her best experience. The cabin isn't huge but heck if you're spending that much time in there you're not having enough fun. We made it work with two teen girls lol.. Two twin beds and the two pull down bunks suited us just fine. Ship, cabin and food areas were kept immaculately clean which was a huge relief because that was my biggest fear. We purchased sea bands on amazon and never once experienced sea sickness or nausea which was fear #2 lol..Amber cove was nice and Grand Turk was nothing short of amazing. If you are trying to decide on an excursion the horseback ride in the ocean is a must! Overall I have nothing but positive things to say about carnival sensation if you are considering it go for it! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This was my very first cruise and it did not disappoint. I loved the crew on board, the shore excursions, the ship itself, the entertainment, the food, etc. We ate in the buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and then in the ... Read More
This was my very first cruise and it did not disappoint. I loved the crew on board, the shore excursions, the ship itself, the entertainment, the food, etc. We ate in the buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and then in the main dining room for dinner every night. We chose Your Time Dining, and had to wait for a table for maybe fifteen minutes maximum one night. On the other nights, however, there really wasn't a wait at all. The food was delicious and there were many options on the menu each night, including certain meals specific to the ports and cultures we had visited that day. Side note: I highly recommend the Carnival Melting Chocolate Cake, which we made sure to have every single night. It is easily the best dessert ever and SO delicious! Each night, the dining staff put on a performance and line danced/sang in the dining room, which was so fun to watch. They were always very quick with the food and offered pleasant/friendly service. In terms of entertainment, we had Orlando and Deon for cruise directors. Both guys were extremely friendly, upbeat, high energy, and outgoing. We went to the Hasbro Game Show, karaoke, the 18+ scavenger hunt, a trivia game in the atrium, and two comedy shows, just to name a few -- all of which were great experiences. There were multiple opportunities offered for most of the events, so it wasn't like we had to plan our entire schedules around a certain event we wanted to participate in. We chose the smallest (aka cheapest) stateroom option possible, and there were three of us sharing the room. It had all of the necessities and was very clean. The beds were comfortable and the shower was bigger than we had anticipated. Overall, the cabin was comfortably small, and not in a claustrophobic way. The stateroom crew was incredibly sweet and helpful, especially our personal stateroom crew member Andrea, who made the experience all the more wonderful. She made the effort to learn our names and greet us every time she saw us. The only con of the cabin was that there were only two outlets- one next to a bed and the other in the bathroom. It made things difficult for the three of us to alternate usage of the outlets while charging phones, but we made it work. Although there were four hot tubs and two water slides, there was only one pool. I had expected there to be at least two pools and was surprised that there weren't more. Surprisingly, the single pool didn't get too crowded considering the fact that it was the only one. I was happy that two of the hot tubs were 21+ because the other two hot tubs by the pool were almost always filled with kids. In terms of shore excursions, my friends and I went to the Blue Hole in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where we jumped into the swimming holes and waterfalls and then tubed down the White River. I highly recommend you bring water shoes for this shore excursion because you will need it. The tour guides were super friendly and nice, as was the bus driver, who locked our belongings on the bus while we did the water activities. Our tour guide at the Blue Hole, Javier, offered to hold my prescription glasses for me when I jumped into the water so that I wouldn't accidentally lose them. Overall, they were very accommodating and informative about local culture. The second shore excursion we did was swimming with turtles and stingrays in Grand Cayman. That morning, there were high winds that made it difficult to dock in the original port, which delayed our ability to get to shore. However, because we booked our excursions through the cruise line, the cruise staff made sure that we got the full shore excursion experience, and it was well worth it. We had an incredible time and, once again, the tour guides were the greatest! It was really hard to leave the ship, but I'm excited to take another cruise some time soon! I really can't emphasize how wonderful the crew onboard was, and how much that made for such an incredible experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This cruise checked all the boxes. The week I needed, I wanted at least 5 days and the ports of call were a bonus! It was just my daughter and me this trip. We had a fabulous time. We just let things happen. We had scheduled our ... Read More
This cruise checked all the boxes. The week I needed, I wanted at least 5 days and the ports of call were a bonus! It was just my daughter and me this trip. We had a fabulous time. We just let things happen. We had scheduled our fabulous excursions and then just relaxed and did what we wanted to do. We really enjoyed the piano bar and a few of the shows that we saw. We ate in the MDR every night and had excellent service and for the most part, the food was excellent. We also did the Chef's Table. I cannot recommend this enough! What an education! We will do it again. Next time we will only "try" the first courses and save more room for the rest of the meal! The food was FABULOUS! I would not want to do another cruise shorter than 5 days. We felt that 5 days was just right, 7 might be perfect! I can't say enough about the staff. AMAZING! We truly left with new friends, crew and guests. Also I want to mention that when we embarked, we were rushed. My daughter laid her brand new $1,500 camera down in order to get her passport out or her purse. Wouldn't you know, she left her camera. We had just pulled out of the port when she realized she had left it. We went to Guest Services, and they had the camera!!! This was just amazing!!! Great Job Carnival!! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
We got there the night before and stayed in Ft. Laud. w/ family got to the port 1040am .First off Miami port was a breeze we had priority boarding. We were on the boat at 1140am. I love Carnival! I read so many negative things on here ... Read More
We got there the night before and stayed in Ft. Laud. w/ family got to the port 1040am .First off Miami port was a breeze we had priority boarding. We were on the boat at 1140am. I love Carnival! I read so many negative things on here about the sensation. Its an Old ship. We had a blast. People always pick on the decor and carpet. who cares you are not working,you have people waiting on you. Enjoy life and that what I did. The food was ok not terrible like everyone said .There is something you will like,salmon was good,ceasar salad was excellent. Pumpkin soup was awesome.Chocolate melting cake was the Bomb. Ive had better food for sure.The longer the cruise the better the food for sure. Lots to choose from. The Mexican place and Guys burgers were great!! The pizza was ok .The deli was really good. We went to all the Comedy shows they were really good even the PG. If u dont like R shows dont go cause it was R rated.They were really funny. The piano bar was ok not great .He was slow.We left. The casino bar (the smoking area) has the Best Band ever!!! It was very smokie. The casino is always a Blast. I lost my butt though. Super slow on getting your drinks though esp. if there free.The serenity deck (adult only) was really nice. !st stop key West Im from S. florida so ive been many times. It was fun.We didnt have long it was chilly and early u really dont feel like drinking at 730am .We went on a Trolly ride all around town,u ca get off and on when ever u want. It was nice and scenic. Best Conch fritters around and Key Lime pie. We left Key west around 130 pm and headed to Cozumel that was a blast. We took dune buggie tour and snorkel/lighthouse and island tour. wwwcozumelcruiseexcursions.net we did it on our own not through Carnival. It was a blast Lunch was included. We drank/shopped and partied. All and All We had a blast. It is what u make of it. Dont listen to Bad reviews. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We selected Carnival as we wanted a fun, family friendly vacation with our two sons (age 15 & 20). We were very happy with the ship, our stateroom (small but manageable and amazingly comfortable beds!), the entertainment, and the wide ... Read More
We selected Carnival as we wanted a fun, family friendly vacation with our two sons (age 15 & 20). We were very happy with the ship, our stateroom (small but manageable and amazingly comfortable beds!), the entertainment, and the wide variety of food options. The staff were so friendly - Orlando the cruise director was hilarious and our room attendant Shawn always had some clever quip for our teenage sons and was a pleasure to chat with. We missed out on the Cays as we could not tender safely but our other ports (Nassau and Grand Turk) were fantastic and we loved our excursions (two-reef snorkel/tour and Open Air Jeep island excursion). When we had an unexpected "at sea" day the staff worked hard to put together a fun day with extra activities so although we were disappointed to miss out on the beach day we still had a lot of fun and it did not negatively impact the cruise. I was really impressed with the food - so fresh, lots of variety, and the dining room dinner was a special experience each evening. Guy's burgers and the sushi were highlights. Our oldest loved having "second lunch" and "second supper" on many occasions! Haha! Oh to be a teenager! The ship was large enough that we could always find something to do but not so large that we couldn't find everything or spent too much time wandering. I loved the funky purple decorations/lighting and we all thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. Definitely something for everyone! Read Less
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 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates 3.0 4.3

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