Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews

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857 Carnival Sensation Cruise Reviews
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lynngould1
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
75 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We chose this for the dates available and as a first cruise for our 12 year old. I had read some negative reviews, but decided to make up my own mind. So glad I did! The ship was spotlessly clean. Always could see cleaning being done ... Read more
Sib_of_the_Seas
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
We chose the Sensation because of the itinerary and the value. The three ports of call were beautiful. The only negative I have, and I believe this to be the case with most all ships, is the limited amount of time we were able to spend in ... Read more
athonvold
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We were cruising for a family celebration. , Ship- We left port two hours late, elevators broke entire cruise, which was a challenge for those with disabilities Cabin- Comfortable, clean, spacious, lots of storage. Room steward ... Read more
apodder
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Love, love the Serenity deck. I just wish there were more umbrellas. There was adequate attention from the bar staff and the hot tubs were great. Never had any trouble with people trying to have their kids there as I've heard before. ... Read more
Pipermac
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
I read horrible comments about embarkation & disembarkation. We did not have the faster to fun pass and have no complaint about the process. We arrived earlier then our check in time of 2-2:30. We arrived at 1 and were on the ship with ... Read more
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guest2580
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was my first cruise experience. I really enjoyed myself and thought the whole trip went great and smoothly. We sailed to Jamaica and Cayman Island. Food was for the most part great through-out the 5 day cruise. Occasionally something ... Read more
cpshaye
Member Since 2015
1 review
146 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We went on this cruise as a "bonus" We had fun, entertainment was good, food was OK. Public rooms were small. Hard to watch entertainment in atrium because few places to sit. much of the trivia was on the promenade, right next ... Read more
BrownEyedSue
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. Upon meeting our room steward, he asked us if we wanted morning or evening room service. I prefer the morning and evening service Carnival used to provide. Our room was clean. Beds, ... Read more
FirstTimeCruiser178
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the ports. We really wanted to enjoy warm weather, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. We visited Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. I didn't do much research of the ship before booking. I began to ... Read more
broadwaybound1
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed May 2017
The staff were all very friendly, though the ship is a bit older and needs a makeover in some areas. We loved dinner because our serving staff was so friendly and remembered us and details we told them. The menu also had enough variety ... Read more
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adrae01
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
We departed this cruise on April 29th and were excited as this was my wife and myself first cruise. We left the port of Miami in great spirits on Saturday afternoon. We were told in the middle of the night that the ship turned around due ... Read more
2Reisevoegl
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
To begin with the positive: We had a wonderful dining room team, Orlin, Bruno, Michael and Marie. Because they took such excellent care of us, we requested their table for every meal. Even when they had to work unscheduled hours ... Read more
bhappy1130
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
This was definitely our worst cruise ever! We had a very smooth embarkation, but as soon as we began to board the ship, an overwhelming stench was present in the main atrium area. We dismissed it to "dock" smells and went on to ... Read more
pixiedust3030
Member Since 2017
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
My husband and I had 1 week for vacation and decided to go on a cruise to Jamaica since it was our anniversary and we got married in Jamaica. We flew from Phoenix to Miami and boarded the ship for our 5 day cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and ... Read more
Family Dude
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
We arrived at port at 12:15 pm for a 1-1:30 pm boarding time. It seemed Carnival's embarkation system was in somewhat disarray. You had anxious travelers arriving via Uber, bus, and dropoffs waiting to get on board. Travelers were ... Read more
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dvond
Member Since 2008
12 reviews
727 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We wanted a cheap cruise to get away for spring break with my 14 year old son. We knew it would not be the best ship due to age and price so had reasonable expectations. The shop overall is very easy to navigate and is in pretty good ... Read more
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nuttygal4
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Before heading off on my first ever cruise, I did what I always do and read many reviews on the cruise. A lot people had negative reviews which had me a little nervous on whether I made the right decision. After embarking on the cruise I ... Read more
jefgrahm
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
Full disclosure: My wife and I avoided Carnival like the plague. Then my daughter kept up her grades and remained on the honor roll all throughout high school. We promised her a cruise of her choice and she chose Carnival's Sensation, ... Read more
RoyalTee
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
On March 26th, my sister, mom and aunt set out on the Carnival Sensation to celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday. We had just gotten off another cruise and was ready for another epic adventure. Upon arriving on the Sensation ship we ... Read more
bboy1995
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose a cruise that had decent destination ports. We hoped that Carnival had enough experience in the industry to provide good entertainment and service during the transportation to these ports... we were wrong. During the cruise, it ... Read more
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csmeleg
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
I tried carnival cruise line again after a 10 years of sailing Royal Caribbean. I was attracted to the lower price and curious if the lower price was worth a "potentially" lower level offering. This ship is old...even fresh ... Read more
KennyM
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
10 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I really like this size ship, and have been on the Fantasy and Ecstacy before and enjoyed them. However I think I had higher expectations for the recent refurbishment. They obviously only did a few public areas of the ship. I would ... Read more
sweeneydj
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I chose this based on price, itinerary and size of ship for my dad who was a first time cruiser. I found the service on this cruise severely lacking. You waited at the bar for a LONG time for a drink. If a server came to you one time ... Read more
clarkecoln
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
18 helpful votes
This is an older ship, just be prepared for some quirks and make the best of your trip. We had a fun time. There is lots of good things the Sensation can offer. Some helpful tips below. BUY A FASTER TO THE FUN PASS for your cabin. We ... Read more
NYCruiserTwo
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We choose this cruise for the itinerary and price. We were looking for a short cruise, not going to the Bahamas. The preferred cruiselines were going to similar destinations for a shorter time, but for more money. We took a chance.. For ... Read more
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