8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We had a great cruise. Some things we normally receive have been discontinued, chocolates on pillow, smaller portions in MDR. We had a great time. Kevin the Cruise Director was great, Adrian our favorite bartender never let us down. ... Read More
We had a great cruise. Some things we normally receive have been discontinued, chocolates on pillow, smaller portions in MDR. We had a great time. Kevin the Cruise Director was great, Adrian our favorite bartender never let us down. Juno was an excellent waiter in the MDR. This was our second cruise on Sensation, and the ship is older but still had a blast. Staff was friendly. Husband and I are both Veterans and went to the Veterans Service on Veterans Day and it was great. So many amazing veterans on the ship. Bang Bang BK was great as Bingo caller and as part of the entertainment staff. Will definitely continue to cruise with Carvnival Curise Line. We like to cruise on the smaller ships so we will just have to deal with the older ships with less of the modern services. All in all Carnival still gets our vaction dollars. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Just got back from this cruise. I am a platinum member. Worst ship in the fleet. Rooms was terrible. My friends had a hole in the floor in their bathroom. Walking around the ship there was a smell of raw sewage. The ship was dirty and ... Read More
Just got back from this cruise. I am a platinum member. Worst ship in the fleet. Rooms was terrible. My friends had a hole in the floor in their bathroom. Walking around the ship there was a smell of raw sewage. The ship was dirty and rusty all over. Not like other cruise lines. Seems like Carnival doesn’t care about quality. They just want to offer a cheap cruise to the masses. Took the beach house excursion in Amber Cove. Staff never told us there was a resort area right in the port. Carnival did credit us for half the excursion. If you want to go on Carnival I recommend the Glory,Breeze,Dream,Vista or Horizon. Entertainment needs to be upgraded. They gave the same shoes all the time with entertainers that Simon would make fun of. Watching the shows is like pulling teeth. So stay away from Sensation and spend s little more. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
The dining room was our favorite place to dine. The food was great and we enjoyed being waited on. We were not a huge fan of the buffet lines so decided dining was best for us. ALL of the staff we encountered were happy and helpful. The ... Read More
The dining room was our favorite place to dine. The food was great and we enjoyed being waited on. We were not a huge fan of the buffet lines so decided dining was best for us. ALL of the staff we encountered were happy and helpful. The ship itself is old and felt dated but our overall experience was fun. We did beach excursions in both the Jamaica and Grand Cayman ports. I highly recommmend doing an excursion. You get to see more of the island and have an accommodating beach visit. The on ship entertainment was great. There was always something fun to entertain us. We loved the comedians! Being at sea was gorgeous so we equally just enjoyed grabbing a lounge chair and soaking up the sun. If you are sensitive to motion have your doctor prescribe a patch. My husband and I both wore them and we didn’t have any problems. I wouldn’t want to risk it and go without. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We picked up this cruise as part of a timeshare promotion. The travel dates were convenient to our work schedule and we were avoiding going to Mexico or Cuba. We upgraded to the porthole room. I was very happy with the porthole, as its ... Read More
We picked up this cruise as part of a timeshare promotion. The travel dates were convenient to our work schedule and we were avoiding going to Mexico or Cuba. We upgraded to the porthole room. I was very happy with the porthole, as its primary purpose was to give us a daylight wake-up call. Last cruise we had a window, which we couldn't see out of anyway. We chose early seated dining. No complaints. Service and food were good. I was a little surprised that they nailed the jerked chicken wings. We really enjoyed the hot Jamaican coffee. The alchemy bar was cool, with neat drinks. The bartender could have used a personality infusion. Bar service on the Serenity deck was terrible and only went to 17:00. The entertainment troupe was good, far and away better than our last Carnival cruise. We booked the Ocho Rios excursion through Carnival, Bamboo Beach Club VIP. The VIP part of the beach was nice (plenty of shade), but it wasn't far from the rest of the beach. Not quite as loud. The staff provided constant food and drink service. No snorkeling at this beach. As a whole, I wish we had not booked through the cruise line. At Grand Cayman we did not book an excursion. We walked over to Eden Rock dive center and rented a locker. I count this as one of the better decisions in my life. We snorkeled until we became concerned about sunburn. Rinsed off and changed at the dive center then went shopping. This will now be our go-to stop in Grand Cayman, and I suggest anybody else interested in snorkeling or diving do the same. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise due to the destination ports of Jamaica & Grand Cayman & the low price. After reading previous reviews and comments, I really wasn't looking forward to cruising on the Sensation but decided to just have an ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to the destination ports of Jamaica & Grand Cayman & the low price. After reading previous reviews and comments, I really wasn't looking forward to cruising on the Sensation but decided to just have an open mind. Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed the ship and cruise. Of course it is an older ship so theres obvious wear and tear throughout the ship. But nothing that made me uncomfortable or dampened my mood. The entire cruise I chose not to eat at the buffet due to the previous negative reviews and chose to instead eat at Guy's Burger Joint, Dining room(Breakfast on sea day & dinner nightly), and had an ample amount of pizza which were all better than expected. Never went in the pool because there was always a crowd since there is just one pool on the entire ship, but did hop in the Jacuzzi in the Serenity(21 & up) section quite a few times. Our cruise directer was Kevin, and he did a really good job and was enjoyable. All in all i enjoyed myself on this cruise, not saying that it was "the best cruise" or anything but if you just go wanting to enjoy your time and not worrying about nitpicking any and everything you see, you'll enjoy yourself as well. (Also the entire staff was awesome and always friendly and willing to help especially our room steward Sigit, who was AWESOME. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband, daughter, son in law, our 8 year old granddaughter and myself cruised from Miami to Key West, Cozumel, and back to Miami this year from Nov 1 thru Nov 5. The cruise itself was fun and enjoyable. There were some issues with ... Read More
My husband, daughter, son in law, our 8 year old granddaughter and myself cruised from Miami to Key West, Cozumel, and back to Miami this year from Nov 1 thru Nov 5. The cruise itself was fun and enjoyable. There were some issues with some minor things- towels looking yellow instead of white, rusted toilet, beds uncomfortable, dining room service was good, but extremely slow getting food out. All entertainment was really good and my granddaughter really enjoyed the slides. It was the disenbarkment that was a nightmare. When we were all getting off the boat my husband and myself was rudely pulled out of line and we were told that my husband was being detained by customs and we were going to be escorted. We were so confused and didn’t have any idea what was going on. This lady that was screaming and pushing everyone out of the way to get us where she wanted us to go. She was screaming at me telling me I was to go outside and wait on my husband. Once we got to the point where we were going to be separated she pointed to another rude lady and told me to go “over there”. Once I got there this second lady told me I was in the wrong line and sent me back to the original lady and she began screaming at me and said “I TOLD YOU to go over there and to leave” I was trying to tell her I was trying to leave but I was sent back to her. After my husband was taken away from me I finally made it outside. Finally my husband game out and said that there was another person with his name that had a felony warrant out on him and they THOUGHT it was him. After having policemen surrounding my husband, finger prints, taking his picture, looking at his license, birth certificate they figured out he was the WRONG Person. This nightmare lasted over an hour. I was devastated and was scared to death not knowing where my husband was. I understand people have jobs, but what happen to the hospitality, professionalism, kindness with people? Carnival embarrassed not only us but themselves. This far from being over.... but I wanted to share this so you can be prepared if this happens to you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because it fit with our fall break. I read a lot of reviews of the Sensation that were negative, so I was concerned. But, no need for it! We had a wonderful time! Getting on and off was smooth and organized. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit with our fall break. I read a lot of reviews of the Sensation that were negative, so I was concerned. But, no need for it! We had a wonderful time! Getting on and off was smooth and organized. The food was good in the dining room and at Guy's Burger and our favorite was the Blue Iguana. The service was great. Our room was clean and the bed was comfortable. It's an older ship, but the systems work. The pool was clean and refreshing. Our favorite day was the stop at Half Moon Cay. Such a beautiful beach with plenty of chairs and a good lunch buffet. We had a balcony room. I loved that I could get coffee delivered to my room and sit on the balcony and sip it while looking out at the sea, or pulling in to port. I would do this one again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this cruise as a quick get away weekend with my daughter. there was a hurricane in the gulf and it did impact our trip, but really was happy with the direction of the Captain. Staff is so overworked. Our steward appeared to have ... Read More
Chose this cruise as a quick get away weekend with my daughter. there was a hurricane in the gulf and it did impact our trip, but really was happy with the direction of the Captain. Staff is so overworked. Our steward appeared to have little time to meet us but he did a very good job considering he had more than 20 rooms each day. The cruise is very inexpensive but with that come a less desirable type of guests. Rules of decor and dress are not enforced and cheap and tacky was the clothing in the dining room. In the past, if a guest was not properly dressed, they were "encouraged" to either change or go to the buffet. Bathing suits with see through cover-up, cut off jeans with rear ends hanging out, baseball caps on sideways and saggy jeans were seen each visit to the dining room The recreation staff were efficient but once again way overworked. You could see them running from one event to another it appeared as if the entertainment staff consisted of 4 people. I am sure they are dead at the end of each day. The low cost of the cruise may be bringing in more people, but the service and quality has gone down considerable. I doubt I will come back to Carnival for future cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I've booked on carnival in the past but this was by far one of the best experiences I've ever had on board. I planned this cruise as a great getaway for both my husband as well as myself. We got on board and was immediately ... Read More
I've booked on carnival in the past but this was by far one of the best experiences I've ever had on board. I planned this cruise as a great getaway for both my husband as well as myself. We got on board and was immediately welcomed by the staff on board as well as our stateroom steward Mr. Pierre. Every night when we would come back to our room everything was clean. Our beds were made every night. The shower was clean, the bathroom was clean and sanitized. Mr. Pierre made sure that we felt right at home. The crew worked very hard, and they accommodated us very well. The omelets on the Lido deck were my favorite, and there was so much to choose from day to day. I couldn't speak more highly of my service team in the Ecstacy dining area, they were phenomenal. Special thanks to Mr.Nelson(Headwaiter), Mr. Setiawan, and Mr.Besim. You guys were awesome! Next time I book it will be back on this same ship, and I hope that I meet these same wonderful people. Read Less
Carnival Sensation Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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