Sail Date: April 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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
Sail Date: February 2019
So let me start off by saying if this is your first cruise it will probably exceed your expectations because you have nothing to compare it to. However this is my third cruise and the third cruise line I’ve taken . In the past I’ve ... Read More
So let me start off by saying if this is your first cruise it will probably exceed your expectations because you have nothing to compare it to. However this is my third cruise and the third cruise line I’ve taken . In the past I’ve taken royal Caribbean and Norwegian. Carnival cruise line came in last place. I’m going o review the cabin, staff, food, and activities. The cabin: (3/5) The cabin space is a decent size. It does not have a couch or refrigerator. It does have a lot of closet space, a safe, and a normal size bathroom with shampoo and body wash. The things I didn’t like the bed which is 2 twin beds pushed together to create a king bed kept sliding apart from each other. There is nothing to hold the beds together. I also did not like the tv program was recorded shows and movies that kept playing over and over again the whole cruise. For those moments I wanted alone time in the room It was grueling watching tv. Staff: (2/5) The majority of the staff were awful. They had bad attitudes and acted like they did not want to be on board. I actually had a incident where a manicurist was talking trash about her client in front of me to her coworker. The manicurist called her client classless. I had another incident where I was asking a staff a question about the shi. he was so rude he interrupted me mid sentence, he was in such a panic so I told him to relax and asked him to let me finish. All he was doing was cleaning tables at the lido buffet room along with the 5 other staff , so I’m not sure why he was so rude. If you ask any of the other staff a question they either don’t know the answer, give you the wrong answer, or give you the right answer with an attitude. The staff was very lackluster. The only staff that I had a good experience with was our housekeeping,room attendant Rita and Deon the cruise activities director. Rita was very kind and helpful and Deon was fun, energetic and kind. The housekeeping made sure to smile and say good morning. Food: (2/5) The only food that was good was guys burgers. The lido buffet and fantasy/ecstasy dining room food has no flavor or seasoning. Activities: The activities onboard were average. The comedy was entertaining, comedian was funny. The music and show trivia was the best especially the ones the Deon hosted. Embarkation: This was a smooth, easy, and fast process. No problems here getting on or off the ship. Excursion: we did Damajagua waterfalls adventure through carnival. This was one of the most exhilarating and adventurous excursion we have done so far. Me and my partner jumped and slid down waterfalls into a river. First WARNING: there is a 40-45 minute hike uphill. This hike was so VERY difficult for someone like me who is not in shape however it is so worth it and it was a great way to work out. The first jump has 2 options to jump or take the ladder down into the river . 2nd WARNING ⚠️ The water is very cold. One lady went into shock when She went into the water she panicked because of the water temp and the floorless bottom of the water. We had life jackets so no one would drown. It is required to have water shoes they have rentals for $8 which were probably professional water shoes. I wish we would’ve rented versus buying them at Walmart. The tour guides are extremely helpful and they pretty much carried the terrified women down each waterfall. The tour included 7 slides and there was a guy who took pics and videotaped the adventure. At the end they sold the pics and video for $50. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
My cousin chose this cruise for her 28th birthday. We overall enjoyed ourselves because we have a good time no matter where we are. But i must say carnival nickels and dimes you for everything. The fee for wi-fi is outrageous. Fresh clean ... Read More
My cousin chose this cruise for her 28th birthday. We overall enjoyed ourselves because we have a good time no matter where we are. But i must say carnival nickels and dimes you for everything. The fee for wi-fi is outrageous. Fresh clean drinking water is a rare commodity. The water you get from the soft drink dispenser taste like sewer water. The only soft drinks they offer after breakfast is lemonade n green tea. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT WASTE TIME CRUISING TO PRINCESS CAYS. Its an island owned by Carnival, n there is nothing much to it. Just another way to get u to put money in their pockets. Some of the halls smell like straight doo-doo. The staff is great. The seem over worked but still pleasant. The rooms r small n beds r uncomfortable. Plenty of activities for everyone. From comfy shows to karaoke to night clubs. I wish they were more strict on smoking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My fiancé and I were invited to go on this cruise with close friends and their family. We had never cruised with Carnival before, but did enjoy the ship. There were a few things that stuck out to me as odd: 1. There was a strong odor ... Read More
My fiancé and I were invited to go on this cruise with close friends and their family. We had never cruised with Carnival before, but did enjoy the ship. There were a few things that stuck out to me as odd: 1. There was a strong odor of sewage that either was in our room or on the main decks. 2. While there were activities to do, the activities that did not cost extra money lacked. There was only one ping pong table, and it was mostly hogged by younger kids. 3. The pool was small, and packed in by many adults and kids. Although they offer a “serenity area” (21+), it only included two hot tubs, about 40 beach chairs, and no pool. They also have a dress code for the serenity area which seemed strange to me. Besides those three things, it was a great experience. I would cruise with Carnival again, but not on the sensation. I believe there are a few kinks they need to work out. The dinning room was beautiful and the food was fantastic, especially for the price in comparison to other cruise lines. The service in the dining room and casino were fantastic! Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise solely based on price. We've been on dozens of cruises with all the major cruise lines. We knew going in that it was an older ship, and mainly just wanted a nice few days away from the cold weather. There were ... Read More
We chose this cruise solely based on price. We've been on dozens of cruises with all the major cruise lines. We knew going in that it was an older ship, and mainly just wanted a nice few days away from the cold weather. There were some things about this cruise that pleasantly surprised me and other things that were disappointing. Embarkation The embarkation was one of the easiest we've ever done. They let you schedule a time to arrive at the port. Miami is a pretty easy port to navigate. We walked right up and a woman scanned our pre-printed tickets and directed us onto the ship. There was no waiting or anything. They said our rooms wouldn't be ready until around 2pm so we went to the buffet. At around 1:15pm they called out to everyone and said our rooms were ready. Stateroom There were 2 of us in an interior stateroom. The room is definitely dated, but looks pretty much like every other interior stateroom on every cruise ship. It was cramped and tiny but I thought it was somewhat larger than other ships we've been on. The beds were pretty comfortable. The bathroom also seemed slightly larger than on other ships. The towels seemed kind of old and had stains on them. There was a handheld shower faucet and the pressure was pretty good. The walls are pretty thin so we could always hear people talking and kids running around outside. Entertainment/Activities The cruise director's name was Kevin. He looked kind of like Gordon Ramsay. He was pretty funny, but he made way too many announcements over the intercom. Every 5 minutes we'd have to stop our conversation to listen to a long announcement about bingo or whatever. We didn't really go to many of the shows. The guy in the piano bar was great. He played a wide variety of stuff (not just Piano Man and Sweet Caroline). They have a number of bands throughout the ship and I thought all of them were fantastic. We played trivia a couple of times. It's not the typical trivia but more geared towards pop culture (e.g. Friends trivia, etc.). Food The food was excellent on this ship. They have a 24 hour pizzeria and deli which had great fresh pizza. There was also a 24 hour self-serve soft serve ice cream machine. The buffet had a different theme everyday (e.g. Italian, French, Caribbean, etc.). On the whole, the food there was decent. They also had a great mexican place with really good tacos and burritos. And then there was a Guy Fieri burger place. Aside from the constant Guy Fieri catchphrases blasting from the TV, I thought the food there was excellent. The food in the main dining room was a little underwhelming in my opinion. Not the greatest quality, but not bad. They seemed to seat everybody at giant shared tables. I find on most other cruise lines, they tend to have smaller tables where you can have a private table. They did have smaller tables upon request but they seemed very reluctant to give them out even though they always seemed to be empty. Ports Our cruise went to Key West and Cozumel. We arrived in Key West around 8am and left early around 1pm. I really like Key West and wish we had more time there, but it was nice to walk around and eat some key lime pie. In Cozumel, we arrived around noon and left around 9pm. Most of the beaches close around 5pm so there wasn't much to do there after that unless your into getting blasted at Senor Frogs. Overall Overall, it was nice cruise. The worst part of the trip was that the entire ship smelled of sewage (especially in the hallways and staterooms). It was super gross. I think they need to take this ship out of commission for a few weeks and fix their sewage problems. Other than that, I ate a ton of food, got some sun, and relaxed a lot. So I can't complain. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Went on this trip with my family and a travel group. My second time traveling with this group and had a lovely time. We left from Miami to Princess Cay Island which was lovely. This island is privately owned by cruise company and the ... Read More
Went on this trip with my family and a travel group. My second time traveling with this group and had a lovely time. We left from Miami to Princess Cay Island which was lovely. This island is privately owned by cruise company and the you can use your room key to purchase here. Also Carnival provided lunch on the island. Next stop was Nassau, Bahamas we did a guided tour this time 20.00 per person which I could hear others saying different prices which varying from 20.00 to 30.00 pp. The guided tour was cool I got see a little more of the island. Food on this cruise was okay. Breakfast we ate at the omelet bar which was delicious with your your choice of fresh vegetables, cheese, bacon or ham. They also had a all you can eat side with pancakes, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, bacon, sausage and breakfast burritos. There is also a area that offers brunch where they bring the food to you. Lunch they had typical burger joint which I stuck with. They had a salad bar and a taco bar. Drinks we got the free stuff (I learned from my first trip I do not drink enough soda to even bother with the plan) orange juice, lemonade, cranberry juice and water. Side note: bring a travel cup so you do not have to make a bunch of trips to the ice machine. We often are dinner in the assigned fine dining Restaurant. On the last night we went in the casual dining Restaurant and I was not too happy with it dried out pasta with vegetables that I had to mix with another dish to give some life back to the dish. Wait staff was SUPER AWESOME my 6 yr old niece was having a moment and the waiter went over and beyond to calm her down. Each night he would show her different ways to fold animal napkins, he did magic tricks for the kid and us adults. The room stewart was awesome too! He was very tentative to our needs. My heads up is about if you have a strong sense of smell you might have a problem. We smelled what at least think was the smell of raw sewage twice on this ship. Once in our room and the other time was in the Restaurant where they did brunch. The smell greeted you at the door but not in the back. The staff faces looked like they could smell it too, you know the look where you hold your breath so you don't smell anything and putting your hand right below your nose so you can smell your hand lotion. Overall: the trip was enjoyable we made some memories and that is all that matters. Will I travel Sensation again: Probably not due to the smell issues only. 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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