1 Helpful Vote
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: January 2019
I absolutely love my Carnival Cruises. You get a warm welcome as soon as you embark on the ship. Everyone is smiling and waiting to answer your questions.We traveled to Cayman Islands and Jamaica with 2 days of sea days. Our stateroom ... Read More
I absolutely love my Carnival Cruises. You get a warm welcome as soon as you embark on the ship. Everyone is smiling and waiting to answer your questions.We traveled to Cayman Islands and Jamaica with 2 days of sea days. Our stateroom steward was very friendly and I love how he memorized all our names. The cabin was clean but there when my husband took a shower the bathroom floor flooded. There was a hole on the floor and they had duck tape to cover it. They should do a better job with repairs. I signed my 12 year old daughter for camp but she refused to attend it. I think they should have more entertainment for teenagers. We went to our sit down dinner every night and the food was really good and the service was impeccable. Carnival does an outstanding job making sure their employees provides outstanding service and that is important for me. We did not do excursions at Cayman Island or Jamaica, however, we did get off the ship and took a taxi to the nearest beach at both destinations.Disembarkation day was horrible. The ship was unable to dock in Miami at the scheduled 8:00 am time because of rough waters. This delayed our disembarkation by many hours thus leaving us to sit around waiting for them to call our cabin floor. Once we got off the ship we had to stand in line for about half an hour to go down to get our luggage and go through customs. Overall, the service of the employees was outstanding. I know that these people leave their countries for months without seeing their families and they work diligently all day and night to service us, the customers. I appreciate each and everyone of them and you can best believe that my next cruise will be with Carnival !! As a matter of fact, I booked a cruise to Cozumel on Carnival Paradise in May!! Can't wait !! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
I'm almost shocked at some of these reviews.. Knowing I was on the ship at the same time as some of the people who gave negative reviews! I never smelt sewage on this ship, I went between all floors, and never smelt it once. I promise ... Read More
I'm almost shocked at some of these reviews.. Knowing I was on the ship at the same time as some of the people who gave negative reviews! I never smelt sewage on this ship, I went between all floors, and never smelt it once. I promise you I am very sensitive to smell and would have noticed. This was my first cruise so i cannot compare this ship to any others. I 100% enjoyed myself and having been back for only 2 weeks I am already trying to find people to book another trip with. The only bad experience I had was Jamaica. The people on the island who harass you ruin the experience. Not the ships fault, but I would never go back to Jamaica for this reason. My family could not even talk to each other due to getting interrupted every couple minutes. My room was always spotless and the cleaning staff remember your name and address you every time they see you. The food was acceptable. The burger place was the highlight of the food options. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My daughters booked this cruise for themselves and several college friends and I tagged along. I was reading the reviews after she booked and got very worried! We've been on Carnival cruise before but never this ship. I literally ... Read More
My daughters booked this cruise for themselves and several college friends and I tagged along. I was reading the reviews after she booked and got very worried! We've been on Carnival cruise before but never this ship. I literally imagined I was going to be stepping into a sewage filled, awful smelling, very very very old, dated ship with disgusting food and boring entertainment. Let me ASSURE you~ this is NOT the case! 1st off- embarkation was a breeze. We were at the Miami port. We selected a 12;30-1;00 arrival time but decided to get to the the port early- hoping there was a slim chance they'd let us on early. We arrived at 11:15, were immediately sent through the line, checked in and ON the ship eating lunch at 11;45. Super easy, fast, friendly process. We stayed in inside state rooms (1st time -had ocean suite before) - 3 of us in each room. We stayed in R59 and R63. I was pleasantly surprised by how much room we had. Tons of storage space - 2 huge closets with a safe and suitcases all fit nicely under the beds. Rooms very clean. Beds were very comfortable and made up every night -I slept on the twin trundle that pulled down. I'm not sure I'd ever spend the money on a suite again as it's double the price. We were never in the room anyways! Dion was the cruise director and this guy is truly passionate about his job. He is highly entertaining, engaging and hilarious in every single aspect. Thank you Dion!! Hidy Ho~ I gotta Go! The buffet food was plentiful and tasty~ Im not a huge fan of buffets but so many choices- never had a problem finding something I liked. Pizza open 24 hours. Guys Burgers were a big hit with all the teens. The sit downs were fabulous- some of the best salmon I've ever tasted. The only complaint is that the portions were very small in comparison to our last cruise. A few nights, we ended up scarfing down pizza about an hour later because we were still hungry! The game show was a riot, the comedians were fabulous and the other shows were fun too! We chose the express check out- carried our own luggage out so we could get off ship quickly. Left at 7:45 am. Took about 15 minutes from leaving our room to stepping into our shuttle back to the hotel. This is a fantastic cruise for the money. I would highly recommend it for 1st time cruises or if on a tight budget. The ship is clean, the staff is amazing, you will get so much bang for your buck. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise as we wanted to go on a New Year's Eve cruise. It was a little pricey for 5 days, but for this time of year it was expected. I had read the reviews about the ship, so I was a little concerned about the wear and ... Read More
We choose this cruise as we wanted to go on a New Year's Eve cruise. It was a little pricey for 5 days, but for this time of year it was expected. I had read the reviews about the ship, so I was a little concerned about the wear and tear. I was pleasantly surprised, our room was fine and the décor & seating around the ship looked good. The place that really needs a lot of attention is the windows, a majority were very dirty. We had an ocean view room and you could see the build up in the corners. Our stateroom steward, Leo, was very attentive to us. The quilt on my daughter's bed had a mark on it and he changed it right away. Our cabin was perfect for us and very clean. For the entertainment, our cruise director, Deon, truly made the trip enjoyable. He is so energetic and made us laugh with his quick wit. The events at the atrium bar on the Empress deck were the best. I hope he will be the director on our next cruise. For the food, it was good. There were a couple of nights we ordered surf and turf from the speciality menu ($$) as the nightly options and standard menu did not have choices we liked. Our hospitality crew was great. Arnel, our head waiter, was fantastic!!!1 For our port stop in Ocho Rios, we did an ATV excursion booked through Carnival. I wanted to do something that my husband would enjoy. This was the best excursion, we all had a great time, the ride was about an hour and a half through trails and back roads. Prior to heading out, they offered us the option to pre-order lunch (jerk chicken) that arrived shortly after we returned from the ride. As this is a staple in Jamaica, we got it. It was really delicious and I suggest getting it. Another fun part of the excursion was the jump off a cliff into the ocean. My daugther did it 3 times. She loved it. If we ever go back to Ocho Rios, we would do this excursion again. Remember to take tip money with you as we had 3 guides with us. I would recommend to have small bills as there is a store where you can buy drinks and souvenirs, but she didn't have much change. We also stopped in Grand Cayman, where we walked around the town and got lunch on the water. We love this port. Overall, we loved everything about this cruise. It was a little pricey for only being 5 days. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise for a girls trip (me, mom and sister) because of the itinerary. It stopped at Nassau, Half Moon Cay (private island) and Grand Turk. We loved everything about the cruise. Boarding was as smooth as could be I swear it ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a girls trip (me, mom and sister) because of the itinerary. It stopped at Nassau, Half Moon Cay (private island) and Grand Turk. We loved everything about the cruise. Boarding was as smooth as could be I swear it only took 15 min and we were onboard. The staff was all so friendly and helpful. A few stood out tremendously. Milton and William were amazing bar tenders at the Blue Iguana bar! Our room stewardess Okra was always available and kept everything so clean. Our cruise director Kevin was so funny. He really kept the crowd entertained! Also all the live music, comedy shows and nightclub was so much fun! Our favorite musician on board was Sam Fisher. He’s a must see! Uriel assisted us at the medical center and was very helpful. The food was great and are cabin was bigger than expected. We had a large ocean view window room. The day at sea was also very enjoyable with lots of entertainment! I would highly recommend this cruise ship! Also I recommend getting the Cheers package of you drink it was worth the money! Read Less
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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We had our adult children pick this cruise and went with them. Price was a big factor. I would not do a 5 day cruise again after being on 7 n 8 day cruises. Seemed very rushed all week. No lobster offeredto on regular menu unless you paid ... Read More
We had our adult children pick this cruise and went with them. Price was a big factor. I would not do a 5 day cruise again after being on 7 n 8 day cruises. Seemed very rushed all week. No lobster offeredto on regular menu unless you paid extra. Service was really good. Love Carnival but not the Sensation. It needs some major renovations. It was also hard to get around...confusing floor plan. This was our 13th cruise so we had a lot to compare it to. Love our ports of call! Nassau, Half moon cay and Grand Turk. The entertainment was ok. Really wished they did more around the pool such as the 1 dance party. Did not really feel the Cruise director Kevin interacted with the guest that much. Only time we saw him was during actual events for a short time. Really like how easy embarkation and disinformation was. Great improvement over other cruises we have done. 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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