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We were looking for a quick long weekend getaway. I was a little worried based on reviews and a co-worker's experience. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes, the ship is older and shows wear and tear. The bathroom did not have a vanity like older ships. However, we found it quite clean. The color scheme is quite electrifying. It's great if you like purple....which I do lol If you are familiar with cruise ships, this one can be a bit confusing to navigate. For example, the casino and promenade are usually Deck 5. Not on this ship. The crew? Fabulous....every one of them! Of our 17 cruises, this was probably the friendliest crew we've met. On the last sea day, something happened that caused our shower to back up. We came back to our cabin and our steward made sure to find us before we could even open the door. He explained what happened. They had a large fan in the room and a letter explaining the accident. We were offered another room which we declined since it was the last day. We were then given a Steak House selection in the dining room that night and a bottle of Moscato. We appreciated this consideration. The food...on par for cruising. We never had a problem finding something to eat. We cruise Carnival frequently so the menu was familiar. The dining staff were excellent! We were fortunate to be seated with a great group of people who we became friends with. The shows...typical Carnival shows. 88 Keys is a favorite of ours and this version was pretty good..not the best but entertaining overall. We did not go to the Cuban music one. We liked this ship enough to book it again for August 2019.

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Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by crzynurs

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We were looking for a quick long weekend getaway. I was a little worried based on reviews and a co-worker's experience. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes, the ship is older and shows wear and tear. The bathroom did not have a vanity like older ships. However, we found it quite clean. The color scheme is quite electrifying. It's great if you like purple....which I do lol If you are familiar with cruise ships, this one can be a bit confusing to navigate. For example, the casino and promenade are usually Deck 5. Not on this ship.

The crew? Fabulous....every one of them! Of our 17 cruises, this was probably the friendliest crew we've met.

On the last sea day, something happened that caused our shower to back up. We came back to our cabin and our steward made sure to find us before we could even open the door. He explained what happened. They had a large fan in the room and a letter explaining the accident. We were offered another room which we declined since it was the last day. We were then given a Steak House selection in the dining room that night and a bottle of Moscato. We appreciated this consideration.

The food...on par for cruising. We never had a problem finding something to eat. We cruise Carnival frequently so the menu was familiar. The dining staff were excellent! We were fortunate to be seated with a great group of people who we became friends with.

The shows...typical Carnival shows. 88 Keys is a favorite of ours and this version was pretty good..not the best but entertaining overall. We did not go to the Cuban music one.

We liked this ship enough to book it again for August 2019.
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