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This was my first cruise, so I don't have anything to compare this ship to. Embarkation was fast for me. The food was decent. I didn't eat as much as I thought I would. I think the heat suppressed my appetite a little. I enjoyed the cafe, bars, comedy shows, casino, and parties. The shows in the theater were good. Most of the staff was very friendly. I think I will enjoy smaller to mid sized ships, and I didn't get seasick at all. The rocking was soothing at night, and it added to my experience of really realizing "Hey, I'm on a ship in the middle of the ocean!" Plus, I enjoyed the spots on the ship where you could just sit alone and relax for a while. I don't imagine the ships with 5k people have many quiet public spaces. I probably wouldn't get the drink package again though. I think I would've come out cheaper if I just paid for each drink. I scheduled an excursion in Miami due to a late flight, so my debarkation was not typical. We were off the ship by 8am, I believe. I don't know how it was for everyone else.

Unbothered by an older ship and had a great time.

Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by cheezfrys

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This was my first cruise, so I don't have anything to compare this ship to. Embarkation was fast for me. The food was decent. I didn't eat as much as I thought I would. I think the heat suppressed my appetite a little.

I enjoyed the cafe, bars, comedy shows, casino, and parties. The shows in the theater were good. Most of the staff was very friendly.

I think I will enjoy smaller to mid sized ships, and I didn't get seasick at all. The rocking was soothing at night, and it added to my experience of really realizing "Hey, I'm on a ship in the middle of the ocean!" Plus, I enjoyed the spots on the ship where you could just sit alone and relax for a while. I don't imagine the ships with 5k people have many quiet public spaces.

I probably wouldn't get the drink package again though. I think I would've come out cheaper if I just paid for each drink.

I scheduled an excursion in Miami due to a late flight, so my debarkation was not typical. We were off the ship by 8am, I believe. I don't know how it was for everyone else.
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Cabin 4E U6
My suitcase arrived on time and my room was very clean. I did not experience any sewer odors like some mentioned before. I was on the forward Upper deck (interior), and I definitely felt the ship rocking. It didn't bother me.
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