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Carnival Sensation Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Pleasantly Surprised

Carnival Sensation Cruise Review by margarita50

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2020
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

My husband & I had low expectations after reading the negative reviews. We have been on 20 prior cruises between multiple cruise lines. We decided a few weeks out to go on a short winter getaway and this cruise fit perfectly in our time frame. We were both pleasantly surprised with the ship and our cruise experience. The ship had been refurbished in lot of areas a couple of months prior which helped.

The pool was a nice size and had plenty of chairs surrounding it. The bar service was better than our 4 prior cruises and in general the service on this ship was a better than prior cruises.

Even though there wasn't a Steak House, we were happy with the food & service in the dining room. Normally we eat in the Steak House 2 -3 times during a 7 night cruise. Did miss the wine you only get at the Steak House.

All the Entertainment on board was very good, again better than previous cruises. The band was a standout, they played a variety of music and kept everyone dancing.

Our favorite bar is the Alchemy Bar and the service is always first rate. If you like craft cocktails and willing to try something new, this is the place for you.

We loved the ports - Key West was a lot of fun and Cozumel is always a favorite of ours.

Overall we were very happy with our cruise and would definitely recommend this cruise to our friends for a short getaway.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View

The cabin was very clean and had just been refurbished 2 months prior. The bathroom was probably the biggest bathroom of all the Carnival ships I've been on & this was my 11th cruise with them. Plenty of storage room for the two of us. The bed was very comfortable and didn't have a hole in the middle of the two beds after being pushed together as we had on previous cruises.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Key West

We loved Key West. Very cute area with beautiful homes. Of course we did bar hop and all the places we went were fun, clean & had great service. I can't wait to go back.


One of our favorite ports. We've been there multiple times and have done the ruins and all the other shore excursions. We now love to go to a beach club called Nachi-Cocum. They limit the number of people so it's never too crowded. You get your own sheltered area on the beach, the included drinks are plentiful as is the 4 course lunch. We are never disappointed with this beach club.

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