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2675 Psgrs
Refurbished
3 yrs ago
Jan 2012

What people said about this ship:

"In the dining room , the wait staff taking drink orders did n't seem to to..." in 105 reviews.
"I look forward to my next Carnival cruise." in 5 reviews.
"Also, we ordered room service and the steward did n't call nor show." in 14 reviews.

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Great cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 10, 2014


If you're looking for a short and relaxing cruise, this is it. This ship has a great waterslide that can be enjoyed by all ages. The spa is amazing. If you are a work out buff you definitely would want to check out the gym.

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My very first cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014


I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed myself it was a must experience for me no matter how many people told me how fun a cruise is. There were so many components needed to make one of these things just perfect and in my opinion Carnival nailed it they were exceptionally friendly the ship and our room was kept spotless the food was great and the shows and entertainment were fantastic I could go on and on about all of the amenities and shows and things to do but I am writing a review here not a novel. I can't wait to go again. Patrick F.

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Family w/older children

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Balcony

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7+ cruises

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OVER ALL GOOD

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2014


Over all very  good. I  thought the line would  offer a  little more for  the 15,16,17 age  group then it  did . We  hadd our  Granddaughter with us and  she had to look for  things  to do.

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2-3 cruises

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Anniversary Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 29, 2014


I had been on this cruise twice before both in January of different years with great reviews. This cruise was very unremarkable. The shows were the exact same as the previous years (yes the same as 5 years ago)! There were always a ton of children running unsupervised all over the ship.  The food seemed to be very tasteless.  There weren't as many fun things to do especially on the "at sea" day. The excursions were over priced and drawn out.   Our steward though was excellent. Very polite and sweet.  If we do take another cruise it will be with a different cruise line. Might just do all inclusive resorts though from now on.

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Large Group

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Worst Cruise Line Ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 26, 2014


I would not recommend ever going on the carnival cruise line. They have ZERO customer service and our room was flooded and they did not move our room. They kept us in the molding disgusting room and we did not receive compensation. ROYAL CARRIBEAN IS THE BEST CRUISE LINE TO GO ON!!! save yourself from an awful experience!

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Oceanview

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Good time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 26, 2014


Having cruised with Carnival in the past, this cruise was just a quick getaway and to celebrate my birthday. Two minor issues but they were fixed. I will cruise again with carnival 

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my first cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 22, 2014


I had a bad experience on my first cruise, everything was awesome, activities were great , food was amazing , even the staff were great..3 rooms away from my stateroom the toilet had a horrible mishap, the smell of poop was so overwhelming from the moment I stepped onto the ship, it was horrible. ..then day 3 the person immediately next door to me had some piping problems so at 7 am they were drilling and removing wall paneling....I was planning a cruise in October I might go camping or try a different cruise line

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Honeymoon

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2014


My husband and I went on our first cruise for our honeymoon. The food was delicious, liked the entertainment especially the comedy show, and the professional of the staff. We loved it and planning on taking our kids on the next cruise. 

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Great cruise and great price!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2014


Everything was super!!  Can't wait to cruise again!!  Carnival is great and the Sensation was awesome!!

Had the interior room with bunk beds.  The room was just fine.  I had plenty of room.  All the food was excellant.  Had the any time dining which was fine, although next cruise think I will choose a dining time in the main dining room.

 

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Very nice.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2014


The shows were fantastic.  Very professional and enjoyable.

We liked dining at your choice of time and liked having a table for two.

Our cabin steward remembered our names from the first day, impressive.

Boarding was easy with our boarding pass printed ahead of time.

We loved having a window in our cabin.  We saw the sun rise and watched the ship pull into port from our window.  Our cabin was roomy, had lots of storage and the bathroom fixtures were new.

We thought the Cruise Director needed a little more experience.

The food was good.  We liked having 24 hour ice cream and pizza available.

 

 

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About Carnival Sensation

466
Inside Cabins
410
Oceanview Cabins
98
Balcony Cabins
54
Suite Cabins
4
Restaurants
1
Pools

Members loved:

Service and Staff: 73%
Cabin / Stateroom: 61%
Food and Dining: 56%

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Cabins of Carnival Sensation

Interior Stateroom on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
E80, E81, E116, E119, E120, E123, E52, E53, E56, E57

Available On Decks:
Verandah, Empress, Main, Riviera, Upper

Reviews:

9 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Interior Stateroom

Oceanview Stateroom on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen picture window sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
E64, E65, E66, E67, E68, E69, E70, E71, E72, E73, E61

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Main, Riviera

Reviews:

29 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Oceanview Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.; Balcony: 35 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen private balcony sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies. Please Note: in staterooms with upper births lower beds do not convert to a king when both uppers are in use.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
U224

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Main

Reviews:

6 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Balcony Stateroom

Extended Balcony Grand Suite on Carnival Sensation Size:
330 sq ft.; Balcony: 115 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony queen-sized bed convertible sofa sitting area private bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower walk-in closet with wall safe phone mini-bar and a 26" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Upper

Junior Suite (obstructed view) on Carnival Sensation Size:
220 sq ft.; Balcony: 30 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony with obstructed view queen-sized bed and convertible sofa sitting area private bathroom with shower phone mini-bar wall safe and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Verandah

Interior Bunk Bed Stateroom on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- One upper bed and one lower bed (bunk bed) a sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
R298, M298

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Main, Riviera

Reviews:

2 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Interior Bunk Bed Stateroom

Junior Suite on Carnival Sensation Size:
220 sq ft.; Balcony: 30 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony queen-sized bed and convertible sofa sitting area private bathroom with shower phone mini-bar wall safe and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Verandah

Reviews:

3 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Junior Suite

Porthole Stateroom on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen two porthole windows sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Main, Riviera

Reviews:

1 Review from travelers who stayed in a Porthole Stateroom

Aft-View Extended Balcony on Carnival Sensation Size:
185 sq ft.; Balcony: 55 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen private balcony sitting area desk private bathroom with shower phone and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper

Reviews:

1 Review from travelers who stayed in a Aft-View Extended Balcony

Grand Suite on Carnival Sensation Size:
330 sq ft.; Balcony: 70 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony queen-sized bed convertible sofa sitting area private bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower walk-in closet with wall safe phone mini-bar and a 26" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
U69

Available On Decks:
Upper

Reviews:

2 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Grand Suite

Deck Plans for Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation

 

Sun

Whether you are enjoying the Jogging Track or simply relaxing in the sun, you'll enjoy the Sensation's best view from atop the Sun Deck.


2 Upper Beds
2 Upper Beds
1 Upper Bed
1 Upper Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
2 Porthole Windows
2 Porthole Windows
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed
Queen Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Connecting Staterooms
Connecting Staterooms
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Obstructed View
Obstructed View
Sun

Dining

Your Time Dining on Carnival Sensation Dine in the main dining room anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 PM. Guests are usually seated within 20 minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on party size. Parties of 10 or more may need to be accommodated at different tables.

Seating Times: 5:45 - 9:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Enjoy delicious cuisine and splendid service in the elegant Fantasy and Ecstasy main dining rooms.

Seating Times: Breakfast: 7:45-9 AM; Lunch: Noon to 1:30 PM; Dinner: Early: 5:45-6:15 PM or Late: 8-8:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations required.

This exclusive dining event for 12 lucky guests features a multi-course dinner hosted by one of Carnival's master chefs. The evening includes a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley led by the chef, and a sumptuous dinner in a non-traditional dining venue, such as the gallery or the library. (Dining location depends on the vessel).

Seating Times: TBA
Dress: We suggest formal attire.
Costs: $75 per dining guest; the fee does not include specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks which are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations are required and need to be made onboard at the ship's guest service desk.

Seaview Bar & Grill on Carnival Sensation The casual Seaview Bar & Grill buffet restaurant features a wide variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Seating Times: 7 AM to midnight.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Mongolian Wok on Carnival Sensation Indulge your craving for Asian fare at this design-your-own-stir-fry bar. Experienced chefs man the woks while you choose your preferred noodles, veggies, meat and sauce.

Seating Times: Late morning to early evening; check onboard for exact hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

The Taste Bar on Carnival Sensation Sample complimentary bite-sized appetizers before dinner for a taste of flavors that await at the ship's most popular dining venues.

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Pizzeria on Carnival Sensation Stop by for a warm, delicious slice of pizza any time, day or night.

Seating Times: Open 24 hours.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservation required.

Room Service on Carnival Sensation Nobody goes to bed hungry aboard Carnival ships. No matter what time your appetite catches up with you, complimentary and cheerful stateroom service is just a phone call away.

Seating Times: Available 24 hours.
Dress: No dress code.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.

Entertainment

Art Gallery on Carnival Sensation Deck: Lido
Type: Other
Description: Browse the diverse and stunning array of fabulous artwork.

Circle C on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Kids Zone
Description: One of the coolest spots on board is Circle C and it's just for kids 12-14... video games, dance parties, late night movies, Karaoke and more. What could be more fun?

Club O2 on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Kids Zone
Description: We know just what teenagers 15-17 like...Music, video games, food, new friends and BIG fun, Carnival Sensation Club O2's got it; the perfect 'round-the-clock hangout full of the funnest things to do.

Club Vegas Casino on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Gaming
Description: Play cards like a pro at the Carnival Sensation Club Vegas Casino. Poker's not your game? There's craps, blackjack, roulette, slots and more. It's your turn...show 'um what you got in store.

Fantasia Main Lounge on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Entertainment
Description: Seen any great performances lately? Well you will in the Carnival Sensation Fantasia Lounge. It features a revolving turntable, orchestra pit and a recessed speaker system. Come, see, and rave all about it.

Fantasia Main Lounge on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Entertainment
Description: Seen any great performances lately? Well you will in the Carnival Sensation Fantasia Lounge. It features a revolving turntable, orchestra pit and a recessed speaker system. Come, see, and rave all about it.

Formalities on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Other
Description: Rent your formal wear here.

Internet Cafe on Carnival Sensation Deck: Lido
Type: Other
Description: Send friends and family a quick email and don't forget to include a picture. They'll be so jealous.

Joe's Cafe on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Snack
Description: Take a break and recharge in style at this European style coffee bar, specializing in premium coffees and delicious pastries.

Kaleidoscope Dance Club on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Bar
Description: You'll love the music, moves and mood at the Carnival Sensation Disco. Shake it real good as you party with some great people and groove to some of your favorite hits.

Library on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Other
Description: Catch up on your reading, write family and friends back home or stimulate your brain with a game of Chess, Checkers, or Scrabble in the Library.

Lobby and Atrium Bar on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Bar
Description: The Grand Atrium Plaza and Bar is just that - Grand. Mix and mingle with friends, old and new in this breathtaking space that's the hub of all things fun and fantastic on the Carnival Sensation.

Lobby and Atrium Bar on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sun
Type: Bar
Description: The Grand Atrium Plaza and Bar is just that - Grand. Mix and mingle with friends, old and new in this breathtaking space that's the hub of all things fun and fantastic on the Carnival Sensation.

Lobby and Atrium Bar on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Bar
Description: The Grand Atrium Plaza and Bar is just that - Grand. Mix and mingle with friends, old and new in this breathtaking space that's the hub of all things fun and fantastic on the Carnival Sensation.

Lobby and Atrium Bar on Carnival Sensation Deck: Lido
Type: Bar
Description: The Grand Atrium Plaza and Bar is just that - Grand. Mix and mingle with friends, old and new in this breathtaking space that's the hub of all things fun and fantastic on the Carnival Sensation.

Photo Gallery on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Shop
Description: The photo gallery is loaded with some of your best Fun Ship moments. Pick your favorites; then take home your fondest and most fun memories.

Plaza Aft Lounge on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Bar
Description:

Polo Cigar Lounge on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Health
Description: What better way to end the night (or to start the night) than a glass of port and a nice stogey?

Resort Style Pool on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sun
Type: Pool
Description: Think palm trees, a cool breeze and relaxing with your favorite drink in your hand. Take a swim or just chill out. Nothing says vacation like the new resort-style pools.

Sensation Boulevard on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Shop
Description:

Serenity on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Other
Description: Chill out in this kid-free oasis that's the hub of relaxation. Take in the ocean view, hop into one of two hot tubs, or just kick back and chat with friends and enjoy the serenity.

The Fun Shops on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Shop
Description: Everything from t-shirts to high-end timepieces, trinkets to your favorite spirits (duty-free) - That's what you'll find at the shops of Carnival. Find the perfect Fun Ship gifts for friends, family and yourself.

Touch Of Class Piano Bar on Carnival Sensation Deck: Verandah
Type: Bar
Description: Check out the piano bar for the ultimate in fun. Listen to live music, make song requests, sing along or just chill with others.

Video Arcade on Carnival Sensation Deck: Sports
Type: Kids Zone
Description: If you love to play video games we've got just the spot for you - no matter your age. Check out The Warehouse video arcade, which is equipped with the latest high tech games.

140 Tips for Carnival Sensation

use the stairs whenever possible so you can eat as much food as you like and try something new.

try things you would not do or eat normally. get involved it will make your cruise great!

Great breakfast at the grill by the pool!

Bring a Power Strip (surge protector) - You'll probably only have a single 110v outlet in your cabin, bringing a power strip will allow you to charge multiple phones or laptops. *Note: Check with your cruise line if you have questions about what electrical devices are permitted.

The dining room was empty at lunch time. It was quiet and relaxing.

We had a balcony stateroom on the very back of the ship just under the Serenity deck (21 and over only). Nice and quiet part of the ship! Also convenient to food. Short flight of inside stairs to get to dinner, and then 2 short flights of stairs on the outside to get to the buffet area.

Lido deck is definitely the best place to eat breakfast. Lines may be a little longer but they have a bigger variety of food.

Easy to get around

Did "my time dining". Never had to wait to be seated. Well organized.

Mongolian wok, LOVE IT! Food is plentiful and awesome. Something for everyone. Relaxing, quiet or relaxing and music. Activities or no activies. Do whatever you like its wonderful!

have the hamburgers at night from the grill....excellent!

The adults only section is not on ship's maps. Find it far forward though the bar on deck 9.

If you want room service on port days put the slip on the door the night before.

Read your daily activity schedule and participate in the activities. The shows are worth seeing, very good entertainment. Eat in the dining room for a chance to sample exotic foods.

The hang-out spot "Serenity" was a great local to relax and get away from the crowds.

The people at the pool bar was really nice the whole cruise. They were fun and even though they weren't American they were at ease and were very outgoing, they played around with my husband and made his trip fun

learn the ship layout {take a map] and when you get your itinerary for each day[ the steward will put it on the desk daily] mark the times you wan to go where, and consider dinner, lunch can be be done whenever.

Breakfast on the lido deck was the best. But lunch not so much.

Go to the Fantasia dining room for breakfast & lunch. Their food was great and NOT greasy like the Lido.

If you want a spot on the "adults only" sun deck you have to get there early.

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