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Carnival Sensation

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"The show time in the dining room by the staff was a lot of fun." in 110 reviews.

"First time on a Carnival cruise." in 54 reviews.

"The room service was OK." in 44 reviews.



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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Nice Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Aug 31, 2014

 This is my 6th cruise, so I knew what to expect. Though it was the first on the Carnival Sensation.  The ship itself was nice. Clean, not a very large ship, but not small.  My outside cabin was very nice and spacious.  The bathroom was bigger than I had expected and very clean.  We were on the Empress deck which is the 7th deck, which is also the main deck, were the excusion desk, guest service desk and the main bar was located.  The deck was good....just a little noisy all  night.  and you could easily hear what ever was going on, on the deck above.  And for what ever reason, I was able to feel the boat move alot more than usual.  The food was okay, nothing exceptional.  My only complaint was that for four days each and every day the food buffet served the same thing and outside of paying for something to drink, you had a choice of too tart lemonaid and too weak iced tea.  Other than that I had a good time and I would recommend this cruise for a first timer or for someone who has no desire to sail on a big ship.Happy  

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

2 star
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Quality of Carnival has really went down

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 31, 2014

I do not recommend the Carnival Sensation. This is not the first time I have been on this ship and came back because of how much we enjoyed our last trip, however some low lites were: The room was never fully cleaned. There was garbage from the previous guest in our closet along with body hair. Dining in the Fantasy Dining room took at least and hour and forty-five minutes each night.  The shows have been the same for the last 4 years it seem and need to be modernized.  Our shower overflowed into the whole bathroom and I could not reach a room Seward so had to go looking for someone.  They now allow children in all the hot tubs so they take over them like their personal kiddie pools.  The dolphins experience was great, however the locals working there were not very friendly and lied to us about purchasing pictures so beware they do sell individual prints back on the boat (the shore excursion manager did take care of this for us). The best part was the comedy shows.  Great comedians, but other than that I don't think I would ever get on this ship again.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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You get what you pay for

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Aug 31, 2014

I didn't pay much for this cruise, and that's what I got! The ship is kind of old and small, so there's not a lot going on. The food was inconsistent; occasionally, we  ate something outstanding but most of it was rather average. The big "shows" were old too, as I had seen at least parts of them before. The costumes looked worn, and most of the music was recorded. The small orchestra played along with a soundtrack, and the backup singers were also on the soundtrack. The comedians were excellent! Lance was the best part of the cruise! The staff was very nice and helpful. The dining room staff was very attentive and entertaining. If you weren't in to drinking and dancing, there wasn't a lot  to do. Since there is only one pool, it was so busy you could only stand in it. Next time, I'll pay a little more and get a better cruise.

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Great cruise for a first time family cruise.

Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

We read many reviews about the Sensation before booking.  Some of the negative reviews were not happy with the crew, food or the condition of the ship. Sad  We were very pleased with our experience on the Sensation with only a few complaints. Big Smile First, for the most part, the crew was very professional, worked hard and were very friendly.  The wait staff, room steward, and bartenders most often remembered our names, greeted us in a friendly manner and worked hard to meet our needs. Beer  Entertainment was excellent but not always appropriate for the whole family.  The comedians were good. The family acts were very appropriate, but the acts were the same every evening.  The staff worked very hard to keep the ship clean and tables cleared.  They were cleaning carpets and the decks throughout the cruise.  Food was very good. It was best in the dining rooms and at the grill near the pool, although not as good in the Lido Buffet. The ship is dated, but they do a good job keeping it fresh and clean.  It is a smaller ship.  I thought for a first time cruise with a family, it is the right size.  Our room was always kept very clean and was large enough to accommodate the four of us. We only had a few complaints: First, Some of the shows were not appropriate for families even though this seemed to be more of a family cruise.  Second, the pool was very small and packed; it would have been more enjoyable with more games and activities.  Overall, I would recommend this ship to families and first-time cruisers.  Carnival works very hard to make this a very special vacation for a family! Cool

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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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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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!

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4 Night Bahamas With Carnival Live (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
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5 Night Bahamas & Key West (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 30, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
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4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
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