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Carnival Sensation

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    


What people said about this ship:

"...If bring proper clothing, you were n't allowed in the dining room , and the dinner buffet is over by 6 pm." in 112 reviews.

"This was our first Carnival cruise and it was excellent." in 55 reviews.

"...cabin was nice( we had a balcony) but did n't meet the room service attendant until the last day." in 45 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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arob
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

2 star
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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mnstahl1
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

2 star
2 star
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Cruise was wonderful...had to over come Priceline's removal of 4 on-board credits!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Sep 18, 2014

First cruise of a Back to Back cruise!!  Great ship eeven though it's old, it's well maintained and the band was great!!!  Called Music Society - on board til Feb 2015

 

Anyone else have problems with Priceline cruises as a Travel agency?

 

First time I used them for cruise booking...NEVER AGAIN!   Problems encountered:

 

Sales person promised On Board Credit, which is why I used them:( and the addition of fees TWICE!!

Poor or no response time.   Disappearing credits:  When on board, I checked for the OBC--which was no where to be found!  A back to back cruise.  So basically double the "bait and switch" promises unfulfilled!

 

Don't even think of getting a return call from Voice mail message.  I should have known via the way out of date outgoing message left by them.

 

I spent probably 2 hours of wasted cruise-vacation, on hold, along with the ships Customer Service Supervisor, just to hear , Sorry nothing they could do.

 

Certainly we're not rookies at this, which is why I check as soon as get onboard for "promised" OBC.

 

This has happened before with other TA's and normally fixed quickly!

Sure mistakes do happen.

 

An add on "service fee" for both cruises was not discussed at time of sale.

 

After I returned from a great cruise, I called again, and, of course, no response...

 

They have lost a repeat customer and gained my warnings for other would be cruisers..

 

It's the last time I move from either booking direct with the line or a proven travel agent. 

 

Anyway...A travel agent is judged by how well they take care of problems and follow through on what was promised. 

Buyer beware with Priceline!

 

Mike

 

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
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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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luinatl
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 star
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Amazing time totally unexpected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Aug 21, 2014

After so much negative press and negative comments about cruises , this trip totally blew my mind. I have stayed in many high brand hotels and I can honestly say that I received 5 star service all the way. Crew was fun and laid back yet super formal and servicing . Had a great time looking forward toy next trip. Pack your drinks !! And plenty of sun screen !! 

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Popular Tips for Carnival Sensation


suezoo
Purser

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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Carnival Sensation
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Members on Cruise

4 Night Bahamas With Carnival Live (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 14, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
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Members on Cruise

5 Night Bahamas & Key West (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Dec 30, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
7 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Sensation
7
Members on Cruise

4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 30, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
7 Ship Mate app members

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