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Carnival Sensation

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Honeymoon, well spent.

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"The dining room staff was very attentive and entertaining." in 109 reviews.

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Unsatisfied trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2014

Unfortunately our group was unsatisfied with our recent trip. The staff and personnel on the cruise ship were rude and unhelpful with regard to our elder travelers. Also, the ship accomodations were not clean. We continuously had to deal with unsupervised children running around ship, playing on elevators and running up and down stateroom halls all through the night. Very disturbing! We did not get to enjoy any of the ship ammenities due to out of control children and lack of space and availability. I will not recommend this ship to anyone for future travel. We would have been better off staying home and putting the cost of this trip somewhere else.

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
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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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Proceed with caution

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Sensation | Sail Date: May 25, 2014

This was our first cruise and overall it was a good one.  BUT....After we boarded the 1st day, we booked a massage for my fiance & me as it was on sale and it sounded like a good deal.  While the massage itself was very nice & relaxing, what followed it ultimately all but ruined our vacation.  In a nutshell, they tried to sell us extremely expensive products that were not complimentary to the massage.  I asked my masseuse if they were included in the massage and she said no, at which point I said that in that case I didn't want them.  She handed me a bag with three items and tried billing me for them anyway.  I asked her to return the items as I didn't want them.  She then returned two and tried to make me buy the 3rd item (a jar of sea salt scrub for $58!) and I then insisted that no I didn't want it & made her return it as well.  She was clearly not pleased.  My fiance's masseuse never explained to him that the product was not complimentary, so he unwittingly paid $240 on top of the massage itself and was under the impression that was the total for both product *and* massage.  We only figured that out upon checking our Sail & Sign account, at which point we immediately returned the products.  All of the above caused a series of billing errors to our Sail & Sign account which then caused an overdraft on my Visa check card.  I was not aware of the overdraft until we got off the boat in Nassau and tried to withdraw money from an atm & the transaction was denied, which then of course ruined our entire day on the island as we had to get back on the boat.  We had been told we wouldn't have to pay anything until the end of the cruise, so I truly do not appreciate that our funds were compromised during the course of the trip.  Eventually, all of our charges were worked out, but by that time we were heading back to Port Canaveral.  We didn't get off the boat in Freeport because we thought we were going to get to do things in Nassau the next day, which obviously didn't happen.  So basically, we didn't get to go anywhere or do anything and it put a huge damper on our entire vacation.  Everything else on the cruise was excellent, but I can't help feeling like we got the short end of the stick.  I would recommend this cruise, but be cautious of their spa services.

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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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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 (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 05, 2014
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4 Night Bahamas With Carnival Live (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 21, 2014
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Sail Date: Sep 18, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Sensation
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