First off let me inform you that the Sensation is 22 years old. And any ship you cruise that is that old will only have one 110 outlet in the cabin. Many newer vessels only have one outlet as well. Why would you book a sailing during Spring Break and NOT expect to find College kids on one of the "Fun Ships"? As for the lady that was celebrating her birthday and they got to it a day late, been there, done that on an RCCL ship. RCCL didn't recognize our Anniversary even though I told RCCL about it and indicated it in our online check-in. Did it ruin my cruise? NO! You did mention that you had sailed on NCL in the past but didn't say if you had ever sailed Carnival before this so I will assume not. If that is the case, I feel you are being a bit closed minded in your statement of "I would not recommend Carnival Cruise Line to anyone." after only one sailing with Carnival with a few post mentions of disappointment (even though it was another "Lady's birthday, not yours). I have sailed on Carnival 5 out of my last 10 cruises and even though some cruise had some bumps, those bumps didn't ruin my cruise. May I recommend that you do a bit more research such as reading reviews PRIOR to booking your next cruise. That "may" help!!
Review by tcp
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Sorry that you did not enjoy your cruise. I will point out that this is one of the old ships that Carnival runs for the 3 and 4 night trips. I have been on 3 of her sister ships. The ships are older but well maintained. I had fun on all 3 ships, but I set my expectations for a short cheap party cruise.
Going on a short cruise during spring break is just asking for a ton of partying school kids. Any of the 3 night weekend cruises are pure party cruises.
A 7 night Carnival cruise is different then the 3 and 4 night trips. With the low cost cruises anybody can afford them so the demographics are different.
I always pack a Power strip for any cruise from a 3.0 star up to on a 5.5 star ship.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If you get on Carnival expecting Holland America or Celebrity you will be disappointed. If you get on Carnival just expecting to have a fun cruise you will enjoy yourself. For what you pay hard to go wrong.
I have taken many cruises on Carnival and feel the cruise line gives you good value for what you pay. I enjoy getting free laundry now that I don't get on any other cruise line. If you take a cruise in March expect college kids on board. A 4-night Carnival cruise is a party ship. I have been on ships where they have missed my birthday too. Not a big deal to me, for sure. I hope that your next cruise is a better fit for you.