Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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1 cruise (first)


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2 out of 5

A decent value for the money.

Sail Date: August 01, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

It seemed a bit run down, yet our stateroom was kept very clean, and the dinner in the dining area were very nice. We slept very well during our trip because the rooms were very quiet which was great! We were a bit disappointed by the fact that the only thing you can eat during off-peak hours were greasy hamburgers and stale french fries. It's very difficult to get any sort of relative information on the ship because apparently though some folks LIVE on this ship 6 months out of the year, they don't have a clue where things are located or what activities are going on when/ where etc. It's a real shame that our first cruise was on board a vessel where half or everything entertaining was shut down 3/4's of the time we were on board. We won't cruise with Carnival onboard the Sensation again. I am not sure what types of food people on cruise ships are used to, but the 'cafe' food was terrible and for the most part tasted as though they'd recycled it from the meals from the prior evening. I felt a lot like I was being herded about like a pile of pack animals when lunch time came around, and we could never figure out why we couldn't get a nice lunch in the dining room we were assigned: it , too, was closed until dinner, though it was supposed to be open. Also note that if you want to order room service you'll have to guess whats on the menu for any particular day/evening because there is nothing posted in your stateroom (or anywhere else for that matter). We never did get a straight answer regarding any questions we asked. I felt completely taken advantage of after reading ship information which touted having the three pools and 6 hottubs etc.. only one of which was open (the one with half taken up and boarded off for the slide) the entire first THREE days of a four day cruise. All in all it seemed no one had much a of a place to go during the day except the casino. Do not get taken in by the art auction! What a joke, they only have a couple of pieces worth looking at much less buying. I saw a very nice picture of Tigger (the Disney animal) that was about 12"X12" and they were charging 1900$ for it. I actually laughed in the womans face, it was definitely not by any means done by any artist anyone on this planet or any other had heard of! My recommendation on that one... stay on shore. My boyfriend and I will cruise with another cruise line next time as we both felt as if we would have a had a better time than onboard the Sensation by Carnival. Also note that there are hidden charges for everything onboard, so do bring a lot of extra cash because while the food may be free (and not worth it free or not) everything else adds up! All in ALL if you are looking for a romantic vacation a Cruise ship is NOT the way to go. I didn't expect it to be empty of course and we even met some fantastic people onboard, but there are no division between adult areas and kids areas. The "R" rated comedian was the only one who actually kicked peoples children out of his show!

Pros: Our head waiter, Percival, not only was he funny, but he and our room steward were the only ones onboard the ship who seemed to be having a good time employee -wise.

Cons: The fact that out of three pools only one was open for the entire voyage. On the very last "fun day at sea" they opened the adults only pool, but we were deluged by children even in the hot tubs! Try having a romantic vacation with small children screaming and doing cannonballs in your hottub!

Food and Dining
The main dining room food was good. The rest of the food onboard was not. There were no "specialty options" except on lonely little coffee shop which made gas station coffee seem better than Starbucks. We were sorely diappointed by the fact that the Carnival website made it seem as though all their ships had smaller more intimate dining areas meant for special occasions for an extra fee. There were no such areas on board this ship.
Additionally, there are supposed to be lessons in virtual golf simulators which were never opened, and the only lessons offered onboard were ice scuplting (yeah that's useful in everyday life).
Children's Programs
Apparently there are no kids programs because kids just run wild all over the place with no one to reign them in.
Service and Staff
The head waiter, Percival, and our room steward, Santalino, were wonderful people and so much fun to be around. They were not only polite and helpful, they truly seemed to be the only employees onboard who actually liked their jobs.
Ship Quality
Couldn't use any of the public facilities onboard : pools, gym, library, most bars. Everything was closed and locked up! Even the board games were locked up.. as if anyone in their right mind would steal a Parcheesi game!
Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was exactly as I had expected which was fine. The pools were tiny and unusable. The hottubs weren't open and when they did open them there were no adults only sections even though signs were posted.

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