Carnival Sensation Cruise Review
Just returned from the 7/21/02 sailing on the Sensation and have to say that it was a real mixed bag as far as cruises go. This was my fifth cruise and ranked near the bottom in my opinion.For those who really enjoy good food, you'll definitely want to book a different ship. Most of the food in the dining room came in small portions. Overall, it was bland and poorly prepared, so I guess the small portions were a blessing. There weren't even bright spots in the desserts. Without exception they were unimaginative and tasteless.The Seaview Grill is not a bad alternative, although the availability of food is badly scheduled. In both Grand Cayman and Cozumel, returning to the ship at 2 to 3:30 in the afternoon meant we were limited to pizza as our only choice. It got old pretty quickly.On the plus side, the casino is a lot of fun and very lively. Our cabin steward was wonderful and very accommodating. The cabin itself (outside, lower) was surprisingly roomy as cruiseships go and quite comfortable.The orchestra is talented and the shows were pretty good. Most of the comedians were worth staying up late to see.Be aware that the ship is not well kept. Dirty dishes, soda cans and cigarette butts seemed to be present on the decks at any time of the day or night.Also, those interested in the spa services should know that the treatment rooms are located directly underneath the running track. I paid $89 for a massage (to relax) and ended up listening to the ceiling rumble every few moments.Basically, this ship is NOT for experienced cruisers or those traveling without children. If the kids are calling the shots, or budget is your main concern, you'll probably enjoy the Sensation. Otherwise, steer clear.