Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Getting worse every year..

Sail Date: May 08, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

We've taken this boat on this weekend for 4 years now as an inexpensive Mother's Day trip. We know it's an old boat and you get what you pay for. The decor has always been old and tacky, almost comical. But what's gone down hill is the service and the food. We felt rushed from the moment we got on the boat to when we left. The staff seem to just want to get through it. We could never find our stateroom attendant to ask for ice. When we asked anyone in the halls, they always said that they weren't our attendant and that we'd have to wait for ours to come on duty. Used to be the attendant always came by and introduced himself as soon as you got to your room. Dinner is nothing short of a cattle call. The servers are in such a hurry to get you watered, fed and out of there that it's impossible to catch anyone's eye to get a condiment or a drink (other than the bar drinks of course- because they're extra). The food was mostly inedible. It's never been fantastic- but this year even the pizza was gross. I lost 2 pounds if that tells you anything! The casino dealers all seem bored, harrased or indifferent. If I'm going to loose money, at least make it fun. Not to mention there are never enough tables. The bar servers act as if your drink requests are an inconvenience. I will say the ONLY staff we had a good experience with were the servers on the Serenity deck. They were fun & attentive. And the boat is still pretty clean. And and the asian rock band that's been there forever is still really good. But we will not go on this boat again. In stead we're going to pony up for the  4-night with Royal Carribean next year. 

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Cabin / Stateroom
The cabinets rattle like crazy if the ship makes a turn or goes fast. Also, smelled like cigarette smoke.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Carnival Live Concert
This was the one highlight- Foreigner was awesome! Didn't expect much, but was blown away.
Nassau, Bahamas


Stay on the Serenity deck and eats lots of bread at dinner- it's the only good thing you're going to get.

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