OK experience. Excellent crew.

Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Carnival Sensation

5 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 09, 2017

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: M38

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

This was our first cruise (my husband and me) and we didn’t love it. Perhaps cruising isn’t our style of vacation, which I fully acknowledge. It just seemed to leave something to be desired, though. Several other people on the ship said the same thing. Most people recommended a newer ship or a different cruise line. Probably won’t sail with Carnival again but that’s just us. Plenty of other people seemed properly entertained!


3 out of 5
Embarkation was okay. Didn’t take too long to get on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The main dining room was fantastic. Great food, excellent staff with a consistently stellar attitude. Guy’s burgers was delicious and fast, regardless of the length of the line. Buffet was kind of like public school lunch. It looked better than it tasted, for sure. Always smelled a bit like a lunch room, too: a mixture of food and bleach.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
DJ Devine did a wonderful job and the cover bands were great, especially Travis. I was disappointed that there really wasn’t “something for everyone”, though. Seemed the main source of entertainment was eating, drinking and sitting in the hot sun. The pool wasn’t really an option as it was so small that it was always crowded. There was an occasional art auction and Bingo. These forms of entertainment are good until you’re ready to do something else.


3 out of 5
As stated above, DJs and 👨‍🎤 did a great job. Stage performances seemed good. Only caught a little as we’re not big on the theater. The early “PG” comedy show was OK. The guy did alright but did throw in a joke mentioning “porno” which is definitely NOT PG.

Children's Programs

Didn’t travel with kids.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward was Bernard and he was excellent! Seeing him always happy and with a great attitude made our day. He put all that he had into his work and seemed full of joy to do it. We also really enjoyed Ermie. We made a point to get our drinks from the atrium bar because he was always happy to see us and was so personable. He maintained customer service while still making conversation. Plus, we just liked him as a person😊 We were amazed at almost all of the staff. Probably only encountered one or two who seemed irritated. Always happy to be serving, it seemed, for the most part.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship seemed pretty clean and there were always people picking up. The only design flaw, I’d say, would be the small pool. However, this is one of Carnival’s oldest ships and there’s nothing that can probably be done about that. The Serenity deck is a great option with the breeze. If it had a pool and not just hot tubs, I’d give it two thumbs up.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was small, obviously, but comfortable. Bernard kept it clean. It’s definitely showing it’s age but that’s to be expected.

Ship tip

This ship is good if your main goal is to drink and eat pretty good food. Not a ton to do aside from just hanging out. I’d recommend going with a group on this ship. Also lose 5-10 pounds first because you’ll probably gain that much!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
The port was fast and efficient. We didn’t do an excursion.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Jamaica is beautiful as far as the beach is concerned but sadly is very much part of the third world. People everywhere are trying desperately to get business. We did the Blue Hole and adrenaline tubing ride and it was a lot of fun. The staff were fantastic and worked very hard to give us a good experience.

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
We loved Grand Cayman. Didn’t do an excursion but spent the day shopping and enjoyed some lunch and a beer at a small restaurant overlooking the ocean. Would love to go back for a week.


2 out of 5
Very slow. I don’t know how else it could be done but the super long line snaking through the ship seemed like they could use some help.
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