Carnival Sensation was NOT sensational to say the least!

Carnival Sensation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

3.6 out of 5
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Carnival Sensation

5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 15, 2019

Ship: Carnival Sensation

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Research your ship. Don’t just go by the travel agent’s advice because they maybe misinformed or just plain don’t know what they are talking about or maybe just lying outright to make a sell!


2 out of 5
I had the “faster-to-the-fun” pass and it was a smooth transition to get onboard but unfortunately our luggage was not on-board by the time frame we were told. We were 1st in line, and if I would have just showed up for my embarkation time (as I did), I didn’t even need to pay the extra $59 as our adult children didn’t pay and were onboard when we were!!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food and drinks were awesome!!!

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Carnival Sensation is an older and smaller ship and we’ve cruised on larger, newer cruise liners with more activities and this ship did not live up to our expectations!!


3 out of 5
The shows were ok but did not have a variety! It was a show then comedy time. Nothing else!!

Children's Programs

No children were in our group.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was awesome!!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Carnival Sensation is a smaller, older ship and was in bad condition. We had. Balcony room and was apprehensive about sitting out on the balcony while the ship was moving.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin #263 was the very last cabin on our floor at the back of the ship!! It was the standard size and comfort was what we’d come to expect with a cruise liner. I would not have chosen a room at the very back of the ship but it free from noise and traffic.

Ship tip

If you’ve cruise before, this may not be a ship you’ll enjoy unless you don’t expect to do much. For newcomers to cruising, you may enjoy it because you have nothing to compare it to!!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

1 out of 5
The staff at the port was not enthusiastic as I’m use to and they did not know their jobs. One person would give info and another would come and say something different then along come another person with yet a different answer!,,

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
Nassau was fun! We shopped, ate at a local restaurant and hung out at Juno Beach. This was our first time in the Bahamas.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
The beach was awesome and the water was clearer than any we’ve been to! Carnival had shops, food and activities that were an additional charge.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Our second time at Grand Turks and we had a blast as usual! Margaritaville always have fantastic atmosphere with great food and music! The coral is no joke but with your beach shoes on, once you make it about ten meters from the shore, the water is spectacular!


4 out of 5
We were off the ship in less than forty-five minutes!!
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