Carnival Sensation

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  • Low Budget Cruising with surprising issues.

    Sep 8, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Cost of the cruise itself.
    Cons: Low end cruise.

    Summary: My experience :Sailed out of Port Canaveral Florida which i've sailed out of before.  This is my first time in the carnival port.  It looks like something you see in the ghetto.  Rusty, old looking and grubby.   We were ... read more

  • A Sensational Voyage Despite Bad Reputation!

    Aug 27, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Dining Room food, Piano Bar for smokers, Staff friendliness.
    Cons: Piano Bar for nonsmokers, Wait outside Dining Rooms for dinner.

    Summary: Prior to hopping aboard the Carnival Sensation, I was skeptical. I'd read lots of reviews all over the internet about how trashy, smelly, and uneventful the 3 night, 4 day Nassau cruise was aboard this ship.We were fortunate enough to have gotten ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation ...4 night Freeport and Nassau

    Aug 22, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Price, Great Crew Service, Nice Clean Ship, Money well spent
    Cons: not really any to mention...buffet food was cooler...thats it...all around good deal

    Summary: first this was first cruise for my wife and i...we were not sure what to expect but turned out to be completely impressed...we hit some weather (TS FAY) on this cruise but other then rain did not really notice...listen to me...a bad day on this ship is ... read more

  • Not too Sensational

    Jul 9, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food in the dining hall
    Cons: Rooms are small and need refurb Decor needs updating

    Summary: We've lived in Florida for 20 years--we thought it was about time we took a cruise! We took a 3 day cruise on the Sensation out of Port Canaveral with a port of call in Nassau. Overall, the experience would rate a solid mediocre. The ship is looking ... read more


    Jan 3, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very relaxed, extremely good value, staff if overly polite.
    Cons: Ship condition and decor are tired. Food just OK.

    Summary: If you are like my wife and I, you have a very stressful, hectic career and lifestyle. This cruise provides maximum relaxation for minimum money. Nearly everything about the ship is mediocre, especially the decor and food. But, the rooms are fairly ... read more

  • The Carnival Sensation Bahamas Cruise Isn't Very Sensational

    Oct 28, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: inexpensive, 24 hours in Nassau, cabin upgrade, wonderful cabin steward, fabulous lime sorbet
    Cons: disappointing food, not enough to do, most staff not fluent in English, tours cancelled

    Summary: My current employer requires all employees to use up their vacation time by the end of every year. That gave me the opportunity to take an 11 day trip to Florida last December, but 11 days seemed like an awfully long time to just soak in the sun or ride ... read more

  • Family Cruise

    May 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good service for the disabled. Good Food. Clean Ship.
    Cons: Needs a remodeling. Some maintenance issues ongoing. Nassau crowded and dirty.

    Summary: The Introduction: I am a 24 year old male in the public service field. This was my fifth cruise with Carnival, and my second on the Sensation. I was accompanied by my girlfriend, mother, aunt and grandparents. The cruise was scheduled for three days ... read more

  • Basket Case

    May 21, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Dining, Catamaran Snorkeling Excursion, Clean ship & staterooms
    Cons: Glass elevators broken, no maps of the ship, pools closed early, rude customer service

    Summary: We went on a cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral on April 26, 2007. While we mostly enjoyed our cruise, I would have been hesitant to go on another Carnival cruise even before I emailed them about what had been a minor problem and encountered ... read more

  • I love Cruising....Carnival offers affordability

    Mar 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: friendly, affordable, good activities
    Cons: Ship charge card can be misleading use caution

    Summary: Most people think that a Cruise is out of their price range, however, My husband and I have taken two cruises on Carnival and will take more in the future. Our first trip was to the Bahama's in August of 2004 (which is rainy season for them, so not ... read more

  • Carnival SENSATIONAL!

    Aug 5, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Abundant and tasty food! Crew is superior. Plenty of fun to be had!
    Cons: Sales pitches annoying. Casino is tough to win in.

    Summary: Outstanding overall experience for a first time cruiser. I would not hesitate to cruise again! Despite all the recent bad press about cruising, this was a vacation of a life time. I will break down our experience: EMBARKATION/ARRIVAL: The Port ... read more

  • Carnival Cruise Sensation Recommended for 1st Time Cruisers

    Jul 25, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for 1st time cruisers, Smooth Embarkation & Debarkation, Food, Friendly & Professional Staff, Shows
    Cons: Only a 3-day cruise

    Summary: About ten months ago, my husband and I booked a cruise with the Carnival Fantasy through our Fairfield Timeshare. We are the kind of people who “do their homework” when it comes to vacationing. When we found out that the Fantasy and Sensation had ... read more

  • June 2006 Cruise

    Jun 29, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Staff on ship, value for money spent, cleanliness
    Cons: Tacky colors in furnishings,too many servers pushing drinks

    Summary: We had read very negative reviews on this ship and were concerned about our cruise as we knew the ship had been used by FEMA. All of the prior reviewed problems appear to have been resolved. There was only time on the ship where we noticed a sewage ... read more

  • First time cruise experience - 4/20/06

    Apr 24, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of different activities, room with a balcony was critical to enjoying the cruise
    Cons: Food, lines, constantly being sold something, pools (very small)

    Summary: This is an old ship and it shows. There was a distinct, musty odor in our cabin (suite on the Verandah deck) and the decor on the ship is very outdated. Getting on the ship was a great experience. As a VIP guest (VIP because we were in a a suite), ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation Freeport, Nassau

    Mar 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The waiters/waitresses continually hounded you, to buy a drink!
    Cons: Water turned orange, raw sewage odor, missed tours and the food was fair.

    Summary: We arrived early at Orlando Airport, on March 23, 2006 (1:15 PM), to take a shuttle bus to Port Canaveral. Our ship was to leave a 4 PM. We were held up at the airport until 5:05 PM, waiting for passengers to clear security. Upon arriving at Port ... read more

  • Fantastic Vacation aboard Sensation

    Aug 30, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good food
    Cons: They hit you hard if you want to drink

    Summary: The Sensation was the first cruise for my wife and me. We're both in our early 20s, and were in desperate need of relaxation. We began our Cruise in Tampa on Sunday. We used Carnival's air booking service, so all we had to do was show up at the ... read more

  • Decent, Solid vacation.

    Apr 16, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Professional staff. Roomy cabin (V-deck). Toiletries provided. Smooth embarkation/disembarkation.
    Cons: HVAC. No clocks in cabin. Showing its age. Internet access not up to speed claims.

    Summary: My wife and I were on the Carnival Sensation from April 9th through April 14th, 2005. I do need to preface this review by stating that we're not typical cruisers. We don't drink alcohol, don't gamble, and generally prefer to be comfortable spending ... read more

  • Cruise From Hell

    Feb 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: They let us off..!!
    Cons: Too many to list here, see the review.

    Summary: Sailed from 2/16/04 to 2/21/04, 5 day cruise of the western Caribbean with stops in Grand Caymen and Cozumel. It was myself, my wife and our 11 and 12 year old daughters. We are not novice cruisers, having sailed aboard the Disney Magic on 2 separate ... read more

  • A Hotel In The Water

    Jan 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, Plenty of food, Plenty to do, doesn't feel like your on a boat
    Cons: Toned down quiet a bit, boat is getting dated compared

    Summary: Past Experience This was my 6th or 7th cruise that I've taken. My first cruise was on a cruise line I cannot remember, and had taken the ship out of service by sinking it not too long after we went on the cruise. Past cruise lines that ... read more

  • Itinerary changed 2 times - From good, to bad, to worse

    Oct 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Non-stop food, entertainment, and relaxation!
    Cons: Non-stop sales pitch. Itinerary changes.

    Summary: This was my second cruise, both through Carnival, and this experience only proved my first impression of Carnival to be true, "Carnival is the Wal-Mart of cruises." 8 Months ago in February, I booked my cruise through Carnival. I first searched online ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation out of Tampa, Florida

    Sep 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Variety of activities (there is something for everyone), variety of food available (including room service).
    Cons: Not being able to understand some of the staff that work on the ship (accents).

    Summary: Carnival Sensation out of Tampa, Florida To Grand Cayman & Cozumel September 6 - 11 Let me start off by saying this was my very first cruise and I had no idea what to expect. My friend and I had done our research on this site to get as prepared as po ... read more

  • 20-somethings' review of a family ship

    Aug 19, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cozumel, Sun Worshiping, gym and spa, fast elevators, pretty boat
    Cons: Service was off, Crappy night life, lackluster food, stupid automatic gratuity charge.

    Summary: I should start off by saying that the pro's outweighed the con's but I think the cruise could have b ... read more

  • First Cruise...and it was on an aged Ship.

    Jun 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Dining Room Service and Staff Camp Carnival Availability Not a Lot of Port Calls
    Cons: Stuck Up Spa Experience Cramped Camp Carnival Facilities Nickel and Dime-ing at Every Turn

    Summary: I'll start off with saying that I got a ton of information from this website that made this trip muc ... read more

  • Sensation is quite average

    Apr 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Service
    Cons: Smoky, Food disappointing

    Summary: This was my 6th cruise, second on Carnival. It was a Spring Break treat for my girls, ages 9 and 13. Embarking We got to the ship at 11:30, waited in line for 15 minutes and were told to wait in holding area until #4 group was called. We ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation

    Mar 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The overall cruise was quite enjoyable
    Cons: A bit retro of a look, not as great as others

    Summary: For spring break this year, myself and 35 of my friends, decided to head for the open seas aboard the Carnival Sensation. Our five day cruise was to take us to Grand Cayman and Cozumel with some fun days at sea mixed in. Booking the cruise ... read more

  • Had a Sensational time! (Pun Intended)

    Mar 5, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Large well laid out ship, great service,spacious rooms, great ports of call!
    Cons: A few signs of wear (carpets mostly), short amount of time in Grand Cayman

    Summary: Let me start by saying the Carnival Sensation is an older ship about ten years old and it shows its age in several places. If you are easily offended by worn or stained carpet then I would look for a newer ship. Such things don’t bother me much and ... read more

  • Sensation of Spring Break!

    Feb 13, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful service, food was exemplary, casino was the happening place to be!
    Cons: we couldnt get off ship at Grand Caymen, seas too rough,cost of drinks.

    Summary: Well, here I am reminiscing about last years spring break as I plan for another this year with my girlfriend! I went on my cruise the first week in March of 2002 with 3 of my good friends from school (JMU of course!). I must first start off by ... read more

  • Great Fun, Tons of Food, Good Value

    Dec 30, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food, Price, "Fun" atmosphere.
    Cons: I'd be really nit picking if I listed anything.

    Summary: Sail Date: 14 Dec out of Tampa for 5 Days in Western Caribbean Ports: Cozumel Mexico and Grand Cayman Island We (wife and I) paid $410 each (including taxes) for an inside stateroom on lower deck in center of ship (the least amount of rocking) ... read more

  • First Time Cruiser

    Dec 30, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: other cruisers, staff, environment
    Cons: getting off the boat at the end of trip

    Summary: As I had just graduated from college, my roommates and I decided to take a cruise as our last "big bang". I had never been on a cruise before and was very excited. I was busy working to pay the bills so I really didn't make the travel arrangements, but ... read more

  • Bad Experience

    Sep 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The shows were great, room stewards were outstanding, and the waitresses were fantastic.
    Cons: Poor food quality, privacy problems, rude bartenders, not being adequately informed.

    Summary: We were scheduled to go to Grand Caymen and Cozumel. Due to Hurricane Isadore this changed. The good part about this is they told us that we would be stopping in Key West instead of Grand Caymen. This did not bother us as we had not been to Key West. ... read more

  • Sensation? Not quite...

    Aug 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Plenty to do, friendly crew, great excursions
    Cons: Price of drinks, variety of food, decor

    Summary: Embarkation: Embarkation seemed to take forever, there were long lines everywhere. After a couple of hours we boarded and picked up our sail and sign cards. Each passenger is given a sail and sign card, with this card you can pay for anything on the ... read more

  • 1st cruise on Carnival Sensation

    Jul 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great food, comfortable cabins, and a great chance to visit islands
    Cons: Way too many kids!!!!!

    Summary: I always use a scale when describing my vacation experience, to help you, the readers, better my personal opinions about my trip! Enjoy Dates- August 26th - September 2nd Scale 1-10 = 6 I will never travel this time of year ... read more

  • Carnival's Sensation 2002

    Apr 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Enjoyable ports of call, good food.
    Cons: Older ship, showing some signs of wear.

    Summary: Carnival's Sensation does four, five and seven night cruises out of Tampa. I was recently on this ship for four nights, calling on Key West and Cozumel. However, the Sensation will be making seven night Western Caribbean cruises during the summer 2002 ... read more

  • The Journey of a Lifetime

    Mar 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great food, beautifull views, breathtaking deck, great clubs and interesting bars, cool arcade.
    Cons: saltwater pool, small rooms.

    Summary: As I reached the dock I could tell from that moment that the ship would be a "sensation. I went as a family of five. The parents, the 24-year-old, the 16-year-old, and the 12-year-old. This vacation was suitable for every one of us. my trip left ... read more

  • The Sensation Experience

    Feb 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Sensation seven day cruise is a great value for the price.
    Cons: The seating in the Fantasia Lounge balcony is plush but poorly elevated limiting vision.

    Summary: Any cruise that is less than a hundred dollars daily per person is a great deal. The Carnival Sensation has lower level cabins that meet that criterion. Since September 11, 2001, travel values have increased making multiple upgrades and increased ... read more

  • Sensation-al Honeymoon...

    Jan 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic value for the price...
    Cons: The ships decor is straight out of the seventies (not necessarily a con)...

    Summary: I was reluctant to go on another cruise after suffering from pretty severe seasickness on the first one I went on. The pricing was the key that made my new husband and me decide to book our honeymoon on the Carnival Sensation. He desperately ... read more

  • Our Trip on the Carnival Sensation

    Jan 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean Ship, Plenty to Do, Great Food, and Friendly atmosphere.
    Cons: Position of Our Room, Going from hot to cold weather. Cigarette Smoke!

    Summary: Three words "We Loved It". Plain and Simple. The last cruise we went on was nothing compared to this. Carnival did a great job at making our trip *Very* enjoyable and exciting. When we first walked into the ship we couldn't help but stare straight up at ... read more

  • Exceeding Expectations? Compare with Celebrity's Zenith

    Jul 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Enthusiastic dining room staff.
    Cons: Condition of ship, poor debarkation coordination, inconsistent professionalism of staff.

    Summary: This was our second cruise, we took the Sensation on her Western Caribbean itinerary and disembarked today. Last May, we took the Celebrity Cruise Line's Zenith to Bermuda, and have some interesting comparisons. We booked both cruises through ... read more

  • I would do it again

    Apr 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relaxing, Plenty of Room, they cater to your every need.
    Cons: Alcohol very expensive. Buffet food could be better.

    Summary: Our first cruise so we don't have anything to compare it to. Fall cruise to the eastern caribbean(San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Marteen). This is a big ship with plenty of room. Always found a spot to lay in the sun or hang by a pool(the pool in the back ... read more

  • The Carnival Sensation

    Apr 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relaxing, Fun, Exciting, & even Affordable!
    Cons: I don't know of any.

    Summary: This was one of my first reviews I ever wrote. It was only a paragraph long and under the wrong category. I have deleted the old opinion and wrote this one My Husband and I chose Carnival's Ecstasy for our Honeymoon in September 1999. ... read more

  • October Trip

    Feb 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful food, great service, very reasonable price
    Cons: Long wait for embarkation

    Summary: We sailed on Carnival Sensation on Oct 22, 2000. The weather was absolutely perfect - No rain and temperatures around 85 degrees. Embarkation: Arrived at the port around 12:15 - check in was very fast but then we had to wait to ... read more

  • Sensational Sensation

    Dec 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: outstanding itinerary
    Cons: having to go home

    Summary: My family and I have cruised on Carnivals Sensation the last two summers. We last went 6/18/00. The cruise departed Tampa FL which I find to be a much better place to embark since there aren't a lot of ships that leave from there. The cruise terminal is ... read more

  • Sensation was...well, Sensational!

    Nov 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: With friend's along the experience is unmatched
    Cons: you have to come home

    Summary: The last cruise my wife Lisa and I took was on Carnival's megaliner; Sensation. We departed from Miami, on a 7 day cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas, (St. John), and St. Maarten. I placed St. John in parentheses because while not a port-of-call, you could ... read more

  • Fast, But Not Least

    Nov 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Food, literal "Fun Ship", good choice of stops
    Cons: Makes a week go by too fast.

    Summary: This was the honeymoon of all honeymoons.... The Mother Lode. (Not literally, there's still just two of us.) We were married in February in Kenny Lake, Alaska; spent our first week in Cancun; and our second and third weeks in and around St. Petersburg, ... read more

  • Sensation is Sensational

    Nov 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything!
    Cons: Cokes aren't included in the package.

    Summary: My husband and I took a cruise on Carnival's Sensation for our honeymoon. Neither of us had been on a cruise and didn't know what to expect. We've now decided this is the only type of vacation to take. We took the cruise in the middle of October, and ... read more

  • First Cruise - Great Fun!

    Oct 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great service & food - Clean Ship
    Cons: Disembarkation

    Summary: This was our first ever cruise and we enjoyed every minute! We sailed in the midst of hurricane season but had sunshine for the entire cruise. Cruise cost was approx $ 1500 USF - plus extra for tipping & excursions. Best piece of advise I have for ... read more

  • Sensation needs some Refurbishing

    Oct 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good waiters
    Cons: carpets worn, ship needs tlc

    Summary: This was my first cruise with the Carnival line and I must say it probably will be my last. There were a total of 13 people in our group. With the exception of myself, my husband and one other couple, the others had sailed on Carnival before. ... read more

  • a wonderful vacation

    Oct 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: best vacation ever with no worries
    Cons: none

    Summary: We, a family of three went on our first cruise in may 2000. We take great vacations every year I think, but this was the best one far. I could not even begin to tell you how good it feels to go on a vacation where someone is ... read more

  • Carnival-Guilty

    Oct 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice ship and wonderful people and places.
    Cons: Don't go during Hurricane season!

    Summary: My new husband and I went on Carnival's Sensation for our honeymoon. It took us twelve hours to drive to Tampa. Our cruise was to a be 7 day to the Western Caribbean. Our cost was about $1300.00 and we spent about $600 on ship and ports. The sad thing is ... read more

  • Giving you that warm fuzzy SENSATION...

    Sep 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Flexible schedule, Great ports of call, Plenty to do, Plenty of food, Service
    Cons: Pictures, Time at ports of call, Oh and did I mention the pictures

    Summary: Well where to begin. I just got back 2 days ago from a 7 day cruise on Carnival's Sensation leaving from Tampa, FL and I am still recovering. This is a good thing though. My wife and I had such a great time with a couple of friends on the ship we ... read more

  • A Great Spring Break Idea

    Sep 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Relatively cheap, awesome food
    Cons: cramped stateroom

    Summary: For those of you college students that are looking for a great way to spend spring break, Carnival Cruise Line is definitely the way to go. I have to admit, I was pretty leary about it just because it was 7 days on a boat in the middle of the ocean. ... read more

  • Way above Expectations

    Aug 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cost, ship, cabins
    Cons: Entertainment

    Summary: Having cruised on other lines including Celebrity and RCL we were a little apprehensive about Carnival. Not to worry, it was GREAT. Cruised from Tampa with stops in Grand Cayman, Cozumel and New Orleans. Great ship, lots to do, above average food, ... read more

  • Sensation tips for more fun

    Jul 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of activities for everyone.
    Cons: Too many people some time.

    Summary: We were on the Sensation the week of 7/9/00. Thanks to everyone who took the time to make comments. I read many of them related to Carnival cruises and the Sensation and it really helped us enjoy the trip more. Make sure to read other posting. ... read more

  • Very exciting cruise

    Jul 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Something going on all the time, great islands, great service
    Cons: Room size is small, expensive to get balconey

    Summary: The Carnival Sensation was the first Cruise I went on. Myself and my family had a great time! It seemed like there was always something going on on this huge cruise ship. For example....after eating a nice meal you would go to a great live show and ... read more

  • Sensation was Funsational and Sunsational

    Jul 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ports of call, the smooth handling of 2500 people
    Cons: Hot, Hot, Hot and short stay in Grand Cayman

    Summary: I have to say that after reading numerous opinions about the Sensation, I had mixed feelings. However, after my cruise (Jun 18, 00), I have to say that my husband and I had a terrific time! I would recommend to everyone who is considering a cruise on ... read more

  • Better than expected, but...

    Jun 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cost, un-stuffy passengers
    Cons: decor, "cruise for the masses"

    Summary: Having been on eight previous cruises, none of which were on Carnival, I was a little skeptical. I always imagined Carnival as being a “bottom rung” line that catered to the masses. Yes, they do cater to the masses, but I was pleasantly surprised and ... read more

  • Better than you might expect

    Jun 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cost, casual-ness of passengers
    Cons: Decor, cruise for the "masses"

    Summary: Having been on eight previous cruises, none of which were on Carnival, I was a little skeptical. I always imagined Carnival as being a “bottom rung” line that catered to the masses. Yes, they do cater to the masses, but I was pleasantly surprised and ... read more

  • The Sensation

    Jun 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: All meals included, Clean Ship, Great Staff, Good Destinations
    Cons: Expensive Extras: Pop, Pictures, etc.

    Summary: My new wife and I just returned from our 7 day cruise aboard the Carnival Sensation. I don't think we could have picked a much better honeymoon destination than a cruise aboard the Sensation! For seven days we got to visit different places and didn't ... read more

  • Why I Recommend Cruises...

    Jun 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You just sit back and relax and have fun while meeting your destinations!
    Cons: You can't just get off anytime you want and go home. :-)

    Summary: Just thinking about my wonderful experiences with cruises makes me want to pack my bags right now and head off for one! I admit, I was very skeptical of them before my first one. I thought, "I don't want to be trapped on a boat all day!" ... read more

  • Nice and worth the money

    Jun 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, sun, drinks, relaxation, and dancing
    Cons: expensive drinks, and pay per-view everything

    Summary: Okay, so you're thinking about going on a cruise, Well let me tell you that this vacation that I took was well worth the money and had an excellent time all seven days. I found myself torn between going ashore and just enjoying the ship more. They ... read more

  • Sensation Review: Sensational!

    May 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Clean, neat ship with great food and entertainment. Terrific ports of calls to get away to during winter months.
    Cons: Carnival still tries to squeeze every nickel out of their passengers by charging for everything they can!

    Summary: Review of Carnival Sensation: My wife and I just got back from our cruise aboard Carnival Cruise's Sensation. We had a wonderful time! I would rate our entire cruise experience an 8 out of 10 for this cruise. Here is my review, comments, and ... read more

  • Cruising for Dummies

    May 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Overall, a great experience!
    Cons: Not such great service, be careful!

    Summary: Let’s take a moment to imagine a fairytale world. No work, no chores, no stress, no children (unless you want them to join you on this adventure). Tons of food at all times of the day, a free 20-hour movie theater (playing only the latest ... read more

  • an AMAZING time

    May 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: size, gym, track, food, shows, lounges
    Cons: nothing i can think of

    Summary: Hello Everyone, Last Feb., I took a cruise on the Carnival Sensation. I had been planning the cruise for months, and I expected alot. Well, what ever I had expected, the ship exceeded. It was unbeleiveable! 3 swimming pools, a full size ... read more

  • Everyone should go on one

    Apr 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: friendly staff, always something exciting to do
    Cons: none

    Summary: I loved carnival cruise lines. There was always something to do. The cabin stewards were entertaining. I recommend that everybody take a carnival cruise. The shows are fantastic and the food is free. The staff was always friendly. I can't say ... read more

  • Sensation Sensational for First Timers

    Apr 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent service
    Cons: None

    Summary: My husband and I took our very first cruise on the Carnival Sensation to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and New Orleans on Feb. 20-27, 2000. We flew into Tampa a few days early since we have family there. Thus, we were well rested and relaxed when the time came ... read more

  • Not a cruise for individuals

    Mar 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unlimited food; nightlife; Outstanding staff
    Cons: Activites between dinner and nightlife

    Summary: My husband and I celebrated our belated honeymoon on the Carnival's Sensation. Due to the excellent price it was too good to pass up. Being a travel agent for a few years, a cruise was one trip I have really been looking forward to taking. ... read more

  • Wonderful, Romantic, Exciting

    Mar 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Economical, Fun, Friendly, Beautiful fun filled shows.The rooms were a nice size.
    Cons: Cant really think of any

    Summary: I went on a 7 day cruise aboard the Sensation with my then fiancee (now Husband) last September. For the most part we had a wonderful time. The ship was beautiful, the crew members were all very polite and friendly and enough can not even be said for the ... read more

  • Honeymoon to Remember

    Mar 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful service, great food!
    Cons: A little motion sickness!

    Summary: My husband and I took this cruise to the Western Carribean (San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Marten) for our honeymoon two years ago. Neither of us had ever been on a cruise before and we just loved it!! The service was excellent and the staff treated us ... read more

  • Fun Times to be had on this cruise ship

    Feb 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun for the younger crowd, lots of fun for less $, helpful employees, good food & entertainment
    Cons: the long winding hallways make it easy to get lost trying to find your room at night

    Summary: I found Carnival to be a fun ship that's full of energy! The employees are helpful, the cabins are a good size, and there is plenty to do. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a fun time. However, if you are looking for a relaxing cruise with few ... read more

  • Can't wait for our next Carnival cruise

    Feb 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: value
    Cons: weather

    Summary: We had a fantastic time and can't wait for our next Carnival cruise. Positives: Embarkation and disembarkation went very well. Get there early. We arrived at the Tampa port at 11:30 a.m. and check-in was well under way. ... read more

  • Good price, good first cruise.

    Jan 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inexpensive, good food, fun people,good service.
    Cons: Extras expensive. Can be crowded in spots.

    Summary: We shopped around a bit and found the best price on a 5 day cruise was a Sensation cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and New Orleans.We went in March of '99. We chose the ship mostly because of the ports of call, and because the travel agent recommended ... read more

  • Entertainment and fun never Ends, especially for Teens

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Cons: NONE

    Summary: Lets see I set sail on the Sensation out of Tampa the week of Christmas (1999). I went on the Big Red Boat when I was younger but there was no comparison. The activities and food is endless. The inside of the boat was extremely nice with pretty nice ... read more

  • Just Cruising

    Jan 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Entertainment
    Cons: Over priced tours and bingo

    Summary: I have always heard that the Carnival cruise ships were just for singles that love to party and believed this until I won a Carnival Cruise on their ship, The Sensation. I can honestly say this was the best cruise I have ever taken. This ship's crew was ... read more

  • The best time of my life, except for the gratuity fees.

    Jan 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gives great parties, food is outstanding, and they take good care of you.
    Cons: Getting off of the ship takes too long, and they need to put the airport buses somewhere else.

    Summary: I went on the 2000 millennium carnival cruise aboard the sensation. We arrived from Treasure Island to the port of Tampa in a stretch limo and they dropped us off in front. Of course it was after 12pm, so we had to wait a little while in line. The ... read more

  • Sensation what you made it:

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ports of Call and Activities in Port
    Cons: High price of extras.

    Summary: My wife, son and myself went to the Eastern Caribbean. Cozumel, and Grand Cayman were great. We love to snorkel and it doesn't get much better. We found the service for the most part was very good and the food more than just routine fare. The service ... read more

  • Great Ride

    Jan 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, relaxing, and entertaining.
    Cons: It was a rocky ride and the airplane seating arrangements.

    Summary: I won this cruise a couple of years ago, and M eand my girl had a great time. The room service was an excellent thing, as well as the safe in your room. The people were friendly and the enternainment was top notch. We had amazing views from our room too. ... read more

  • Don't be fooled by the name

    Jan 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap, it will get you there
    Cons: food, cleanliness,

    Summary: As an avid cruiser, I can safely say that this is not the boat to go on if you've experienced other cruise lines such as Princess, etc. Granted, I was travelling the cheap-o way, which means lower level inside cabin, and I was with 5 of my college ... read more

  • Not-So-Sensational

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beatiful ship, excellent service, cozy quarters
    Cons: Timing of meals and extra costs

    Summary: My husband and I took a 1 week cruise on the Sensation the week of May 9th through May 15th. We live in NY, so we flew to Tampa for boarding. The trip was to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. Dare I say that the flight down to Tampa was the best ... read more

  • I didn't want to join a carnival!

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cost
    Cons: service, food, entertainment

    Summary: When I decided to take a cruise, I knew I would be traveling with 14 adult extended family members, and wanted something economical so we could all afford to go. We booked a trip on the Imagination leaving out of Miami going to Grand Cayman, ... read more

  • Great Vacation

    Dec 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A real vacation for all
    Cons: Bad weather possible

    Summary: I recently traveled on the Carnival cruise ship The Sensation and what a great time. The cost compared to other vacations is great, if your willing to go in the months of October and November you get a great price that includes all of your food 24 hours ... read more

  • Tips for Cruising on the Sensation

    Dec 16, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Economical, Well Organized Activities
    Cons: Unclean ship

    Summary: Arrive at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday to board the ship and there will be no lines. By 12:00 p.m., the lines are very long and the wait to enter the ship will be at least an hour. Advice - get to the ship by 11:30 a.m. and you should not have any trouble. Fill ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation was a very nice ship

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very modern and comfortable
    Cons: Less of a mature crowd then other cruise lines

    Summary: We are all unique individuals that choose to spend our spare time outside of work/school differently. I ,for one, enjoyed my cruise on the Sensation tremendously. It was my first of 3 cruises and by far, was the best. Yes, you are not only welcomed ... read more

  • Not so Hot

    Dec 11, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Unlimited food, dancing clubs, Las Vegas shows, gym, casino, and deck.
    Cons: Small pools, not a lot of on land time, tacky rooms and ship, pricey spa

    Summary: I took the Carnival cruise on the Sensation in June 1999. The tour went to the Caymen Islands, Cozumel, Mexico and New Orleans. I enjoyed the Caymen Islands; the snorkeling was beautiful. But we were only docked from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. That's four ... read more

  • A Wonderful Experience

    Nov 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: food, fun and ports
    Cons: Nothing

    Summary: We took our cruise at the end of August. It cost us a total of $1,600 for two people. Our itinerary included Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, and New Orleans. The ship was beautiful. Our room had portholes so we could see the ocean. The ports ... read more

  • Great Overall Fun....

    Nov 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Staff, superb food, surplus of activities
    Cons: you have to buy soda and the little time spent in Grand Cayman Island

    Summary: Amazing is the only word to explain my vacation on the Sensation. As a teenager, I've had difficult times trying to find stuff to do on other cruises such as the Ecstacy. This ship is very similar to the Ecstacy, a few touches on the landscape but ... read more

  • Average at best

    Oct 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Photographers
    Cons: Food & Entertainment

    Summary: My husband and I were looking forward to our 7 day Carnival Cruise on the Sensation. It was average at best. This was our first cruise and we expected an experience that would be very memorable. We found the dining to be below average in terms of ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • OK Vacation

    Nov 29, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Stateroom was roomy, stewards were very attentive.
    Cons: The food was very disappointing.  Rooms smelled like stale smoke. 

    Summary: This was an ok vacation.  It was our first cruise.  We will cruise again, but not with Carnival.  The rooms smelled like smoke.  For a non smoker, who specifically asked for a non-smoking room (and was told all rooms are non-smoking), ... read more

  • worst cruise experience ever - bar none.

    Jul 19, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: cheap price
    Cons: everything but price

    Summary: Crappy food. Inept staff. Incorrect information provided by their booling staff & website. Room service never showed. Bags delivered late. Food lines were intolerably long. Senior staff is unreachable and hidden behind non-English speaking ... read more

  • Ghetto Party! Cheap old decor, all this combined meant a lot of unhappy fellow passengers.

    Jun 8, 2008 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Their abilty process payments quickly. Andy the person on kept our room clean.
    Cons: The formal dining had all the fluff and formality the best joke being the food.

    Summary: When we boarded the Sensation in Port Canaverial I immediately smelled a very strong unpleasant ordor. I thought to myself, how could I have misinterepted the photos I had seen of this ship. The decor seemed so cheap. The crowd consisted of so many ... read more

  • Worst Vacation

    Jan 3, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: The trip was only 3 days. Nassau was beautiful
    Cons: Food, entertainment, decor, service... basically everything!

    Summary: This was the worst rip-off I have ever experienced. The ship is in a state of disrepair with a staff that must be made up of rejects from other cruise lines. Rooms were dirty and smelled awful. At every turn there was a push from staffers to spend ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation - June 2006

    Jul 4, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Price, complimentary room service and bathrobes, but most of all - fabulous service!
    Cons: Some of the on-ship activities could have been better, spa was not worth the money.

    Summary: I was scared after reading the many negative epinions. Our embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. I never detected any sewer smells, and everything was operational during our stay. This was a getaway for my sister, mother, and me. Dinner time ... read more

  • Still Fun Older Ship

    Nov 1, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Fun, great ports, Nice rooms
    Cons: older ship, Cruise line for families with children (but this could also be a Pro)

    Summary: Although this was the same boat I went on a cruise on when I was in 11, 10 years ago, the boat is still fun. Me and my husband decided to go on a cruise for our one year anniversary, when I found out that the only boat available for the time frame we had ... read more

  • Carnival Sensation was Awesome

    Aug 10, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great food, entertainment, staff
    Cons: Language barrier with staff.

    Summary: The Carnival Sensation was an awesome cruise for the money. The food was great and the staff was top notch. The Entertainment was excellent. We caught all the shows. It made two stops. First in Costa Mesa which I did not care for. The 2nd was ... read more


    Dec 31, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: New Orleans and Cozumel
    Cons: The whole cruise was TERRIBLE!!!

    Summary: One of the worst experiences of our lives. The people were snobs, after they got your money. The food was terrible. I was thrown fron the bed twice, the sofa once, and not once did anyone seem concerned. The turblance was TERRIBLE. You could not stand ... read more

  • Had a Great Time!

    Nov 16, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great Shows, Friendly crew
    Cons: Expensive drinks

    Summary: We just returned from a 5 night cruise on Sensation to grand cayman & cozumel. We had a great time.The crew is very friendly, the food is good, the shows were SENSATIONAL! (Including the comedians & "broadway like" shows)..They have a lot of talented peop ... read more

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