Carnival Sensation Cruise 2: Comfy cabin my home for warm weather adventure

ABOARD THE CARNIVAL SENSATION – Entering the ship cabin that will be my cruise home is always exciting. When I opened the cabin door aboard Carnival Sensation, I knew I would be quite comfortable here.

My cabin key card was waiting in a sealed envelope outside my cabin door on Deck 4 Riviera. That was a nice time-saving measure. No long line to wait in to get my cruise card before boarding the ship.

I automatically reached for a slot on the wall inside the cabin when I opened the door. But there isn’t one. Many ships have a wall slot where passengers must put a cruise card to turn on electricity in the cabin. It’s also a handy way to remember where you left your cruise card when you enter and exit the cabin. Instead, I have made it a habit on the Sensation to put my cruise card in my camera bag because I don’t leave my cabin without that bag.

The 25-year-old Carnival Sensation has a passenger capacity of 2,634. On my cruise, there are 2,580 passengers with an additional 875 crew members, according to guest services representative Ngoni.

My cabin is comfortable for a five-day cruise aboard Carnival Sensation.

“Most of the passengers are Americans, about 91 percent, and many, about 20 percent, are from Florida,” Ngoni said. “Many of our passengers on this cruise have driven to the cruise terminal instead of flying.”

As someone who always has to fly to cruise departure ports, I can certainly understand why it would be preferable to easily drive a few hours rather than spend a day in airports and on airplanes. Plus, I always try to arrive a day early to make sure I am onboard the ship when the cruising starts.

At the buffet lunch waiting for my cabin to be ready, I had already met and talked with quite a few families. One group had 10 family members celebrating a birthday. I’ll talk more about passengers later but here’s what my cabin is like.

                                            Book balcony cabins early

My cabin has a large picture window which is permanently sealed and can’t be opened. The Sensation has only 144 balcony cabins so if you want one, book early. Newer ships are adding more balcony rooms because those cabins are so popular with cruisers. The five-year-old Regal Princess, for example, has a whopping 1,438 cabins with balconies. That is 81 percent of the ship’s total 1,780 cabins which should make many passengers happy.

I have a full-size bed since I am a solo traveler. It is actually two twin beds that have been pushed together. Bedcovers are white European-style duvets and linens topped with posh fluffy pillows. The Sensation underwent a major makeover in 2017. I never saw it before the changes but the color scheme in my cabin is now a pleasant gold and rust.

Many Sensation cabins have bunk beds that can be unlocked and lowered for use.

The room has a bedside stand, desk with mirror and chair, plus small flat screen TV mounted on the wall. Each side of the bed has a reading lamp above it. There’s also a master switch near the bed to turn off all the lights so you don’t have to get up and do it near the front door after you’ve already gotten into bed.

Opposite my bed is a big locked bunk bed which can be unlocked and lowered by a cabin attendant. A bunk bed ladder is in the closet. I imagine that’s a fun bed for many of the children I have seen on my cruise. I had an upper bunk bed as a youngster and it was quite an adventure.

                                              Plenty of storage space

A closed closet has three doors with plenty of hanging space, hangers and storage shelves. A small safe is inside one of the closets.

The bathroom has a fair amount of storage space and a large shower with great water pressure and plenty of hot water. Often, ship showers have barely room to turn around and a water flow that is so low it is difficult to rinse shampoo from my hair. Also many cruise ship showers have hot/cold water that swings so rapidly that it is hard to find and maintain a good water temperature. I really like the Sensation shower.

Containers on the shower wall contain shampoo and bath gel. Two bars of soap are on the sink.  Bring your own lotion and conditioner because there is none. Also bring a hair dryer if you want one.

The cabin has one 110-volt and one 220-volt outlet at the desk. Since I travel with my laptop computer, iPhone and camera with a battery that needs charged, a multiple plug outlet is a necessity. The room has no clock so tuck a travel clock in your suitcase if you would like one beside the bed. The cabin also lacks one of my favorite amenities – a small fridge.  

                                      Unusual cabin ‘thermostat’

Towel critters and the next day’s schedule of activities are placed on my bed every evening.

I couldn’t find the cabin thermostat. When cabin attendant Andrea stopped by to welcome me, I asked how I could turn down the cold air conditioning that was blasting in my cabin. After coming from the snow, ice and brutal cold in Indiana, I was looking forward to warm weather and my cabin was frigid.

It was easy, Andrea said. All I had to do to adjust the strength of the air conditioning was to close the opening in the ceiling over my bed. Since I’m 5’5’’, I couldn’t reach the air conditioning fan except by standing on my bed. So I did. And it worked. I was easily able to control how hot and cold it was in my room.

Andrea also asked whether I preferred to have room my freshened between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 6 and 9 p.m. Or if I would like both morning and evening. I’ve never been given a choice like that. Plus, each cabin does have a “Snooze” sign to put on our cabin door so we won’t be disturbed if we don’t want to be.

When Andrea makes my bed, empties the trash cans and leaves clean towels, she also puts a towel critter on my bed and a copy of the FunTimes detailing all the entertainment offerings for the next day. The Sensation seems to have something going on every hour from 7 a.m. to past midnight.

That’s it. I’m quite comfortable here. So now I am off to explore the ship. Will let you know what I find.

34 thoughts on “Carnival Sensation Cruise 2: Comfy cabin my home for warm weather adventure”

    • We just got back a couple days ago from our 5-day cruise on the sensation and Eddie wonderful time! Yes it’s a little bit older but we had a balcony and we found the staff to be amazing! It was one of the best vacations we have ever had and I can’t think of anything bad to say. Our room was nice and everything was clean. I would recommend this to anyone!

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      • We where on in June, first week of the month. There is only a couple of things I did not like , was the buffet, and the ship needs maintenance, paint, etc. The ship is older and needs cleaning. We travel this cruise line all the time. Never had any problems. We are going again in January.

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  1. The boat is OLD. Rolls a lot. Lots of sick people. Went on the internet to look at my cabin number. It showed a big cabin with a sofa. Room was 1/4 the size. Brought Clorox bleach wipes in case I needed it. Good thing I did NASTY. Bathroom floor rotten taped with blue tape. A/C not cool st all. Dirty A/c vent with mold. It was definitely the worst cruise EVER

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  2. Just got off this ship, November 19, 2018. Riviera deck, 144. The entire ship smelled like rotten sewage. The water smelled and was undrinkable. I was told they had technical issues. Everyone complained. Don’t go. Ask for refund, it was AWFUL

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  3. Went on the Dec 22nd trip as well and everything was great. Meals great, entertainment great, room service prompt. My 3 adult kids did share a room which was quite cramped but still no complaints.

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  4. Me and my family went to Jamaica and Cayman islands it was my kids first cruise and I must say for the ages of 9,11 and 21 they really enjoyed themselves it was a moment they will never forget already recommended this cruise to a co-worker and her friend they will hopefully get the experience me and my family had looking forward to the next.

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  5. Pros and cons:
    The shower and water pressure was amazing
    The food absolutely sucked
    A huge brown dirt ring around the swimming pool. Never swam once.
    One of our electrical outlets didnt work, we called guest services and they were no help.
    All of the workers looked unhappy the entire time and most were rude.

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  6. We are booked on the sensation I’m praying this ship is a good one I’ve been on several other carnival ships and they were great. This will be my granddaughter first cruise so let’s hope it goes well.

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    • I’ve been cruising for almost over 2o yrs,, an have always had a baloney,, because, my husband loves sitting out reading his Bible-watching the beautiful blue ocean,, I always carry my Lysol, bleach wiped, laxatives, Dramamine,I space bag an zip lock all my clothes, all my medications, I also carry’s my family an grand babies an the love the lido deck an the room were very comfortable, I never miss a year, so I am ready to go to Cuba in July an caring my family again, there’s always going to be something every where you go on some ship, I just Thank & ????PRAY to (( GOD)??????) for covering us all ????while we are on our wonderful journey on the beautiful Oceans????An to Thank Carnival ????their staff for there wonderful service,, I enjoyed ever Cruise I’ve taken since 1996 ????????Thank you Carnival ??????See you in July 1 2019 to Cuba???

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  7. I just got off this ship..( Feb 21/2019 thru Feb Feb 25, 2019,,My cabin Streward was awesome, the comedians put on a great show..I had a great time….just 1 thing 2 double beds put together to make a king does not work well, bed kept coming apart and you would find yourself in the middle sleeping on a metal frame

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  8. I will be going to Miami 3 days before the cruise just so I can enjoy what Miami has in store. It will be a pre birthday/baecation for me. After reading this I am so excited and ready since it will be my 1st time on a cruise you gave me a lot of good information. Thank you

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  9. I went on the sensation jan 28th thru feb 2nd the workers on there was great and friendly but the people on the ship its self was so rude i have never heard so much racism talk in my life it was awful we all come from the same place its not about white black green purple its about loving one another that being said i would never take my kids nor will i take another trip on this ship

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  10. I got off the cruise ship 25th of February had a blast thanks to their Cruise director only problem I had was at the end of the cruise that is when they charge you for everything several hidden charges

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  11. I was on this ship for wedding and honeymoon on 9/9/97. IT WAS NICE UNTIL WE TOOK OFF OUR WEDDING ATTIRE and went to dinner in regular clothes,so the all white table told the server at the door they think we were at the wrong table,so he came over and asked for identification,it was so humiliating on your wedding day after paying over 2000 dollars

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    • So sorry to hear this, Shirley. No way to treat passengers. Hope you told the powers-that-be about your bad experience. And on your wedding!

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  12. Just came back from Jamaica/ Grand Cayman, we had an awesome time. This was our second time on the Sensation. Our 10th time cruising.
    It does need a refresh/remodel which I think is due in 2020.
    Everything was wonderful. We’re cruise/travel enthusiasts of sort. We have learned to tip the
    head steward/stewardess on day of debarkacation in cash. Do the same to the head waiter in the staff your first night in the dining room in cash. From then on your room attendant and wait staff will take care of you nicely the entire cruise. Then the day before go back home visit guest services and request not to pay the additional gratuity. Let’s face it every drink you order or anything you purchase on the ship already has the gratuity added. So I love to tip the people that are taking care of me. Idk where that $$$ from gratuity goes, but I know where my cash money goes in ppl hands that deserve it and truly take care of us. We will be cruising again if not later this year, definately next year. Hidy Ho!!!, Ha Ha Ha!!!!

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  13. You sound like a passenger that the crew would love. So glad you have had such wonderful experiences. Have fun on your future cruises!

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  14. We had a wonderful time in Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman. Dion, the cruise director, the fun staff, and Pierre our steward were awesome. Breakfast, The Sushi Bar, Guy’s Burgers and the Cantino Restaurant were the only good food I had on the ship which is about 50% . The ice machine on lido stayed broken. Going into the restaurant to get ice became irritating after a while. The room and shower was good. The toilet had to be flushed several times because it was strong but failed to grab something as small as tissue. The last day was very disappointing. On Thursday I accidentally placed 500 into my casino account instead of 50. I was assured it was no problem, all I had to do was cashout. The last morning of the cruise I headed to the casino. It was closed. Robert the casino manager explained that a check would be mailed to my home weeks later!?!? They stated they made an announcement that cashout had to be done the previous night which we didnt hear(couldnt hear most of the announcements at all). So I proceed to guest services and tried to explain to Smirking Iris what this means for my family. With the addition of pending funds on the sign and sail account. We would have trouble getting home. The port was in Miami and the flight was in Ft Lauderdale which is about 45 mins away. She didn’t care how we would get home which is very uncharacteristic of Carnival. Basically it was like, yes we have your money, no we will not help you get it now, wait for the check and get off our ship! We had a pm flight. Who wants to pull a shift at the airport with young kids? Im truly disappointed with Carnival and will be looking for a new cruiseline.

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  15. Im very nervous but excited this will be my first cruise and its on the Carnival Sensation heard im going to have a ball can’t wait I’ll be seeing you all on the cruise on April 26th 2019 oh yeah!

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  16. We were on the Sensation from May 11 to May 16 visiting Nassau, Half Moon Kay & Grand Turk. Staff was amazing, our Steward was so nice & dining waiter was super funny. The rooms were older but the hospitality made it great. The shows were nice, the comedians were hilarious. Food was bland, no seasoning so this was disappointing. I will definitely cruise again.

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  17. Just was recently on the Sensation and I wasn’t impressed. The boat is old which has one small ass swimming pool…dining room food was horrible..drinks and bar service sucked..When we got to Cozumel weren’t there long just long enough to do our excursion and eat by the beach..I can say the young lady who took care of our room was Awesome and did a great job! Next time I will be booking a newer a boat and hopefully have a way better experience to talk about.

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  18. I’ve been on the Sensation to the Bahamas…will be going to Jamaica on the Sensation in June 2020. So excited!!!

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  19. I am going to be traveling April 2019. It will be my Daughter’s first cruise. My Sister and I will be staying in an interior cabin side by side to the girls. My sister and I have always had a balcony. I’m sure we will have a blast! I have always enjoyed my vacations on Carnival

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  20. I just came back from a 5 day cruise with 25 family members & I was somewhat disappointed by the aged condition of the ship. It was the 1st cruise for many in my party & I felt like I needed to apologize for some of the old condition of the ship and the food was not the best I’ve had on other cruises. I did not find the staff to be as friendly & welcoming as they were on my previous trips. They never asked me my name. With that said I love Carnival & will definitely continue to book with them. But the Sensation is old & should be taken out of commission.

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  21. Yep, the Sensation is definitely old, Melvina. Having to stand on my bed to adjust the air conditioning in my cabin was strange and not something that every passenger could or should have to do. Hope your next Carnival cruise is much better.

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