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    Nov 1993
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    Feb 2017
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Carnival Sensation overview

Carnival Sensation
Carnival Sensation is a Fantasy-class ship that was completed in 1993 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2017 receiving Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.

Carnival Sensation is a Fantasy-class ship, which can accommodate 2,056 passengers. This Carnival ship was completed in 1993 and underwent a major refurbishment in 2017 receiving Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades. Updates included the addition of the onboard candy store Cherry on Top, and children’s program Camp Ocean. Several new bars were also added, including RedFrog Rum Bar and Alchemy Bar. Two new restaurants were added: BlueIguana Cantina and Guy’s Burger Joint, which serves up Guy Fieri’s signature burger creations.

With three incredible waterslides, a resort-style pool, and Playlist Productions musical stage performances, Carnival Sensation lives up to Carnival’s reputation for fun. From the Serenity adults-only retreat to Seuss at Sea, which brings to life the beloved characters of Dr. Seuss, Sensation offers activities that will engage the whole family. Passengers of all ages enjoy Hasbro, The Game Show which features supersized board games. Families looking for wet and wild fun will find it at WaterWorks, the ship’s onboard waterpark. For teens, Club O2 provides an opportunity to socialize, play games, and listen to music. The ship also boasts a miniature golf course, a video arcade, and the hilarious Punchliner Comedy Club.

Carnival Sensation itineraries and departure ports

As of 2016, Carnival Sensation sails from Miami and cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas. Three-day Bahama cruises include a stop in Nassau, the most popular Bahamian cruise port, while four-day voyages add a stop at beautiful Princess Cays. Sensation’s four-day western Caribbean cruises sail to Cozumel and Florida’s Key West.

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Best for: Carnival Sensation is ideal for first-time cruisers or travelers looking for a well-rounded cruising experience without spending a fortune. With its budget-friendly pricing, shorter cruises, and a variety of activities, the ship should appeal to young families with children and multigenerational groups.

You should know: Due to its shorter cruises, budget-friendly pricing and its variety of family-friendly activities, Sensation attracts families with children and teens. The ship may not appeal to mature travelers looking for a quiet, laid-back cruise vacation.

What activities are on Carnival Sensation?

Travelers can enjoy active days at sea on Carnival Sensation. The ship offers fun-in-the-sun favorites such as miniature golf and a thrilling corkscrew waterslide at its onboard water park. Cruisers who prefer to relax can take a dip in one of Sensation’s three pools or soak in one of seven whirlpools. Adults will enjoy rest and relaxation at Serenity, the ship’s adults-only oasis.

Carnival Sensation offers a variety of clubs and bars for passengers who enjoy an active nightlife. These include the island-inspired RedFrog Rum Bar and Alchemy Bar, the ship’s vintage pharmacy-themed cocktail bar. Travelers looking to sit back and enjoy on-stage entertainment will enjoy Playlist Productions’ engaging musical performances. For a touch of humor, the Punchliner Comedy Club offers both adults-only and family-friendly shows.

Carnival Sensation highlights

  • WaterWorks waterpark, featuring the Twister corkscrew waterslide
  • Seuss at Sea programming, including the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast
  • Hasbro, The Game Show
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • Miniature golf
  • Kid-friendly activities in the Camp Ocean, Circle C, and Club O2 youth clubs
  • Guy’s Burger Joint featuring Guy Fieri’s signature burgers
  • Serenity adults-only retreat
  • Playlist Productions musical stage performances
  • Three pools and seven whirlpools
  • Cherry On Top candy-and-more store

Carnival Sensation cabins

Carnival Sensation cabins fall in four categories: interior, oceanview, balcony, and suite. Cabins with portholes are available for budget-conscious travelers craving an ocean view. For travelers who desire additional private outdoor space, Sensation also offers extended-balcony staterooms with expansive stern-side views. According to reviewers, the ship’s balcony rooms fill quickly so travelers should book early.

Carnival Cruise Line is known for its spacious staterooms, and each cabin includes a full bathroom. Room service is available to all cabins, and the ship provides a 24-hour room steward for passenger assistance.

Carnival Sensation dining

From a full three-course meal in the main dining room to the casual Carnival Deli, Sensation offers cruisers an array of attractive dining options. For a taste of home cooking, passengers can indulge at the Comfort Kitchen. Those who prefer to stay poolside will appreciate Guy’s Burger Joint. There, they can taste one of Guy Fieri’s signature creations or build their own burger at the restaurant’s fully-stocked toppings bar. Families with varied tastes will find something for everyone at the Lido Restaurant, which includes everything from pizza to a Mongolian wok.

Carnival Sensation ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 3.9
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.8
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 3.9

Carnival Sensation cabins

1028 cabins and 26 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(342 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $76/night
Oceanview Cabin


(404 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $87/night
Balcony Cabin


(116 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $140/night
Suite Cabin


(73 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 275 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $172/night

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Carnival Sensation dining

Fantasy Dining Room

Fantasy Dining Room

(39 Reviews)
Ecstasy Dining Room

Ecstasy Dining Room

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Carnival Sensation onboard activities

Grand Atrium and Bar

Grand Atrium and Bar

(11 Reviews)
Sensation Boulevard

Sensation Boulevard

(7 Reviews)
Fantasia Main Lounge

Fantasia Main Lounge

(13 Reviews)
Pool Bar

Pool Bar

(21 Reviews)

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Fantastic Caribbean Cruise by karenbrouhard

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Sensation / Destination: Caribbean - Eastern

We had a very memorable cruise from beginning to the end. We met SO many nice people from all over the country and will continue to keep in contact with some of them,

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Great staff! by daniellelepsy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Sensation / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Definitely recommended! Staff was amazing, dancing and music was fantastic. Great food!!

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First Cruise was Awesome!!! Ready for our next trip:) by paulinemartin62

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Sensation / Destination: Caribbean - Western

This was our first cruise we really enjoyed ourselves will be back!

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Nov 25, 2013

Bring a Power Strip (surge protector) - You'll probably only have a single 110v outlet in your cabin, bringing a power strip will allow you to charge multiple phones or laptops. *Note: Check with your cruise line if you have questions about what electrical devices are permitted.


Mar 28, 2013

The dining room was empty at lunch time. It was quiet and relaxing.


Mar 23, 2013

We had a balcony stateroom on the very back of the ship just under the Serenity deck (21 and over only). Nice and quiet part of the ship! Also convenient to food. Short flight of inside stairs to get to dinner, and then 2 short flights of stairs on the outside to get to the buffet area.

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