Carnival Sensation Cruise Ship Profile

Ship Features, Itinerary, News, Photos, Review, Accommodations, Notable Rooms, Dining Venues, Kid's Areas, Deck Plan, Outdoor Spaces, Smoking Sections


CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 98 (Feb)
2009 Rating 95 (Jul)
2010 Rating 97 (Feb)
2010 Rating 99 (Jul)
2011 Rating 99 (Feb)
2011 Rating 97 (Aug)
2012 Rating 100 (Feb)
2012 Rating 93 (Jul)
2013 Rating 100 (Feb)
2013 Rating 98 (Aug)
2014 Rating 98 (Feb)
2014 Rating 96 (Sep)
2015 Rating 98 (Mar)
2015 Rating 95 (Jul)
2016 Rating 96 (Jan)
2016 Rating 94 (May)
2016 Rating 99 (Oct)
2019 Rating 94 (Jul)

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) performs unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port. Vessels are evaluated proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.


Carnival Sensation sails 4 & 5-day cruises featuring top ports in the Caribbean, Mexico, The Bahamas, and Florida from PortMiami.

On Carnival Sensation’s new Miami-based schedule, four-day cruises depart Thursdays visiting Key West and Cozumel or the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, and Nassau, while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays featuring some of the top ports throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas, including Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Amber Cove, Freeport, Nassau and Half Moon Cay.

Deck Plan

Sun Deck

Jogging track, sports park, mini-golf

Sports Deck

Fitness Center, Spa Carnival, Slide Entrance


Carnival Waterworks, Aft pool, Camp Carnival, Passenger staterooms,


Resort-style pool and bar, Waterslide, Seaview Bar & Grill, Pool stage


Serenity adults lounge, Plaza Aft Lounge, Fantasia Main show lounge, Kaledeioscope Dance Club, Polo Lounge, Michaelengo Lounge, Mirage Bar, Joe's Cafe, Club Vegas Casino, Club O2, Photo Gallery, Taste Bar


Fun Shops, Fantasy and Ecstasy main dining rooms, The Oak Room Library, Fantasia Main show lounge, Circle "C," Touch of Class Piano Bar


Art Gallery, Internet Cafe, Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms


Passenger staterooms

Deck 3

Medical Center (forward)
Hours: On Call 24/7 | Sea Days (9:00am-12:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm) | Port Days (8:00am-10:00am, 4:00pm-6:00pm)
Equipped to treat minor non-emergency matters at a customary fee ($)
The ship is staffed with one physician and three nurses.
Equipment: defibrillators, external pacemakers, pulse oxymeters, thrombolytic therapy, electrocardiograph machine and lab equipment.

Adults Only Serenity Retreat

Located aft on Promenade Deck and offering magnificent ocean views is Serenity, an exclusive new adults-only retreat. 

Intended as an oasis for relaxation and comfort, Serenity offers plush chaise lounges and chairs, colorful oversized umbrellas, and two large whirlpools.

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Carnival Sensation

carnival sensation

Carnival Sensation is a Fantasy class cruise ship launched in 1995. Carnival committed $250 million to enriching all eight of our Fantasy-class ships with more features and guest services.

Upgrades include the addition of new lobby bars in the grand atriums, tropical island theme in every main pool area, WaterWorks park, Serenity adults-only retreat, and a resort-style pool. Staterooms have been upgraded with new, flat-screen TVs and restyled bathrooms.

The Carnival Sensation offers a modern design with a historical theme throughout the ship including areas such as the Enchanted Forest.

Specs Accommodations
News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Outdoor Areas
CDC Ratings Adults Only
Deck Plan Kid's Camp
Dining Venues Carnival Smoking Areas
Smoking Policy  



Ship Class: Fantasy

Launched: 1993

Last Refurbished: January 2020

GRT: 70,367

Length: 855 ft.

Draft: 25.6 ft.

Speed: 21 Knots

Passengers: 2,675 Capacity

Crew: 920


Carnival Comfort Beds in all staterooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen or king, sitting area, desk, bathroom with shower, phone, and TV with first-run movies and amenity basket displayed in the bathroom. The amenities are subject to change and are only sample sizes. The basket may include such things as: his/her razors; shampoo and conditioner; body wash; Tylenol; deodorant; hard candies. Supplies will be replenished by the room steward, if quantities allow.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 195 sq. ft.
Outside 220 sq. ft.
Suite 250-400 sq. ft. with veranda



Interior staterooms use Carnival Collection Linens, a private bathroom, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Upper/lower rooms maximize space using an upper pullman or sofa bed. Twin beds can be converted to a King bed. Some interior rooms include a porthole for viewing.

Ocean View

Ocean view staterooms provide you with views of the sea right from your stateroom from a picture window. Included in the space is a private bathrooms, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Two twin beds covert to a king bed.


All suites come with VIP check-in and balcony views. The suites have ample space to stretch out and move around. The junior suite features a standard-sized balcony and a whirlpool tub. The Grand Suite has expansive space and a dressing vanity.

Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

Located on Atlantic deck, the Fantasy and Ecstasy dining rooms offer fixed seating and anytime dining.

Main Buffet

The Windows of the Sea grand buffet also features the Mongolian Wok, a chicken rotisserie, a sushi bar, a pizzeria and grill. Located on Lido deck.

Joe's Café

Coffee, Ice Cream and Pastry located on Promenade deck.

Bluelguana Cantina

Onboard Mexican featuring freshly-made tacos and burritos. Homemade tortillas and chips and a salsa bar with choices from mild to hot are always ready to go.

Guy's Burger Joint

Poolside spot for hot burgers, hand-cut fries, more. Choose one of Guy's creations or create your ideal burger.

Bonsai Sushi Express($)

Sushi restaurant offering a wide variety of Asian-inspired delicacies and serving soups, sakes, and desserts. Prices range from $1 for appetizer portions to $15 for a sushi ship for two.

The Taste Bar

Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.

Chef's Table ($)

A VIP, private tour of the kitchen starts this experience. After signature cocktails, the chefs cook a private, multi-course meal of items not found on regular menus. A $75 per person surcharge applies.

Room Service

24-hour room service menu. Room service orders are delivered to guests’ staterooms any time of the day or night at no charge.

Notable Rooms

Fantasia Show Lounge

Sit back and enjoy musical and stage productions in this main show lounge. During the day, this lounge is also used for things like bingo, trivia and other games and well as feature-length 3D movies!

Plaza Aft Lounge

Cabaret style lounge offering activities during the day and music and comedy in the evenings featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club.  Five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night.  The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy.

Kaleidescope Dance Club

Party late-night at this main dance lounge. Located on Promenade deck.

Club Vegas Casino

Full gaming casino located on Promenade deck midship.

Outdoor Venues

RedFrog Rum Bar

A poolside version of the line’s popular RedFrog Pub that debuted on Carnival Magic offering a quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe.

BlueIguana Tequila Bar

Bar, a fun and festive outdoor watering hole offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.


An expansive aqua park towering over Verandah Deck. Designed with all-ages appeal, the sprawling, open-air facility includes a 300-foot-long spiral water slide – the longest at sea – along with twin 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.

City Sports Park

Play the 9-hole mini-golf course, or get a workout in on padded jogging track, volleyball, shuffle board, basketball, or with ping pong.

Lido Deck

Offers a "resort-style” pool located mid-ship on Lido Deck featuring thatched roofing and large faux palm trees. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, comfortable deck chairs and a colorful tiled “beach” encircling the pool’s edge enhance the decidedly tropical ambiance.

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

This 270-square-foot LED screen and poolside seating is the perfect spot for guests to sit back, relax and watch classic and first-run movies, sporting events, news, concerts and other programming, either during the day or night. Panorama deck.

Kids Areas

Camp Ocean

Carnival unveiled an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program in 2014.  The expanded program for children ages 2-11 highlights the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences.

More than 200 new ocean-inspired activities range from educational games such as Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art, and Create a Penguin from Oreos.

Camp Ocean, will welcome youngsters in with light blue and white underwater colored spaces and friendly, experienced staff. Three age-related categories each have their own identity: children ages 2-5 are dubbed “Penguins,” with those ages 6-8 called “Sting Rays” while 9-11 year olds are “Sharks.”

Distinctive areas and activities have been custom-created for each of the new age designations – from miniature play igloos for the Penguins to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks.

Camp Ocean (ages 2-11)

Camp Ocean features games, finger painting, story time, movies and more all in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. The fun doesn't end at bed time, either; Carnival's babysitting program offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 A.M.

Circle C (ages 12-14)

Video games, scavenger hunts, dance parties, sports, pool parties and special shore excursions.

Club O2 (ages 15-17)

Teens can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties, video gaming and movies from the club's comfy seating, with video monitors all over the place. Outside of the club, activities include pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.