Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Sensation

Year built1993  /  Age : 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderRauma Shipyard (Rauma, Finland)
ClassFantasy
Building costUSD 250 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph
Length (LOA)262 m / 860 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage70538 gt
Passengers2056 - 2467
Crew980
Passengers-to-space ratio29
Decks13
Cabins1028
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2017
Christened byVicki Freed, Roberta Jacoby, Cherie Weinstein, Geri Donnelly

Current itinerary of Carnival Sensation

Carnival Sensation current cruise is 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean. Prices start from USD 348 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Mar, 2019 and ends on 25 Mar, 2019.

Date / TimePort
21 Mar 15:30      Departing from Miami, Florida   
22 Mar 07:30 - 13:30     Key West, Florida   
23 Mar 12:00 - 22:00     Cozumel, Mexico   
25 Mar 08:00      Arriving in Miami, Florida   

Review of Carnival Sensation

Launched in 1993, Carnival Sensation is the third of Carnival's eight Fantasy-class ships, together with Fantasy, Elation, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise and the other “balcony ships” Fascination and Ecstasy.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Sensation cruise ship

The 70,538-ton, 2,056-passenger cruise ship Carnival Sensation is one of the oldest Carnival ships. In January 2009, Sensation spent over a month in refit. Big-ticket additions included a three-hundred-foot-long corkscrew waterslide, kids' aqua park, tropical-themed mid-vessel swimming pool place, 98 balconies to all cabins and adult-only retreat space. The line also renewed ship's cabins with flat-screen TV's and updated numerous public spaces - from the main dining venue to the piano bar.

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Sensation itinerary program is based on 3-, 4-day and 5-day short Bahamas roundtrip cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Feature port destinations include Bahamas (Freeport, Nassau, line’s private island Half Moon Cay) and Key West FL.

In 2019, the ship offers a total of 17 new 5-day cruises to Cuba leaving roundtrip from Miami. Each itinerary features day-long port stay in Havana. The other ports of call in the Caribbean are Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, and Bahamas (Nassau, Half Moon Cay Island, Princess Cays). With the new voyages was expanded Carnival's Florida to Cuba 2019 cruise program, also including Carnival Paradise leaving from Tampa.

Cabins

Carnival Sensation has a total number of 1026 cabins (of which 54 Suites, 98 Balcony rooms) in 25 grades. Most Carnival Sensation staterooms are 185-sq. foot insides (408), oceanview (564), balcony (98) and suite (54). Ecstasy also has 25 wheelchair accessible cabins. The number of ship's cabin categories is 26. Sensation's Grand Suites are the largest cabins onboard (330 sq.feet) and can accommodate up to five passengers. They feature sitting areas and spacious bathrooms with whirlpool bathtubs and a separate shower. Suite guests benefit from VIP check-in.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

During dinner hours, the two dining rooms - Ecstasy and Fantasy accommodate all Sensation's guests in two seatings (early at 6 p.m., and late at 8:15) or with the flexible option "Your Choice Dining" program - anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 p.m. The Sea View Bar and Grill located on Lido Deck has a big traffic flow, but even when crowded, the tables are enough and offer purple plastic seats. The Star Wars decor meets largely high school clientele. The pizzeria is 24-hour open; fat-free yogurt and ice cream are also offered round-the-clock.

Carnival Sensation cruise ship

Unlike other Carnival ships, there is no specialty restaurant or Supper Club onboard Carnival Sensation. However, as is also available on all of the Fun ships is Chef's Table - a dining experience that affords a dozen guests a multicourse dinner with a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley and a master chef. This dining option takes place in a non-traditional venue, like the library or the galley, and can be booked onboard for US$75 per person.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Sensation restaurants and food bars.

  • Fantasy Dining Room (658-seat, forward Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”; offers themed breakfasts - “Seuss At Sea”, for $5 cover charge)
  • Ecstasy Dining Room (650-seat, aft Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings).
  • Seaview Lido Buffet Restaurant (722-seat, complimentary self-service restaurant with various food stations; operates as a bistro in the evenings).
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Carnival Sensation is still an amazing value for families and first-timers, despite her age. The vessel features line's famous Camp Carnival with programmes for youngsters among the ages of 2 and 17 years, an immensely congenial and up-for-anything crew and worthy sun deck additions (waterslide and adults-only place). Fantasia Lounge hosts always-popular Vegas-style show productions that are high energy, with great lighting and special effects. In addition to Fantasia's song-and-dance revues, a late night comic entertains adults in Plaza Lounge. Classical music is often scheduled in the atrium. Live dance and music venues are available daily. The Touch of Class piano bar boasts bar seats that are shaped like big hands. This unique hot spot often turns out to be standing room as guests enjoy the sing-alongs and can take part in the music without having to face the audience a la karaoke. Even though young people make up much of the bar's audience, some of the music appeals to George Gershwin and Irving Berlin fans.

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Follows the complete list of Carnival Sensation lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Sensation Grand Atrium Plaza (7-deck high midship open area served by Grand Plaza Lobby Bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Fantasia Theatre (1300-seat, 2-level main show lounge)
  • Sensation Boulevard Promenade (230-seat)
  • Joe’s Cafe (58-seat specialty coffee bar)
  • Michelangelo Lounge and Bar (109-seat, with karaoke and dance floor)
  • Kaleidoscope Disco and Nightclub (230-seat Dance Club)
  • Polo Bar (92-seat cigar bar with piano)
  • Plaza Lounge and Bar (540-seat, hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop; Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” store menu, souvenirs, watches, jewelry, logo merchandise, duty-free liquor, fashion boutiques)
  • Circle C (kids' complimentary club lounge with movies, video games, parties, planned activities)
  • 24-hour Video Games Arcade; Club O2 teens' lounge for movies, karaoke, parties
  • Vegas Casino (450-seat, served by Mirage Bar)
  • Serenity (adults only relaxation area with padded lounges, hammocks and two Whirlpools).
  • Sensation Lido Pool area; Carnival WaterWorks Aqua Park (features the 4-deck high Twister Waterslide, two racing waterslides, fountains, jets, splash pool, kids area)
  • Camp Carnival (kids' club lounge with a complimentary programme and play area)
  • Spa Carnival (Spa and Fitness complex with Relaxation Room, Steam Rooms, Saunas, Massage Rooms, Beauty Salon, Gymnasium with Aerobics Studio)
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court, Jogging Track, Tennis Tables, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Shuffleboard.
  • The ship's 2017 refurbishment added all the Fun Ship 2.0 venues and amenities, including Guy’s Burger Joint (complimentary poolside burger bar via partnership with Guy Fieri), BlueIguana Cantina (complimentary poolside Mexican food bar for burritos and tacos on home-made tortillas, toppings, salsa bar), Alchemy Bar (cocktail lounge served by professional mixologists), BlueIguana Tequila Bar (Mexican-themed poolside bar serving frozen drinks and draft beer), Cherry on Top (Carnival's signature bulk candy shop), Camp Ocean (kids complex for children ages 2-11).

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Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades in 2014 and 2017

Sensation is one of Carnival's oldest (Fantasy-class) liners with sisterships Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise. The vessel was christened by 4 godmothers - all Carnival Cruise Line's vice-presidents (Roberta Jacoby, Vicki Freed, Gerry Donnelly, Cherie Weinstein).

The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started on November 1, 1993. The ship was extensively drydock refitted in February 2009 ("Fun Ship 1.0" / "Evolution of Fun") when new Balcony rooms were added, as well as the "Serenity" (adults-only resort area), Carnival WaterWorks (aqua park) and the children's area. Following Hurricane Katrina (2005) the ship was charted by the US Gov to provide accommodation for refugees.

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Carnival Sensation Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Sensation cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Feb 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $379
2019 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $429
2019 Mar 07 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Miami $304
2019 Mar 11 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $468
2019 Mar 16 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $505
2019 Mar 21 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $348
2019 Mar 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $514
2019 Mar 30 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $444
2019 Apr 04 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2019 Apr 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $429
2019 Apr 13 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $454
2019 Apr 18 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Miami $369
2019 Apr 22 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $478
2019 Apr 27 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $424
2019 May 02 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $314
2019 May 06 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $384
2019 May 11 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $409
2019 May 16 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2019 May 20 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $404
2019 May 25 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $514
2019 May 30 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $324
2019 Jun 03 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $429
2019 Jun 08 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $634
2019 Jun 13 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $404
2019 Jun 17 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $534
2019 Jun 22 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $584
2019 Jun 27 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $399
2019 Jul 01 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $509
2019 Jul 06 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $579
2019 Jul 11 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $409
2019 Jul 15 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $569
2019 Jul 20 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $574
2019 Jul 25 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $404
2019 Jul 29 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $449
2019 Aug 03 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $509
2019 Aug 08 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $349
2019 Aug 12 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $454
2019 Aug 17 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $429
2019 Aug 22 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $289
2019 Aug 26 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $324
2019 Aug 31 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $329
2019 Sep 05 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $239
2019 Sep 09 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $314
2019 Sep 14 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $304
2019 Sep 19 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $239
2019 Sep 23 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $319
2019 Sep 28 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $304
2019 Oct 03 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $239
2019 Oct 07 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $304
2019 Oct 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $344
2019 Oct 17 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $234
2019 Oct 21 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $319
2019 Oct 26 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $299
2019 Oct 31 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $224
2019 Nov 04 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $328
2019 Nov 09 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $269
2019 Nov 14 4 days, round-trip Aventura Dance Cruise Miami
2019 Nov 18 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $319
2019 Nov 23 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $328
2019 Nov 28 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $289
2019 Dec 02 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $319
2019 Dec 07 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $259
2019 Dec 12 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $219
2019 Dec 16 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $369
2019 Dec 21 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $569
2019 Dec 26 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $504
2019 Dec 30 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $624
2020 Jan 04 2 days, round-trip The Bahamas Miami $149
2020 Jan 18 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Jan 23 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $219
2020 Jan 27 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Feb 01 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Feb 06 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $249
2020 Feb 10 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $319
2020 Feb 15 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $339
2020 Feb 20 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $259
2020 Feb 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $339
2020 Feb 29 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $329
2020 Mar 05 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2020 Mar 09 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $419
2020 Mar 14 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $429
2020 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $329
2020 Mar 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $429
2020 Mar 28 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $399
2020 Apr 02 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $319
2020 Apr 06 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $459
2020 Apr 11 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $409
2020 Apr 16 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $279
2020 Apr 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $379
2020 Apr 25 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $369
2020 Apr 30 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $279
2020 May 04 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $409
2020 May 09 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $409
2020 May 14 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2020 May 18 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $399
2020 May 23 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $429
2020 May 28 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $349
2020 Jun 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $529
2020 Jun 06 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $539
2020 Jun 11 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $389
2020 Jun 15 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $539
2020 Jun 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $559
2020 Jun 25 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $399
2020 Jun 29 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $559
2020 Jul 04 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $569
2020 Jul 09 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $399
2020 Jul 13 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $559
2020 Jul 18 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $559
2020 Jul 23 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $399
2020 Jul 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $559
2020 Aug 01 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $509
2020 Aug 06 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $349
2020 Aug 10 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $479
2020 Aug 15 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $449
2020 Aug 20 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $279
2020 Aug 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $359
2020 Aug 29 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $319
2020 Sep 03 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $239
2020 Sep 07 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Sep 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Sep 17 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $229
2020 Sep 21 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Sep 26 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $309
2020 Oct 01 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $229
2020 Oct 05 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Oct 10 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $319
2020 Oct 15 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $229
2020 Oct 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Oct 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $309
2020 Oct 29 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $219
2020 Nov 02 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Nov 07 5 days, round-trip Cuba Miami $309
2020 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Miami $219
2020 Nov 16 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2020 Nov 21 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Nov 26 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $279
2020 Nov 30 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $289
2020 Dec 05 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $279
2020 Dec 10 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $219
2020 Dec 14 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $299
2020 Dec 19 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $379
2020 Dec 24 4 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami $479
2020 Dec 28 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Miami $629