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The Carnival Sensation: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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First Posted: 08/08/11 07:28 PM ET Updated: 10/08/11 06:12 AM ET

Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Sensation.


Bahamas Destinations

The Carnival Sensation offers cruises to two ports of call in the Bahamas: Freeport and Nassau. These cruises depart from Port Canaveral, Fla., and last three or four days. The Carnival Sensation operates on a regular schedule all year.


Cruise In Luxury

The Carnival Sensation is a Fantasy-class cruise ship, one of eight in Carnival's fleet, according to the Orlando Sentinel. While the Sensation does not rank with the largest cruise ships in the world, it is still a massive, family-oriented ship, with a large amount of the modern amenities that cruise enthusiasts have come to expect. Its passenger capacity is 2,052.


Entertainment For The Whole Family

Like most Carnival cruise ships, the Carnival Sensation offers a bevy of special amenities and entertainment options, according to CruiseCritic.com. Most prominent is its Waterworks water park, which features a four-story-high water slide, a triple-lane water slide and a fountain area. There is an additional pool, which is surrounded by a pair of hot tubs and a stage. Adults can enjoy the adults-only Serenity deck sunning station, complete with hot tubs and deck chairs. There also is a miniature golf course, gym, spa, video arcade and casino.


Accommodations

The Carnival Sensation has a range of cabin options that are all fairly spacious, according to Fodors, although not many have balconies. All cabins feature TV and safes for personal belongings. Interior and ocean-view cabins offer spacious storage, and some feature bunk beds or two twin beds. Suite options include more space, verandas and whirlpool tubs.


Cost

The pricing for cruises aboard the Carnival Sensation varies, depending on itinerary, cruise length, cabin preference and time of year. Typical prices for three- or four-day cruises in peak summer months range from $350 to $450 for interior cabins, $450 to $550 for ocean-view cabins and over $700 or $800 for balcony cabins and suites. Various deals and promotions can be found on Carnival's official website. Expect to pay a fuel service fee if oil prices exceed a preset level.


Off-Road Adventure

One highly recommended excursion from the Carnival Sensation is a Jeep tour of Freeport in the Bahamas, as detailed in this customer post on CruiseCritic.com. The Jeep tour is a partially off-road adventure where participants communicate with the tour leader via walkie-talkies. Lunch on the beach is included, and a DVD of your trip is available for purchase.


Dining Experience

There are a large variety of dining options on the Carnival Sensation, according to CruiseCritic.com. Fantasy and Ecstasy, the major dining rooms, have two separate assigned seating times, although passengers can select a flexible option for an additional fee. There are numerous additional dining options, such as a grill and a cafeteria-style eatery that features a 24-hour pizzeria; alternatively, the Cafe on the Way patisserie provides coffee, pastries and sandwiches. A limited room service menu is available 24 hours a day.


Maiden Voyage

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Carnival Sensation's maiden voyage began on Nov. 21, 1993. The Sensation was built for Carnival Cruise Lines and has always been intended as a cruise ship.


Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Carnival Sensation.


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