Carnival Sensation Entertainment
Carnival passengers are participants. Whether it's taking a spinning class, running the track on the sun deck, grabbing the mic at karaoke or playing pool games, these passengers enjoy all the ship offers. They play hard and party harder, and stay up later than passengers do on many other lines. At 1 a.m., you will still find folks throughout the ship.
The piano bar -- Touch of Class -- is a hot spot, and the Club Vegas Casino with its slots, blackjack tables, roulette, craps and poker offerings is another big draw.
Fantasia Lounge offers always-popular Vegas-style shows. Productions are high energy and intense, with great lighting, sound and special effects. Carnival performers know their way around a stage.
In addition to the song-and-dance revues in the Fantasia, a late night comic often entertains adults in the Plaza Lounge, while a pianist entertains around the ship. Classical music is scheduled often in the atrium.
Live music and dance venues are available daily. Check your Carnival Capers newspaper.
Carnival Sensation Public Rooms
Not only are Carnival guests a high-energy group, but they also love staying up late. And on Sensation, there are no shortages of spots to do just that.
They party hearty in the piano bar, Touch of Class (the seats at the bar are shaped like oversized hands, thus "touch"), a hot spot that can turn out to be standing room only. People enjoy the sing-alongs where they can take part in the music, but don't have to face the audience alone a la karaoke. Even though younger people make up much of the audience, some of the music appeals to Irving Berlin or George Gershwin fans.
Passengers can dance the night away at Kaleidoscope Disco or rock out in Michelangelo's.
Fantasy-class ships feature a long promenade (Deck 9), running from the atrium to the aft lounge.
On Sensation, the aft lounge is the Plaza Lounge (where karaoke IS offered), but it is the smaller, charming Polo Lounge outside the Plaza Lounge where many gather for a before-dinner drink. An intricate croquet mallet design woven into the carpet in the Polo Lounge gives it a British-clubby feel. The Polo Lounge is also home to two poker tables, run by the Club Vegas Casino. And with the poker craze sweeping the world, this is a very popular spot each evening.
On Promenade Deck, there's a video arcade, an evenings-only sushi bar, the photo gallery and the hot, hot, hot Club Vegas Casino -- a huge drawing card on any Carnival ship.
At the forward end of the promenade sits the Fantasia Lounge, which hosts Vegas-style stage shows. It is a pretty room, but sightlines are poor. Poles obstruct vision all round the two-level room, but if you don't mind getting a stiff neck in order to see a terrific show, you will be entertained!
The ship features bow-to-stern Wi-Fi, but there's an Internet cafe on Deck 7.
Carnival Sensation Spa & Fitness
The Carnival Spa, forward on Sports Deck, is tastefully done. The space provides a serene backdrop to some delightful services, including a variety of massages and facials. The spa features light wood-toned walls, soothing lighting, men's and women's locker areas and plenty of treatment. The gym, which is adjacent, houses state-of-the-art equipment. A variety of fitness classes (Pilates, yoga, spinning) are offered, some of which carry a $12 fee.
Sensation's one pool, remodeled in January 2009, is located midship. The surrounding deck area features metal palm trees, the "fronds" dotted with LED's; a pair of hot tubs abutting the pool; and a stage. During sea days, this space hosts pool deck Olympics, ice carving demonstrations and plenty of live music (from calypso to classic rock covers). The ship's other area for water-based fun is the aft-situated Carnival WaterWorks, which was also added in early 2009. Waterworks features a four-story tall, 300-foot-long corkscrew waterslide; an 82-foot-long triple-lane waterslide (great for racing); and a spray park, complete with various sculptures spewing water.
The nine-hole mini course is a popular site.
The adults-only Serenity Deck, added during the dry dock, is a teak deck space located on the stern (out of earshot from the more boisterous WaterWorks). The Serenity Deck has two hot tubs and loungers with thick, blue padding. There are both sunny and shady spots, with yellow umbrellas and a thatched-roof overhang providing cover from the blaze.