Carnival Sensation for Kids

Editor Rating:  3.5
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Carnival Sensation Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.7
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    3.9
    3.0
  • Cabins
    3.8
    3.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.7
    3.0
  • Family & Children
    3.3
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.7
    3.0
  • Enrichment
    3.3
    3.0
  • Service
    4.1
    3.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.8
    4.0
Editor Rating
3.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Carnival Sensation?
  • Pro: Spacious cabins and 300-foot-long water slide
  • Con: Limited enrichment offerings
  • Bottom Line: Older ship great for first-timers and families

Carnival Sensation for Families

Editor Rating
Families
3.0

I saw three generations of families enjoying the ship. Sensation offers something for everyone. Consider chicken fingers for the fussy 3-year-old; a sugar-free diet for grandma, line dancing or rock 'n' roll for the partying-type. These very casual cruises make for a comfortable introduction to cruising. Sensation's homeport of Port Canaveral is a drive-to departure point that passengers from the Southeast can get to in a day's drive. Or, after a visit to the Cape or theme parks in nearby Orlando, families can plan a three- or four-day cruise to round out a nice vacation.

"Camp Carnival" offers activities for children broken down by ages 2 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, and 15 to 17. The dedicated space for the 2 - 11's (Deck 11) has video game consoles, arts and crafts supplies, and various toys. The 2 - 11's are further broken down in three groups, each with its own age-appropriate activity list. Toddlers (2 - 5) might enjoy finger painting. Juniors (6 - 8) can participate in jewelry making. Options for Intermediates (9 - 11) include scavenger hunts and pool parties.

Camp Carnival activities are included in the cruise fare up until 10 p.m. for the 2 - 11's. A babysitting service is available from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. at a cost of $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per hour for each additional sibling. The occasional "Curfew Extended Parties" for kids are held within Camp Carnival from 10 p.m. - midnight (fees apply).

Circle C is the dedicated space for the "tween" set (12 - 14). A major focus here is on video games and movies, with Nintendo Wii on offer. Other tween activities include dance parties (hosted at one of the ship's dance clubs before the adults take over), sand art making, build your own pizza, group mini-golf, T-shirt decorating and waterslide races. The 12 - 14 set (as well as the older teens) can come and go as they please.

Club O2, situated on Deck 9 (Promenade), is a place for 15- to 17-year-olds to hang out. Teens compete in Guitar Hero tournaments and attend parties with themes like "Glow" and "Mardi Gras."

Next to Club 02 is a small 24-hour video game arcade featuring the typical mix of car racing and first-person shooter games.

Kids ages six months (the youngest allowed on the ship) to two years aren't technically allowed to participate in Camp Carnival activities, but the full contingent of babysitting options are available at the aforementioned babysitting rate.


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