Carnival Sensation for Kids

Editor Rating:  3.5
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Carnival Sensation Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.7
    3.5
  • Public Rooms
    3.9
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.8
    3.5
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    3.5
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.7
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.3
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.7
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.3
    2.0
  • Service
    4.1
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.8
    4.5
Editor Rating
3.5
Member Rating
Why Choose Carnival Sensation?
  • Pro: Genuinely fun and friendly vibe onboard with a packed lineup of daily activities
  • Con: Old ship with fewer dining and entertainment attractions than newer Carnival ships
  • Bottom Line: Short cruises and low prices make Sensation an excellent drive-to option

Carnival Sensation for Families

Editor Rating
Families
4.0

Families are a top priority for Carnival and the line doesn't drop the ball with Carnival Sensation. From its onboard Seuss at Sea program to the AquaPark with its twister water slide, splash zone and mini-racer slides, there's plenty onboard for kids to enjoy. There's also an onboard kids' club, which is divided into three age groups (with nightly for-fee babysitting), plus tween and teen zones.

Branded Dr. Seuss activities include the for-fee Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, and the once-per-sailing Seuss-a-Palooza Parade that culminates in an interactive reading of "The Cat in the Hat." Another fun experience, particularly for the little ones, is Carnival's Beary Cuddly Workshop, where kids can customize a teddy bear for a fee. The onboard arcade, located on Deck 7, behind the Pixels photo gallery, is another popular spot for kids, especially tweens.

Kids

Camp Ocean, the onboard kids club for kids ages 2 to 11, is located on Deck 11. The program is divided into three age groups: Penguins (2 to 5 year olds), Stingrays (6 to 8 year olds) and Sharks (9 to 11 year olds). Age-appropriate activities include arts and crafts, games, sports contests, movie parties and more. Youth counselors will change diapers. The daily program also typically includes one chaperoned meal (either lunch or dinner depending on schedule) so that parents can eat a meal alone.

Parents must sign kids, ages 2 through 8, in and out of Camp Ocean, but can give permission to their kids ages 9 to 11 to sign themselves in and out.

Camp Ocean programming runs during the day and into the evening. However, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night, the space is used for Carnival's branded "Night Owls" babysitting. It's available for kids ages 6 months to 11 years and costs $6.75 per hour, per child, plus a 15 percent gratuity per child.

Kids under 2 are not permitted in Camp Ocean during activity hours, but are welcomed during off hours, sometimes for a fee. For instance, on port days parents can leave their under-twos at the kids club during set hours and head into town for a few hours. The cost for this option is $6.75 per hour, plus a 15 percent gratuity per child.

Teens

Tweens and teens also get their on spaces on Carnival Sensation. Circle C, located on Deck 8, is for tweens ages 12 to 14. Organized activities include scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, sports competitions, dedicated water slide time, dance parties and movie parties.

For the teens ages 15 to 17, there is the Club O2 hangout on Deck 9. Activities are similar to what's offered in Circle C but tend to be less structured and less frequent. Common options are video gaming, foosball competitions and dance parties, but at Club O2 it's more about hanging out than doing group activities.


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