Carnival Sensation Pool, Water Slide and Sunbathing
The Carnival Sensation has 1 main pool, 6 whirlpools, plus the "Waterworks" water park which includes a twister that is four stories tall. There are also two eighty foot racing slides with a kids' water playground full of sprinklers and fountains. The pools are filled with saltwater and there is fresh water showers provided so you can rinse off. Reportedly, the maximum pool depth is 3' 8" -- enough to take a dunk and cool off, but not really deep enough, or large enough, to swim in. Given this, the area around the pool is best suited for sunbathing on 2 tiered decks. The Waterworks is located on Deck 11(Verandah).
The main pool is "The Resort Style Pool" and is located in the middle of the ship on Deck 10(Lido). The main pool features two oversized whirlpool spas. At the opposite end of the Resort Style Pool is a stage which, during most hours of the day, there is some activity going on -- anything from a Caribbean band to a member of the ship's staff leading an activity or game. Typically, the Resort Style Pool hours are from 8 AM to 11PM.
The Serenity area on Deck 9 (Promenade) has two oversized whirlpool spas. There is no full sized pool in the Carnival Sensation's Serenity area. Drink service is available along with comfy chaise lounges, hammocks, and sun loungers that are shaded. Typically, the pool in the Serenity area opens at 8 AM and closes at 11 PM.
Carnival Sensation Pool, Water Slide & Sunbathing Tips:
When arriving in the pool area, you will need to sign-out a towel. There will be a $22 charge per towel to your onboard account for each towel you fail to return. These are sturdy towels and if you want to purchase one, you can from the order form in your room.
Babies & Infants in Pools: Carnival's official policy is "no swim diapers, children must be potty trained." Camp Carnival stresses this point to all the families that bring their kids. We have not heard reports on whether the policy is strictly enforced.
While Carnival does its best to discourage this, sunbathers do show-up at 8 AM and try to hog the lounge chairs for the day.
The Port side of the Lido deck near the pool does permit smoking. The rest of the deck is non-smoking.