Picking the Best Cabins on the Carnival Sensation
A deck-by-deck analysis of the Carnival Sensation's best and worst cabins.
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Carnival Sensation Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary
Best Cabins onboard the Carnival Sensation: staterooms on Deck 6-the Upper Deck. There are also some very nice cabins on Deck 11!
Cabins to be wary of onboard the Carnival Sensation: stateroom on Deck 7-the Empress Deck.
Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins onboard the Carnival Sensation
Deck 4 -- Riviera Deck
Cabins on Deck 4 of the Carnival Sensation have cabins above them -- this means that they are typically quieter compared to cabins beneath the disco or sunbathing areas (the noise of moving deck chairs late at night / early in the AM).
On the Riviiera Deck of the Carnival Sensation, cabins R199-R248 (in the stern / rear of the ship) may notice a bit of propeller vibration.
Cabins R154, R141, and R299 are right by elevators, so there may be a noise factor particularly for light sleepers. Looking for another cabin on Deck 4 of the Carnival Sensation to avoid this situation is one suggestion. Otherwise, we recommend you bring earplugs, or consider investing in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).
Related: Carnival Sensation Riviera Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)
Deck 5 -- Main Deck
Deck 5 has cabins both above and beneath, which does rule out noises you'd expect from Carnival Sensation's entertainment and dining venues. Main deck also features staterooms with balconies.
All but 18 of the exterior cabins feature ocean views on Deck 5 of the Carnival Sensation.
Interior cabins M148 and M149 abut elevators, so we do suggest looking for another cabin on the Sensation's Deck 5 to avoid noise.
Aft Cabins M262 and M269 are slightly larger than average.
Related: Carnival Sensation Main Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)
Deck 6 -- Upper Deck
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The Upper deck is without question the high-rent district of the ship. This is where Carnival Sensation's penthouse category cabins are located. There is also at least one deck of buffer both above and below this deck, so noise tends not to be an issue from common areas for most of the Upper deck cabins. Given that this is where the high-dollar cabins are, this is also where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. So, if your budget only affords you an inside cabin, reserving one right across from a penthouse might be a very wise investment! Some of the best cabins on the Carnival Sensation are on Deck 6!
Midship inside cabins on the Carnival Sensation's Upper Deck may experience some noise from the Plaza & Atrium Bar located one deck above them. These cabins are also less roomy, but are in the Penthouse service zone.
Exterior cabins which include balconies on Upper deck are U190 through U224 port side and U201 through U37 starboard.
All but 12 exterior cabins on Carnival Sensation's Upper deck feature ocean views.
On Deck 6 of the Sensation, all exterior staterooms from U69 through U115 and U70 through U114 are suites that have balconies. If you're looking for the very best of these, U89, U93, U97, & U101 starboard and U90, U94, U98, & U102 port side are Penthouse Suites that feature more living space and have extended balconies.
Guest reviews have indicated both noise and vibration issues from the main lounge during show times in staterooms U1 through U23.
Related: Carnival Sensation Upper Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)
Deck 7 -- Empress Deck
Some cabins on this deck with potential problems
Cabins on the Empress deck are likely going to be less quiet than any others to be found on the Carnival Sensation. While we are not suggesting this deck be completely avoided, some of the worst cabins on the Carnival Sensation are on the Empress Deck! This is due to the stage, galley, and dining rooms on Atlantic Deck (one deck above), and the Atrium Bar, and Guest Services & Shore Excursions which are also located just aft of cabins E66 and E 67. That said, most of the noise occurs during hours in which most of us are up and around enjoying these public venues!
On the Empress Deck of the Carnival Sensation, cabins E66 through E69 are closest to the action in the Atrium, so we suggest that you reserve a cabin further away from these areas if you prefer a quieter atmosphere on this deck.
Noise and vibration issues during show times have been reported for cabins E1 through E19, all of which are directly under the main lounge.
Once again, Inside Cabins E124 and E 127 are right next to elevators, which may increase the noise factor.
Forward on the Empress Deck of the Carnival Sensation, cabins E1 through E7 are more spacious than standard.
Outside cabins with balconies include E82 through E102 Port side, and E83 through E103 Starboard.
E202 through E238 Port side, and E217 through E253 are all balcony cabins aft on the ship.
All but eight exterior cabins on the Sensation's Empress Deck feature ocean views.
Related: Carnival Sensation Empress Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)
Deck 11 -- Verandah Deck
While Verandah Deck has Spa Carnival directly above and Lido Deck beneath, this is where you will find some of the best cabins to be reserved on the Carnival Sensation! All outside cabins on Verandah deck feature balconies, and it is our understanding VIP check-in service is available for guests staying in these staterooms.
On Deck 11 of the Sensation, V21, V23, V25, V27, V30, V34, V38, and V42 are exterior staterooms, but do have obstructed views.
Unless there is a tailwind, all of these balconies can be breezy.
While not Penthouse level in terms of accommodations, the Sensation's Verandah Deck outside staterooms are more luxurious than the average cabins.
Once again, frugal cruisers may want to book an interior cabin on Verandah Deck. Some of Carnival Sensation's best cabin stewards will be right across the hall!
Related: Carnival Sensation Verandah Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)