Carnival Sensation


Year built: 1993

Speed: 21 kn

Passengers: 2,052

Crew: 920

70k tons

14 decks


The Carnival Sensation currently sails 4 and 5 night Western, Eastern Caribbean, and Cuba cruises from Miami, Florida.


On May 18, 2004, four male crew fell during a lifeboat drill conducted in Cozumel, Mexico. The incident was caused by a winch that failed. The crew sustained injuries when the boat fell 100 ft into the water.

On March 23, 2006, the ship was detained at home port Port Canaveral. The USCG inspection found several fire-safety system deficiencies, including fire screen and watertight doors and station valves. After all problems were fixed, the ship was cleared for departure.

On February 9, 2012, while the ship was docked in home port of Cape Canaveral, some 10 to 20 cruise cabins were flooded, causing a 5 hour late departure. The incident was caused by a broken water pipe from a swimming pool. The ship was on a 3 day Nassau cruise from Port Canaveral.

On February 6, 2014, the US Environmental Office informed Port Canaveral authorities in regards to 1 gallon of vegetable oil discharged into the Harbor waters. The incident happend during loading the oil onto the ship, when a fork lift punctured the case, causing the product to be spilled into water. The ship provided absorbent material to collect as much as possible of the polluting product.

On January 14, 2001, a 19-year-old male passenger fell overboard while the ship was docked in home port of Tampa FL. The young man was arguing with his girlfriend, then climbed over a railing and threatened to jump. After she pleaded with him, he complied but unfortunately slipped and fell into the waters, killing himself.

On October 20, 2015, a 43–year-old male passenger died ashore in Nassau Bahamas. The man was run over and dragged by a garbage truck which brakes failed. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The heavy truck was entering a roundabout and its driver intentionally swerved to avoid traffic. The victim was hit on the sidewalk. The accident occurred while the ship was docked in call port Nassau, on a 4-day Bahamas cruise.

On March 29, 2007, an anonymous bomb threat call was received by USCG while the ship was docked in home port of Cape Canaveral FL. All crew and passengers were evacuated and a 2 hour ship search was conducted. The threat was determined false.

On January 1, 2009, a 26-year-old male crew fell overboard, but was rescued. The incident occurred at 12:50 AM, when he performed on the ship’s top deck. He was off duty, and 6 other crew saw him falling into the water after trying to take a picture. The other crew threw him a life belt. The ship and USCG helicopter conducted a rescue operation. The Port Canaveral docking and disembarkation was delayed by 2 hours.

On September 2, 2009, a 34-year-old male passenger jumped overboard but was rescued by the nearby passing Disney Wonder. The emergency was issued by the Carnival ship at 11:30 PM, asking for help in locating a missing passenger. The Disney ship found the man at 12:40 AM.. Both cruise ships were on round trip itineraries from Port Canaveral to Bahamas. Investigation on the incident showed the man was heard by another passenger arguing with a woman, when he threatened to jump and she provoked him saying go ahead. Soon after he jumped, they heard him screaming for help.

On August 22, 2012, a 31-year-old male passenger was arrested on a federal sex charge. He was reported as participant together with four under 18-year-old passengers in a gang rape of a 15-year-old girl. The cruise departed on August 16 from home port Port Canaveral. The adult man invited the victim in his cabin, along with her 15-year-old girlfriend and the four teenage boys. He supplied the party with alcohol, then the males took turns assaulting the victim. During the sex crime, the other girl was locked in the cabin’s bathroom. On April 8, 2013, the adult man was found guilty and sentenced 20 years in jail.

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