MIAMI (February 17, 2009) â€“ The 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation and emerged with a host of new facilities and features, including a sprawling water park, an exclusive adults-only retreat, and redesigned tropical themed main pool. Ninety-eight balconies were also incorporated onto existing ocean view staterooms and a new Circle C facility for 12- to 14-year olds was added, as well.
The extensive renovation, which took place during a 35-day dry dock, is part of Carnivalâ€™s â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ refurbishment program for the lineâ€™s eight Fantasy-class vessels. Carnival Sensation is the fourth â€œFun Shipâ€ to receive the upgrades, joining the Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, and Carnival Fantasy which have already been renovated. The four remaining Fantasy-class ships will be refurbished over the next few years.
Carnival Sensation resumed its year-round three- and four-day Bahamas cruise program from Port Canaveral, Fla., last week. On this route, three-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit Nassau while four-day voyages depart Sundays and call at Freeport and Nassau.
â€œWith its wide variety of on-board facilities and convenient three- and four-day schedule from Port Canaveral â€“ located in close proximity to Central Floridaâ€™s many attractions and theme parks â€“ Carnival Sensation has been a popular choice for â€˜Fun Shipâ€™ guests, particularly families,â€ said Roberta Jacoby, Carnivalâ€™s senior vice president of hotel operations. â€œAnd with the new water park, updated pool area, and other guest-pleasing features, weâ€™re making a terrific, value-packed vacation choice even more attractive to consumers,â€ she added.
Exciting Open Deck Upgrades
A highlight of the â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ upgrades is Carnival WaterWorks, a sprawling aqua park that is designed to appeal to guests of all ages. Towering over Verandah Deck, the expansive open-air facility includes a 300-foot-long water slide â€“ the longest at sea â€“ along with twin 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.
Another signature element of â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ is the redesigned main pool area. Located mid-ship on Lido Deck, the area has a distinctive resort-style ambiance, with colorful, oversized umbrellas, thatched roofing, vibrant tile work and other tropical-themed design elements.
Serenity Adults-Only Retreat
Also new on the Carnival Sensation is Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat located aft on Promenade Deck. Designed as an ocean-going oasis for comfort and relaxation, Serenity offers plush chaise lounges and chairs, and two large whirlpools. Shade is provided by oversized umbrellas, along with an area covered by thatched roofing. Within Serenity, guests can enjoy a wide range of icy cocktails and frozen drinks or partake in various dining options at the nearby, casual Seaview restaurant.
Ninety-Eight New Balcony Staterooms
Ninety-eight existing ocean view staterooms on the Carnival Sensation have been retrofitted with balconies, creating expansive new cabins measuring approximately 230 square feet. Twenty-four of the new balcony cabins are located mid-ship, 12 are located near the stern, and the other 62 are located aft, with several of these accommodations featuring extended balconies. Additionally, a number of the Carnival Sensationâ€™s suites have been modified to feature larger, extended balconies to create a more spacious environment for guests.
New Circle C Facility, Other Enhancements
Carnival Sensationâ€™s refurbishment also included the creation of a new Circle C facility on Atlantic Deck 8. Catering to the 12- to 14-old age group, Circle C includes a high-tech sound and lighting system, plasma screen televisions displaying movies and music videos, a touch-screen jukebox and gaming pods with the latest games and consoles.
All of the Carnival Sensationâ€™s 1,026 staterooms have been completely remodeled with new wall coverings, tile work, carpeting and light fixtures. Additionally, virtually all dining, dancing and entertainment venues, as well as all guest corridors, have been renovated with a host of cosmetic enhancements.
Reservations are currently being accepted on the Carnival Sensationâ€™s three- and four-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.