Carnival Sensation

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Carnival Sensation at Nassau, Bahamas in 2006
Career
Name: 1993-2009: Sensation
2009-present: Carnival Sensation
Owner: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
Cost: US$250 million
Completed: 1993
Maiden voyage: November 1, 1993
In service: 1993-present
Refit: 2009
Identification: IMO number: 8711356
Status: In Active Service
Notes: The 3rd ship in the Fantasy Class
General characteristics
Class & type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70,367 GT
7,180 DWT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
Draft: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Decks: 10
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S
4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,056 passengers (lower berths)
2,634 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 920

The Carnival Sensation is a Fantasy-class cruise ship, which began operation with Carnival Cruise Lines in 1993. She was the third ship to be built in the Fantasy class. The Carnival Sensation returned to active cruise service on February 12, 2009, after an extensive drydocking and refit. During the refit, 98 private balconies were added to former ocean view rooms. An adults only sunning area called Serenity was added to Promenade Deck, aft. A children's water park area was installed on Verandah Deck, aft, in an area formerly used as a pool and sunning area. The Carnival Sensation's main pool area on Lido Deck, midship, was renovated and the water slide was removed. Other renovations included new carpeting in public spaces and in her main dining rooms, and a 4-story tall "Carnival Waterworks" waterslide was added at the aft of the ship. Today, the Carnival Sensation does 3 and 4 night cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport, Bahamas. Her sister ship, Carnival Ecstasy, also sails out of Port Canaveral.

Carnival Sensation chartered[edit]

The Carnival Sensation was one of several cruise ships chartered by the US Government to provide accommodation for refugees and relief workers following Hurricane Katrina.[citation needed] After being released from Federal Emergency Management Agency service, the Carnival Sensation began cruising from Port Canaveral, replacing the Carnival Fantasy on Carnival's 3 and 4 day cruises from Port Canaveral.

Evolutions of Fun upgrade[edit]

The Carnival Sensation recently underwent refurbishments making it the fourth ship to receive it, giving it a 9-hole mini golf course, a children's water park area with waterslides and splash park, and a "serenity" adult-only deck.[citation needed]

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