Carnival Sensation

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Carnival Sensation Nassau 12-23-11.jpg
Carnival Sensation at Nassau, Bahamas in 2011
  • Sensation (1993–2007)
  • Carnival Sensation (2007–present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas
Cost: US$250 million
Yard number: 484
Sponsored by:
  • Vicki L. Freed
  • Roberta Jacoby
  • Cherie Weinstein
  • Geri Donnelly
Completed: 1993
Maiden voyage: November 1, 1993
In service: 1993–present
Refit: 2009
Status: In service
Notes: [1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
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)
  • 2,056 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,634 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 920

Carnival Sensation (formerly Sensation) is a Fantasy-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on November, 1, 1993, and christened Sensation by four Carnival Vice Presidents: Vicki L. Freed, Roberta Jacoby, Cherie Weinstein and Geri Donnelly.[1][2]

During 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name.[3]

The third ship to be built in the Fantasy class, 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.

The Carnival Sensation moved to Miami replacing the Carnival Victory in early 2016, doing 4 and 5 night cruises. The Carnival Victory will be taking over the 3 and 4 night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport.

Carnival Sensation chartered[edit]

The Carnival Sensation was one of several cruise ships chartered by the US Government to provide accommodation for residents 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. The Carnival Sensation will be moving to Miami replacing the Carnival Victory in early 2016 doing the 4 and 5 night cruises. The Carnival Victory will be taking over the 3 and 4 night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas and Freeport.

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]


The Sensation before her "Evolutions of Fun" refit. 



  1. ^ a b Smith 2010, p. 48.
  2. ^ Heald, John (December 3, 2012). "A Cycle of Godmothers". John Heald's Blog. John Heald. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dake, Shawn J. (January 2008). "Cruise Ships 2007 the year in review" (PDF). Ocean Times. Steamship Historical Society of America: Southern California Chapter. 12.1: 2–8. 


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