Thursday, October 16, 2008

Carnival's Fantasy-class Ships Are Getting More "Sensational"

One by one, Carnival Cruise Lines has been upgrading its Fantasy-class ships with “Evolutions of Fun” enhancements. Earlier this year, Cruise Diva reported on the just-completed Carnival Imagination. Next up is the 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation and Carnival has announced that in addition to the “Evolutions of Fun” features outlined below, it will add balconies to 98 existing staterooms aboard the ship during a 35-day scheduled dry dock taking place in January 2009.

Ocean view staterooms will be retrofitted with new balconies that will extend from the ship and measure approximately 230 square feet. Twenty-four of the new balcony staterooms will be located mid-ship on both the port and starboard sides and 12 will be located near the stern, while the other 62 will be located within the aft section of the ship, with several of these cabins featuring extended balconies. Additionally, a number of the Carnival Sensation’s suites will be modified to feature larger, extended balconies to create a more spacious area from which to enjoy panoramic sea views.

The stateroom modifications are just one aspect of the ship’s extensive multi-million-dollar renovation, all part of the line’s wide-ranging “Evolutions of Fun” product enhancement initiative. Carnival Sensation’s “extreme makeover” will also include a previously announced Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only area, and a redesigned tropical-themed main pool area. Additionally, all staterooms will be completely refurbished, as well as virtually all dining, dancing and entertainment venues. Guest corridors will be renovated and a new “Circle C” facility catering to 12- to 14-year olds will be added, as well.

Carnival Sensation currently operates year-round 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises from Port Canaveral, FL. On this route, 3-day cruises depart Thursdays and call at Nassau while 4-day voyages depart Sundays and visit both Nassau and Freeport. Carnival Sensation’s new and extended balcony staterooms will be open for reservations Oct 24, 2008. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL. or visit

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