MIAMI -- Carnival
Cruise Lines unveiled details of the renovation of the Sensation,
Holiday and Ecstasy, which will be implemented after their
long-term charter to the U.S. government for Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts is completed.
On deck: Miniature
golf and larger kids facilities plus a general sprucing up around
The three vessels
have been docked in Gulf Coast ports since Katrina tore through New
Orleans in September and have housed emergency personnel and relief
Carnival CEO Bob
Dickinson said the ships are being maintained to the lines highest
standards during their charter service and were in excellent
condition to begin with.
Nonetheless, the line
had said early on that the ships would be completely refurbished
before starting their post-Katrina cruise service in late March and
The Holiday returns
to Mobile, Ala., and the Ecstasy to Galveston, Texas.
The Sensation will
launch a new schedule from Port Canaveral, Fla., before returning
to New Orleans.
All three ships will
be outfitted with nine-hole miniature golf courses.
The Ecstasy and the
Sensation will get 1,600-square-foot Childrens World play areas, an
extension of the lines Camp Carnival program.
Aft lounges on the
Ecstasy and the Sensation will be reconfigured to house new family
recreation areas featuring audiovisual equipment for showing movies
and other programming.
The ships will also
house new art galleries and 1,200-square-foot conference
The Ecstasys 1,026
cabins and suites will be completely refurbished. New lighting,
flooring, wall coverings and dessert stations will be added to the
Panorama Bar & Grill poolside restaurant. The ships gift shop
will be renovated.
A photo gallery and a
coffee and pastry shop will be added on the Sensations promenade,
and a redesigned Internet cafe will be located adjacent to the
ships pursers information desk.
The Sensations Spa
Carnival facility also will be renovated.
The Ecstasy and the
Sensation will be renovated in the Atlantic Marine shipyard in
meanwhile, will undergo a 20-day refit in Freeport, Bahamas. The
project calls for a redesigned lobby with new seating, new
carpeting and tile work.
The Holidays Four
Winds and Seven Seas main dining rooms will receive new ceilings
and galley upgrades, and the beauty salon in the Spa Carnival
facility will get new exercise equipment, carpeting and tile
reporter Kristin OMeara Hillmann, send e-mail to [email protected].