Cruise line to renovate Sensation, Holiday and Ecstasy

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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 ships.

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 workers.

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 early April.

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 rooms.

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 Mobile.

The Holiday, 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 work.

To contact reporter Kristin OMeara Hillmann, send e-mail to [email protected].

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