The 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 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.
Builders of the Carnival Sensation are Finland, Hietalahti shipyard and STX Finland Cruise Oy.