Carnival's 70,367-ton, 2,052-passenger Fascination, which began sailing in 1994, will enter a 35-day dry-dock for extensive renovations this September.
This announcement backs Carnival's concerted effort to update slightly older ships rather than retire them out of the fleet. Carnival may have three brand-new ships on order, but three others -- the line's Holiday, Ecstasy and Sensation (built in 1985, 1991 and 1993 respectively) -- were just refurbished significantly this spring.
Fascination's multi-million-dollar overhaul will include upgrades in carpeting and upholstery, and some tweaks to the layout of the aft lounge and casino area. New features to debut include:
A new nine-hole miniature golf course on the Sun Deck
Cafe on the Way, a patisserie serving specialty coffee and sweets
A teen club and a new 1,600-square-ft. children's area to enhance the Camp Carnival program
A new art gallery and Atrium Bar
A 1,200-square-ft. conference room
Redesigned Internet center
New private treatment rooms and updated exercise equipment in Spa Carnival
Flat-screen TV's, new decor, and remodeled bathrooms in staterooms and suites
According to a company statement, Fascination is one of the most popular cruise choices from Miami; the ship sails three- and four-day voyages to the Bahamas.