Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Sensation
Sailing Date: March 23rd, 2006
This cruise was a NIGHTMARE... read the news article
The return to service of Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation superliner hit a snag Thursday when it failed a U.S. Coast Guard inspection, temporarily stranding at least 2,000 passengers at Port Canaveral.
Coast Guard officials said an inspection during the day found several "deficiencies," including problems with fire-safety screen doors, fire-station valves and water-tight doors. It took Carnival officials several hours to fix the glitches.
The Sensation is one of three Carnival superliners
that underwent multimillion-dollar renovations after they were used as temporary
housing during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Thursday was the Sensation's first day back in service, with a four-day cruise planned to the Bahamas.
Petty Officer Bobby Nash, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the agency's marine-safety detachment completed its inspection ahead of the ship's scheduled departure of 4 p.m.
But then it was up to cruise-line workers to fix the problems, Nash said. The Coast Guard re-inspected the ship before giving it clearance.
Officials and passengers said the ship's departure
was initially moved to 6 p.m. and then to 7 p.m. An hour later, however, the
ship had only resumed boarding. It finally left port at 10:45 p.m., according to