Carnival Sunshine Review

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Cruise Ship Overview

With expanded facilities and new bars and restaurants, Carnival Sunshine, formerly introduced as Carnival Destiny in 1996, was relaunched into service in 2013 to sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from her year-round homeport of New Orleans. The newly transformed vessel is the first in the Carnival fleet to incorporate all the features the line has recently added on a limited basis to its other ships.

A $155-million transformation turned Carnival Destiny, the first of Carnival’s Destiny-class megaships weighing in at more than 100,000 tons, into Carnival Sunshine. From stem to stern, no part of the ship was left untouched, and she has reentered service as an essentially unique, new vessel. Along with a fresh Caribbean-inspired decor, new restaurants and bars were added in keeping with Carnival’s fleet-wide upgrades.

The variety of indoor and outdoor spaces ranges from relatively intimate lounges with a nightclub atmosphere to a huge show room where lavish production shows are staged. Most public rooms open off wide, indoor promenades that branch fore and aft from the spectacular atrium to the Ocean Plaza where live bands perform for dancing. Expansive pools and sport decks offer plenty of room to spread out for sunning and more active pursuits, including water slides and a ropes course. A triple-deck Serenity area for adults and huge family water park were added in the transformation.

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