Carnival Sunshine will call Port of Charleston her home port beginning May 2019, with regular 4- and 5-day cruises to the Bahamas. Sunshine will replace the 28-year-old Ecstasy as the main ship sailing from Union Pier.
Carnival Sunshine, which has previously sailed from Charleston, can accommodate up to 3,002 passengers compared to Ecstasy's limit of 2,056.
Carnival Cruise Line said it expected about 220,000 passengers to sail onboard Sunshine annually once it's based in Charleston. In fiscal 2017 Carnival and a number of other cruise lines which stop in Charleston carried a total of 224,105 passengers, which is a 5.6% increase over 2016.