Carnival Cruise Line revealed it is dropping US$200 million to refit Carnival Triumph with nearly 20 new amenities, such as restaurants, bars, water slides, larger suites, comedy club and other amenities that are standard on the newer ships of the line.
On April 29, 2019, the vessel starts sailing a series of 5- to 7-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia, under its new name, Carnival Sunrise. The cruise ship then spends the rest of summer in New York City before coming to Fort Lauderdale FL in October 2019 for 4- and 5-day cruises to Bahamas and Caribbean.
Carnival Sunrise joins Carnival “Sunshine Class” as Carnival Sunshine's sister (former Carnival Destiny) which underwent a US$155 million refit in 2013.
Sunrise’s 2-month-long refurbishment starts on March 1. Carnival Triumph is 19 yo, one of company’s older vessels.
The refurbishment is to see Carnival Sunrise with 12 new bar and dining options, most of which are already available on other Carnival cruisers. RedFrog Pub offers a selection of Caribbean rum and beer, like Carnival’s own brew called ThirstyFrog Red Ale. Chef’s Table hosts passengers looking for a high-end, multi-course dining experience.
Another addition is the SportsSquare, which offers access to recreational activities, such as a 15 stories high ropes course, basketball court, jogging track and 9-hole miniature golf course. Families can enjoy the water slides that are 203 and 212 ft (62 and 65 m) long. There are also adult-only spots such as ship's Serenity Retreat lounge. An arcade, shops, comedy club and theatre are also to be added onboard.
The 2,758-guest ship is adding 4 new suites: a couple of 850 ft2 (79 m2) Captain’s Suites and another pair of 320 ft2 (30 m2) Grand Ocean View Suites. All of the staterooms are due to boast updates. The Captain’s Suite can fit up to 5 passengers and is twice the size of the next-biggest suite onboard Triumph. The room is located next to the bridge which means guests share their view with the captain.
Starting October 28, 2019, Carnival Sunrise launches from Fort Lauderdale on 4-day trips to Nassau, Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. 5-day cruises visit Cuba, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk and Jamaica.