Carnival Victory to Be Transformed into Carnival Radiance

By ,   October 16, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Cruise Line's 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory will undergo a major makeover in 2020 that is so big so the cruise line plans to rechristen the ship with a brand new name: Carnival Radiance.

The refit will take place over 38 days at dry dock in Cadiz and cost US$200 million, which is one of the priciest ship makeovers. The makeover will feature the addition of over 100 staterooms, revamping of existing accommodations and the addition of about a dozen food & drink venues.

In the plans is also the addition of new deck-top recreation area featuring a suspended ropes course, miniature golf course and basketball court. The ship will get a water park area with 2 massive slides, as well. 

Carnival Victory cruise ship

New eateries planned for Radiance include an Italian restaurant which already is on many ships of Carnival, Cucina del Capitano, and line's signature Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. Another concept, just debuting on Carnival cruise ships, is Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse - an open-air eatery created via partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri.

The overhaul is due to bring a version of Bonsai Sushi outlet and a multi-course dining venue called The Chef's Table. A poolside "lido marketplace" with ice cream, pizza, and other quick bites is also planned, along with an expanded version of Carnival's coffee bar, JavaBlue Cafe.  

The refit will include the addition of adults-only retreat Serenity and expanded spa. An arcade area will be added and the retail spaces will be expanded. 

The dry dock works are due to begin on March 18, 2020 at Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain and end in late April. Following a christening ceremony, Radiance will sail a completely new schedule of itineraries, to be announced in mid-November.