Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine Review and Specifications

Specifications of Carnival Sunshine

Year built1996  /  Age : 22
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassDestiny
Building costUSD 410 million (USD 155 million Carnival Destiny ship reconstruction in 2013)
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)272 m / 892 ft
Beam (width)38 m / 125 ft
Gross Tonnage103881 gt
Passengers3012 - 3765
Crew1150
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks13
Cabins1506
Decks with cabins11
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsCarnival Sunrise
Former namesCarnival Destiny
Christened byLin Arison

Current itinerary of Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean. The itinerary starts on 18 Nov, 2018 and ends on 23 Nov, 2018.

Date / TimePort
18 Nov 16:00      Departing from Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   
20 Nov 10:30 - 18:30     Amber Cove, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic   
21 Nov 08:00 - 16:00     Grand Turk Island   
23 Nov 08:00      Arriving in Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida   

Review of Carnival Sunshine

Built in 1996 for US$409 million, Carnival Sunshine was initially named Carnival Destiny. After a major refurbishment in 2013 which cost US$155 million, the ship was renamed Sunshine. As passenger ship class, Carnival Sunshine was the first of three Carnival Destiny-class ships – together with Victory and Triumph-Sunrise. Today, the vessel belongs to the unique Sunshine-class.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is an US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Sunshine cruise ship

The 103,881-ton, 2,642-passenger cruise ship Carnival Sunshine is not a Dream-class ship, but contains almost all the elements found on Breeze and Magic: high-energy, low-commitment activities, including 20-min standup comedies, 30-min production shows; sushi, burgers, burritos. For the first time, the Fun Ship 2.0 blueprint was laid down on Carnival Magic (in 2011), followed by Carnival Breeze (in June 2012). Next photo shows the old Carnival Destiny ship.

Carnival Destiny cruise ship

Cruise itinerary program

Carnival Sunshine itinerary program is based on Western and Eastern Caribbean roundtrip cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. Feature port destinations include Bahamas (with Nassau and line’s private island Half Moon Cay), Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, Grand Turk, Roatan, Belize, Mexico (Costa Maya and Cozumel). Starting in 2016, the ship offers Bermuda cruises with a 7-day itinerary from New York and 5-day itinerary from Norfolk VA.

Starting May 2019, the ship's new itinerary program offers 4- (to Nassau) and 5-day (Nassau and Half Moon Cay) short Bahamas cruises leaving roundtrip from a new homeport (Charleston SC) on a year-round schedule. The maiden voyage was scheduled for May 18 (2019). The Carnival's South Carolina annual cruise shipping volume is approx 220,000 passengers. In Charleston, Carnival Sunshine will replace Carnival Ecstasy (to be relocated to Jacksonville Florida), while the Jacksonville-homeported Carnival Elation will be repositioned to Port Canaveral FL.

Cabins

Carnival Sunshine has a total number of 1506 cabins (of which 55 Suites) in 32 grades. Most Carnival Sunshine staterooms are 185-sq.foot insides (586), oceanview (342) and suite (55). Sunshine also has 89 Cloud 9 Spa cabins and 32 wheelchair accessible cabins. The number of ship's cabin categories is 34. Sunshine's Captain’s Suites are the largest cabins onboard (500 sq.feet) and can accommodate up to five passengers. They feature master bedroom, dressing area, large bathroom, separate living room, separate bathroom, fridge and mini-bar. Suite guests benefit from VIP check-in.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Carnival Sunshine offers many of the Fun Ship 2.0 additions in terms of dining - Guy's Burger Joint, Cucina del Capitano, BlueIguana Cantina. The line made a few adjustments to the existing venues and also added the outstanding specialty restaurant, Ji Ji. There are two Main Dining Rooms onboard the Sunshine: Sunset, at the midship, and double-deck Sunrise located aft. The complimentary Punchliner Comedy Brunch, which is a sea day exclusive, features 5-minute teasers every hour on the hour from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

Carnival Sunshine cruise ship Serenity adults deck

Follows the complete list of Carnival Sunshine restaurants and food bars.

  • Sunset Restaurant (forward Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”)
  • Sunrise Restaurant (aft Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings; offers themed breakfasts - “Seuss At Sea”, for $5 cover charge; hosts Punchliner Comedy Brunch).
  • Farenheit 555 Steakhouse (alternative, reservations only restaurant, serving prime steaks and seafood at surcharge; also hosts “Chef’s Table” VIP dining, $75 PP surcharge)
  • Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ (offers pork sandwiches, complimentary lunch barbecue)
  • Guy’s Burger Joint (fast food bar)
  • BlueIguana Cantina (Mexican complimentary restaurant; offers house-made tortillas, burritos, tacos)
  • Lido Marketplace buffet restaurant (complimentary self-service restaurant with various food stations; operates as bistro in the evenings).
  • Cucina del Capitano (Italian reservations-only restaurant; offers a la carte dinner at surcharge and complimentary lunch)
  • SeaDogs (complimentary beef hotdogs stand)
  • Ji Ji Asian Kitchen (serves Chinese food, Mongolian Wok)
  • Bonsai Sushi Bar (complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Carnival made a heavy investment in lights and sound for its shows on Carnival Breeze and has taken a step further on Sunshine. An ultra-HD graphics package is beamed onto a vast screen and the performers use it as a backdrop of their show. A number of themed shows take place in ship's Liquid Lounge, which doubles as the 800-seat main Theater. Because the room was initially designed as a theater with two stories, it's impossible to feature an intimate atmosphere.

Carnival Sunshine cruise ship waterpark slides

The Sunshine ship offers a complete list of activities and entertainment for each age group and taste - from ballroom scene dancing, classical music concerts, tea time and art auctions to hairy chest and knobby knees contests, bingo and karaoke.

Carnival Sunshine cruise ship waterpark slides

The following official YouTube video reviews Carnival Sunshine ship's facilities and onboard amenities.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Sunshine lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Sunshine Atrium (9-deck high midship open area served by Lobby Bar)
  • FunHub (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Liquid Lounge and Theater (800-seat, 2-level main show lounge)
  • Ocean Plaza (entertainment area; features live music and trivia)
  • The Library Bar; Piano 88 Bar; EA Sports Bar; ShakeSpot; Java Blue Cafe; The Taste Bar; Alchemy Bar; Havana Bar
  • RedFrog Pub (English pub with live music; offers international beers selection and the private label Thirstyfrog/RedFrog beer)
  • RedFrog Rum Bar (serves Caribbean rums selection and ThirstyFrog Red drought beer)
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar (offers Mexican beer, margaritas, drink specialties)
  • Limelight Lounge (hosts Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch)
  • Pixels Photo Gallery and Shop; Dreams Photo Studio; Cherry On Top (candy shop, offers the Fun Shops catalog, “Bon Voyage” store menu, souvenirs, watches, jewelry, logo merchandise, duty-free liquor, fashion boutiques)
  • Circle C (kids' complimentary club lounge with movies, video games, parties, planned activities)
  • 24-hour Warehouse Video Games Arcade; Club O2 teens' lounge for movies, karaoke, parties
  • Sunshine Casino (served by Sunshine Casino Bar)
  • Seaside Theatre (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Serenity (adults only relaxation area with Serenity Pool, Serenity Bar, Spa Whirlpool, cascading waterfall, loungers and hammocks)
  • Beach Pool area (with two Whirlpools); Carnival WaterWorks Aqua Park (with 5 slides; 1 Whirlpool, SplashZone for kids)
  • Camp Carnival (kids' club lounge with complimentary programmeand play area)
  • Cloud 9 Spa and Fitness complex (with Gym, Fitness Studio, Sauna, Steam Room, Thermal Suites, Beauty Salon, 15 Treatment Rooms; offers ZSpa teenagers program)
  • SportSquare (Basketball/Volleyball Court, Jogging Track, Tennis Tables, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Shuffleboard).

Carnival Sunshine wiki

  • Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in 2013
  • The Carnival cruise ship Sunshine is an old and new vessel, representing a truly grandeous ship transformation project. The old Carnival Destiny ship (built 1996) was extensively (and expensively) refitted and refurbished in Europe (Trieste, Italy) at the astonishing cost of USD 155 million. The vessel was transformed into a brand new Carnival "Fun Ship 2.0" in 2013 under the sunny and shiny name "Carnival Sunshine".
  • The old ms Carnival Destiny had as sisters the Carnival ships Triumph (Sunrise since 2019) and Victory, and the Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica.
  • The Sunshine cruise ship design of the interior was done by Partner Design (company based in Hamburg). New design really looks different from the original (by Joe Francus), especially in the color scheme. Modern amenities, new venues, more dining options, and her new onboard entertainment program has three new show productions.
  • As Carnival Destiny (Destiny-class ship) Sunshine was the world's first cruise ship to weight over 100,000 tons.
  • First cruise (as Destiny) November 24, 1996, Inaugural cruise (as Sunshine) April 12, 2013 - 14-day Mediterranean Venice-Barcelona.
  • Carnival Destiny's list of chartered sailings - (March 2011) the 1st ever "311 Caribbean Cruise", (October 2011) the 1st ever "Kiss Kruise", (January 2012) the 1st ever "Weezer Cruise".

Carnival Destiny - Carnival Sunshine drydock refurbishment 2013

The most extensively-expensive of all (ever) was the Carnival Destiny's drydock refit/transformation. At the staggering cost of USD 155 million, this really extreme makeover produced a brand new Carnival ship in 2013! After its last dry-dock ever (a 49-day refurbishment), the Destiny ship emerged as Carnival Sunshine. This amazing cruise ship transformation was made in the Fincantieri shipyard (Monfalcone, Italy) adding a new partial deck and 2 other decks (in the front section). As a result from the Carnival Destiny renovation, 182 new cabins were added (including 96 spa cabins), all of the ship's other cabins were also refurbished (with a new tropical decor). The list of all major changes includes:

  • a new Asian restaurant (casual dining venue)
  • "The Comfort Kitchen" (in the Lido Marketplace)
  • the "Havana Bar" (Lido Marketplace) with floor to ceiling windows
  • the "Sunshine Bar" (Atrium)
  • a new cigar club
  • the first ever 3-deck-high Carnival Serenity retreat (an adults-only area) with the Carnival Cloud 9 Spa package.
  • the "SportSquare" (an open-air complex with a ropes course, a minigolf course and a half-size basketball-volleyball court.

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Carnival Sunshine Itineraries

The below listed Carnival Sunshine cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Carnival Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Nov 10 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral
2018 Nov 18 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral
2018 Nov 23 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$614
2018 Dec 01 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$529
2018 Dec 09 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$364
2018 Dec 14 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$629
2018 Dec 22 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$949
2018 Dec 30 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$749
2019 Jan 04 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$699
2019 Jan 12 13 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral
2019 Jan 25 9 days, round-trip Big Nude Boat 2019 Port Canaveral
2019 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$569
2019 Feb 10 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$409
2019 Feb 15 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$709
2019 Feb 23 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$604
2019 Mar 03 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$494
2019 Mar 08 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$719
2019 Mar 16 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$729
2019 Mar 24 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$589
2019 Mar 29 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$704
2019 Apr 06 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$624
2019 Apr 14 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$604
2019 Apr 19 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Port Canaveral$719
2019 Apr 27 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$589
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Port Canaveral$504
2019 May 12 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Port Canaveral$499
2019 May 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$584
2019 May 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$509
2019 May 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$584
2019 Jun 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$604
2019 Jun 06 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$514
2019 Jun 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$639
2019 Jun 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$649
2019 Jun 20 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$539
2019 Jun 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$659
2019 Jun 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$659
2019 Jul 04 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$529
2019 Jul 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$619
2019 Jul 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$614
2019 Jul 18 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$514
2019 Jul 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$609
2019 Jul 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$614
2019 Aug 01 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$479
2019 Aug 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$579
2019 Aug 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$559
2019 Aug 15 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$414
2019 Aug 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$459
2019 Aug 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$429
2019 Aug 29 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$369
2019 Sep 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$389
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Charleston$609
2019 Sep 14 8 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston$679
2019 Sep 22 6 days, round-trip Bermuda Charleston$549
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Charleston$609
2019 Oct 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$389
2019 Oct 10 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$304
2019 Oct 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$379
2019 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston$589
2019 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Bermuda Charleston$639
2019 Nov 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$359
2019 Nov 07 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$309
2019 Nov 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$349
2019 Nov 21 4 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$569
2019 Nov 25 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$409
2019 Nov 29 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$309
2019 Dec 03 11 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Charleston$879
2019 Dec 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$419
2019 Dec 19 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$389
2019 Dec 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$609
2019 Dec 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$679
2020 Jan 02 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$339
2020 Jan 06 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$369
2020 Jan 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$319
2020 Jan 16 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$279
2020 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$329
2020 Jan 25 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$329
2020 Jan 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$279
2020 Feb 03 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$369
2020 Feb 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$359
2020 Feb 13 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$309
2020 Feb 17 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$429
2020 Feb 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$359
2020 Feb 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$279
2020 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$369
2020 Mar 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$459
2020 Mar 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$379
2020 Mar 16 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$499
2020 Mar 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$449
2020 Mar 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$379
2020 Mar 30 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$479
2020 Apr 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$529
2020 Apr 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$399
2020 Apr 13 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$489
2020 Apr 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$439
2020 Apr 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston$379
2020 Apr 27 5 days, round-trip Cuba Charleston$479