Carnival Sunshine

Former name: Carnival Destiny

Carnival Sunshine current position

Carnival Sunshine current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 24.60596 N / -76.05365 W) cruising at speed of 10.5 kn (19 kph/ 12 mph) en route to HMC. The AIS position was reported 43 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Carnival Sunshine

Year built1996  /  Age: 25
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassDestiny-Sunshine
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 Tonnage102853 gt
Passengers3002 - 3765
Crew1040
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks13
Cabins1501
Decks with cabins11
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsCarnival Sunrise (Triumph), Carnival Radiance (Victory)
Former namesCarnival Destiny
Christened byLin Arison
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Carnival Sunshine Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $559
2021 Jul 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $729
2021 Jul 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $709
2021 Jul 15 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $539
2021 Jul 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $709
2021 Jul 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $709
2021 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $519
2021 Aug 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $669
2021 Aug 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $609
2021 Aug 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $469
2021 Aug 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $539
2021 Aug 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $519
2021 Aug 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $389
2021 Aug 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $329
2021 Sep 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2021 Sep 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2021 Sep 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2021 Sep 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2021 Sep 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2021 Sep 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2021 Oct 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2021 Oct 07 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2021 Nov 18 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2021 Nov 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2021 Nov 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $329
2021 Dec 02 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2021 Dec 06 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Charleston $829
2021 Dec 16 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2021 Dec 20 6 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $689
2021 Dec 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2021 Dec 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $499
2022 Jan 03 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $319
2022 Jan 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $319
2022 Jan 13 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Jan 17 10 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston $959
2022 Jan 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Jan 31 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $329
2022 Feb 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Feb 10 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $279
2022 Feb 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Feb 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $369
2022 Feb 24 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2022 Feb 28 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston $559
2022 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston $839
2022 Mar 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $469
2022 Mar 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $439
2022 Mar 24 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Mar 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $429
2022 Apr 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $439
2022 Apr 07 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Apr 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $509
2022 Apr 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $459
2022 Apr 21 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Apr 25 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $439
2022 Apr 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449
2022 May 05 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2022 May 09 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $459
2022 May 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2022 May 19 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $409
2022 May 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $509
2022 May 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $569
2022 Jun 02 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $469
2022 Jun 06 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $609
2022 Jun 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $629
2022 Jun 16 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2022 Jun 20 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $629
2022 Jun 25 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $629
2022 Jun 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $499
2022 Jul 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $629
2022 Jul 09 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $609
2022 Jul 14 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2022 Jul 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $609
2022 Jul 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $609
2022 Jul 28 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $459
2022 Aug 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $569
2022 Aug 06 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $509
2022 Aug 11 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $409
2022 Aug 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $439
2022 Aug 20 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $419
2022 Aug 25 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $329
2022 Aug 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $369
2022 Sep 03 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2022 Sep 08 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Sep 12 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Sep 17 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Sep 22 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Sep 26 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Oct 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Oct 06 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2022 Oct 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Oct 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Oct 20 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $279
2022 Oct 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Oct 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Nov 03 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $279
2022 Nov 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2022 Nov 12 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2022 Nov 17 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Nov 21 6 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $569
2022 Nov 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Dec 01 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $269
2022 Dec 05 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Charleston $769
2022 Dec 15 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2022 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston $819
2022 Dec 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $489
2022 Dec 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $509
2023 Jan 03 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2023 Jan 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2023 Jan 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $279
2023 Jan 16 10 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Charleston $979
2023 Jan 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $279
2023 Jan 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2023 Feb 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $349
2023 Feb 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $289
2023 Feb 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2023 Feb 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $379
2023 Feb 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $299
2023 Feb 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2023 Mar 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $419
2023 Mar 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $339
2023 Mar 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $479
2023 Mar 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449
2023 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2023 Mar 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449
2023 Apr 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $519
2023 Apr 06 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $429
2023 Apr 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $469
2023 Apr 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449
2023 Apr 20 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $359
2023 Apr 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449
2023 Apr 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Charleston $449

Carnival Sunshine Review

Review of Carnival Sunshine

The 1996-built/2013-reconstructed  Carnival Sunshine cruise ship was initially named "Carnival Destiny". After a major refurbishment in 2013 (USD155 million drydock), the vessel was renamed Sunshine. As class, Carnival Sunshine was the first of three Destiny-class Carnival ships - together with Victory-Radiance and Triumph-Sunrise. Today, the liner belongs to the unique Sunshine-class.

History - construction and ownership

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

Carnival Sunshine cruise ship

The 3000-passenger 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). 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.

Decks and Cabins

Carnival Sunshine staterooms (1501 total) include 53 Suites, 518 Balcony, 320 Oceanview and 624 Inside cabins, in all 34 grades. Most staterooms are sized 185 ft2 / 17 m2, cabin balconies are sized 35-85 ft2 / 4-8 m2. "Family" staterooms (connecting cabins) are with max capacity 5 passengers. The largest are the Captain's Suites (500 ft2 / 46 m2 plus 150 ft2 / 14 m2 terrace) with max occupancy 5 passengers. Sunshine also has 89 Cloud 9 Spa cabins and 32 wheelchair-accessible cabins.

The boat has 13 decks, of which 11 with cabins.

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 Asian 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).
  • Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse (alternative, reservations only restaurant, serving prime steaks and seafood at a 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 a bistro in the evenings).
  • Cucina del Capitano (Italian reservations-only restaurant; offers a la carte dinner at a 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 a 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 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 a complimentary programme and 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).

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Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was done in 2013. Sunshine is one of Carnival's "old new" liners, representing a truly grandiose ship transformation project. The old Carnival Destiny ship (built 1996) was extensively (and expensively) drydock 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". MS Carnival Destiny had as sisters the Carnival ships Triumph (Sunrise since 2019) and  Victory (Radiance since 2020), and also Costa Fortuna and Costa Magica.

The Sunshine ship's interior design was done by Partner Design (german company based in Hamburg). Destiny ship's interior design was by Joe Francus. The new ship now features modern amenities, new venues, more dining options, new onboard entertainment program (3 new grand show productions).

As a Destiny-class liner, Carnival Destiny was world's first cruise ship with GT/weight over 100,000 tons. Carnival Destiny's Inaugural Cruise started on November 24, 1996. Sunshine's Inaugural Cruise started on April 12, 2013 (14-day Mediterranean Venice-Barcelona).

Carnival Destiny's list of chartered/themed voyages includes the first-ever "311 Caribbean Cruise" (March 2011), the first-ever "Kiss Kruise" (October 2011) and the first-ever "Weezer Cruise" (January 2012).

Carnival Destiny-Sunshine refurbishment 2013 conversion review

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 of 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:

  • (new) Ji Ji Asian Kitchen (casual restaurant), also were added “Fat Jimmy’s BBQ”, “Cucina del Capitano”, “Fahrenheit 555 SSteakhouse”, “JavaBlue Cafe”, “Shake Spot”, “Guy’s Burger Joint”, “BlueIguana Cantina”/Mexican, “Seaday Brunch”, “The Comfort Kitchen”/Lido, “Havana Bar”/Lido, “Sunshine Bar”, “Alchemy Bar”, “RedFrog Pub”, “Cherry On Top”, “Punchliner”, “Hasbro”
  • "The Comfort Kitchen" (in the Lido Marketplace)
  • "Havana Bar" (Lido Marketplace) with floor-ceiling windows
  • "Sunshine Bar" (Atrium)
  • a new cigar club (Casino Bar)
  • CCL fleet's first 3-deck-high Serenity Retreat (adults-only deck) with the Carnival Cloud 9 Spa package.
  • "SportSquare" (an open-air complex with Ropes Course, Mini-Golf Course, half-size Sports Court/basketball-volleyball-tennis.

During drydock 2018 (October 14-21, in Freeport Bahamas) were made regularly planned maintenance works. Drydock 2016 was in the period March 8-20.

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