A look at Carnival Sunrise after its 2024 dry dock [PHOTOS]

Carnival Sunrise recently underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and maintenance dry dock.

Following nine days at sea, the ship returned to Florida early Tuesday morning and will embark on its first post-dry dock sailing for a Western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel this afternoon.

A refurbished pool on the Carnival Sunrise at sunset.
Carnival Sunrise pulled into PortMiami at sunrise.

Spoiler alert: There weren’t a lot of changes as far as the venues are concerned, but a lot of new paint, carpet, flooring, and one new venue was added.

Aerial view of Carnival Sunrise
Aerial view of Carnival Sunrise after its 2019 refurbishment. (Photo courtesy of Carnival)

Did you know? Sunrise was launched as Carnival Triumph in 1999 before undergoing a $200 million makeover in 2018 to become Carnival Sunrise.

The ship comes in at 101,509 gross registered tons and measures 893 feet in length. It is designed to carry 2,754 guests with double occupancy.

A pool on a cruise ship with a slide.
A room with a couch, table, and chairs on the refurbished Carnival Sunrise.
One of the two Captain Suites available on Carnival Sunrise.

Carnival Sunrise offers various cabins, from the interior stateroom to the swanky Captain Suites above the navigational bridge.

StateroomNumber of Rooms
Captain Suites2
Ocean View Balcony Grand Suites10
Ocean View Suites41
Ocean View Rooms302
Interior Cabins512
A room with a bed and a poster on the wall.
Refreshed stateroom on Carnival Sunrise.

The atrium was transformed during the initial 2018 makeover to a more contemporary silver and gold palette, replacing the previous purple accents and creating a more radiant space.


The atrium bar and stage retained their original positions from the Triumph days, surrounded now by the guest services and shore excursions desks, their locations also unchanged.

A view of the main lobby of the Carnival Sunrise cruise ship.

A few steps into the aft dining area, much remains as it was, albeit updated with a refresh during the 2024 drydock.

A large dining room on a cruise ship.
A cruise ship with a water slide on the deck.
A deck on a cruise ship with a colorful playground.
The original mini golf course was replaced during the drydock.

One of the interesting things they did was an engineering marvel during the 2018 refurbishment; they added over 100 new staterooms. A handful of those new cabins are located where the theater’s ground floor used to be.

Our initial trip report from the inaugural sailing of Carnival Sunrise can be found in our sea blog entry.

During the renovation, the main show theater’s ground level was raised to the fourth deck, making room for additional interior and ocean-view rooms on the third deck.

An auditorium on Carnival Sunrise, with blue chairs.
The main theater was spruced up.
  • Deck 4 & 5: The rebranded Liquid Lounge, a theater showcasing production shows, bingo, and various acts, decent excellent sightlines and increased accessibility and comfort.
  • Limelight Lounge: Formerly the Oxford Bar, this space revamps design and functionality to accommodate comedy shows and other events better. This is where the Punchliner Comedy Club is found.
The interior of a restaurant on a cruise ship.
The RedFrog Pub on Carnival Sunrise.
A restaurant on a cruise ship with a wooden floor.
The famous Guy’s Burger Joint on Carnival Sunrise.

Additional enhancements include the Java Blue Cafe, a bona fide coffee shop open from early morning till late at night, which serves a selection of pastries and drinks.

A bar on the Carnival Sunrise with red chairs and a television.
A new Heroes Tribute Bar was added during the refit.

The reconfigured promenade offers a more interactive pathway through the Sunrise Casino, with the new Warehouse Arcade and Hereos Tribute Bar that pays homage to the military servicemembers and their families. Hereos replaced the SkyBox Sports Bar, which is one in the same.

A view of a basketball court on a cruise ship.
Aft sports deck on Carnival Sunrise.

Other enhancements around the ship include areas receiving new flooring and a new flooring mat in the water park.

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