Carnival Destiny transforms to Carnival Sunshine, biggest refurb yet

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Carnival Destiny. (photo:CCL)

Carnival Cruise Lines announced on Tuesday morning that Carnival Destiny will undergo a 49-day $155-million dollar refit in April 2013, a refit so dramatic that it’ll change the ships name from Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine.

Along with adding the lines current Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements, the line will also add even more food, entertainment, staterooms, and shopping venues.

“This is our most ambitious ship conversion project to date and it will radically transform the Carnival Destiny into essentially an entirely new ship offering a variety of exciting dining and beverage choices, spectacular outdoor spaces and entertainment options, and on-board innovations not available anywhere else,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

So what’s being added?


  • BlueIguana Cantina, poolside Mexican venue
  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • Fahrenheit 555, a steakhouse
  • Cucina del Capitano, Italian venue
  • Asian dining venue
  • Poolside Lido
  • Comfort Marketplace, a comfort food addition to the Lido Marketplace

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    Depiction of Adults-only Serenity area aboard new Carnival Sunshine. (photo: CCL)

Outside and Entertainment

  • The first three-deck Adults Only Serenity area
  • SportsSquare
  • Waterworks
  • Seaside Theater
  • Punchliner Comedy Brunch
  • Hasbro, the Game Show.
  • Newly designed Camp Carnival

Carnival will also add the popular Ocean Plaza on Carnival Sunshine along with adding 182 new staterooms.

Carnival Sunshine will launch its year-round seven-day cruise schedule from New Orleans on Nov. 24, 2013, offering three-different week-long Caribbean itineraries. Carnival Sunshine will replace Carnival Conquest in New Orleans, whose new home hasn’t been announced yet.

What do people think of Fun Ship 2.0 so far? Hear passenger reviews on Carnival Liberty, the first ship to roll out with all the enhancements.

Source: CCL

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