The Carnival Sunshine conversion is marking its tenth anniversary this month. One of Carnival Cruise Line’s biggest and most ambitious refits ever, the $155 million makeover was carried out during a 49-day drydock that took place from February to April 2013.
During the refurbishment, in addition to a new name, the former Carnival Destiny gained new venues and a reconfigured layout, as well as a new partial deck and the expansion of two other decks within its forward section.
Completed by the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the work also included the complete rebuild of all public areas and the creation of 182 additional staterooms.
Among the new additions were Carnival’s most recent venues and experiences, including the tropical-themed Havana Bar, a three-deck Serenity adults-only solarium, the vintage-themed Alchemy Bar and the Seaside Theater poolside movie scream.
The 2,964-guest ship also received new racing-themed water slides, an open-air recreation complex with ropes course, mini-golf course, jogging track and more, and a new lineup of dining venues including Guy’s Burger Joint, Cucina del Capitano, BlueIguana Cantina and more.
With all of its new features, the Carnival Sunshine debuted in Europe, offering a series of nine- and 12-itineraries in the Mediterranean during the 2013 summer season.
Before the refit, the Carnival Destiny had originally debuted in 1996 as Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ship to date.
The 101,000-ton vessel was also the biggest cruise ship in the world at the time, and the first ever to exceed the mark of 100,000 tons.
Currently based in Charleston, the Sunshine is offering a year-round program of four- to ten-night cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Destinations visited by the ship include Bimini, Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Nassau, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Kitts and more.
In 2025, the vessel is repositioning to Norfolk for a program of six- and eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean.