Carnival Sunshine

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Carnival Sunshine docked at Livorno, Italy after refit in 2013
  • Carnival Destiny (24 November 1996 – 4 May 2013)
  • Carnival Sunshine (5 May 2013-present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry:
Route: Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean
Ordered: 1994
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
Cost: US$409 million
Yard number: 5941
  • 15 November 1995 as Carnival Destiny
  • 5 May 2013 as Carnival Sunshine
Maiden voyage:
  • 24 November 1996 as Carnival Destiny
  • 5 May 2013 as Carnival Sunshine
Renamed: Carnival Sunshine
Refit: 2008, 2013, 2018
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2][3][4]
General characteristics (As built)
Class and type: Destiny-class cruise ship
  • 102,853 GT
  • 73,081 NT
  • 11.142 DWT
Length: 272.2 m (893 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116 ft)
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Decks: 12
Deck clearance: 2,920 mm (115 in)
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 2,642 passengers
Crew: 1,150
Notes: [1][4]
General characteristics (After 2013 Refit)
Class and type: Sunshine-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 102,853 GT
Length: 272.2 m (893 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116 ft)
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Decks: 13
Deck clearance: 2,920 mm (115 in)
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph) [5]
Capacity: 3,002 passengers
Crew: 1,150
Notes: Renamed Carnival Sunshine after refit.

Carnival Sunshine (formerly Carnival Destiny) is the lead ship of the Sunshine-class of cruise ships. Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will join in April 2019 and April 2020. With two of her four sisters, she is operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Fincantieri at its Monfalcone shipyard in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northern Italy, she was christened as Carnival Destiny in Venice, Italy, in November 1996 by Lin Arison, wife of Ted Arison, the founder of Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Sunshine itinerary is 5-13 day Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral. Starting in May 2019, The ship will be homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. [6][7]

Upon entering service, Carnival Destiny was the first passenger ship ever built to be over 100,000 tons as measured by gross tonnage for a year. She became Carnival Sunshine on 5 May 2013, after receiving a major renovation featuring all Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.[8] At a ceremony in New Orleans on 17 November 2013, she was rechristened, with Lin Arison once again serving as her godmother.[9][10]


Carnival Destiny as it originally appeared in 2007.

Carnival Destiny went into dry dock in Trieste, Italy in 2013 to be refitted and renamed Carnival Sunshine. The refitting, which was completed in May 2013, had been delayed a month to allow for new back-up generator systems to be installed after Carnival announced the first part of its fleet-wide review. Two of Carnival Sunshine's European sailings were cancelled to allow time for the generators to be installed.[11][12] The ship was renamed due to the size and scope of the renovation, which included almost every guest area on the ship.[11]


The propulsion system consists of six thruster units, three forward and three aft, each with variable-pitch propellers and 1760-kW motors. The electricity for the motors is provided by diesel generators.[13]

Given a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2005, Carnival Destiny featured three pools, a variety of dining options, lounges, nightclubs, a casino, duty-free shopping and a spa. Carnival Destiny received more upgrades in 2010, including a movie screen on the Lido deck and cabin renovations.

On 6 March 2012, Carnival announced that Destiny would undergo a US$155-million dollar refit, and re-christening of the ship as Carnival Sunshine, constituting the most major refit Carnival has ever attempted.[11][12] The ship was re-launched on 5 May 2013. The refit included a racing themed waterpark with one of the biggest slides in Carnival's fleet.[14]

Carnival Sunshine is scheduled to undergo another renovation in October 2018.[15]

Areas of operation

Other than an 18 day cruise across the Atlantic to position her for the refit in Italy the ship has always operated from ports in the United States cruising to Caribbean destinations.[16][17]




  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3.
  2. ^ "World's First 101,000-ton Cruise Ship Detailed" (Press release). Carnival Cruise Lines. 24 November 1996. Archived from the original on 7 February 1998. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Carnival Destiny (448228)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard.
  4. ^ a b "Advanced masterdata for the vessel Carnival Destiny". VesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Carnival Sunshine Fact Sheet". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^ Carnival Sunshine 2013 Commemorative Inaugural Book. Miami Beach, FL, USA: Onboard Media. 2013. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Carnival Sunshine (9070058)". Ships In Class. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  8. ^ Knego, Peter (18 May 2013). "SUNSHINE debuts". Maritime Matters. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. ^ Sloan, Gene (18 November 2013). "Revamped Carnival ship renamed in New Orleans". USA Today. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  10. ^ Norton Masek, Theresa (19 November 2013). "The New and Improved Carnival Sunshine Finally Officially Christened". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Carnival Destiny to Undergo $155 Million Refit, to Become Carnival Sunshine". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Carnival Sunshine Meets ROI Thresholds". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Carnival Destiny - Cruise Liner". Ship-Technology. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Carnival Sunshine Cruises | Sunshine Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Lines". 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  15. ^ "Updated Carnival Cruise Line's Cruise Ship Dry Dock Schedule and Upgrades". Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  16. ^ "Carnival Destiny To Operate New Six-Port Caribbean Cruise Program From San Juan In March 2008" (Press release). Carnival Cruise Lines. 13 November 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Carnival Sunshine to Offer Year-Round Cruises from Charleston". Cruise Industry News. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.


  • Saunders, Aaron (2013). Giants of the Seas: The Ships that Transformed Modern Cruising. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848321724.
  • Smith, Peter C. (2010). Cruise Ships: The World's Most Luxurious Vessels. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 9781848842182.

External links

  • Official website
  • Carnival Sunshine Photo Gallery
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