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Totally transformed Carnival Sunshine starts year-round cruising from Port Canaveral

Port Canaveral's newest ship, the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, departed on its inaugural voyage from the Space Coast today when it sailed on a special two-day cruise to The Bahamas.

Carnival Sunshine then kicks off a year-round schedule of five- to eight-day voyages visiting spectacular destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida beginning 19 April.

The ship is the first to feature all of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 bar, dining and entertainment innovations which were added during a massive 75-day, $155m makeover that was the most comprehensive in the company’s history.

Carnival Sunshine is the newest arrival to cruise from Port Canaveral

Carnival Sunshine continues the line’s nearly 25-year relationship with Port Canaveral.  Including Carnival Sunshine, along with Carnival Sensation and a third year-round ship launching service next month, Carnival will carry a record 600,000 passengers annually from Port Canaveral - more than any cruise operator.

Carnival’s three Port Canaveral-based ships will be operating 200 three- to eight-day voyages a year visiting 18 tropical destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.

Exciting on-board innovations

Carnival Sunshine offers an entirely new seagoing vacation experience from Port Canaveral, with on-board features and facilities catering to guests of all ages and interests.

These include a tantalising variety of dining options - from casual favourites like Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in partnership with Food Network star Guy Fieri; the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian eatery and Ji Ji Asian Kitchen to Fahrenheit 555, a reservations-only steakhouse serving gourmet cuisine in an intimate and elegant setting.

Guests can also check out the full-service Bonsai Sushi, the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, Lido Marketplace offering an array of international cuisines and only-on-Sunshine choices like ShakeSpot and JavaBlue Cafe.

And while the youngsters are enjoying fun, supervised activities and play areas designed for three age groups, grown-ups can relax and get some “me” time at Serenity, a stunning three-level adults-only retreat featuring its own pool, a waterfall, oversized umbrellas and comfortable chaise lounges.

The Serenity Pool on Carnival Sunshine

Other popular features include the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and Blue Iguana Cantina, along with top-deck attractions such as WaterWorks, featuring a 334-foot-long Twister water slide - the longest in the fleet - and SportSquare, an outdoor recreation area highlighted by a suspended ropes course offering breathtaking views of the sea 150 feet below.

Entertainment offerings include the high-energy Playlist Productions revues; the family-friendly Hasbro, The Game Show, with larger-than-life adaptations of the brand’s popular games; and hilarious performances at the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, a partnership with the popular comedian and TV personality offering dozens of adult-oriented and all-ages comedy shows each voyage.

Port-intensive Caribbean itineraries

Carnival Sunshine will be operating three different five-day eastern Caribbean sailings departing Sundays and featuring calls at Key West, Nassau, and Freeport; Nassau and Grand Turk; or Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport.

Port-intensive seven-day cruises depart Saturdays to the eastern Caribbean and call at Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk, while week-long western Caribbean trips depart Saturdays and call at Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan); and Costa Maya.

Two different eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises depart Fridays or Saturdays, and call at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten; or Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Tortola and St. Maarten. Eight-day southern Caribbean sailings depart Fridays or Saturdays and include Curacao, Aruba and Grand Turk.

Posted on 17th April 2014 at 05:21 pm in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | Carnival Cruise Line |

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