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Cruising: Inside the new Carnival Sunshine

Move that bus! The Carnival Destiny is now Carnival Sunshine. She has had a make over and is now equipped with all the funship 2.0 amenities and facilities.

So what does that mean? I’m glad you asked.

Carnival Sunshine ship

These 2 water slides are part of the new Water Works

The biggest roll out is the new Water Works. A water-themed fun park with dual slides, pools and splashing activities. But the new adults-only Serenity decks have everyone talking too – albeit in hushed tones.

Eating and drinking

Carnival Sunshine beach pool

The beach pool and surrounding bars and burger joint

Guy’s Burger Joint is a burger chain in the US that serves superb burgers and even gluten-free buns if your stomach so desires. The Food Network’s Guy Fieri has joined Carnival and now his juicy burgers are enjoyed onboard from noon til 6pm, no charge. Set up by the Beach Pool this is a hanging out place all of its own, kinda like a rustic Caribbean bar.

BlueIguana Tequila Bar is right beside the Iguana Taco Bar which is open from breakfast. Go Mexican and start your day with a breakfast burrito, then pop back for a cheeky visit to the Red Frog Rum Bar which has a live band in the evening. There’s also EA Sports Bar, a Piano Bar and the Alchemy Bar for cocktails dotted in nooks that you must find at least once.

Do you sense a theme here?!

Carnival Sunshine Croatia

Calling at Dubrovnik. Yes there is more than staying on board!

All day dining is a new concept in the huge market place area which has a wide range of cuisines. Alcohol is not free but everything else is, so swipe your onboard card (you don’t carry cash onboard, just book purchases up to your room and settle your bill on the last day) and pour yourself a beer.

There are 2 main dining rooms for those who want a la carte seating and to be waited on. (Yes please). The Cucin Del Capitano Italian restaurant and the new Ji Ji Asian restaurant have a cover charge of $12 per adult (cheaper for kids), and the meal and atmosphere is well worth it.  Also in this area is the Havana Bar which in the evening turns into a Latin-American themed bar with Latino cocktails.

Onboard Activities

Carnival Sunshine serenity deck

The 3-level Serenity deck for chilling and quiet time, far from the hoopla of Water Works

Carnival’s tag line lives up to its name: fun ships. They’re popular with families and groups of friends as even on a sea day there’s plenty to do. In fact you’ll probably need to make specific meeting times and venues as you mightn’t run into each other between the restaurants, bars, pools and other activities hidden in nooks and crannies.

There’s a casino for a cheeky flutter, the Comedy Club in the Limelight Lounge and the Liquid Lounge for showtime, plus day time game shows and the prerequisite game of Bingo. (Yes you can win prizes). And Cloud 9 Spa for some pampering (an extra charge).

There are Mexican and Caribbean themed pool nights which are huge fun. But for some quiet time, the 3-tiered Serenity Deck is adults only. No one under 18 may enter this sacred area with cabanas and hammocks, a whirlpool and its own bar. Bring a book and put your Do Not Disturb shades on.


These are reasonably roomy with excellent storage space. You can get them configured for twin-share to quad-share, inside cabins (no windows), cabins with windows, balcony cabins and suites.

Carnival Sunshine stateroom

A double stateroom on the Sunshine

For the kids

Water slide, Carnival Sunshine

Ready, set, GO!

This is a funship and that means three kids clubs: Camp Carnival (ages 2-11), Circle C (ages 12-14) and Club 02 (for 15-17 year olds to chill out and meet new friends). You’ll find Xbox stations and tons of games, pool tables (work with that wave!), foosball and sports decks with water slides and the new signature product, the Sky Walk.

This new Carnival ship would suit those who are looking for a fun holiday onboard as well as on land visiting some of the world’s most gorgeous cities.


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