Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ship Review
NOTE: After a $155 million refurbishment, Carnival Destiny was renamed Carnival Sunshine when it launched in the summer of 2013.
The 101,353-ton, 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny was the first cruise ship to top 100,000 tons when she debuted in 1996, and ushered in cruising’s modern super-megaship era with her trendsetting three-deck-high showroom, humongous 9,000-square-foot casino, and nine-deck atrium anchored with a lobby bar.
Activities on Carnival Sunshine
The ship’s 18-plus bars and entertainment venues line the busy Promenade Deck and include a sports bar, wine bar, and a piano bar. There’s a rockin’ disco, as well as a more elegant and subdued lounge one deck below for cocktails or a cigar.
Dining on Carnival Sunshine
Sunshine offers a pair of two-deck-high dining rooms with ocean views and a casual two-story indoor-outdoor buffet restaurant serving up all kinds of food, from Asian to deli-style sandwiches, burgers, salad and more. There’s also a sushi bar, 24-hour pizza and café for fancy coffees.
Family Friendly Carnival Destiny
Check out the four pools (one covered by a retractable roof), seven hot tubs and a 214-foot, three-deck-high spiral water slide. The tiered, arena-style decks of the main Lido Deck pool area are good for people watching as well as viewing the giant (and loud) video screen.
The ocean-view gym has more than 30 exercise machines, while the spa offers a full range of treatments – though its décor is pretty drab.
Kids are catered to in the well-stocked 1,300-square-foot indoor-outdoor children’s play center, which has its own pool and is nicely sequestered on a top deck. There’s also a video arcade for kids of all ages and a teen club with a dance floor and soft-drink bar.
Staterooms on Carnival Sunshine
In keeping with Carnival’s focus on “big,” standard outsides measure a roomy 185 to 220 square feet, with the majority of outside cabins sporting balconies and sitting areas. The amenities include robes for use during the cruise and super-comfy mattresses and bedding. Only suites have mini fridges.
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