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Carnival Sunshine

  • 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: Europe, Transatlantic, Caribbean
Ordered: 1994
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$409 million
Yard number: Monfalcone 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
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2][3][4]
General characteristics (As built)
Class & type: Destiny-class cruise ship
  • 101,353 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 & type: Destiny-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: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 3,006 passengers
Crew: 1,150
Notes: Renamed Carnival Sunshine after refit.

Carnival Sunshine (formerly Carnival Destiny) is the lead ship of the Destiny-class of cruise ships. Along 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.[5][6]

Upon entering service, Carnival Destiny was the first passenger ship ever built to be over 100,000 tons as measured by gross tonnage. She became Carnival Sunshine on May 5, 2013, after receiving a major renovation featuring all Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.[7] At a ceremony in New Orleans on November 17, 2013, she was rechristened, with Lin Arison once again serving as her godmother.[8][9]


  • History 1
  • Layout 2
  • Itinerary 3
  • References 4
    • Notes 4.1
    • Bibliography 4.2
  • External links 5


Carnival Sunshine docked at Livorno, Italy in 2013

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.[10][11] The ship was renamed due to the size and scope of the renovation, which included almost every guest area on the ship.[10]


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.[12]

Given a multi-million 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.[10][11] The ship was re-launched on 5 May 2013. The refit includes a racing themed waterpark with one of the biggest slides in Carnival's fleet.[13]


As Carnival Destiny, the ship sailed 4- and 5-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami. Her sister ship, Carnival Victory, replaced it in San Juan.[14] In February 2013 Carnival Destiny departed on an 18-day transatlantic cruise departing Miami and arriving in Venice. Once she arrived in Italy, Carnival Destiny underwent the drydock operation and returned to New Orleans in November 2013 for a series of week-long round-trip Caribbean cruises. She subsequently relocated to Port Canaveral in April 2014 for 3- to 8-day Caribbean cruises. From June 10 - June 17, 2016 and from October 23 - November 5, 2016 she will offer a series of cruises from Norfolk, Virginia. From May 21 - June 9, 2016 and November 6 - November 13, 2016 she will offer a series of cruises from Charleston, South Carolina. From June 18 - October 22, 2016 she will offer a series of cruises from New York, New York She will return to Port Canaveral after her series of cruises from these ports.



  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz.  
  2. ^ "World's First 101,000-ton Cruise Ship Detailed" (Press release). Carnival Cruise Lines. 24 November 1996. Archived from the original on 1998-02-07. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ (448228)"Carnival Destiny". Port State Information Exchange.  
  4. ^ a b "Carnival Destiny"Advanced masterdata for the vessel . VesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Carnival Sunshine 2013 Commemorative Inaugural Book. Miami Beach, FL, USA: Onboard Media. 2013. p. 15. 
  6. ^ (9070058)"Carnival Sunshine". Ships In Class.  
  7. ^ Knego, Peter (May 18, 2013). "SUNSHINE debuts".  
  8. ^ Sloan, Gene (November 18, 2013). "Revamped Carnival ship renamed in New Orleans".  
  9. ^ Norton Masek, Theresa (November 19, 2013). "The New and Improved Carnival Sunshine Finally Officially Christened". Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Carnival Destiny to Undergo $155 Million Refit, to Become Carnival Sunshine". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Carnival Sunshine Meets ROI Thresholds". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  12. ^ - Cruise Liner"Carnival Destiny". Ship-Technology. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Carnival Sunshine Cruises | Sunshine Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Lines". 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  14. ^ "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. 


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

External links

  • Official website
  • Carnival Sunshine Photo Gallery
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