Carnival Cruises’ CARNIVAL DESTINY will undergo a dramatic transformation during a USD $155 million refit in early 2013.

CARNIVAL DESTINY at Miami, photo © Peter Knego 2011

CARNIVAL DESTINY will be renamed CARNIVAL SUNSHINE and operate Mediterranean itineraries from April to October 2013 before homeporting in New Orleans.

The major refit will incorporate all of Carnival’s “Fun Ship 2.0” dining, bar and entertainment features as well as a variety of exciting innovations unique to CARNIVAL SUNSHINE. Along with her layout being reconfigured, a partial deck will be added plus two other decks in the forward section of the ship will be expanded.

The refit work will also see the addition of 182 cabins by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri during the 49-day dry dock, which will take place from February to April 2013. Following the renovation, CARNIVAL SUNSHINE will embark on a schedule of 9 and 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona and Venice from April to October 2013, then launch year-round seven-day Caribbean departures from New Orleans beginning November 2013.

“This is our most ambitious ship conversion project to date and it will radically transform the CARNIVAL DESTINY into essentially an entirely new ship offering a variety of exciting dining and beverage choices, spectacular outdoor spaces and entertainment options, and on-board innovations not available anywhere else,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival President and CEO.

From a Carnival Press release: “Here’s a look at some of Carnival Sunshine’s many features: Wide-Ranging On-Board Dining Choices Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries in an atmosphere that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.”

“BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas that can be personalized with a variety of salsas and toppings.

Fahrenheit 555, a classic American steakhouse offering mouth-watering steaks and gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts, all enhanced by understated ambiance and impeccable service (venue will carry a surcharge consistent with other steakhouses in the Carnival fleet).

Cucina del Capitano – or “The Captain’s Kitchen” – with Italian favorites and new Carnival classics served family-style in a fun and engaging atmosphere reminiscent of a cozy Italian home (during the day, the venue will serve as a free casual lunch-time pasta bar with a nominal charge for dinner).

A stunning new full-service Asian restaurant inspired by the line’s popular Mongolian wok casual eateries that will feature an extensive menu of delicious favorites from the Far East, along with a striking Asian-themed décor.

An expansive casual poolside eatery, Lido Marketplace, offering a seemingly endless array of delectable favorites from around the world, from paninis and pizza to a deli offering piled-high sandwiches and just about everything in between.

A new casual dining option, “The Comfort Kitchen,” located within the Lido Marketplace and offering a tempting array of American-style “comfort food” entrees and side dishes.

Completely renovated main dining rooms that will offer extensive menus and wine lists, with a tantalizing selection of salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts nightly, including Carnival’s legendary chocolate melting cake.

A newly designed coffee bar, serving a wide range of sweet and frothy concoctions such as cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and other caffeinated favorites, along with delicious pastries and other decadent confections.”

Three different week-long itineraries will be offered – a western Caribbean route to Belize City, Belize; Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, and Cozumel, Mexico; a Bahamas/Florida schedule to Key West, Fla., and Freeport and Nassau, The Bahamas; and western Caribbean departures to Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel. CARNIVAL SUNSHINE will replace CARNIVAL CONQUEST, which is currently based in New Orleans.


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