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In the company’s largest single-ship revitalization, Carnival Cruise Lines early next year has expanded and refit the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny. The ship has been renamed the Carnival Sunshine following the renovation.
During a 49-day drydock beginning in 2012 February at a Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, two existing decks has been expanded and a partial deck added to the Destiny, which enable the company to add 182 cabins, more than a dozen Fun Ship 2.0 dining and lounge areas, the adults-only Sanctuary retreat, the Cloud 9 Spa and the SportsSquare outdoor recreation complex.
Entertainment programs rolled out under Fun Ship 2.0 also has been incorporated.
All of the ship’s cabins have been redesigned with a tropical decor, and the new cabins will be added across a range of accommodation categories, from interior to balcony cabins, including 96 new spa cabins.
The Carnival Destiny entered service in 1996 as the world’s largest cruise ship. The 101,353-gross-ton vessel was the first in the Destiny class; after the refit the Destiny, renamed the Sunshine, has capacity for 3,006 passengers.
“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 onboard innovations not available anywhere else,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO.
Following dry dock, the Carnival Sunshine will operate a series of Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona and Venice, starting with a 14-day voyage from Venice April 12, 2013.
Eighteen nine- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises will be offered, either roundtrip from Barcelona or sailing between Barcelona and Venice. Port calls will include Marseilles, France; Monaco; Livorno and Civitavecchia, Italy; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The ship will sail a 16-day transatlantic crossing departing Barcelona Nov. 1, 2013, and arrive in New Orleans Nov. 17, positioning the vessel for its year-round deployment from the Big Easy.
After one six-day cruise from New Orleans Nov. 18 to 24, the Carnival Sunshine will launch year-round seven-day cruises from that port. Three itineraries will be offered: two Western Caribbean routes and one to Florida and the Bahamas.The ship will replace the Carnival Conquest, which is currently based in New Orleans. Details on the Carnival Conquest’s new deployment have not yet been announced.