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Carnival Sunshine now sailing from New Orleans; great military rates

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Just last month, a Barksdale Leisure Travel Agent had the honor of boarding the Carnival Sunshine for its inauguration in the great city of New Orleans. This magnificent ship began life as Carnival Destiny, a groundbreaking vessel that was the largest cruise ship in the world when she debuted in 1996. Today, Carnival Sunshine is even better, taking fun to new heights of exhilaration and delight. The completely transformed ship underwent a $155 million, 49-day makeover earlier this year that added a variety of innovations, several unique features and 182 new staterooms. It is Carnival’s largest ship ever to be home ported in New Orleans.
When one steps aboard, the impact is awe inspiring. Guests first experience the ship’s grandeur as they enter the atrium area with her high ceilings, glass elevators and grand staircase that exudes luxury. Appropriate, mood setting music plays in the background, and the Atrium bar serves up cold libations to those beginning their Caribbean cruise.
The ship is truly just like “brand new” with offerings including a stunning three-deck, adults only Serenity retreat, with plenty of lounging chairs, and even a waterfall. There are not one, but three slides that includes the longest water slide in the Carnival fleet in the new Waterworks on board water park. There’s something for everyone at Sports Square, an outdoor area that includes a giant chess game, fuseball tables, ping pong, billiards and a new sky challenge course high above the ship.
Carnival Cruise Lines exceeded all expectations with the roll out of the Sunshine. There are several new bars for the adults to enjoy, from a relaxing atmosphere in the Library Bar to the raucous EA Sports Bar. Two poolside bars, the Red Frog Rum Bar and the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar are both fun-themed Island style atmospheres, and at the new Alchemy Bar the mixologists serve unique libations and strong potions; just what the doctor ordered. New entertainment venues include DJ IRIE’s Spin’iversity, Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, and a spectacular casino with all the new slot machines and the most popular table games. Specialty dining choices are abundant and include a new full-service Asian restaurant called Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, Bonsai Sushi, Pizzeria del Capitano, Java Blue Internet Café, and signature dining each evening in either the Sunrise or Sunset dining rooms that boast steaks, lobster, an extensive wine list and delectable desserts. Furthermore, guests can now choose any time dining relieving them of the pressures of a scheduled evening dining time. And when it’s time for the workout to counteract all that delicious food, the Sunshine delivers with a full fitness center, jogging track and yoga and pilates classes. After the work out, when it’s time to relax, it doesn’t get any better than Cloud 9 Spa where you’ll feel rejuvenated after a steam bath, a hot stone massage, a facial or one of the many therapies offered.
Carnival Cruise Lines recently received several Porthole Cruise Magazine Reader’s Choice awards that included Best Value for the money, Best deck to score a tan – Lido deck, Best Mexican Riviera itineraries, Best Cruise Director – John Heald, and Best Onboard Photography. Military discounts for all customers are available. Visit the Barksdale Leisure Travel office at 475 Icarus Road, or call 318-456-1866 and speak to travel agent, Mary Baker about booking a Sunshine Cruise to the Caribbean Sea.

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