The Carnival Sunshine, which has been sailing out of New Orleans, is headed to Port Canveral in Florida. It will kick things off with a two day cruise on April 17, the switch to a rotation of five, seven, and eight day cruises to the Bahamas and all over the Caribbean.
Normally, it wouldn't be big news to get another ship. After all, Carnival is an institution at Port Canaveral. What makes this change special is that the ship was once the Carnival Destiny before a multi-million dollar make-over that transformed it into almost a brand new ship.
It will take a pretty impressive vessel to compete with the spanking new ships that sail out of the port, like the Disney Fantasy. Of course, Disney Cruise Line did its own recent make-over to its original ship, the Disney Magic. The Destiny was only one year older when it was gutted to transform it into a modern playground capable of attracting Central Florida cruisers.
Of course, this is a big family market, and the Carnival Sunshine rehab prepared the ship to appeal to both adults and kids. There's an opulent adult pool area and spa, but kids will love the WaterWorks area with its huge water slide, nine hole miniature golf course, and suspended ropes course. All ages will be drawn to Guy’s Burger Joint and the milkshake bar, and there are three specialty restaurants for those who want something out of the ordinary. JiJi Asian Kitchen, Cucina del Capitano, and Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse cost a little extra, but they're well worth it.
Those are just a few of the exciting on board options that should make the Sunshine stand out when she arrives at Port Canaveral. If you'd like to learn more about this new ship and get full details on on board activities, dining options, shows, and staterooms, follow my whirlwind two day trip to Freeport from April 17 to 20. I'll be posting daily reports with photos, as well as a full summary and review at the end.
Check out the list below to see the six things I'm most excited about as I get ready to embark on my cruise. You can start reading my trip report here.
Guy's Burger Joint
I know it sounds a little silly to be excited about a burger, but I'm a sucker for celebrity chefs. Guy's Burger Joint, as in Guy Fieri, looks like a wonderful alternative to generic burgers for lunch.
Cloud 9 Spa
Yes, I'm a total sucker for a spa. See those tile loungers with the gorgeous ocean view? I'll bet they're heated, and I can't think of a better spot to settle in and spend some down time with a good book.
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen
With three specialty restaurants on board the Sunshine, it's hard to pick just one to be excited about it. However, I love Asian food, so the concept of Ji Ji Asian Kitchen looks so fresh and delicious that I just have to try it out.
Yes, water slides are for kids, but WaterWorks looks like it packs a great punch for adults too. There's nothing more fun that playing in the water on board with the ocean all around you.
Once upon a time, Disney Cruise Line had comedy clubs on the Magic and Wonder. That was so long ago that most people barely remember it, but I still miss it. That's why I love the fact that Carnival has a Punchliner Comedy Club on the Sunshine. There's nothing like a good evening comedy show to cap your night.