Carnival Sunshine – Carnival Cruise Lines

In Service – 2013 to Present
Carnival Sunshine
Type: Cruise Ship GRT: 102853 Length: 893 ft Beam: 116 ft
Speed: 23 knots
Registry: Panama Passengers: 3006 Crew: 1150
Shipyard: Fincantieri


About Carnival Cruise Lines

The Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise company in the world and operates several different brands. The “Carnival Cruise Lines” brand has the largest fleet in the group with 24 vessels. The fleet sails almost exclusively in the seas of North America and the Caribbean. For Carnival Cruise Lines the guest’s experience of the ships is at least as important as the visited destinations.

The Ship

The Carnival Sunshine entered service in November 1996 as the “Carnival Destiny”. After a major renovation in 2013 and upgrade to Carnival’s “Fun Ship 2.0” standard it was renamed “Carnival Sunshine”. It is a “Destiny Class” ship, but has one deck less than its sisters “Triumph” and “Victory”. It has a length of about 272 meters, accommodating up to 3,002 passengers and being the first cruise ship ever built with a gross tonnage of more than 100,000.

Atmosphere on board

Carnival Cruise Lines calls their vessels “fun ships” and yes: it is very difficult not to be entertained on board. But this does not mean that passengers will feel disturbed by wildly partying people all day. There is enough room to relax and enjoy some quietness. The dress-code reflects this concept: casual attire is perfect for almost any situation. Only for dinner in the main restaurants a more elegant style is recommended. There are even one or two festive evenings, where evening dress is required, but you may easily escape this when not dining in the à la carte restaurants. Though guests come from all over the world, usually most people on board are US citizens.


The design of all staterooms is modern and comfortable. You will find all amenities you would expect from a good hotel room. With about 17 m² all staterooms are very spacious. If you prefer even more private space the Premium Balcony staterooms provide about 25.5 m², the Grand Suites almost 32 m² and the two Captains Suite even 46 m² plus a 14 m² balcony.

Food and Beverages

Explore the world’s different cuisines in the numerous restaurants or enjoy the daily multi-course dinners in the main à la card restaurants. Here you may choose between early, late and open seating. If you prefer it more casually how about a pizza or a burger? Of course you might also try out the 24/7 room-service. Carnival Cruise Lines caters for every taste.

Entertainment, Sports and Relaxation

As Carnival Cruise Lines calls them “fun ships” you can be sure that you will be entertained very well. Las Vegas style shows in the grand show lounge, thrilling games in the casino, freshly mixed cocktails in one of the lounges, your talent shown in the Karaoke bar or on the dancefloor to live music – Expect it all and get it all.


Of course the Carnival Sunshine also offers many ways to relax, such as the spa area where a wide choice of treatments is offered. For those who feel the urge to move the fitness area and sporting facilities are great choices.