Carnival Sunshine

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Carnival Sunshine docked at Livorno, Italy in 2013
Career Panama
Name: Carnival Destiny (24 November 1996 – 4 May 2013)
Carnival Sunshine (5 May 2013-present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry:  Bahamas
 Panama 2001 May 24
Route: Europe, Transatlantic, Caribbean
Ordered: 1994
Builder: Fincantieri, Italy
Cost: US$409 million
Yard number: Monfalcone 5941
Launched: 15 November 1995 as Carnival Destiny
5 May 2013 as Carnival Sunshine
Maiden voyage: 24 November 1996 as Carnival Destiny
5 May 2013 as Carnival Sunshine
Renamed: Carnival Sunshine
Refit: 2008, 2013
Identification: Call sign: C6FN4
IMO number: 9070058
MMSI number: 308017000
Status: In service
Notes: [1][2][3][4]
General characteristics (As built)
Class and type: Destiny-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 101,353 GT
73,081 NT
11.142 DWT
Length: 272.2 m (893 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116 ft)
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Decks: 12
Deck clearance: 2,920 mm (115 in)
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 2,642 passengers
Crew: 1,150
Notes: [1][4]
General characteristics (After 2013 Refit)
Class and type: Destiny-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 102,853 GT
Length: 272.2 m (893 ft)
Beam: 35.5 m (116 ft)
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Decks: 13
Deck clearance: 2,920 mm (115 in)
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)
Capacity: 3,006 passengers
Crew: 1,150
Notes: Renamed Carnival Sunshine after refit.

Carnival Sunshine is a cruise ship owned and operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, originally built as the Carnival Destiny. Upon entering service in 1996, she was the first passenger ship ever built to be over 100,000 tons as measured by gross tonnage. The ship was renamed in 2013 after receiving a major renovation featuring all Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.


Carnival Destiny went into dry dock in Trieste, Italy in 2013 to be refitted and renamed Carnival Sunshine. The refitting, which was completed in May 2013, had been delayed a month to allow for new back-up generator systems to be installed after Carnival announced the first part of its fleet-wide review. Two of Carnival Sunshine '​s European sailings were cancelled to allow time for the generators to be installed.[5][6] The ship was renamed due to the size and scope of the renovation, which included almost every guest area on the ship.[5]


The propulsion system consists of six thruster units, three forward and three aft, each with variable-pitch propellers and 1760-kW motors. The electricity for the motors is provided by diesel generators.[7]

Given a multi-million dollar refurbishment in 2005, Carnival Destiny featured three pools, a variety of dining options, lounges, nightclubs, a casino, duty-free shopping and a spa. Carnival Destiny received more upgrades in 2010, including a movie screen on the Lido deck and cabin renovations.

On 6 March 2012, Carnival announced that Destiny would undergo a US$155-million dollar refit, and re-christening of the ship as Carnival Sunshine, constituting the most major refit Carnival has ever attempted.[5][6] The ship was re-launched on 5 May 2013. The refit includes a racing themed waterpark with five of the biggest slides in Carnival's fleet.[8]


As Carnival Destiny, the ship sailed 4- and 5-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Miami. Her sister ship, Carnival Victory, replaced it in San Juan.[9] In February 2013 Carnival Destiny departed on an 18-day transatlantic cruise departing Miami and arriving in Venice. Once she arrived in Italy, Carnival Destiny underwent the drydock operation and returned to New Orleans in November 2013 for a series of week-long round-trip Caribbean cruises. She subsequently relocated to Port Canaveral in April 2014 for 3- to 8-day Caribbean cruises.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Ward, Douglas (2005). Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. ISBN 981-246-510-3. 
  2. ^ "World's First 101,000-ton Cruise Ship Detailed" (Press release). Carnival Cruise Lines. 24 November 1996. Archived from the original on 1998-02-07. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Carnival Destiny (448228)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard.
  4. ^ a b "Advanced masterdata for the vessel Carnival Destiny". VesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Carnival Destiny to Undergo $155 Million Refit, to Become Carnival Sunshine". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Carnival Sunshine Meets ROI Thresholds". Cruise Industry News. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Carnival Destiny - Cruise Liner". Ship-Technology. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Carnival Sunshine Cruises | Sunshine Cruise Ship | Carnival Cruise Lines". 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Carnival Destiny To Operate New Six-Port Caribbean Cruise Program From San Juan In March 2008" (Press release). Carnival Cruise Lines. 13 November 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 

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