More than a little ray of Sunshine unveiled for Carnival

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced additional features aboard Carnival Sunshine in the biggest ship makeover the line has ever seen.

Entering a 49-day dry dock in Italy next year, the makeover will cost the line USD$155 million dollars and will see the ship will re-enter service in April 2013 sailing on an inaugural season of Mediterranean itineraries.

A 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing will take Carnival Sunshine from Barcelona to New Orleans where she will be based year-round sailing on seven-day Caribbean itineraries.

New features unveiled include;

Havana Bar

Located within the ‘Lido Marketplace’ aft, the ‘Havana Bar’ will be a casual bar by day offering Cuban coffee and delicacies including; pastelitos and croquetas.

By night, the bar will transform into a Cuban-inspired courtyard complete with live music and themed cocktails.

The interior will feature palm trees, elegant archways and vibrant tile work, along with floor-to-ceiling windows.


The all-new racing-themed WaterWorks will offer five different waterslides and 40 different interactive water features including a 300-gallon drenching bucket in the SplashZone children’s area.

Carnival’s newest slides, the ‘Speedway Splash’, will give passengers the opportunity to race down dual side-by-side 71.6 metre (235 feet) slides with racers’ times displayed on a scoreboard and special effects adding to the experience.

The fully enclosed ‘Twister’ waterslide will be the line’s longest at 101.8 metres (334 feet) and will feature a clear section that extends over the side of the ship.

Asian Restaurant

A full-service Asian restaurant will feature an open kitchen offering delicacies including; soups, appetisers, noodles, rice dishes, seafood and meat dishes.

Complimentary at lunch, passengers will incur a USD$12 per person charge for dinner.

Shake Spot

A relaxed milkshake bar, the ‘Shake Spot’ will offer hand-crafted milkshakes, floats, tropical fruit shakes and “adult” shakes and floats made with liqueurs including Grand Marnier and Cointreau.

The island-inspired venue will also offer an all-inclusive ‘Shake Lover’s Package’.

JavaBlue Cafe

Offering an array of coffee and sweets including; extra-large cinnamon buns, giant cupcakes and red velvet cake all designed for sharing, the ‘JavaBlue Cafe’ will be located adjacent to the ‘Shake Spot’ on Promenade Deck.

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Words: Natalie Aroyan