In November I had the opportunity to attend a press event for Carnival Cruise Lines in New Orleans. I enjoyed the last event I attended so I jumped at another opportunity to learn more about the new fun ship. The event was an overnight pier side cocktail to commemorate Carnival Sunshine, the largest transformation in Carnival history. The Sunshine can carry 3,002 passengers, will replace the Conquest, which could carry 2,984 passengers. The Sunshine will leave New Orleans in April and head to Port Canaveral, Fla. The even larger Carnival Dream, which can carry 3,646 passengers will replace Carnival Sunshine in New Orleans in 2014.
The ship itself is magnificent! In addition to the 2.0 upgrades that other Carnival ships have recently underwent, the Sunshine endured a $155 Million dollar renovation which is by far the largest in Carnival History. Watering holes like the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a three-deck-high Serenity adults-only retreat, Havana Bar, ShakeSpot, and JavaBlue Café give passengers an opportunity to explore, relax and enjoy their beautiful surroundings.
Carnival Sunshine includes an adventurous water park with themes that include the Speedway Splash, a racing concept and the SplashZone kids’ area. Carnival’s longest waterslide, the Twister, is also featured. My kids will enjoy the 334-feet long. The enclosed slide extends over the edge of the ship, giving riders a thrilling experience and an adventurous glimpse of the ocean as they zip towards the bottom of the slide. The fun ship has definitely taken family adventure to the next level!
Pool-side is where the action is! Can you imagine enjoying a hand-crafted burger at celebrity chef, Guy Fieri’s, Guy’s Burger Joint or authentic Mexican offerings at the BlueIguana Cantina (their burritos are fantastic). Dinner venues inside the ship can accommodate those wanting a little more privacy with restaurants like Fahrenheit 555, a classic steakhouse, JiJi’s Asian Kitchen, or Cucina del Capitano, a casual family-style Italian restaurant. I enjoyed the lobster tail and shrimp at our formal press event dinner. The lobster was mouthwatering and service was outstanding! Seriously, our head waiter was hilarious!!
Make sure to stay tuned as I give an inside glimpse into Carnival Sunshine Adventure Water Park & Kids Area. You will be fighting over which parent will take the family to kid’s area daily!
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