Carnival Cruise Line is inviting travel advisors to three first-ever ship launch parties aboard Carnival Sunrise. This comes after the cruisers’ nearly $200 million bow-to-stern makeover. The kick-off party is scheduled for Norfolk, Virginia, on May 1, and two more after the ship relocates to New York City, June 10 and 20.
Carnival Sunrise Launch Parties are a means for travel advisors to see what the ship has to offer in person. The half-day events include a presentation of post–dry dock features and amenities, a walkthrough of the new public spaces and redesigned staterooms, a celebratory luncheon in the main dining room and gifts for all participants.
The former Carnival Triumph is being transformed into Carnival Sunrise during a two-month dry dock at Cadiz, Spain. The renovation will add new eateries including Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Cucina del Capitano and the Chef’s Table experience bars and lounges including RedFrog Pub, Piano Bar 88 and Limelight Lounge; new on-deck attractions include SportsSquare, WaterWorks and Serenity adult-only retreat; an expanded Cloud9 Spa; enhanced spaces for kids and teens; and a new mall-style retail space, as well as Carnival-branded stores.
Carnival Sunrise enters service April 29, sailing Caribbean cruises from Norfolk. The ship then repositions to New York in May for a series of Bermuda itineraries, fall foliage cruises to Canada/New England and longer Caribbean voyages before relocating to its homeport of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in October, where it will sail four- and five-day Caribbean cruises.
Carnival Cruise Line recently appointed Kelly Arison—daughter of Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine—as godmother for Carnival Sunrise for an invitation-only naming ceremony at New York’s Manhattan Cruise Passenger Terminal on May 23.
Registration for the Carnival Sunrise Launch Parties is now open at GoCCL.com.