Carnival Sunrise is kicking off an inaugural season of four- to 14-day voyages that visit destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, the Panama Canal, New England and Canada with the first four cruises from Norfolk. Following a $200 million renovation that added food, beverage and entertainment innovations as well as stateroom upgrades, the cruise ship is scheduled to sail from New York through mid-October, beginning May 23.
An invitation-only naming ceremony is also set to be held onboard prior to the May 23 departure. Attendees include Kelly Arison, daughter of Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine, serving as the ship’s godmother.
The cruise ship's renovation is part of a fleet-wide, $2 billion ship enhancement program. Following the project, the ship now includes a number of new poolside venues and specialty restaurants, including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and partner Guy Fieri. The enhancement project also added a new water park with slides and a kiddie splash zone, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and a SportSquare recreation area with a ropes course and mini golf. Additionally, two Captain’s Suites were redesigned, and updates to all staterooms were made.
Carnival Sunrise will return to Norfolk in October for two six-day cruises then re-position to Fort Lauderdale for four- and five-day cruises beginning October 28.