Late in July Travel Agent sailed onboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Sunshine in the Mediterranean, where it will cruise between Barcelona and Venice through October. We got a firsthand look at the ship, the former Carnival Destiny, which just received a $155 million transformation.
New facilities include all the lines’ Fun Ship 2.0 dining, bar and entertainment updates, so guests can now chow down at Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina and RedFrog Pub, or enjoy “Hasbro, The Game Show” or the “Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez.” One new alternative dining venue is the full-service Ji Ji Asian Kitchen. The renovation also added 182 new staterooms. Other highlights include:
Cloud 9 Spa: This new spa echoes the feeling guests get onboard Carnival Breeze. Soft tones, soothing spaces and unusual treatments await. The new thermal suite features a Tepidarium with tiled loungers facing the ocean.
|Adults-only Serenity area|
Serenity: The ship has the largest Serenity complex at sea. Designed strictly for adults, this three-deck enclave of relaxation spaces has a waterfall that descends from the whirlpool on the top deck into the pool two decks below. Lounge chairs, covered loungers, tables with umbrellas and an outdoor, covered bar provide plenty of space for cruisers to spread out.
SportSquare: Frequent cruisers may recall that Carnival Destiny had a mini-golf course and a track. Now those features are not only updated but the entire area has been expanded and transformed into a more robust open-air recreation complex that includes a ropes course, basketball court, shuffleboard, ping-pong, foosball and billiards, as well as a hot dog cart.
WaterWorks: The Carnival fleet’s longest slide ever, totaling 334 feet, is found on Carnival Sunshine.
EA Sports Bar: Located within the atrium, the new EA Sports Bar has black and red decor, four massive video screens behind the bar, and other screens around the venue. Real-time sports scores are provided via a tickertape and the colorful bar is adjacent to the casino.
|Cloud 9 Spa|