Totally Transformed Carnival Sunshine To Inaugurate Year-Round Service From
Port Canaveral April 17
Following Inaugural Two-Day Cruise Departing This Afternoon, Space Coast's
Newest Ship To Sail Five- to Eight-day Cruises from Central Florida Seaport
MIAMI, April 17, 2014
MIAMI, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Port Canaveral's newest ship, the
totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, will depart on its inaugural voyage
from the Space Coast when it sails on a special two-day cruise to The Bahamas
Carnival Sunshine will then kick off a year-round schedule of five- to
eight-day voyages visiting spectacular destinations throughout the Caribbean,
Bahamas and Florida beginning April 19.
Carnival Sunshine is the first ship to feature all of the line's fantastic Fun
Ship 2.0 bar, dining and entertainment innovations which were added during a
massive 75-day, $155 million makeover that was the most comprehensive in the
Carnival Sunshine continues the line's nearly 25-year relationship with Port
Canaveral while further bolstering its leadership position at the port.
Including Carnival Sunshine, along with Carnival Sensation and a third
year-round ship launching service next month, Carnival will carry a record
600,000 passengers annually from Port Canaveral – more than any cruise
operator. Carnival's three Port Canaveral-based ships will operate 200 three-
to eight-day voyages a year visiting 18 tropical destinations throughout the
Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.
"Not only does Carnival Sunshine bring all of our Fun Ship 2.0 innovations to
the Space Coast, it offers a lineup of cruises featuring the greatest
diversity of destinations and cruise lengths ever offered from Port
Canaveral," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival's president and CEO. "Central Florida
is one of our fastest-growing markets and our continued growth at Port
Canaveral would not be possible without the tremendous support from the
Canaveral Port Authority, numerous community leaders and many highly valued
travel agent partners," he added.
"Port Canaveral is proud to homeport the latest innovative ship from Carnival
Cruise Lines and we look forward to the continuation of this long-time
successful partnership," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "Carnival
Sunshine will provide our community with expanded business opportunities and
more vacation choices for both our residents and visitors."
Exciting On-Board Innovations
Carnival Sunshine offers an entirely new seagoing vacation experience from
Port Canaveral, with on-board features and facilities catering to guests of
all ages and interests.
These include a tantalizing variety of dining options – from casual favorites
like Guy's Burger Joint, developed in partnership with Food Network star Guy
Fieri; the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian eatery and Ji Ji Asian
Kitchen to Fahrenheit 555, a reservations-only steakhouse serving gourmet
cuisine in an intimate and elegant setting. Guests can also check out the
full-service Bonsai Sushi, the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, Lido Marketplace
offering an array of international cuisines and only-on-Sunshine choices like
ShakeSpot and JavaBlue Cafe.
And while the youngsters are enjoying fun, supervised activities and play
areas designed for three age groups, grown-ups can relax and get some "me"
time at Serenity, a stunning three-level adults-only retreat featuring its own
pool, a waterfall, oversized umbrellas and comfortable chaise lounges.
Other popular features include the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana
Tequila Bar and Blue Iguana Cantina, along with top-deck attractions such as
WaterWorks, featuring a 334-foot-long Twister water slide – the longest in the
fleet – and SportSquare, an outdoor recreation area highlighted by a suspended
ropes course offering breathtaking views of the sea 150 feet below.
Entertainment offerings include the high-energy Playlist Productions revues;
the family-friendly Hasbro, The Game Show, with larger-than-life adaptations
of the brand's popular games; and hilarious performances at the Punchliner
Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, a partnership with the popular comedian
and TV personality offering dozens of adult-oriented and all-ages comedy shows
Port-Intensive Caribbean Itineraries
Carnival Sunshine will operate three different five-day eastern Caribbean
sailings departing Sundays and featuring calls at Key West, Nassau, and
Freeport; Nassau and Grand Turk; or Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport.
Port-intensive seven-day cruises depart Saturdays to the eastern Caribbean and
call at Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk, while week-long western
Caribbean trips depart Saturdays and call at Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay
(Isla Roatan); and Costa Maya.
Two different eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises depart Fridays or Saturdays,
and call at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten; or Grand Turk,
St. Thomas, Tortola and St. Maarten. Eight-day southern Caribbean sailings
depart Fridays or Saturdays and include Curacao, Aruba and Grand Turk.
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Lines, contact any travel agent,
call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
Carnival can also be found on:
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival
Journalists also can visit Carnival's media site, www.carnival-news.com or
follow the line's PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR.
About Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is
"The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to
23-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii,
Canada, New England, Bermuda. Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and
Tahiti. The company's 25th ship, the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, is scheduled
to enter service in 2016.
Carnival is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive
alliance also includes Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa
Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment
to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover
their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and
enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit
us at www.worldleadingcruiselines.com.
SOURCE Carnival Cruise Lines
Contact: For Carnival Cruise Lines, Vance Gulliksen, 305-406-5464 (office),
305-496-4680 (cell - day of event); For Port Canaveral, Rosalind Harvey,
321-783-7831, ext. 242 (office), (321) 431-7191 (cell - day of event)
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