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Carnival Cruise Line’s Recently Renamed Ship Spends First Week in the Caribbean

After one of Carnival Cruise Line’s largest transformations yet, Carnival Sunrise has spent the past week in the Caribbean on her maiden voyage.

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Carnival Sunrise in Grand Turk earlier this week

The totally transformed Carnival Sunrise (formally Carnival Triumph) embarked on its maiden voyage on Monday, a seven-day cruise from Norfolk, Virginia.

A highlight of the week-long cruise was a day-long visit to tropical Grand Turk where guests enjoyed a variety of exciting landside experiences, from snorkeling and kayaking to, of course, beautiful white-sand beaches.

Carnival Sunrise debuted earlier this week following a $200 million renovation in Cadiz, Spain, that added all of the cruise line’s popular culinary, beverage and entertainment innovations.

The ship will operate a series of voyages from Norfolk’s Decker Half Moone Cruise Center before repositioning to New York for a summer schedule of four-to eight-day cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean.

While in New York, the ship will be officially named with Kelly Arison, daughter of Carnival Corporation & plc Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine, during a special invitation-only ceremony May 23. Following its New York program, Carnival Sunrise will shift to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of Caribbean cruises.

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  1. I was on this sailing. The cruise from hell. Carnival needed to wait at least another week to “finish” the refresh. There was construction debris and dust all over the ship. Carpet fiber all over like it was shedding. ATMs were not working in general or out of money day 2. Could not use sailpass in casino for a few days. Captain said nothing. Did not make one announcement the entire voyage. There was no map channel you could not see our position. The onboard joke was we’ve been kidnapped and would return in 5 years. Housekeeping seemed to be brand new. We asked for new beach towels early morning of the last day. They arrived after dinner that evening. Asked for ice in cabin. Recieved the beer cooler tub full of ice. No cover no tongs. Paid extra for spa cabin the amenities that accompany that cabin,toiletries, spa robe, slippers we were told they were not on board. Spa steam sauna when working has pools of water with sludge floating in it. Dry sauna and salt room had construction debris and dust. I would not recommend this ship.

  2. I booked a cruise on Carnival, and had to cancel because of work, they would no work with me at all on a future cruise ! I was told tuff luck, I am a returning customer for them, but after my experience with them, I don’t think i will be using them again.

  3. My experiences (10 cruises since 2012) have been memorable and would continue to recommend Carnival as an affordable cruise line for all. Food is fantastic especially Guys Burgers, and the Steak House. I encourage you to give Carnival another chance, I love the Glory, the Splendor. JUST DO IT!

  4. Currently on the Sunrise heading back to Norfolk, VA. This ship looks nice but smells of cigarette smoke and sewage everywhere. Public toilets are overflowing with waste. Housekeeping and maintenance are playing catch up. Food lines are backed up every day with no staff for flow control. AC is out on half the ship. Major issues with sound equipment. Internet onboard is crappy and no tv on rainy days. Hopefully they work the kinks out for cruises going forward. Norfolk is terrible at embarkations even for us platinum and diamond guest not took 3 hours to board the ship.

  5. Never been a fan of Carnival due to past experiences, but the new (and “REnewed” ships are giving me a reason to take a second look at this brand.

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