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Carnival Cruise Ship Departs Dry Dock with New Name and Upgrades

Carnival Cruise Line has given one of their cruise ships a $200 million upgrade that includes a new name for the vessel.

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For the past two months, Carnival Triumph has been in dry dock in Cadiz, Spain receiving a radical makeover. The cruise ship has emerged from dry dock as Carnival Sunrise and is on her way back to the United States.

Carnival Sunrise enhancements include the redesign of two luxurious Captain’s Suites adjacent to the navigational bridge offering floor-to-ceiling windows and extended balcony grand suites. All of the cruise ship’s staterooms have been updated to offer island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels inspired by the cruise line’s Caribbean itineraries.

Carnival Cruise Line posted a photo on their Facebook page of Carnival Sunrise leaving Spain.

New features that Carnival Cruise Line said they were adding to the cruise ship include the following:

New Outdoor Areas

SportSquare: A suspended ropes course offering heart-racing views to the sea 150 feet below, basketball court, jogging track, ping pong, foosball, pool tables, and a nine-hole miniature golf course highlight this open-area recreation complex.

WaterWorks: Featuring a 203-foot-long AquaTunnel slide and Carnival’s signature 212-foot-long Twister slide along with a 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and kiddie area.

Serenity Adult Only Retreat: An adult only oasis offering plush chaise lounges, whirlpools and oversized umbrellas, enhanced by dramatic sea views.

View Prices on Cruises on Carnival Sunrise (Cruises from $239)

Food and Restaurants

Cucina del Capitano: offering delicious Italian favorites and new Carnival classics served family-style in an engaging atmosphere reminiscent of a cozy Italian home.

JavaBlue Café: this expanded version of the line’s popular coffee bars will offer lattes, cappuccinos and other caffeinated favorites, as well as “spiked” coffees made with liqueurs, and decadent confections.

Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse: a classic American steakhouse offering mouth-watering steaks, gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts, with impeccable service and understated ambiance.

Bonsai Express: the success of the full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurants has spawned this casual spot, featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more.

The Chef’s Table: a new multi-course dining experience hosted in a special glass-enclosed venue in the forward dining room.

Cherry on Top: The “sweetest spot on board,” an expanded Cherry on Top features bulk candy, fanciful gifts, custom apparel and a Carnival Adventures shop.

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse: a casual open-air eatery featuring “real deal” BBQ favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri.

Lido Marketplace: A casual poolside eatery boasting favorites like Seafood Shack offering lobster rolls and other New England-inspired fare; The Deli with sandwiches and paninis; Pizzeria del Capitano serving hand-tossed artisanal-style pies free of charge 24/7, and an expanded Swirls venue with complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt.

New Bars and Lounges

RedFrog Pub: Featuring the Caribbean’s best rums and beers – including Carnival’s ow ThirstyFrog Red – enjoyed in a distinct British-West-Indies-meets-Key-West atmosphere.

Piano Bar 88: A new twist on Carnival’s popular piano bar concept that amps up the excitement with themed nights, engaging new décor and spontaneous sing-along fun.

Limelight Lounge: Home to the Punchliner Comedy Club featuring a hilarious line-up of comics which later transforms into a sizzling night club where guests can dance the night away.

New Multi-Purpose Liquid Lounge: an expansive theater that’s home to captivating daytime and nighttime entertainment, including the line’s high-tech Playlist Productions revues and audience participation favorite Hasbro, The Game Show.

View Prices on Cruises on Carnival Sunrise

After several months of cruises out of Norfolk and New York, the cruise ship will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for four- and five-day cruises beginning October 28, 2019. Four-day long weekend cruises will call at tropical ports like Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Grand Turk and Nassau, while five-day cruises will visit Cuba, as well as seaside destinations in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Grand Turk.

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  1. Sounds like the same way they destroyed Carnival Destiny to change it into Sunshine. :-((
    I presume they also destroyed the wonderful (and free) big saunas and steamrooms too, to replace them with the stupid and pay-to-use “thermal suite”?
    So which ships of the Destiny/Triumph class are left, if any?
    Do any of them still have the original piano bar, with the mosaics, and original disco with the hundreds of video screens? And the magrodome over the aft pool? And the two-deck high forward domed dining room? And the three-deck-high main theatre with the orchestra pit, big chandelier, and good big production shows? And I can’t fathom how they can talk about a “Serenity” adult pool/sun area which is immediately forward of (and not acoustically isolated from) the main pool with all the screaming unruly kids. :-((((( I’ve sailed on Carnival 11 times, and am scheduled to try again on the transatlantic on the new Mardi Gras, but have been VERY disappointed by what I’ve been seeing them do to the ships I *used* to love. :-((

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