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Renovated Carnival Cruise Ship Relocates to South Florida

Carnival Cruise Line’s recently renovated Carnival Sunrise arrived in Port Everglades where the cruise ship will being offering four and five day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

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Recently completing a $200 million transformation, Carnival Sunrise can now accommodate 2,984 passengers (based on double-occupancy) with the addition of new suites and staterooms. Other amenities added included an adults-only retreat, an exciting waterslide complex and multiple new dining and entertainment venues. Carnival Sunrise’s transformation is part of a much bigger project, Carnival Cruise Line’s $2 billion fleetwide enhancement program.

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The cruise ship’s inaugural call at Port Everglades was marked with a traditional maritime plaque exchange with port and government officials, as well as a reception and lunch for local dignitaries and travel agents.

New features on Carnival Sunrise include:

Casual F&B options: Poolside venues like Guy’s Burger Joint and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, in collaboration with Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri, BlueIguana Cantina & Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, as well as upgrades to the Lido Marketplace, an expanded ice cream station, the Java Blue coffee bar and 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano.

Specialty dining: The Chef’s Table fine dining experience, the pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, as well as Italian, sushi and seafood options.

Shopping and Personal Care: A Cherry on Top sweet shop, Pixels photo gallery, expanded retail outlets and renovated fitness and spa facilities.

Outdoor Decks and Attractions: A new water park with slides and a kiddie splash zone, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and a SportSquare recreation area with ropes course and mini golf.

Youth & Family Entertainment: Dedicated Camp Ocean, Circle “C” and Club O2 facilities hosting supervised children’s programming for kids 2-17, as well as an arcade.

Theater & Live Entertainment: The Punchliner Comedy Club in the new Limelight Lounge, Playlist Productions shows in the Liquid Lounge, live entertainment, deck parties, onboard programming and the popular sing-along piano bar.

Staterooms and Suites: Two redesigned Captain’s Suites and updates to all staterooms.

The cruise industry is a major contributor to the economic health of Broward County’s tourism-based community, accounting for nearly 6,000 jobs and contributing nearly $2 billion in local economic activity.

Port Everglades’ enviable location in the heart of South Florida and the neighboring Caribbean, makes us one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world, hosting nearly 4 million passengers annually. Guests enjoy the Port’s proximity to three international airports including and rapidly growing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) less than two miles away.

For pre- and post-cruise stays, Port Everglades is a short drive to sweeping beachfronts, a vibrant art scene, world-class restaurants, craft breweries, entertainment, shopping, casinos, and family-friendly activities — including our namesake, the Florida Everglades.

Nine cruise lines, one ferry service and roughly 40 cruise ships sail from Port Everglades including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express (ferry), Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea Cruises. The Port’s wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of itineraries from the Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach area.

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