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Refit review: Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Triumph will undergo a major refurbishment in drydock to become Carnival Sunrise.

The totally transformed cruise ship will feature enhancements to all state rooms and public areas, as well as all of Carnival’s popular branded food, beverage and entertainment innovations.

The bow-to-stern makeover will take place during March and April in 2019 in Cadiz, Spain, and will see Triumph join Carnival’s Sunshine Class.


Carnival Sunrise will feature a host of new outdoor deck areas.

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The Sunshine Class was born in 2013 when Carnival Destiny was refurbished and relaunched as Carnival Sunshine.

Following a renaming ceremony, Carnival Sunrise will re-enter service with a series of five- to seven-day cruises from Norfolk, Va., beginning April 29, 2019, a summer schedule of four- to 14-day departures from New York commencing May 23, 2019, then move to Fort Lauderdale in October.

“The introduction of Carnival Sunrise will provide our guests with an array of exciting dining, bar and entertainment choices,” says Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The new Carnival Sunrise is part of our multi-billion-dollar ship enhancement program that is transforming our fleet on an unprecedented scale.”

Carnival Sunrise stateroom enhancements

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.


Carnival Sunrise will feature new Captain’s Suites, such as those aboard Carnival Breeze (pictured).

All of the ship’s staterooms will be updated to offer island-inspired interiors with bright colours and soothing pastels inspired by the line’s Caribbean itineraries.

Carnival Sunrise dining enhancements


Carnival Sunrise main dining room.

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When Carnival Triumph is relaunched as Carnival Sunrise in 2019, she’ll feature all of Carnival Cruise Line’s popular branded dining options, such as:


Cucina del Capitano: offering delicious Italian favourites 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 favourites, as well as ‘spiked’ coffees made with liqueurs, and decadent confections.

Farenheit 555-Carnival-Sunrise

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.

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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 favourites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri.


Lido Marketplace: A casual poolside eatery boasting favourites 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.

Carnival Sunrise bar and nightclub enhancements


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

Piano Bar 88

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.

New Multi-Purpose Liquid Lounge

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

Carnival Sunrise outdoor spaces enhancements



Carnival Sunrise will feature a new WaterWorks area

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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.


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.

Serenity Adult Only Retreat

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

Carnival Sunrise’s enhanced Cloud 9 Spa

Designed as the ultimate refuge for rest and relaxation, the Cloud 9 health and wellness centre offers an elaborate thermal suite, private treatment rooms, and the latest cardio and weight-training equipment.

Kids and teens spaces aboard new Carnival Sunrise

Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean will be expanded and redesigned aboard Carnival Sunrise

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Modern, spacious facilities for kids and teens will debut aboard the relaunched Carnival Sunrise, including a new Camp Ocean, a colourful marine-inspired play area designed for kids ages 2-11, along with new spaces for Circle “C” aimed at 12- to 14-year olds and Club O2 geared to those 15-17.


Club O2 geared to those 15-17, and Circle “C” aimed at 12- to 14-year olds.

There will also be a new Warehouse, which is arcade concept that Carnival promises will provide fun for all ages with a variety of the latest video and arcade games.

New retail areas aboard Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Sunrise will get a new mall-style shopping area lined with retail outlets offering fine jewellery, watches, fragrances, and more along with the line’s own branded spaces like Hip Fish and The Carnival Store.

“These new dining spaces and features complement many of Carnival’s signature food and beverage outlets that were added during previous renovations, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Guy Fieri,” said Gus Antorcha, Carnival’s chief operating officer, who has led the reimagination of Carnival Sunrise and many other ships in the fleet.

“Carnival’s investments are part of an overall plan that is raising the bar on ship amenities and features, itineraries and offshore excursions that our guests are loving,” he added.


Carnival Sunrise’s cruises from Norfolk, New York and Fort Lauderdale

Carnival Sunrise’s inaugural schedule from Norfolk kicks off with a seven-day cruise departing the Half Moone Cruise Centre visiting Grand Turk, the private island of Half Moon Cay and Freeport departing April 29, 2019.

A pair of five-day cruises depart May 12 and 17, 2019 calling at Nassau and Freeport and three six-day cruises departing May 6, and Oct. 14 and 20, 2019, visiting Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport.

The ship will then reposition to New York for a series of four- to 14-day voyages beginning May 23, 2019.

The program includes four- to eight-day Bermuda cruises, including long weekend sailings to the island departing Thursdays and returning Mondays, along with seven-day fall foliage cruises to New England and the Canadian Maritimes, and two different eight-day Caribbean itineraries with stops at the region’s top destinations.

Several longer voyages will also be offered, including a 10-day exotic eastern Caribbean itinerary and a 14-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal cruise highlighted by local dining and entertainment experiences and unique shipboard enrichment activities.

Carnival Sunrise will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for four- and five-day cruises beginning Oct. 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.

Carnival Sunrise’s departures from Norfolk, New York and Fort Lauderdale are currently open for reservations.

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