All about the Carnival Sunshine
The Carnival Sunshine was built in 2013. It's considered a medium size ship. Coming in at 893 ft long and 125 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.5 football fields, as wide as 2.4 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 13-story building. The Sunshine was previously known as the Destiny from 1996 - 2013, but was renamed after it went through huge rennovations.
The Sunshine can hold 3,002 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Sunshine has a space ratio of 34. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average.
|Passengers (double occupancy)||3,002|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||3.3|
|Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)||34|
The Sunshine is one of three Sunshine-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Sunshine-class ships are all previous Carnival ships that have been completely overhauled. They've been upgraded with bigger splash parks, a SportSquare, ropes course, new dining options like Cucina Del Capitano, and more. The Sunshine is very similar to its sister-ships; Sunrise and Radiance, although each ship may have some differences.
Dining Establishments on Carnival Sunshine
Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Sunshine. You have 14 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 7 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 7 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 50% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|Blue Iguana Cantina||Quick serve||Included||Mexican|
|Bonsai Sushi||Sit down||A la cart||Asian|
|Carnival Deli||Quick serve||Included||Deli|
|Cucina Del Capitano||Sit down||Flat fee||Italian|
|Guy's Burger Joint||Quick serve||Included||American|
|JavaBlue Cafe||Quick serve||A la cart||Coffee|
|JiJi Asian Kitchen||Sit down||Flat fee||Asian|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Pizzeria del Capitano||Quick serve||Included||Pizza|
|Seafood Shack||Quick serve||A la cart||Seafood|
|Steakhouse||Sit down||Flat fee||Steakhouse|
|The Chef's Table||Sit down||Flat fee||Foodie|
In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Carnival serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierrna Mist, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.
Pools and Hot Tubs on Carnival Sunshine
Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.
The Carnival Sunshine has a total of 2 pools and 3 hot tubs.
Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 1 of the hot tubs are adults only.
|- Pools - General Access||1|
|- Pools - Adults Only||1|
|- Pools - Exclusive||0|
|Total Hot Tubs||3|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||2|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only||1|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||0|
Carnival Sunshine Features
There are quite a few things to do on the Sunshine. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.
|Adult Only Relaxation Area||Included|
|Arcade||A la cart|
|Casino||A la cart|
|Thermal Suites||Flat fee|
Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.
Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.
Carnival Sunshine Onboard Costs
Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.
Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.
The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|Domestic Beer Price||$7.00|
See drink menus
|Drink Package Price||$59.95|
|Internet Plan||$12 to $17.70 per device per day|
|*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.|
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