For kids & young at heart. Smiling crew, value prices. This is the former Carnival Destiny until "the most expensive ship upgrade ever" to bring FunShip 2.0 aboard
Best For People Who Want
FunShip 2.0 amenities, the new post-Farcus decor, water slides and "Fun Zone" EA Sportsbar, Family facilities
Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer
Upscale, quiet, destination-oriented ships that are quiet at night and do not cater to children
The Sunshine makeover replaces large public rooms that only get used sporadically with public areas that can feature food, fun and entertainment all day long. The ship will have all of the FunShip 2.0 experiences; Guy's Burgers, RedFrog Pub, Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, EA Sports, etc.
The ship has ungraded stateroom decor, and also received 168 additional staterooms making it more crowded than before, although not necessarily too crowded.
The original Carnival Destiny was a game-changing ship when it was introduced in 1996. It was the first cruise ship ever put into service to break the 100,000-tons mark. For a very short period of time that made it the largest cruise ship in the world.
That ship was a favorite for its very eclectic design by Joe farcus, especially in the jazz bar called "The Downbeat Bar" where the barstools were shaped like trombones where a person sat on the flare of the horn and tables had clarinets for legs. There was also a piano bar called "Sam's Place" that featured a wall valance wrapping entirely around the room with representational black and white piano keys. Each table in the room had a microphone so people could get up and sing solos along with the featured pianist.
All of those rooms were eliminated and replaced with staterooms. Carnival also made significant investment in mechanical redundancies for hotel services that can run on emergency power and to further improve each ship's fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.
The huge ground-breaking discotheque nightclub was taken out (the same style can still be seen on other ships from this class, however) and replaced with an "Ocean Plaza and Alchemy Bar with a dance floor. This is to change the concepts of rooms being for "daytime" or "buighttime" use into "transitional spaces" that work either during the day or night.
The new decor is lighter and more conventional than Destiny. Blue and beige replace the red and bvlue theme colors througout the ship. The atrium has less glitter and a tasteful new sculture-like mobile to fill the air space.
The "Alchemy Bar" inside of a new "Ocean Plaza" replaces the former disco, Jazz Bar and piano bar. The idea is to make a piblic area that will be populated day and night.
The area is also light in decorative colors - white and blue. The dining rooms have been remade into "posher" rooms with less glitter and more "opulence."
The onboard experience upgrade brings many of the best features of Carnival's new Funship 2.0 onboard experience to the vessel. These include Guy's Burgers, the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, a Sushi Bar and the Havana bar.
For the kids there will be a new top deck with an extensive water park and ropes course. For the adults there is an all new serenity area featuring two full decks of adult-only access with tropical bars, chaise lounges, hot tubs and a private adult swimming pool.
Several of the entertainment venues are being re-purposed allowing more areas of the ship to be used both day and night, such as the main theater and the inner promenade. This means there will be fewer rooms that go largely empty and unused for most of the day or night, and more paces to have fun 24-hours each day.
Carnival's new big hit, the Red Frog Pub offers a variety of appetizers at a cost of $3.33 for each plate, and features a draft beer that is custom brewed for Carnival Cruise Line. A solo guitarist/singer entertains each evening.
The FunShip 2.0 restaurant selection applies here Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina are included in the cruise fare.
The Fahrenheit 555 classic American steakhouse will feature the finest filets and chops. A $40 surcharge applies.
Shake Spot will serve milkshakes and floats, as well as tropical fruit shakes and "adult" made with Grand Marnier, Cointreau and other liqueurs. All are available with a variety of fun toppings. There's even an all-inclusive “Shake Lover's Package."
Cucina del Capitano is a basic pasta bar; free for lunch and a nominal charge for dinner.
Then there is the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano, an expansion of Cucina del Capitano Italian restaurant that will serve five different thin-crust pies at no cost.
A full-service Asian restaurant based on previous Carnival ships' Mongolian Wok will be free for lunch and $12 per person for dinner. Also all new is the Comfort Kitchen station for American comfort food served "family-style, no charge but reservations recommended.
The buffets have been restyled with "action stations" in the the Lido Marketplace.
There is also a newly designed and vastly expanded coffee bar
The same "fun-filled" service you find on all Carnival ships; singing waiters, etc.
All Carnival cruises have a $10.00 per person per day (excluding children under two years of age) gratuity comprising $5.50 for the Dining Room service, $3.60 for the stateroom steward, and $.90 for the alternative dining rooms. This charge can be either automatically added to the Sail & Sign card or it can be prepaid (prepayment is mandatory on the Cruises-to-Nowhere).
The purser's desk can decrease or increase this amount throughout the cruise. Tip room service, the Maitre d', casino, spa, or other staff as you deem fit. The bar and beverage tabs all include a 15 percent gratuity to the bill - so there is no need to add any tips to drinks.
The Funship 2.0 style of entertainment includes three new shows; The Brits, Divas, and Motown. Each show features the music their names imply. They combine a seven person company with an amazing mix of technology; huge LED screens, which combine filmed segments with animation, and laser technology.
Though there are only 7 people performing, with the technology, at times you think there is a 100 person cast; very impressive and enjoyable shows.
Rather than simply have a an early show, then repeat the performance for a late night show, they are alternating the shows, to enable those who perhaps missed one of the shows to see it at another time, with another new concept - family game shows played in front of an audience based upon the "Hasbro" cable-TV channel with variations on games such as "Chutes and Ladders," "Operation," and "Yahtzee."
The comedians no longer appear in the main theater, but are delegated to a new nightly venue called the George Lopez Punchliner Comedy Club. There are nightly comedy shows alternating two different comedians; one of them doing an early family show, and the other a late night adults only show.
There is a considerable amount of live music performing nightly in the bars and lounges throughout the ship. In most of the venues it is either a solo artist, or duo playing, though a quartet played each evening in the Ocean Plaza.
The new decor in the staterooms features beige and blue (replacing red and blue) - they are the same size but the may feel more "open." In fact, additional storage space has been addded as well as "American" electric sockets.
The cabins come standard with a color TV that includes Skynews, Fox News, CNN, and movies. There is plentiful storage space, with three closets and a several drawers. Cabins for those of special needs are available. Room service is complimentary.
Be aware that many of the new staterooms on Deck three have been built directly below the main theater which will be featuring fairly loud music until about 11:00 each night.
In addition, many of the new stateroom aft of the Alchemy bar are fairly close to one of the busiest late-night spots on the ship. Pick your cabin location carefully if you are sensitive to noise.
The expected Steiners Spa - made much larger than the original one on Destiny.
The gym is full of treadmills, stationary bikes, stair-masters, rowing and hydraulic weight machines, and of course free weights. The strategically placed equipment allows you to enjoy the lovely panoramic views offered by the floor-to-ceiling windows. For runners, a lap on the jogging deck, which surrounds the smokestack, is equivalent to 1/14 of a mile.
The same as on other Carnival Ships:
Dress on Carnival has become decidedly more casual. Formal nights are now tagged as Elegant Nights, where slacks and a shirt for men is deemed sufficient. Perhaps because ours was a European cruise, many more people did wear tuxedos/suits or long gowns than I expected.
On casual nights, dress or Bermuda shorts are permissible attire in the dining rooms.
In the alternate restaurants with a surcharge cruise casual is the rule every evening, meaning no shorts.
Carnival cruisers tend to be outgoing, friendly and spontaneous. As former president Bob Dickinson once saud, "We appeal to everyone, except curmudgeons."