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Carnival Cruise Line

Information about Carnival Sunshine
Year Built
Space Ratio

General Information

The Carnival Sunshine started sailing in 1996. Former names: Carnival Destiny. The Carnival Sunshine is registered in Panama City, Panama. The Carnival Sunshine has 1501 cabins.

You can expect between 3002 to 3753 passengers on a typical sailing. This means that at the higher number (usually peak and holiday sailings) Carnival Sunshine has a space ratio of 27.4. (A space ratio less than 33 means that you may find the ship crowded in areas. A space ratio greater than 39 means that there should be plenty of space for each passenger.) When this ship isn't sailing at capacity the space ratio can be as good as 34.3.

The Carnival Sunshine has 1150 crew members on board. There are 3 passengers for every crew member on board. There are self serve laudromats on this ship.

Sister Ships

The following ships share the same class as this ship. This means the basic design and layout of the ship is the same. For the most part the cabins will be identical among these ships, but may be decorated differently.
1996- Carnival Sunshine
1999- Carnival Sunrise
2000- Carnival Radiance


There are 32 special needs cabins on this ship. These cabins have been modified for accessibility purposes.

13 Decks

There are 13 on this ship. The highest deck number is 14. The number of decks with passenger cabins is 11.

38% Balconies

This is the percent of the staterooms on board have balconies.

Other Information

The abbreviation Carnival uses for this ship is SH.

Formerly Carnival Destiny. In May 2016 drydock routine hotel maintenance, cosmetic enhancements such as new carpeting, tile work and reupholstering in public areas, Sports bar re-branded as SKYBOX Sports Bar.

There are 1501 staterooms on board, with the largest being the Captains Suites. Sunshine also has 89 Cloud 9 Spa cabins and 32 wheelchair-accessible cabins. Activities on board varie from ballroom dancing, classical music concerts, tea time and art auctions to a hairy chest and knobby knees contests, bingo, and karaoke.

There are plenty of dining options on board:

Sunset Restaurant- main dining room, 2 fixed dinner seatings and flexible dining options
Sunrise Restaurant- main dining room, 2 fixed dinner seatings, themed breakfast
Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse- reservations only, upscale steakhouse, extra fee
Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ- complimentary lunch BBQ
Guys Burger Joint- fast food
BlueIguana Cantina- mexican complimentary
Lido Marketplace buffet restaurant- various food stations during the day, bistro in the evening
Cucina del Capitano- Italian, reservations only, complimentary lunch, extra charge for dinner
SeaDogs- complimentary beef hot dogs
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen
Bonsai Sushi Bar

The children and teens will have plenty to do on this ship with Camp Carnival, which is a lounge area with supervised activities; Circle C which has video games, parties, movies, and planned activities; and Club 02 which is a teens lounge that offers karaoke, video games, and themed parties. They can also check out the Aqua Park which has a twister water slide, racing slides, and play area, the 24-hour video arcade, and the sports court and mini golf course.

Adults-only can enjoy the Serenity area sun deck, bar, and lounge as well as the
Spa and Fitness complex which has a sauna, steam room, Thermal suites, and beauty salon.

Nightly entertainment can be found at the Liquid Lounge and Theater which offers daily and nightly shows and activities. The Punchliner Comedy Club is shown at the Limelight Lounge, which also turns into a night club for late nights. Entertainment can also be found at the Ocean Plaza, RedFrog Pub, Sunrise Casino, Piano 88 Bar, Skybox Sports Bar, and the Seaside Theater.

Carnival Sunshine Ship Stats

Item Detail
Year Built 1996
Years Old 27
Tons 102,853
Speed 22.5 knots
Length 892 feet
Beam 125 feet
Total Cabins 1,501
Crew 1,150
Expected Passengers 3,002 to 3,753
Expected Space Ratio 27
Total decks 13
Decks with cabins 11

Carnival Sunshine Features


  • 3 Outdoor Pools swimming
  • 7 Whirlpools (hot tubs)
  • No Rock Climbing Wall
  • No Flow Rider
  • No Ice Rink
  • No Bowling
  • No Zipline
  • Waterslide
  • Water Park
  • Ropes Course
  • Mini Golf golf
  • Sports Court
  • Jogging Track


  • Casino casino
  • No Cigar Lounge
  • No Chapel
  • Video Arcade
  • Show Lounge
  • Hair Salon
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Library library
  • No Bridge Viewing Area
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Teen Lounge
  • No Passenger Promenade
  • No Upper Deck Sea Viewing Lounge
  • Adult Only Outside Lounge Area

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Smoking Policy

  • All staterooms and suite accommodations are entirely smoke-free, including balconies
  • Cigarette and electronic cigarette smoking will only be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas, in the nightclub and in certain areas within the casino and casino bar
  • Cigar and pipe smoking will only be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas.
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  • Carnvial Vista will allow smoking in the casino and casino bar and also on deck 11 port side aft.

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