Carnival Sunshine Ship

Carnival Sunshine

The completely transformed ship underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover earlier this year that added a variety of innovations as part of the Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement initiative along with several unique features and 182 new staterooms. It's our largest ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans.

The ship is truly just like "brand new" with offerings including a stunning three-level Serenity adults-only retreat, the longest water slide in the Carnival fleet, and specialty dining choices including a new full-service Asian restaurant called Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, among many others.

If you've ever caught a sunrise or sunset at sea, you know that they're the most beautiful kind. The sun has set on Carnival Destiny, a legendary, record-setting ship from the day she debuted. The end? Nope — we’ve transformed this ship into something that shines even brighter. Meet the incredible light of a brand-new dawn, Carnival Sunshine.

Everything the sunlight touches on Carnival Sunshine has been doused with an extra dose of fun, and there's plenty atop this ship, where you can spend your days being kissed by the warm rays of the sun. There's the biggest Serenity area ever, featuring three decks, plenty of recliners... and even a waterfall. Carnival WaterWorks, our onboard waterpark, packs both favorites and awesome new slides — like the slick Speedway Splash — you haven't seen anywhere yet. There's also SportSquare, where you can let your inner champion run free (around the jogging track), traverse SkyCourse high up above, or even engage in a little one-on-one, from ping pong to foosball to giant chess.


Cruise from one sunny tropical isle to another in the glittering turquoise seas of the Western Caribbean. A Carnival cruise to the Western Caribbean offers idyllic days of swimming, snorkeling, and strolling pearly white-sand beaches and romantic nights beneath the twinkle of clear, starry skies. Explore many wonderful ports of call on your Western Caribbean Cruise.

7 Day Western Caribbean

  • Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan
  • Belize
  • Cozumel, Mexico
Day of departure Departing Time
Sunday 4:00 PM

7 Day Western Caribbean Itinerary #2

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Cozumel, Mexico
Day of departure Departing Time
Sunday 4:00 PM

11 Day Southern Caribbean

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • FINISH: Port Canaveral (Orlando), FL
Day of departure Departing Time
Sunday 4:00 PM

Soak in the sunny, serene rhythms of the Eastern Caribbean’s beautiful sun-dappled islands. A Carnival cruise to the Eastern Caribbean sails to some of the region’s most storied isles, each ringed by rainbow-hued coral gardens. Dig your feet in silky sand, float in azure seas, and let your cares melt away in the Eastern Caribbean.

7 Day Eastern Caribbean

  • Key West, FL
  • Freeport, The Bahamas
  • Nassau, The Bahamas
Day of departure Departing Time
Sunday 4:00 PM

Dining Options

  • Guy's Burger Joint Guy's Burger Joint

    We went looking for someone to help us grill up the best burgers at sea, and we found just the guy. Carnival has teamed up with best-selling author, restaurateur and Food Network personality Guy Fieri to bring all the appetizing appeal of a roadside burger to Guy’s Burger Joint, the cool poolside spot for hot burgers and hand-cut fries. Try a fresh-off-the-grill burger Guy’s way, or take it off-road to our topping bar and truly make it your own.

  • BlueIguana Cantina BlueIguana Cantina

    Nobody knows Mexican dining like a blue iguana. Well, our blue iguana, at least. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the all-new BlueIguana Cantina features freshly made tacos and burritos stuffed specially for your enjoyment. Throw our homemade tortillas or chips and salsa into the mix, and you have a casual dining experience that will make you say “mmmm” (pretty sure that’s Iguanese for “more please”).

  • Cucina Del Capitano Cucina Del Capitano

    Say arrivederci to ordinary and ciao to a new and exciting dining experience at the restaurant that pays homage to our unique heritage. Italian-American dishes inspired by the recipes from our Italian captains’ and officers’ childhoods are served up family-style in a comfy, eclectic environment decorated to feel like an Italian country home. Vintage images of our captains and ships adorn the walls, and there’s even a Captain’s table where you just might see the man himself dine. While the casual pasta lunch is complimentary, the full-service dinner menu is offered at an extra charge.

  • Bonsai Sushi Bonsai Sushi

    So maybe you’ve had sushi on a cruise before, but you’ve never had it like this. Introducing Bonsai Sushi, the next-generation onboard seafood-and-soy-sauce spot. Bonsai delivers a unique experience — dine amidst expertly-pruned bonsai trees while enjoying sit-down service and an affordable menu of delectable catches… plus soups, sides, sakes and desserts. Stop in for a roll, a box or maybe a whole ship — it feeds two, and keeps them satisfied.

  • Ji Ji Asian Kitchen Ji Ji Asian Kitchen

    A new dining spot inspired by a millennia-old society, Ji Ji Asian Kitchen serves up enticing dishes in an atmospheric space that brings not just good food, but good fortune — and perhaps a surprise or two — to the table. You’ll enjoy your meal among Asian prayer rolls and Mongolian-inspired fabrics that infuse northern-country style into this unique culinary experience. Food-wise, Ji Ji features complimentary stir-fry favorites for lunch, and in the evening a full-service, nominal-fee menu featuring a mix of exotic and familiar dishes designed to challenge and delight your senses.

  • Seaday Brunch Seaday Brunch

    You’ll enjoy overstuffed breakfast burritos, special french toast, loaded mac n’ cheese… and yes, more ways to cook eggs than we even thought was possible.

  • Signature Dining Signature Dining

    If you'd rather eat early (6:00 p.m.), choose the “Early Dining” option when booking your cruise. If your appetite doesn’t get going until later in the evening (8:15 p.m.), then our “Late Dining” option is perfect for you.

  • Casual Dining Casual Dining

    Fancy an ocean view? Like your meals low-key? You’re in luck — there’s lots of awesome options for casual. First, try the Lido Buffet. Grab some delicious food and sit anywhere you like.

  • The Taste Bar The Taste Bar

    Stop in to The Taste Bar for a new and different delicacy each day. Pick up a complimentary appetizer before dinner for a taste of something different.

  • Steakhouse Steakhouse

    Features mouthwatering beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a fantastic selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list.

  • Pizzeria del Capitano Pizzeria del Capitano

    Lido Deck is the center of fun, Lido Marketplace is the center of yum, which makes Pizzeria del Capitano — located right in the middle — good taste central. We’ve taken the Italian mojo of Cucina del Capitano and extended its delicious deftness to pizza. Featuring piping hot slices right out of the oven, with your choice of toppings, Pizzeria del Capitano is the good kind of cheesy — the best reason to stop in for a taste of our hand-tossed specialties made with fresh mozzarella.

  • Mongolian Wok Mongolian Wok

    Will it be mussels and Szechuan? Beef and Thai Barbecue? Chicken and Black Bean? Don’t worry, the decision doesn’t have to be final, because with Mongolian Wok open every day from late morning to early evening.

  • Chef's Table Chef's Table

    Your VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 12, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation. The evening concludes with a mind-blowing full-service dinner of amazing appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on our regular dining menus.

  • JavaBlue Café JavaBlue Café

    Maybe you take your coffee straight-up, or perhaps you prefer your pick-me-up with an upgrade. From the simply caffeinated to the simply sublime, nothing satisfies your coffee craving like the brand-new JavaBlue Café, featuring fun twists on the hot and cold drinks you enjoy. While the coffee is the main event here, there’s more to JavaBlue — enjoy the baked treats we like to call “comfort snacks”… which you’ll call “delicious!”

  • Shake Spot Shake Spot

    Need a break from all the fun and sun? Grab something downright refreshing at Shake Spot, where we offer more than just your average shake. Of course, we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a classic, but since you’re cruising, why not go for something tropical… or for the adults, maybe even spiked? With a variety of tempting, handcrafted shakes and indulgent floats, Shake Spot is your cool spot for something sweet.

  • SeaDogs SeaDogs

    So you’ve just hit the mini-golf links and find yourself with a champion-sized hunger. For a snack that goes the distance in satisfying, don’t look far… look to SeaDogs! Grab an all-beef hot dog — free with your favorite toppings — right at SportSquare, ready to put a dent in your hunger.

  • 24 Hour Room Service 24 Hour Room Service

    Just pick up the phone and order off our tasty room service menu, available around the clock and featuring all kinds of delicious dishes guaranteed to satisfy any appetite.

  • Kids Menu Kids Menu

    24-hour pizza and ice cream, as well as kids’ items available on the in-room dining menu. All the familiar options they love from home, like spaghetti & meatballs, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and fresh fruit and veggies.

Fun & Entertainment

  • For The Whole Family

    • Playlist Productions

      Playlist Productions

    • SportSquare


    • Resort Pools

      Resort Pools

    • Hasbro, The Game Show

      Hasbro, The Game Show

    • Carnival Waterworks

      Water Park "Carnival Waterworks"

    • Cherry On Top

      Candy Store "Cherry On Top"

    • Carnival Seaside Theater

      Carnival Seaside Theater

    • Dive-in Movies

      Dive-in Movies

    • Live Music

      Live Music

    • Atrium


    • Mini-Golf


    • Art Gallery

      Art Gallery

    • Internet Cafe

      Internet Cafe

    • Library


  • For Kids-only

    • Camp Carnival

      Kids Camp "Camp Carnival"

    • Night Owls

      Camp Carnival Night Owls

    • Circle \

      Circle "C"

    • Club O2

      Club O2

    • Video Arcade

      Video Arcade

  • Adult Fun

    • Alchemy Bar

      Alchemy Bar

    • EA SPORTS™ Bar

      EA SPORTS™ Bar

    • he Punchliner

      Comedy Club "The Punchliner" presented by George Lopez!

    • Miami Heat's own DJ Irie is the official DJ of Carnival Cruise Line

      Miami Heat's own DJ Irie is the official DJ of Carnival Cruise Line

    • RedFrog Rum Bar

      RedFrog Rum Bar

    • Blue Iguana Tequila Bar

      Blue Iguana Tequila Bar

    • RedFrog Pub

      RedFrog Pub

    • Live Music

      Live Music

    • Karaoke


    • Atrium


    • Pool & Deck Parties

      Pool & Deck Parties

    • Piano Bar

      Piano Bar

    • Night Club

      Night Club

    • Casino

      Casino (Poker, Black Jack, Bingo, Craps, Roulette, Slot Machines & Tournaments)

    • Havana Bar

      Havana Bar

    • The Library Bar

      The Library Bar

Pampering & Wellness

  • Cloud 9 SPA


  • Serenity Adult Retreat

    Serenity Adult Retreat

  • Sports Activities

    Sports Activities

  • Yoga & Pilates

    Yoga & Pilates

  • Fitness Center

    Fitness Center

  • Hair & Beauty Salon

    Hair & Beauty Salon

  • Men's Services

    Men's Services

  • Jogging Track

    Jogging Track

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Need a hotel near Cruise Port of New Orleans?
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Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

920 North Rampart Street

1 mile away from Cruise Port of New Orleans

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Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center

Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center

1001 S. Peters Street

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AAE Bourbon House Mansion Hostel

AAE Bourbon House Mansion Hostel

1660 Annunciation Street

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