Carnival Sunshine Arrives In New Orleans! Details On The Christening & Naming Event
Carnival Cruise Lines is celebrating the arrival of their transformed 3,006 passenger Carnival Sunshine ship to the port of New Orleans. This is Sunshine’s first voyage in the USA and the largest Carnival ship to ever be homeported in New Orleans.
Earlier this year, Carnival Sunshine underwent a $155 million, 75-day makeover which has essentially turned it into a brand new ship. Carnival has added their Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements that we already know and love, 182 new staterooms and several new features unique to the Sunshine. Some of these include a stunning three-level Serenity adults-only retreat, an outdoor recreation area with a ropes course offering breathtaking views to the sea 150 feet below, and a massive water park highlighted by a 334-foot-long corkscrew water slide that is the longest in the Carnival fleet.
Last night Carnival Sunshine was officially named and christened during a fabulous ceremony on board. Lin Arson, a noted philanthropist and author, and wife of the late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, is the ship’s godmother. Carnival made a donation of $25,000 each to YoungArts and the New World Symphony, both organizations were founded by Ted and Lin Arison as a way to support young artist. We were treated to an incredible performance by these talented young adults and I was blown away by their talent!
The invitation-only ceremony was attended by hundreds of travel agents, as well as local dignitaries and VIPs. Just before the celebration, everyone enjoyed watching the New Orleans Saints play from the massive screen on deck. The cheers were very loud, I can assure you!
Child Mode was lucky enough to be invited to both the naming ceremony and the ship’s very first inaugural voyage from NOLA to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We can’t wait to report on the new additions to this ship! In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for photos and updates from the ship. You can also follow the hashtag #SunshineNOLA to stay in the know during what is sure to be a fun-filled week!
Following today’s six-day voyage, the ship will operate a series of seven-day cruises to popular Caribbean destinations through April. Three different week-long itineraries will be offered from New Orleans – an exotic western Caribbean route featuring Belize; Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), and Cozumel; a Bahamas/Florida schedule to Key West, Freeport and Nassau; and western Caribbean departures to Montego Bay; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel.