Carnival Sunrise makes Virginia debut following refit

Former Carnival Triumph has undergone upgrade to add stateroom, food and entertainment innovations

Carnival Sunrise makes Virginia debut following refit
Carnival Sunrise made her debut in Norfolk, Virginia (Image: Carnival Cruise Line)

By Rebecca Gibson |

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunrise has resumed service following a US$200 million renovation to upgrade guest staterooms and add food, beverage and entertainment innovations.

Formerly Carnival Triumph, Carnival Sunrise was revitalised in Cadiz, Spain as part of Carnival’s multibillion-dollar ship enhancement programme.

New onboard highlights include family-style Italian restaurant Cucina del Capitano, an expanded JavaBlue Café, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, casual sushi spot Bonsai Express, open-air eatery Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, Cherry on Top sweet shop, and The Chef’s Table multi-course dining experience. Guests will also be able to visit Lido Marketplace, the Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub, Piano Bar 88, Limelight Lounge and the multi-purpose Liquid Lounge theatre.

Carnival has also created dedicated spaces for young passengers, expanded retail areas, extended the Cloud 9 Spa and added the open-air SportSquare, WaterWorks aqua park and the Serenity Adult Only Retreat.

Carnival Sunrise made her debut at her new Decker Half Moone Cruise Center homeport in the city of Norfolk in Virginia, US.

“The introduction of Carnival Sunrise brings an incredibly enhanced ship to our guests with all of the popular features from across our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We couldn’t be more proud to introduce Carnival Sunrise in Norfolk.”

Carnival Sunrise will sail a series of four- to 14-day voyages to destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, the Panama Canal, New England and Canada during her inaugural season. The first four voyages will depart from Norfolk.

The ship will then head to New York for her invitation-only christening ceremony on 23 May, where she will be officially inaugurated by godmother Kelly Arison, who is the daughter of Carnival Corporation chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine. Carnival Sunrise will continue to sail from New York until mid-October, before returning to Norfolk for two six-day cruises and then repositioning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to offer four- and five-day itineraries beginning on 28 October.

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