Carnival Sunshine


Year built: 1996

Speed: 23 kn

Passengers: 3,002

Crew: 1,040

101k tons

14 decks


The Carnival Sunshine currently sails 5 to 8 night cruises to the Eastern and Southern Caribbean and Bermuda from Port Canaveral, Florida. On May 12, 2019, Sunshine will begin sailing 4 to 8 night cruises to the Eastern Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas from Charleston, South Carolina.


On July 27, 2013, in the morning the ship made some Venetians angry for passing too close to Venice’s signature St. Mark Square. The ship passed at a 66 foot distance, even trapping a local water taxi. Carnival Cruise Lines announced officially the distance was 236 feet which is in accordance to the Italian city’s navigational rules. An eyewitness told journalists the vessel’s close to shore course was intentional, to salute the line’s founder and main owner Mickey Arison, whose super yacht “Mylin IV” was positioned at the same side of the bank.

On October 22, 2010, while the ship was docked in Nassau, and preparing for departure, propulsion system tests showed problems in the vessel’s starboard side propulsion motor. The equipment failed to increase RPM and soon tripped. Trouble-shooting procedure showed the motor’s interface board became faulty. Crew replaced the board with the backup one, but it was also faulty. The ship proceeded to Port of Miami using only one propulsion motor. While docked in Miami, technician staff came on the ship and unsuccessfully attempted to fix the problem by using the defected boards to make a working one. A spare part was dispatched to Miami from another Carnival ship docked in Port Canaveral.

On September 10, 2011, one of the ship’s lifeboats was found not in stowed position and port side-bow damaged. The boat’s Davit arms were extended, with the lashings secured. Investigation revealed an unknown party had attempted to launch it without releasing the lashings. The boat was offloaded in Miami and towed to home port of Fort Lauderdale for repairs. Because of this incident, the ship’s capacity was reduced temporarily to meet the lifeboats capacity.

ON January 7, 2012, while en-route from Key West, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico, the ship’s Autopilot system failed. This also caused the ARPA (Automatic radar plotting aid) to fail. The navigation crew had to use the ship’s 2 radars and 2 GPS for navigation. Officers didn’t use the ECDIS system (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) but instead used paper charts to return to Miami, where the equipment was repaired.

On January 24, 2013, due to propulsion problems with the stern thrusters, the ship changed the current 5-day Bahamas cruise itinerary from Miami. The scheduled call ports Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay were replaced with Key West Florida and Freeport. Repair works on the propulsion unit were done underway.

On March 21, 2013, the transformation of Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine in 2013 was extended. The new Sunshine ship started service on May 5, after two scheduled Mediterranean cruises were cancelled. The dry-dock stay was extended due to the line’s new policy to invest significantly in the ships’ backup systems providing additional / emergency power. During the Carnival Destiny ship’s US$150 million worth refit, additional redundancy upgrades and fire prevention system improvements were done.

October 18, 2015, a “fake wedding” ceremony was performed at sea. An US couple were supposed to get married on October 21 when the ship had a scheduled stop at the Carnival Cruise Lines private island resort in Bahamas, Half Moon Cay. However, due to bad weather, the ship was unable to visit the island and spent the time at sea. After contacting the line’s senior cruise director John Heald, the couple was granted permission for a symbolic cruise wedding at sea. The “ceremony” was performed on the Lido Deck by the ship’s Cruise Director Mrs. Jamie Dee. The couple had as guests of honor a total of 29 family members and friends – plus the entire ship enjoying the show.

On May 24, 2010, a male passenger was found dead in his cabin. The crew found him unresponsive and confirmed the death. The man suffered from a pre-existing medical conditions related to alcoholic liver disease.

On January 17, 2011, a female passenger was found dead in her cabin by her husband. Medical staff attempted for 20 minutes to revive her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The report revealed the woman underwent a Kidney transplant recently and had several other pre-existing medical conditions. Death was from natural causes.

Carnival ShipsPJ Morrissey