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Carnival Destiny, now Carnival Sunshine, class cruise ships itinerary information and images.

NAMES

CARNIVAL DESTINY / CARNIVAL SUNSHINE

CLASS

CRUISE SHIP

ENT/SERVICE

1996

BUILT

FINCANTIERI SHIPBUILDERS / MONFALCONE / ITALY

WEIGHT

101,353 TONS

LENGTH

893 FEET

WIDTH

116 FEET

SPEED

21 KNOTS

PROPELLERS

2 - FIXED PITCH + 6 THRUSTERS

ENGINES

2 - 12 CYLINDER + 4 - 16 CYLINDER SULZER DIESEL

Carnival Destiny was the first passenger ship to exceed the 83,676 tons of the largest Trans Atlantic liner Queen Elizabeth launched in 1938. Although 138 feet shorter, Destiny is higher with more passenger decks that run from near her bow to the stern. This design is more suited for cruising in calm seas than crossing the treacherous north Atlantic with waves up to 60 feet high. The Carnival Cruise Line had nine Destiny class ships in service by 2008, the others being Carnival Triumph 1999 and Carnival Victory 2000. The other six at 110,000 tons are Carnival Conquest 2002, Carnival Glory 2003, Carnival Valor 2004, Carnival Liberty 2005, Carnival Freedom 2007 and Carnival Splendor 2008. These ships are powered by diesel electric machinery similar to that of the French Line’s Normandie 64 years earlier. The only difference being, Normandie’s generators were powered by steam turbines, instead of the more economical diesel engines installed in most cruise ships now.

Carnival Destiny image

Destiny has six thrusters with controllable pitched propellers, three forward and three aft, each driven by one 1,720 KW motor. These thrusters allow her to move sideways, this eliminating the need for tugs to assist in maneuvers in and out of ports. Destiny is also fitted with computer controlled retractable fin stabilizers built by the British firm Brown Brothers. Her 22 Harding lifeboats are situated on deck four. Each boat can be lowered in one single operation, this reducing the overall time required for boarding and launching. Destiny has thirteen passenger decks, a nine-story glass topped atrium, 200-foot water slide, casino featuring over 320 slot machines, 9 bars, four pools and a 1,500-seat show lounge. She has 519 inside cabins, 802 outside cabins of which 470 have balconies, 8 penthouse suits, can carry over 2,600 passengers and a crew of 1,040.

Carnival changed the name of Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine in 2013, after the ship underwent a major refit at Trieste in Italy.

Carnival Glory image
Carnival Glory Large Image

Sunshine's Itinerary is normally from Port Canaveral & New York - Caribbean & Canada. Reviews.

Conquest's Itinerary is from Fort Lauderdale - Bahamas & Caribbean. Reviews.

Freedom's Itinerary is out of Galveston - Eastern & Western Caribbean. Reviews.

Glory's Itinerary is from Miami to the Eastern & Western Caribbean. Reviews.

Liberty's Itinerary is from Galveston - Western & San Juan - Southern Caribbean. Reviews.

Triumph's Itinerary is from Galveston & New Orleans - Western Caribbean. Reviews.

Splendor's Itinerary is mainly form New York - Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean & Miami - Caribbean. Reviews.

Valor's Itinerary is mainly from Port Canaveral - Estern & Western Caribbean. Reviews.

Victory's Itinerary is from Miami - Eastern and Western Caribbean. Reviews.

Website: www.carnival.com.

Carnival Victory image

The Carnival Cruise Line was founded by purchasing the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Canada in 1972. After being converted to a design suitable for use as a full time cruise ship, this liner entered service for Carnival under the name Mardi Gras. They had three more liners converted to cruise ships by 1978 and ordered their first new built cruise ship in 1979. Carnival acquired the Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises in January 1989, 50 % of the Seabourn Cruise Line in 1996; Cunard in 1998 and in a joint venture with Seatours bought the Costa Cruise Line in 1997. Since acquiring Seatours Costa shares in 2000, Carnival has been regarded as the worlds largest cruise line.

Carnival Destiny image

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Carnival Triumph image

Carnival Triumph Large Image