Carnival surprised us all when they announced that they will refurb, enhance, and alter the design of the Carnival Destiny. Oh and they are renaming her to the Carnival Sunshine. The $155 million ‘procedure’ (I think that word fits quite nicely) will take place in Italy, most likely at a Fincanteri yard, from February to April in 2013.
So far this is the biggest drydocking/refub of a cruise ship in quite a long time (When was the last time a ship was stretched?). Here is what Carnival announced:
They will add a partial deck and expand the top two half decks near the bow.
They will redesign the construction of the interior. Hopefully this will take care of the pax flow problem guests have on Destiny class ships.
The addition of 182 cabins in the extended decks.
Over 12 new on-board venues including an Asian resturant, a top-deck, tropical-themed lounge that will become a dance club at night, a three deck adults only Serenity retreat, Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint, EA Sports bar, Sports Square outdoor area, Twister waterslides.
The Lido buffet will be redesigned and broken up into smaller eateries. (I believe Princess ships have something similar)
Interestingly enough, since she will be in Italy anyways, Carninval announced that she will sail the Mediterranean for Sumner 2013.