Carnival releases Charleston to the Caribbean cruise calendar


Carnival anticipates servicing approximately 220,000 passengers from Charleston each year once Sunshine is up and running.   File photo

When Carnival Sunshine launches its first year of scheduled cruise events in May 2019, Charleston will play host to the brand-new craft offering a 3,002-passenger capacity and a dazzling array of refreshments and recreation.

Large-scale innovative attractions aboard ship will include a water park; an adults-only recreation retreat with its own waterfall and pool; numerous restaurants; and over 550 staterooms. Family packages will offer kids’ adventures as well as opportunities to enjoy comedy, music and parties.

With four- and five-day cruise option packages to the Bahamas, Carnival anticipates servicing approximately 220,000 passengers from Charleston each year once Carnival Sunshine is up and running as of May 18, 2019. Four-day excursions will travel to Nassau, while five-day journeys will also dock at the Bahamas’ Half Moon Cay.

These destinations will offer beautiful beaches, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling. While aboard ship,  guests can savor food and beverages deriving from global ethnic cuisines such as Asian, Latin and Italian.

"The decision by Carnival Cruise Line to homeport the Carnival Sunshine in Charleston is an important affirmation of their success and commitment to operations in Charleston,” South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said.

Charleston will also serve as the departure point for the Caribbean destinations of St. Thomas, Aruba, Bonaire and Grand Turk as well as Bahamas trips; and Carnival has options in store for adventurous vacationers from its additional U.S. ports to the south.

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