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MIAMI — Carnival Sunshine has launched a year-round schedule from the Port of Charleston, ranging from four- to 11-day voyages.
The inaugural festivities took place on May 18 and included a luncheon for travel advisors, local officials and VIPs. Carnival also made a donation to One80 Place, a homeless assistance centre supported by the cruise line for many years.
Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO, commented, “Carnival Cruise Line is a great customer of the Port, and we’re proud to welcome the Sunshine as a reflection of their success in Charleston. Cruise operations are an important part of SCPA’s maritime commerce mission and the diversification of our business segments. We look forward to continuing this productive relationship with Carnival and applaud their commitment to supporting charitable organizations in our community.”
Carnival Sunshine’s schedule from Charleston includes four- and five-day sailings to the Bahamas, six- and seven-day voyages to Bermuda and the Caribbean, and the first-ever Cuba cruises from Charleston with a series of five-day sailings calling at Havana.
Travellers also have the opportunity to voyage on longer-length 10- and 11-day journeys, sailing to the Caribbean with day-long calls at tropical.
Featuring more than 500 balcony staterooms and nearly 50 suites, Carnival Sunshine offers a wide range of onboard amenities that includes outdoor spaces such as a three-level Serenity adults-only retreat and dual racing slides that are part of an expansive WaterWorks aqua park.
Available onboard is a variety of food and beverage options such as Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and more.
With Carnival Sunshine repositioning to Charleston, Carnival Ecstasy was deployed to Jacksonville for year-round four- to seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. In turn, Carnival Elation, previously based in Jacksonville, shifted to Port Canaveral for a new four- and five-day Caribbean/Bahamas schedule from the Space Coast.