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(May 20, 2019) – Carnival Sunrise has launched a schedule of four- to 11-day
voyages from the Port of Charleston, becoming the newest ship to operate
year-round cruises from that port.
Carnival Sunshine inaugural festivities on Saturday, May 18, included a
luncheon for travel advisors, local officials and VIPs during which Carnival
made a donation to One80 Place, a homeless assistance center supported by the
cruise line for many years. Charleston-based ships have donated hundreds
of mattresses, chairs, dishes and other items for use at the facility over the
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. Also offered are longer-length 10- and 11-day Carnival
Journeys sailings to the Caribbean with day-long calls at tropical islands,
opportunities to sample local cuisine and entertainment and activities like a
retro Throwback Sea Day.
launched Charleston's first-year round cruise program nearly a decade ago and
we're delighted to homeport Carnival Sunshine which offers our guests so many
wonderful onboard features and amenities," said Terry Thornton, senior vice
president of nautical and port operations for Carnival Cruise Line. "This
weekend's festivities were a great way to celebrate the arrival of Charleston's
newest year-round cruise ship while supporting a longtime charitable partner
that has made such a tremendous impact on the community," he added.
Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO, "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."
addition to featuring more than 500 balcony staterooms and nearly 50 suites,
Carnival Sunshine offers a wide range of onboard amenities that include
stunning outdoor spaces like a three-level Serenity adults-only retreat, a
suspended ropes course and Speedway Splash, dual racing slides that are part of
an expansive WaterWorks aqua ark. A variety of food and beverage options
such as Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian
restaurant, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub and
the cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar are included as well.
is an important part of Carnival's ship deployment strategy in which the line
positions ships near large U.S. population bases along the East and West Coasts
and the Gulf of Mexico. Carnival sails from 20 different North American
homeports providing a convenient and cost-effective means for its guests to get
to and from their cruise. It's estimated that roughly half of the U.S.
population is within a day's drive of a Carnival homeport.
launched Charleston's first year-round cruise program in 2010 and the
departures attract guests from across the Southeast and other regions.
Carnival and other cruise operators generate $131 million in direct
expenditures and account for nearly 2,400 jobs and $93 million in wages toward
the South Carolina economy.
Carnival Sunshine repositioning to Charleston, Carnival Ecstasy was deployed to
Jacksonville for year-round four- to seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and
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.
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Carnival Cruise Line
Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK),
is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 26 ships operating
three- to 24-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska,
Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Cuba, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the
Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. The line currently has three new ships
scheduled for delivery – Carnival Panorama™ in 2019, Mardi Gras in 2020
and an as-yet-unnamed ship in 2022.