Cruising, making hay in the Carnival Sunshine

Older ship sparkles after a $155 million makeover When I boarded the new(ly renovated) Carnival Sunshine for a week’s cruise out of New Orleans, my mission was to find out whether the 182 cabins that were added to the ship — now housing at least 364 additional passengers — made life onboard more crowded. Larger, more dense crowds are a major concern for cruisers contemplating a vacation on the new ships, and a worry, as well, on …

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Cruising on Disney Magic, an Iron Man makeover

Teaching an old dog new tricks is an expensive proposition for cruise lines. But it’s a lot cheaper and quicker than building a new cruise ship from scratch. These days, with the speed that technology and innovative designs are changing the cruise experiences for passengers aboard new ships — and the corporate need for increased onboard revenue to pay for them — refurbishing older vessels is more complicated. Disney’s Magical makeover Some cruise lines — among them, …

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Philanthropist Lin Arison to serve as godmother of Carnival Sunshine

Lin Arison, wife of the late Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, will serve as godmother of Carnival Sunshine, the former Carnival Destiny, which was renamed following a massive $155 million makeover earlier this year. Arison will officially name Carnival Sunshine during an invitation-only ceremony held on board the completely transformed 102,853-ton ship at its new U.S. homeport of New Orleans, Nov. 17. During the event, Carnival will donate $25,000 each to the Miami-based National YoungArts …

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