Carnival Sunshine

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The Carnival Sunshine was built in 1996 and is among Carnival’s 25 ships in its fleet. The Sunshine is included in the cruise line’s Sunshine Class. In the cruise ship stats below, you’ll find the Carnival Sunshine vs all of the other Carnival ships.

Carnival Sunshine Size

How big is the Carnival Sunshine? Below, you’ll find all of the relevant cruise ship stats, specs and dimensions for the Carnival Sunshine. Included in these statistics are passenger capacity, length, year built, year renovated, cost to build, gross tonnage, engine info, number of rooms, deck counts and more!

Carnival Sunshine Capacity

Passenger Capacity refers to the total number of people that the Carnival Sunshine can accommodate. Of course, there are also crew members on board. Below, find the total onboard capacity, including staff and cruise guests.



Carnival Avg: 3,685 guests

Carnival Sunshine Passenger Capacity: The passenger capacity for the Carnival Sunshine is 3,002 guests. The average capacity for the 25 active ships in Carnival’s fleet is 3,685 passengers. The passenger capacity range for all Carnival ships has a minimum of 2,056 guests and a maximum of 6,630 passengers.



Carnival Avg: 1,153 staff

Carnival Sunshine Crew Members: Staff on the Carnival Sunshine include 1,150 crew members. That’s a guest to staff ratio of 3.8:1. The average Carnival ship includes 1,153 employees and has a passenger to staff ratio of 3.1:1.

Carnival Sunshine Passenger Capacity and Crew

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Carnival Sunshine Length

How long is the Sunshine? From end to end, the Carnival Sunshine length equals 893 feet (273 meters). Compare that to the average ship length of all 25 active vessels in Carnival’s fleet, measuring 953 feet (291 meters).


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Carnival Avg: 953 feet

The smallest Carnival ship (in terms of length) measures 855 feet (261 meters) from end to end. The longest vessel spans 1130 feet (345 meters).

Our chart below shows the length of the Carnival Sunshine vs all other active Carnival ships.

Carnival Sunshine Ship Length

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Carnival Sunshine Built Date

When was the Carnival Sunshine Built? The Carnival Sunshine was built in 1996 and joined the cruise line’s Sunshine Class.

Carnival includes 25 active ships. The oldest in the fleet was built in 1991. The average Carnival ship is 17 years old and the median build date for all active ships is 2004


built date

Carnival Avg: 2007

When was the last Carnival Sunshine Dry Dock? The Carnival Sunshine experienced dry dock improvements in 2021.


renovation date

Renovations included the following: The Carnival Destiny's last refurbishment was in November, 2021. The dry dock took place in Cadiz, Spain. The renovations included mostly routine and technical improvements. Prior to the 2021 drydock, the Carnival Destiny experienced routine maintenance in October, 2018. This took place in Freeport Bahamas. In 2013, the Carnival Destiny was refurbished in a significant way. Enough so, that the ship was renamed to "Carnival Destiny" on the other side of this refurbishment. Prior to that, it was the "Carnival Sunshine." Newly added features included: Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar, The Library Bar, Red Frog Rum Bar, The Punchliner Comedy Club, Bonsai Sushi, Pizzeria del Capitano, Havana Bar, Ji Ji Kitchen, JavaBlue Cafe, Shake Spot and SeaDogs. The full renovation cost Carnival $155 Million.

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