Carnival Cruise Line is inviting travel advisors to three ship launch parties, allowing them to take a first look at the Carnival Sunrise as it emerges from a nearly $200 million bow-to-stern makeover.
The kick-off party is scheduled for May 17, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia, with two more events to follow on June 10 and 20, 2019 after the ship relocates to New York City. The Carnival Sunrise launch parties are a new addition to the ship’s inaugural season activities and will enable advisors from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to see the results of the extensive refurbishment through an onboard exploration of the newest features, spaces and dining choices. The half-day events include a presentation of post–dry dock features and amenities, a detailed tour of new public spaces and redesigned staterooms, a celebratory luncheon in the main dining room and gifts for all attendees.
“Carnival Sunrise is emerging as a completely new ship, and with the launch parties, travel advisors will be able to come on board, see the ship and then go back and tell clients what’s new and why this is the ship to cruise on,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior v.p. of sales and trade marketing, in press materials. “Carnival is committed to giving our travel partners these first-hand experiences that enable them to get a feel for the Carnival client and increase their brand knowledge, which in turn grows their Carnival business.”
The former Carnival Triumph is currently being transformed into the Carnival Sunrise during a 2-month dry dock in Cadiz, Spain. The renovation will add new dining experiences, bars and lounges, plus new on-deck attractions such as the SportsSquare, WaterWorks, and Serenity, an adults-only retreat. Carnival Sunrise will also feature an expanded Cloud9 Spa, enhanced spaces for kids and teens, and a new mall-style retail space.
Carnival Sunrise enters service on April 29, 2019 sailing Caribbean cruises from Norfolk. The ship then repositions to New York in May for a series of Bermuda itineraries, fall foliage cruises to Canada and New England, as well as longer Caribbean voyages before relocating to its homeport of Fort Lauderdale in October where it will sail 4- and 5-day Caribbean cruises.