Having originally launched back in 1999, one of Carnival Cruise Line’s ships, Carnival Triumph re-emerged as a brand new, state of the art vessel twenty years later. After undergoing a huge refurbishment, she now sails as the fantastic Carnival Sunrise.
Carnival Sunrise boasts an abundance of onboard activities, restaurants, and entertainment – in fact, there’s perhaps more than a cruiser might actually be able to experience in just one holiday! This means that no choosey diners will go hungry, no fun-seekers will be left bored, and no one who wants to simply relax and unwind will leave the ship feeling stressed.
There are almost twenty different places to eat onboard Carnival Sunrise, so no matter what kind of food you’re looking for there will be something to suit. Those who prefer uncomplicated comfort food, or have families with a range of tastes, might like to dine at the main restaurant where you can choose three courses from an a la carte menu. The casual Lido restaurant is another fantastic option where you’ll find dishes from all over the world that you can help yourself to. Room Service may also be a good option for you as it means you don’t need to change and leave your cabin. Available 24-hours a day, choices on the menu are all included in your cruise fare.
Guests celebrating a special occasion, or those who would simply like to get dressed up and make the most of a special evening onboard, have plenty of wonderful eateries to choose from. Why not opt for a perfect cut in the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, or enjoy some exquisitely prepared Italian dishes in Cucina del Capitano? If you prefer Asian food check out Bonsai Sushi for freshly made Japanese cuisine, and Chopsticks for some delicious Chinese. The Chef’s Table is another popular option as it offers some incredible culinary creations designed by skilled chefs, and served to an intimate group of around 14 guests.
For something in between these styles of dining, there are more options yet. Meat-lovers should try Guy’s Burger Joint or Pig & Anchor BBQ for simple but fantastic meat dishes, pizza lovers will adore Pizzeria del Capitano, find all your favourite Mexican dishes at BlueIguana Cantina, and New England-style eats at the Seafood Shack. Finally, for dessert head to Swirls whenever you have room for some creamy soft-serve ice cream, at any time of day.
From intimate and atmospheric bars to full-blown theatrical productions, each night onboard has something completely different in store for you.
Bars Onboard Carnival Sunrise
While all of these venues boasting friendly staff and a social atmosphere, they each carry their own ambience. From chilled Caribbean sunshine vibes at the Red Frog Rum Bar to the cosy and intimate setting at the Piano Bar, no doubt each guest will find the perfect spot to become their new ‘local’ for the next week or so.
Aside from enjoying no-pressure evenings in the bars and lounges, if you are looking for something a little more lively, why not head to the karaoke bar, the casino, or even the night club to show off your moves? There are also regular Mega Deck Parties onboard which often prove to be many cruisers’ favourite night of the holiday.
Meanwhile, for those who’d prefer to sit and be entertained by a set of truly skilled performers, there are some outstanding shows at the theatre, courtesy of resident theatre company Playlist Productions. Otherwise, there are hilarious acts at The Punchliner Comedy Club, classic and blockbuster films screened at the Dive-In Movies, and some brilliant pop-up entertainment in the atrium of the ship. Hasbro, The Game Show is also onboard – compete with fellow cruisers in some giant versions of your favourite board games!
There is so much choice for children onboard that there will certainly be no complaints of boredom. 2 to 11 year olds can go to Camp Ocean where they will meet new friends and take part in fun activities such as arts and crafts, watching movies, playing games, singing, and dancing, all within groups of appropriate age ranges. Circle C is the place to go for tweens who want to chill out, play games and listen to music, and there is also a babysitting service onboard – Night Owls – which, for a small fee, can allow parents to get away for the evening.
Carnival Cruise Line has paired with the guys at Dr Seuss, to bring the little ones Dr Seuss at Sea. This entails a variety of fun activities such as the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, where you’ll dine on themed food in bright and colourful surroundings, the Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, and the Seuss-a-palooza Parade, in which you can see all your favourite characters.
Carnival Sunrise caters for cruisers who are keen health and fitness advocates. Stay fit on your cruise by making use of the fabulous onboard gym, which not only boasts a wide selection of state-of-the-art equipment, but also some idyllic views out of floor-to-ceiling windows. Alternatively, you could attend an onboard fitness class such as Yoga or Pilates, or there’s the jogging track. Whether you want to start your day with a morning run, or end it with a moonlit walk, the track is accessible at any time of day.
As well as taking care of your body, be sure to look after your mind with some undoubtedly well-deserved ‘me-time’. The Cloud 9 Spa offers a tranquil space to relax in, as well as a menu of treatments to choose from such as massages, facials, and even acupuncture. Additionally, skilled professionals at the Hair and Beauty Salon are on hand if you feel like a little pampering is in order. There is also the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, a child-free zone where guests can find a little piece of tranquil paradise and thoroughly unwind.
Both big and little kids will love the different exhilarating activities that can be found onboard. Play a round or two on the mini-golf course, test your skills on the basketball court, or why not give it your all on the SkyCourse ropes course? Then, of course, there are the swimming pools, which are great for doing a few lengths or simply just splashing around. Plus, we mustn’t forget Carnival Waterworks – the onboard waterpark. This fun zone even boasts a thrilling twisting water slide that cruisers can zoom down.
It’s no secret that the weather might not be favourable on every day of your cruise, and if this is the case, it’s nice to know that there are still plenty of activities for all kinds of guests to enjoy indoors. You can take part in Bingo and other games such as CLUE: The Murder Mystery, get competitive in the Video Arcade, and those interested in art can view some great pieces at the exhibition, attend seminars, auctions, and quizzes. Anyone looking for a little retail therapy will love the array of different shopping opportunities onboard. There are boutiques selling everything from luxury jewellery and watches to duty-free liquor and fragrances. Cherry on Top is the ship’s delightful sweet shop, and there is also a Build-a-Bear Workshop for the little ones.
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