( EDT) -- When Carnival Destiny returns to the ocean as Carnival Sunshine in April 2013, after a 49-day, $155 million makeover, it will boast the line's longest water slide, a racing-themed slide and full-service Asian restaurant, among other new features.
"Carnival Sunshine takes our Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program to another level, incorporating all of our branded dining, bar and entertainment experiences, along with some special and unique innovations being created just for this vessel," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic.
The water park, part of Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 initiative, will differ slightly from other ships with its racing theme. Its 334-foot long Twister water slide features a clear turn that extends over the edge of the ship. For the racing-minded, the 235-foot Speedway Splash slide will display "racers' " times on a scoreboard, and special lighting effects will add to the racing atmosphere. Three other water slides will be available as well.
For the kids, the SplashZone will comprise 40 interactive water features, including a 300-gallon drenching bucket.
The new full-service Asian restaurant will offer an open kitchen for passengers to watch the chefs at work. Menu items will include Asian soups, appetizers, noodle and rice dishes, as well as seafood and meat entrees. Passengers will pay a $12 surcharge for dinner, but lunch is free.
Other Carnival Sunshine exclusive features include:
Havana Bar – Designed to conjure up Havana's heyday, the bar will serve Cuban coffees and finger foods during the day. At night, the bar will offer live Latin music and Cuban-inspired cocktails.
Shake Spot – A milkshake joint with something for everyone, the Shake Spot will offer classic milkshakes and ice-cream floats, as well as adult varieties made with Grand Mariner, Cointreau and other liqueurs. Items are fee-based (prices to be determined), but for those who can't get enough, the line will offer an all-inclusive "Shake Lover's Package."
JavaBlue Café – Located next to the Shake Spot on the Promenade Deck, this café (a la carte pricing to be determined) will offer cappuccinos, lattes, espressos and liqueur-infused specialty coffees. Also available will be extra-large cinnamon buns, giant cupcakes and slices of red velvet cake.
Pizzeria del Capitano – Sunshine's version of the line's Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, this complimentary pizza place will offer five types of pizza 24-hours a day.
The ship also will include all the standard Carnival Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements including Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, and EA Sports Bar. The three-deck adult-only Serenity area will be the largest in Carnival's fleet with a pool, waterfall, full bar and whirlpool.
The top deck also will feature SportSquare with its rope course, including a new zipline feature and a two-level miniature golf course.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor