35 CLSHSerenity01RendjpgAs a lover of the “mega-cruise-ship”concept, I remember the year 1996, when Carnival’s Destiny debuted.  It was the first cruise ship to crack the 100,000-ton barrier, and I couldn’t wait to see it.  In 1992, my first cruise was on Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign of the Seas, and at that time, she was second largest (to NCL’s SS Norway), and I thought the Sovereign was huge.  But now, 100,000-tons…wow!  The Destiny was impressive; large open spaces, a massive pool deck with a unique lounger layout, more dining and drinking venues, and, not as flashy-looking, compared to her earlier sister ships (Fantasy-class).  I had the chance to sail her again about three years ago, when a good friend announced his wedding would be in Key West, during the Destiny’s call at the port.  So, my wife and I joined the party.

In a day when companies are selling off older ships and building new ones, the Destiny-Sunshine concept is intriguing, because it is being billed as the most extensive renovation of an existing liner.  Most are saying that she is not recognizable!  There have been many exciting upgrades and additions, and we can’t wait to experience them.  Not only will Sunshine be a destination herself, but her (soon to be) home port is as well.  What better place for the excitement and buzz of Carnival’s “newest” ship than the energetic city of New Orleans?  Talk about a pre or post-cruise experience; New Orleans can certainly be one if you so desire.

OBXRF4jpg OBXRF2jpgOne of my favorite additions to Sunshine is the RedFrog Pub.  Not only has Carnival’s beer selection improved over the years, but now they also feature their own brew: “Thirsty Frog Red.”  And, those who know me have many nicknames for me, among them, “beer snob.”  Needless to say, I am excited to sample Carnival’s craft brew.  Below is an excerpt from Carnival’s website, focusing on the RedFrog Pub:

Get into an island state of mind before you even set foot on one. RedFrog Pub is our laid-back, no-worries, oh-so-lively Key West-inspired pub. Sample Caribbean fare, dominate at the foosball table, enjoy some sweet tunes from live musicians and sip our tasty signature private-label brew, ThirstyFrog Red. So kick back and feel the island vibe come to life. You’ll be a local here before you know it.

Want to learn more about the Carnival Sunshine?  Click right HERE and enjoy!

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