This ship was built in 1996 as Carnival Destiny, but a major overhaul in 2013 made this nearly 20-year-old vessel shiny once more. If you sailed before the renovations, you probably won’t even recognize her — the line basically sawed the ship in half and revamped it. Gone are the loud, Vegas-style designs, which have been replaced with a more modern look and feel.
Best of all, Carnival Sunshine has the line’s food upgrades. On older ships, the buffets feel tired, we suspect the pizza is frozen, and the burgers at the grill are clearly preformed frozen patties. That’s not true on this ship, where the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint are ground fresh daily and the fish tacos and tortilla chips are fried before your eyes at BlueIguana Cantina. The revamped buffet also has a seriously good pizza spot, complete with a brick-lined oven, hand-torn basil, and sliced-to-order prosciutto. You’ll wait a little longer for your custom pie, but it’s so worth it.