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The Carnival Sunrise - Photo by Carnival Cruise Line

When is Carnival Sunrise slated to resume operations?

Carnival Sunrise resumed sailing from PortMiami on August 14, 2021. The ship is offering a series of 4- and 5- night Caribbean itineraries. Depending on the cruise, port stops include Nassau (Bahamas), Bimini (Bahamas), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), and Carnival’s own private island Half Moon Cay. 

Carnival Cruise Line is requiring 95 percent of guests to have had their final COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to sailing, and will be required to present proof of vaccination at time of check-in. Vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks or maintain physical distancing. 

There is an exemption process from Carnival to accommodate a small number of guests who are unable or ineligible to be vaccinated (which includes children under 12 and other exceptions as required by federal law). To accommodate new vaccine requirements instituted by the Bahamas, effective with embarkations on or after August 28, all cruises from all U.S. Atlantic and Gulf homeports will only allow vaccine exemptions to children under 12, and those with a medical condition that does not allow them to be vaccinated. The guest’s birth certificate or passport (for children), or a letter from a medical provider stating that the individual cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, must be presented at check-in, along with an exemption approval letter from Carnival. According to the line vaccine exemptions previously granted for upcoming sailings cannot be fulfilled due to these new limitations. If a guest has received an exemption approval for anyone in your party that does not meet the requirements of these two categories (under 12). 

Effective with sailings as of September 13, 2021, the CDC requires pre-cruise testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, to be taken within two days prior to the sailing date. If the sailing is on Saturday, the test may be taken on Thursday and Friday, and as late as Saturday, if you are guaranteed to receive your results in time for check-in.

Cruising on Carnival Sunrise? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board. 

About the Ship: Carnival Sunrise is a larger-sized, family-friendly ship. Does this ship look kind of familiar? It was formerly known as the Carnival Triumph. The Sunrise-class ship went through a major refurbishment in 2019 and now has a number of activities and entertainment venues that are certain to entertain guests of all ages. At full capacity (prior to any COVID restrictions) the ship can hold up to 2,943 passengers and offers 1,492 total cabins. 

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Activities + Entertainment: In its recent refurbishment, Carnival added many of its signature new amenities to Sunrise. Highlights of the ship include a WaterWorks waterpark featuring the Twister waterslide, the SkyCourse ropes course, a SportsSquare activity center with a mini-golf course, kids and teens club spaces, dive-in movies, Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity adults retreat, a casino, as well as three swimming pools and seven whirlpools. 

Entertainment options on Carnival Sunrise include the family-friendly Hasbro Game Show, Playlist Productions shows, and the Punchliner Comedy Club. Adults can socialize and enjoy a libation at any of the eight onboard bars and lounges which include the RedFrog Rum Bar, RedFrog Pub, Limelight Lounge, Piano Bar 88, Alchemy Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, SkyBox Sports Bar, and Sunrise Atrium Lounge. 

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Dining: Travelers looking for a variety of casual fare will appreciate Carnival Sunrise's broad selection of restaurants. You will find many of Carnival’s staple eateries as well as a selection of unique dining options. Included restaurants are BlueIguana Cantina, Cherry on Top, Guy’s Burger Joint, Guy’s Pig and Anchor, Lido Marketplace, Lucky Bowl, Pizzeria del Capitano, Radiance Restaurant, Sunrise Dining Room, Sunshine Restaurant, and Swirls. Speciality options are Bonsai Sushi, Cucina del Capitano, Fahrenheit 555, JavaBlue Cafe, Seafood Shack, and The Chef's Table. 

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Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Carnival in the Caribbean, and prices seem to be changing daily. Right now you can expect to pay about $50 per person per night for entry-level accommodations on Carnival Sunrise. We recommend booking NOW if you find a price you like - chances are it won’t last long! 

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What to Expect at Embarkation: 

Every guest cruising with Carnival will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings. The line will refer anyone with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, for additional medical screening before allowing them to board. Secondary screenings (and health checks throughout the cruise) will be performed when necessary. Contact tracing is planned for every cruise. 

Carnival Cruise Line will require passengers on all voyages through October 31, regardless of vaccination status, to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within three days of their embarkation date. Effective August 7, Carnival has instituted an onboard mask policy that includes the following: 

  • The line strongly encourages all guests to wear face masks when indoors, particularly guests who are unvaccinated including children under the age of twelve who should wear masks in public areas, except when eating or drinking.
  • All guests aged two and older will be required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking.
  • Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the Lido Buffet area and occasionally in other designated areas where a larger number of guests may congregate.  
  • Masks are required during embarkation and debarkation in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.

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Tips from Our Community Members:

Overall the experience on the Carnival Sunrise was exactly what I needed. Relaxing, good vibes, lots to do, good food and drinks! - elenielouvaris

First cruise for myself, great food, enjoyed the casino, visiting islands, and family time. We all had a fantastic time. Can’t wait to go on another cruise. - freesnuggles1

Very first cruise. Was expecting a better variety on the buffet. Guys Burgers were delicious. Deli sandwiches were amazing. - jkcreations11

Great family trip. Something for everyone! The variety of activities makes it fun for all ages. - tara6579

Shore Excursions:

With so much to see and do in the Caribbean ports which Carnival Sunrise will stop in, be sure to book shore excursions as early as possible. The top rated excursions and suggested activities by port are:

Bimini, Bahamas - The Bimini Islands are the Western-most islands in the Bahamas, just 50 miles east of Miami. The destination is a new port for Carnival to visit. Explore our guide on the Best Things to Do in Bimini

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - Half Moon Cay is Carnival Corporation’s private island in the Bahamas. Activity highlights include snorkeling, horseback riding by the beach, bike tours, stand-up paddleboarding, waterbikes, kayaking, and stingray swimming adventures. Want to chill out and relax on the white sandy beaches? Cabana rentals, beach villas, and clamshell sunshade rentals are available for an extra cost. 

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Nassau, Bahamas - Discover Nassau Tour, Nassau Rum Tasting, Nassau Walking Food Tour

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Dunn’s River Falls and River Tubing, Dolphin Encounter, Blue Hole Adventure

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