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Carnival to rebuild, rename 15-year-old ship

(8:30 AM) — There’s another new ship on the way for industry giant Carnival — sort of.

The world’s largest cruise line today announced that it plans an unprecedented, $155 million overhaul for one of its older vessels, the Carnival Destiny, that will transform the ship into something entirely new.

“There is not a single area that the guest will see that will not have been redone,” Carnival CEO Gerry Cahill tells USA TODAY. “It will be a very, very different ship.”

The 2013 makeover of the 15-year-old Carnival Destiny will take nearly two months to complete and be so extensive that the line plans to rename the vessel when it re-emerges. It’ll be called the Carnival Sunshine.

“We wanted to get across the idea that it is a new ship,” Cahill says.

Cahill says the work planned for the Carnival Destiny includes the addition of a partial deck and the expansion of two other decks within the forward section of the ship as well as a reconfigured interior layout.

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The new deck space will allow for the addition of 182 additional cabins as well as the incorporation of more than a dozen new on-board venues.

The overhaul will include the addition of a number of new-for-Carnival features including a full-service Asian restaurant; a top-deck, tropical-themed lounge that will become a dance club at night; and the line’s first three-deck-high adults-only Serenity retreat.

The additions to the ship also will include many of the new branded eateries, bars and entertainment outlets that the line began rolling out fleetwide last fall in a $500 million upgrade cycle that it is calling Fun Ship 2.0, including a burger joint branded around the Food Network’s Guy Fieri and an EA SPORTS Bar.

“We’ve always had a very strong desire to have consistency of our product across all of our ships,” Cahill says, noting that the changes to the Carnival Destiny will give it the look and feel of the line’s newest vessels.

The ship also will be getting a new deck-top sports area called SportSquare, something that first debuted last year on the Carnival Magic; and one of the line’s signature WaterWorks water slide areas.

The SportSquare area will include a ropes course, something that was new with the Carnival Magic, as well as a miniature golf course; a lighted half court for basketball and volleyball; a jogging track; ping pong, pool and foosball tables; and a bar with a large flat-screen TV.

The new three-deck-high Serenity adult area will include a cascading waterfall, something not found elsewhere in the Carnival fleet, as well as a pool, whirlpool, teak-planked decks, plush chaise lounges and a dining area serving freshly made salads. The new WaterWorks area will include one of Carnival’s signature “Twister” water slides as well as a new thrill slide that Cahill says will not be for the faint of heart.

Cahill also notes that the ship’s casual Lido eatery area will be transformed in a major way by being split up into multiple venues.

“We’re going toward this concept of a marketplace, (where we) introduce multiple outlets … each with its own decor and its own separate seating areas,” he says. “We’ll try to create a (different) experience in each of those seating areas.”

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Cahill hinted that there could be additional changes coming for the vessel. “We’re evolving our product, and we will have additional announcements. The guest today demands innovation.”

Cahill also hinted that more Carnival ships could get a similar massive makeover.

Unveiled in 1996, the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny was the first of a new generation of bigger, more amenity-filled ships that Carnival began rolling out in the late 1990s that helped to transform the company into the cruise giant it is today. For a time, it was the world’s largest cruise ship, though it is now dwarfed in size by the industry’s biggest vessels.

The makeover of the Carnival Destiny is scheduled to take place from February to April 2013 at a shipyard in Italy. After the work is complete, the newly named Carnival Sunshine will spend the summer of 2013 sailing in the Mediterranean out of Barcelona and Venice before repositioning to New Orleans in the fall. The ship will take the place of the Carnival Conquest in New Orleans, operating year-round, seven-day cruises to the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida.

Carnival did not announce a new destination for the Carnival Conquest.

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