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Carnival to redesign, 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 almost entirely new.

The makeover of the 15-year-old Carnival Destiny will be so extensive that the line plans to rename it. After nearly two months in dry dock undergoing work the vessel will emerge as the Carnival Sunshine.

Carnival 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 a number of new on-board spaces.

The overhaul, which will take place from February to April 2013 at a shipyard in Italy, will include the addition of more than a dozen new eateries and lounges including a full-service Asian restaurant, a steakhouse, a casual Italian restaurant and a burger joint branded around the Food Network’s Guy Fieri.

The additions to the ship will include all of the new branded eateries, bars and entertainment outlets that the line began rolling out fleetwide last fall in a $500 million fleetwide makeover that it is calling Fun Ship 2.0. Among them: A RedFrog Pub and RedFrog Rum Bar, a BlueIguana Tequila Bar and an EA SPORTS Bar.

The ship also will be getting Carnival’s first three-deck-high Serenity adults-only retreat; a new deck-top sports area called SportSquare; and a new watery play zone and water slide area called WaterWorks.

The SportsSquare area will include a ropes course, something that first debuted last year on the Carnival Dream, as well as a miniiature 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.

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