Carnival rebuilds for small-ship cruisers

 

Carnival, the world's largest cruise line, is also interested in smaller things, including its older, smaller ships; it's doing total re-dos on several of its older smaller ships to keep them competitive with newer vessels.

That's the plan behind the recent 'relaunch' of the late 1990s Triumph as Carnival Sunrise, a stem-to-stern rebuild. Carnival previously did the same with Carnival Destiny, now Sunshite, and will do it again when Victory becomes Radiance.

Even with less extensive upgrades, Carnival has found that bookings go up with refurbs because many cruisers like the small, under 2000-passenger vibe, and  are less interested in Carnival's other new focus: Its soon-to-sail Carnival Mardi Gras, a $1 billion bet on a 6,000-passenger ship debuting next year with the first roller coaster at sea.

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