Carnival Sunshine officially renamed
Carnival Sunshine has finally been officially renamed following its major renovation and unofficial rebranding earlier this year.
Back in May, the vessel - formerly known as the Carnival Destiny - underwent a complete overhaul worth $155 million (£96 million), with the creation of new entertainments including a huge waterpark, new dining venues and improved cabins.
Although it has been sailing on Mediterranean itineraries during the summer, the Sunshine arrived in New Orleans this weekend to be officially renamed in a ceremony that included jazz music and godmother Lin Arison; arts patron, philanthropist and widow of the late Carnival Corporation founder Ted Arison.
Cruise Critic reports that she said: "I think one of the most exciting things that happened today, for me, was going around the ship and seeing the transformation.
"I know that it's going to continue being lucky, which is the most important thing for a ship."
At the ceremony itself, there was a marching band, as well as an assortment of singers and dancers, with performers hailing from the National YoungArts Foundation, which was established by the Arisons.
When the ship was christened the first time as the Destiny, it was the world's largest vessel.