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Few, if any, ships have been as extensively renovated as Carnival Cruise Line's former Carnival Destiny, now named the Carnival Sunshine. Besides the addition of 182 cabins, the $155 million renovation installed three new dining-drinking spots and a water sports park.
Located adjacent to the WaterWorks water park aboard Carnival Sunshine is SportSquare, an expansive outdoor recreation complex featuring a ropes course, jogging track, two-level nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, and Ping-Pong, foosball and pool tables.
Carnival Sunshine features the line's most extensive water park with the 334-foot-long Twister water slide -- the longest in the fleet -- and Speedway Splash with twin 235-foot-long racing slides.
A Carnival Sunshine vacationer plays Yahtzee Bowling, part of Hasbro, The Game Show, an audience participation activity featuring larger-than-life adaptations of the company's iconic board games.
The Carnival Splendor cruises in the Bahamas.
A guest descends Carnival Splendor's water slide, one of many diversions found on the 952-foot-long cruise liner that can accommodate more than 3,000 passengers.
Guests on the Carnival Splendor relax on the aft deck and swim in the pool, one of four aboard the ship.
Greg Gallello entertains guests aboard the Carnival Splendor in the ship's Grand Piano Bar.
The Emerald Princess first sailed in 2007.
A Princess ship sails in St. John, Newfoundland.
Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas arrives in Oslo.
Royal Caribbean International's Jewel of the Seas offers action from a rock climbing wall to a miniature golf course.
Royal Caribbean International's Jewel of the Seas' spa offers a variety of treatments.
The brand-new Norwegian Breakaway, which is based year-round in New York City, holds 4,028 passengers.
Norwegian Breakaway features a sports complex, water park and teen lounge with an arcade.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl in Alaska.
Bowling aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Celebrity Constellation, which saw a round of upgrades completed this year, holds 2,170 passengers.
Keep active doing laps or by joining one of Celebrity Constellation's organized pool volleyball games.
Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.
The sports deck on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.
The pool deck on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.
Holland American's Veendam cruise ship leaves San Diego.
The Lanai Stateroom on Holland America's Veendam.
Holland America's Oosterdam navigates the icy waters of Alaska while cruising Hubbard Glacier.