Carnival Cruise Line Unveils Schedule for Sunrise Launch Parties

by Daniel McCarthy
Carnival Cruise Line Unveils Schedule for Sunrise Launch Parties

The new Carnival Sunrise is scheduled to sail Caribbean cruises from Norfolk starting April 29. Photo: CCL.


Carnival Cruise Line is giving travel advisors an opportunity to see Carnival Sunrise fresh off of its $200 million bow-to-stern renovation with three launch parties on the east coast.

The parties, which are scheduled for May 17 in Norfolk, Va. and June 10 and 20 in New York City, will get advisors onboard for a half-day tour and luncheon in the ship’s main dining room so they’ll be able to “see the ship and then go back and tell clients what’s new and why this is the ship to cruise on,” Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing said.

The parties are now open for travel advisor registration at GoCCL.com.

Sunrise, which was formerly Carnival Triumph, will come back into service with a number of new offerings, including Carnival staples like Guy’s Pig and Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Cucina del Capitano, RedFrog Pub, WaterWorks water park, and more.

It is scheduled to sail Caribbean cruises from Norfolk starting April 29. Sunrise will then head north to New York where it will homeport in May, sailing Bermuda and Canada/New England itineraries.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after Carnival announced its latest travel advisor promotion called called “Why Use a Travel Advisor” (WUATA, pronounced What-A) that it says will help travel advisors attract new clients and reinforce their relationships with existing clients.

The heart of the program is four special parties, called WUATA Parties, set in four different U.S. cities: Orlando (May 8), Minnesota (July 24), New York (Sept. 8), and Los Angeles (Oct. 29). Each party, hosted by Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez and Carnival BDMs, will give travel advisors the opportunity to attend with a current client and another person who is not yet a client.

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