After receiving nearly 4,000 fun and creative images submitted by Carnival Cruise Lines fans, consumer voting has begun for the line’s Vacation Anticipation contest ( which will award a free “Fun Ship” cruise for four aboard the Carnival Sunshine to winners in four different categories.

Coinciding with the launch of the totally transformed Carnival Sunshine, the Vacation Anticipation Contest encouraged consumers to submit a photo of their most “vacation ready look” via social media or the contest site.

Today through November 5, fans can vote up to once per day for their favorite photos submitted in each of the following four categories:


  • #SunshineReadyKids – Let little ones demonstrate their best cruise vacation look.
  • #SunshineReadyDuos – Couples, “besties” and other duos – show us you’re ready for a warm-weather retreat.
  • #SunshineReadyFamilies – Whether you’re a family or a group of friends, let us see how excited you are to get on board with your favorite traveling companions.
  • #SunshineReadyPets – Pets may not be able to join the cruise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get in on the fun.

The 10 photos in each category with the most votes will become contest finalists to be judged by Carnival based on originality, creative spirit and effectiveness in depicting “vacation ready.”  The grand prize winners in each category will be announced November 18 as part of the Carnival Sunshine Naming Ceremony video recap.

Each grand prize winner will receive a complimentary cabin for up to four people to sail on a seven-day Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine. Those receiving the second and third most votes in each category will receive gift cards in the amount of $100 and $50, respectively.

Carnival Sunshine makes its U.S. debut in New Orleans Nov. 17 following an unprecedented $155 million, 75-day transformation earlier this year that added all of the line’s “Fun Ship 2.0” dining, bar and entertainment innovations, as well as several features unique to this vessel such as a stunning three-deck-high Serenity adults-only retreat.

Following a winter schedule of Caribbean cruises from the Big Easy, Carnival Sunshine will reposition to Port Canaveral, Fla., for year-round five- and eight-day Caribbean cruises.