Is this Project Sunshine?

Obviously with secrets and mysteries come a lot of speculation and rumors. Royal Caribbean’s new builds, Project Sunshine, are not exempt from this statement.

Since the order of the two ships, which are slated for delivery in 2014 and 2015, many cruisers, myself included, have begun to speculate and spread rumors about these mysterious ships. These rumors include the on board amenities, the names of the ships, and even the design and layout. Over the past few months, many photos have emerged on the internet of possible renderings of Project Sunshine. Some of these have been subtle, but others have been pretty much in your face. Could any of these renderings be the real deal?

Project Sunshine Option #1 (to the left)

Option #1 (photo: CruiseCritic)

One of the very first photos, which I discovered in a rendering of the Falmouth port, shows a mysterious Royal Caribbean ship docked next to a Freedom class ship. This mystery ship is larger than the Freedom class ship, which is a characteristic of the Project Sunshine ship. This ship also features what looks like 2 Solariums, one being forward right behind the radar and a second one behind the detached Viking Crown Lounge. This mystery ship also features a double funnel, a flowrider, and cantilevered whirlpools. Obviously, this is just speculation that this ship could be the real deal, but why would the Port of Falmouth make up another ship for a rendering of the port unless this is a type and size of ship that Royal is planning to send to Falmouth?

Project Sunshine Option #2 (below)

Another image popped up on the web a few months ago of another rumored design of the Project Sunshine. This time it was a full-blown side shot of the ship. The most noticeable feature though is the close resemblance to Celebrity’s Cruises Solstice class. The ship features a very similar tiered back with a similar bow to the Solstice Class, but it does look nice. Also noticeable is the return of the glass walled Centrum which hopefully features elevators overlooking the ocean. The glass elevators on the Radiance Class were a cool and innovative way to connect cruisers to the ocean as they glide up to the Lido deck, and I would love to see these elevators return. In fact, on my recent Mariner of the Seas cruise, I asked a crew member if there would be a glass Centrum on the Project Sunshine ships and he replied saying I can’t say, then smiled at me. 🙂 Whatever the case, this second design doesn’t seem to feature any new exterior features, but maybe the interior does. Regardless, this design is a nice change for Royal Caribbean and I would love to see more open air spaces along with the glass Centrum on board the Project Sunshine ships.

Option #2 (Photo: CrociereUK)





Project Sunshine Option #3 (to the right)

Option #3 (Royal Caribbean Blog)

Now, this is the most recent rendering that has made its way into the Cruiseverse, and in my opinion is by far the worst one I have seen. This rendering was spotted in an Italian magazine by Royal Caribbean Blog. Basically, it seems like it’s just a smaller version of the Oasis class ships, which in reality will be the case on the Project Sunshine ships. The rendering isn’t very detailed, but we do know that the aft area will be somewhat open like Oasis and Allure. The Viking Crown Lounge seems to be missing, unless they positioned it somewhere else or my eyes are just so bad that I can’t find it. Anyway, this design for some reason reminds me of the Royal Princess of Princess Cruises. So whether or not this is the actual thing, hopefully it is more exciting and innovative inside, because it sure doesn’t seem that way from the outside.

So what do you think? Do you like any of these designs or some of their features? What would you like to see on Project Sunshine? Let us know both in the poll below and the comment section below!



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.