CRUISING giant Carnival Corporation may have seen income slump in the last quarter but it is forging ahead with a multi-million pound investment in its brands.

The Miami based shipping empire, which has its European headquarters in Southampton, is to spend a huge amount on refitting and upgrading its vessels, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Conquest.

Carnival Destiny is to receive a £98.5m makeover next year. The redesign will be so extensive it has been decided to rename the ship, Carnival Sunshine.

Carnival Sunshine will embark on a schedule of nine- and 12-day Mediterranean voyages in European waters from April to October next year.

Carnival Corporation, which owns Southampton based Cunard, P&O Cruises, and Princess Cruises, is also set to give extensive facelifts to Carnival Spirit and Carnival Conquest.

Sister ship, Carnival Glory will undergo similar refurbishment in November, while Carnival Dream and Carnival Splendour will also be revamped in October and December, respectively.