Carnival Sunshine is – as President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Gerry Cahill said over the weekend – “in great shape”.
The problems the ship encountered on its maiden voyage — and were widely reported by our members – seem to have been dealt with.
These included a number of the new spa cabins being out of use because of a variety of problems, including faulty plumbing, no air conditioning and no electricity.
What’s most interesting about these is the revelation by Cahill that the problems were caused by vandalism in the shipyard before the new cabins were installed. Staff were unable to “stress test” the cabins, he said. Instead, fare-paying passengers were the first to experience the new cabins — and all the ensuing problems.
I’m happy to report that apart from one or two leaks I spotted in corridors (which might not be related to the original issues), the affected cabins were all working fine.
Same, too, with the issues surrounding the top-deck activities — WaterWorks, SportSquare and the mini-golf course. All of these were out of use when the ship first set sail because the floor area wasn’t fitted — appalling weather in Italy toward the end of the construction process meant fitting the special flooring was delayed.
On my three-day sail, the only thing I noticed not working was the scoreboard at the bottom of the twin chutes racetrack.
There is one other thing worth noting, though: A specialty restaurant listed on Deck 5 opposite Fahrenheit 555 called Bonsai Sushi will not be open till September.
Apart from that, everything else was open and seemed to be working well. Indeed this is borne out in recent member reviews, such as Waverly buffs, who wrote:
“This was our first cruise with Carnival and, having read about all the problems with this ship since it’s refurbishment in May, we were a bit apprehensive. Needn’t have worried — we had a fantastic time and were very impressed with Carnival Sunshine! The sun shone both on and off the ship and we had a brilliant family holiday.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself.