2.0 Options Close to Completion on Carnival Cruise Ship as Inaugural Sailing Nears End

May 14, 2013
(3:46 p.m. EDT) -- With three nights of Carnival Sunshine's inaugural sailing left, some of the highly touted 2.0 features Carnival finally are being made available to passengers. The WaterWorks water park opened today for the first time, and reports indicate the Ropes Course will open tomorrow. Carnival has offered $150 in onboard credit per cabin as compensation to passengers currently onboard Sunshine.

Passengers sailing on the inaugural journey reported a number of problems early in the sailing, including unfinished cabins, minor plumbing issues and incomplete work on 2.0 additions.

Carnival Sunshine departed Venice on May 5 for a 12-night Mediterranean cruise after a $155 million drydock, which saw an overhaul of the ship and the addition of several 2.0 features including the WaterWorks aqua park, SportsSquare (with ropes course) and new restaurants.

According to Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz in addition to the WaterWorks and SportSquare areas not being ready, a group of cabins in the forward sections of decks nine through 12 weren't ready upon embarkation. Passengers were moved to other cabins while onboard crew worked to finish the cabins.

Spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic WaterWorks opened today. Cruise Critic member ehilerio confirmed Gulliksen's statement.

"They opened the slides and tomorrow they will open the rest of the stuff," he wrote, referring to the SportSquare and ropes course.

Carnival Sunshine, called Carnival Destiny before it underwent the overhaul, concludes its inaugural sailing May 17 in Barcelona.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor