Propulsion Problems Slow Down Renamed Carnival Cruise Ship

June 12, 2013

(12:20 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Sunshine's June 12 arrival in Messina, Italy was delayed by about two hours after a propulsion problem slowed the ship. Technicians have fixed the issue, said a Carnival spokesman who didn't comment on the cause of the problem.

Cruise Critic learned of the propulsion issue from CC member W8G4SUN, who is currently onboard the ship.

The ship experienced "a minor technical issue with its propulsion system," spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Cruise Critic. At no time were safety and hotels services affected, he said.

To make up for the arrival delay, the port of call in Messina has been extended until 8 p.m. No further impact is expected.

The propulsion issue is the latest in a series of mishaps Carnival Sunshine has experienced since it debuted early last month. Two weeks ago the line was forced to bump passengers to accommodate contractors who were wrapping up work onboard the ship. And the ship's inaugural cruise was beset with problems including cabins without water, nonfunctioning elevators and closed-to-the-public top-deck areas.

Carnival Sunshine is in the midst of a nine-night Mediterranean sailing that departed Barcelona on June 7.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor