Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 - News Blog
The third installment in Carnival Cruise Lines’ video series highlighting the transformation of Carnival Destiny into Carnival Sunshine documents the unprecedented scale of the $155 million ship refurbishment project.
Host Peter Gonzalez dons a hard hat and takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the soon-to-be added spaces, including the new Liquid Lounge. The former Palladium Theater is being transformed into an innovative multi-functional venue that will showcase the new high-tech Playlist Productions revues, Hasbro, The Game Show, and other activities, then at night becomes a sizzling dance club.
Gonzalez also details just how comprehensive and elaborate the dry dock will be, noting that more than 3,000 employees, contractors and subcontractors from 40 countries are working 24/7 to make Carnival Sunshine a reality. A special crane – used to position pre-constructed decks weighing upwards of 1,600 tons – is being utilized at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy specifically for this purpose. Enhancements to the ship’s operating redundancies and back-up power systems are being made, as well.
Following the dry dock, Carnival Sunshine is scheduled to enter service May 5 operating a series of nine- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises before sailing a transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to New Orleans, positioning the vessel for year-round seven-day Caribbean service from the Big Easy beginning this fall.