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May 7, 2013

At sea, reborn Carnival Sunshine still a work in progress

Some passengers on the newly renovated (and renamed) Carnival Sunshine are complaining that the vessel is not quite shipshape.

Some passengers on the newly renovated (and renamed) Carnival Sunshine are complaining that the vessel is not quite shipshape.

Parts of the 3,006-passenger ship, previously called the Carnival Destiny, are “still undergoing final finishing work which has been hampered by inclement weather,” according to a spokeswoman.

Those areas include the WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare recreational area. The Lido pool had also not opened Monday because of “technical issues.”

“As is sometimes the case with both new ships and major refurbishments, some minor issues are being reported with guest staterooms and those are being addressed on an individual basis,” the spokeswoman said.

The ship left Venice on a 12-day cruise Monday, its first voyage since undergoing a $155 million transformation. The ship’s return to service was delayed by a couple of sailings because of reliability and fire safety enhancements that needed to be made in the wake of the disabling Carnival Triumph fire.

Some passengers had complained on message boards on CruiseCritic.com that some rooms didn’t have water and some elevators were not working.

Updated information on conditions and the status of the unfinished work was not available Tuesday afternoon.

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