Check out the early progress being made on the conversion of Carnival Destiny into Carnival Sunshine in this video. The work is being carried out at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Trieste, in north-east Italy, and many of the 1,000 crew and 2,000 contractors involved are being accommodated on another cruise ship chartered for the occasion.
It’s the Louis Olympia, which sailed until last year as Thomson Destiny, and was Airtours’ Sunbird before that. The ship was originally the Song of America, built for Royal Caribbean in 1982.
Sunshine’s £100 million dry-dock, already one of the most ambitious and expensive in cruise ship history, has been extended in order to carry out additional engineering work. This was instituted by a fleet-wide review which followed recent engine room fires and power failures on other Carnival ships.
Once complete the ship, built in 1996, will have gained a giant water park for the kids and an adults-only Serenity retreat. Cabins are being refurbished in contemporary style and a new deck has been added – you can see it being swung into place in the video.