Carnival Triumph will remain in dry dock. // © 2013 Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the first phase of its fleetwide comprehensive operational review that is focused on Carnival Triumph as well as Carnival Sunshine. The line is making significant investments to enhance the level of operating redundancies and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power and is further improving each ship’s fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.
In order to source needed materials and implement the enhancements, Carnival is extending the time out of service for both ships.
Ten additional cruises are being cancelled on the Triumph, which is scheduled to return to service June 3. Guests on the affected voyages will receive a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 percent discount on a future four- to five-day cruise.
Carnival Sunshine, which is currently being so extensively refurbished in a multi-week drydock that her name is being changed from Carnival Destiny, will now enter service May 5, following the cancellation of two European cruises. Guests on the canceled cruises will receive a full refund, plus reimbursement for any non-refundable travel costs, plus a 25 percent discount on a future cruise. The additional time out of service will allow for implementation of the enhanced operating redundancies and other measures.
Gerry Cahill, Carnival Cruise Lines’ president and CEO, said Carnival would be able to schedule the improvements more expediently on other ships, which would not experience the same scheduling impact. He emphasized that the ships all have effective safety systems; the new changes are focused on supplying continued power and hotel services should unexpected issues arise.
Carnival Triumph operates year-round four- and five-day Mexico cruises from Galveston, Texas. Four-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
Carnival Sunshine is scheduled to operate a series of nine- and 12-day Mediterranean cruises May 5 to Oct. 20, either roundtrip from Barcelona or sailing between Barcelona and Venice. The ship will launch year-round, seven-day Caribbean service from New Orleans on Nov. 24.