Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine
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Carnival Sunshine cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9070058, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. Among the unfortunate events at sea are fires, Norovirus illness outbreaks, crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), listing, machinery malfunctions.

Here you can also track MS Carnival Sunshine position at sea.using the AIS live ships tracker of VesselFinder. The 102,850-ton 3000-passenger Carnival cruise ship Sunshine (2013) was built as “Carnival Destiny” (1995, redesigned and refitted in 2013) by the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Italy.

Carnival Sunshine accidents & incidents

Carnival Sunshine accidents and incidents - Cruise MinusAt the Carnival Sunshine CruiseMinus page you will find a complete list of this Carnival ship’s major accidents and cruise incidents, including when operating as “Carnival Destiny”). Reports are made by our own staff using official data from major online news media sources, Wikipedia and USCG (Coast Guard) reports.

Here we also post updates on Carnival Sunshine cruise law news. They are related to recent crimes being investigated. Among those could be arrests, filed lawsuits, charges and fines, grievances, settled /withdrawn legal actions, lost cases, etc.

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Fire accident

  • August 27, 2016, between 8-9 pm, fire broke out on causing damages to a passenger cabin balcony on Upper Deck 6. The ship’s automated “Fire Detection, Alarm, and Suppression System” activated, closing the deck’s emergency fire doors immediately and activating the fire sprinkler system in the area. The fire-fighting crew quickly responded and within minutes extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported. The fire was reportedly caused by a flicked cigarette (from some of the above decks) that landed on a deck chair with a towel on it. The accident occurred on a sea day during a 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruise round-trip from NYC New York (itinerary Aug 25-Sept 3) visiting Puerto Rico, St Maarten, St Thomas and Grand Turk.

The “Venice incident”

  • July 27, 2013, in the morning the ship made some Venetians angry for passing too close to the Venice’s signature St Mark Square. The ship passed at ~20 m (66 ft) distance, even trapping a local water taxi. Carnival Cruise Lines announced officially the distance was 72 m (236 ft) which is in accordance to the Italian city’s navigational rules. An eyewitness told journalists the vessel’s close to shore course was intentional – to salute the line’s founder and main owner Mickey Arison, whose super yacht “Mylin IV” was positioned at the same side of the bank.
  • In a similar incident (passing too close to the shore), the Carnival Vista ship sunk several small boats and damaged 2 piers while leaving the port of Messina (Italy) in August 2016.

Technical incidents

  • For a week the ship entered into dry-dock (2010, February 13-20) for propulsion system repairs. Because of this emergency, 3 cruises were cancelled and another 3 had their itineraries changed. The vessel entered service on Feb 20 with a 2-night Nassau cruise from homeport Miami.
  • October 22, 2010, while the ship was docked in Nassau (Bahamas) and preparing for departure, propulsion system tests show problems in the vessel’s starboard propulsion motor. The equipment failed to increase RPM and soon tripped. Trouble-shooting procedure showed the motor’s interface board (control system component) became faulty. Crew replaced the board with the backup one, but it was also faulty. The ship proceeded to Port of Miami (Florida) using only one propulsion motor (portside). While docked in Miami, technician staff came on the ship and unsuccessfully attempted to fix the problem by using the defected boards to make a working one. A spare part was dispatched to Miami from another Carnival ship docked in Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida).
  • January 7, 2011, USCG reported the ship experienced  “material failure” (unspecified).
  • September 10, 2011, one of the ship’s lifeboats (number 10) was found not in stowed position and portside-bow damaged (hole in its fiberglass hull /above waterline). The boat’s Davit arms were extended, with the lashings secured. Investigation revealed an unknown party had attempted to launch it without releasing the lashings. The boat was offloaded in Miami and towed to homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades FL) for repairs. Because of this incident, the ship’s capacity was reduced temporarily (from 4470 to 4320 people) to meet the lifeboats capacity.
  • January 7, 2012, while en-route from Key West Florida to Cozumel Mexico, the ship’s Autopilot system failed. This also caused the ARPA (Automatic radar plotting aid) to fail. The navigation crew had to use the ship’s 2 radars and 2 GPS for navigation. Officers didn’t use the ECDIS system (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) but instead used paper charts to return to Miami, where the equipment was repaired.
  • January 24, 2013, due to propulsion problems with the stern thrusters, the ship changed the current 5-day Bahamas cruise itinerary from Miami (starting Jan 21-26). The scheduled call ports Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas private island) were replaced with Key West Florida and Freeport (Grand Bahama). Repair works on the propulsion unit were done underway.
  • March 21, 2013, the transformation of Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine in 2013 was extended. The new Sunshine ship started service on May 5, after two scheduled Mediterranean cruises were cancelled. The dry-dock stay was extended due to the line’s new policy to invest significantly in the ships’ backup systems providing additional / emergency power. During the Carnival Destiny ship’s US$150 million worth refit, additional redundancy upgrades and fire prevention system improvements were done.
  • October 18, 2015, a “fake wedding” ceremony was performed at sea. An US couple (Cathrin and Andrew) were supposed to get married on October 21 when the ship had a scheduled stop at the Carnival Cruise Lines private island resort in Bahamas – the Half Moon Cay (tendering port of call). However, due to bad weather, the ship was unable to visit the island and spent the time at sea. After contacting the line’s senior cruise director John Heald, the couple was granted permission for a symbolic cruise wedding at sea. The “ceremony” was performed on the Lido Deck by the ship’s Cruise Director Mrs Jamie Dee. The couple had as guests of honor a total of 29 family members and friends – plus the entire ship enjoying the show. Note: The Sunshine ship’s flag-state Bahamas doesn’t allow weddings on the ship, so the ceremony was illegal by maritime law.

Crew & Passenger Death accidents

  • May 24, 2010, a male passenger was found dead in his cabin. The crew found him unresponsive and confirmed the death. The man suffered from a pre-existing medical conditions (liver failure, cirrhosis, variceal bleed, hepatic encephalopathy) related to alcoholic liver disease.
  • January 17, 2011, a female passenger was found dead in her cabin by her husband. Medical staff attempted for 20 min to revive her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Report reveals the woman underwent a Kidney transplant recently and had several other pre-existing medical conditions. Death was from natural causes (Cardiac Arrest).
  • September 28, 2012, a male passenger died from internal kidney bleeding.
  • January 19, 2014, a female passenger died suffering a heart attack.
  • February 8, 2014, a male passenger died after suffering difficulty breathing and disorientation. His son stated the man had lung cancer (stage 4, with throat metastasis).

Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)

  • August 17, 2011, a male passenger suffered from a rapidly developing internal bleeding and had to be Medevaced and transferred to South Miami Hospital.
  • November 28, 2011, a minor female passenger sustained injury (fractured right lower leg) when fell while running carpeted steps inside Palladium Lounge (deck 5 forward starboard).
  • December 3, 2011, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured right wrist) falling in her cabin. She was disembarked in Ocho Rios (Jamaica) for treatment, then returned to the ship and continued the voyage.
  • December 29, 2011, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured left ankle) on her cabin’s balcony. The woman tripped over the threshold and fell to the veranda’s floor. She used wheelchair during an organized by Carnival Cruise Lines shore excursion the next day, remained on the ship and completed the voyage.
  • January 5, 2012, while the ship was docked in Miami, Florida, a male crew sustained injuries (multiple rib fractures). He was walking and talking to another crew when stepped in an open space of a removed grill plate and fell into it. Injuries included spinal discs fractures and kidney contusion. The injured crew was taken to a Miami hospital and remained there for 2 weeks.
  • February 3, 2012, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured leg) after falling down. She was Medevaced by USCG helicopter and transported to Lower Keys Medical Center (Key West, Florida).
  • March 18, 2012, a minor male passenger sustained injury (left forearm fracture) while playing basketball at the sports court (deck 12).
  • April 22, 2012, a female passenger sustained injury (fractured left wrist). Due to ship movement she lost balance and fell while walking in the Lobby’s hallway. She decided to disembark in Port of Ocho Rios (Jamaica), then flew back home to Colorado.
  • May 28, 2012, a male passenger sustained injury (fractured right hand). He lost footing and fell while descending stairs.
  • August 8, 2012, a female passenger sustained injury (broken upper tooth) while descending stairs (between decks 9 and 8). The woman lost balance, fell forward and hit her tooth on the step’s edge.
  • October 21, 2012, a female passenger jumped overboard into the waters during an alcohol influenced incident, but was miraculously rescued alive. The jump was reported by several eyewitnesses. The woman (Sarah Alexandra Badley Kirby, traveling together with her fiancee and a female friend) filed a lawsuit in March 2013 against Carnival Corporation and four crew (including the Captain and 2 doctors). Investigation revealed the Captain first refused to turn the ship back for ~90 min. later he refused to medevac her to a land hospital. She suffered from severe injuries (fractured ribs and orbital bones, hypothermia, carotid artery dissection, arrhythmia, hematomas) caused during the fall. After several alcoholic cocktails, the woman became heavily intoxicated, then together with her friend returned to their cabin. The jump incident occurred at ~12 am. She stepped out to the cabin’s veranda. She was holding onto the banister, when lost her grip and balance, slipped and fell overboard into the water from deck 7 (~100 ft / 30 m). While falling down, she first hit a life raft, then fell 5 more decks into the ocean. After seeing her fell, passengers alerted the crew. However, they refused to stop the ship until an onboard search is conducted. At ~1:45 am (the woman was in the waters for over 1 1/2 hours), the ship turned around for a search and rescue operation. The lowered rescue boat found and brought her on board. The ship’s course was diverted to Key West FL, where she was disembarked for advanced medical treatment. There she spent 3 weeks in a hospital. During the hearings, experts stated that she should have been medevaced (airlifted) directly to the Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Norovirus cruise illness outbreaks

  • February-March 2016, CDC reported on itinerary Feb 21 to Mar 5, a Norovirus outbreak (gastrointestinal illness) infected 118 passengers (out of 3005, or 3,9%) and 5 crew (out of 1142, or 0,4%). All sick suffered from Norovirus symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea) and were quarantined to their cabins for 48 hours. The ship operated on a 13-days Southern Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Port Canaveral (Orlando) Florida, with call ports in St Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Tobago, Grenada, Martinique, St Kitts, St Thomas.
  • Note: When the itinerary doesn’t include US cruise ports, the ship is not required to report to CDC, thus no official illness report would be issued.

Carnival Sunshine current position


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