Carnival Sunshine has diverted from its current cruise due to a double medical emergency involving a guest and a crew member. The captain of the ship sent out a letter to passengers detailing the situation and itinerary change.
The details are first coming out in a letter to guests on Carnival Sunshine, which has been posted by Cruise Law News. The letter details that a guest and a crew member are needing urgent medical care on land. This means the ship is diverting and no longer calling in Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos today (Jan 26). The Carnival cruise ship will instead sail straight for Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic so that the guest and crew member can get further medical attention on land.
Carnival Cruise Line provided the following statement to Cruise Hive:
Because of a medical emergency where a guest and a crew member required immediate medical attention ashore, Carnival Sunshine cancelled its visit to Grand Turk today and instead called at Amber Cove, DR.
The ship departed Port Canaveral on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 and visited Aruba and Bonaire. Grand Turk was the last scheduled port of call, as the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
You can take a look at the letter posted on Facebook below. It doesn’t go into the medical issue much and mainly is about the itinerary change.
Carnival Sunshine to miss Grand Turk to divert south to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic due to urgent medical emergencies involving passenger and crew member . . .
Carnival Sunshine will be docked at Amber Cove by 6 AM today and the gangway will be open at that time. The vessel will depart at around 3 PM with the back onboard time at 2:30 PM.
It is not known what happened to the guest or crew member they could just be two separate medical issues. Having said that we do hope they are both stable and make a full recovery from their medical situations.
The Carnival ship is currently sailing an 8-night Southern Caribbean itinerary that departed Port Canaveral, Florida, on January 20. Carnival Sunshine already called in Aruba on Jan 23 and Bonaire on Jan 24 but due to today’s medical emergencies, the call in Grand Turn on Jan 25 is replaced with Amber Cove. The vessel will arrive back in its homeport on Jan 28. Crown Princess is also calling at Amber Cove today.
Carnival Sunshine is a unique class and was previously known as Carnival Destiny. The ship is 102,900 gross tons and has a passenger capacity of over 3,000 along with 1,150 crew members.