de_dd22Everyone, I’m back in Italy! Not a ship startup this time, and no dry dock either (even though I’ve done five of those since last September). It’s something in-between: The “Carnival Destiny” is getting a 49-day make-over at a Fincantieri ship yard and is pretty much turned into a new ship – with a new name:  ”Carnival Sunshine”.

Minutes after the last guests have left the ship after the voyage from Miami to Venice, contractors tore the place apart. I had joined two days later in Trieste and saw rubble everywhere:

A second cruise ship is docked next door, the Louis Olympia, and serves as a floating hotel.  Crew and contractors live there and eat there.  Most of them at least:  Our group of 8 IT people lives at the Bonomo Residence  in individual apartments.  This as a short glimpse of what keeps me occupied these days…. :-)

And here is the official Carnival video clip regarding the ship transformation. Enjoy!