Carnival Triumph to Undergo $200 Million Dry Dock Overhaul

Carnival Triumph adrift in the Gulf of Mexico in February 2013. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Carnival Cruise Line on Tuesday announced a plan for a nearly $200 million bow-to-stern overhaul of the Carnival Triumph.

The makeover will take place in during a 2-month dry docking period in Cadiz, Spain starting on March 1, 2019. Afterward, the ship will be renamed Carnival Sunrise, joining Carnival’s Sunshine-class with new food, beverage, and entertainment options, as well as updated staterooms.

Carnival Sunrise will re-enter service with a series of five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk, Virginia, beginning April 29, 2019, followed by a summer schedule of four- to 14-day departures from New York commencing May 23, 2019. The ship will later move to Fort Lauderdale in October.

Carnival Triumph was constructed in 1999 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri as the second ship in Carnival’s Destiny-class.

In 2013, the cruise ship gained notoriety when an engine room fire left the ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for several days without power and limited shipboard functions. The story gained widespread media attention as passengers shared stories of overflowing toilets and stinking cabins,