With reference to media reports of an alleged "salute" made yesterday by the cruise ship Carnival Sunshine in Venice, Carnival reiterates that those accusations are unfounded.  The passage through the Venice Lagoon occurred in full compliance with navigational regulations and well within the accepted parameters for distance from shore. The Carnival Sunshine passed more than 70 meters from Riva dei Sette Martiri on the planned route. The distance from shore has been confirmed by the Coast Guard, the local pilot association and Carnival Cruise Lines.