We arrived in Barcelona a day early and spent that time touring the city. I am so glad we did. Barcelona is a beautiful city and the Ramblas area is great. Also, be sure to tour The Barri Gothic area.
We boarded the ship on Friday 5/16. The staff was very organized and since we have a suite, took us less than 30 minutes to be in our cabin. We had Ocean Suite 7149 and it was in a great location and very quite. Our cabin Steward "G" was ok. The cabin was great - colors very light, great flat screen TV, and great bed. The balcony had 4 chairs and end table - good size.
The public areas are very nice - updated colors etc. Carnival got it right in the buffet area. Gone is the long, long single line were you had to wait for people to get a salad before moving on to the main dishes. The Sunshine has the buffet broken out into around 8 stations - from salads, to desserts, to the main dishes. There is also a deli and pizza stations. The ship was full and we never waited in a line to get our breakfast or lunch. Overall the food was very good. The other great addition was Guy's Burger Joint - on of the best burgers I have had. The main dining room service was ok - food good. A new Restaurant (cost 12 pp. at night) is Asian style call Ji JI. The food was wonderful, some of the best at sea.
Not only did we want to be one of the first to cruise on Sunshine but the itinerary was great - had 7 ports of call. Here are some of our favorite excursions: Florence and the David by Michelangelo - great tour and The David is one of the most beautiful works of art. Pisa and Winery was great - spent the morning in the Tower of Pisa square (beautiful church and great plaza for shopping and people watching) and then in the afternoon went to local Winery - had tour and then a wonderful lunch and wine tasting. Another one was Sorrento and Winery - had beautiful drive to Sorrento - had free time to explore, shop and grab a bite to eat. Then on to a old family owned winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius - the wine and Olive Oil was some of the best I have ever tasted. This is due to the rich, dark volcanic soil from Mt Vesuvius. The owner did not speak English and this was not a normal tourist stop, so that made it even more special. The last port was Palma De Mallorca. Mallorca is a beautiful island and you should be sure to take an excursion, so you can see the beautiful country side. That is one place I would love to visit again.
Overall I give the Carnival Sunshine a 5 out of 5. With Ocean Plaza, Red Frog Pub and just the lay out of the decks, Sunshine is a great ship to cruise on.