well we chose carnival because we could not get a deal to go on royal caribbean this summer and we found a good deal to go on this 12ngt crusie on the sunshine we sailed on the cavnival destiny 6 years ago so when we heard it had a 150 million refit we could not wait to get on the sunshine.
we arrive in venice on the day before embarkment to have a extra ngt in venice we stay in a hotel near the train station so we could be near the tram for the the ship.
i traveled with my partner and 6 year old daugter we arrive at the port at 11am i did get on the boat until 2pm the longest i have ever had to wait to get on a ship. any way for got all our wines on for dinner and sprirts for drinks in are room.we had a deck one window room double bed and single good size ,it was good having a new room for once on a crusie ship.room attendent very good every ngt animal towels on my daugters bed, shower 10 out of 10 the ship renovation was very good it needed it , but every thing was all over the place because it is hard to make a old ship into a new ship.
we had any time dining dont book it because it not any time dining its if you if you come down come down and get your pager and they will pager you when your table ready. the ship not ready for any time dining, your can,t have 100 seats with 400 people to come down any time they should stick with early and late dinner times we did try to change but to not avail.the problem with carnival every one goes to the dining room because the lido marketplace for dinner is very basic with food choice not like royal carribbean where choice is great.
we as a family love to dress for dinner as we did the whole cruise ,it was sad to see guest in shorts, tee shirts,filpflops for dinner. don,t see that on royal caribbean .
shows were very good playlist productions,comedy hypnosis but the the new liquid lounge does not work its too small for the 3000 guest on the ship even with two shows, then after the show some ngts it turns into a ngt club too big they should use the comedy club punchlier after the comedy shows which where very good for the ngt club.. the red frog pub very good, piaio bar,good,occean piaza good bands.my daughter love the kids club best ever she said the pool,waterworks etc .all and all good cruise i am a royal caribbean fan but i can not say that i did not enjoy the fun ship. ports where all good been to many before so we did other things like naples went to capri,civitavecchia train to sandy beach santa marinella and pisa at livorno.took a few pictures on the ship but they were very expensive about $30 a picture,they should have put the date and ports on every picture when coming off the boat as i like to buy those ones and not doing photo deals. pity carnival not coming back to europe next year.. oh well back to royal caribbean..