Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by kennbrandt: Best vacation ever
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Best vacation ever
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
The trips started out great. We arrived in Venice and made it to the ship without any major complaint. They were a little disorganized with the bags at the airport, but I think that was part of a language/cultural barrier. Once at the port and on the ship, things were smooth. The ship is advertised as completely refurbished, but this is misleading. Parts of the ship are completely refurbished. There are still plumbing problems. I saw a lot of drips in the hallways with buckets underneath them and there was rust on the balcony railings. Nothing major, but it definately wasn't completely remodeled.
Our biggest problem was noise from the Liquid Lounge below us. It bleed through the cabin floor and kept us up until 3 AM one night. They compensated us fairly for our inconvienence, but it was totally unnecessary. There wasn't a large enough crowd in the Liquid Lounge to justify keeping the music going to 3 AM. They could have moved the venue to the Piano bar. There are no cabins More above or below the piano bar and it would have accomidated the amount of people partying.
We had some rough seas the last couple of nights on the cruise, but it couldn't be avoided. I would suggest getting a hotel in Barcelona an extra night. The city is beautiful and the people who disembarked and went straight to the airport got cheated. Less
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Cabin review: 6138
Too noisy if they have anything at the Liquid Lounge. Otherwise, it wasn't a bad cabin. It is too far forward for some of the dining venues, but close to the casino, shops, guest service, and disembarking.
Port and Shore Excursions
The walk up to the site is steep. It was very crowded and they were restoring most of it. There was scaffolding and men all around the site with power tools. It really detracted from the historical value of an ancient site when you hear jack hammers and sanders being used.
Developing country. Will be on the Euro next year, but our cab driver took Euros from us for the fare. He took us around town for 50 Euros and spoke enough English to give us a guided tour of the entire city. The Old city is expensive. Avoid eating or shopping there if you can.
Florence & Pisa Tour
Wasn't my cup of tea. The leaning tower of Pisa leans. Okay. Big deal. I could see that on a postcard. Florence was better. Shops, restaurants, and historical churches. Great if you like leather goods.
Archaeological Site of Ephesus
Too expensive and crowded for me. It was interesting and nice not to worry about transportation to and from the site. The crowds were so thick it was hard to keep up with the tour group. They took us to some mosque for some reason and to a carpet manufacturing place. This carpet place is a rip off. It is basically a sales picth for the company and the carpets are expensive. Carnival must get some sort of kick back from this vendor. Just stay on the bus.
Probably the worse port. The French lived up to their reputations and were very rude especially if you don't speak French. It was not English friendly like the other ports. There is a lot of crime, but I understand they are trying to clean it up. There are some nice areas down by the waterfront, but don't stray too far away. We went a couple of blocks and found ourselves in a real bad area.
Took a sight seeing bus around town. An interesting city and historical places to see. It was very crowded on the bus and in town. Thank God we didn't have to drive on the streets. Crazy drivers. Careful crossing the street.
The port was actually Messina, but it's not listed on the drop down menu. We took a cab to Tourmina about 20 minutes away. Most shops are closed in Messina on a Sunday. You have to go to Tourmina to do anything. Lots of shops, a beach, and a view of Mt. Etna.
Most interesting city I've ever been. No need for an excursion. Take the "People Mover" train for 1 Euro. Walk through the city and find a Gondalier for a ride (about 80 Euro). They don't sing, but the ride is unique and if you have enough people to share the bill, it is worth it. Lots of walking so wear good shoes.
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