We read many reviews on ships leaving New Orleans in January and chose the Carnival Sunshine. It seemed a toss up between this and the Norwegian according to reviews. So happy with our choice. The Sunshine was great. As with all cruises and vacations it is what you make it. It was cold back home so any place warm was going to be better. Right off we missed leaving our luggage with a porter so had to keep it with us until we boarded, we thought it would be a pain but as soon as we boarded they let us take it to our room and leave in front of the door. No problem, then off to a full buffet lunch, awesome.
From there it just got better. We left port for 7 great days in warmth and pampering. We love the late dining and took full advantage of ALL the choices in the dining room. Our head waiter seemed a little off his game, again we made the best of it and joined another couple for dinner and the long waits were filled with good conversation. Even though the head waiter was not up to par our assistants were fantastic and tried to fill the void he left. Marija and Dina you are amazing women. Thanks for making our dinners great.
The food in the dining room, the specialty Italian restaurant, and Guy's Burgers was great. The buffet's were like all buffets it was good food but made for the masses. We never went hungry.
The staff all seemed very friendly and helpful.
As for other reviews of the Sunshine, we did not realize the ship had recently been refurbished and is still working out bugs. This being said we saw merit for some of the low reviews but in our opinion they have worked really hard to take care of most issues. As with any home, apartment complex, office building, or cruise ship you have maintenance going 24 - 7 to keep everything running smooth. The workers tried to stay out of the way and keep the ship clean and in pristine condition.
The entertainment is cruise ship quality. We enjoyed all the shows and entertainment but do realize most of these performers are young.
Overall our trip was wonderful and we would recommend the Sunshine to future cruisers. There were people of all ages young families, young singles, mid age, and many celebrating milestone anniversaries.
This seems to be a ship for everyone.