Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by 01eyeguy: Living up to expectations
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Living up to expectations
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: New Orleans
I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. the cruise left New Orleans, was at sea for 2 days, then arrived at Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. From there we sailed the new day to Belize. Our last port was Cozumel. Embarkation was very easy and quick. It helped to be a Vifp member. To save time we took our own carry on's to our cabins. If you let the ship do it, it can take most of the day before you see you baggage out side your cabin. We ate first at the buffet, which was Ok, not great. To much fried foods. Good salad bar and a very good deli area. There is also a Asian buffet which was very good and an Italian lunch area which a waitress had to serve you.
Dinner that evening was in the Sunshine dinning room. The first thing you'll notice is the excellent Matri D, who name is Ken. He is from Ireland. Each night at dinner he signs a Frank Sinatra song and does a great job of it. Then the dinner waiter all get together and sing a song. Very entertaining. Each More night there are several offers on the menu that are the same, but each night there are 7 specials meals. I found all the dinners to be very good along with the service staff at our table.
Each night in the "Liquid Lounge" there is a wonderful group of 7 performers who put on 5 different and very professional shows. About 15 songs a night, different themes and many costume changes. I do a lot of cruising and this group of 4 girls and 3 guys are one of the best I have seen on any cruise.
The cruise director, who's name is Jamie Dee, is a delight. A wonderful personality, spirit and delivers the information about the cruise in a very timely manner. She's great!
Each night there is dancing in several areas of the ship to different kinds of music. Choices were very good. For several nights there were also 4 comedians who were very funny. Their early shows are for family, but the late shows are rated XXX, but again very funny. The shows were packed each night.
On the top deck of the ship are the pool areas, 2 areas serving hamburgers and taco's. There is also a basketball court, zip line, kids area and my favorite, 3 water slides. I was busy racing all the kids down the water slides during the day.
The cruise stopped at 3 ports. i found the first 2 disappointing (Belize & Isla Roatan) It looked to me as if both ports and areas were built by Carnival. Some beaches and a small selection of stores to shop at. the 3rd port of Cozumel was the best stop. Lots to see and to do. Where the ship docks there is a area of stores and places to eat. But I suggest walking about 15 minutes to the newer area where there is the Hard Rock Cafe, Hooters lots of other places to eat and shops to look in.
My cabin was a king size bed. Carnival only charged me for myself and had no single supplement charge. Carnival is doing this great thing for singles on many of their 2014 cruises.
My only fault with this cruise was the cabin I had. It was on the 7th deck. The cabin door has some king of vent at the bottom. When people walk by the door it sounds loud and if their in my room. The room was 4 stories above the "Liquid Lounge" which meant music in my room until 1:00 AM. Not a good thing. And lastly, for the first 3 days the cabin toilet didn't work. I had to get some one from the shop to repair it several times a day. Finally on the 4th day of the cruise they got it to work right. I tried to change cabins, but was told the ship was sold out. For this inconvenience I was given to "free" drink coupons.
One last item, this ship was formally called the 'Destiny". It was taken to Italy last fall and completely remodeled from top to bottom in just 49 days. They did a great job, even if my toilet wasn't working correctly.
I did enjoy the cruise!!!!! Nice ship, great staff and wonderful weather every day. I would cruise again on it and do suggest you do also. Less
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