Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by Jozatim: Amazing Sunshine
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
Embarkation was painless. went very smooth.
Don forget you can bring a bottle of wine or champagne per adult as well as 12 bottle or cans of water or pop per person 20 oz or less. Have them in something easy to access as they will get checked.
Went to the ship at 12 and were at the pool by 12:30. We wore our bathing suits and brought our carry on luggage with us.
7230 Balcony. We did recognize that the rooms are smaller and the bathroom is much smaller but neither effected our cruise.Our room was well taken care of as we have learned the lesson of tipping the room attendant the first day $5 bucks makes all the difference.
Was very surprised that the ship is in the Mississippi river and it took 9 hours to get to the gulf.
The dining room food was he best I have ever had on Carnival this was my 8th cruise. Meat was cooked to order. Amazing. Our staff was awesome also lead by Kamen and Silviu.
I am an early riser so I would get the More chairs at serenity adult area which by the way is also amazing. The Waterfall pool area (Serenity) We sat at all 3 days when the boat was at sea. 3 decks, the top floor has the special yellow towels and the bar but it is very windy
middle deck on Serenity seemed to be for blue hairs as not much sun.
Main floor is 11 on Serenity.
Make sure you pay attention to elevators as only 2 of them go to the Serenity floors.
You can get off on Lido deck and walk up the stairs.
Guys was good. Didn't eat at the burrito place.
Chinese and Italian for lunch outstanding
didn't go to sushi
steak house great as usual
breakfast in main dining room great.
I made sandwiches at breakfast for my shore excursions.Iif i have a boat full of free food i don't like spending money on food in shore except Cozumel. they have lunch meat cheese and peanut butter and jelly.
went to 2 shows very good did not go to comedy club
piano bar was awesome with BEN
debarkation was a bit of a nightmare as it seemed like everyone was trying to get off at the same time. we went under the ropes as i had a 10 am flight to catch so we got off relatively quick.
All in all I would rank Sunshine in my top 2 ships with Miracle. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Cozumel was great. Went to a beach hidden gem (can't give name :-) shop here if you go to town, you can barter but not so much at the terminal. Food in Cozumel is amazing
Grand Cayman was great but we had 3 hours of storm so we ended up at Margaritaville. Great place but bring a lot of cash. I would recommend if you are a drinker get the buckets of beer not any of the souvenir drinks. We ordered 2 blenders and a solo cup drink and the bill was almost 60 bucks the blenders were about 2 drinks each.
Cayman is expensive so wait to shop in Cozumel.
Jamaica was fun. My wife and I took a van taxi with others to Doctors Cave beach and had a very relaxing day. I would recommend renting an umbrella, chair and a float. I sat on the float and my wife used the chair.
5 of us sailed from New Orleans. I am a non-drinker so New Orleans struck me as an overcrowded indoor smoking drinking dirty place. I would recommend Mother's for a Po Boy and Cafe Du Monde for a beignets. Not sure of the spelling as Spanish was my 2 year high school language. Stayed at the Double tree airport. Great hotel $14 per person to get us to the cruise ship but free shuttle from the airport.
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