A Wonderful Week: Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by PalCliff
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A Wonderful Week
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Our cabin was an interior on the 9th deck forward(Near the spa area). First time trying an inside. But we were looking to keep costs down... so what the heck. Man, does that room stay dark!!! But we don't stay in our cabin but for the necessities; so that was a nice savings. At the time we booked (6 months in advance) there was a sizable savings. I also enjoyed being on an upper deck(inside cabin) versus down below with a port hole window The cabin was roomy and comfortable. Had 3 electrical outlets. And Ivan was a great steward who kept the ice bucket full and even gave us a second one. A little extra tip at the beginning of your cruise goes along way!!
We are not big drinkers( so why go on Carnival you ask?). We do like sitting out on deck and enjoying the sun on Sea days. And people watching is always an adventure on Sea day! If you want to get picky I am sure that most cruises can be torn apart. I am trying to keep this in perspective. Serenity decks get crowded, pool decks get crowded, people try and save loungers, couches etc. from the crack of dawn.You just have to try and work with it. We managed to always find someplace to lay our towels down. The first sea day we were on Serenity decks for some sun and went down to the 3rd deck outside guest services and sat in lounge chairs and that was away from the noisy pool deck area.
The PunchLiner Comedy Club was lots of fun.We went 3 nights and yes we had to wait on line up to 30 minutes if I wanted choice seating. Maybe 15 minutes to just get in.
The shows in The Liquid Lounge were great. Talented people Very entertaining.. Our cruise director and her staff were very professional, personable and approachable. To keep 3100 people happy for 7 days is quite the task. And to keep smiling in the midst of a constant barrage of complaining people that might not be grasping Carnivals new FunShip 2.0 program, well my hats off to you. I probably would have pulled my hair out long time ago. Lots to do and many choices!!!!
My #1 complaint would be the lack of locker room space at the spa and gym area on board this ship(and that is not much of a complaint). I like to use the steam bath and sauna. On Sunshine, this area was cut down to increase For Fee Spa services. An upcharge will get you usage of the steam baths and some kind of solarium that I can not comment on because I wasn't willing to pay $100 fee for use. There was a sauna in mens lockeroom that was heated and working for no additional fee. However, the fitness area was awesome!! State of the art Life Fitness equipment and the spa area for pampering did look fantastic!!
Ports of call were fine. Never been on a Western Carib. Cave tubing in belize, great diving excursions, Maya ruins in Cozumel and Costa maya. The Carnival beach area in Roatan was very nice and we enjoyed the day.
All said we had a fantastic time and would gladly go onboard this vessel again for another journey!!!! Less
Cabin review: Nice Cabin9157
inside cabin was very roomy. bathroom shower was large. Sink area had 4 shelves and a larger area than previous Carnival ships. A/C was cold. Love the bathrobe!! I read where someone complained about the toilet being on an angle. REALLY!!!! Bed was comfortable. Ample closet space. Love that there is shower gel and shampoo in shower stall. THREE OUTLETS!!!!! Didn't need to bring my power strip. Hair drier in room was great for my wife. Room Steward Ivan was not chatty; but very efficient. Got to love the towel animals and turn down service.
Ship facilities were too small...
Sunshine more like Funshine!