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Sail Date: July 2015
Me and my parents drove up to Port Canaveral the day before, but it rained the whole way from Macon, Georgia, to the port. We stayed at the Raddison Resort at the Port which was pretty nice. The Raddison had a shuttle service from there to ... Read More
Me and my parents drove up to Port Canaveral the day before, but it rained the whole way from Macon, Georgia, to the port. We stayed at the Raddison Resort at the Port which was pretty nice. The Raddison had a shuttle service from there to the cruise terminal, which is much cheaper than going from the airport to the port, and they let you have free parking for the time you are on your cruise if you stay there for one night. The Raddison is also a 5 min drive to the port. Enchantment of the Seas was a very good ship, it is also ine of the oldest, and it got newly remodled when I went on the cruise. There were some downsides though. For example, at the time Royal Carribean advratised that there was a Johnny Rockets and a Ben & Jerry's on the ship, but there wasn't either. There was a sign that said Ben & Jerry's but when I asked they said it was taken off the ship. Ben & Jerry's is now Cafe Latte-Tudes. But enough about the bad, lets get on with the actual cruise. On day after embarktion we went to Cococay, Royal Carribean's private island. We did the Jet Ski shore excursion and it was really cool. We drove around on our Jet Skis and saw some amazing wildlife in the ocean. This shore excursion was a 6 mile ride around the surrounding islands. Other than that we just hung around on the island until it was almist time to embark back on the ship. On day 3 we arrived in Nassau, sadly it was too hot that day to do a lot, so we just explored the Straw Market. On day 4 it was a sea day so we hung around the pool. The entertainment was very good. They had a terrific band and shows. My favorite shoe was the comedy show. Day 5 was disembarktion and it went pretty smooth. We decided to arry our luggage off the ship and it actually went faster than thosed who checked their bag off the ship. Overall, I would definitley reccomend this cruise and give it TWO thumbs up/ Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
I am a cruise junkie! Have sailed with Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and even MSC so I am very familiar with what to expect from each line. My family who cruise with me are also cruise junkies and I talked with them to decide what to ... Read More
I am a cruise junkie! Have sailed with Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and even MSC so I am very familiar with what to expect from each line. My family who cruise with me are also cruise junkies and I talked with them to decide what to write (I depend on reviews so I think it is fair for me to return the favor). On this cruise my hubby had to work but for the family that could go, here are ages: myself early 40s, daughter 16, son 13, parents in mid 60s, and 2 nephews ages 12 and 15. We all had the fortune of balconies on 3 different levels that I will discuss later. Still interested? Then let me begin... Embarkation - I have sailed from Jacksonville, Ft Lauderdale, and Miami but Port Canaveral is my FAV!!!! Majority of staff are retired folks who are very helpful and friendly. And since I did all of my paperwork on-line before boarding, it was a BREEZE to get my ship card. So fast and efficient! We were on the ship before noon and ready to eat! Dining - I have a son with Asberger's Syndrome (high function autism) so it is a MUST that I do research before vacations. When I am able to keep our surroundings pleasant for him, we all are able to enjoy time together. I read reviews and looked at videos of the Sunshine to find out tips and tricks that would maximize vacation fun. The BEST tip I can give you is the Havana Bar seating in the back of the ship for when you eat from the buffet (lido). Most people want to sit right beside all of the food or didn't have a clue there was a beautiful seating area just one little hallway behind the buffet with a beautiful view! Our FAMILY OF 7 had no problem finding 2 tables to sit by each other for meals. And I think the food is quite good. Some choices are not to my liking, but so many are and I enjoy it! My whole family LOVES Guys Burgers and the Burrito Bar so I have no idea why others complain. My daughter ate 3 of her lunches at Guy's and my son had the server tuned into his fav sandwich of no tomatoes or pickles but double donkey sauce, lol! My family also got your time dining as that was the only choice left (we are early dining type folks). We knew from reading that we should be in line to get a ticket by 5:30pm so that we would be seated ahead of early dine rush and our orders put in first. Only 1 night did we feel that the order was slow but we could tell our head waiter was training new help so we were patient. I do prefer to have the same wait staff each night but was overall not disappointed with your time. And for the record, yes there is lobster and prime rib served on formal night and it was yummy! Desserts are hit and miss like some state, but the grand marnier, choc melting cake, apple pie, and creme brulee are steady favs with my crew and we had the chance to enjoy each one throughout the week. Our kids were served promptly by the bar staff for their soda cards and refilled at least 2 times a night. Wait staff was kind and we even had the pleasure of having one we met from a cruise last year to wait on us 2 of the nights (he remembered our large family and was genuinely happy to see familiar faces). And a gem that many don't even know about is the Taste Bar beside the coffee shop. I enjoyed a quick appetizer there a couple of nights while we waited to get our seating ticket. The tomato soup night was very yummy! I give the food onboard high marks - like it all!! Kids clubs - My 2 kids are not very social, unlike their mom. So they didn't visit the club but my 2 nephews did and both enjoyed it. They didnt spend a lot of time there, but was happy for the space when they wanted away from the family to chill. I always see the middle age kids running around doing a scavenger hunt and I am eager to help out. Pool Deck - Now I can see why people get all worked up here. There are always chair hogs. It is a sad fact no matter if you cruise or go to a resort pool. The main pool is nice but it is very small for the number on board. The pool in the adult area is also nice and kept cool but on sea day it is packed out as well. The serenity area is super nice with hammocks, padded cushions on every type of seat, couches, loungers, and even clam shell seats. I liked this area was divided into 2 floors but could see someone handicapped would be aggravated. You can access both areas but must do your homework with exactly WHERE elevators go and the exit doors so that you too can enjoy the area. Entertainment - I enjoyed every activity! The singing is great, the cruise director Jaime is VERY entertaining and is quite the dancer, and I love Dr Seuss characters and interaction for kids. The breakfast with the characters is only 5 bucks a person - trust me, you can't go to Orlando and get that deal!!! I didnt do any comedy clubs but overheard others say it was funny. I enjoyed the productions and think there is plenty of room. Get there a little early if you are picky about getting that "choice" seat or accept you have to take what is left. Mardi Gras night was especially amusing and to people watch others clammering for 10cent trinkets is a HOOT!!! There is A LOT for kids with the slides, putt-putt, basketball, etc!!! Our teens were happy with the offerings. I will also through casino in here too. I dont expect cruise casinos to pay out mega bucks. I play to socialize and to try to have fun getting the machine to score free games. The selection here was pretty good and I liked how easy it was to get around in it. My mom got free drink status with points and she had no prob with waiters coming to take her order. Rooms - My mom was on Deck 11 balcony room on Serenity. She liked having spa access and the little extras. However, she felt the room was not quite cool enough and there were some toileting issues too (if someone flushes something they aren't supposed to, it messes up everyone else too!!) THe nephews were on deck 7 balcony and enjoyed the view but had irritating neighbors so that did impact their trip (sad that kids can behave better than some adults). And my kids and I were on deck 6 balcony. Room was beautiful! Air was cool but you do have to make sure you set it on cooler if you like that because it goes back to warmer temp automatically. I need to mention that the 3rd bed is the sofa bed and it is not very suitable for a teen. My son is 5' 8 and his feet hung off. He was not happy with the uncomfy bed either but toughed it out. So that is food for thought when booking. I loved to order breakfast room service on the card you hang out door and enjoyed coffee on the balcony! The storage is plenty in the room and tv was suitable. However I suggest power strip as outlets are scarce and 3 charging phones was a struggle! WIFI - Just wanted to throw out that there is a plan where you can stay connected for $5 a day to social media. I do the majority of my texting through Facebook Messenger so that was a huge bonus for me as I had to be in touch with my hubby one day for something that couldn't wait until after vacation. It was fun to be in touch with him and share a few pics during the trip so he didnt feel so left out. Bonus is you can use your phone and not be tied to one of Carnival's computers. There were other options that I thought were affordable too but this was the one that met my needs. Gold Member Rewards - Yes, I told you I am a regular. I like that there is a souvenir pin, bottle of water, and this trip had a complimentary drink coupon for last night use. Very nice gesture that the kids and I used to splurge on milkshake at the coffee shop. Each flavor was very good and left us feeling Carnival appreciated us (side note, the coffee shop also sells choc. covered strawberries for 75cents each and they are SOOO worth it!) Public Areas- The public areas in general do fill up pretty quickly, especially when an activity is about to begin. This applies to EVERYWHERE on this ship. So if there is somewhere you want to hang out or attend an activity, you should really try to get there 30 min early. I can understand some will argue, but I don't want to spend my vacation waiting. I understand that but I am just giving you a heads up on how to be less aggravated. Get a snack, a drink, or a good buddy you like to talk with and spend the wait time in a worthwhile manner. You will soon enough get to people watch from your prime seating ;) Glitches- I wanted to give the Sunshine 5 stars. I really did but alas, we had a major issue with room keys that consisted of 5 visits to guest services and then my dad acting like a maniac to finally get the problem fixed. I could say I am embarrassed about that but I am not. My mom ran back and forth from deck 3 to 11 four times to see if the newly produced key worked and there was a problem each time. She has back problems and when she came back pouring sweat and hurting from the last trip that was enough of that! I can't excuse that level of lack of service and why does it take acting like a idiot to get things done?? I know this may seem petty but if you were there and were a part of the situation you may understand better. One other knock was the late night disco noise. I had no idea that 2 levels up on deck 6 we would still be able to hear the disco. That first night was awful!! We could FEEL the vibrations through our pillows. That was ridiculous. The rest of the nights it wasn't as loud though still not quiet by any means. I can't imagine how poorly the folks closer to it slept. One final complaint, we bought drink/soda packages for the kids. Worked great on ship but no longer works at the private island, Half Moon Cay. I was not happy with that at all. You get either water or lemonade on island or pay for soda. Summary - We had a great time overall!!! We didn't let the room key glitch or other things put a sour taste in our mouth, dealt with it and enjoyed the ship's offerings. I think this is a great family ship and if you do your "homework" by reading some tips and tricks reviews and take the time to look at a you tube video of the ship layout, I think you will love it too. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room ... Read More
This was a quick weekend getaway. It was a first time cruise for my son who is 11. To make it a memorable journey, I booked a grand suite. It was just two of us for our weekend getaway and we had a great time. We stayed in U103. The room was spacious & comfortable. The decor was average. The suite had a good size closet, small bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, mini fridge, couch that converted into bed and chair. The temperature of the room was very cold, but adjustable. The deck was a perfect size for us. The crew that took care of us was spot on. The only drawback to our day in Nassau was that it was a national holiday and we were not told this when booking the cruise. Many businesses were closed & I heard a lot of people complaining because of this. We booked the Sea to See shore excursion that was wonderful! The tour guide was excellent and memorable. ( I wish we had more time in port.) Dining - Room service was timely. We chose the early dining and the staff were pleasant. I must say that the food was hit and miss. The majority of the people at our table agreed. In fact, on the last night, some opted for dining elsewhere on the ship. The pizza on the ship was delicious and was a hit with most everyone. My son participated in the kids club activities. He seemed to enjoy it. I would definitely cruise with Carnival. It is giving me a great cruise for families on a budget. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 ... Read More
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 checked-bags), we got our luggages around 6 p.m.! luckily I packed us a small carry-out with a change of clothes and shoes. Ship decor is a bit dated but otherwise kinda cool looking. I did notice some areas of the ship have been renovated (washrooms, cafe's) Housekeeping: Excellent, our rooms was serviced twice a day (mid-morning and early-evening), clean and tidy. Room U-87 was one of the largest rooms on the ship, in the middle of the ship, with a king size bed, large couch that turns into a bed, coffee table, chair, 40-inch tv, plenty of mirrors and lighting all around the room, drawer space, small refrigerator, walk-in closet, safe, large washroom with jet tub and a large balcony. Well worth the money for staying on the cruise. with Large windows and view of the oceans waters. Food: was just OK - a couple items were really good, each day was something different but it was not terrible, just OK. If you dine in Ecstasy/Fantasy is much better then the lido/seagrill buffet Dining Service in Lido Buffet, Ecstasy/Fantasy Dining Rooms, all EXCELLENT, they remember your names and take great care of you and want to provide you with excellent service and make sure you're satisfied. Many Activities through-out the day with tons of shows in the theatre, lounges, nightclub, casino, arcade, photo-taking, pools, mini-golf, track, gym, waterslides. Great music/dj. We did not have our child participate in the available toddler programs but I did see select rooms for youths that looked pretty cool. Shopping is available on the cruise, men and women's clothing, jewellery (brand-name, low or high-end merchandise), merchandise for children and youth, candy store. Excursions we tried were the private island in the Nassau, Bahamas (was beside a Sandals Resport) beautiful white sands, clear blue water, clean vacinity, plenty of chairs of everyone, food was pretty darn good, HUGE portions. and Dolphin Close encounter in Freeport. THis was an amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a live dolphin beside you. and the instructors were excellent and friendly, they encourage their visitors to ask many questions about their dolphins. Summary: Despite the negative reviews I have read on this site prior to my cruise. We enjoyed our stay, nice large size room helped a lot with all the space and windows/mirrors and a balcony doesn't make us feel claustrophobic, we thought the service was excellent and really nice workers, they will get to know you and have a chat with you, very friendly. The only cons I have with this ship are Food - was just OK, I got sick of the buffet, although they change their menus daily and have plenty of options, Its probably a personal preference as my husband enjoyed the food they served and had no problems eating over and over again! and that it is a bit dated. It certainly looks kinda cool and out-there but it was a bit too dated for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Had a nice quick weekend getaway. We live 20 minutes from the port, so it is easy for us to do a nice Friday-Monday cruise. Parking and Ride away from the port is quick and easy. $9/day. Check in was very quick. No lines. We did the ... Read More
Had a nice quick weekend getaway. We live 20 minutes from the port, so it is easy for us to do a nice Friday-Monday cruise. Parking and Ride away from the port is quick and easy. $9/day. Check in was very quick. No lines. We did the day spa special, which gave us access to a locker and the spa until our room was ready (around 1:30). The food is good. The buffet has a wide variety of food, all very good. The main dining room food was fair. We got a refillable soda cup for $6.50/day. Well worth it. As returning Crown and Anchor members, we did get some drink specials/coupons. Breakfast buffet is very good. The food on the private island (chicken, ribs, burgers) was tasty, but the food was barely warm. It is difficult to eat there, as the birds are circling above your head hoping that you drop something. We spent time in the casino trying to qualify for the Club Royale membership. This gives you discounts on future cruising and other perks. They were not very forthcoming in how you qualify, always telling us that they are watching and would tell us the final day of the cruise. They want you to keep gambling. Basically, you need to get 600 points, or 200 points per day. If you want to qualify, only do the 3 day cruise. $5 in play gets you one point, but you get double points in the mornings. My wife and I both qualified. It is how much you play, not how much you lose. Hopefully, you win some, so you put your winnings back in to qualify. Room 7104 was very nice. Good room stewards. Cruise director was great. Checkout was very easy if you carry your own luggage off, which is easy for a 3 day cruise. I was out by 730 am, and home by 810 am. I will continue cruising Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our ... Read More
We very much enjoyed our sailing from 4/20-24/2015. Smooth sailing in all categories. We boarded the ship quickly, and had a great lunch while we waited for the signal that rooms were ready. At 1:30 the room ready call was given and our luggage was already there. We signed up for dinner in the main dining room at the early seating and this worked out well for us, enabling us to attend the shows following dinner. My only disappointment was that the dress code was very relaxed in the main dining room (tee shirts and shorts) and we were looking forward to the tradition of dressing up a bit and making each night special (which we did). Our table attendants were excellent! There were activities from the early morning until late at night, and we thought that the cruise director and the other cruise members did an excellent job of keeping us entertained. The weather did not cooperate - we had rain and overcast skies for a few days so Coco Cay was not all that it could have been (although not through fault of RC). We purchased the soda package which we felt was well worth the money. The drink of the day was a nice offering, as was the happy hour 1 day but we really felt that an hour-long happy hour would have been nice each day. Overall, we felt it was a great cruise and we will be sailing again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Excellent Cruise for 3 days! This was my first Royal Caribbean experience and compared to Carnival, I prefer Carnival. Overall they have gone down over the year and decreased all the small things which do add up at the end of the ... Read More
Excellent Cruise for 3 days! This was my first Royal Caribbean experience and compared to Carnival, I prefer Carnival. Overall they have gone down over the year and decreased all the small things which do add up at the end of the experience. The service is great and that's on both ships. Carnival I find was a more personalized service and offered more to do on the ship and a wider variety age group. Royal Caribbean (on this particular one) was a shorter cruise than I would normally take and perhaps that could explain they all the differences. But the overall experience was a good one. Rooms = -Clean but there is a smell when you walk in so be sure to bring a little spray. It could be the humidity -They no longer provide any toothbrush and toothpaste as they used to in the past. Thankfully brought my own. -The TV's are not digital and you cannot see your balance of what you owe (your "tab") Dinning: -My Time Dinning was a good choice. We were able to seat 3 groups together and as long as we were there 5-10 minutes before 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. it was fine. Food came out quiet fast. Highly recommend the salmon and the mashed potatoes which were the best meal I had on all 3 nights for the formal dinner. -Formal dress was expected the 2nd night. 1st night was casual and the 3rd night I thought it was formal but somehow some people walked in with shorts so it was confusing... -Service was excellent -Food quality was good for the most part. Desserts were all good very good. -If you don't like it, they will bring you back something else from the menu that you like. You can also order something not on the menu such as french fries (fast and easy) and they are really good...nice and crispy but definitely worth trying out hot. Food: Besides the above, the breakfast offered a wide range of choices as well as the lunch. They did not have the chicken tandoori like Carnival for the lunch nor nachos. Nachos were only offered with the respective condiments on the 2nd night at 11:30 when they had their version of the fancy feast outside which consisted of several cakes, sliders, breads and cheese and finally the home made nachos (which were oily) with the guacamole (that was good) and the salsa (good also). Carnival used to have a fancy night with 2 floors of ice sculptures and cakes but then stopped it a few years back so this probably explains why Royal Caribbean followed afterwards. Recommendations would be for them to offer banana smoothies and strawberry smoothies for breakfast The drink packages are definitely worth it and if you are going to drink soft drinks, mineral water, bottled waters and non-alcoholic cocktails including pina coladas (nice and creamy and NOT slushy) then purchase it on the 1st night (that's the only night you can do this). If you will drink unlimited alcohol then purchase the 2nd to last package and enjoy it. -There are no water slides on this particular ship Entertainment: The comedy show on the 1st night was good and on the 2nd night not so good. I missed Carnival where they would have an actual show and we would sit down and look at the show with singing and dancing. They had this one night in the main entrance and everyone looked...was the 70's,80's,90's theme...for me that was the best part. Fitness: Totally worth getting up early to do some cardio and try out the gym because the view you are facing is breathtaking and you wouldn't be able to get that back at home. It was relaxing and fun at the same time...an excellent way to wake up in a really nice way inside :) WIFI: If you are on budget, purchase the 60 minute Internet for about $30.00 USD and you can use it throughout your cruise. Being that this was a 3-day cruise, I did not feel it necessary. The Islands: Bahamas - a nice walk and finally found free wifi at Dunkin Donuts...totally worth it! And this is within 10 minutes from where you dock so really not much walking to do. If you want to visit the islands then purchase a package and do it. CocoCay Beach - The best ending to this vacation. This island is owned by the Royal Caribbean or belongs to them and lunch and beverages were just as it would have been on the ship. In fact, returning to the ship, it was the exact same food offered on the deck. The beach is nice but not Jamaica but still it's tropical and a beach and clean and not many rocks. Enjoy it! Ending with this island is probably what made this cruise and left us all in a good mood :) We didn't purchase anything because most are jewelry and the excursions and being that most of us had already been to the islands, we just wanted to relax and put our feet up and it served its purpose for that. There were not many children which great but there were College Students from Spring Break but not as many thankfully. You don't feel like you are on a ship. It was only the 1st night at times because of the wind and that was it. Would I go back? Yes if it is a good deal otherwise heading back to Carnival for 3 days or considering a 5-day cruise with Royal Caribbean because the boat would offer more choice. Port Canaveral is expanding so that would be the hope especially if you are travelling with people who cannot sit in a car more than an hour and go to Tampa or Fort Lauderdale or Miami where you would get more choices. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2015
This was our family's second Disney cruise, first time on Dream, (first cruise was on Magic in 2013) and this time we brought along grandma and grandpa in adjoining stateroom. We settled on this 4 day cruise because it fit our ... Read More
This was our family's second Disney cruise, first time on Dream, (first cruise was on Magic in 2013) and this time we brought along grandma and grandpa in adjoining stateroom. We settled on this 4 day cruise because it fit our schedule for spring break from school and because it just cost a little bit less and that was welcome. We have two children who are (as of this review) 6 and 4. Embarkation day we spent eating lunch and riding the AquaDuck. It was all about the AquaDuck for my kids. There's only one of me, though so they had to take turns riding it (they're not big enough to go by themselves yet) and that was kind of a bummer. It's a super fun ride, to be honest, but sometimes when the line is very long, I don't quite understand the wait times. But - here's a tip - board the ship in your bathing suit and head up to Deck 11 right away. We had super short wait times when we boarded the ship around noon. It wasn't until much later in the afternoon, say around 3 pm when the lines started to get kind of silly. We enjoyed our harbor cruise around Nassau and it was an OK value for a cruise-line-booked excursion. My dad (grandpa) has some difficulties getting around and it was tough for him to make the walk from the ship to the pick up point, but he did make it and enjoyed it. We learned there is a somewhat irregular (free/gratuity) shuttle bus that will transport passengers from the cruise ships to the harbor building and back which is the primary pick up point for most excursions. (We took this shuttle back to the boat later.) Castaway Cay was definitely the highlight of this cruise. We'd never been before but everyone in our whole party loved it. It's just custom built to be a super fun day at the beach with the family. There are tons of activities to do for people of all ages and abilities. Another tip - try to get off the boat early because then you will have more of the facilities to yourself. I debarked at 8:45 am and basically had the entire snorkeling lagoon to myself for a good hour. All of the morning-feeding fish where out and it was just a lovely time - me, the lifeguards and the fish all swimming around. We are all looking forward to heading back to Castaway Cay in the future. That night was also pirate night and our kids were super excited - we were all in costume and took lots of pictures. We were the last family to get a picture with Captain Jack Sparrow before he rescued our ship from a bunch of nasty pirates. The fireworks were fun and the we all enjoyed them. Our final day was an at-sea day. We adults had champagne brunch at Palo which was magnificent. The one drawback was that the basketball court is like directly over the restaurant - this noise was sometimes a little bit distracting from the otherwise wonderful ambiance. We also had reservations for Remy this night but opted to cancel them because we were double booked at Animator's Palate and my wife really wanted to see the "show" with Crash from Nemo. We were still so full from brunch, it probably would have been a waste. While we were at Palo, the kids were in the Kid's Club activities - every time we put them in Kid's Club it took like 15 minutes to convince the kids to leave they were having so much fun every single time I went to get them. This particular day, my daughter had just finished playing in the Green Army Men Bootcamp from Toy Story and my son was doing a mystery puzzle game with Smee and Cap'n Hook from Peter Pan. (Two of his favorite characters, by the way.) They hardly wanted to leave. One really nice thing about the club is that if your kids are in there over a meal time (like breakfast, lunch or dinner) they will get fed by the team. I can't say enough about how much my kids liked the kids club activities - there always seemed to be a crazy amount of stuff for them to explore and do both with other kids and the counselors. One other fun thing my son and I did was the "Midship Detective Agency" game. This is an interactive video game where you run all over the ship with your own specialized badge and find special "interactive artwork" which gives you clues about your particular case that you can solve. Overall, I think we all had a great time, but to be honest, my wife and I felt like 4 days was just not enough time to really fully enjoy all of the amenities and activities that Disney packs on to their ships. We rebooked a "placeholder" cruise onboard because it's such a good deal and we are looking for a longer itinerary for our next trip - we just need more time than 4 days on DCL. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Last year we went on our first cruise and went on the Carnival Dream to the western Caribbean. We had an amazing time so we decided to take a cruise again this year! Because of the itenerary we chose the Carnival Sunshine, and we ... Read More
Last year we went on our first cruise and went on the Carnival Dream to the western Caribbean. We had an amazing time so we decided to take a cruise again this year! Because of the itenerary we chose the Carnival Sunshine, and we we're kind of excited because of the new interior but also a bit anxious because of the bad reviews of this ship. Overall we had a good time but the Sunshine is not to be compared to the Dream. The food wasn't that great in the restaurants and it looked sober, also had some hairs in my food twice. We had the worst seating ever at the entrance in a corner, but the dining staff was fabulous, they work very hard. The Restaurants you pay for are awesome and you should realy go there! The buffet is fine. We had a Spa Balcony Room on deck 10 and it was a little outdated, de airconditioning made an awefull sound but they fixed this right away, The balcony door didnt close properly so the wind was howling pretty bad, we fixed this ourselves with a whole lot of paper towels. We had some rough rough sea the first 3 days and the ship was banging because of the wind. Overall it is a carnival ship and it is fun, and it is what you make of it. But comparing the interiour, the staff and all the little things to the Dream.. This ship is fun for a short cruise, go bigger for a 8 day cruise but thats my opinion. I had a good time but i'm not paying that much anymore to cruise on the Sunshine, they have some work to do! Had a bad experience at the Spa though, I booked a manicure and the lady who did this was pretty bored and uninterested. She gave me higher prices then on the pricelist! And the manicure was sh*t. I could have done better myself. I expect better from Carnival! The Spa looks lovely but the staff there isn't skilled enough, You pay a high price and you get a manicure that could have been done by a 10 year old girl.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a ... Read More
I am interested in RCI because of the international destinations you offer however, I had several disappointments with my cruise. We tried RCI Splendor of the seas in October 2013 visiting Greece and guest services on board told us that a cruise with RCI in the caribbean would be better suited for our age range and my expectations. We find that the activities on board as well as the shore excursions offered are fewer and more expensive than on other cruise lines. I didn't get to try the trampolines due to weather closer or being on shore during open times. Most of the shows are performed well but need to be re-worked. The pools were packed (standing room only) but I do like that RCI has an adult only pool. We stayed on the ship most of the freeport day and still couldn't get into the pools. No excursions were really offered in freeport and it was added at the last minute so we just got off to shop. There wasn't very many options for nassau either, but we did end up going to beach day at Atlantis. We purchased through the cruise because I had called the hotel before we sailed and the pass through the hotel is first come first serve and the hotel was at 94% booked. Cococay was nice but after 2pm we couldn't find a drink station except for alcoholic beverages. We took our own snorkles and rented the life vest for $6. The beach and the water was very busy with 2 ships on the same day. The food isn't as good in the main dining room and not as much variety as carnival but the service is better. The shower in the staterooms are smaller and the curtain needed to be changed on both cruises. I do like the storage and closet space. We cruise once a year and may try either the oasis or the allure in the future perhaps I'm just choosing the wrong class of ships, but we prefer a smaller crowd and a smaller ship Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL ... Read More
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL on our honeymoon and my first cruise before that was on Carnival in 2001. Overall, we had a great time. We are from Texas and flew into Orlando for Disney and Universal before heading off on this cruise (we took a rental car to Port Canaveral). And after having a horrible experience in our hotel (another story altogether), our cruise cabin was great. We were in balcony room 7116. Pre-cruise: We flew in from Dallas on Southwest and reserved a Budget rental car with a great deal thru Southwest. We drove to Port Canaveral and dropped off the rental there at the Budget location at the port and took their shuttle back to the ship, no problem. The porters were great and nothing was broken in our luggage. Embarkation: Very smooth. I was stopped by security because I chose to carry on a metal and enamel jewelry box from Disney so it wouldn't get broken, and the security officer searching my bag couldn't have been nicer, very friendly. I will say that this cruise didn't seem to be as booked as I thought it would be for a Labor Day weekend, or as crowded as some folks on here talk about. So this was nice, as the dining options and ports of call were less crowded. Also, I still had some bottles of soda in my carry-on from the hotel and they didn't say anything about them. And I was able to bring on an extension cord, no problem. Sea Pass cards: I ran into several other cruisemates who had issues with their cards getting deactivated, including myself. I also ran into this issue multiple times on my last RCCL cruise back in 2004 on our honeymoon. In 10 years, I was surprised to see this still being an issue, especially when I can have the same credit card for years and never have this issue. I was disappointed this is still happening after all these years, so beware. Ship and cabin: I read other reviews here about how dated the ship looks, but I didn't see it. Everything looked attractive and clean. And our cabin was nice too. We did have a fridge. There were items in it you had to pay for, but there was still room if you wanted to put in your own items instead. No problem with the toilet flushing and we never smelled any bad smell as I often read about here. We were on deck 7, but we perused many of the lower floors and never smelled anything. Only thing was that I noticed on the room steward carts on our floor that there were tubes of lotions and/or shampoos, etc. But we never received any of these and I'm not sure why, since we were on the same floor and in a balcony room. All we received was bar soap, no tubes of anything. We did meet our cabin steward several times, and he was very nice. I didn't mention the tubes...I didn't see them on the carts till like the last night. We did get a different towel animal every day, very cute. I love those! Also, our luggage arrived at the cabin pretty quickly . (Although our poor neighbors weren't so lucky. Their luggage was lost and they commented that they might have to wear their bathing suits to formal night...LOL! Although, I think they did get their luggage a little while later.) Food: The highlight of mine and DH's day was dinner in the MDR. We booked so early that we were blessed enough to get a table for two (by request when I booked a year ago) by the window, and what a GREAT window view! We had early seating so it was always light enough to see out on the water. On our cruise we saw a tanker, cargo ship, Carnival ship and even a surfaced military submarine! Loved this view! And our servers Eduardo and Nitish were fabulous! I usually wanted two appetizers because I couldn't decide...no problem for Eduardo at all, even when DH and I split a second entree or dessert. With early dining, we often had to rush back from what we were doing, like in Nassau...but this table was worth it! As for the Windjammer, I can't say the same. The embarkation lunch wasn't that great, so that's when we decided to stick to the MDR...excellent decision, as it turned out. We did the MDR breakfast the first morning and room service breakfast on our balcony the second morning. MDR breakfast was OK, not as good as dinner though. We liked the room service breakfast on the balcony the best. For debarkation breakfast, there wasn't much choice, so we tried the Windjammer and it was pretty busy and it wasn't that great in our opinion. Good variety, but some things just didn't taste right to us. For Park Cafe, we had some late night snacks there like pizza and cookies and they were OK, but they didn't really wow us. Beverages: We don't really drink, but I did want a souvenir glass and the soda package, and the bars always seemed pretty crowded and you had to wait a bit for service, but they do seem to be doing their best and they were very nice. I loved the freestyle Coke machines, but for a period of like 24 hours, there was one of the only two machines on board that was out of carbonation, making the drinks very unpleasant. I reported to Guest Services and the issue was fixed, but I was surprised it was like this for so long on such a short cruise. Other cruisemates were also complaining of the same issue. The Guest Services gentleman that helped us with the deactivated card and the Coke machine issue was very nice and helpful. We did wait a very long time in line for Guest Services though, like about 20-30 minutes. So some additional help there would be nice. One more note about Guest Services. I had a coupon for onboard credit from an RCCL coupon book. I went to Guest Services to get it put onto our account and the lady was clueless and kept looking up our account to see if it was there. I kept telling her no, its a coupon that I need added to the account. She left for a long time and finally came back telling me they wouldn't honor it. Said that I had to call RCCL to get it added prior to the cruise. I think that is ridiculous, because how would someone on the phone know I had the coupon? It didn't have a code or anything to type in. (And it didn't expire till the end of this year, so that wasn't the issue) It also did not say you had to call and get it added ahead of time. She really didn't act like she cared. She acted more like we were annoying her with an issue that was taking more of her time than she wanted. I wish we had gotten that other Guest Services gentleman for this issue. I feel like he would have been more helpful and may have even been able to do something for us. So if you have any coupons for something, be sure and call RCCL about it before your cruise. Also, we are C&A Gold members, and our account did have the Gold member discounts. But beware...be sure and mention that you want to use your discount before the server rings up what you are buying, or else they won't be able to apply it. For example, I had the BOGO drink discount on my account and purchased a glass of wine, but didn't specifically mention the discount. The server said he didn't realize I had it and would have to ring up another in order to use the right "code" for the coupon. So I had to buy another to get the discount. So just let them know ahead of time. Nassau: We didn't do any RCCL excursions here, so what I have to say is no reflection on them, but I thought it might be helpful for some. My favorite part was the Pirates Museum. It's this little museum that was only $12 that I had been planning to visit for this trip. You could spend as much or as little time there as you want. There is some interesting history about pirates and a quaint little gift shop (not as big as the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop at Disney mind you). But one of the tour guides dresses as a pirate and has some interesting facts and this little sort of a "show" that he does as you go thru it...he was cool. Also, I really was looking forward to going to the Straw Market to get souveneirs for my family and friends. But I swear, those people just ran me out of there, literally! Their sales tactics are horrible! Someone needs to instruct them on how to make sales and good customer service (I know that is probably a laugh). I was so disappointed. They were so greedy, they didn't want you to look at their neighbors' booths, just theirs...even if they didn't have what you wanted, they didn't care. They would try and guilt you into buying stuff like by saying, "come on, it's been a slow day and I need to make a sale". I'm sorry, but I can't help that. They wouldn't let you look around, they just bug you to death. If you saw something in the next booth, they would try to bully you into buying from them instead, whether you wanted that item or not. Finally my DH and I practically RAN out of there, without even getting what I was looking for. There was a shop nearby that was selling similar items for maybe just a dollar more that I shopped in. And since it was an actual store and not someone's "booth", they didn't bother you. How nice it was to just peruse the store and pick out your beach towel or bag or T-shirt without someone nagging the crud out of you! Unfortunatley, I did miss out out on some of the handmade stuff, since we had to run out of there. And I do see talk on here about the knock-off purses. So I do want to mention that. I admit, I was looking for one for my Mom (she really wanted one) for a Christmas gift and a lady asked if I was interested...I was. So she was great. She took me to like 5 different shops till we found what I was looking for. It wasn't this 'scary' area either. It was right there across the street from the other shops we were looking at. I never felt unsafe. They even had a security guard in some of the shops and they took credit cards too, which surprised me. I was glad, because I was out of cash by that point. CocoCay: The BBQ lunch on CocoCay was pretty good, and we were the only ship this weekend, so there was no line, which was nice. We booked a jet ski excursion with RCCL, but they let us know that the water was very choppy, like a "washing machine", and some folks had fallen off. I am not a strong swimmer so they let us cancel with a full refund if we wanted to, which was very nice. And they say you don't need cash on the island. This is not true. There is like a "mini" Straw Market here. And they don't bug you to death! But I didn't bring cash because I was told I didn't need it. So I missed out on some things I could have gotten that I didn't get in Nassau when they ran me out. So bring cash! If you have an excursion, they do have lockers for free. (at least at the jet ski excursion, they were free for us) Entertainment: The welcome aboard show was a comedian and was very funny. They offered a talk on shopping in Nassau with offers of a free charm bracelet and charms...but you actually had to go to each afore mentioned jewelry shop in Nassau to get the charms. I would like for them to have offered some tips and suggestions on shops other than jewelry and the 'color changing' stuff. Even if they weren't "RCCL affiliated" it would still have been nice. (I put this in my feedback suggestion to them) My favorite part was the Karaoke every night (I am a karaoke queen anyway!), plus they have "rock band" karaoke the last night, where you can sing with a live band! It was neat, even though the song selection for that was very limited. The last night's show was a Broadway-type show that I really liked, 'Stage to Screen' with numbers from stage shows turned movies. Some of the shows they picked I thought could have been replaced with more mainstream shows (one of the shows I had never seen or heard of at all), but they did have 'Chicago' and 'Little Shop of Horrors' which were very good. And I thought the singers and dancers were very good, and I am a singer and dancer myself, so I feel I can judge. LOL! Debarkation: We chose not to carry our own bags off the ship. We had too many extra bags after buying stuff from Disney and Universal. And I can honestly say we were glad we didn't. It wasn't crowded and debarkation was smooth and quick and we got our bags immediately and there were porters available with carts to help us. They were great! Wrap up: I looked a while to find a cruise that was going for Labor Day weekend and this was the only one. Another cruisemate I spoke to on the ship said the same thing. We booked a longer cruise with our kids for next year on a bigger ship (not RCCL) out of Galveston so we can drive instead of fly. So for longer cruises, a bigger ship might be a better choice. But for a quick getaway, I would say this cruise is a good choice. All in all, I have had good service and amenities with RCCL. I can't say that I will always go with RCCL, because for me, I book for things other than just the cruise line...like length of cruise, departure port, price, etc. But I can say that given the opportunity, I would cruise with RCCL again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
Carnival Sunshine had many problems during our sail time.......Here is the list. CONS.... *Marketplace very hot, was told ac on one side not working...never got any better. *Tables not cleaned off during breakfast, saw other cruisers ... Read More
Carnival Sunshine had many problems during our sail time.......Here is the list. CONS.... *Marketplace very hot, was told ac on one side not working...never got any better. *Tables not cleaned off during breakfast, saw other cruisers cleaning their own tables as we did. * Empty drinks and dishes not picked up by pool area *Crowded area around drink stations outside of marketplace, not enough room for pedestrian traffic * Ice machines out of ice * Machines out of lemonade *Beer on Tap out *Ice cream machines dirty, out of order and out of cones *No live music on promenade or by pool areas *Liquid Lounge had leaking water out of ceiling with a partition to block it off, making seating difficult and blocking views. *"Your Time Dining" had to wait in a line on promendade deck to get a ticket for what time you wanted to eat, then report to the dining room on deck 4 at that time to wait in another line....very time consuming and we only ate in dining room 2 nights because of this. *Waterworks area crowded with not many chairs or open deck area to watch and enjoy * Pool small and very crowded with kids jumping in and disregarding security * Pool area hot, not much shade from fake trees and no umbrellas except on serenity deck and they are limited. PROS.... * stateroom 9109 scenic ocean view was awesome, we loved it. * Jamie Dee cruise director was great and we loved her and all of the liquid lounge show and Punchliner shows. *Guy's Burger Joint was really great. * Food was really good.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
I will start with embarkation. We were in a suite, so we had VIP embarkation, which went very smoothly. We were onboard the ship within 5 minutes or so. Our cabin was absolutely AMAZING!! It was my first time in a Grand Suite, and if the ... Read More
I will start with embarkation. We were in a suite, so we had VIP embarkation, which went very smoothly. We were onboard the ship within 5 minutes or so. Our cabin was absolutely AMAZING!! It was my first time in a Grand Suite, and if the price is right, I would definitely book a Grand Suite again. However, this was a 3 day cruise, and on 2 days out of the cruise, the toilet would not flush due to "an issue with the main line". While I was given 20% off my next cruise after complaining to Guest Relations, I must say that I expected more given that we were in suite accommodations. The toilet should have been properly serviced. You shouldn't have to search the ship to use the bathroom! We missed breakfast in the Windjammer on the last day due to the toilet not working! As for the ports, Nassau is ok. We did get off briefly in the evening to view the area, but in all honesty, there really was no reason to get off the ship. We didn't even bother getting off the ship for the tender at CoCo Cay. Why go to a hot island when we could stay on an air conditioned ship? Dining was forgettable. We dined in the main dining room the first night, and dinner wasn't all that great. We skipped dinner all together the second night, and on the third night we tried Chops Grille! OMG! The service in Chops was AMAZING! The food was OUTSTANDING!! I wish we had gone there all three nights! The food was actually hot! My fiance had the veal, which was melt in your mouth delicious! It was even better than my filet mignon! We didn't attend any of the shows, so I can't really review that. However, the best part of the cruise was the Concierge Lounge. My fiance and I watched the sunset on the first night, while sipping a glass of champagne and eating chocolate covered strawberries. It was so romantic and really set the mood for our entire cruise. Reyno, the Concierge was PHENOMENAL!!! He played the best music, and we had great conversations with him. I also enjoyed making my lattes in the lounge and having afternoon snacks. The Concierge Lounge makes it definitely worth upgrading to a suite! Overall, we enjoyed our cruise. However, I don't think we will be sailing on Enchantment again until they address the plumbing issues. While I don't think we will be cruising on a "mega ship" as we enjoyed the intimacy of the Enchantment. I do think we will try a longer cruise on a slightly newer ship for our next "couple" getaway.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Pre Cruise Hotel  My wife and I really enjoy staying at the Radisson Resort at the Port!  Clean rooms, great front desk staff and incredible FULL breakfast!  Perfect shuttle service. Embarkation I received a robo call and an email ... Read More
Pre Cruise Hotel  My wife and I really enjoy staying at the Radisson Resort at the Port!  Clean rooms, great front desk staff and incredible FULL breakfast!  Perfect shuttle service. Embarkation I received a robo call and an email stating don't arrive to the port until 12:30 due to limited seating.  I was angry to find out that some of my friends were already enjoying their first of MANY GUY's Burgers at 11:30 a.m. while I was still waiting to leave for the port! The Ship The ship is bright and looks great. The 3 story Serenity area is the highlight of the ship, but you better get your chairs EARLY! They go fast. The ship is very family friendly. Take some time to learn your way around the ship. It can be confusing. The Food We had dinner one night in Fahrenheit 555. The manager Kruella was very mean, but Boris and other staff were incredible! The food was perfect! Order the Cheesecake! The Spa (Gym) The gym is great, but Damien the trainer was singularly focused on sales of products and services. Very rude. Playlist Production Shows Don't miss the shows, especially EPIC ROCK! Incredible energy and music! The best part of the Carnival Sunshine was Cruise Director Jamie Dee! I've met many cruise directors over the years, but no one compares to Jamie! She's full of energy, she's out and about very approachable and second to none! Imagine Monster, Rockstar, Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy all in one package; That's Jamie Dee! Conclusion I highly recommend the Carnival Sunshine for families. It's a great ship with most of the FunShip 2.0 upgrades. Oh, don't buy a milkshake at the milkshake spot. Total waste of money. Worst milkshake I've ever had. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was ... Read More
Know my biases up front: -not a fan of crowds -Fan of Wind Jammer (3 times) -Enjoyed 7 day on Disney Magic Good: -Cabins, Deluxe family with verandah -kids activities -Castaway Cay -friendliness of crew -embarkation process was improved over last Disney Cruise Bad: -crowded, almost everywhere, almost always -food, not bad, but ranks at bottom of the 5 cruises we've done, fish was consistently overcooked, and everything at Animator's Palate was on the cold side. -no dinner dress code, shorts and tank tops welcomed in main dining -smoking, to get away from the crowds, we'd retreat to our cabin's verandah, but we were often greeted with smoke from other guests. Nassau: -Is a busy Capital city, but traffic really picks up after school let's out around 3. -Cheryl's Taxi & Tour is great. Craig is a friendly and proud Bahamian, who's proud of his country and makes for a great guide.   Read Less

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