We chose this cruise over Valentine's Day for our group of 12 as it fit perfectly with the kids traveling with us school schedule that allowed them a few days off for a winter break. We had 4 adults in their 20s, 2 in their 30s, 2 in ... Read More
We chose this cruise over Valentine's Day for our group of 12 as it fit perfectly with the kids traveling with us school schedule that allowed them a few days off for a winter break. We had 4 adults in their 20s, 2 in their 30s, 2 in their 50s, and 4 kids aged 6, 11, 12, and 14. This was the kids very first cruise as the rest of us are experienced cruisers. We are big fans of the Carnival Sunshine so were excited to try out the Carnival Sunrise. It was not quite the exact same as the Sunshine, especially the Serenity Adult Only area being smaller than Sunshine, but overall it is a ship we enjoyed. We really enjoyed being able to sit in the Sports Bar and watch softball since we are big fans and pleasantly surprised to see it being aired on board.
The food options on this ship are wonderful. Breakfast is offered in the dining room, lido buffet, Guy's Burgers Breakfast, Blue Iguana Breakfast, omelette stations, the Lucky Bowl even had different options.For lunch, you can have the buffet, if its a seaday the dining room is serving until 1, Guy's Pig and Anchor BBQ, Cucina del Capitano, Guy's Burgers, the Deli, Blue Iguana Tacos and Burritos, Lucky Bowl, Pizza, and Ice cream. Dinner we had assigned dining at 6pm which was our first time having early dining our Carnival. We thought we wouldn't like it, but honestly it went so much faster than late dining since the table had to be cleared by 8pm and we loved being finished by 6:30pm every night.
This was the first 4 day cruise we had been on in awhile. We typically go on 7day+. This limited our opportunity to try and do as much as we want to on board. We enjoyed the sports square with Putt-Putt, the waterslides were fun, but not as big as the Sunshines, and the trivia/entertainment was pretty good on board. We enjoyed the violins playing in the atrium most nights. The kids seemed to enjoy the youth programming offered. We did wish the pictures were updated to digital with the ship remodel, but they were not. Overall its a beautiful ship perfect for a family vacation. The service was very good all around. Our room on deck 5 was awesome being close to the action and activities on board.
Our cruise sailed to Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We have stopped in both locations many times, but were excited about our ports as it has been a few years since we have been to the Bahamas. In HMC we enjoyed a perfect family beach day. The weather was beautiful, we walked right onto a tender as we had platinum status and got straight onto the island on one of the 1st tender boats. We found 12 lounge chairs right by the water and set up for the day. We spent most the day in the water, but found time to explore around the island, rented a float for $20, and had lunch on the island which was less than spectacular. It was a great port day to get some sun and hang out.
Our stop in Nassau, we booked Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter through Carnival Excursions. This was the perfect excursion for the kids and really wasn't badly priced at $109 a person including boat ride to blue lagoon, access to waterpark at blue lagoon, lunch on the island, and the dolphin encounter, This was a great excursion with so much to see and do on blue lagoon and an awesome encounter with the dolphins.
All in all, really only have great things to say about the ship, the staff, and the cruise. Our cruise director Erin was visible and friendly. We have cruised with another line our last few cruises after only being loyal to Carnival so it was nice to come back and have a good experience. There is plenty we love about Carnival and still a few things we think they can do better, but we are always happy to step foot on one of their ships. Read Less