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Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of ... Read More
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and areas within driving distance. Although you can fly, the airport is a quick taxi ride to the port, this would get so much more use if they had more ships. Several people shared that the city of Charleston is only wanting one boat at a time using the port. Carnival is switching out the Ecstasy for the Sunshine in 2019. Embarkation was speedy, I made it through security and over to the check-in counter with ease. I was on the gangway within 10 minutes.Get there by 11 and you can get on the boat. They give you a special time on your boarding pass but it didn't seem to matter. Once on the boat the party was revving up on the Lido Deck. Guy's Burger Joint was ready as was the Blue Iguana Cantina and the lunch buffet. The pizza place at the very back of the Lido Deck was great, the Caesar salad was a HUGE hit. If you have the bubbles package (sodas, not alcohol) you need to pay SC tax while in port. Also, the bubbles/alcohol packages cannot be used on the private island or on room service. We were allowed to our cabins promptly at 1:30 and many bags were already there. We loved our room, small TV (not a ton of channels, not good if you are seasick or stuck in your room, thankfully we weren't). Bathroom was tiny but that's to be expected. Water pressure was not good, fuse blew when too many people were drying their hair and some cabin bathrooms had a slight odor but essential oils took care of that issue. We mustered around 3:30. This was a typical muster, we listened to the rules, walked up to where our lifeboat was and that was it. We didn't need to bring our vests. We sailed away and toured around the ship. It's a smaller ship, maybe 2000 people on board but, unless you walked the length of the boat on our deck (Deck 5 Main) we had to weasel in and out of rooms (mostly the casino on Deck 9) which was filled with cigarette smoke. There was awesome nightly entertainment near the China Town bar but the smoke kept us away. Piano Bar was fun, comedy was great, shows were great, the Love and Marriage show is always a winner and we were even able to watch the Super Bowl in the two lounges as well as the Lido Deck. The Alchemy Bar was awesome, martini tastings were a big hit and there were wonderful areas at the bar and in it's vicinity to sit and enjoy your drink. We had the late seating for dining and we LOVED it. Our server, Lucy, knew our names almost immediately, catered to the specialty dishes some of our party needed and was a delight over the entire trip. Support staff in the dining room was wonderful as well. The food was quite tasty overall, I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised (just ask the 8 pounds I brought home with me hahaha) Day 2 was all day at sea, the boat is older so we felt LOTS of rocking. Some didn't like that and had some sea sickness. Thankfully I didn't and found the rocking to be soothing and relaxing. Sea Day Brunch was another pleasant surprise- get the steak and eggs. The steak was tender and seasoned well. Omelets were good too I heard but on both sea days, during the brunch I got steak and eggs. The private island, Princess Cay, was great, the water was chilly and it was windy but we found a great pavilion with plenty of seats both in and out of the shade. The island lunch was okay, burgers with accouterments. Some of us headed back to the boat (you have to take a tender to and from the main ship) and before boarding you need to go through security so plan accordingly. I heard that as the time to board got closer, the lines were long, the sun was hot and if you wanted shade there were limited seats on the bottom of the tender. The next day we got to Nassau and opted to go to the Nassau Hilton, its right next door to Senor Frogs. $79 got you a day pass that included a $40 food/beverage credit to use, access to their private beach, pool, chairs, umbrellas etc. It was worth every penny. It was clean, quiet, not crowded at all. I would go there again in a heartbeat. The food was pricey, a burger was $19.75- so your credit doesn't go too far. Beachy adult beverages averaged around $10 as did a shot. Yup. A shot was $10. Note that there is a tax added to the food and drinks but gratuity is already included. On our way back, our second sea day, it was chilly- windy and somewhat cloudy so time on deck was limited. We had fun sleeping in, going to the sea day brunch, playing BINGO and taking naps. For our final dinner we headed back to the dining room (we went every night, the choices were great, rarely was there an issue choosing something yummy) and followed it up with the comedy club and show. The morning of debarkation was loud as I said above, the boat is old but don't let it deceive you, it was a really fun time. Plenty of places to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. It's not a mega ship, it has few modern features but the size of it can be a good thing. The private beach day wasn't crowded, the deck always had seats available, getting on and off the boat happened with minimal wait time. We made our way back to the security building, grabbed our luggage (we left it outside our doors by 11pm the night before, you could carry it if you wanted to) and made it through customs quickly. I grabbed a taxi to the airport but others in my party waited in line for a shuttle to get them to the parking deck. If you are looking for a fun getaway, this is great for those on the east coast who don't want to go to the major ports. I may need to return when they put the Sunshine on rotation. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise at the last minute as we had to cancel the one for Norwegian Dawn that set sail 2 weeks later due to work. We prefer 5 to 7 day cruises as you have more time to peruse the ship and all that it offers. However, since ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as we had to cancel the one for Norwegian Dawn that set sail 2 weeks later due to work. We prefer 5 to 7 day cruises as you have more time to peruse the ship and all that it offers. However, since this was our second time aboard the Liberty, we thought we would be just fine. We had a balcony room on the 11th deck and had the wonderful room steward Lareston. He asked us our preferred times for room service (I had never been asked this before) and tried his best to accommodate. However, with 2 teenagers in and out of the room, it was a challenge for him but he managed. Loved the balcony (although it showed its age a bit), and what needed to work in the room did. We loved our dining crew in the MDR (Golden Olympian), although the food was "meh." It lacked a bit of flavor. But because of our waitstaff, we ate dinner every night in the MDR, which is a rare feat for us. Elegant night was okay, although now on Carnival, most people seem to opt out of dressing up. We did not go ashore in Nassau, so I cannot comment on that experience. Entertainment was fine; my husband loves the casino and trivia, so that's a 5 star rating for him. We did not see the shows like Flick ( previously seen on Magic) only caught one comedian Caroline Prickard (sp?) for her family show and she was hilarious. Overall, good ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Carnival. This was a cruise for my 67th birthday. We drove to Port Canaveral and parked at The Park Port Canaveral lot behind the Radisson Hotel, which was reserved online. The embarking was ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Carnival. This was a cruise for my 67th birthday. We drove to Port Canaveral and parked at The Park Port Canaveral lot behind the Radisson Hotel, which was reserved online. The embarking was the best ever as was the disembarkation. We always carry our own luggage off the ship. Our cabin was 8384, a balcony cabin that was lovely. It had tons of storage and a large balcony that had comfortable chairs and a table. Our cabin attendant Lasta was the best ever and made sure that our room was cleaned twice a day. The food on the ship was delicious and again the best out of all of cruises. The variety of restaurants that were complimentary was amazing. My favorite was the steak and eggs on the last day brunch in the main dining room. Our waitress, Windy table 128 was excellent. She welcomed us by name and knew what we liked and disliked after the first day. Truly the friendliest. most respectful; and professional staff we have ever seen on a cruise line. We sound out the day of the cruise that we could have brought an 18 pack of soda on board. That would have been nice to have known. Ok now for the warning: the ventilation system on the ship doesn't appear to have been updated to remove cigarette smoke from the air. I suffer from asthma and could not attend the shows in the main theater due to the presence of smoke in the theater. The staff said that it was because of the proximity to the outside smoking and the casino. These were areas that I also, had to avoid. So, WARNING TO ASTHMA suffers...this is not a ship for you. Many areas smell of smoke and if it is something that sets off an asthma attack - then avoid this ship. Another younger passenger was having the same problem. We did feel that the ship was populated by a lot of young passengers (20's) that were there to drink and party. With that in mind I would not want any of my grandchildren on this ship. There were many x rated exhibitions by the revelers and the hot tubs were overrun by passionate couples. Guess I will have to stick with Princess and Royal Caribbean and Norwegian in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Got a great last minute cruise deal on the Victory way to cheap to turn down. Downside was the cabin 1a upper lower 1201. Bottom of the ship first cabin starboard side. Looked around on cruise critic for pixs of the cabin saw none so I ... Read More
Got a great last minute cruise deal on the Victory way to cheap to turn down. Downside was the cabin 1a upper lower 1201. Bottom of the ship first cabin starboard side. Looked around on cruise critic for pixs of the cabin saw none so I took few posted below. This cabin is a porthole cabin so have a limited ocean view. The cabin is very quiet only when pulling into port and front thrusters are right under you so be prepared for early wake up on port days. Other then that very quiet no vibration or noise of any kind. I slept in upper and had room steward put it up during the day. Surprisingly comfortable some of the best night sleeps ever on board. Room big enough for second bed not sure why they don't have on but allows for much better space during the day. The only thing I found unusual was the bathroom floor being all plastic was spongy. I assume the glue holding it down has come loose but still solid once you step on it. The shower drain for some reason appears to be in the wrong corner for tray fills up in back but does drain without over flowing into rest of bath. We just took our foot after shower directed water to drain then threw the towels down in shower afterwards not a big deal to us. Now climbing in the bunk not for the old and frail especially with ship swaying in the water. I had no issue but if you have trouble moving around this would not be the room for you. The Victory herself is a very small ship or maybe I just got use to bigger ones. Walk one end to the other is nothing. She shows a lot of aging but kept in very good shape by an excellent crew and staff. Still had lots of things going on to keep you busy and kinda like the smaller ship. You into speciality restaurants and ton of outdoor activities not so much on this ship. Shows outstanding as usual but still Carnival thinks louder is better and way too loud. I take out my hearing aids and still too loud. The comedians had us crying laughing totally awesome. Even the the R rated shows which are sometimes to nasty with every other word the F word much more tasteful and more true to life. Both excellent and you'll love them as well. The food and service are excellent according to MDR crew 2nd best in the Carnival fleet. I must agree they did outstanding job speed, accuracy, taste and temperature of food perfect. I still love the Flat Iron steak very tasty and not tough or filled with grizzle like some other cruise lines. Wife had to have her chocolate lava cake as usual when on Carnival and did not disappoint. Our waiters Damireux and Sishui not sure about the spelling probably wrong think they pronounced it as Day-mar and Seesh but both did an outstanding job. The buffet food very good as well but Guys burgers one of our favorites for lunch. The new deli was also nice touch. Long lines for buffet especially in morning on port days but you'll find you go to back of ship in the pizza pirate and the fish place they will make your eggs the way you want and have most of the same things with small line or none at all. We set the bar low for this cruise for the price of $50/day for both of us and OBC would have to be terrible for us not to be happy. I must say this was much better cruise then our MSC cruise on larger beautiful boat but lacked the service and quality of the Victory and much more expensive. All in all this cruise set the bar high for the next cruise in September. No complaints what so ever and CCL went out of their way to make everyone cruise a pleasant experience. Hope to get another chance to cruise her again if the price is right of course. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship ... Read More
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship was newly remodeled to a less tacky decor color scheme and the new food venues were fantastic. One recent review stated the vents in the cabin doors let in noise. I couldn't agree more. I had to sleep with earplugs and that still didn't drown out all the sounds from drunk people yelling in the halls at all hours of the night and the dreadful steel drum music that played from 6 pm until 10 pm. I got headaches from all the noise and it was hard to relax and go into your cabin to just sleep when you needed it. The vents do help with smells in the cabin, but bad from noise control. Guy's Burger joint is so yummy and fun. The Blue Iguana gives made to order burritos, tacos for breakfast and lunch options. The buffet has gone downhill however. This is especially true for Dinner. The food one night was just awful. It was a weird combo of dishes: veal parmesan, pasta with peas, rice, top round, succotash...I pretty much went hungry that night and we checked the dining menu that was the same. The bad thing is that Guy's closes at 6pm and Blue Iguana closes even earlier. The buffet needs serious improvements! I really missed the chicken tenders that used to be served at lunch too. Breakfast is pretty good in the Lido restauant, but they need to put fruit in the express area. You can wait over a half hour in line just to get fruit. Our cabin was remodeled with woods that gave it a spa feel. We were in 8272. It was a horrible location. We were next to the cleaning closet, so the stateroom attendants would park their carts on both sides of the door and talk non stop at all hours of the day and evening loudly and bang around. People would seem to congregate by our door talking and sounds from the lobby (steel drums) would carry up to our room as it was located right at the opening. Avoid this room at all costs!! The mattress is hard as a rock and pillow hard or lumpy. It wasn't the comfortable beds we have been used to on Carnival. The entertainment on the ship needs an overhaul. The exact same shows as two years ago with less talent. The comedy "all ages" show was lames as heck. The first night, the second guy (Derek) basically rehashed the first show's material. The second night, Derek, couldn't produce any laughs. He seemed ill prepared. The Vegas style show "Livin' in America" was awful. The girls were g-string style clothing that is inappropriate for kids especially and the singing was bad. We lasted 10 minutes and bailed. The Love and Marriage show was good though :) I love the exercise facilities on the ship. There are many new weight machines and tons of cardio equipment. One of the best cruise ship gyms I have been in. Many of the tv's on the machines are broken. The girls working in the spa and night very nice and when I asked for a price list, they said they didn't have one. They gave me a $50 random credit in the spa for the Half Moon Cay day, but services were so pricey, I couldn't find anything to spend the credit on ($160ish for a massage or facial)? The ship colors have been changed from Multi-disco rainbow bright colors to turquoise and coral/orange but looks like someone sponged turquoise on all the gold painted trims to update it. The carpet is new. The ship was clean and in good repair. The walkways especially in the dining area were very cramped. There is only tea/coffee, lemonade and hot cocoa to drink on board without paying extra, but I noticed people bringing one 12 pack of soda each onboard to use. Embarcation went pretty smoothly. We'd arrived at 11:35 am for our 11-11:30 am appointment and bypassed the line. Debarkation was awesome! They made an announcement at 7 am that if you had all your luggage with you, you were cleared to leave right then (although the info sheet the night before stated you could only get off per deck starting at 8:15 am). I noticed a lot of conflicting info. The cruise director would announce one thing (like if you are near your cabin at muster, to grab your life jacket) but when we did, the stateroom attendant told us to leave them in our room. Another time they said that if you were near your stateroom, you could watch the muster on your tv, but they made it very clear at muster, that you HAD to attend no matter what. Muster took a ridiculous amount of time to complete. Mostly, it was because people took so long to get to their muster stations. They need to speed this up more. We were supposed to depart from Miami at 4 pm, but the ship didn't sail until after 6 pm, which was fine with me, but just strange and inconsistent. Most of the crew seemed to be trying really hard to be friendly and nice. We were on anytime dining and so the first night, we got one waiter who was very rude. He didn't say two words to us, didn't pour our drinks and barely showed up. We waited forever to get each course of our dinner. Their were only us two at our table and it took 90 minutes to get through dinner. I'm not sure what his problem was. I also experienced sea sickness on the 2nd and 3rd night. The ship was rocking quite a bit. We were worried about Half Moon Cay being cancelled due to strong winds. The winds were between 15-20 mph and we still were able to do Half Moon, but it was only 72 degrees and not warm enough to get into the water there with the wind. We still enjoyed it very much and had shade (although it was behind the clam shells which blocked our view of the ocean. Over all, we weren't expecting much since before on this ship, things were pretty bad. We were very pleasantly surprised and liked our cruise despite a few issues. We are glad that Carnival is stepping it up a bit and hope they work on a few things to make the experience even better. This is our 7 cruise (5th on Carnival and 2nd time on the Victory). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Should have checked the details of this ship before going on it. For 3000 passengers they had TWO hot tubs, one for the Serenity area and one for the rest. The Lido restaurant serving areas were an improvement with the pod areas for ... Read More
Should have checked the details of this ship before going on it. For 3000 passengers they had TWO hot tubs, one for the Serenity area and one for the rest. The Lido restaurant serving areas were an improvement with the pod areas for serving food instead of the single ones with the long lines. The good thing in Cape Canaveral, was the embarkation and debarkation which both were quick and flawless. Carnival has been going "on the cheap" for a while now, From a basket of items on the bathrooms, down to a single bar of soap. You have to request the robes now instead of already being in the cabin. At least Carnival has the biggest size base cabins of all the other cruise lines. ( if you choose the ocean view cabin, it is bigger than the balcony one} The "entertainment" now consists mostly of using the guests as "performers" instead of having professional ones. The Sunshine has only TWO decks for the theater instead of the three or four on the other ships, that's a clue that they didn't put much effort on the entertainment part of the ship. The TV channels consisted of CNN news, no movies nor Miami channels like on other Carnival ships. It all boils down to Carnival putting the guests seconds to profits. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Cruise # 44 turned out to be the WORST! We picked a cabin with an adjoining door - BIG mistake. Next door was a crying & screaming infant (probably sick) The adjoining door feature allowed little buffer from the noise. After many ... Read More
Cruise # 44 turned out to be the WORST! We picked a cabin with an adjoining door - BIG mistake. Next door was a crying & screaming infant (probably sick) The adjoining door feature allowed little buffer from the noise. After many days & hours of irritation we had to call the service desk to DO SOMETHING; they called the cabin & no one answered.- Why? The parents chose to leave the infant unattended. The Sunshine is a nice ship but missing out on going into their private island (due to weather) and going to Freeport (Closed casino and many shopping areas) left only Nassau (crime alerts) made this cruise a ship only experience. Food was decent, service was pretty good except we had to make repeated requests in order to get ice. Entertainment was pretty good. Guys Hamburgers seemed to be getting a little more greaser than in the past. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We just got off the Sunshine and overall it was an amazing cruise despite a few hiccups. The good -Staff was very friendly and attentive. They worked very hard to keep the ship clean. We had an unexpected sea day. Our port was canceled ... Read More
We just got off the Sunshine and overall it was an amazing cruise despite a few hiccups. The good -Staff was very friendly and attentive. They worked very hard to keep the ship clean. We had an unexpected sea day. Our port was canceled due to tender issues/conditions and staff had to work hard to keep everyone happy. They did an amazing job. Shout out to our room steward Rosa who did an amazing job. -The upgraded restaurants were well worth the extra money. Because if was my hubby's birthday we decided to go to one of the for charge restaurants. We ended up at the Italian restaurant because we had our 3 year old. 100% worth the $35 extra dollars. The steak and salmon we ordered were amazing! The Tiramisu alone was worth the $15 up charge. It was delicious and I will visit this restaurant again even with the up charge. -Ship had a lot of great features. We loved the water works slides, the outdoor movies and serenity deck. The not so good -On sea days, especially in the afternoon the lido area could get crowded. Luckily we would retreat to other areas of the ship that were more quite. -We had a few hiccups. This is the first time we sailed with out "Faster to Fun" and boy did we miss it. Due to weather issues the ship was late of arrival, our room took much longer to be ready and we didn't see our luggage until about 7 pm. Also, due to weather we were unable to port at Half Moon Cay which we were really looking forward too. These issues were outside the scope of a normal cruise and for the most part the staff handled the change in plans well. However, it was just a bummer to have these hiccups occur The ok -Debarkation was just rough, long lines and it seemed very disorganized. I think this had way more to with the port and less to do with the ship. We really missed Long Beach an how quickly the debarkation process can be. -Food overall was ok, nothing really amazing other than the for charge restaurant. There were items we enjoyed but nothing that was really awesome Overall, we really enjoyed our vacation and the ports we did get to visit (Nassua & Freeport). We went on our own at Nassua and visited Junkano Beach (about 15 minutes walk from the port) and booked an executioner for Freeport (Bahama Adventures - Family Beach Day Package). We really enjoyed our days on ship and at the beach. The only down side is that it ended way too soon. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Quick getaway for us as we live in Florida. We are both retired, and drove to the port, parked at Lots of Honor, 1700 Sea Ray Drive, Merritt Island. Highly recommend this place, about $7.00/day, paved lot, professional employees. We ... Read More
Quick getaway for us as we live in Florida. We are both retired, and drove to the port, parked at Lots of Honor, 1700 Sea Ray Drive, Merritt Island. Highly recommend this place, about $7.00/day, paved lot, professional employees. We were on the shuttle within ten minutes of arrival. After the cruise we walked a very short distance to their bus, boarded and were back to our car within fifteen minutes. Now THIS is service, folks! Maitre D was very pleasantly present, name Joge, from India. Not only Clark Gable handsome, but full of charm, humor and outgoing personality. DH is special needs regarding food, so Joge and his awesome assistant, Aliza, Philippines, were always checking on us, making sure he was happy with meals and service. Very grateful for their natural charm and individual attention. Entertainment was mediocre at best. No after dinner show at all Tuesday evening. American show Wednesday night was so loud and disconnected we bolted early. Cookie the CD was on the public address frequently. If you like loud, fast talking, this is your CD. Good clientele onboard. Not many children, not many of any one age group. Hot tubs were cool at 86 degrees. Tried Guy's Burgers, and they are delish BUT beware of greasy after effects. No lines, but everyone was gobbling them down along with the greasy fries. Chocolate buffet Wednesday was also very popular. Walking promenade near casino reminded me of the midway at a county fair. A gas mask would have made it tolerable. High level noise and lack of ventilation made this an area to avoid. Embarkation and debarkation were both smooth and efficient. No lines, no waiting. No shore excursions, stayed onboard. Been there done that. Read Less
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