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My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden ... Read More
My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden doors. Shows were entertaining and the food on the ship was great and consistent! We decided this cruise to eat in the MDR every night however did enjoy the lunch options at both JiJis and Cucina del Capitano. We purchased the Cruising the Vineyards package and found it an excellent value for five bottle of wines or champagnes to enjoy with our dinners, they would recork and store in the cellar for us when needed and then back the following night to the table. In the dining room they acknowledged we were celebrating my birthday and our belated anniversary by singing to us and bringing small cakes...nice touch! We had Emma Nixon as our cruise director and she was excellent, we loved her...she was fun and her and the entertainment team kept everything running smooth all week! There was always something to do, too much at times! Epic Rock and the Lipsync battle were our overall favourites fo the week. Our room steward was absolutely wonderful, as was our waitstaff team, they were all so friendly and we never had to ask or want for anything! We did the behind the fun tour and really enjoyed seeing and learning all about how the ship and crew functions and of course meeting and having photos taken with the captain. The embark and disembark process was slow and we had priority...only real downside to leaving from Manhattan port. The port: Bermuda was absolutely beautiful, so much to see. We did not do any Carnival excursions this cruise instead the first day we took the ferry to Hamilton and walked to the cathedral, parks, restaurants and shopped for awhile. The second day in port we hired a blue flag taxi driver who came highly recommended and saw almost the entire island in just over six hours. The third day we took the shuttle to Warwick Long bay and walked the path to Horseshoe bay beach stopping for photos and swimming along the way. Everyone on the island was so friendly, it was breathtakingly beautiful...we can’t wait to return again someday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Bermuda has been on our bucket list and getting there from any of the Cruise Ship Ports in the south is very difficult. Decided to "bite the bullet" and add the expense of airfare and since we are Platinum Members with Carnival, ... Read More
Bermuda has been on our bucket list and getting there from any of the Cruise Ship Ports in the south is very difficult. Decided to "bite the bullet" and add the expense of airfare and since we are Platinum Members with Carnival, we decided to sail out of Baltimore. This Pride is definitely dated and in serious need of a dry dock and complete update. Although this ship apparently did dry dock in 2014, apparently that was to add the Fun-ship 2.0 amenities. Everything about this ship is dingy, old, and dated. The staterooms need all new everything, including bathroom updates. The common areas need carpet, paint, tile, and redecorated. The crew from a customer service viewpoint was average. We chose anytime dining for the first time (we usually eat late to enjoy the day). It seems like Carnival uses this venue as a training area to prepare their new head waiters for the main dining room. We often were given what someone else at our table ordered; if we order more than one appetizer, they often forgot to bring it or brought both at once; many times items from the table were missing when we were seated (napkins, silverware, butter, condiments). The food was overall also probably not as good as most Carnival Cruises we've been on. It seems like this lines food continues to deteriorate, as does their customer service. We did love Bermuda however, and felt like the Captain, did an excellent job getting us there since we had to dodge Hurricane Jose getting to Bermuda and race Hurricane Marie cruising back. Although the seas were pretty rough, especially headed to Bermuda, we felt the crew did an excellent job utilizing the ships dated technology to provide a stable ride. There were quite a few passengers who got to experience being sea sick. Cruise Director Brandon was average at best as well. Although I'm not positive, I believe he is new to the position and has much room for improvement. Communication from him to the passengers, particularly on our cruise was virtually non-existent when it came to sharing the Captains "plan" on how we were going to avoid the Hurricane to get to Bermuda and what to expect. All we got was rumors and a lot of speculation from crew members and other passengers. Thumbs up to Bermuda as a destination! Thumbs down to the Carnival Pride until it gets a refurbishment, allegedly scheduled for sometime in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Checking in and out was fine.Everything in between was very so so. Struck by a very small cabin where you had better be careful when opening the bathroom door so you don't hit anyone. A balcony too small to contain lounges (only ... Read More
Checking in and out was fine.Everything in between was very so so. Struck by a very small cabin where you had better be careful when opening the bathroom door so you don't hit anyone. A balcony too small to contain lounges (only chairs and no foot stools),Had to ask for robes,pillow,soap,etc.Bring your own alarm clock. There is good ceiling lighting surrounding the room, but it is not over the bed where it is most needed. TV local channels from Florida,but no news from Baltimore from where the ship leaves and returns. The two TV channels with the time are show different times.Was always put in a hold when I called customer service, and had to visit in person to get any information. There was good storage in the room. The captain's messages were not understandable and often had to be repeated in English by an interpreter. The dining room food was good and the after meal crew entertainment was fun. But I wish the dining room didn't rest on the engine room. The noise and vibration was disturbing.From 4-6 each afternoon, only pizza was available to eat.The library is O.K., but it contains no reference books.Movies are only outdoors. I could go on, but you get the idea. I have avoided using Carnival cruise lines until now, and only did this time because it was the only ship leaving Baltimore for a 7 day cruise to Bermuda. Others are just 5 days. Let me summarize by saying that it is the ultimate irony to call this ship The Pride. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was ... Read More
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was disappointing. Service standards seem to have fallen. There was little or no communication between service departments and between supervisors and workers. A private party we had planned at great expense was coordinated badly. Especially disappointing was the failure of the photographer to show up even tho' we had ordered those services ahead of time and had checked with the Photography department on board the day of the party. The food all over the ship was of the quality of a Golden Buffet. David's steakhouse was waaaay overpriced. The steaks were tough and not flavorful. We had organized a party of 32 people, many of whom had never cruised before. We were embarrassed that we chose Carnival Pride for our group. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the ... Read More
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the reviews on this site, I thought we would be just fine because we had realistic expectations of the cruise. Unfortunately, this cruise did not meet my expectations. The Good: I was very pleased with our housekeeper. He kept our room clean, was quick to clean it, knew our names, was friendly, was thoughtful and all that I could ask for in a housekeeper. He was the best service we received on our cruise. The room itself was also very nice and larger then I am used to on a cruise. We booked an oceanview room and the size was far better then are our last cruise where we had an interior room. I loved that this room had lots of drawers to put things, my luggage fit under the bed, and there was an end table on both sides of the bed. I loved Bermuda. It was awesome and a great port to stop at. I also really enjoyed sailing out of NY and enjoyed the view leaving NY. The Carnival Hub app is awesome and well worth the $5 to communicate with other people traveling with you on the boat. The Bad: Now, Carnival is known for being an affordable cruiseline. That being said, I did not think our trip was cheap, so I did have certain expectations. We did pay $1000 per person when all was said and done with the room, gratuities, and drink package for only 4 days so this was not a steal in price by any means. Most service on the boat was very slow, especially the drinks. When we finally did get drinks, they were sometimes wrong. I was disappointed by the lack of variety in the shows. When I traveled with Norwegian I was blown away by the entertainment. With this cruise, the only entertainment seemed to be comedy shows. I get that for one night, but I wasn't impressed that this was the entertainment on all four nights.There were a few other things going on like a game show etc, but now shows like acrobats or magicians or anything like I had seen with Norwegian. As I mentioned I got the drink package and I completely understand why you can't order two alcohol drinks at the same time. What I don't understand is why I couldn't order non alcoholic drinks with an alcoholic drinks. So I couldn't order a bottle of water and milkshake at the same time or a margarita and a bottled water at the same time for example. And because service was slow, this became frustrating to wait in line and then not be able to get two things at once. It made me really question why I got the drink package because I felt like I ended up wasting so much time in line, whereas people who were buying as they went could purchase two things at one time. We purchased the internet package and shouldn't have. It was so slow you could barely use it. I did talk to Carnival and they refunded my money on that, which I appreciated. Cleanliness really surprised me. Although I didn't necessarily feel like things were dirty, I felt there was not enough emphasis on it. I didn't see people sanitizing and cleaning the way I did when I took a trip with Norwegian. Noise. This trip was filled with kids in the hot tubs and running around. I generally am not a person who cares about this, but I do think it's worth noting as it would bother other people. The only time it upset me was when people were being rude in the middle of the night screaming or drunkenly yelling in the hallways. The So-So: The food was not bad, but it was not great either. There were plenty of options for me and one night I did have a really awesome prime rib, but overall I would say pretty average and what I expected from a cruiseline. This met my expectations because I had realistic expectations of the food. You're not going to get an unforgettable meal, but definitely lots of options and you won't go hungry by any means. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose this cruise because some dear friends of ours were renewing their vows for their 25th anniversary. This was the worse Carnival experience ever! The shower curtain was too short and water flooded the bathroom floor every time we ... Read More
We choose this cruise because some dear friends of ours were renewing their vows for their 25th anniversary. This was the worse Carnival experience ever! The shower curtain was too short and water flooded the bathroom floor every time we showered. Consequently, we had to request extra towels to place on the floor to absorb the water. We pre-ordered a case of water and did not receive it until the night of the second sail day after calling to complain 3 times and once again at Guest Services. The cabin steward did not make any animal shaped towels until I approached him and REQUESTED one. (Day 3). I realized a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau De Toilette was missing from my cabin the morning of debarkment. Because we were exiting the vessel, I did not contact security, but called Carnival to express my concern. I was told by the representative that "Carnival is not responsible for any lost or missing items as per their contract." I asked the representative if that meant that any Carnival employee could enter a cabin and remove items with no recourse. She replied, " We certainly will investigate the allegations; however, Carnival is not responsible for any missing or lost items as per our contract." I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH CARNIVAL SUNSHINE! We will be using another cruise line for our upcoming family reunion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cruised with a group of 6 friends/family. Because I consider Carnival cheap and cheerful, I had realistic expectations. There's lots of fun to be had, plenty of activities (good cruise director and staff), and while the ship does ... Read More
Cruised with a group of 6 friends/family. Because I consider Carnival cheap and cheerful, I had realistic expectations. There's lots of fun to be had, plenty of activities (good cruise director and staff), and while the ship does hold more people than it probably should, it is a big ship, so one can find peace if you know where to look. We did not dine in the MDR but booked specialty dining every night. Jiji was the absolute winner. In addition to Carnival, I've cruised on RCI, NCL, Cunard and Windstar, and Jiji is the best food I've had at sea. The steakhouse was very good; the Italian restaurant very good as well. We dined at Jiji twice -- just amazing. Do not miss it. Many reviewers remark on the crowds, but if you do your homework you'll know how to avoid them. One of the best tips I learned from other reviews was taking your tray from the Marketplace and walking to the back through the Havana Bar. Plenty of seating, plus beautiful views. Re breakfast -- you can bypass the Marketplace all together, go straight to the Havana Bar, and you'll find the omelette station as well as beverages. The Marketplace food was fine -- simple and good, and healthy choices as well. Get the Carnival HUB app -- it's free and very informative, particularly regarding places to eat -- it tells you every place serving food / drinks at any given time. The only time the lines were a bit much was when everyone returned from port (Bermuda). The lines at Guy's and the pizza place were really long. I went to my cabin, ordered room service, and had a peaceful lunch. Remember, there are lots of smaller places to eat -- check the HUB app. We went off on our own in Bermuda and had a beautiful day. Great gym, wonderful spa. My friends bought the day pass for the spa and loved every minute. The casino is a riot of fun, as it should be. Live bands, nightclubs all good. One plus was good placement of the teen / kids areas -- far from where the adults were. Barely saw them, bless their hearts. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
we have been on many carnival crusies in the past and enjoyed with little problems. this on started with problems once on the ship. The app almost never worked, and need the app for almost everything to keep track of spending to ... Read More
we have been on many carnival crusies in the past and enjoyed with little problems. this on started with problems once on the ship. The app almost never worked, and need the app for almost everything to keep track of spending to entertainment Without the app it was hard to know what activities and pools were included in price., request from housekeeping took forever. Getting off ship they ruined my luggage. The food was hit or miss.Some nights at dinner the food was good other times too overcooked. The shore excursion to bermuda which was the aquiriam and snorkle was disapointing. not the best snorkling place or zoo.There was always a line at coustomer service due to everyone having so many problems The muster drill did not make anyone feel safe. The areas were so badly packed with people you could not even get to your assigned sation.. An up note,the entertainment was great and engaging. Good job Emma and entertainment staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My family and I are Gold members as we have taken many cruises on Carnival. This cruise along with myself was my husband, son 18 and daughter 10. In the past we have only taken a couple of Royal Caribbean cruises as we were very satisfied ... Read More
My family and I are Gold members as we have taken many cruises on Carnival. This cruise along with myself was my husband, son 18 and daughter 10. In the past we have only taken a couple of Royal Caribbean cruises as we were very satisfied and happy with the switch to Carnival many years ago. However, after this cruise, we will be giving Royal Caribbean another shot. I will break down my review in sections. Cabin: We had an ocean view cabin #1476 and it was horrendous! From the day of embarkation when we entered the cabin it had the worst and most nauseating smell of mildew, sewage and "feet." LOL! I spoke with the guest in the cabin next to ours going aft and they complained of the same thing. I also heard a lady staying a few cabins down on our side complaining to the cabin steward of the same problem. We brought this to our cabin steward's attention right away but he didn't do anything until the 3rd night when we complained to guest services. That evening when we stopped by the cabin after dinner they had a "blower" that is used to dry floors and coffee beans to mask the odor. However the smell returned the very next day. Also the carpet had a huge stain that was wet near the vanity seat in front of the mirror the whole time. Also, the bathroom showed mold specifically in the sink and around the sink area. The cabin never had a "clean" feel to it. Our first day when checking in we discovered dirty pillow cases and a stain on the sheet that appeared to be blood. Also, my son broke out with a rash on both of his arms and my right arm broke out in little bumps. At that point I was freaking out and went to guest services again where they were adamant that it was not bed bugs and stated that we may have been allergic to the detergent they used. To be fair, we never seen any bugs in the cabin but since being off of the ship for a week, both my son and my arms have cleared up. Very strange but goes back to the cabin not being very clean. Our cabin steward, though very nice was not efficient at all. One morning he knocked once and barged into our cabin while we had the "snoozing" sign up and while we were in the process of getting dressed. We never received the robes we requested. In the past they were already in the closet upon check in. I also noticed there were not toiletries in the bathroom like in the past. Also, we received a letter and complimentary bottles of water for being gold members which stated we would also receive our gold pins (as we normally do) on every cruise including this one but we never received them. Usually on a cruise we like to go have breakfast while the cabin steward services the room then come back take a little rest and then go take part in the activities for the day, return in the late afternoon for a little nap then shower again and get ready for dinner and the nightly entertainment. However, in this cabin we couldn't feel totally comfortable because of all the issues. Plus I kept worrying about the possibility of bed bugs. Ship: The Sunshine was formally the Destiny which was a very old ship. The refurbishment in my mind was a hit and miss. All of the public areas are gorgeous and I like that the ship didn't have that gaudy décor. However, certain areas certainly had the look and feel of an older ship like the outside decks on decks 3 and 5 and the cabin which had peeling paint on the bunk beds and the bathroom area. Also, while the Sunrise dining room is beautiful and grand, our assigned dining room the Sunset was seriously lacking any ambiance. Service: As stated our cabin steward was very nice, but not too efficient. The dining room staff was mixed. Our head waiter wasn't the most personable and he didn't remember simple requests/likes for each night. For example, we liked lemonade with dinner and each night we had to request it. Plus we were a party of 4, and he would bring lemonade for 2 or 3 and we'd have to request it for all of us. To me that's just common sense. However, as the week went on he got a little better. The two assistant waiters were very nice and very efficient. The staff on the lido deck were great as when we would be seated at a table for breakfast or lunch they would come by with the drink cart to give us juice, water, lemonade and ice tea. That was a nice touch and I really appreciated that. The guys at Red Frog Rum bar on the lido deck were great and they made the best drinks out of all the bars on the ship. Some of the bartenders in other parts of the ship were not the friendliest but were efficient. The staff at guest services and Camp Carnival were great. Food: This is a biggie for me. When I go on vacation I like to indulge in good food, and the fact that I get a few days where I don't have to cook is great. We have always loved the food on Carnival. However, I have to agree with recent reviews in which other travelers stated the quality has gone down. It definitely has-especially for dinners in the dining room. We usually like the chilled soups for our appetizers. However, the soups were room temperature and when they poured the chilled strawberry and mango soups onto our bowls they had a nasty foam on them which means they had sat out too long-thus those soups being room temperature instead of being cold, key word on the menu is "chilled." The prime rib was served on two different nights-lack of variety and the taste and quality was not there. The choices for the entrees were not good. They had things like "baked ziti with peas and ham" what in the world?? Lobster and filet mignon were not offered, UNLESS you wanted to pay an upcharge. One night crème brulee was on the menu which we normally enjoy on Carnival. However, this time it was bad, the custard part had curds on it and it was all of this wet syrup-just bad execution on a fine dessert. Speaking of desserts, there weren't many good choices at all. The exceptions were a banana and white chocolate bread pudding on the last night that was delicious. And of course the warm chocolate melting cake is always a hit. The food on the lido deck was decent. I tried the Asian stir fry spot for lunch one day but it was way too salty. I also tried the Italian spot one day for lunch and it was good. Guy's burgers were good as always, but you have to go at a busy time-as strange as that sounds, so you're getting a fresh burger and not one they already cooked and is sitting there. I did not try Blue Cantina. Also, the desserts on the lido deck were not good with the exception of caramel cheesecake-that was delicious! Breakfast, we ate some mornings in the dining room which were good. I especially liked the banana bread and banana cream pie. The pancakes weren't good-cold, grits didn't taste that good as they were kind of watery. But for the most part the food and service was good. Breakfast on the lido was very good and the choices were very good. While the food wasn't terrible, we were definitely disappointed in how the quality has gone down especially at dinner time. Port of Call: We only had one port, King's Wharf, Bermuda. Bermuda was absolutely beautiful!! I would actually like to go there for a land vacation. But it was HOT!! Also, this was not our favorite port due to how the lay out was (I'll explain) and that was the sentiment among the people we met through out the week. Strike one, upon getting off the ship there was a crazy long line of passengers from Carnival and from Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. We wanted to get a private cab or one of the little buses like in other ports to take us around to see the island. Usually in other ports as soon as you disembark there are a ton of cabs/tour drivers hounding you to go with them for a tour, that costs much less than Carnival's excursions. I guess the majority of passengers had the same idea. The only problem is we could not catch any taxis and there was no one out offering their services. Therefore, EVERYONE got into this long line to catch the little bus/van style vehicles to Horseshoe Bay beach in which they charged $7 per person. Upon arrival at the beach it was hot and there were lines for the bar, the lunch shack and to rent umbrellas and lounge chairs. It was $45 for one umbrella and 2 chairs. The water was absolutely beautiful and the kids had a great time. For someone like me who is not a beach person it wasn't as fun. We had decided prior to arriving in port that we would do a tour of the island, then be dropped off at the beach so that the kids could have beach time. After either take the ferry or the bus back to the port area and check out the shops. However, between the line to catch the bus/van vehicle to the beach and the horrendous line to catch the transportation from the beach it was not feasible as Those lines killed so much time. Then there was a crazy line at the port to board the ship. I've never seen a line longer than a few folks at a time, this line was as long as a New City block. I have never experience anything like this at any other port. Several folks in the crowd thought this was a plan by Carnival and the tourism department of Bermuda to make money together by discouraging travelers from taking private tours outside of the cruise line's over priced excursions. I just felt that although Bermuda was beautiful we did not get to enjoy it as much as we had hoped. Faster to Fun: Totally worth it!! Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze and it really helped when we had to go to guest services. Thank you for reading my very long review! Safe travels! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing ... Read More
Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing the F word a 100 times, and distasteful material. What happened to the funny shows? The main shows were good, Also we played some trivia games which were fun. There were many choices of food everywhere. Had your time dining, and getting a ticket on deck 5 was a snap. Also let us have a booth for just the 2 of us. Going to Bermuda was so much better than the short cruises that have gone up to Canada in the past. We stopped going on the short ones because we couldn't take Canada anymore. Tired of being chilly. So except for the complaint about the comedy, we enjoyed this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the ... Read More
My husband and I cruised out of Baltimore on the Pride to Bermuda on July 2nd. This was our second time on this ship, but it previously hadn't had the 2.0 upgrades. The ship has changed some, but most of the Renaissance decor is the same. The ship was definitely kept clean. I enjoyed most of the food, especially Guy's burgers and dinner in David's Steakhouse. We chose to do My Time Dining. We requested to be seated in Darell's section each night. Our steward, Ketut, was friendly and kept our room clean. The entertainment on this cruise was much better than what we've seen on Carnival in the past. I enjoyed all of the joys. The singers were phenomenal. We enjoyed Bermuda. It was nice being there for 2 overnights. We didn't feel that we had to rush. It was very easy to take the mini bus to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is our 6th Carnival cruise and the 4th on the Pride. We love the Carnival Spirt Class ships. From the layout to the capacity. This cruise was sold out and we never felt crowded or have to wait long for anything except Muster and ... Read More
This is our 6th Carnival cruise and the 4th on the Pride. We love the Carnival Spirt Class ships. From the layout to the capacity. This cruise was sold out and we never felt crowded or have to wait long for anything except Muster and debarkation which is normal. The cruise terminal staff was quick and had us onboard in less than 20 minutes. Once we left the ship we were back in our car in less than 15 minutes. This was our first cruise to Bermuda and it was nice being able to enjoy the island each day and have place to come back to for a rest or a meal whenever we needed. The Kings Wharf / Royal Naval Dockyard area are great if you don't want to stray to far away and just want to shop and do a few activities. The shuttles, busses, taxis and ferries are all right there and can take you anywhere else you need to go. Even with a larger ship in port with us it was easy to get transportation without a long wait. We decide not to do any shore excursions because we had so much time on the island to do our own thing. The itinerary is not offered too often from Baltimore and was a nice option from the normal itinaries. We really enjoyed the extended time in port allowing us to explore and enjoy the island. Any of the staff and crew we interacted with on the Pride were always friendly and professional. The ship is in very good shape. They were always cleaning and doing repairs as needed to keep her tidy. It was disturbing to see that some guests seem to think the ship is their own toy. Damaging, defacing or just leaving trash anywhrere they please. The food and entertainment on the Pride was as good as the first time we cruised. I see others complain and can't understand why. It is what you make it. If I have ever needed something or had a concern I have asked the staff and they make it good and take care of it. We have already booked our next cruise on the Pride in less than 6 months. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I can't say enough good things about the cruise my DH and I took to celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Carnival Pride. From the accommodations, to the friendly crew, to the Carnival Excursions, the entire experience was absolutely ... Read More
I can't say enough good things about the cruise my DH and I took to celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Carnival Pride. From the accommodations, to the friendly crew, to the Carnival Excursions, the entire experience was absolutely fantastic. This was only our second cruise (first back in 1999), but we've already booked 2 more! We boarded the ship in Baltimore - such an easy boarding experience. Then we enjoyed all the ship had to offer - Steakhouse reservations one evening, comedy shows throughout, a Behind the Fun tour, several stage shows, and the Cheers! drink package. Our waiters Francisco, Igusti, and Michele were so attentive and did a fabulous job making us feel spoiled. The Serenity Pool (though often crazy crowded) was a nice respite from the regular Lido deck pool. Our room #7192 was perfectly situated in the middle of everything, but was not at all noisy. The balcony was fantastic - so nice to be able to watch the ship pull into Bermuda and dock, then watch it all drift away as we sailed off. :( The Carnival Excursions, though somewhat pricey, were definitely worth it. Highly recommend the Restless Native Catamaran snorkeling excursion. We had a private cove all to ourselves to snorkel, look for seashells, or just float and enjoy paradise. The crew (Zander, Sam & Steve) were very personable and made us feel right at home. And the Rum Swizzles and freshly made chocolate chip cookies were perfect for the ride back. Also, the Horseshoe Bay excursion (though way too short) was an awesome experience. The driver even took us the long way back to the ship, past the Gibbs lighthouse, for some photo ops. Check out the Arts and Crafts market and the Ferry (within walking distance to the ship) - very nice! Also, visit Hamilton via the Ferry (only $4.00 one-way) and enjoy some of the amazing shops in town. I honestly can't wait to go back to Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now ... Read More
One of the reasons I booked a cruise from Baltimore was to "sail" down the Chesapeake Bay but since this cruise was delayed by 7 hours, it was dark when that part of the cruise finally happened. I leave on the West Coast now but am from the DC area and missing that Bay experience was really disappointing. The reason for the delay was a "medical deviation" so I cannot fault Carnival since the safety of guests must come first, even if it resulted in a reduced experience for my experience. That aside, as usual, the crew members of Carnival did an amazing job and it was a nice trip. The TV in my cabin flickered while watching the channel that shows the location of the ship and all the info, and that was a bummer. Since Carnival does not ask for feedback after a cruise, I have not reported that problem. Everything else on the Pride was fine and I loved Bermuda and having a cruise to be docked in a great location at Dockyard and being able to come and go 24 hours for three days. Rented scooter and loved being able to park it right outside the ship at night to jump on it the next day. I would do this one again but hopefully without a disappointing delay. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to ... Read More
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to many of party needing to have early dining we had to have it changed to anytime dining , food was most of the time prepared very good ,a few times orders were wrong or cold . Entertaiment was very good the shows are very good in the theater , activities were not as many this time as have been on other ships , i applaud the celebration for veteran days that the estascy did i am a veteran and i enjoyed it !!! Service did their best to make everyone feel at ease on a rocking ship due to rough seas and weather.the port of bermuda we had to leave a day early . For fear of wind . Bermuda was a little boring . Really feel very disappointed this cruise .but we will be cruising again!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Food was served cold most nights in the dining room. Guys was our savior. Food selection in dining room very limited. The entertainment or lack of, was horrible. The Floor shows are 2nd rate and they no longer have a show band. It's ... Read More
Food was served cold most nights in the dining room. Guys was our savior. Food selection in dining room very limited. The entertainment or lack of, was horrible. The Floor shows are 2nd rate and they no longer have a show band. It's obvious they are cutting corners and staff is limited. No nightlife except for the casino. The staff where all very friendly. They all really work hard to be helpful. The bars where under staffed and getting a drink was a challenge. The food has always been good on all of the previous cruises and I'm not a picky eater, most of it tasted like hospital food. Entertainment, Nightlife, Music, Floor Shows etc. where all absolutely a joke. This was a short but expensive Cruise and I knew when we had to wait 45 minutes to get in the dining room the first night, it wasn't looking good. I guess everyone else shared the same dining experience. We walked right in the next 2 nights and we opted out on the dining room the last 2 nights. The Fun Ship ain't no fun anymore! This was my 6th cruise with Carnival and unfortunately my last. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
only had to travel 15 minutes to port. Rooms were great, but received very poor service in anytime dining. Recommend people sign up for designated time. anytime dining is like a mase that is difficult to get through. Service was lousy and ... Read More
only had to travel 15 minutes to port. Rooms were great, but received very poor service in anytime dining. Recommend people sign up for designated time. anytime dining is like a mase that is difficult to get through. Service was lousy and food was not what we ordered. But I will definitely cruise the sunshine again. Overall we had a great time. Free drinks in the casino, cookies in the room, Free bottle of wine, and we won another cruise. You can't beat those odds. Our Cabin Steward was fantastic, and the help from guest services was terrific. Smoking areas were the best we have ever seen, as many people would agree. Loved the three levels of Serinety, as well as the late movies. Great cruise except for anytime dining, buffett was ok, but a lot of cold fish. Guys was fantastic as was the omlet bar for breakfast. As a former restaurant mgr., I can assure you the hot foods were not hot. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We planned this trip almost a year and a half ago, and choose both Carnival and the Carnival Sunshine for my parents to renew their vows on the ship. Overall, Carnival went above and beyond for my parents the entire ceremony was ... Read More
We planned this trip almost a year and a half ago, and choose both Carnival and the Carnival Sunshine for my parents to renew their vows on the ship. Overall, Carnival went above and beyond for my parents the entire ceremony was amazing, even the staff loved it! This was our second Carnival cruise since our cruise on the Carnival Triumph in 2009 so it has been a while but the Carnival Sunshine was an amazing ship, in great condition all around and her staff were excellent. Big shout out to Melissa who put together the entire ceremony she went above and beyond. Only minor complaints were more MDR food options, and a better midnight buffet. Our cabin, a Oceanview was perfect for three in a cabin and the entertainment were great as well. We loved this trip so much, we booked it again next year on the Sunshine as well! Full review will posted on the Carnival Boards as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our balcony. It was unfortunate that we left Bermuda hours ahead of schedule kind of killing the last day that we had planned. But now we have a reason to go back! The food on the ship was both delicious and plentiful. And always came to the table hot, that is very important to us. The cocktails were well made and strong, the way we like them. We found the ship easy to get around after the first day or so. The nightly Dive In Movies were a great way to spend an evening if you're not into sitting in the lounges or piano bars. We would definitely recommend this cruise to our friends. And will plan other cruises on Carnival's cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other ... Read More
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other days was clear sailing. Leaving out of NYC was good (I never experience a problem) we waited a bit for the ship to clear, and was boarding in no time. We went up on deck for lunch, the buffet had a variety of items and all that I ate was very good. We did sit in back as there was more seating. While we were eating the announcement stated cabins were available. We dropped off our carry on and began exploring the ship. I had an inside spa cabin 11004, this was a nice inside cabin, quiet and close the the spa. We did a spa tour and while I always felt the spa prices were higher than what I would usually pay I decided the special seaweed wrap was something I wanted to do but never did. My husband chose the hot stone and bamboo. He loved it. What I had was one of the most enjoyable treatments I had in a long time. It was 2 hours and when I was done, I could barely walk alone and my body was so relaxed. I would do this again. Check it out!!! and no I didnt buy the items suggested but it was one of the best treatments. We had anytime dining, I chose this because we were traveling with my sister and brother in law and was unsure of what time they liked to eat dinner. When you have this, you must go on deck 5 and get a reservation. The first night was the only busy night, we decided to use the Italian Restaurant as we had a free night there. While I heard poor reviews, I will say I thought the food was very good, service was excellent. So we made a great choice. Every other night the line for dinner was no more than a 10 min wait. We did eat one night at the steak house, as we were celebrating birthdays, and anniversaries. The food and service was excellent. I love the lamb chops amazing!!!. While we are talking about food, I enjoyed every dinner, the food was good and so happy to see the cold soups still on the menu!!. The first day we got to Bermuda, we decided to stay on the ship, and enjoyed the sunshine and spa. The next day, we did a Carnival tour, I still do Carnival tours instead of private the price is a few dollars different and its worry free. We did the 5 hour tour of Bermuda. I enjoyed this, we had time to shop and our tour guide was excellent. The next day we were going to plan a beach day but due to ships needing to come in due to the storm that week we had to leave early so we didnt do the beach. I was ok with it as I know I will be back and now I know what I didnt see and what I want to see in the future. Bermuda was very nice, expensive but I dont shop and I eat on the ship. I was looking for knee socks for my two little grandsons as I love the Bermuda attire. I want to share with you that the ship did not feel crowded at all. I loved the ship and the crew was excellent. not sure why people say horrible things about this ship because I liked it. If you are looking for a ship that you can walk through and enjoy this is a mid size ship. I am not a huge mega ship where if you are on the aft, it takes a long walk to get to where you want to go. I would also like to share, the martini bar was excellent!!! I would do another cruise with Carnival on the Sunshine again and again. You will love the cruise but remember, you make your fun, it's your vacation so enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews ... Read More
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews had such a miserable experience on what should be one of the best times of their lives. As with anything in life, our vacation was far from perfect but it was a heckuva lot of fun and I just wanted to share our mostly positive experience on the Carnival Sunshine as well as realistically and calmly addressing the less-than-perfect aspects of our cruise. We sailed the Carnival Sunshine 10/1 - 10/8 from New York City to Bermuda and back with 3 days in Bermuda. My wife and I were a little worried about this cruise since we have experienced crowded Carnival ships before with long lines and this ship recently added more cabins and took away common spaces when it was transformed from the Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine. But, actually, we were pleasantly surprised with how well-designed the ship was. FOOD We rarely encountered long lines for any of the food we ate. Guy's Burger Joint is excellent and we were never more than 5th or 6th in line. Also, the line moves quickly and there are actually two lines approaching from either side of the place. The burgers are excellent, fresh and the topping bar lets you design it anyway you want. The Lido Buffet has multiple stations with the same food accessible from two sides so you can pick the quickest station and side. The assortment of food there is not great, much stuff gets repeated but there is usually a thing or two worth choosing. For breakfast, we would grab a thing or two from Lido then go to the Omelet station. There are two of them in the Havana Bar. We usually went to the one where Cucina Del Capitano is. We were never more than 3rd or 4th in line, each got an omelet then had them give us a few hash browns, sausage links, bacon, ham or whatever else they had there. We would eat in the Havana Bar which is quieter and more comfortable than the Lido eating area. For lunch, we alternated between Guy's Burgers or Cucina Del Capitano. At dinner time, Cucina Del Capitano is an upcharge restaurant but it is free for lunch. You get a menu from the maitre'd table, select your pasta and what ingredients you want in it including, chicken, garlic shrimp, Italian sausage, etc., then they give you a pager to summon you when it's ready. So you can go to the nearby Havana Bar, order a drink, take a few sips and then your lunch is ready. Their food is good and plentiful. For dinner, we would get a hot sandwich from the deli which only takes a minute or two to make and top that off with a few items from the Lido Buffet or just some pieces of cheese or bread if nothing looked very good. The deli hardly ever had a line and their sandwiches are very good, especially the turkey wrap or ham and cheese. We also got pizza once or twice. Sometimes the pizza counter had long lines but usually just a few people and it went fast. The pizza is nothing special but it's fine. We never set foot in the main dining room as we don't care about dressing up and we have no desire to sit an hour or two listening to the life stories of strangers while waiting for food that is overrated, over or under-cooked, often just lukewarm and sometimes cold, etc. We would rather get food that is not fancy but perfectly good so we can eat it and get back to whatever activities there are onboard. Each to their own. DRINKS We got the CHEERS drink program and were concerned about whether or not we would drink enough to make it worthwhile. It cost us $50 per day each plus gratuities for a total of about $690 for the 7 day cruise because we couldn't start using it until the second day due to some New York state law. We ended up getting about 75 drinks, almost all of them alcohol drinks so we figured we about broke even. The thing that made the CHEERS program worthwhile was that we never gave a thought to the cost when buying drinks. If we thought we only want half a drink or so, instead of not wasting the money, we just got it because it was already paid for. It gave us a kind of drink freedom. We read about it being tough to get a drink due to crowding at bars. That was occasionally true but not often. If we saw a bar that looked too crowded, we just looked for another bar. There are plenty of them. The drinks were uniformly excellent and the bartenders work very hard to make them so good. It is amazing the amount of work that goes into making some of the drinks and I was very impressed with the quality of the drinks and professional abilities and demeanor of the bartenders. ENTERTAINMENT We were disappointed a bit with the shows. The Playlist Production singers/dancers were just okay, nothing special. They did do a great job with the Epic Rock Show on the last night of the cruise. There was no magician on this cruise which was unusual. The shows are only about 45 minutes long which is shorter than they used to be but for the quality of these shows, it was about right. We enjoyed greatly the Hasbro Game Show and Love & Marriage show, mostly due to cruise director Emma Nixon's hosting ability and charm. She was delightful but I didn't see as much of her around the ship as I have of previous cruise directors. As to her staff, I saw very little of them also. Everything you read in reviews about the Limelight Lounge is true. You have to get there 20-30 minutes early to get seats where you can see the stage. If you get there too close to showtime, you will have to sit off to the side and watch the show on a TV screen. We saw two comedians, Larry Omaha and Lenny Schmidt. Lenny was okay but he had the bad habit of complaining when people didn't laugh at a joke he thought was funny. Larry Omaha was very funny and did a great job interacting with audience members without being mean-spirited or embarrassing them too much. Other than production shows and comedy, there were the usual trivia games where you honestly answer the questions, get 17 right out of 20 and lose to somebody who wrote the answers in as they were given. That gets old. They had a band called Deja Vu that sounded fairly good as we passed by them playing in Ocean Plaza a couple of times but we never caught there full act. We should have. Patrick is the piano player in the Piano Bar 88 and he is kind of snarky but very affable and entertaining. Beware, he has rules that must be obeyed! SMOKING We are smokers. Don't hate us. We were disappointed at how few places there were to smoke. You can smoke in about half of the casino and casino bar. If you are smoking on the wrong side of a pole at the casino bar, they will make you move. I enjoyed playing the poker machines (and did fairly well on them). There are 12 poker machines - 6 on each row back-to-back. The weird thing is that you can smoke at the 6 machines on one side but not the other. The casino was the only place you could smoke inside the ship. There were a lot of smokers on the ship so we were packed like sardines into one side of the casino bar and scattered around on empty slot machines, window sills, etc., anywhere we could find an ashtray. Outside, you could smoke in a small section on one side of deck 3 and a small section on one side of deck 10. There really should be one more bar in the ship, probably the sports bar since it was right off the casino, where smokers could smoke. POOL AREAS We didn't spend much time around the pool as we are not ones to bask in the sun but it seemed like a nice area and I often saw empty chairs. The Serenity Deck is fairly nice but it is hard to find an unoccupied chair near the pool on that deck. The one time we used the Serenity Deck pool, we used a couple of chairs just down the steps from there as they were the only ones available. Forget about getting the comfortable looking clamshell loungers as they are always taken or reserved. The serenity deck bar is kinda boring looking and since we couldn't smoke up there, we only got a drink there once. STATEROOM We had previously sailed on the Carnival Miracle and Legend which are similarly sized ships. The Carnival Sunshine is a bit smaller but it didn't feel small at all until we got to the stateroom. We had a balcony stateroom, number 8181, and found it to be smaller than ones we had on the other ships. Even though it was smaller, it still was more than adequate and, as always on Carnival, laid out intelligently so there is plenty of storage. The shower was a good size but the shower sill is right where your left foot would go when sitting on the toilet which was a bit inconvenient but hardly a deal-breaker. The bed was comfortable as always but the pillows were not firm enough for our liking. We ordered coffee, apple juice and danish from room service each night for the next morning and they were always on time or close to it. The coffee from room service is actually pretty darn good. I tried to get coffee from the Java Blue Cafe as that was included with our CHEERS package but they don't have regular coffee there. What they do is mix espresso with hot water and pass it off as American coffee. It was awful. However, their milkshakes which are free with the CHEERS package were excellent. Dadan was our room steward and, along with his assistant Anthony, they did a wonderful job keeping our room clean, our ice bucket filled, our towels replenished, answering our silly questions and of course, creating towel animals. Dadan is not the most expert towel-making steward we ever had and never stuck eyes on any of our towel animals but we enjoyed the animals and photographed them just the same. We left tips in an envelope with a thank-you note written on it every other day of the cruise. I am always concerned that if we don't leave our tip until the last day that the room steward will get concerned that we are going to stiff them and I don't want them worrying about that. EMBARKATION & DEBARKATION Embarkation felt like a nightmare as we stood in line for our Sail & Sign cards for about 45 minutes. While we stood in that line like cattle, people with disabilities were summoned in front of us as well, I imagine, as people who purchased the Faster to the Fun program. It seemed like we were there for an eternity. However, once we had our cards, it was not long before we were in line to board the ship and the whole process from parking lot to ship took a little over an hour which is probably not so bad. But it's so hard to just stand there and watch people who arrived after you get ushered past you. Debarkation was pretty smooth. We each had one suitcase and one carryon. We checked our suitcases in for embarkation but walked them out for debarkation. We stayed in our cabin until the last minute before we were supposed to leave at 8:30. We found an elevator to the atrium lobby after a few minutes and found a couple chairs there to wait. Deck 8 was supposed to leave the ship at 9:15 but a Carnival employee came up to us at about 9:00 and told use we could disembark. After a long walk along the ship and a long cattle call round-and-round to hand our declaration slip to Customs, we were up to the parking lot by about 9:30. An hour from room to parking lot is not bad. BERMUDA & SCOOTERS We never ever do cruise line shore excursions. We do not enjoy being led around and subject to the whims and schedules of others. We prefer to find our own way around and enjoy the freedom to explore when and where we wish. Again, each to their own. Bermuda is beautiful! It's a fairly long walk from where the ship is docked at Kings Wharf to the stores and ferry but not too bad. They had a free shuttle but it didn't seem worth the wait to us. On our first day, we took the ferry to Hamilton to shop. We walked around Hamilton for a couple dozen blocks and did not find much interesting in the way of shopping. We did stop at a nice Irish pub named Flanagan's for a drink on the balcony overlooking the street and harbor which was pleasant. On our second day, we rented scooters to tour the island. We had read many reviews about how dangerous it is to ride scooters in Bermuda and were a bit nervous. My wife was not that experienced as she had only ridden a scooter once before years ago but the instructors at Oleander Cycles there at the port were very friendly, patient and helpful. They had her ride around the block three times before declaring her fit to ride. We decided to go to the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo which was almost 17 miles away. That ride took us about an hour and a half as we kept pulling over to let traffic go by as it got nerve-wracking with so many cars, trucks and buses coming up on us. The aquarium/zoo was fairly small but only cost $10 each and was absolutely delightful. The had seals, an alligator, flamingos, tamarin monkees, giant tortoises, parrots, and assorted other colorful birds, reptiles and fish. We really enjoyed ourselves there. The snack bar was expensive but the burgers and fries were tasty. After leaving the zoo, we headed to Horseshoe Bay Beach. If you go there by bus, they let you off at the top of a long, steep hill which you have to walk down and back up again. With scooters, you can go to the bottom near the beach to park. The beach was spectacular! The water was a perfect temperature even in October with nice waves for body surfing. The sand is supposed to be pink but it looked like regular sand to me with red grains in it which I guess gives it a pink hue in certain conditions or lighting. We then headed back to the ship and ended up putting 35 miles each on our scooters for the day which doesn't sound like a lot but we felt every mile of it. Three times during our trip when we stopped, Bermudan citizens turned around and came over to check on us to see if we needed anything. Twice, a couple of nice Bermudan gentlemen also on scooters gave us helpful directions. The third time, it was a woman in a car with her friend who saw us looking out over the water toward the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas which was leaving the port and the woman thought we missed our ship. She was prepared to give us a ride or offer whatever help we needed. The citizens of Bermuda are the friendliest we have encountered in any of our travels. The scooters we rented were for 24 hours so we were able to park them at our ship and go out the next morning to do some shopping around the port before returning them to Oleander Cycles. Overall, we found the scooters to be an incredible adventure that we will always remember. It is hard to get used to driving on the left side of the road but we did. There was one time I looked the wrong way and pulled out into oncoming traffic that I hadn't noticed. There was one time where a truck came way over into our lane and almost ran us off the road. The reason why we found the scooters to be a great adventure is because we survived the experience without falling or getting hurt. We realize that we were lucky as many people do get hurt on scooters in Bermuda and we would think very hard before taking that chance again. Still, though, a great memory! We were planning to rent a Boston Whaler on our third day and tool around the harbor but Carnival decided to cut our day short by 5 hours due to perceived threats from Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole. Neither storm was anywhere near the vicinity and we felt it was just Carnival preferring we spend that extra 5 hours worth of money on their ship instead of in the port. Hurricane Matthew never did threaten Bermuda but Tropical Storm Nicole became a hurricane a week later and did substantial damage to Bermuda. I hope the nice people we met and everyone else there came through as best as can be expected. OVERALL EXPERIENCE My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed all four cruises we have taken and plan to cruise again. We may try the Norwegian Breakaway as they also sail from New York and we have never sailed on anything but Carnival but we would not hesitate for a second to cruise Carnival again or the Carnival Sunshine. I believe to give something a five-star rating, it has to be just about perfect and few things are. I gave this cruise four stars but if I had the option, I probably would have given it 4.5 stars. I hope this review has been helpful and I hope everybody who reads this review will enjoy their cruises as much as we did. Bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a coworker/friend. We had the 1-1:30 embarkation window and arrived pretty much at 1pm. There were lines, but that was not unexpected. Embarkation went smoothly. By the time we go on board, the rooms were ready so we directly there. I was pleased with the room (more below). It was a cool, gray day but we did head outside to take in the sights heading out of the city. It was warm enough to lay out at the pool starting the next morning and through the final sea day of the cruise. Spa--we were in a spa room so I took advantage of what came with it. I used the Thermal Suite as much as I could and did 2 free yoga classes (one class was cancelled since the ship was rocking too much). I also did 2 sessions of "Body Sculpt Boot Camp" -- great workout, but walking was not fun after the first session (pulled muscles). I also took advantage of the free sunrise stretch class and the free abs class as much as possible. To reward myself, I did get a mini-facial and reflexology on a special. Dining-We at in the MDR, Lido buffet and had room service. The food was fine. I was able to find something to eat wherever we were. We had your time dining and only waited on line once to check in for dinner. Enjoyed an adult milkshake at the coffee/dessert cafe on deck 5. Also enjoyed cocktails at the Alchemy Bar. Entertainment-My friend saw the show on the first night and said it was ok. I went to the rock show and left. I thought is was pretty bad. I did go to a trivia game and had fun. On sea days, laying out at the pool was our main form of entertainment. Service-No complaints. Bermuda was the only port on this cruise. We didn't book any excursions through the ship, so I can't speak for how they went. We booked a rum cruise ahead of time as well as a walking tour in St. George. While on the island, we booked a glass bottom boat tour (nighttime). I was pleased with all. It was really hot and humid, so sightseeing was a sweaty venture! We used the public ferry and bus to get around. Unfortunately our last day in port was cut short (noon instead of 5pm) due to the storms in the area. We visited the National Museum which is very close to where we docked. I recommend for the views alone! Debarkation went smoothly. We arrived home to the same gray, cool day as the day we left. Four ships were docked the same morning, so there were a lot of people out on the street. Even so, I would leave from NYC again simply because I don't have to worry about a flight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside ... Read More
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside cabin, deck 8 forward - best place ever to have a room. It was centrally located, and only one deck from coffee. NIcely appointed, and plenty of room for the two of us. I mean, you only sleep and shower there. Our housekeeper was only seen once, on the 2nd day, when we happened to run into her. The towel animals were always there. I was disappointed that they no longer give you chocolates at turn down. There are no ice buckets unless requested. Overall, clean and nice. Casino - I don't gamble, but my one comment about the casino is that it needs better ventilation. The smoke easily wafted several floors up, and there was no way to get to the other side of the ship on deck 5 than to go through it. So we basically ran and held our breaths. Food was very plentiful, and pretty good. There is only 1 buffet area on Lido, with two identical stations in the middle for carving. Desserts, as normal, looked pretty but didn't have much taste. It was a pleasant surprise to see Eggs Benedict on the breakfast buffet. Plenty of choices. My only issue, if I had to think of one, was that finding fresh fruit after breakfast was difficult (unless you wanted melon pieces). Beverages were standard, although for tea you now may choose only green or Lipton. The MDR had a nice menu. They had the American Table menu most nights. Had 2 elegant nights, one with lobster, the other with prime rib. Our waitstaff was wonderful, as always. They always knew our names and were very friendly and attentive. There were only 2 evenings that I recall having a 'didya ever' appetizer. I actually steered away from the chocolate melty cake because the doneness is so unreliable. Once it was perfect, next time it wasn't even cooked - it was just warm puddingish cake. We were placed in the Sunset dining room. The 'dine at your time' people were placed in the Sunrise (2 story) dining room. I would prefer to see that arrangement switched, but the food would be the same in either. Guys burgers were good, fries were tasty, but burgers were greasy. For lunch, try the Mongolian Wok stir fry or the Cucina pasta bar - they're both free for lunch, but extra for dinner. Havana bar has nice munchies for lunch too for free. Can you tell I don't like to spend extra when I get comparable items for free? I spend wisely. My biggest gripe - I look forward to the tradition Afternoon Tea that they do on sea days. First, you have to dig for it in the FunTimes - it's buried in the 'Still Hungry' section, and not even listed in the itinerary. We arrived to find that you must now pay $1.95 if you want anything other than green or Lipton tea. I understand doing that on the buffet, but for Teatime? I was appalled that they'd nickel and dime us over a teabag. and $1.95? I can buy an entire box of teabags for that. Shows - The Hasbro game show and the Love and Marriage shows were both great. They should do those more often. The production numbers weren't so hot. There is no live music, it's all recorded. They've done away with their sets - only one or two movable pieces, or just risers most of the time. They have a flashy video wall that changes images constantly. I wasn't impressed. And the talent was mediocre. For the 'Rock' show they couldn't even harmonize. The comedians were good - they need to be put in the main lounge instead. We didn't have comedians on the 2nd half of the cruise because we had to leave Bermuda early due to weather heading up the coast. The activities crew did an awesome job as always. I finally won an authentic 24 karat gold plastic ship on a stick! The sportsquare is a lot of fun for all ages. Two pool tables (don't expect to play a real game of pool - the balls rock with the boat). Bean bag toss, twister, shuffleboard, basketball - all good fun. The waterslides were a blast. The skycourse was an adventure. From the floor it looks easy peasy. Once you're up there, those 15-20 feet make a big difference. And there's no turning back once you start. I'm happy to say I completed it! The Rockin 80s glow party on Lido was a blast. Emma is a great CD. Lots of pep, energy and personality. We decided not to do any Carnival excursions, and just wandered on our own. The bus/ferry pass was a good bargain $31 per person for 2 days. The shops at Dockyard are interesting, and there are the standard 'carnival hawked' stores like DI, etc. But there are a few local stores as well. Most shops close around 5ish, which is closer to 4ish. The towns are nice, people are friendly. Food and goods are expensive, as everything is imported from (mostly) the US. The Glassworks was a favorite place of mine. Snorkel Park Beach at the Dockyard is ok if you want a beach and a beer, but definitely get out to the other beaches like Horseshoe Bay. If you get 4 or more people together you can get a taxi directly there for 7 each - faster than bus. Overall, the Sunshine has been my favorite ship to date, and the cruise was wonderful. They utilize every single inch of that ship, sometimes too much so. There is no room to get around to the Lido buffet except to go through the Guy Burger line. And on Deck 4 trying to get from one end to the other requires that you go through the Limelight Lounge (where they do comedy). Which isn't bad until there's a function in there, and you have to jump decks. The new internet plans are cool too. I would definitely recommend a cruise on the Sunshine! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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