12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but ... Read More
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but not a mega ship. Large enough to not feel crowded. She had a major refit in 2012 changing from the Destiny to the Sunshine. My wife and I found her layout different than other ships and a little awkward at first to navigate. As always, our cabin steward was excellent and attentive. It is a personal opinion that industry wide, I have noticed a slight downward trend in food quality on the various lines. We make a point to dress and eat in the dining room for supper and for most breakfasts. The menu offerings were varied with some new items, but many of the familiar items and favorites seemed to be missing. Also portion sizes have shrunk a little. Not really a huge deal due to the fact that you can order pretty much all you want. We also make a point to try the Specialty options at least once a cruise. Some high points from The sunshine are the Havana Bar and its tastes of Cuba (gratis) and JiJis (15$ per person). JiJis is an inspired asian dining experience that was so SO worth it. Also I highly recommend trying the Chef's Table experience. It is worth every penny from start to finish. Just come hungry. Entertainment was on par with cruising. The stage shows were good but not wowing, although we had a master magician amaze us. This cruise had some of the best comedians we have seen and with fresh material. There was plenty to do on ship as usual. One really nice feature on the Sunshine is a 3 deck Serenity area at the fore of the ship. The service aboard was fantastic as usual. Our ports of call were Bermuda and grand Turk. Bermuda was beautiful. We, as a rule, do not book excursions, but rather "freestyle" and venture forth on our own. I took my time and did some research on Bermuda before our cruise and found some great travel options. The public transportation passes cover both ferry and bus. We spent some wonderful time travelling around and across the island, catching many sights and activities for less than the cost of one ship excursion. I highly recommend going to the Fantasy and Crystal caves, and a visit to St. George. Grand Turk is small and very flat. There are some neat sights there and some great shopping. Our whole goal was to sit beside the pretty blue water and do some snorkeling. We even managed to swim with an octopus for a while. There was plenty of beach sitting with free lounge chairs and clamshell shelters. Never did it feel crowded. And found an amazing little snack shack, The Beached Whale. I would definitely recommend this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a difficult deck plan.Cabin was very nice I had a balcony 7249. Dining was very good except they did not follow my request that I had book from May 2017 for a table for two only.After talking very firmly with them this was resoled, We also dined at the Fahrenheit Steak house, the manager had very poor customer service skills, she however apologize for not greeting us. Entertainment and Activities was very good.Overall service was GREAT!!. Ports and Shore excursions was great I did the Island tour of Bermuda and it was wonderful.I also meet some wonderful people on board in including staff and cruisers,Overall this was a wonderful cruise and I would do this again. Capt. Greene Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for check in. We chose 12:30pm as our check in time and when we arrived, there was confusion and chaos. The 12:30pm check in was meaningless and the staff didn't know where to direct us. It took us nearly 21/2 hours to get boarded. Ship We have sailed on the Carnival Sunshine before in 2013 for our European Cruise. The ship had issues then. While on board in 2013, there were several nights where we heard a loud banging noise below our floor (Deck 2). It sounded like someone left a large metal door open or something was not secured and was banging with the rolling of the ship. When we reported it, the crew came to our room but could not identify the origin of the noise. We heard the same sound again this time. In addition, we noticed that the ship was in need of general overall repair. The window in our stateroom was rusty all around the frame and had rusty water (condensation?) leaking from the frame, the shower clogged 3x and water seeped out of the drain next to the toilet, and we had the smell of sewage in our room through most of the trip. Base boards or molding was missing or rotted around the columns near Senor Frogs eatery, and there was quite a bit of rust on various parts of the ship. For us, the icing on the cake was the need to post a cleaning person 24/7 at the entrance to the casino because something (brown sewage?) kept seeping through the tile floor. Dining The food was good overall but the evening buffet left something to be desired. We decided to skip eating in the dining room and ate at the buffet the night we left port (see itinerary change below) . The food was dry and tasteless and not up to Carnival's normally higher standards. Itinerary Probably the strangest thing of all was the itinerary change. A week prior to departure, we received an email stating that the itinerary had changed. From: Bermuda - Mon - Arrive 1pm, Wed - Depart 5pm To: Bermuda - Mon: Arrive 1PM, Bermuda - Tue: Depart 5pm (spend the night at sea) Bermuda - Wed: Arrive 8:45AM - Depart: 5:45PM. We asked both the crew and the people of Bermuda why the change and the crew said it was a business decision (?) and the people of Bermuda said they had no idea why Carnival did that. Weather WAS NOT a factor. Consequently we had to go through customs again on Wed morning which delayed our debarkation from the ship and caused us to miss the ferry to another part of the island. Summary Overall we enjoyed the cruise and Bermuda but wished that Carnival would have addressed the areas we mentioned, especially the itinerary change. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water racing slides,pool table, foose ball, chess , bean bag toss and mini golf. The pool itself is small but very nice and refreshing. Ship looks beautiful and clean. All the staff was very friendly. We used the public restrooms a lot as we were out of our cabin most of the day and they were all clean .It was nice to see top management out and about often, not only to observe that all is running well but to stop and visit with families making them feel welcomed. It was a true delight to my grand children to play a game of foose ball and chat with the Hotel Director , Niksa P. I have been on many cruises where you may get a hello greeting from upper staff and that is it as they are very busy understandably. A fantastic Cruise , food was great in buffet as well as dining rooms. We fully enjoyed both. Dining room staff at our table was spot on perfect. The kids did go to the kids club a few times and really liked it but we stayed busy with activities and shore excursions that the kids didn't go everyday. .We had room service one morning and they were very prompt and enjoyable. We did the Dolphin Play Excursion, pricey but they did a great job with the kids. You can take photos of your family but you are not up close to capture alot as your family is in the water with dolphins so about 50/50 were ok pics so we did buy from the company as well...pricey too but worth it. Wonderful Memories. We also did the Crystal Caves and Aquarium tour with zoo. Caves were Awesome Aquarium and zoo very small and so so. We stopped at a light house for the kids to climb as well. We had a fantastic beach day at Horseshoe Bay. So pretty there, yes lots of people but restrooms and place to eat and drink and a life guard on duty. We took the bus at 7.00 a person each way. The bus area is right off the ship .. easy ... We got our moneys worth for our family and have made memories for our 3 grand kids forever Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read ... Read More
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read on... you decide: So, lets first start with the GOOD: I love the cruise director and her staff. Emma has a great deal of energy; she personifies a "fun ship". She is supported by Jax (as fun and energetic as Emma) and Deonne (don't ask if he is related to Eddie Murphy..he is not), and Tai. They all add to the fun that Carnival works on creating. As a seasoned cruiser, we had been on Carnival years ago, but still left it as a last resort cruise. After we went on The Magic however, it turned out attitude around and we have been on a couple more since. We found that we like Carnival better because they keep it youthful. Just because we are over 50 doesn't mean we do not like current music and activities. Carnival seems to be more likely to have a smattering of current music thrown in with their oldies... other cruise lines seem to have missed this. The other good things... I will always give props for having them adding in the 2.0 restaurants (Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana), a self-serve soft serve machine available 24/7, and hot chocolate machine right next to the coffee.... these are all little food things that make the trip so nice. We went to JiJi's Asian Specialty restaurant -- it was so good we went back the next night. It's the best $15 you can spend anywhere on board. Breakfast is awesome at Blue Iguana, lunch at Guys Burger, pizza or the Italian Cantina. ALWAYS get the Chocolate Melting Cake for dinner... no need to look elsewhere. These are things Carnival excels at. So on to the AVERAGE. Not good, not bad... just annoyingly expected -- the shows, the Lido, the pools. Shows: always 4 guys, 4 girls, usually with a costume extravaganza tripping through the 60's. 70's. 80's, etc... its all fine just as we expected. Very few things new and special. We usually do not feel worried if we miss a few... we know essentially how they are going to be. In the Rock show they did have a nice video screen display that kicked it up a notch. Other than that, you can go pretty see this on any ship. The Lido -- the food has the same fare, nothing that makes you feel upscale or special, but it feeds 3000 people several times a day... so meh.... We actually opted to stay away from the Lido Marketplace, and except for a drink or dessert, we ate elsewhere. The Pools -- there are only 2 -- one quite small at the base of the waterfall on the Serenity Deck (over 18yr) and the main pool - the Beach Pool which is slightly bigger, but always overrun by screaming kids. They need 1-2 more pools to even out the pool-to-sunbather ratio... the waterfall pool was pretty cold as well, so needless to say, there were not that many passengers in pools, just hot tubs. As expected, the beds in the cabins are flat and old (except the little mountainous ridge where they push them together) and the water didn't drain in the shower. Since I find this on almost every cruise, I chalked that up to average. Ok, so here is the BAD and the "What were you thinking?" Carnival section -- these are the things that has caused us to reconsider taking Carnival again: 1) Dirty windows. Sorry, it sounds minute, but everywhere you wanted to look out of the windows, all you saw was dirty filthy. If just once they tried to clean them, before, during, after the cruise, I would have chalked it up to bad weather, whatever. This also was the same on the last Carnival we were on, and I realize, this is a cost cutting measure, that makes the entire ship look filthy dirty. I would not have noticed anything else being dirty had I been able to look out of our departure and seen the Statue of Liberty, or the turquoise waters of Bermuda, or anything not covered by filthy dirty windows. To even take a photo, you have to stand on a chair and lift your camera over the top of the windows... in the dining room etc, you are just out of luck... bleckh. 2) Just as we reach our room, our room steward approaches us, and says "when would you like your room clean, in the morning or evening?" We were totally taken aback as one of the big things people always talk about while cruising is that their room is magically clean every time they enter. We hesitantly chose morning and then he had us sign a paper saying we aggreed to that. I felt like I was just cheated by an insurance company. It was weird and left us with a bad taste for Carnival's cost cutting measures and our cabin steward. 3) The itinerary. We were supposed to reach Bermuda at 1pm on Monday, and not leave until 5:45 on Wednesday. Just before the cruise left, we received notice that due to "operational considerations", they were arriving Monday, leaving on Tuesday evening, and coming back to port Wednesday morning and leaving again on Wednesday night. They whole reason we took this itinerary was the appeal of not having to get back to the ship. All other cruises give you a short visit and then you spend the rest of the time getting back to the ship before it leaves. This itinerary was so appealing. We had already been invited to a barbecue dinner with friends of friends, and so we ended up getting a room and staying in Bermuda rather than having to hurry back. It was inconvenient to say the least. Not one crew member could answer the question with any reasonable answer as to what they were doing with the ship, and why they could not do it at a different time. 4) the Thermal Suite at the SPA -- we booked a spa deck cabin and paid a premium for this (they are about $400 more than the other cabins). This gives us unlimited access to the thermal suite, which we had on the Magic about 2 years ago... we were excited to be back and enjoy this... again, another main reason for booking this itinerary on this ship. When we got there, they said that it was being repaired and that it would be open Sunday morning, then Sunday afternoon... then, Monday morning I was so frustrated because it finally opened right before we got to Bermuda. Now that we were in port it was relatively useless as well since our touring time was needing to be condensed. After the Thermal Suite opened, only about half of the lounge chairs heated up, the steam/rain showers didn't work at all, the Laconium was cold rather than warm and the Eucalyptus steam room had no scent. The regular steam room worked great if that helps at all.... The spa was a useless mess. Everyone who either paid for the thermal suite or a spa cabin should have received a refund. Overall maintenance was lacking -- they lost water pressure on the last morning we were there and toilets would not flush (ew) and coffee makers etc were struggling. Overall, everything just feels old and tired and like they are putting band-aids on everything until they go to drydock. I would guess they have a lot of crew turnover as everyone just looks at us with a sad grin and a "sorry..." look on their faces. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
6 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 3.0 0.0

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