Ill be completely honest - i was a little anxious about spending 8 days on the sunshine since it is smaller than the Dream, Breeze, etc. but, i was highly impressed with how much there was to do with so many days at sea! Our itinerary ... Read More
Ill be completely honest - i was a little anxious about spending 8 days on the sunshine since it is smaller than the Dream, Breeze, etc. but, i was highly impressed with how much there was to do with so many days at sea! Our itinerary included 4 sea days and 3 port days (Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk), which is mainly the only reason i have for not giving this cruise the 5 Stars is deserves! Overall, the cruise was great - one that will be very memorable and as always, Carnival delivers!
Destinations: We've traveled on Carnival more than enough times to count, but finally decided to visit Aruba and Curacao, hearing how amazing these ports were. Frankly, we were disappointed in them compared to many of the other tropical destinations. We did the Sail & Snorkel W/ Beach Barbecue in Aruba which was a nice excursion, but personally i was not impressed with the water, nor the atmosphere which felt like you were in Arizona (no offense to those who love Aruba and its natural beauty). In Curacao we did an island tour which was just okay, took us to some of the most rural and run down parts, where a woman on our tour even had her bag stolen out of the bus! The tour obviously did more than accommodate which was very nice, but left us little time to enjoy the port, aka the nicest part of the island. Grand Turk...BEAUTIFUL! Obviously, if you've been there you know, but this one is everyones favorite - the water, the atmosphere, everything!!!
The Ship: Idk why this ship has gotten so many mixed reviews, but we absolutely loved the design, the people, the atmosphere, the entertainment, and especially the food! The casino could have been a little bigger; for those who like to gamble late night - make sure you pick your machine or stay at your table because they fill up fast! The nightclub, Liquid Lounge, isn't open every night, which was a little disappointing but they made up for it at the Havana Bar late night. The crew, especially the Hotel & Guest Services Managers are delightful, The HR and Food Managers will make your vacation worth while - take time to introduce yourselves to all these wonderful people! The layout can be somewhat tricky as its different than any other ship!
Cuisine: The Havana Bar is one of the places we ate breakfast and lunch everyday on the back of the boat (Deck 9 - aft) and is nice because not many people crowd back there. We never even went into the dining room once - we ate at the spirality resultants (Jiji's and Cucina) EVERY NIGHT! We loved the special attention we got, the waiters/waitresses (Shimray, our waitress at Jiji's, was the main reason we kept coming back) were very reliable and greeted us every night! We loved how the restaurants were never too crowded either. Bonsai Sushi is one that we ate at on the last day which was delicious, a must try! The Steak House, Ferenheit 555, was not worth he money in our opinions. If you want a great steak or lobster, the formal nights in the dining room do it right the same way! There were so many dining options on this ship, including the buffet, and lets not forget Guys Burgers or those delicious Burritos! This truly made the ship a lot more enjoyable!!!
Entertinament: Entertinament on this ship was pretty good! The comedians were funny in certain shows, especially Don Grey, but we really didn't see much of the stage shows, which i heard were very good! Our entertainment was in the casino most nights (and sea days), although the lido deck always had something going on from a party, to the hairy chest contest. The club, Liquid Lounge, (if you count that as entertainment) I'm not thrilled with, and wasn't so the last time i was on this ship. Its a nice idea to have the theater turn into the club, but it doesn't work - too bright and open, and doesn't have the "night club" feel most people want!
Crew/Service: Everyone on this ship was polite and friendly. One of the few ships I've been on (like the valor) where everyone you meet is personable, and wants to be your friend! We enjoy meeting new people, and the Carnival Sunshine is the best place to do it! We are good friends with some of the higher up officers which mad it nice to see them, but we also made so many new friends that its impossible to forget about this cruise! Our cabin steward was very nice, and always had our rooms clean. Everyone on this ship is G.R.E.A.T.!!!!
Overall, our experience on this cruise was well worth every penny! As said before, the destinations were the only disappointing thing on this cruise - excluding Grand Turk! I would recommend the Carnival Sunshine to everyone, just maybe not this itinerary! Read Less