We chose this cruise for the price and itinerary. We booked the forward hallway rooms (6101, 6103, etc) Traveled with several people, children included, and we are all agree there are some things we like and some things we did not. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price and itinerary. We booked the forward hallway rooms (6101, 6103, etc) Traveled with several people, children included, and we are all agree there are some things we like and some things we did not. Bottom line we would not cruise Carnival again.
Day 1 Port Canaveral - boarding was seamless; allowed on an hour early; directed to pool area where music and cocktails were in full swing. It was announced room would be ready by 1:00. When we went to our rooms around that time, not even close to being ready. Hallway filthy, rooms still dirty from prior guests. Did not receive luggage until after 6:00. While it was nice to get on board early, they clearly were not ready and a little gross. Nonetheless, it is still amazing how they turn the boat over that quickly: food, linens, rooms, etc. so hats off for that. Location of rooms for us we excellent. Quiet, private. Rooms are definately tight but worth it. We book two rooms because we like having two bathrooms with three kids. Inkar was great. Day 1, food was excellent, drinks well liquored. One huge complaint for us is the entire main stairwell reeks of cigarette smoke from casino. You end up having to cut through the casino a lot bec of it's location. Obviously you can avoid but going up or down a floor and around it.
Day 2 at Sea - a lot of activities; food again was great; desserts at dinner aren't the greatest. Motown show highly recommend. We had the early seating for dinner. Food was very good. Staff was accommodating with drink pkg. Not everyone in our party had bottomless bubbles or the drink pkg but we were still able to get drinks at dinner or around pool no problem.
Day 3 We aren't big on the buffet. Havana omelet station was great; Blue Iguana breakfast burritos awesome. water leak in hallway near elevators started. Giant fans were constantly blowing in hall to dry out carpet. Loud. I think this is the days we did the Mahogany Bag. We rented golf carts outside port and drove to beach. Overall not bad, a little honky tonk with street vendors almost harrassing us literally every 5 minutes. Service was good, cervesa cheap, water clean, kayaks free. our teenagers drove golf carts back to port. About 15 minutes. No driving rules so that was a highlight for them.
Day 4 Belize snorkeling tour with private island/beach. I'd give snorkeling a 2/5. Entertainment on the "catamaran" which was not a catamaran at all a 5/5 and Starfish Island a 6/5! Bull E on tender was very entertaining. Snorkeling was in the open ocean, very rough, didn't see much of anything. The crew floated around the group in kayaks so if someone, especially the kids, got winded or wanted to go back on the tender, they were there in seconds to get you on kayak and back on boat. Starfish Island was just clean, quiet, relaxing, there was a starfish farm the kids loved. Of course, ladies braiding hair but no pressure to buy or do anything.
Day 5 Costa Maya (this may have been day 4) we booked beach and kayak. Perfect day. Inexpensive. Could take chairlift or walk back to boat if you really wanted to eat onboard. There were a few bars/food on the beach. Water was nice. The kayak was well worth it. Turtle farm on backside of island. Guides were awesome. Free. I would not pay for chairlift, however. The walk to boat is not that long. There is a nice nature path you can take either way or just stay on the main paved road. I thought chair lift was right near the boat when we disembarked. However, you do have to walk at least half way to the beach to board the chairlift (about 10 min). So in my opinion, you may as well just walk another 10 minutes to beach. We weren't the first ones their but if your persistent enough, you can find clam chairs at the shore line. Our guide kept trying to sit us in the middle...ugh
Last day in Conzumel we booked our excursion to Xplor. Mixed reviews about this one. Zip lining was great but a ton of walking up hills and stairs. Left Carnival Sunshine on time for about a 10 min walk to ferry. Ferry was at least 30 min to mainlain; then another 30 minutes on a tour bus to park. I've read other reviews who say their tour guide was awesome. Ours not so much. Kind of just direcited from place to place but we lost track of him towards the end of the day and almost missed the tour bus back to ferry! Overall, it's a lot of walking in general, fast paced because you are only there for a certain amount of time, Very clean. Lunch at the park was an open buffet and was absolutely delicious. Guests being allowed to smoke at such a nice, natural environment park, was a minus. The jeep ride that was supposed to be amphibious vehicles never accessed the caves/water. They were blocked off so we were restricted to the trails only. Very disappointing. Would expect a little more direction from guide based on other reviews.
DISEMBARKING was easy. However we booked an inexpensive bus shuttle "go port canaveral" for $14.50 one way. We kept our luggage the night before so we can just walk off boat early. Think we had a 12:30 flight. Got curbside around 8:15. But didn't show for at least an hour or so. The woman checking us in was EXTREMELY rude. Once bus arrived, we boarded and arrived no problem at airport. But was fine, clean, no problems, wheels round not square as anticipated!
Overall Carnival Sunshine review:
food, entertainment was 5/5
Smoking, cleanliness a huge minus for us 1/5 Read Less