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Sail Date: September 2013

Travelled on the ship when it was the Destiny, five years ago. Terrific refurbishment in all of the public spaces. Very nice decor.

Pros:

Itinerary; Venice and Sicily were my faves. Very intensive itinerary has something ... Read More

Travelled on the ship when it was the Destiny, five years ago. Terrific refurbishment in all of the public spaces. Very nice decor.

Pros:

Itinerary; Venice and Sicily were my faves. Very intensive itinerary has something for everyone. Stayed a couple of nights in Barcelona and Venice hotels. Great choice as both cities have plenty to offer for everyone.

Balcony door opened when we arrived. AC dripped very slowly for 3 days. Nice new suite. Seemed less roomy than the older suites.

Dining room meals were excellent. Tremendous choices and excellent quality.

Serenity area is quite nice. Always found a place to sit, although many were reserved by 6am.

Emarked and disembarked in a flash. Nice.

Cons:

Slow drips from the ceilings in several locations. Must be addressed as it gives you a very bad impression as to how the rest of the ship is being run.

Buffet was quite disappointing. Very limited selection.

Spa room was a waste. Lineups for the hot beds and no whirlpool in the spa ... disappointing. The staff never stop selling.

Basically no tv ... that's cruising.

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Sail Date: September 2013

The trips started out great. We arrived in Venice and made it to the ship without any major complaint. They were a little disorganized with the bags at the airport, but I think that was part of a language/cultural barrier. Once at the ... Read More

The trips started out great. We arrived in Venice and made it to the ship without any major complaint. They were a little disorganized with the bags at the airport, but I think that was part of a language/cultural barrier. Once at the port and on the ship, things were smooth. The ship is advertised as completely refurbished, but this is misleading. Parts of the ship are completely refurbished. There are still plumbing problems. I saw a lot of drips in the hallways with buckets underneath them and there was rust on the balcony railings. Nothing major, but it definately wasn't completely remodeled.

Our biggest problem was noise from the Liquid Lounge below us. It bleed through the cabin floor and kept us up until 3 AM one night. They compensated us fairly for our inconvienence, but it was totally unnecessary. There wasn't a large enough crowd in the Liquid Lounge to justify keeping the music going to 3 AM. They could have moved the venue to the Piano bar. There are no cabins above or below the piano bar and it would have accomidated the amount of people partying.

We had some rough seas the last couple of nights on the cruise, but it couldn't be avoided. I would suggest getting a hotel in Barcelona an extra night. The city is beautiful and the people who disembarked and went straight to the airport got cheated.

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Sail Date: July 2013

This was our fourth Carnival cruise and our third European (the first two were on Celebrity and RCCL) and I have to say that all though the ship had great points and the itinerary was nice we won't be going on Crnial again and I would ... Read More

This was our fourth Carnival cruise and our third European (the first two were on Celebrity and RCCL) and I have to say that all though the ship had great points and the itinerary was nice we won't be going on Crnial again and I would like to share why.

First the good....

The entertainment, especially the nightly comedy shows.

The casino was open and lively, with friendly staff and a nice environment.

The food was great, with the exception of the buffet, which was hit or miss in taste and temps. The specialty options at lunch wee great, especially the me in and Asian options, delicious!

The kids club was always clean, friendly, and had plenty to do.

The Havana and Regfrog bars were very fun.

The waerslides were a big hit with the kids on board.

The not so good...

The room, we got Ocean Suites which were considerably smaller than those we just had on RCCL. Very cramped and not worth the money.

Certain updates around the ship seem to have been thrown together rather haphazardly. It would have been nice to not see quite so much evidence of the renovation.

The buffet. I mentioned it above but it is worth saying again that it really had issues. It was not even warm much of the time so we tried to avoid it as much as possible.

The reason we won't book with Carnival again....

This itinerary was Rey port intensive so we opted to enjoy an extra day on the ship. By 9:00 we noticed crew members guiding dozens upon dozens of people with visitor badges around the lido deck. By noon, he visitors had completely filled up the water slide area, the main pool and the jacuzzis, splashing in the water, eating at guys, the buffet, and the burrito shop. This was upsetting to the other cruisers that wee expecting a quiet day.

I went to guest services to ask what was happening and they explained that the Italian crew were allowed to bring their friends and family aboard for tours but they were not allowed to eat or use the facilities that we were for paying guests. When I complained that they were using them, I just got a shug and was told it was a perk for the staff and it wasn't their job to police their behavior. I asked for a supervisor to call me and left. The next day, when we got back on the boat, we were met with the same type of visitor crowd, and it continued on all Italian ports. I went to guest services two more times and no supervisor err was available or ever tried to contact me as requested.

I think it is reat that Carnival would offer a perk to their staff, however it should be done on a day between sailings, not on days were their are paying customer onboard who pay a hefty premium to be there. We felt taken advantage of, as if our fares were subsidizing the staffs perk and taking away from our experiences. To make it worse, guest services could are less hat there were a number of paying guests complaining about it. The other times we have cruised in Europe. We did not encounter this issue and as a result, we will not cruise with Carnival again.

Carnival does have some nice features but none of those features an out way the negative experience we had onboard. Fortunately there are enough wonderful alternatives out there, that we have plenty of great choices. This definitely should be something you consider when choosing a cruise in the future.

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Sail Date: July 2013

well we chose carnival because we could not get a deal to go on royal caribbean this summer and we found a good deal to go on this 12ngt crusie on the sunshine we sailed on the cavnival destiny 6 years ago so when we heard it had a 150 ... Read More

well we chose carnival because we could not get a deal to go on royal caribbean this summer and we found a good deal to go on this 12ngt crusie on the sunshine we sailed on the cavnival destiny 6 years ago so when we heard it had a 150 million refit we could not wait to get on the sunshine.

we arrive in venice on the day before embarkment to have a extra ngt in venice we stay in a hotel near the train station so we could be near the tram for the the ship.

i traveled with my partner and 6 year old daugter we arrive at the port at 11am i did get on the boat until 2pm the longest i have ever had to wait to get on a ship. any way for got all our wines on for dinner and sprirts for drinks in are room.we had a deck one window room double bed and single good size ,it was good having a new room for once on a crusie ship.room attendent very good every ngt animal towels on my daugters bed, shower 10 out of 10 the ship renovation was very good it needed it , but every thing was all over the place because it is hard to make a old ship into a new ship.

we had any time dining dont book it because it not any time dining its if you if you come down come down and get your pager and they will pager you when your table ready. the ship not ready for any time dining, your can,t have 100 seats with 400 people to come down any time they should stick with early and late dinner times we did try to change but to not avail.the problem with carnival every one goes to the dining room because the lido marketplace for dinner is very basic with food choice not like royal carribbean where choice is great.

we as a family love to dress for dinner as we did the whole cruise ,it was sad to see guest in shorts, tee shirts,filpflops for dinner. don,t see that on royal caribbean .

shows were very good playlist productions,comedy hypnosis but the the new liquid lounge does not work its too small for the 3000 guest on the ship even with two shows, then after the show some ngts it turns into a ngt club too big they should use the comedy club punchlier after the comedy shows which where very good for the ngt club.. the red frog pub very good, piaio bar,good,occean piaza good bands.my daughter love the kids club best ever she said the pool,waterworks etc .all and all good cruise i am a royal caribbean fan but i can not say that i did not enjoy the fun ship. ports where all good been to many before so we did other things like naples went to capri,civitavecchia train to sandy beach santa marinella and pisa at livorno.took a few pictures on the ship but they were very expensive about $30 a picture,they should have put the date and ports on every picture when coming off the boat as i like to buy those ones and not doing photo deals. pity carnival not coming back to europe next year.. oh well back to royal caribbean..

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Sail Date: July 2013

This cruise was a 12 night Venice to Barcelona itinerary. My husband and I had already been to several of the ports but we were anxious to enjoy them with our daughters before they are off and married with little ones of their own.

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This cruise was a 12 night Venice to Barcelona itinerary. My husband and I had already been to several of the ports but we were anxious to enjoy them with our daughters before they are off and married with little ones of their own.

Arriving in Venice the day before allowed us a few days to really see the city and it is one of our favorite spots. It also allowed us to embark at whatever time suited us and that's exactly what we did. We arranged for the Secret Itineraries tour at the Doges Palace on the morning of embarkation. By the time the tour was over it was mid afternoon and we embarked with little waiting at all. Rooms were all ready and we could access them immediately. We all had the Cloud 9 Spa Balconies primarily to ensure there was no smoking on the balconies surrounding us.

Our rooms were on the 11th floor and were spacious enough but I must say that we were only a few doors down from the access to the Serenity area and there was quite a bit of noise from the banging of the door in and out of that area. One night the closer on top of the door broke and it was jammed open and it just happened to be the night they had a big pool party so that was a bit unfortunate. Despite reporting the door problem I don't think it was resolved by the end of the trip.

We had anytime dining and chose to go to the MDR for the first time on the second night of the cruise and it was absolute bedlam. There were so many people waiting the whole foyer was filled as was the staircase. We decided to buffet it that night and by the next time we attended it was much better. With so many food options though you can easily pick and choose as your mood takes you. We found the food in the MDR to be okay, not outstanding. The buffet was always only half open (maybe they only have the whole thing open during peak times) and we found the selection to be a bit wanting. We ate at the Steakhouse (outstanding) and Ji Ji's (outstanding). Others in our party went to the Italian restaurant and reported it was good.

We found the decor on the ship to be quite nice, not garish at all. I do agree that the way to move around the ship is a bit odd but we found it pretty easy to figure out. Just remember to always go to deck 5 to pass through the casino and get to the dining rooms. We used the exercise room and my daughter used the Spa and both were excellent.

The itinerary on this cruise is what attracted us most of all and we were not disappointed. We did 4 ship excursions and for the most part we were happy. The excursion to the Acropolis was ridiculously crowded (5 ships in port that day) and the amount of time we spent there (40 mins) and in the Plaka (40 mins) out of a 4.5 hour excursion seemed ridiculous. We left that one half way through. Regardless of this we had a wonderful time in the ports.

Due to the intensity of this itinerary we seldom looked for evening entertainment but when we did we liked what we saw. Went to a few shows in the Liquid Lounge and we found the comedians to be mostly quite entertaining. The Comedy Brunch was alright, not spectacular. Don't go there for the comedy as there is only 5 minutes of it but the menu is a bit different. We found it a shame that a lot of the venues that we really liked were only open for lunch from noon until 2:30. With the itinerary we had we could only use them on the two sea days we had.

All in all we had a great experience as one would when the whole family is all together and seeing such wonderful sights. On the last night in the MDR however my husband and I had a bit of a surprise on our plates. When I cut open my baked potato to butter it half of it had gone black and rotten. My husband had a salad that he was about to enjoy a forkful of when he noticed something curious. Upon closer inspection it appeared he had a frozen caterpillar on one of the leaves. Not a small one either!! During the length of time it took to alert our server the caterpillar had time to warm up and started travelling around the plate. What an adventure, for him and for us!! Of course the server was mortified and recorded our room number but we didn't notice any kind of compensation although it was on the last evening so perhaps it might still come!?

Before closing I must echo others in their responses about the Serenity area. It is a beautiful spot that about 30 people got to enjoy on a ship of over 3000. Literally people were sleeping on these beds. As a result, if you managed to get a deck chair somewhere (I mean anywhere on the ship), it was quite a hike just to have a dip in the pool. Also the number of annoying tweens was quite bothersome. I realize there isn't much for them to do at this age but they tended to congregate in the pool area at night and took over the hot tubs. While trying to enjoy the movies under the stars you were often bombarded with yelling, screaming and general bad behavior by groups of about 8-10 at any given time. Carnival staff never says anything to them. My daughter went up to one group to ask them to move along after we had already moved our chairs to get away from them so we could finish our movie. They did comply. Come on Carnival, you are acting like you are afraid to say anything to anyone!!!

Anyway, despite a few small issues we had a wonderful time but I don't think I will be cruising Carnival again, especially during the summer months!

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Sail Date: July 2013

A brief introduction. This was our fourth cruise for my wife and I, both 37. We have previously cruised on Disney, Princess, and RCI. This was our first time on Carnival. Choose this cruise for the itinerary, price and ship.

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A brief introduction. This was our fourth cruise for my wife and I, both 37. We have previously cruised on Disney, Princess, and RCI. This was our first time on Carnival. Choose this cruise for the itinerary, price and ship.

We flew on Delta from San Francisco to Venice. We arrived a day before and stayed the night at Hilton Molino Stucky. Nice hotel, would stay again.

We arrived at the port at about 11:30. There were lines everywhere, but found out they were the zones waiting to board as boarding had not started yet. We were given zone 18 and went to check in. No lines for this and the lady handed us zone 17. Stood around and were on board in our room by 1:00pm.

We were booked in cabin 9207 on Lido deck. I was a little worried about this, but heard no noise except for those who wanted to have conversations in the hallway.

Found cabin to be spacious and clean. Bathroom shower for me was better than RCI and more spacious. Cabin steward was great with one exception. I found the window and door to balcony had water spots all over them. The balcony was hosed off during the cruise and the water spots got worse. Either way, not a huge deal for me. Air conditioning worked well, but sometimes found in the middle of the night the room would get warm. Would book this room again.

Spent a lot of time at the Red Frog Rum Bar and Red Frog Pub. Both had great drinks and great people. Ate breakfast at the Havanna Bar every morning and got to know the bartender. Great guy and great service. My only complaint with the service was in the dining room. We ended up not going to the dining room after the fourth night. Service was slow and empty plates sat on the table for 10-15 minutes. It must have been my table as others had great service.

I enjoyed the food as I thought it had good flavor and to my surprise the portions were large. When I compare it to RCI, Carnival wins hands down.

Ate at the Steakhouse and was not impressed. I had high expectations for this place as I love my steak and had read good reviews. Steak was good, but nothing to write home about.

Ate at Cucina Del Capitano. Read reviews which were mixed. I enjoyed it so much I ate there a second time.

Had Ji Ji's, Guy's, Blue Iguana, and Pizza which were all good. The one thing I liked about this ship was the food choices. All the food tasted fresh as compared to sitting in a pan at the buffet.

Entertainment was good. We saw 4 of the comedians and they were funny. Went to Piano bar once, but too many kids that ruined the show. Enjoyed the music at Ocean Plaza and the Red Frog Pub.

One thing I really enjoyed was there was always something to do on this ship. I like live music and just sitting with a cocktail and listening. Almost every night, there were four places I could do this. Plus there were shows and movies.

Carnival Sunshine is nice ship. It has been renovated and looks great. Something to remember is that while renovated, the bones are still 1996. On Deck 2, 6, and 7 there were many ceiling tiles removed in the hallways because of water dripping. No issues on Deck 9. The structure of the hull is 1996. An example of this is in the Liquid lounge, there are poles blocking your view from many seats. A newer ship would not have the poles. I also do not believe this ship has the stabilizers like many new ships do. The ship was really rocking from Marseille to Barcelona. (could be wrong though)

We did Dubrovnik and Marsielles on our own. For the others, we booked private excursions with people we met on our roll call. Worked out very well. Ports were amazing with no real issues at any of them. Saved a lot of money compared to ship excursions.

All in all, a great vacation. Ship was running 100% and workers were continuing to work on it. Service and food was great except for dining room for us. Would consider Carnival again on a newer ship.

 

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Sail Date: July 2013

This was my first "Carnival" cruise. My first cruise was in 1969 and I have not kept score of the number

Must admit I selected it due to dates and price, I have travelled on cargo ships, ocean lines, cruise-ferries, deck ... Read More

This was my first "Carnival" cruise. My first cruise was in 1969 and I have not kept score of the number

Must admit I selected it due to dates and price, I have travelled on cargo ships, ocean lines, cruise-ferries, deck passenger on a pilgrim ship on a back-packing touring of the world and worked onboard 3 cruise ships for a number of years as one of those dreaded photographers.I understand people have different expectation on a "cruise, and can only share my experience.

Enbarkation was chaotic, with 3006 passengers on lower berth plus it appears thousands of children their organization left a bit to be desired. Once onboard our cabin was read. Very happy with the inside cabin, spacious compared with other cruises I have taken in the past, being recently refurbished it was excellent. Good storage space and having terrytowel bath roles was nice. My only criticism was the television stations, plenty of sel-sell-sell, the two movie channels offered 2 direct movies each day, repeating every 3 or 4 days. No menu was provided when each movie would be show. Checked with Guest services and they said that they repeated every 3 hours. Nice if their was a menu showing this on the TV. The Cruise director was good, however should really be called a Sales Director as appears 10% of his announcements was about onboard entertainment and 90% about what you could buy onboard.

Being on the deck (9) forward, one had to walk through the crowded pool and narrow walking area with the Blue Iguana and Red Frog bars jutting out on each side of the ship follwed by the Guy-Fieri burger (excellent food) bar and BlueIguana Cantina (excellent food)on either side on the aft area opp area to get into the Marketplace/Buffer again the narrow passage ways either side of the ship., however overall the food was good at the Lido Buffet and during breakfast and lunch one could use the almost deserted JiJi and Cucina del Capitano (these are also free for lunch excellent food) We only frequented the Sunrise aft restaurant which was excellent, apart from one time to visited the Sunset forward restaurant which is v-e-r-y noise, due I suppose to the lower celling as during the renovation "Carnival" removed the upper level and installed more public rooms. Only one meal was bad in the dining room, toughest beef tenderloin I have experienced, the wait staff were happy to replace it.

In hindsight (or learn from onces mistakes) I would have paid more on another cruise line, however overall I got what I paid for.

 

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Sail Date: July 2013

We have only previously cruised with Disney so my expectations of Carnival were set somewhat low, considering this cruise was around $3000 cheaper than a similar cruise with DCL in the Med in a similar cabin. I was travelling with my 14 ... Read More

We have only previously cruised with Disney so my expectations of Carnival were set somewhat low, considering this cruise was around $3000 cheaper than a similar cruise with DCL in the Med in a similar cabin. I was travelling with my 14 year old son and husband. We choose the cruise based on more value for our money and the ports. Unfortunately we lost Monaco and Majorca and had these replaced with Athens and Izmir, personally both of which I didn't rate much. But I guess for those who like their history, they will have enjoyed them.

We flew in the day of the cruise and arrived in Venice around 2.00 pm, following a delay with our flight. I arranged my own transfers with a company called Suntransfers. They were excellent, I have used them before. The only lines were where people put tags onto their luggage. I had already done ours, so they went straight onto the ship. We arrived on the ship at around 3.00 and headed straight to Guys.

I had booked cabin 8117, which was a balcony and was situated forward. Compared to DCL, the cabin was small, especially when the sofa bed was fully out; it was very difficult to walk around the bottom of the bed. However that said, we did get use to it. The bed was lovely and comfortable and my son who is nearly 6 ft tall slept well on the sofa bed. The cabin was lovely and clean and everything in it looked very new; plenty of storage, more so than DCL.

All main areas of the ship were clean and bright and I thought well set out. There were plenty of bars and places to sit on an evening.

On sea days the pool areas and sunbeds were very busy as you would expect. I did see towel stickers been put on loungers by Carnival staff and I also saw them asking under 21's to leave the Senerity area with their parents and this freed up loungers in that area. Most days I stayed at the back of the boat near the water slides, so I could have a quick cool down. Ladies if you go on the slides, I suggest wearing some swim sorts or swim suit, otherwise you may lose your bottoms and your top could move too!! Those slides are very fast.

We ate in the Market place for lunch most days, which was always busy. If you walk through to the Havana Bar, Ji, Ji or Cucina Del Capitano area, you will find plenty of seating away from the hustle and bustle. There are also other offerings for lunch and breakfast. My DS most days had the burgers from Guys. We never paid for any of our meals and always had dinner in the main dining hall. We were on MTD. There were big issues with this place, if you arrived after 6.45. Some evening there were large queues and guests were given pagers to come back later, up until an hour later. We always sat in the same area with the same staff and this worked well. One evening I had to send my main meal back as it was cold, my starter had also been cold so I asked to see the Head Waiter. It never happened again and each night both head waiters checked with me to make sure everything was okay and that the food was hot enough. My only comment would be that some thought needs giving on how to improve desserts, but I think this is an American thing. Most of the cakes tasted the same; I even find this happens in Disney restaurants. I loved the fact that we could have hot chocolate on an evening.

The entertainment on board was very good, we enjoyed the comedians especially the British ones, but I would say that being a Brit! Another tip is to make sure you get here early to get a seat, especially when the playlist productions take place.

My DS loved the Teen club, but he did comment that he didn't care for the structure of it compared with DCL. Apparently on Carnival you have to join in if you are in the club, whereas with DCL you can sit and watch!! Kids!

Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and would happily sail with carnival again. I would also happily sail on the Sunshine again, complete with leaking ceiling and buckets! It's a real shame that Carnival have pulled out of the Med.

 

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Sail Date: June 2013

The Carnival Sunshine was a thought in my mind since I first saw it on carnival.com. We booked immediately and we were on the fourth sailing! Lets start with the good, and get to the not so good in a bit.

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The ship ... Read More

The Carnival Sunshine was a thought in my mind since I first saw it on carnival.com. We booked immediately and we were on the fourth sailing! Lets start with the good, and get to the not so good in a bit.

Good:

The ship was amazing! Such a beautiful ship! The water slides were great and the sports area was really fun! JiJi Asian Kitchen was probably the best asian food I have had in my entire life and Fahrenheit 555 was fenomenal. Didn't try Cucina del Capitano, but we heard it was also great. The cabin was a pretty good size and the bathroom was big enough! The shows were the best I have ever seen on any cruise ship, and Epic Rock was truly EPIC! The ports were amazing, and every carnival organized tour was very interesting, informative, and stress free. Being a carnival organized tour, we didn't have to worry about missing the ship if something happened. Restaurants by the pool and the pizza was a great lunch and afternoon snack.

We absolutely loved Noonan, the cruise director. He was so funny and his wife who did trivia and organized disembarkation for excursions was so nice to talk to.

Not So Good:

Two words: VERY CROWDED! Sometimes we couldn't even find a lounge chair and stayed in the room for some time when we had nothing to do. The TV blew. Mostly every channel was out of sync and 90% of the other channels were Carnival channels. We had no mini fridge in our balcony room and the balcony had some rust stains. The first few days I saw workers painting on the SPA decks, which gave off ammonia smells. The propulsion stopped working leaving Monaco for about 15 minutes, making guests scared and delayed for Palma de Mallorca. Many elevators didn't work as well which caused a lot of time waiting for a elevator. Guest Services was always crowded and they didn't have the best attitude when dealing with them. The buffet was HORRIBLE on this ship, the worst I ever experienced. They served the same food every day. If you like a variety, definitely choose a Guy Burger, a Blue Iguana Burrito, or the Havanna Bar/JiJi/Cucina Pasta Bar for a great free lunch. There are only two pools: Main Beach Pool and the pool in Serenity, a little disappointing. Hasbro the Gameshow was a let down the second time seeing it. It is basically a bunch of screaming little kids hoping to get on stage.

Overall, Sunshine is a beautiful ship with a few flaws that weren't major problems that didn't drastically effect our time on the boat. If I had to rate the ship out of 10, I'd give it a 8.7. If I had to rate the excursions, I'd give it a 10+. I would totally recommend the Carnival Sunshine and cruising the Med at any time.

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Sail Date: June 2013

SUMMARY:  Overall we really enjoyed this 12-night cruise around the Mediterranean. Given we were most interested in the ports of call we did not really spend all that much time on the ship and did not extensively use the ... Read More

SUMMARY:  Overall we really enjoyed this 12-night cruise around the Mediterranean. Given we were most interested in the ports of call we did not really spend all that much time on the ship and did not extensively use the entertainment and recreation offered on-board. So far us, the most important things such as a functional cabin and comfortable bed were also the things that stood out the most. The decor in the cabins is very pleasant and the furnishings are excellent. We also got to spend time in my parents' balcony cabin across the hall which was also very specious and beautiful. We went to the comedy show a couple of times which was great and played around in their game room which is well equipped with air hockey tables, racing pods, etc. The things that we did not enjoy as much were the main course at their restaurant which was always of pool quality (especially their steak) as well as the perpetual line-ups everywhere. From Deck 11, oftentimes it'd be faster to just take the stairs instead of try to wait for the elevators because you could end up standing there for 10 minutes. Other than that, the cruise itself was well-organized and captain and staff were terrific! With the deal we got for the spa cabins, I'd say it was worth it.

GOODS:

+ Clean, comfy, spacious, and well-decorated cabins

+ Beautiful Serenity Deck pool area

+ Well-organized cruise

+ Great captain and terrific staff

+ Good service in the restaurant

+ Great comedy shows

+ Good gym (although would be nice if you could actually see the ocean through those windows)

+ Excellent breakfast and good buffet food

+ Very pleasant thermal-chairs in the spa overlooking the ocean

+ Outdoor movies in the evenings were very enjoyable

BADS:

- Constant over-crowding everywhere! You always have to stand in line even to get water! If you want to sit in the Serenity Deck hot-tub during a day-at-sea, you can forget about it.

- Main course in their restaurant was terrible (and I'm generally someone who'd eat just about anything). Appetizers and deserts were all great though.

- DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT get their "Your Time Dining". You'll get screwed big time and will always have to wait in line up to half an hour to get a table.

- All their buffet drinks, including the juices, were infused with chemicals and sugar. Would be nice to have squeezed juices, at least in the mornings.

- The steam rooms in the spa were a joke. At times I actually needed to wrap myself in a towel because I was cold.

- Getting your laundry done the last 2 days of the cruise was impossible. 2 washers and dryers to accommodate several thousand patrons is a joke. Even then, the machines ruined some of our laundry even when setting the dryer to low temperature/delicate setting.

 

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