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Embarkation from New Orleans was great; friendly shore staff made it very pleasant. The ship has continuing problems with water dripping from the ceilings, especially on the lower decks. Buckets were set up in the hallway on deck 1 to catch this water. There is a constant sewage odor, presumably caused by the dripping water, up to deck 3. The ship's entertainment is poor, and the Liquid Lounge is small and crowded. The shows are only 30 minutes long, and you have to get there 30-40 minutes early to get a seat. On our cruise 3 of the stage shows were cancelled due to equipment problems and entertainer illnesses. The ship lacks much of the traditional live music, DJ's are used to fill the void, especially at poolside The Lido restaurant buffet is poor, very little variety and the food is often cold. Serving stations are inexplicably closed at peak dining times, and seating is often at a premium. The morning scrambled eggs seem to be from a powdered mix. The floor, when wet, (as it often is) is as slippery as an ice rink. We saw a number of people slip and fall, when entering from the pool deck. The main dining room is pleasant. The wait staff, for the most part, is adequate, but are not particularly friendly or attentive. I presume the pre-paid tipping program has helped diminish their enthusiasm, as their tips are now guaranteed. Here too variety is lacking, the same deserts appeared night after night on the menu. The in-room television reception is spotty and inconsistent. For no obvious reason channels just shut off in mid-program and never return. The only consistent channels are the Carnival advertisements, that run constantly uninterrupted. There is no interactive TV system to arrange shore excursions or check your account status, that must be done at a kiosk in a public area outside of Guest Services. If you're a non-smoker stay away from the casino because the ever present cigarette smoke. We didn't gamble once due to the thick smoke. It seems that smokers go there and congregate just to smoke, most aren't even gambling. We observed women sitting there in their PJ's getting in their last smoke before bed, as smoking is not permitted in the cabins.

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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by RPM13

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Embarkation from New Orleans was great; friendly shore staff made it very pleasant. The ship has continuing problems with water dripping from the ceilings, especially on the lower decks. Buckets were set up in the hallway on deck 1 to catch this water. There is a constant sewage odor, presumably caused by the dripping water, up to deck 3. The ship's entertainment is poor, and the Liquid Lounge is small and crowded. The shows are only 30 minutes long, and you have to get there 30-40 minutes early to get a seat. On our cruise 3 of the stage shows were cancelled due to equipment problems and entertainer illnesses. The ship lacks much of the traditional live music, DJ's are used to fill the void, especially at poolside
The Lido restaurant buffet is poor, very little variety and the food is often cold. Serving stations are inexplicably closed at peak dining times, and seating is often at a premium. The morning scrambled eggs seem to be from a powdered mix. The floor, when wet, (as it often is) is as slippery as an ice rink. We saw a number of people slip and fall, when entering from the pool deck.
The main dining room is pleasant. The wait staff, for the most part, is adequate, but are not particularly friendly or attentive. I presume the pre-paid tipping program has helped diminish their enthusiasm, as their tips are now guaranteed. Here too variety is lacking, the same deserts appeared night after night on the menu.
The in-room television reception is spotty and inconsistent. For no obvious reason channels just shut off in mid-program and never return. The only consistent channels are the Carnival advertisements, that run constantly uninterrupted. There is no interactive TV system to arrange shore excursions or check your account status, that must be done at a kiosk in a public area outside of Guest Services.
If you're a non-smoker stay away from the casino because the ever present cigarette smoke. We didn't gamble once due to the thick smoke. It seems that smokers go there and congregate just to smoke, most aren't even gambling. We observed women sitting there in their PJ's getting in their last smoke before bed, as smoking is not permitted in the cabins.
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