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Carnival Sunshine Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Carnival Sunshine to the Southern Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Apr 2014

Loved my vacation. We had a spa balcony cabin at the front of deck 10. You could definitely feel the movement more here than other cabins I have sailed in before. The room seemed a bit smaller than the other rooms but was decorated beautifully. The cabin steward kept our room in tip top shape and emptied out the mini-fridge for us to store our own drinks. No room issues at all except the phone system did not seem to work properly for messages. I used the gym several days of the trip and it was very adequately furnished with quality equipment. The spa steam rooms were very nice to have access to, however I only used it the last night of the cruise.

The ship itself was beautiful...loved all the décor in the public areas, cabins, and even the theater. With that said the theater is quite small, but we never had a problem getting some kind of seat for a show. (Although for a good one, we waited for an hour for Epic rock) The shows were AWESOME. The best shows I have seen on the ocean. I saw three... Epic Rock, Studio VIP (THESE TWO WERE GREAT!), and the Latin Nights show. The entertainment staff was great! Really enjoyed events hosted by Fernando...who could forget that laugh, and Alex was fun as the karaoke host!!! Jaime D was the best cruise director I have ever had. She was energetic, friendly, and all over the place. I might even put up with the horrible smell (the poop deck, as we came to call it) to cruise with Jaime D again! (I just read another review from someone who said she rarely saw her......HUH?!?!?)

The food was overall pretty good. JiJi's was AMAZING for $12 per person...GO, don't think about it, GO!!! The Italian place was good, but JiJi's was better! Guys Burgers were quite yummy. The burritos at the Cantina were very good, too. (Both for breakfast and for lunch) The buffet could have had more choices each meal, but the food was pretty good. 24 hour pizza was good, too. The Havana Bar had lunch time snacks that were delicious, and not many people knew about them. Dining room food had plenty of choices and we had great service from Dan from Romania. Yes, we had to wait a couple of times for YTD, but no more than 35-40 minutes on formal night, and a few minutes at most the other nights. We also did the Chef's Table. What a terrific experience. We had a great tour of the galley, wonderful meal, entertainment from Spike the Table magician, and all the wine you could drink for $75 per person. Chef Sameer was very interactive and inquisitive on our opinions and experience throughout the entire meal. If you do this, go hungry!!!!

Cabin Review

Cabin Spa Balcony

Nicely decorated, a bit small, but always kept clean. Had a mini-fridge and allowed us to use the Spa when we wanted. It was a great location to be close to elevators but far enough not to hear a lot of noise.

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