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Traveling w/2 adults, 4 kids 20-16. Flew into Orlando, rented a car and drove to the Cape. Worked fine, but be prepared to wait at car rental place for shuttle/car. (Both ways) We did quite a few of the cruise activities - trivia, game of love, watched karaoke, hasbro game show etc. All were well run and mostly on time - except the Hasbro show - they were running really behind because of Bingo. The Hasbro game show was fun to watch, but don't believe you're going to win a cruise like on the promo video or that you do it as a family. On this ship it was strangers on a team (which was fine) and they won Hasbro games - which was nice. But the lead-in was misleading. All and all fun. Game of Love was hysterical. We went to a few of the dance-parties in the main lobby and that was really fun. The Entertainment staff were fun. Kids went to the nightclub and said it was lame. Another night we happened upon the nightclub when coming in off the deck on a blustery night and security was really rude to the kids until they saw the "mom" with them. They must have a sneaking in problem... Overall this is a great ship with fun design elements. Loved the hammock in the Serenity Deck. Great place to star gaze after the din of the movie goes away. On the plus I never really saw little kids on the Serenity (Adults only) Decks - that has been a problem on other ships I've been on. Deck movie nights were packed - but the addition of being able check out blankets was great. No butter/salt on popcorn :( But there's always ice cream. Had been really looking forward to watching a movie from the hot tub - but no chance to get in. Hot tubs we always packed with loud gangs of teenagers in the evenings/nights. I sound like a crabby old lady - but I'm not, I just wish there was more 21 & up hot tub space in general. Public spaces are too small - with to much crammed in for all the passengers on the boat. Just be prepared to be patient. One frustrated man in a motorized wheelchair ran over our backpack and crushed some sunglasses, not that big of a deal, but I'm sure he was just sick of trying to squeeze through everything. Bathroom on Lido too small, public space restrooms in general were badly signed and hard to find. Passageways near Burrito Bar & Burger stand too narrow, hard to get around. Mongolian Wok cooking station tucked into back of Lido service - again too narrow - LONG lines would form and then people trying to get around would get stuck. Food overall was good - we were part of the roulette wheel seating for dinner, and really only had to wait once to be seated for dinner - but service was very inconsistent in the main dining room. Sometimes we had over 1/2 hour wait for appetizers. More than once we waited over 45 minutes w/3 asks for soda. I waited 45 minutes to order a bottle of wine. Thankfully that was a night that we waited so long for food. Servers were gracious and attentive, but seemed disorganized and out of synch. In the end though, the food was always good. By the 2nd to last evening same dishes came out with different presentations and sides - like the kitchen was running out of supplies. They also didn't have the wine in stock I wanted to buy. We had one or two great "server" performances! One server REALLY like to dance and one REALLY like to sing. It was great! On the last evening we had a date night at the steakhouse - Fahrenheit 555. NUM! Totally worth the $30/person. Wonderful food, great service and presentation. Visit from the chef. Lovely. Loved the Shake Bar! Especially the adult shakes. Wished we had tried the sushi bar. Often saw ship crew/staff eating there - that's a good sign to me! We always enjoy the photography sessions, photographers were fun, and up for our shenanigans. However, again the space is not big enough or open long enough for viewing the prints. The Epic Rock show was AMAZING. Great costumes and choreography and the set design/backgrounds were fantastic. Super fun, made me wish we had attended the Motown Review as well. Went to one Family Friendly Comedy Night - It was okay. The comedian was funny, but they were "easy" jokes. TSA and fat jokes (about himself) He was funny but predictable. Jamie Dee, Cruise Director was a fireball. This is our 5th cruise and we all loved her energy and quick wit. We would love to be on a trip with her again. Paid the $100 for the premium internet package so we had internet access for the laptop - access was pretty good. Not super fast, but adequate. Surprised how many people were on their PHONES ALL THE TIME! But I guess that's the way it is now. We probably won't do another cruise with so many back to back ports again. The trip felt crammed and we were exhausted. Needed the break of a sea day in the middle. Ports: In Cozumel - Took taxi to Paradise Beach. $15/person gets a chair, and access to the beach inflatables (awesome!) sea kayaks, stand up paddles, clean bathrooms/changing rooms, and a gorgeous pool. Ceviche was amazing! Worth the $ for a beach day. Don't go to San Franciso beach and buy their cheaper bucket of beers - you get in trouble... In Roatan - rented a car, $67/day, hired a tour guide ($30/day + we tipped) and drove around the Island. It was great. Informative and not super touristy. Next time we'll do a zip line. In Belize - Tender to Belize City (no problems here - we had read horror stories of taking 4 hours to get to the island - we didn't wait either way) Once there we found and hired Exotic Eco Tours for $50/person, taken by boat to tiny island, given snorkel instruction and had a tour of the reef. Equipment was in good condition, tour guide and assistant were great. Some handcrafts for sale. And grilled food for sale. OMG best grilled lobster I have ever had. For $15 I got a fresh lobster tail and a beer. AMAZING. Little beach was nice and the rum punch was included in the $50 snorkeling fee. In Costa Maya - Carnival Excursion to Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. This was our shortest port day 7-1:30 and we figured we wanted a Carnival based excursion - because they won't leave without you if you're on one of their trips! We were some of the last people on board after the tour. Tour was great. Tour guide was named Jesus. He was funny, a great story teller and generous with his time. It was about an hour ride through the countryside, but we learned a lot. The Ruins were great. Again, learned a lot. Purchase the pineapple at the little store for $4 w/salt, lime! On the way back there was a sales pitch for items Jesus and friends had made, but they were nice little gifts. All in all great trip! $90/person. Last sea day we did the behind the scenes tour - so fun! But I wish we would have done it at the beginning of the trip instead of the last day - it would have been fun to see the storerooms full to the brim instead of the last 25% of supplies on hand. Totally worth the $95/person. Overall this was a great trip. Worth the investment. Service was good. Entertainment was great. Food was good.  

Excellent trip!

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review by jessi2913

Trip Details
Traveling w/2 adults, 4 kids 20-16.
Flew into Orlando, rented a car and drove to the Cape. Worked fine, but be prepared to wait at car rental place for shuttle/car. (Both ways)
We did quite a few of the cruise activities - trivia, game of love, watched karaoke, hasbro game show etc. All were well run and mostly on time - except the Hasbro show - they were running really behind because of Bingo. The Hasbro game show was fun to watch, but don't believe you're going to win a cruise like on the promo video or that you do it as a family. On this ship it was strangers on a team (which was fine) and they won Hasbro games - which was nice. But the lead-in was misleading. All and all fun. Game of Love was hysterical.
We went to a few of the dance-parties in the main lobby and that was really fun. The Entertainment staff were fun.
Kids went to the nightclub and said it was lame. Another night we happened upon the nightclub when coming in off the deck on a blustery night and security was really rude to the kids until they saw the "mom" with them. They must have a sneaking in problem...
Overall this is a great ship with fun design elements. Loved the hammock in the Serenity Deck. Great place to star gaze after the din of the movie goes away. On the plus I never really saw little kids on the Serenity (Adults only) Decks - that has been a problem on other ships I've been on.
Deck movie nights were packed - but the addition of being able check out blankets was great. No butter/salt on popcorn :( But there's always ice cream.
Had been really looking forward to watching a movie from the hot tub - but no chance to get in. Hot tubs we always packed with loud gangs of teenagers in the evenings/nights. I sound like a crabby old lady - but I'm not, I just wish there was more 21 & up hot tub space in general.
Public spaces are too small - with to much crammed in for all the passengers on the boat. Just be prepared to be patient. One frustrated man in a motorized wheelchair ran over our backpack and crushed some sunglasses, not that big of a deal, but I'm sure he was just sick of trying to squeeze through everything.
Bathroom on Lido too small, public space restrooms in general were badly signed and hard to find. Passageways near Burrito Bar & Burger stand too narrow, hard to get around. Mongolian Wok cooking station tucked into back of Lido service - again too narrow - LONG lines would form and then people trying to get around would get stuck.
Food overall was good - we were part of the roulette wheel seating for dinner, and really only had to wait once to be seated for dinner - but service was very inconsistent in the main dining room. Sometimes we had over 1/2 hour wait for appetizers. More than once we waited over 45 minutes w/3 asks for soda. I waited 45 minutes to order a bottle of wine. Thankfully that was a night that we waited so long for food. Servers were gracious and attentive, but seemed disorganized and out of synch. In the end though, the food was always good. By the 2nd to last evening same dishes came out with different presentations and sides - like the kitchen was running out of supplies. They also didn't have the wine in stock I wanted to buy. We had one or two great "server" performances! One server REALLY like to dance and one REALLY like to sing. It was great!
On the last evening we had a date night at the steakhouse - Fahrenheit 555. NUM! Totally worth the $30/person. Wonderful food, great service and presentation. Visit from the chef. Lovely.
Loved the Shake Bar! Especially the adult shakes.
Wished we had tried the sushi bar. Often saw ship crew/staff eating there - that's a good sign to me!
We always enjoy the photography sessions, photographers were fun, and up for our shenanigans. However, again the space is not big enough or open long enough for viewing the prints.
The Epic Rock show was AMAZING. Great costumes and choreography and the set design/backgrounds were fantastic. Super fun, made me wish we had attended the Motown Review as well.
Went to one Family Friendly Comedy Night - It was okay. The comedian was funny, but they were "easy" jokes. TSA and fat jokes (about himself) He was funny but predictable.
Jamie Dee, Cruise Director was a fireball. This is our 5th cruise and we all loved her energy and quick wit. We would love to be on a trip with her again.
Paid the $100 for the premium internet package so we had internet access for the laptop - access was pretty good. Not super fast, but adequate. Surprised how many people were on their PHONES ALL THE TIME! But I guess that's the way it is now.
We probably won't do another cruise with so many back to back ports again. The trip felt crammed and we were exhausted. Needed the break of a sea day in the middle.
Ports:
In Cozumel - Took taxi to Paradise Beach. $15/person gets a chair, and access to the beach inflatables (awesome!) sea kayaks, stand up paddles, clean bathrooms/changing rooms, and a gorgeous pool. Ceviche was amazing! Worth the $ for a beach day. Don't go to San Franciso beach and buy their cheaper bucket of beers - you get in trouble...
In Roatan - rented a car, $67/day, hired a tour guide ($30/day + we tipped) and drove around the Island. It was great. Informative and not super touristy. Next time we'll do a zip line.
In Belize - Tender to Belize City (no problems here - we had read horror stories of taking 4 hours to get to the island - we didn't wait either way) Once there we found and hired Exotic Eco Tours for $50/person, taken by boat to tiny island, given snorkel instruction and had a tour of the reef. Equipment was in good condition, tour guide and assistant were great. Some handcrafts for sale. And grilled food for sale. OMG best grilled lobster I have ever had. For $15 I got a fresh lobster tail and a beer. AMAZING. Little beach was nice and the rum punch was included in the $50 snorkeling fee.
In Costa Maya - Carnival Excursion to Chacchoben Mayan Ruins. This was our shortest port day 7-1:30 and we figured we wanted a Carnival based excursion - because they won't leave without you if you're on one of their trips! We were some of the last people on board after the tour. Tour was great. Tour guide was named Jesus. He was funny, a great story teller and generous with his time. It was about an hour ride through the countryside, but we learned a lot. The Ruins were great. Again, learned a lot. Purchase the pineapple at the little store for $4 w/salt, lime! On the way back there was a sales pitch for items Jesus and friends had made, but they were nice little gifts. All in all great trip! $90/person.
Last sea day we did the behind the scenes tour - so fun! But I wish we would have done it at the beginning of the trip instead of the last day - it would have been fun to see the storerooms full to the brim instead of the last 25% of supplies on hand. Totally worth the $95/person.
Overall this was a great trip. Worth the investment. Service was good. Entertainment was great. Food was good.
 
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