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Carnival Sunshine Review

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Review for the Bahamas Cruise on Carnival Sunshine
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024

This was my first cruise--a gift from my daughter. I was so grateful! I went with my significant other and we were very excited about sharing our first cruise together. I even ran into one of my dear friends from college. That was a nice surprise! It was her first cruise, too. We left from Charleston. It was cold there when we arrived. We usually love Charleston though. Embarkation went smoothly,

but the drug sniffing German Shepherd was interesting. Once on the ship, we went directly to muster. The location was difficult to find, but once we arrived the staff quickly went over how to don our life jackets and what to do in case of an emergency. We had an interior stateroom in the lower portion of the ship. The room and bathroom were clean. There was enough space for 2 people, the bed was comfortable, and the closet space was adequate. After checking our room out, we went to the Lido deck for lunch. The buffet was not spectacular, but not bad either. Then we headed to the deck for the sail away party. I really tried to enjoy it, but was very cold and windy. Kids were everywhere. It was difficult to find a seat. We went up to the Serenity area for adults only, but the area is small. The whirlpool was full and there was nowhere to sit. When we finally found seats we were out to sea and the wind was cold. We realized that we should have brought thicker jackets! All in all, the first night wasn't bad. The next day, we took in some indoor activities. The Hub app was good for keeping up with everything going on and where to eat. It even provided menus for the restaurants. I purchased a wifi package prior to the cruise, but it did not work well. Thankfully, I was able to keep in touch with loved ones via the Messenger app. I also had access to Facebook and Instagram. Between activities we returned to our stateroom. As for TV in our room, there weren't many channels available, but it was sufficient for the circumstances. I was ok until the evening when the ship started swaying like crazy. It was raining and there were murmurs about us not being able to go to the beach the next day. Sure enough, the stop at Half Moon Cay was canceled due to inclement weather. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to the beach and some warm weather. The cruise line did provide some compensation, which was good. We just ate (more) and tried to find interesting activities onboard. Fun activities were limited, but we did enjoy the trivia games, the live music, shows, and the Limelight nightclub. Most of the cruise was very rocky. It seemed as if we were in rough seas from Friday night until Monday AM when we returned to Charleston. I didn't get sick to my stomach, but I did get cranky. I still feel like I'm in a rocking boat now. I failed to mention that the ship had a strong cigarette smoke smell around the casino area and even near my stateroom. I had to use my asthma inhaler (which I rarely need). Arnold, our stateroom attendant, was awesome. He was pleasant, addressed us by name, and kept our room very tidy. The servers in the main dining room, Sunshine Restaurant, were attentive, especially Frank, Gladys, and Aiza. The cruise director, Lizzie, was fun and a ball of energy. In fact, most of the staff members we encountered were great! Overall, despite not being able to go to the island, it wasn't a bad experience. However, we will likely choose a more adult- oriented cruise line in the future.

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Charleston is always nice. It was just a little chilly this time.

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