5 New York (Brooklyn, Red Hook) Carnival Sunrise Cruise Reviews

Sunrise is beautiful, recently been refurbished. But... with all the concerns about germs, why did they put hand push buttons to open auto doors on Lido deck? Dirty hands repeatedly touching these then sitting down to eat. Makes no ... Read More
Sunrise is beautiful, recently been refurbished. But... with all the concerns about germs, why did they put hand push buttons to open auto doors on Lido deck? Dirty hands repeatedly touching these then sitting down to eat. Makes no sense!!!. Food on buffet just ok, nothing bad but nothing great. Guys Burgers always great! Food in dining room always good, there again only few selections were great. Staff from waiters to room stewards worked very hard as usual. Maitre'd at one restaurant was not very accommodating or at least appeared like he couldn't care less, so we got on Carnival Hub and reserved our table to be ready when we got to restaurant. Worked really well the 3rd night on. Cruise Director was awesome. Just seems like Carnival has taken quality down a notch and replaced it with quantity of passengers. Example: no linen table cloths in dining rooms except formal night and dirty silverware found at our table every night for 7 nights. Will we go Carnival again-yes of course. Port is driving distance and cost can usually be found discounted. But dont expect Quality and Excellence on this ship Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
My wife and I are fairly frequent cruisers, but we recently took our first cruise on the Carnival Sunrise, from New York up the eastern coast of New England and Canada with scheduled stops in Halifax, St. John, NB, Portland ME and Boston, ... Read More
My wife and I are fairly frequent cruisers, but we recently took our first cruise on the Carnival Sunrise, from New York up the eastern coast of New England and Canada with scheduled stops in Halifax, St. John, NB, Portland ME and Boston, then back to New York. Unfortunately, because of bad weather we had to skip both Portland and Boston, which was a disappointment but of course with "safety first" in mind it was nobody's fault but Mother Nature. The stops we did make were good, although most every other cruise line includes Bar Harbor on their similar itineraries for this time of year and surprisingly Carnival didn't, so that was a disappointment. We had never been to this part of the world before and the shore excursions were decent with good guides, albeit a bit on the expensive side. Prior to the cruise we didn't have a very favorable opinion of Carnival from reviews we had read and people we had talked to, and that impression was only marginally improved during the cruise and afterwards. We generally prefer smaller ships, willing to trade off shipboard activities for more personalized service, better food and usually quieter ship time. This ship itself was actually nicer than we thought it would be, as it had been refurbished fairly recently. That was the good news. The bad news was that (according to some of the crew) during the refurbishment they added more cabins and reduced the size of the main dining area. (They also took out the library which was a disappointment to my wife but I won't speculate as to whether removing the library is indicative of Carnival's perception of its clientele.) So, any meal requiring a trip to the Lido dining area for the buffet was a complete zoo at any and all times of the day. Total passenger count was just about 3,000, and it seemed as though every single person chose to jam the buffet lines at the same time and remain there every minute of the restaurant's serving hours. Total chaos ensued with very limited seating when the rush was on at the buffet lines. On the plus side, there was a pretty good supply of other, smaller eating ares with other specialty food types around the ship, but most of them were either fully outdoors or partly open to the elements, and with the bad weather along the way they weren't great options for comfortable eating. For dinner, we had assigned seating each night with our group of ten, so no problem getting a table at our appointed time, although the tables were pretty much on top of each other and the restaurant got noisy. The servers delighted in singing ""Happy Birthday" and "Happy Anniversary" or "Happy Anything" pretty much every night at various tables as circumstances warranted. So much for quiet dining. As for the food quality, the Lido buffet was ordinary to decent, nothing special. Typical cruise ship fare; nothing to kill you but nothing to make you think you were in a really good restaurant. Service was again pretty ordinary, mostly because of the crush of humanity during buffet hours. In the sit-down restaurant at night, the entrees were generally decent to pretty good. I remarked almost every night how good the salads and soups were, among the best of any cruise line I've been on. Not all of the entrees deserved the same high marks. We were in a group of ten people and comments varied from bad to exceptional for the quality of each person's meals throughout the seven-day trip. I have to admit that I didn't have any meal that was not edible, but neither did I have any that I would rank as exceptional (other than the salads and soups which as I mentioned were really outstanding). Ironically, lobster tail was offered one night as one of the included menu choices. Everybody but me got it and loved it. Another night I paid $20 extra to get a lobster tail and could hardly eat it. The meats (pork loin, roast beef and a small steak on various nights) were okay, pretty much done to order but generally not very hot by the time it got placed in front of me. I'm also a dessert guy and they were pretty good, both for variety and quality. Our cabin was actually pretty nice, not cramped but not overly large, with good storage and with a comfortable "king" bed if you managed to avoid the subterranean crack running down the middle from joining two twin beds to make it into a king. Our room attendant was excellent and we tipped him accordingly, along with the gratuities added onto the bill at the end of the cruise. Other than the crack running down the center, the bed(s) was (were) comfortable with nice pillows and covers. The bathroom was small-ish, but since neither my wife nor I are overly large, no problem fitting into the shower. The shower in fact had great water pressure and lots of hot water. We could barely get water out of the sink, either hot or cold. Go figure. My only real complaint about the bathroom was that the shower curtain (what, you think Carnival would have a glass shower door?, LOL!) seemed to have a really musty smell. The ship's entertainment ran the gamut from just plain lousy and insulting to our intelligence, to some of it being actually pretty good. One comedian comes to mind as being both clean and very funny but he was only there for one night. The three electric violin players who performed as a group in the lobby every night were wonderful, albeit a bit on the loud side. I won't make any more comments on the entertainment because everybody's tastes are different. The only other problem we had was that the ship is VERY NOISY. Carnival seems to think that splitting their customers' eardrums with loud music and announcements adds to the overall cruising experience. Our cabin seemed pretty well insulated (walls and ceiling) but music from the entertainment areas of the ship still got through the door. I thought embarkation could have gone a bit more smoothly as it was a bit of a mob scene. Debarkation, given the number of people, was very well organized both on the ship and in the port area and when our turn came we were out of our cabin, off the ship and in a cab in under twenty minutes. In closing, I titled this review "You get what you pay for" and with Carnival you pay towards the bottom of the cruising spectrum, and for that you get an experience that's worth just about every penny. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because it was near our anniversary. The day we got off ship was our anniversary. We had been on this ship before. We celebrated our 10th, and 20th anniversaries on board this ship when it was the Carnival Triumph. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was near our anniversary. The day we got off ship was our anniversary. We had been on this ship before. We celebrated our 10th, and 20th anniversaries on board this ship when it was the Carnival Triumph. We would be getting off on our 30th anniversary. We had been on this ship on our trip to the Panama Canal just four months before. It was much better when it was the Carnival Triumph. The embarkation went fairly smoothly even though a Carnival employee gave us the wrong information at the front door of the terminal. The rest of the check in went smoothly. Different from the disembarkation. Our stateroom was nice. The service in the stateroom started off nice, but, as the cruise went on it became not good. They even asked if we wanted them to come to the stateroom twice a day or just once? Don't they know what they are supposed to do? Sometimes they came in and put the next days ship paper in while on other days they just slid it under the door. Dining was pretty good in the MDR. The buffett was good many times, but, on others had to bus a table so we could sit down. The pizza was very good. Like the Deli. We didn't actually eat at the Pasta Place or at the BBQ place. The service in the Main Dining Room was better on this cruise than it was on the cruise four months before. Entertainment wasn't bad. Saw many of the shows before. Liked The Flying Scotsman's show even though we saw it several times. Liked playing BINGO. Love playing in the casino. Since we have been to these ports many times we did not take a tour. Walked around near the pier at Halifax. Saw an interesting exhibit at a college at Halifax that had a campus presence next to the Immigration Museum. It was about aging and was put up by an expert in the field. The first day at St. John was a religious holy day for me. The second time at St. John walked to the Marketplace and bought some coffee to take home at The Java Moose. Then we stopped off at the Beaver Tail place to get a bite of local food. The disembarkation from the ship when we got back to port was terrible. They took our luggage from in front of our stateroom. None of the pieces were together. One piece wasn't even near the number it was supposed to have been by. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The new season for the Sunrise (aka Triumph), ok, lets break it down into a few areas. First shout out to the crew, they were wonderful, the whole trip were always upbeat and gracious as always. Second, the food we found to be ... Read More
The new season for the Sunrise (aka Triumph), ok, lets break it down into a few areas. First shout out to the crew, they were wonderful, the whole trip were always upbeat and gracious as always. Second, the food we found to be cooked to our liking, and we always had our fill. Cruise Director-Mikey and staff most enjoyable we have encountered in 6 years of sailing. Especially having to make back up plans for 3 of the sailing days. Also he was very clear when he gave any instructions we needed to know. Entertainment- was refreshing to watch shows that wasn't the same thing we have seen on the Pride for the past 6 years. Now, for the flip side, for a ship that just went through a major over haul, some areas were sorely overlooked. And some of the deck plans weren't thought out very well, For example, deck 3 to get to the Aft Dining Room, you have to go up to Deck 5 and take the aft elevator (which most of the time only 2 of the 4 were working) back down to 3, The Carnival Hub App was a nice tool to have, sure you can bypass making your table reservation for the Aft Dining room on 5, but you can't request a specific table or server from the app, which in turn means you have a different server every night. The balcony rooms seem smaller than the other ships, there was only 1 night stand beside the bed, and the other side was about 7 inches from the wall/window to the balcony. Finally- with Carnival have a home port in Charleston, SC, you'd think that maybe they could have found more than 5 excursions for the guest to choose from when the docked there as an alternative port (since Bermuda was not an option). Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This ship was recently renovated and rebranded as the sunrise from the previous triumph. The renovations were nice and elegant. The food was great, entertainment was spectacular, especially Mikey Gibson as a cruise director. He was full ... Read More
This ship was recently renovated and rebranded as the sunrise from the previous triumph. The renovations were nice and elegant. The food was great, entertainment was spectacular, especially Mikey Gibson as a cruise director. He was full of energy and so much fun. Perfect for a cruise that had very upset passengers due to hurricane humberto changing the whole itinerary from 3 days in bermuda to we didnt reach any foreign ports at all except for a 6 hour stay in Charleston, south carolina. the renovations were elegant however and i was always skeptical of how a 2 month dry dock comes out without issues. Well this ship has alot. - The elevators are a complete disaster and numerous times got stuck and would be shut down. Some of them would open and close several times before finally going to the floor you desired. -i have always viewed and read comments here on cruise critic but never replied or posted a review and always felt there were just negative people out there trolling. Well this was the first time that i did indeed smell sewage/garbage in any elevator that you use in the AFT of the ship near the piano bar and alchemy bar on deck 5. - Deck 2 we had plumbing issues, where we couldn't flush the toilet and the shower had no hot water. I belong to carnival groups on other social sites and people on my same cruise had the issues on other decks. -there were busted seats in the liquid lounge/theatre. Also a busted seat in the redfrog bar on the lido deck. -outside an elevator i saw panels on the wall being held up by packing tape! -white paint was pealing off corner railings in the buffet marketplace and you can see the gold trim that was painted over with white. - automatic doors into buffet is not automatic you need to push a button. Stupid and makes no sense if you have you hands full of food how do you press the button -glass automatic door coming off the lido pool area onto deck 9 would constantly get stuck!! Just seemed like a horribly rushed renovations. Carnival should take their time and look everything over. Also why didnt the sunrise receive the same 3 deck serenity and waterfall as sunshine her sister ship. That was such a wow factor!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Carnival Sunrise Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.3
Entertainment 4.5 3.5
Public Rooms 4.0 3.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.4
Family 5.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.2
Enrichment 2.0 2.9
Service 3.5 3.7
Value For Money 4.5 3.0

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