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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a difficult deck plan.Cabin was very nice I had a balcony 7249. Dining was very good except they did not follow my request that I had book from May 2017 for a table for two only.After talking very firmly with them this was resoled, We also dined at the Fahrenheit Steak house, the manager had very poor customer service skills, she however apologize for not greeting us. Entertainment and Activities was very good.Overall service was GREAT!!. Ports and Shore excursions was great I did the Island tour of Bermuda and it was wonderful.I also meet some wonderful people on board in including staff and cruisers,Overall this was a wonderful cruise and I would do this again. Capt. Greene Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but ... Read More
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but not a mega ship. Large enough to not feel crowded. She had a major refit in 2012 changing from the Destiny to the Sunshine. My wife and I found her layout different than other ships and a little awkward at first to navigate. As always, our cabin steward was excellent and attentive. It is a personal opinion that industry wide, I have noticed a slight downward trend in food quality on the various lines. We make a point to dress and eat in the dining room for supper and for most breakfasts. The menu offerings were varied with some new items, but many of the familiar items and favorites seemed to be missing. Also portion sizes have shrunk a little. Not really a huge deal due to the fact that you can order pretty much all you want. We also make a point to try the Specialty options at least once a cruise. Some high points from The sunshine are the Havana Bar and its tastes of Cuba (gratis) and JiJis (15$ per person). JiJis is an inspired asian dining experience that was so SO worth it. Also I highly recommend trying the Chef's Table experience. It is worth every penny from start to finish. Just come hungry. Entertainment was on par with cruising. The stage shows were good but not wowing, although we had a master magician amaze us. This cruise had some of the best comedians we have seen and with fresh material. There was plenty to do on ship as usual. One really nice feature on the Sunshine is a 3 deck Serenity area at the fore of the ship. The service aboard was fantastic as usual. Our ports of call were Bermuda and grand Turk. Bermuda was beautiful. We, as a rule, do not book excursions, but rather "freestyle" and venture forth on our own. I took my time and did some research on Bermuda before our cruise and found some great travel options. The public transportation passes cover both ferry and bus. We spent some wonderful time travelling around and across the island, catching many sights and activities for less than the cost of one ship excursion. I highly recommend going to the Fantasy and Crystal caves, and a visit to St. George. Grand Turk is small and very flat. There are some neat sights there and some great shopping. Our whole goal was to sit beside the pretty blue water and do some snorkeling. We even managed to swim with an octopus for a while. There was plenty of beach sitting with free lounge chairs and clamshell shelters. Never did it feel crowded. And found an amazing little snack shack, The Beached Whale. I would definitely recommend this trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was ... Read More
Just returned from an awesome cruise to Bermuda on the Carnival Victory. This was my 11th cruise overall and my 6th cruise with Carnival. Firstly, nothing can top the Mediterranean Cruise I took in 2007 on the Carnival Freedom; which was in service for a mere 7 weeks. I had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty in 2014. It was the fellow passengers who made it such a pleasurable cruise. I was pleasantly surprised with the Victory after reading the negative reviews. I enjoy cruises due to meeting new people and experiencing new places and cultures. I feel, if one wants to cruise for peace and quiet, to read, or to be glued to a cell phone and the internet, then cruising is not for you., Boarding was typical, but I am disabled and use a mobility scooter. However, the staff could not have been more accommodating. Once on board, the ship had a bit of a funky smell, but air freshener was. release shortly thereafter, and I had my travel size Febreeze with me to counteract any foul odors in the cabin. I booked a disabled cabin and had been used to booking a balcony on decks 6 and 7. However, this cruise, the only available disabled cabins were inside cabins with a picture window in the bow. I booked my 94 year old mother and her CNA in disabled cabin 6205 on the Upper deck and my sister and I in cabin 10-02 on the Panorama deck. I was skeptical about being so high up on deck 10, but we sailed through a terrible thunder storm one evening, and the ship barely rocked. I will definitely consider the Panorama deck in the future. The Panorama deck is a very short deck, so it was a short walk to the Triton pool and a jacuzzi. I was in a party of 2, but the cabin could accommodate 4 people. It was very spacious and included a full-sized sofa.. I had a beautiful view of the ocean and there was a door nearby which led to a small deck ion the bow of the ship. Our cabin steward was average, but when one finds staff such as this, one needs to be proactive and ask for what one needs. She complied with all of my request.s I had the early seating in the Atlantic dining room. I had only one bad entree during the entire cruise; which was the prime rib on the last evening. Whether I ate in the dining room for dinner or the buffet for lunch, I found the entrees to to be of quality ingredients. Throughout the cruise, I ate lobster tails, leg of lamb, roast pork loin, beef stroganoff, flat iron steak, and more. Each piece of meat was tender and contained minimal fat. I told my travel companion what I thought of the meals, and I maintained, "so Carnival doesn't serve Beef Wellington or Chateaubriand, but the quality can be found in the food." Lo and behold, that evening Chateaubriand was on the dinner menu. I ordered it, and it was as tasty and tender as a finest fillet mignon. My waiter Herculean, head waiter Joel, and the dining room maitre'd were superb. I don't know the spelling of the maitre'd, but he circulated the dining room and visited each an every table during every meal to be sure that the guests meals were satisfactory. I saw 3 shows and the 2 with the Carnival singers and dancers were spectacular. The dancers were professional and the costuming was magnificent. I attended one comedy show and found the comedian to be fair. If one sails on the Victory, be sure to stop by the Irish Seas piano bar with Rob; as he is hilarious and very genuine. The Alchemy Bar serves up some mean martini tastings. My destination Bermuda was very beautiful. As is typical of ports, there is much shopping. I found Bermuda to be quite pricey; particularly with Bermudian made items. I toured the island for 6 hours with 11 other passengers with Ricky's Island Tours. Ricky is a congenial, fun person to be with. He is very knowledgeable and intelligent. He left the corporate world some years ago to become a tour guide. Ricky truly loves what he does. The cost of the tour was a mere $60.00, which is a far cry from Carnival's 5 hour island tours at #100.00 and $110.00. I was saddened to disembark the Victory and I certainly would not hesitate to sale her again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was just an awesome 8 day cruise from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. The ship was very clean and the crew was always seen everywhere around the ship keeping it clean. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper deck and it was a nice size with ... Read More
This was just an awesome 8 day cruise from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. The ship was very clean and the crew was always seen everywhere around the ship keeping it clean. We had a balcony cabin on the Upper deck and it was a nice size with more storage than we could possibly use. Even though Carnival only makes up the room once a day, our room steward Nina did an excellent job and supplied us with ice both in the morning and evening. There was never a line for food in the buffet and the food in the buffet and the MDR was excellent. The only problem with dinner in the MDR was if you sat at a table with 6 or 8 people, than it took about 2 and a half hours to eat. Because of this we opted to eat alone a couple of nights although you still sit close enough to other people to strike up a conversation. We had my time dining, so some night we had to wait for 20 to 30 minutes for a table. We usually sat in the Serenity area and had no problem finding a lounge. There are two huge hot tubs there that are the hottest hot tubs on a cruise ship that we have been on. As for lounge chairs on the rest of the ship, there was no problem getting one wherever you wanted one. There are 3 big pools on the ship {one with a retractable cover for if it rains}. Don't worry about the little pool up by the serenity {it,s about 2 feet deep and if it was working, people probably wouldn't use it}. It's just something for people to complain about. My biggest complaint is probably that the Casino is very cold although from day 2 I had free drinks in the casino for the rest of the cruise. People complain about the boat rocking.....believe me, we spent 4 days at sea and the boat hardly moved at all. To wrap it up, Bermuda was beautiful, although we did have some rain and we couldn,t have asked for a more awesome cruise........THANK YOU CARNIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2008
My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time ... Read More
My girlfriend and I (20s) took a very large family group (30 people!) on the Sensation's May 4 cruising to the Bahamas. It was our 3rd cruise, first on Carnival, but most of the group were 1st-timers. We all had a good time (especially the 1st-timers), but the ship is definitely sub-par. I had low expectations going into the trip based on reviews I had read here, so I wasn't terribly disappointed, but I would recommend spending a few extra bucks to upgrade to a newer or more recently refurbished ship. HOTEL: We stayed at Wakulla Suites on Cocoa Beach. Very cool hotel in a kitschy polynesia kind of way. But I'm into that kind of stuff. Huge rooms for the price, beach access, and a nice garden. Recommended. FOOD: The main dining room's food was passable. The worst I've had on a ship yet, but that doesn't mean it was terrible. Lobster night was definitely the best. As for the buffet....awful. Bad food, no selection, and ALWAYS a long line. Breakfast was the same few items everyday. Room service is definitely lacking. PUBLIC AREAS: The ship is basically a floating off-strip Vegas hotel. VERY purple. Mirrors. Neon. Super-gaudy. There was a slightly sour smell permeating the atrium. All the lounges are waaaay over the top. The casino is huge and nice enough. There were some interesting games like "Faceup 21". The Blackjack tournament was very fun. ENTERTAINMENT: We never saw the nighttime shows, so I can't comment on those. There weren't too many activities planned. We love playing trivia on board, but it only happened once during the whole trip, and not even on the sea day. Name that tune was fun, but it seems like the main activity on the Sensation is hanging by the pool and drinking. ROOMS: The rooms were very nice compared to the rest of the ship. A little wear and tear on the cabinets and bathroom sink, but not too bad. The bed was very comfortable. Our steward did an excellent job. PORTS: Freeport: Do something that gets you away from the dock! It's a very industrial port, but there are some beautiful areas elsewhere on the island. My girlfriend and I did Carnival's "Peterson Cay Kayak & Snorkel Tour". It was really fun, but a bit overpriced at $100 each. But a great way to get out in the sun, exercise, and snorkel around a wonderful reef. Nassau: We booked Stuart Cove's 1/2 day snorkel trip. You can't book this on the ship, you must do it independently in advance. It was WONDERFUL! Highly recommended. There were 3 stops: a beautiful reef, a "plane wreck" (actually a movie prop), and the sharks! Very fun, great crew, and an awesome day. OVERALL: You get what you pay for. I didn't expect too much going in, so I wasn't too disappointed. The 1st-timers had no idea what to expect and they had a blast. Go in to have a good time, and you will. It's sure better than being at work! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2006
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise, 3rd with CCL. We are a couple, early 40s travelling without the kids. Embarkation was the easiest ever. We arrived at the port at 12:15 dropped off our bags, had the car valet parked for us and went inside. There as no line so we were through check and we were on the ship within 10 min. We had an ocean view room on the main deck aft. We had no problems with noise or roughness. The room was 186sq ft with the newer bedding. Our room steward was efficient and we had turn down service and towel animals every night. No foul smells or clogged toilets, the ac worked perfectly, so all in all we were pleased with the room and the steward (nelson). The room had robes, a safe but no fridge. Overall, we thought the ship was in good condition considering it is 16yr old. We did see a few cracked windows (out of the few thousand on the ship) and some stains on the carpet but I have seen worse on other older ships. We ate breakfast every morning on the lido deck, typical breakfast buffet. My only complaint is that the eggs were usually a bit runny on the omelets greasy but apparently not enough to cause me to not eat them every day. Lunch had different buffet items every day and of course there were always burgers, hot dogs, pizza and sandwiches available. Overall, I would rate the lido deck food on par with other cruises but give the sandwich bar a B+. I would like to point out, that unlike some of the new larger ships with 2x the amount of people, we never had to wait longer than 5 min in line at the buffet. We ate in the Jubilee dining room. The menu was good, I don't eat sea food or 'fru fru' food so luckily there was steak on the menu every night. My wife ate the sea food and the funky soups etc most nights and said they were good. I had no problems with the steaks and pastas. Service was good and I was pleased to be able to get ice tea with dinner.(for some reason, on the triumph last year, getting ice tea with dinner apparently was a major hassle for the wait staff) I told the waiter (Darius) on the first night that we would like tea every night and they kept the tea glasses full every night. The waiter and assistant were pretty sharp, not real outgoing but you could get them to talk a bit. We ate with a honeymooning couple from detroit. They only ate in the dining room 2 nights so for 3 of the nights we had the table to our selves. Luckily there was very little dancing and singing done by the waitstaff. They did some but they didn't have big extended 'shows' going on in the dining room. Room service was pretty efficient, we only used it for coffee and they only messed up once out of the 4 mornings we used it. Since I am not a singing and dance fan, we did not go to the main shows. The entertainment was pretty thin on this cruise. 3 nights of singing and dance productions, 1 night of guest talent show and 1 night with a magician and comedian. We did not go to any of them. We did go to a late night comedy show and I didn't think the guy was too funny. For you football fans, you do get an abc and I think a cbs station so I was able to get sun afternoon games. We couldn't get monday night though because there was no sat signal, however if they do get a signal you would be able to see the game in the majestic bar. We also skipped the bingo and most of the other organized activities. We did watch the hairy chest contest and the love and marriage game. Although they are both cheesy, the are funny. The casino was not very friendly, I guess that I ended up being about $100 down over the entire week. Luckily I won $80 on the last night to make it a bit less painful. The pool area was nice, I did not see much if any chair hogging. We are able to find chairs near the pool every time we wanted and there were always open tables on the lido deck. The slide was open till 5 every day including the 1st day. Also, the staff in the pool area and in the windows by the sea were very quick to clean tables which of course made it easier to find one. I think since this was a fall cruise, with mostly middle aged passengers without the kids made this a more laid back and calm cruise than some of the others I have been on. Saw very little drunkenness and no buffet line cutters, seat saving or other rude behavior. Our first port was grand turk, or ccls' other private island. Grand Turk is basically a tiny island which is only of interest to divers. When you get of the ship, you go trough a little shopping area which I am guessing is mostly carnival owned. My wife went to Margaritaville which she said was a total blast. That is where the 'party people' were hanging out. The drinks were 7.50 but strong. I had heard in the past that the DJ was real crude, my wife said he was not and actually was having to keep the passengers in line. Overall, my wife said it was a real fun place but the drinks caught up with here and she was asleep in her room by 2pm! I did a 2 tank dive with blue water divers. It was a very, very nice wall dive. I will post more about the dives on the scuba board. Half moon cay is a nice place. The further down the beach you go, the less crowded it gets. We rented a clam shell ($15) and it was worth it. There is no beach snorkeling though, it is shallow and sandy bottom for a long way out, so if you want to snorkel, sign up for a tour. The water and beach are beautiful though. CCL serves burgers, jerk chicken and hotdogs for lunch on the island. I did another dive here which was nicer than I expected, I will post more on that in the scuba board. I will say that it was not a cattle boat operation which is what I was expecting. Overall, half moon cay is a very, very nice beach day. Nassau was, well Nassau, this was our 3rd time here. We did sign up for the catamaran snorkel trip. It was ok, not worth the $45pp unless you are seeing the underwater life for the 1st time. We went a bit outside nassau harbor and snorkeled on a shallow reef for about an hour. There were alot of reef fish so as I said, it would be worth it for a newbie. After the snorkel trip, we got a few t-shirts, booze and then jumped back on the ship. Here are some random thoughts, normally we don't get hyped up about the shopping and spa 'specials' but we did pick up matching his / her watches for $30 for the set. The sale is on the Half moon cay day. Formal night, most people wore suits, there were very few tuxes that I saw. Overall dining room attire was dockers and a polo shirt, There were a few people wearing shorts but in all honesty, I really don't care about what others are wearing. The weather was perfect, hot as hell but no rain, little wind and the seas were the smoothest that I have every seen on a cruise. If you want quiet spots, the back of ship on decks 10 and 11 were pretty deserted. Most of the day time action was of course the main pool area and at night midship on deck 9. Overall, we were very happy with the cruise, normally we do a western during spring break time which is more of a party atmosphere and more active. This cruise is all about beaches and relaxing. So if you are looking for alot of sun, sand, water in a low key atmosphere, this cruise would be perfect for you. As I mentioned, this was our 6th cruise and I would rate it as our 2nd favorite. Overall it was a very quiet, relaxing cruise. CCL seemed to be on top of their game, everything went perfectly and flowed smoothly. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat. Read Less

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