I think it was just ok. nothing special about the cruise or the ship. if you don't want to be around a lot of kids book when school is in. More options in the main dinning room that you don't have to pay for.
Punchliners comedy club was the best part about this cruise. Saint Johns is a cold sad place. Temperatures barely 65 in late june. Carnival should have placed a ship with a solarium on this itinerary. Pools were empty, hot tubs crowded and people shivering. If you don't care about the destination it ok for a cheap get away.
This was not my first cruise, however, it was my first and last on the Carnival Sunshine. Perhaps on a Carnival boat altogether. The food was subpar. The only food that was digestible was found in the main dining room, but if you wanted the cuisine you come to expect from a cruise, be prepared to pay an additional $20.00 per plate per person. Risotto and scallops? One tablespoon risotto that was "crisp" with 3 small scallops was an appetizer. The Guy's burger bar is where we ate when too early or late for dining. The wait staff were wonderful as were the majority of staff. Beware of the casino. We were charged on our sail and sign card $10.00 for every machine we went to even though we played with cash. I heard from others after we docked that it happened to them as well and they found the explanation they were given equally plausible as we did. The "sales guy" who tells you where the best bargains are is a flat out liar. The best buys were clearly at Freeport and not Nassau as he indicated. Overall, we were very disappointed, and nobody from the cruise line at guest services cared.
Enjoyed the cruise and appreciated that I could drive to and from the ship. Older ship but clean and somewhat updated. Friendly staff .
Only part i wasn't happy about was Nassau on Sunday. We had been in this port in the past so decided not to do any excursions but just walk around the shops. Because it was Sunday most shops were closed or if opened closed early 4:00 PM . Made the day on shore somewhat a waste of time.
When we had trouble with our dining times, the head waiter saw to it that we had a great table at 6:00 dining. He checked on us each evening and really cared about us. Melissa - the hostess in charge of our dining room was wonderful, caring and talked to us each evening. Really was sincere about our dining experience.
Casino - The machines were confusing with so many buttons to get your money transferred over. Not user friendly at all. Smoking was allowed throughout the Casino. There should be a special Smoking area for those patrons. We had to keep moving to get away from the smoke.
Overall - we had a great time and would definitely take another cruise in the near future. Your staff works hard to please so many people. We like the different programs that you had to offer especially the Military Appreciation.
The food was great and such a variety from breakfast to bed time snacks. The drinks were good and available.
Favorite part of the Cruise was getting away from the kids, the chores, cooking & cleaning..., and of course the Casino!!
Too bad the wifi was so horrendous..., as a real estate agent, I had to use the inport time to catch up/follow up with clients..., eventhough we paid for the premier wifi package, I was unable to send or receive email..., on a lighter note, my wife was able to use facebook.
We were also unable to get the Carnival Hub to work..., so when my wife and I were apart, we were really apart..., and had to leave notes in the room for one another...
But it was a great room with a view!!
We can't wait to take another cruise though, and next time we'll be smarter about it!!
My favorite part was hanging out on Lido Deck, there was always enough chair where you can relax or be entertained. My cabin was also wonderful, it was always cleaned on time and I loved the turning down at bed time. The food was wonderful and there was a large variety for every taste. There was plenty of activity and the entertainment and shows was great.The only thing that needs improvement is getting the wheelchair assistant passengers on and off, my mom was one of those passengers and it was very time consuming. Not only would I recommend, I'm going on this ship again myself...loved it loved it highly recommend.
THIS WAS OUR FIRST EVER CRUISE. EVENING DINING WAS ENJOYABLE. FOOD COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. STAFF WAS EXCELLENT (AMITH, EMMANUEL OSORIO, EDUARDO, RYAN BAISAS, KETRA AND MELISSA). COULDN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THESE FOLKS. CRUISE DIRECTOR, EMMA NIXON WAS SPECTACULAR. PLENTY OF FOOD ON LIDO DECK, HOWEVER, WE NOTICED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS CHILDREN AND ADULTS WOULD ENTER DINING AREA WITH NO SHIRTS OR SHOES TO EAT AND NO STAFF WOULD CONFRONT THEM. ALSO NOTICED SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS "SAGGING" (PANTS BELOW THEIR BUTTOCKS) IN THE LIDO DINING AREA & AROUND THE SHIP. BOTH OF THESE HABITS ARE DISGUSTING IN OUR WORLD. WE EXPECTED CRAB LEGS AND WAS DISAPPOINTED THERE WEREN'T ANY. LOBSTER TAIL "UP CHARGE" AT EVENING DINING WAS A TURN-OFF. GETTING ON THE SHIP AND GETTING OFF THE SHIP WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE. LONG LINES. LOTS OF CONFUSION AT THE TERMINAL IN NORFOLK WITH THE CARNIVAL STAFF. SEEMED VERY DISORGANIZED. THE SHOWS WERE GREAT. THE TRIBUTE TO VETERANS WITH EMMA NIXON WAS EXCEPTIONAL. THE HOST FOR THE JEWELRY SHOW WAS A LITTLE "OVER THE TOP". WE FELT LIKE WE WERE SITTING IN AN AUDITORIUM LISTENING TO A "HIGH PITCH" SALE FOR A TIMESHARE. THE EVENING WAIT STAFF GETS A 5-STAR RATING AS DOES EMMA NIXON, THE CRUISE DIRECTOR. CARNIVAL REALLY NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF HAVING PEOPLE EATING IN THE VENUES TO WEAR A SHIRT AND SHOES AND TO KEEP THEIR PANTS ABOVE THEIR BUTTOCKS (I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TO EVEN MENTION THIS. SELF-RESPECT COMES NATURAL TO US). OVERALL WE WOULD RATE OUR 1ST EVER CRUISE 2.5 STARS.
Visiting the 5 Ports, very, very nice. Docking at a Port back to back was a little hard for me. Several people told me the same thing. The Sunshine very pretty Ship, but very disappointed with the entertainment on the ship and with just about everything closing down at 11:45pm to MN. The lounges very dry and quiet, karaoke only offered 2 or 3 times during the whole 10 days. The rooms seem so small, smaller than the other ships. I hope the next ships Carnival builds, they build the swimming pool bigger....The pool is ridiculous.
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