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Carnival Sunshine

December 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Eastern

Enjoyed myself for the most part

This was a much needed vacation/birthday cruise for my husband. Overall it was a very good experience working with the booking agency .

We had the faster to the fun pass which allowed us early access to our rooms and luggage as well as fast check-in.

Our cabin 8322 was spacious and had a decent size balcony.

The service in the MDR was lacking the first few nights but was addressed with moving us to a better section. The food on the ship was very good and we enjoyed the Guys Burger Joint as well as the specialty restaurant JiJi's Asian. 

The ports we visited were also very relaxing.

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Carnival Dream

January 2015 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

I slept like a baby on the Carnival Dream

My husband and I cruised the Dream last week and had a great time. All the ports were as expected. Our room steward Muhammed kept us filled with ice. Every time we returned to our room the bed was made and there were fresh towels and a bucket of ice. He greeted us by name when and introduced himself when we first arrived at our cabin.

We chose an interior stateroom initially because of the price but also because I hate to be wakened by the sun when I want to sleep. That's what alarms are for. The bed was very comfortable and clean.

I will say that they need to get rid of the throw pillow and they are a bit tattered and I never wanted to use them because they most likely have never been washed so we just tossed them to the side. 

We went to Cozumel first and had a romantic all inclusive beach day that also came with a couples massage and personal cabana. It was called Mr. Sanchos Beach. Everyone was very nice and attentive and kept the drinks and food coming. There was no pressure from the locals to purchase anything and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Next up was Grand Cayman, we booked a far away resort where there were no other tourists and the hotel staff was wonderful. They supplied us with lunch, and all you can drink rum punch. I think it was called Grand Palladium and the restaurant was the Blue Iguana. The only complaint was my fault, I didn't realize they were an hour ahead of ship time, so we actually could have stayed an hour longer before our taxi ride back. The conch fritters were really good and the rum punch was strong. We had a private area where no one bothered us. 

Last stop was Montego Bay. We chose to do another all inclusive beach excursion. The beach and staff were great but the food lacked that Jamaican flavor I was craving and the rum punch was just OK. They also allowed you to get Pina Colada which was better tasting than the rum punch. I drank about 5 of each and wasn't even tipsy. 

As far as the ship itself, I thought the entertainment was pretty good all the way around. From the comedians, to the lounge acts to the shows.

The food in the main dining room was average. The main thing I liked was being able to order multiple dishes to taste. My husband had a chocolate melting cake EVERY night. The best thing on the menu. 24 hour pizza was great because they make it to order for you.There were plenty of places to hang out and sit and their ship photographers were very professional. We purchased so many of the pictures because they made it hard to choose.

Some of the things I didn't care for was the food service was not always consistent. We sat in a different area each night. I had no problem dining as a couple and not being forced to sit with strangers (this was to be a romantic time for us and we didn't want to share) but I would have liked to at least be sat in the same section so the waiter would get to know our preferences. They would have also benefited from an extra tip.

All in all we had a great time and will sail Carnival again. We want to try the Sunshine next!

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Norwegian Jewel

January 2014 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Western

Fun if you're 60+ years old

I have been on 4 crusies and I have to say that the best part was that we couldn't get sick with all the hand washing and spraying. But as for the rest, it was just OK.

Some of the shows were good but the clubs were not to my liking. Walking through the crowds was like being in a sea of white hair. It was very slow monving and hardly anyone I had anything in common with. I have been on Carnival twice and Royal Carribean twice and would prefer either of these to NCL. 

The ship's musical performances throughout catered to an older crowd, there was just not much variety.

I did howver enjoy the excursions but that is not to NCL's credit as you can book excursions thorugh a third party (which I did) and it's much cheaper to same one that way.

I recommend the cave tubing in Belize but don't do it if you can hold the tube while hiking for about 45 minutes through the woods and rock.

One of the two included restaurants was better that the other. I recommend Tsars Palace over Azura. The wait staff of much more friendly and your food comes out in a timely fashion unlike Azura. 

I also ate at 2 of the specialty restaurants, Chin Chin and Moderno (Brazillian Steackouse). Chin Chin was not that great, there were two crying childern that the parents would not control or remove and the food took forever. You would have thought that poor waiter worked all alone. But he didn't so there was no excuse for the poor service we received for something we paid extra for,

This has also been the first cruise where I had to pay for drinks that were non-alcoholic. It's a good thing I dont drink soda but I would have been upset if I had to pay for it.

Any way,I could go on for days about my experence. Overall it wasn't horrible but it was certainly not the best I've ever been on.

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cruisingis1's Tips

Grand Turk Island - No need to do an excursion here. The beach is free and you don't have to walk far. Chairs included.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - Grab your food and head to the Havana Bar to eat. You can always find a seat there. the 24 hour pizza was great! I could eat that everyday.
Cozumel, Mexico - Any beach excursion is worth it. All Inclusive is the way to go if you like to eat and drink.
Belize City, Belize - I recommend the Cave Tubing but you can purchase with a third party for a better deal.
Cozumel, Mexico - Purchase an all inclusive excursion to get the most bang for your buck.

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