downsouthhvac01

downsouthhvac01
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Carnival Vista

December 2016 - Carnival Vista to Caribbean

Stunning Vessel

This ship is by far the nicest ship in the Carnival fleet and I have been on  many. The design, choice of colors, the decor, various restaurants for any dining preference, the thrill theater and Carnival can boast of an iMax movie theater aboard the ship. 

 

The continual problem that I had with the Carnival Vista was the anytime dining. The entire concept needs to be revamped, it's a nightmare or may I should say depending on the size of your party...our party was 10.The lines are entirely too long and the dining service is hectic because you have a different server every night. Ultimately, delivering very slow to poor service...The food was great and the selections were great...the service side needs to step up the game or Carnival needs to work out a system to make it more efficient.

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Carnival Sunshine

October 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Bermuda

Let's Cruise To Bermuda..

After returning and having a time to reflect; my favorite part of the cruise was the time I spent in the Cloud 9 Spa and Therapy Rooms. My wife and I enjoy spending time at the spa since my daily work life is constant and hectic. The comedy shows were great the comedians were very entertaining only draw back is that the venue on the ship was very small.

 

The areas that could use improvement are everywhere. It is to my understanding that this ship was in dry dock for a much needed makeover from the Destiny (in which our family traveled on the Destiny prior to makeover). Well, lets just say there was more to de desired. Yeah they added some floors, a serenity area for adults, and sports complex at the top of the ship and I believe the Spa went through some renovations as well. Moreover after all the hype and the webcam showing the tear down and rebuilding process around the clock. I was expecting more. Like a wow effect..Honestly, the Sunshine does not even compare to the Carnival Breeze which came out at or around the same time the Destiny/Sunshine went into dry dock. The Cloud 9 Spa is a very relaxing and tranquail; there is one are where the heated relaxing tables look out into this picturesque view however the windows are dirty/filthy so your view cloudy. I thought maybe they would clean the window once we got to Bermuda for 2 days...nope that didn't happen either. The aroma steam room worked occasionally (it's just 5 days) and the sauna in the ladies bathroom did not work well either.

 

There was also rusted out areas in the Sunrise dining room by the windows were the salt water had just corroded the window seals. I  would not expect for a newly remodeled ship to look so worn. The carpet was fading and wearing.

 

Lastly, this I will contact Carnival directly was that my SPA stateroom; had an  undesirable stench (like sewage) seeping in the room. We contacted guest services and they pumped the toliet, deodorized the room; had evaporator machines placed in room, bleached down the walls and the smell was ever so present. I told them that it was not just in my room but down the hall and very strong around the corner on the 11th floor. They said they could smell some of what I was saying but they are so use to the the expelling of pungent gases they were somewhat use to it.

 

Now, for Bermuda...I have been 3 three times and I really did not care for Bermuda. The pink sand beach is beautiful; however I found the shopping to be very expensive. There is a local spot in Hamilton they are known for the Bermuda Fish Sandwich...it was amazing..Due to my wife being ill and could not tretch the 96 winding stairs to the Crystal Caves..we had to pass on that excursion.

 

Overall the trip was okay....however I can strike Bermuda off the Bucket List of places to visit.

 

Carnival Cruiser

James H. Rose III

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Anthem of the Seas

September 2016 - Anthem of the Seas to Bermuda

After the Cruise

Favorite part of the cruise was the spa. Having dinner at different restaurants every night was not so good. Wait staff was not attentive to your needs. I like having the same wait staff every night. The shows were not suitable for every audience. Need to have shows for every audience.

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downsouthhvac01's Tips

Carnival Vista Carnival Vista - OMG...You have got to try the Seafood Shack...It's amazing...you do have to pay for that...but remember YOLO...go for it. Fresh red snapper fried to perfection, tempura shrimp...the food was amazing...that's a winner..
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - The Havana Bar was a great place to eat as well as the SeaBrunch in the dining room..breakfast made to order...yum

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shared a quick tip for Carnival Vista"OMG...You have got to try the Seafood Shack...It's amazing...you do have to pay for that...but remember YOLO...go for it. Fresh red snapper fried to perfection, tempura shrimp...the food was amazing...that's a winner.."