October 2016 - Carnival Sunshine 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.
James H. Rose III