Review by Gregory123
In response to review, Jheretired says ...
My wife and I are in our 60s and just completed an 11 day cruise on the Sunshine with the same staff, same dining, same entertainment and, of course, on the same ship. Yes, the ship is a bit old and there is only so much you can do to renovate her, but the upgrades were fantastic.
As for the entertainment, I am not a big fan of production shows on cruises, but I did attended several on the Sunshine and was pleasantly surprised at the talent and the showmanship. Some were actually quite good. I did not find the "male dances" to be exhibiting "homosexual overtones". The Swamp Thing band was the best I have heard in a long time. The "idiot" DJ was, in our opinion, one of the best...he handled all kinds of music...not just the hip-hop crap we are usually treated to on cruises.
The Serenity area is larger on the Sunshine than ANY OTHER SHIP I have ever been on.
As for the dining...pick a time to dine (early or late seating) if you don't want to wait for a table. The anytime dining implies you can go to dinner anytime you want...it does not imply you will have a reserved table waiting for you....they have to fit you in and they are seating and feeding thousands of people (please, get over yourself).
Overall, I found the Sunshine, her staff, her crew, and the entertainment to be a great ship. We would sail with them again, anytime.
We had a blast simply because cruising is fun and relaxing but next time we will try another cruise line.
Thank you for understanding that everyone is entitled to an opinion...I certainly disagree with most of what you posted. As for me...you are correct that I am not a dancer, but I am a singer and a lover of music and can tell when someone is singing off key. I have also been a critic of some of the entertainment on previous cruises, but found the entertainment on this cruise to be much more enjoyable. (BTW...how can someone be 2 octaves low on a song...did she sing bass? If she did sing 2 octaves low, she would still be in key.) Anyway, sorry you didn't like the entertainment...I found it to be...uh, what's the word...oh, yeah...ENTERTAINING! (not perfect, but entertaining). And just because someone disagrees with you, a former lounge owner, does not make them rednecks....any more than owning a lounge makes one an expert in "quality theatre".
What I look for in a cruise is the combination of itinerary and timing. If the itinerary is good, the food is decent, the bed is comfortable, I can forgive a less-than-spectacular show. All-in-all, I found the entertainment on the Sunshine to be superior to many of the shows I have seen on other cruises (some were bad enough for ME to complain about).
I am glad you posted the very positive comments about the Havana Bar...and yes, I was there for part of it and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the Swamp thing band on a couple of nights. Having 11 days to spend, I tried to experience as much of the ship as I could. Retired or not, I still enjoy a good party.
Carnival cruises are for fun loving people...not whiners. If you need the upscale amenities and classical music...then Carnival may not be for you.
I'm going on the Sunshine October 17th and I'll be applauding the gay male dancers especially loudly to make up for all the negative views toward them some of you have concerning their "gay gestures" and "homosexual overtones". What rock are you living under to expect masculine straight male dancers to make up the whole production?