April 2014 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Eastern
Actual rating 2 1/2 Stars - Staring with the good: - itinerary, punctuality or port arrival excellent - Ports visited and tours etc. very good. Ships captain and officers excellent - high visibility and ver professional. The ship after re-modelling is very good in all apsects.
Not so good:- Dining room meals (dinner) for the first three nights food mediocre - service friendly but efficiency 50/50. Bought the 5 bottle wine package ($200 incl additional tip) - First two good, next three nights was offered a cheper wine selection but insisted on original wine list and received something close to it. The dining room (Sunshine Sunset) was less than half full after the first night and more like one third after the second night. Appeared to be a plan to encourage / coerce passengers to pay extra for the four feature restaurants which I was tempted to do but resisted on principle. I have cruised almost 30 times on many cruise ships and watched the standars slip over time, particularly on Carnival. Next time, if I consider Carnival, I will add the cost of teh special restaurant food into my evaluation before choosing.
There is supposed to be a dress code in the main dining rooms for dinner which is totally ignorde by the restaurant staff.
The buffet restaurant was reasonable as far as food quality and quantity goes and about half of teh staff good. The remainder are either over worked or have littel or no work ethic, and appear to be avoiding their choice whilst more enthusiastic do their work for the. On one occasion a child had spilled it's breakfast on teh floor. This went totally ignored by the restaurant staff including a female supervisor who walked right over it twice. I pointed this out to one waiter (who was collecting dirty dishes (one at a time) whi did nothing. Some 10 minutes later another passenger pointed it out to another waiter who after a few attempts was able to get a lady to clean it up. She did this by using a small broom and pressing the remaider into the carpet with her foot.
As an experienced cruiser over many years my overall rating is that this was teh poorest.
I think enough said!