My wife and I have been cruising, primarily with Carnival, at least twice a year since 2000. We prefer longer cruises, most memorable having been a 23-day trans-Pacific cruise from Long Beach, CA to Sydney, Australia via Puerto Vallerta, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Fiji, and New Caledonia. I'm a 25 year veteran of U.S. Army Special Operations and have traveled extensively prior to our cruising days. Our first cruise was returning from a tour of duty in Europe aboard the Queen Elizabeth II in 1978. I have had a life-long interest in genealogy and have been actively researching for more than 60 years.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5-hour tour of the island with Mack Bulford, owner of Bulford's Mini Bus Service. His tour encompassed all the major scenic areas of the island and was accompanied with an excellent narrative throughout. We highly recommend Mack's tour which incidently cost less than half of the cost of the same tour through the cruise line.
The Carnival Sunshine is a beautiful ship and we enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, this cruise had an outbreak of gastroenteritis which caused a great deal of inconvenience for many aboard. Carnival did a wonderful job containing the outbreak by instituting several health measures such as stressing the careful washing of hands and ensuring only servers handled the food. The Carnival-sponsored shore excursion to Little Tobago wildlife refuge should have indicated the activity level as high. Many of the people who were booked on this excursion were unable to participate at Little Tobago since it involved an arduous climb to the top of the island. The disembarkation was the most disappointing of our many cruises with Carnival. Bags were placed in an area that was not marked with our Priority 1 zone and it took 1-1/2 hours to locate the bags. This could have been remedied by clearly marking the baggage area.
T%his is our fourth cruise to Curacao and Aruba with Carnival. We love those two stops. Dominican Republic and Grand Turk are not our favorite places but serve as a means of getting to the last two stops.
We love Carnival - it's our favorite cruise line. Great staff, great activities and just a great way to get away and relax. Do as much or as little as you want.
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