Overall, we had a really great time. We are a lot, we played a lot, we were never bored. The staff and crew were amazing. We got to know the cruise director without even trying. Everyone made us feel known and appreciated. The ports were disappointing. Our time was limited and we couldn't really just experience the islands and their cultures on our own. It was too touristy for my like. This may be by design or it may be an expectation that we have to do the paid excursions, but I enjoy just seeing the island without the pushy salesman feel.
Once back on the boat it was back to the fun and games. The "movie theater" was awesome at night. The food was amazing. Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Wonderful, exciting, enjoyable cruise aboard the Sunrise ship! I would even cruise on this ship again! That is how much we loved and enjoyed our time/memories here. The décor and Christmas decorations were fabulous and it really felt like a great crowd of people on board. There is plenty to do and we loved the options. We have zero complaints as our experience was exactly what we intended: #choosefun!
As I stated before, sell the ship. I could not find anyone from our cruise who was really pleased. All felt the ship itself was a disappointment, and this will have a negative effect on Carnival. I certainly will not give a positive opinion about either the ship or the line. I am certain I will not be alone.
outstanding trip awesome shows and talented cruise director that was spot on and really made our trip a wonderful experience . highly recommend this cruise to all . shore plans were handled perfect with no worries
great value for the price . the food the shows the music and staff especially our cruise director made our trip the one we will always cherish . his humor and jokes made us feel that we didnt want the cruise to come to the end . the cruise direction was a gem and i hope carnival holds on to him . HE really made the trip paradise
Overall I feel like the cruise was good. My husband got bored as he doesn’t gamble, smoke, drink, or like to sit by the pool or watch shows. The kids had a blast and we enjoyed the de Seuss breakfast. Our room and steward was amazing! Half moon cay amazing too. Other ports were a waste.
I was reading alot of negative reviews about the Sunrise before I sailed and I don't understand why. First of all it was not overcrowded like people say. The food was good, specially in the MDR. The ship was clean. The only complain I will have is walking through the casino and smelling all that disgusting cigarette smoke. Besides that I would definitely sail her again.
Cruise on Carnival Sunrise 8/7/2019 thru 8/15/2019
Booked a Suite on Deck 7, Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children.
We had 11:30/ 12:00 am Boarding time.
When we got to the cruise port it was easy to get into the terminal.
First of all, I expected to see a Gorgeous ship after a 200-million-dollar refurbishment.
Since we had a Suite, we had priority boarding, which I was told that we would get on the ship as soon as we got there. Then we could proceed to our room once we boarded and it would be ready and that our luggage would be there waiting for us. The room was ready at 1:30 pm and our luggage didn’t arrive until 4:15 PM. We’ve been on numerous cruises and this didn’t surprise me at all. I don’t sweat the small things.
Room was nicely decorated, and we had plenty of room for the 4 of us. Bathroom was nice but there was mold around edges of outside of tub.
Our Room Stewards name was I Putu, who was always there when you had a question and always Greeting you with a Smile and a Hello. He was the best room steward anyone could ask for. He always had our room spotless and made up and turned down the room very quickly. These stewards always are working very hard throughout the day. Then there’s the Breakfast Buffet in the Lido Deck. I HIGHLY recommend that you stay away from the Lido Deck breakfast lines, it was chaotic any time after 7:30am and for lunch. At lunch It took more than 45 minutes just to get a grilled cheese sandwich from the deli line with only 10 people in front of you. The lido deck buffet is seriously understaffed. These people work their tails off and have people being rude to them, which they don’t deserve. I highly recommend you go to the Sunrise Restaurant for your Breakfast every day. It was nice to sit down for breakfast and not wait in line for 30 minutes or longer. Lunch was the same way, it was like a feeding frenzy every day. We would wait for it to calm down and then go to lunch which wasn’t that bad. Food was good in the Lido Deck every day during lunch time. Guy’s Burgers was the Best, followed by the Blue Iguana Restaurant which had Taco Bowls and other fine Mexican Food, then the Pizza Restaurant. The Guy’s Bar B Queue was also Tasty on Sea Day’s. For Dinner we were in the Sunshine Restaurant at table 617. At first it seemed the workers were overwhelmed and over worked. We had 3 of the best waiters we could of asked for. The head waiters name was Henry C. from the Philippines, Team waiter Jerry Boy Gomez also from the Philippines( JERRY also worked the Italian Restaurant during lunch time) and team waiter Ihram from Indonesia. Once they got stuff together, they were outstanding. Like I said before, this ship is understaffed, and these workers are overworked.
The entertainment of the Flying Scotsman was the best I’ve seen. He had so much energy and never stopped working. The guy was unbelievable. I don’t know how someone could do that day in and out with so much enthusiasm. He was just fantastic. The problem with this boat is that they added more passengers and the boat was not originally built for that many people. Forget trying to get into the Lido buffet at lunch time because you had a line from Guys’ Burgers and a line from the Blue Iguana restaurant in the way of getting access to the Lido Restaurant. You actually had to go through the seating areas of these 2 restaurants to get into the Lido restaurant.
If anyone tells you when you are booking a cruise on Carnival that you have PRIORITY over the other passengers because you booked a Suite OR HIGHER ROOM, DON” T BELIEVE THEM, they are not giving you the correct information. I went down to customer service desk and they said you stand in line with everyone else. The special line is only for the Diamond and Platinum guest only.
ONE LAST THING, PRIORITY DISEMBARKATION, DON’T BELIEVE THEM, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!
We had Priority Disembarkation, on the sheet we received the Morning before we were Disembarking, it stated and I quote: arrive at 9 AM in the Liquid Lounge and you will be escorted off the ship by a Carnival Representative, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. We ended up getting off the ship at 10:30 AM and we had a Van waiting for us to get back home.
Overall, we had a good time on the cruise, but the ship has a lot to be desired with, the ship was not what I expected. I thought with a 200 million Dollar makeover it would be newer and cleaner. But all they did was add more rooms and 500 more. It’s like taking 100 lbs. of garbage and trying to stuff it in a 10 lb. bag. After all, said and done, you must make the best of what you dealt with.
First port of call was Turks and Caicos.
Rented a Cabana, (Never did this before) at Margaritaville, what a Waste of time and money. We had a waiter named Moniqua who gave us a buzzer to page her to order things from restaurant. Tried using the buzzer on 4 different occasions, she never bothered to come over, went and ordered from the restaurant ourselves. Finally, when we were ready to leave, (Guess since we weren’t ordering drinks, she didn’t care about us) she came over. She noticed that we had food and sodas and asked why we didn’t buzz her. I replied that we tried to buzz her 4 times. She picked up the buzzer and pushed it and she replied, and I Quote, it works fine when I push it and proceeded to throw the buzzer down on the counter and just walked away from us, continually stating that it worked fine for her. Guess I was lying that we pushed the button 4 times. She had a really bad attitude. I approached the Management from Margaritaville, and they said that they would take care of it. I filled out a survey card that the management asked me to fill out and I guess I won’t hear from them anytime soon.
Next port was Puerto Rico:
We walked off the boat and took a Taxi for $21.00 for 6 of us to Isla Verde Beach. It took about 20 Minutes or less. The beach was Beautiful, and umbrellas and chairs were very reasonable. Chairs were $4.00 apiece and Umbrellas were $10.00 apiece. Great Beach day, water was beautiful.
Last port was Dominica Republic, We stayed at the cruise port and the kids enjoyed the pools and water slides that were available at the pool. We originally booked a resort for the day but with all the issues with the drinks and deaths, we didn’t want to chance anything. Well, that’s about it and we did have a Good Time on our cruise.
This cruise was perfect for us as we are from NYC and we left from NYC, everything worked out seamless from checking in to checking out. The good was great all the time and the contests were funny even some shows were funny. Attend all the shows you can they are great.
It was a rough cruise. Quite a few people commented on the movement of the ship. There were a lot of college spring breakers onboard as well. We didn't realize college spring break started so early. We went in March. We missed Amber Cove due to the weather not letting us port. Once we got close to Nassau the water was smooth. I would go on Sunrise again.
The Cruise Director and his team and the variety of entertainment really added to what could've been considered a lackluster vacation option. The awkward layout of the ship, spotty dining room service, and dismal buffet options forced us to wander around and try some of the other free dining counters, which were all very good. We've never been on a cruise with such short times in all three ports, so we wouldn't choose an itinerary like this one again in the future.
This certainly wasn’t our first rodeo with Carnival and God willing not our last. Overall the cruise was great with the exceptions of embarkation and debarkation. I hope to sail the Sunrise again and take advantage of the some of the other things it has to offer. While we have been on prettier ships, enjoyed better pampering and sailed for more days we are thankful the lord gave us the physical and financial ability to go on this cruise and will have memories that will stay with us the rest of our lives.
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Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
/ Destination: Caribbean - Eastern
The sunrise general layout was good, however my cabin sucked and overall this was worst cruise vacation ever and I take a cruise ever year. My experience with carnival on this cruise will have me avoiding them in the future and before this trip CARNIVAL was my favorite cruise line. The activities sucked, entertainment systems did not work for shows, cabin sucked, and guest customer service sucked, room service sucked, I HAD TO TAKE A FEW DAYS OFF UPON MY RETURN FROM THIS TRIP TO REST BECAUSE THE CABIN I WAS IN NO SLEEP BECAUSE OF NOISE FROM OLD WALLS.. WALLS CRACKED ALL DAY AND NIGHT
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Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
/ Destination: Canada, New England, New York
Overall for our first cruise it was a pleasant relaxing experience. Captain runs an experienced and professional crew. The ship shows its age despite the renovations but stateroom was clean and comfortable and except for the smell of smoke in the casino the public areas of the ship are clean and bright.
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