Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

It was fun but not the best we ever had with Carnival

Sail Date: September 19, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We are Platinum members and have tried almost all the newer ships. We found this cruise particularly appealing for it's one extra day. While St.Kitts and Grand Turk were magical ports of call  San Juan PR was terrible. It simply had very few available tours of interest for older couples. We'd been there  before so this time a slow walk around the port was all we wanted to do.  The ship itself was good.The spa lacking compared to the C.Dream. I was disappointed to have the dry room referred to as a warm room for reading and meditation. When the spa attendant told us that I said rubbish.We'd been there before and it was hot.Not room temperature after 5 days. Who reads in a confined room? Food was good.Movies on the Lido deck a great way to end an evening. Late seating a problem.I know it is hard to schedule everything but plainly eating after 8 PM  has you missing  most of the  shows to completion , karaoke  and often the bar entertainment. We don't mind eating late.Just felt sad we had to decide main show or comedy. You can do the PG comedy shows if you want to see the main shows.

Found the Maitre D to be unresponsive. As past cruisers we were very specific what we wanted. A group table.Instead we got a table for two  in such a high traffic area the waiters kept bumping my seat from behind.I insisted we be moved and they did a day later even though 1/3 of the other tables were in non use.Get to a great  table assignment and met new friends. Our server became ill after one night and the replacement forgot almost everything. It was our 40th anniversary and I hinted for several days about a cake. On our last day  I had to speak up.All apologies but no real remorse.What galled us was neighboring tables has Birthday greetings, cakes and a load of attention.

We didn't even get an indication the Maitre D cared even though I confronted him direct as we left that last dining night.
Beyond that all was decent.Not as exciting as last years cruise but still OK.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Loved it except for one issue. Noise was the deck above. People moving chairs in the middle of the night. Was downright disturbing some nights.
The cabin super clean.
Smoking neighbors was an issue but our cabin attendant did tell them the rules. They kept smoking and throwing buts over the balcony....Kind of sad carnival doesn't take issue with that more.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Easiest we ever had experienced with Carnival
Destinations and Excursions
really good except for San Juan PR .it was boring !
Onboard Activities
OK but several days poorly timed for late diners.


Entertainment
Seen it before but still fun.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Lack of maitre D service caused a few upsets at our table. Food was great.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We always get on the water taxi , head to the downtown, find a local bar and enjoy! It's a great relax and rest port of call.
Basseterre, St. Kitts
You'd have to Google it but the Rosevelt island Tour was perfect.Nice local guy that knew everything about the island. Made us thrilled to learn about the island and it's people.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Stay on the ship.Not much to do in that port beyond Bacardi tour.
Grand Turk Island
Read my keyboard: find jack's Shack.You'll never forget it.

Tip

Get to the main stage shows early to get a decent seat. Don't be shy to point out to pool attendants the best lounge chairs had towels on them for hours while cruisers were up to who knows what elsewhere. The soda plan was brilliant and we go our moneys worth. Wi-fi for $ 25 a week .What a deal !



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