Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Just OK

Sail Date: August 01, 2016

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Carnival has gotten GREAT at "nickel and diming" passengers.  EVERYTHING seems to have a cost.  The soda card is now a joke.  If you want to take the can with you to your room....forget it.  You can't.  

In the dining room, the Matre' D' continues to remind you of how great the staff is....too bad the food quality has SLUMPED over the years.  Choices are much more limited than on past Carnival jaunts.  

The 8 night, DR, Grand Turk, Private Island cruise doesn't leave a lot of time to enjoy any port.  

That all said, going with a large group is always fun.  The shows were really very good (although the male entertainers were no where near as talented as the females).  The steakhouse was good too, but another "revenue stream" for Carnival.

We will probably stick with the higher end cruise lines going forward, but might hit a Carnival sale for a quick get-away if the price is right.

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The rooms were always cleaned but you needed to ask a few times if you wanted something or something was missing. For example, we asked for a room service menu (which now carries even more "extra charges") 3 or 4 times before stealing one off of the cleaning cart in the hallway.
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Don't plan to eat late if you get hungry. The only thing to get is room service (a crap shoot to see if you can get though on the ever-ringing phone) or pizza (which only has 1 guy making personal pizzas and a 30-45 min. line anytime after midnight). There is NO such thing as a midnight buffet!

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