84 cruises. First cruise 1980 out of Alexandria, Virginia on Commodore Cruise Lines Caribe. Nothing better than cruising..14 cruises on Carnival. Love CCL.
We drove from Madison, Ms. to Port Canaveral. Stopped in Pensacola and spent the night and drove the remaining distance the next day. Long but very easy drive. We checked in at the VIP lounge and were on the ship by 11:30am. Embarkation very easy. We had not been on the Sunshine since 2014 but it still looked great. We had a Spa Suite (10107) and this is the one to get if you like the spa as my wife does. We had a 40" TV. The elemis amenities are outstanding. Our balcony was the size of a Grand Suite balcony. This cruise just happened to fall on our anniversary week. We did not eat in the MDR this cruise (although the mdr food is very good). We ate 3 nights in the steakhouse, 2 nights in the Italian restaurant and 2 nights at JiJi's. We ate one night in the Lido. Food was to die for in all of the specialty restaurants. Well worth the extra money. We did not book any shore excursions this cruise. We have been to all of the islands previously. My wife went ashore at each port and shopped. I did not get off of the ship. This was my 84th cruise and my wife's 24th. I just love being on the water and on this particular vacation just wanted to rest and relax before going home and back to work. The Blue Iguana breakfast burrito's are the best thing going. We spent a lot of time in the Havana Bar area. At lunch the pasta bar and the Mongolian wok are in that room and free. Our lead bartender, Remilo. was the best. I was in the restaurant business for almost 30 years and would have stolen him in my day. The Red Frog Rum Bar was also a very pleasant place to relax. Debarkation was a bit slower than usual for two reasons. First, because of a medical emergency and having to divert to Nassau, we got back to port late. Secondly, even though everyone knew where they were to go and wait to be called, many many people just crowded the stairs and hallways and were even rude about it. I had read comments that Carnival had discontinued morning and evening room cleaning and you had to choose one or the other. Our great room steward never mentioned this and our suite was taken care of twice a day. Overall this was one of our most memorable cruises. We love Carnival AND the Sunshine. Do not listen or take to heart the negative comments you read in a blog. A CRUISE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. If you look for something to complain about, you will find it. Go with an open mind and I guarantee you will have a great vacation.
This was my 84th cruise and my 14th on Carnival. I have sailed Celebrity, RCCL, Holland American, NCL, Commodore (Gone now) and Cunard. My wife and I have now sailed on the Dream two times, Conquest, Triumph, Freedom and Ecstasy. Our favorite mid ship is the Triumph and our favorite large ship is Dream. I read about the poor staff, poor food, unkept public areas, poor guest relations, odors, hot temperatures, etc. I do not think there is any area on the ship that I have not visited just to see if any of these bad problems exist. I have been to every bar and eaten in every restaurant and been to every show. I do not find any of these problems. My one complaint about the Dream is that it has not had the 2.0 upgrades yet and the internet is the slowest I have ever encountered. We were in a Spa Suite on this cruise and I would recommend it to all, especially 11205 and 11206. These two are on the port and starboard bow on deck 11. The balconies are half again as large than a regular suite. The elemis amenities and perks are wonderful. You have a private elevator to the Spa as well. My wife spent most of her free time there. I know that you cannot please everyone and all cruise lines offer some things others don't. For the price and overall experience you cannot beat Carnival. Remember a couple of things. If you look for something to complain about, you will find it. Any cruise is only what you make of it. My philosophy.......A stormy day at sea on a Carnival ship is better than any day at the office. Enjoy.
We returned from the Eastern Caribbean on 12-21-14 in New Orleans. What a fantastic trip it was. After reading many negative reviews about the ship (too hot, smells, too crowded, etc.) I didn't know what to expect. We booked a spa suite (11205) and it was a very clean, non smelly suite. The balcony was very large. I met our cabin steward right away (Ycento) and he was wonderful throughout the cruise. There was never a request I made that was not taken care of immediately. The food was some of the best I have ever had on a Carnival ship. The buffet breakfasts are a little repetitive but you can eat in the dining room for a great selection and on sea days there is a Sea Day Brunch in the dining room which is to die for. We ate in the Steakhouse one night and it was way above expectations. We also had made reservations at the Chef's Table. It was better than the reviews I have read. I recommend it for anyone who loves GREAT food. Chef Allen was the best. There was always something to do and the ship never seemed crowded. Our suite was always very cool and never a problem with A/C. If you want to sail on a large ship and have a great experience, sail on the DREAM. You will remember it for a lifetime.