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Hometown: Madison, Mississippi
Joined: 06/18/2014
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About sunshinel9ver

84 cruises. First cruise 1980 out of Alexandria, Virginia on Commodore Cruise Lines Caribe. Nothing better than cruising..14 cruises on Carnival. Love CCL.


sunshinel9ver's Past Cruises

Carnival Sunshine

April 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern


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.

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Carnival Dream

September 2015 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Complainers beware - LOVE THE DREAM

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.

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Carnival Dream

December 2014 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Eastern


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.

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Carnival Sunshine

March 2014 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Western


We took the last Sunshine cruise out of New Orleans on 3-30-14.  The Dream came in the next week.  While the refurbished Destiny (Sunshine) is not a large ship, she has all of the amenities anyone could ever want.  We booked the Captain's Suite (9128) and were pleasantly surprised. Including the balcony, it is about 700sf.  It is on the port side bow and you have excellent views of where you are heading.  The separate bedroom and two bathrooms were wonderful.  We had a group of 9 go with us and the balcony and was plenty big to accommodate all of us for numerous parties.  My favorite room on the ship was the Havana Bar.  It is next to the Italian Restaurant and was never crowded.  The views were excellent.  The food was above good but the steakhouse was the best I have eaten in on any Carnival ship.  The public spaces were of ample size and we did not feel cramped at any time.  I would definitely recommend this ship to ANYONE.  We have been on 12 Carnival cruises, on 5 ships, and this ship will compare favorably to any of them.  Happy Carnival Sailing.

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sunshinel9ver's Tips

Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - The Sunshine is a 20 year old ship that was just renamed and upgraded 3 years ago and we are crazy about it. It is very easy to get around and we found it very clean. Go on a cruise with a positive attitude and you will have a blast.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - The Spa on the Dream is huge. Book a Spa Suite or a Spa Balcony on Deck 11 for the experience of a lifetime.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Visit and explore the entire ship. There are so many areas that you normally might miss.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Book the Chef's Table for an experience of a lifetime.

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