trust277

trust277
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Carnival Sunshine

February 2017 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

Great Anniversary Trip

This trip was an anniversary present for my wife. We had never left out of Port Canaveral and had never been to any of the ports of call so this was a highly anticipated cruise. This was also the first time we had stayed in an aft balcony. My only negative for the cruise would be: When we first got to our room and went out on the aft balcony, there was black soot on everything. We are assuming this came from the exhaust of the ship. We had to deal with that for a day until the second day when they cleaned the balconies. We didn't notice any additional soot the rest of the trip.

 

Emma was wonderful. So full of energy!!!

 

We had felt on our last cruise that the Carnival food quality had fallen off a bit, but the food on this cruise was excellent. At least everything I ate. We also ate at the 555 Steakhouse for the first time and that meal was fantastic. I had the filet.

 

The shows were new to us so we enjoyed them!

 

Loved the Serenity Deck. Much larger than on other ships and the views from the top decks are awesome and relaxing. Very top deck was closed one day due to high winds. Also enjoyed the serenity pool. That's a great bonus plus having your own bar was great. Bartenders there were exceptional. Especially Kutu. I hope I spelled that right.

 

Siti was our Steward and she was very nice. Our waiter in the dining room was Made. Andy was one of his helpers and they always did a fantastic job taking care of us.

 

Love the layout up on the very back of the Lido deck which is called the Havana Bar. Such a great place to hang out and relax. Lots of people loved to play cards back there. The view out the back of the boat is incredible.

 

Other than the soot and the casino getting $100 out of me, we had an absolute awesome time!!

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Carnival Dream

May 2015 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Dream Cruise on the Dream

This was our first cruise on a "Dream" class Carnival Cruise Boat. Very impressed with the design. The Dream class boat offers lots more deck space (Deck 5) for laying around on loungers on sea days. One side of the boat was always in the sun and the other side offered shade which was great depending on what you wanted for the day. The extra hot tubs in these areas also offers better opportunities for hot tub relaxation. Lido deck is on deck 10 on the Dream instead of deck 9 that we had experienced on other boats. Interior design murals on the walls in the hallways were easier on the eyes compared to other cruise boats. Was somewhat disappointed in the main dinning room food quality. Fewer choices than previous cruises. Totally understand the need to reduce food costs, but some of the food they did have, was just very bland. Best meals I had were the half roasted chicken and the Mahi Mahi. Our servers Jorge and Ceasar in the Crimson Restaurant were awesome. Hennie the Cruise Director was a great host aboard the Dream. Really enjoyed the New theater shows this cruise offered. Had seen the old shows several times, so that was definitely a highlight. We did the "Cruise the Vineyards" wine package. Love that option as we are wine drinkers and this option made it easy to enjoy some wine. Loved the ports. We rode horses in Jamaica and what an experience it was to ride horses in the ocean. Did the Turtle Farm experience in Grand Cayman. The Man Made Lagoon was a great opportunity to snorkel with the turtles. Loved the new port in Cozumel and we paddle boarded there. This was our first experience of cruising out of New Orleans. We arrived the day before our cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn on Convention Boulevard making the morning of the cruise a lot less stressful. We were on the boat before noon!! The Hampton has a Stay and Park option for cruisers which I would recommend. There is a Fulton Parking Garage close to the port which is also another great option. Would definitely cruise on the Dream and out of New Orleans again.  

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trust277's Tips

Grand Turk Island - Public beaches just off the ship. If that's what you like, no need to book an excursion. Locals were rude here on several occasions and the Margaritaville is way over priced. Hang out on the beach and pay half the price you would there.
Carnival Dream Carnival Dream - Get to the Comedy Club Early as seats filled up quickly for several of the shows.

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