July 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Eastern
It was my first cruise and I think my overall all experience was positive rather than negative. First impression was... just a lot of people... everywhere, deck, restaurant, etc... I could not avoid. Even if I stay in my room, people are very loud outside until very late. I got motion sickness on the first few days, and I was sick of just lots of people throughout the entire trip, which includes getting off and on at port. I took two kids (6 & 7) - I did appreciate that they have complementary Camp for kids that I could drop them off a few hours here and there. My complaint about the ship is, considering the amount of people (~ 3000), why did they make such a small pool!! Out of two small pools (and three "hot" whirl pools), kids have access to only one pool and two whirl pools. The only one "cold" pool gets so crowded during the day and I had to pull my kids out several times because it was just too dangerous to stay in that pool. Also, if you are not into smoking, you would be surprised how entire ship smells like smoke - basically Casino is smoking area and that leads to open ship area and you can just smell smoke everywhere, not to mention that they somehow decide to set up smoking area on the deck where I need to walk my kids through to get to Camp, I just did not like the set up at all. Food - the buffet area is just average. They change main (meat, pasta, etc....) but salad bar and dessert area were almost same every day. Steakhouse and Asian JiJi restaurant were good. Japanese restaurant (bonsai) was a joke - other than Sushi, there was nothing about Japanese and Sushi quality was really bad that supermarket sushi tastes much better. It should be included in the free meal like other all inclusive resort does. Since there were 4 sea days total, I think they did good job with entertainment. Most shows were good, and I also enjoyed outside movies when I could find seat. In summary, prepare to deal with lots of people and also slippery deck. Next time, I think I will just fly into all inclusive resort where I can get away from people when I want to.