Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review
February 16, 2014
Just The Facts
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Ship Captain: Roberto Leotta
Cruise Director: Butch Begovich
Ports: New Orleans, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Weather: Excellent all week
This is my 40th Carnival cruise, 3rd time on the Carnival Sunshine, and 86th cruise overall. I am cruising with my dear wife (DW) and the fantastic group of experienced cruisers: the Snoozemates. As well as 688 fellow Bloggers on John Heald’s 7th annual Bloggers Cruise (BC7). My first Bloggers cruise was BC2 also sailing from New Orleans on the Fantasy so we have come full circle. This is also the first week of a Back-to-Back (B2B) cruise.
We overslept and was awakened by a call from our car dealer so a bit of a late start. The good news is that we are driving our brand new 2014 GMC Acadia. We left the ranch about 10:30 am and headed south again using the same wonderful Texas backroads I traveled last month on the way to NOLA. The weather was good, the drive wonderful, and we arrived in Gonzales, Louisiana about 7:00 pm. to stay overnight at the LaQuinta. We visited the new Cabela’s store just up the street...it’s a huge store with museum, aquarium, and more...a very interesting sporting goods operation. Most of the Snoozemates’ are partying in the French Quarter this evening and I know having a great time.
|Beautiful Serenity Deck on Carnival Sunshine|
Day Two--Monday--at Sea
|Snoozemates 'Morning Glory' Party|
Day Three--Tuesday—at Sea
|Captain's Diamond Guest Luncheon|
Day Four— Wednesday--Roatan, Honduras
|Mahogany Bay - Roatan|
|Maitre’D Ken Byrne|
Day Six--Friday--Cozumel, Mexico
|Carnival Sunshine docked at Puerto Maya Cozumel|
Day Seven—Saturday—February 22—at Sea
|What Does the Fox Say?|
We arrived back in NOLA very early and I was up and using the internet by 5:00 am. It will be an easy Debark as we are actually staying on board ship. We started packing about 7:00 am as we do have to change cabins today. I went up to Lido for a very nice omelet. Then we began our B2B process. Easy.
Crew / Staff
I found the crew to be very good as on all previous Sunshine sailings. I was able to again meet many ships officers through the Diamond reception and VIFP party. The ship is in very capable hands. My cabin steward team was adequate, our MDR waiters were much better than my previous Sunshine cruise. The bartenders were all great. Bar servers all very good. Ken Byrne as always is awesome as both singer and Matre’D. I enjoyed getting to know Linda the HouseKeeping Manager and sat with Caroline the Guest Services manager again, such a sweetheart. John Heald’s Blogger staff did a great job, I also enjoyed seeing Stephanie who used to be on John’s team and is now on her last week as the ACD on the Sunshine.
We had cabin 8330 a category 8N aft facing balcony on deck 8. It is the first time I have had an original cabin on the ship. We have had this cabin location on many Carnival ships and the cabin is slightly smaller, but the balcony is very nice perhaps even larger than the same location on Conquest class and definitely larger than Dream class ships. Great balcony, cabin not so much. The cabin is the usual layout with glass door at balcony (not sliding), full couch, three closets (a bit smaller), nice table, one bed stand (no lamps), push button safe, and stool at dresser/desk. No mini refrigerator, no mirror. The new downside to this cabin is the music late at night from the Havana Bar, it didn’t bother me, but it did friends in similar cabins.
They should have never sold any FTTF (Fastest to the Fun) passes since there were well over 600+ Priority Guests booked. They could not properly handle that many VIP’s and baggage wasn’t delivered until 8:00 pm for many. Also that was too many cabins to have ready at boarding, ours was only half way prepared and some not ready at all. One should not believe the claims that FTTF’s are not sold on sailings with many VIFP’s booked, they are.
Sailing with Snoozemates & other Blogger Friends. It’s always nice to see friends and familiar faces all week long on the ship. The Alchemy Bar is my favorite bar by far. The Diamond Luncheon was wonderful.