February 23, 2014
Just The Facts
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Ship Captain: Roberto Leotta
Cruise Director: Butch Begovich
Ports: New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Weather: Good all week
This is my 41st Carnival cruise, 4th time on the Carnival Sunshine, and 87th cruise overall. I am cruising with my dear wife (DW) and eight good friends. This is the second week of a Back-to-Back (B2B) cruise. For those reading this review for information on the Carnival Sunshine please read all my previous reviews on her as after sailing her so many times I will not be attending all the various shows or events this week as one would do on a cruise on a lesser known ship. I will have by the conclusion of this cruise eaten at all the food venues, visited all the bars, and participated in most all ship activities.
|First in Red Frog|
Day Two--Monday--at Sea
|Carnival Sunshine Alchemy Bar - Cornelius, Ioana, Miro|
Day Three--Tuesday—at Sea
Day Four— Wednesday—Montego Bay, Jamaica
|Pirate Night in MDR|
ship’s TV cameras. I got DW a breakfast plate from Ocean Plaza then I went to the Sunrise MDR for a hearty breakfast. I had Melon, three Fried Eggs, Corned Beef Hash, Hash Browns, Bacon, Ham, and Leche Caliente. Very good. No one in the group had specific plans for the day. DW and the girls went to Serenity Deck and enjoyed the ship with most of the guests off the ship. I went off the ship and to the little village next to the port to Partners Restaurant & Bar. They have unlimited WiFi for $3 (charging an extra $2) so I spent four hours there updating emails and doing a little work. I also enjoyed a Red Stripe and some very good Jerk Chicken. I was back on board about 2:30 and had cabin time ordering an excellent BLT from room service. It’s Pirate Night for our group and we had a party from sail away until dinner. All dressed as a pirate or in pirate theme. We had the interest of many in the MDR especially with our table location at the entry. For dinner I ordered two Shrimp Cocktails, the Bowtie Pasta with Turkey, the Pork Steak entree, and Tiramisu for dessert. It was now time for my late cocktail from the Alchemy Bar, Ioana prepared a special Cherry flavored cocktail for me, it was very good. Another great day on the Carnival Sunshine.
Day Five—Thursday—Georgetown, Grand Cayman
|Cucina del Capitano|
Day Six--Friday--Cozumel, Mexico
|Woody's Bar in Cozumel|
Day Seven--Saturday--at Sea
|Havana Bar on Carnival Sunshine|
We arrived back in NOLA very early. I was up early as I had not really started packing. I began to pack about 6:00 am and at 7:00 am headed to deck three. We just arrived at the VIP staging area in the Sunset Dining Room when they started the VIP debark. They had the casual inspection at Customs and I was soon to the elevator and at 5A our parking area and in the new car by 7:40 am. There was again a light mist so the indoor parking did come in very handy. We were soon on Interstate 10 heading to Texas. Between the large statue of Sam Houston on I-45 and Huntsville the temperature dropped from 75° to 45° within 3 miles. We later ran into a freak ice storm near Mexia about 3:00 pm so spent the night there at the new Holiday Inn Express. It was actually very nice, we had a great king room, pizza, and watched the Oscars on TV. It took us 1.5 hours to get twenty miles and beyond the ice when leaving the next morning, but where at the ranch by 1:00 pm on Monday.
Crew / Staff
What an excellent week we had with the crew. Our wait team in the MDR, Senvile, I Gusti, and Wisnu, are the best I have ever had as a team on Carnival. Both the new team and previous weeks team were all giving us a lot of attention during this week. Then to be reunited with Antonio my cabin steward from the Sunshine transatlantic was great. He is one of the best ever as well. He always kept our cooler full of ice and our cabin spotless. I was able to again meet many ships officers through the Diamond reception. The bartenders were all great. Bar servers all very good. Ken Byrne as always is awesome as both singer and Matre’D. The future cruise representative, Hai, was very efficient. Of course the Alchemy crew of Ioana, Miro, and Cornelius were outstanding. Video below: Ioana pouring for the ladies!
Food / Drink
I found the food overall to be good. The Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso from the Havana Bar at breakfast were great. In fact all breakfast venues are very good. The waiters brought 3-4 cheese plates for dinner every night…excellent touch.
We had cabin 5317 a category 4D interior on deck 5. I love the location and as mentioned I have the same cabin steward that I had on the 16-day transatlantic cruise. I had fears that the cabin would feel very small, but hopeful as well since it’s a ‘new’ cabin. As it turned out I was very pleased. It has plenty of room since it has no couch or table and we didn’t miss the couch but could have used the table. The cabin has a very comfortable twin/queen bed, refrigerator, full length mirror, two bed side tables with lamps, push button safe, three section wardrobe with shelves, sconce lighting at vanity, stool at vanity, standard small bathroom. It’s really just fine and I’m glad we didn’t upgrade.
Sailing with Snoozemates
MDR wait team of: Senvile, I Gusti, & Wisnu
Diamond Cocktail Party
Diamond Cocktail Party
Alchemy Bar & team
Pastelitos de Guayaba y Queso from the Havana Bar