Carnival Sunshine Cruise Review
January 19, 2014
Just The Facts
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Ship Captain: Carmelo Marino
Cruise Director: Jaime Dee
Ports: New Orleans, LA, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
Weather: Good all week
This is my 38th Carnival cruise, 2nd time on the Carnival Sunshine, and 84th cruise overall. I am cruising as a solo.
I left the ranch about 9:20 am and headed south using some wonderful Texas backroads along the way. The weather was good and I arrived in Gonzales, Louisiana about 5:30 pm. to stay overnight at the new LaQuinta. I 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.
|Mississippi River Bridge upon departure from NOLA
Day Two--Monday--at Sea
|Steak and Eggs
Day Three--Tuesday—at Sea
|Diamond Guest Brunch
Day Four--Wednesday--Montego Bay, Jamaica
|Ray about to jump from the Secret Falls
Day Five--Thursday--Georgetown, Grand Cayman
|Carnival Sunshine from the Grand Cayman tender
Day Six--Friday--Cozumel, Mexico
|Cornelius pouring a Martini Sampler
Day Seven--Saturday--at Sea
|Will Marion in Sunshine Lobby
We arrived back in NOLA just very early. I was up early as I had not really started packing. I began to pack about 6:30 then went to Lido for my final omelette. They were calling self-debark guests by the time I made it back to the cabin so I finished packing and headed to deck three about 7:45 am. They had the casual inspection at Customs and I was soon to the elevator and at 4B my parking area and car by 8:20 am. There was a light mist so the indoor parking did come in very handy. I was soon on Interstate 10 heading to Texas and arrived at friends in Alvin about 2:30 pm to rest for my next adventure on the Triumph the following day.
Crew / Staff
I found the crew to be very good. I was able to meet many ships officers through the Diamond reception and VIFP party. The ship is in very capable hands. My cabin steward team was excellent, our MDR waiters were only adequate. The bartenders were all great. Bar servers very good. I especially enjoyed Ioana, Miro, & Cornelius in the Alchemy Bar. Ken Byrne is awesome as both singer and Matre’D. I enjoyed getting to know Caroline the GS Manager better, that’s a tough job. I look forward to seeing the crew again next month.
Food / Drink
I found the food overall to be very good. Soups were excellent. One new minor change in the MDR is that the bread is on your table and not served. The major change and a point I listed as 'needs improvement' in previous cruise is that the set dining is now located in the Sunrise Dining Room. Much better, thanks Ken and Carnival. I really didn’t get an opportunity to eat at all the many venues this trip, but I did get to most of my favorites. Very pleased with food quality as were all the guests that I spoke to during the week. I purchased the ‘Cheers’ program ($49.95 + 15% per day), but discovered that it can be purchased on 2nd day...I would do that if I get it again.
I had cabin 10115 a category 8S Spa Balcony on deck 10. It is decorated in the new Caribbean lighter colors that began with the Carnival Breeze roll out. Very nice and this is only one of two ships as of now that has the new colors. My cabin steward, Alexander, did a very good job. The cabin is the usual layout with sliding glass door at balcony, full couch, three closets (a bit smaller), nice table, bed stands with lamps (mentioned as these are going away in some new categories), push button safe, mini refrigerator, and stool at dresser/desk. It does have the premium spa items such as nicer branded bath towels, Serenity beach/deck towels, nicer Serenity plush robes, and spa toiletries. Only negative was that the set-back deck 11 balconies overlooked most of the balcony, so no privacy. A cabin further forward would eliminate that situation. I did enjoy the Spa location more than I thought I would usually be staying far aft on cruises.Jumping off a waterfall in Jamaica.
Omelette Station & Mongolian Grill.