Just got off the Carnival Sunshine, 4-14 to 4-22 from Port Canaveral, FL. Ports: Aruba, Bonaire, and Turks & Caicos.
Did this cruise for my 60th birthday. We normally cruise with Celebrity and Princess.
I liked being on vacation and cruising... but did not like being on the Sunshine. It was modified a few years ago.
It seems Carnival has spent considerable time ensuring every inch of the ship somehow produces revenue.
There is even a bar in the library. Expect to pay high prices for anything extra. Second hand smoke from the casino entry/exit
could be smelled 2 floors above.. yuck. Our cabin was not clean when we arrived. Heavy dust coated most surfaces and it was clear the floor had not been vacuumed. I spent an hour with a wet towel cleaning all the shelves, railing around the bed, closets,
drawers, light fixtures, TV, phone, and bathroom. The once white towel was black when I finished. I noticed there was a message on the phone. It was for the previous guests, from the medical department wondering if they were still feeling sick. Hello! So, I spent more time sanitizing everything with wipes I brought. Our room steward was nice... but did not clean the room well at all.
Basically just brought new towels. Carpet remained dirty, balcony was really dirty, Bathroom sink quickly wiped... leaving a trail
of white soap everywhere. I have never had an unclean cabin/bathroom/balcony on Celebrity.
Most of the activities on Sunshine were geared toward getting you to spend money. No more chocolates on your pillow at night,
no more tablecloths in MDR except on formal nights... little cuts... but most folks I met mentioned them. Also lackluster service.
Even in the F. 555 steakhouse. Order Surf & Turf... take lobster out of shell yourself. At $35 a person extra.... they should have better service. Waitress displayed and explained various cuts of beef to us at the start. She mentioned they were all aged more than 28 days.. so I asked: any of the steaks dry aged? She had no idea what I was talking about and kinda got pissy with me for the rest of our meal.
This was my 31st cruise. I've been all over the world on Holland America, Celebrity, Celebrity Xpedition, RCCL, Norwegian, Vantage, Cruise North, Princess, and... Carnival. Notice I put Carnival last.
Da fat one.....