must admit, after reading the earlier reviews posted prior to my
trip, I boarded the Sunshine with the expectation I was going to be
My father in-law and I (somehow) talked our spouses into turning
the two of us loose for a week in the Caribbean to get some sun and
shake out of the midwestern cold weather blahs. The wives had too
much Christmas planning to do to get away and cut the boys loose
for a week. Fyi, we are 60 and 82, so it wasn't like we were going
to find a tattoo parlor, buy stock in a rum distillery and find a
couple of bikini clad maidens and forget reality-we just needed
Mission accomplished, big time.
We cruised from New Orleans on the Sunshine for a 7 day run to
Jamaica, Caymans, Cozumel.
Our plan was to do some light site seeing and get a tan, have a
few cocktails, eat too much.
Now, as to the ship. We both thought it was wonderful! Clean as
a whistle, everything in fine working order, every single staffer
pleasant and efficient, the layout simple and easy to
My father-in-law and I have had 10 cruises between us and can
both say this ship was the best we have been on for the overall
experience. We have been on the small boats (the original Mardis
Gras from Carnival and RCL's Sun Viking) and the mid sizers of
Princess and RCL. The Sunshine combined the best of both-quiet
spaces of the small vessels and the energy and diversity of the
I can't say enough about the Serenity area-what a perfect spot
for us old farts! You could always find shade, and up front it was
just us and the horizon. A great bar, no kids, big hammocks, and
double bed sized lounging areas for crying out loud! What a great
Very good shows. The dancers were as good as you would find
anywhere short of Broadway itself. I mean this- these shows are
usually fun, but second tier in the dancers ability-not this group!
They are the real deal! The group had adequate voices (hey, if they
were great singers on top of their dancing ability this group would
be on Broadway and not on a ship) and the production fit their
skill sets perfectly-great fun and we thought it was a wow each
time! Very happy guys!!
Previous comments suggest the chow was average. I must say,
these folks must live at the Ritz and breakfast on Bon Bons-the
food was great! We did anytime dining, went early, and were offered
a table for two each mealtime. These were either small tables
surrounding the center of the dining room or quiet two person
booths-both great options.
Good choices for entrees with at least one exotic (for us)
starter each meal-great time to try something you wouldn't normally
roll the dice on.
Wait staff was awesome-always available, yet unobtrusive-just
what you want!
The first night our dining room cocktail staff person decided to
adopt us and found us to say hello and visit briefly regardless of
where we were seated subsequent evenings-that made us feel super
special and we have to give her a personal shout out-Plamena, we
will cruise this line and this ship again just to see you again!
You are the BEST!!! Of all time!!! If I gush anymore my wife won't
let me come back!!!
The pool area:
This ship has a different take here-an amphitheater layout with
lots and lots of seating and a very small pool. I must admit, I
liked this priority a lot. There were a bunch of large showers
scattered about to allow you to "wet 'er down" and cool off without
having to jump into the pool. This left the small pool to the
little ones and that seemed satisfying to everyone. The kids have a
huge pool play area of their own aft, but this main space allowed
the moms and dads to be in an adult space with them, yet not worry
about crowding out the young adults or old codgers looking too cool
off. Very well thought out plan!
We went inside, small. To us the fun is topside and the cabins
are for sleeping. The steward had our names down day one and was
all over our needs immediately/ These staffers are always the best
and work their tails off keeping the guests happy and the cabins
spotless! Thank you!
As good as we could ask for, better than advertised, we are
coming back for sure (and we will find you Plamena-ouch, honey,
quit hitting me...).
Thank you Carnival!
Thomas and Malcolm