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Oh Canada!! Our Carnival Sunshine NE/Canada review (with pics) 9/3/16

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Funnel

    Funnel Sweden Unleased - Special Contributor

    I forgot to say that Peggy's Cove looks very much like the small villages on the Swedish west coast with the bare rocks.
    You can buy seafood everywhere and there are a lot of seafood and fish restaurants.

    Great photos as usual!

    /Erik
     
  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Day 7 – Our final Fun Day at Sea!

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    We were up at 7am, and looking at the bow camera view, the seas were fairly calm, and it was a little cloudy / foggy outside…..

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    Here is our voyage map from the television. Notice how we crisscrossed around the northern eastern seaboard. Lol. Note that the winds across the bow were 44 knots. Once again Deck 14 of Serenity would be closed…..

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    To be continued……..
     
  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We decided not to eat breakfast early today, but rather we would go to the Sea Day Brunch closer to lunch time.

    So while I started to pack up my things, Patti made her way to the morning session of bingo at the Liquid Lounge…..

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    Liquid Lounge stage…..

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    Removable, changeable, seating on the floor of the Liquid Lounge….

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    The Liquid Lounge Bar…….

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    Here are the prices of the bingo games…..

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    Patti is now ready to do battle!! Lol…..

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    To be continued……
     
  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Sorry to report that Patti did not have any luck this time.

    We went to the Sea Day Brunch a little after 11, and were seated at a table near the back windows…….

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    Here’s Patti at the Sea Day Brunch……

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    The service was very poor this morning for some reason. Once seated, we waited forever before someone took our order, and we had to ask several times for the bread basket and coffee.

    Patti had the Caesar salad, a cheddar cheese & tomato omelet with turkey bacon on the side……

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    I started with the flaming tomato soup which was very good. The problem was that I was not given a soup spoon, and no servers were anywhere to be seen to get me one, so I ate it with my teaspoon……

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    I also had the steak & eggs with a side of corned beef hash. The reason there are no pictures is because we lost interest, and left without ordering dessert.

    Patti took this picture of the Sunrise Dining Room during the Sea Day Brunch as we left…..

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    The Bonsai Sushi menu display on the Promenade…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a couple of views of the Ocean Plaza on the Promenade…..

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    It was now Noon, so Patti made her way up to the Lido Marketplace for the Chocolate Extravaganza…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  6. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Our dining room waiter Elpedio was doing the chocolate dipping…..

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    Here are some more Chocolate Extravaganza pictures…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  7. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We both then went to the casino to enter the 2nd slot tournament. Neither one of has would qualify for the final round.

    Afterwards, Patti would try her luck at the last session of bingo, while I would head up to the Red Frog Rum Bar for my afternoon dose of Thirsty Frog Red.
    About an hour or so later, Patti catches me still at the Red Frog…..

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    She then notifies me that she had won the coverall jackpot game by herself so she had won $500. Way to go Patti!!!

    At 3:15 I was time to go to the VIFP Diamond / Platinum Party in the Limelight Lounge. Because of the high number of Diamonds and Platinums on this cruise they had to schedule two parties. I believe that the second one was at 4:45pm…..

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    Guitar player Steve GB provided the entertainment…..

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    The party is in full swing…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Looks like Patti has made a few friends…..

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    Patti loves her Mango Swirls…..

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    Here’s Emma!!!

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    After the usual video and the cheering for the ships, CD Emma introduces the Senior Staff members…..

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    Captain Catalani makes a few remarks…..

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    Emma has all the Diamond members in the room come on stage…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  9. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is Patti’s shot of the group….

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    Here is the official shot which we were given for free….

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    When you first get in the party there are guessing games you can enter to win prizes. This lady won for guess the amount of candy in a jar…..

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    I won a prize for correctly guessing ship names. How could I not know all the ships? Lol. Here is Patti’s shot of all the prize winners…..

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    Here is the official shot, which again, we were given for free…..

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    My prize…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  10. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Afterwards, Patti went to finish packing while I played blackjack for a while, winning a little bit, then I went to visit my friendly bartenders at the Red Frog Rum Bar and the SkyBox Sports bar.

    Soon it was time for our final dinner of the cruise. Patti and I pose with our room stewardess “Panny”.

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    Here is tonight’s menu…..

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    Elpedio takes our order…..

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  11. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is Cinthia who also waited on us…..

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    Tonight Patti started out with the onion soup and the flatbread…..

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    I started out with a shrimp cocktail and an order of steamed mussels…..

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    We both then had the caprese salad followed by our main course, the ricotto ravioli…….

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  12. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I also had the shrimp creole…..

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    Our bar waitress Carma finally talked us into having shots. The perfect way to toast another great cruise!!

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    Here is tonight’s Dessert menu…..

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    Patti had her usual butter pecan ice cream, while I had the cherry pie a la mode which was not that bad.

    The waiters, as they always do on the final night, sang “Leaving on a Fun Ship”, and then danced Gangham Style.

    After saying our goodbyes, Patti and I decided to call it a cruise. She went to check emails, while I went back to the cabin to finish my packing and put our suitcases out in the hallway for pick up.

    Here is our final turndown of the cruise, along with the free photos from the VIFP party that they had delivered…..

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  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Room Service anyone? I guess this is good a time as any to post the menu. Lol.

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    The next morning we awoke at 6:30am, and according to our friend the bow camera, we are almost back at Pier 90…..

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    Cutting it a little close aren’t you Captain? Lol…..

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  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    We are just about docked…….

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    Here is the Debarkation Information……

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    Here is the Diamond / Platinum Debarkation information……

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    Since we’re not carrying our bags off ourselves, we have plenty of time to have breakfast. We go back to our usual spot at the Havana Bar, and have our final omelets of the cruise.

    We vacated our cabin at 8:30am, and made our way to the Limelight Lounge to wait to be called to debark.

    They were ready for us early, so we were off the ship at 9am. Getting a porter, finding our luggage, and going through customs were a breeze. The porter took our bags right to the car and loaded them in for us. We made sure to tip him generously. It was 9:15am as I pulled out of the parking lot, with Patti getting this one last shot of the Carnival Sunshine as we exited…..

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    Again, being that today was a Saturday there wasn’t any traffic to speak of, so we pulled into our driveway at home at 10:15am, another wonderful cruise completed. THE END.

    Coming up next: Our final thoughts and ramblings.
     
  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Final thoughts and ramblings.

    Let's start with the ship itself. There were very few positive reviews of the Sunshine anywhere, but rather than avoid this ship based on what others have said, we wanted to see for ourselves. We are glad we did! Like I said at the beginning of the review, we had sailed on her twice when she was the Destiny, so we were thinking that this would be sort of a homecoming for us. Once we boarded we didn't feel that way. Other than the hull of the ship and the stairwells, there wasn't much left of the Destiny. It felt like a completely different ship, which was a good thing.

    Let's talk about the beautiful three deck high Serenity, with it's waterfall and pool. Decks 11 & 12 overlook the Beach Pool which is not very serene at all. The best Serenity deck is Deck 14, which has plenty of quiet comfortable seating, the Serenity Bar, and the fairly large hot tub. On both of our sea days the best Serenity deck was closed due to "high" winds. Though Serenity on the Sunshine is awesome looking, I will always prefer Serenity on the Spirit Class ships.

    We had read that the Sunshine felt more crowded. Our cruise was sold out, and we felt that the ship wasn't any more crowded than any other Carnival ship.

    We didn't see any leaks or water buckets in the hallways, or encounter any sewage smells.

    As reported many times on CC, the Limelight Lounge where the comedy shows are held is much too small! There are seats that don't have a view of the stage so you watch the show on video screens. Funny thing was, that once the doors were opened, the seats without a stage view were filled before the better seats! Go figure.

    At the Havana Bar all the way aft on Deck 9, you will always find a seat for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast there are two omelet lines on the JiJi's side, and one omelet line on the Cucina side. The breakfast meats, potatoes, breads, etc are also available on the Cucina side. For lunch, the Mongolian wok is at JiJi's, and the Pasta Bar is at Cucina.

    We loved all the dining choices on the Sunshine. JiJi Asian Kitchen was just AWESOME and a don't miss. $15 upcharge pp. Cucina del Capitano was also very good. $15 upcharge pp. Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse was our least favorite, not because of the food which was excellent as always, but because of the way they have arranged the seating in there. Tables for two were fairly close together which took away the intimate and romantic feeling that you had when dining at other Steakhouses in the fleet. Feels like dining in the MDR but with better food. $35 upcharge pp.

    We loved this itinerary, but feel that the Sunshine is not the right ship for it. Carnival should be using a ship with at least one pool covered with a sliding glass dome in the cool weather.

    We would love to see Carnival come up with a 10 day itinerary adding ports such a Newport, Bar Harbor, and St John, Newfoundland.

    That's about all I can come up with at the moment. Patti and I really had a great time on this cruise, and hope to do it again in the future.

    I will be back on the Sunshine along with my son Ryan for a 4 day cruise to Saint John a week from today as I write this. I will not be doing a full review on that one, but will post any noteworthy photos or information to this review as an add on.

    Patti has purchased a new Canon camera, so the issues that we had this cruise will be eliminated next time. I will also remember to pack our back up camera next time!

    If you have any questions or comments, please add them here and we will address them.

    Our next cruise review will be on our favorite ship, the Carnival Pride, in February as we embark on a 14 day Journeys Repo cruise from Tampa to Baltimore, which will include a partial Panama Canal transit. This one should be epic!!

    So until next time, may you have calm seas and blue skies. Happy Sails!!!
     
  16. The Cruiser

    The Cruiser Well-Known Member

    Jeff. if you want to go to Bar Harbor and Newport, jump over to Princess. There both on there 7 day Canada New England cruises. Both ports are Tender ports.
     
  17. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Great report and wonderful pictures.

    Glad to see that Carnival still has the chocolate extravaganza. I miss them.

    In spite of having camera issues -- you certainly do have a lot of pictures.

    Enjoy your next cruise with Ryan.
     
  18. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    Great report and wonderful photos. Just a note that I must make though.... Saint John is in New Brunswick while the capital of Newfoundland is St. John's. They are not to be confused! :)
     
  19. Funnel

    Funnel Sweden Unleased - Special Contributor

    Thank you for a fantastic photo review Jeff! As always it feels like I have been on the cruise myself.
    It was a bit strange not to see you swimming in the ocean during this cruise though... ;)

    I agree about a covered pool for your itinerary, the same goes for cruises in the Baltic sea.
    Good Luck with the new camera! What Canon-model is it?

    Really looking forward to your February cruise review!

    /Erik
     
  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Thanks Erik! It was a little too chilly for me to be swimming this cruise! Patti bought a Canon XS710 HS.
     
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