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Took the Carnival Sunshine Cruise Sept. 8- Sept 20th. From Venice, Italy to Barcelona, Spain. Though the ship is moving to the Caribbean for 2014.
We had a very good time. Some comments on the cruise. The constant attempts at upselling got really old after about the 2cd day. This was a 12 day cruise and it was relentless. The ship ran late 60% of the time. However we just lost time at the ports of call and there was little to no regard for our wasted time.
The ports of call were way too rushed. Will not take another cruise in the near future and not with this many ports of call. They should cut out France and Spain and just give more time in the other ports. We felt they wanted us back on the ship ASAP so they could try and force more selling on us.
The ship makeover was very nice. Though there seemed to be plumbing issues. Our shower had to be snaked. There were a lot of small leaks with buckets and work being done on said plumbing and some electrical the entire cruise.
The food was hit or miss. The maître's was so conceited we were all amazed. He insisted on playing this incredibly loud music and himself and the wait staff would dance to some dumb song or another. Then he would sing with even sillier flashing glasses on. It all seemed to be about him. He needs to get over himself.

The music around the pool was so loud we could not converse. I know we are sounding like old fuddy duddies but we are not. I enjoy music a great deal. But this was louder than most enclosed night clubs. In fact when returning from a port of call you could hear it 1-3 blocks away. We found a couple of kind of quieter places but it is just ridiculous on how loud it was.

Getting on and off the ship at port of calls. OY VAY, needs to improve dramatically. Wasting our time in silly lines. Nowhere near enough help due to their over the top security. Wasted 20 to 40 minutes getting off.
When getting back on they would suddenly open another line. But to have one station for 2000 people just boggles the mind. We felt there was zero regard for our wasted time.
Beyond lack of regard for the overheated hallways and the LONG, LONG lines. If you are going to build ships this big, then Carnival needs a MAJOR overhaul of embarking and disembarking!

Our over all impression: Rushed with little regard for our time is how we felt. The food was ok, when it was good it was good, when it wasn't it WAS NOT. Staff overworked and the constant harping for tipping and upselling was pushed constantly.
Apparently Carnival wants to sell the ship out and then it is up to us to make up the staffs salaries. I would rather pay more for the cruise and let the rest of it go.

We are looking for a MUCH smaller and relaxed cruise for the Greek Islands.

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