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Mklbee

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About Mklbee

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    Atlanta Ga
  • Interests
    Sports, Music, Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mexico , Hawaii, West Canada, Africa

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  1. I was on the Sunrise for 14 days to the Panama Canal. Loved the cruise. Had a good time, but the worst thing was the over crowding. I was very surprised that even getting on the ship early (11:50a) we still couldn't find a place to sit and eat!! Now, it was a longer cruise and had the largest amount of Diamond and Platinum cruisers I have EVER seen, but moving around the ship was challenging. We also had many people with motorized wheel chairs, scooters and walkers....which made the narrow walkways even tougher to navigate. I think that Carnival did a great job with the ship, and the 'Flying Scotsman" was a great CD, but I have looked for future cruises ( Id love to go to Canada and Boston) and that cruise is on the Sunrise.....and I started looking elsewhere. Nice ship, but by FAR my least favorite.
  2. Yeah, this is an 8 day on the Horizon. A carry on isn't going to work for either of us, but it is an option.
  3. Thanks. I wanted to take my wife to the Steakhouse for our 35th anniversary that first day, but have had times that I didn't get my bags until after 7pm (On the Sunrise during a 14 day Panama Canal Cruise). Thanks for your information.
  4. I've read the list of perks that one gets with a Platinum Sign and Sail card on the Carnival site, but I didn't see anything that specified that your luggage would be in your cabin when you get there. I thought had read that years ago though. Can anyone set me straighten me out on this please? Thanks
  5. Yes. Thats just a vent. The A/C had a problem all cruise in our cabin. Carnival put cash on our card because of the problem, but you are right, the rotary knob is there, but it controls the flow of the fan. But it does not control the ac unit turning on or off.
  6. Just got off of the Paradise. Cabin E138 did not have a thermostat.
  7. I was on the Panama 14 day cruise on the Sunrise. I am a non smoker and an everyday casino player. The smoke did NOT bother me. There is a non smoking area at the bar on the left side that Id never seen before, and the smoke was not over bearing to me, and I hate cigarette smoke. There are a few non smoking areas to play slot machines and video poker, but folks just ignore them like the signs are not there. The 14 days I was onboard, there was not 1 day of sewage smell. I did hear about it though before I boarded. I just didn't experience it. Relatively speaking, it WAS the worse ship Id been on. Just being honest. I totally enjoyed my cruise for 14 days. My main complaint was that the ship added people but not space. Plus we had a lot of walkers, scooters and other handicapped folks on our cruise. it made getting through the narrow walk ways tough. Just a fact, not really anything you can do with a set amount of seats and a full to capacity ship. The Comedy Club was not the best, the Main theater was not the best. The seating on Lido is not the best. But the ship is a good ship. Two hours for lunch is a stretching it. At least for us it was. It did take longer if you were a late arriver though. We had breakfast at 7, and lunch at 1130. We were in and out in no time. The lines were not the problem to me. It was that the ship at capacity for 14 days and having many many walkers, scooters and canes made walking in the narrow walk ways bad all 14 days. Its a cruise, and I loved the vacation time. But it was the most crowded and worst experience of a comedy setup I ever experienced. Not trying to dump on the Sunrise, but I've never been motivated to tell a story about a ship until now.
  8. Correct. The comedy club had an 'entrance' and an 'exit'. Not formally, but a Carnival preferred. So after the show, they had you leave and go out of the back of the club, while a new crowd came in the front. You HAD to leave the club, and if you wanted to get back in, you got in line. The line was ALWAYS long. Usually, you just decide on one show, and call it a night. The band in the Red Frog Pub was great. A full band including 3 or 4 horns. But again, if you were there 5 minutes early, youd have a difficult time finding seats. I hope folks are realizing how much good stuff Im leaving out, but I am complaining mainly about the stuff that was altered that I feel just doesn't work out better for the consumer.
  9. I was on the 14 day Panama Cruise on the Sunrise as DiverGal was. I enjoyed the cruise, but Id say that as nice as the Sunrise was, it was my least favorite ship. Plenty to like, I just had more proposed improvements in mind once leaving. Here are some notes. Not necessarily good or bad or in any order. Mostly observations. - Have to push a button for the Lido deck 'automatic' doors to open. Many folks were caught off guard by this!! - The design sets the ship up for over crowding. Often, you really had to hunt for a place to sit and eat. - Comedy Club has a poor design. Sorry, no other way to describe it. You HAVE to leave after any show. Some of the seats are in a hall way where you can not see the stage. They have TVs there so you can see the comedian. - Food was good all the way around - Many activities. We had many wheelchairs and scooters on our cruise, so the activities were not super energetic, but was fun. - Embarkation / Debarkation and Safety Briefing were a breeze for us. - Sports Bar had a very different feel to it with all of the College Softball, College Baseball ,Cricket and French Open and Soccer. Big crowds for NBA Finals - Smaller Theater is not as nice as the regular Theaters to me. Removable seats on the first floor probably gives Carnival a lot of flexibility for different seating formats, but I wasn't a huge fan of this style. - Service on the ship is great - Cruise Director , Chris from Scotland is popular and was very good - The ride for the most part was very smooth - The Steakhouse is on deck 4. Many of the life boats are hanging from deck 4, so the curtains were always drawn. Usually, you have a nice view of the sea from the Steakhouse. But as I said, the food and service was very good. - Most (like 98%) of the movies offered in your room on Demand, were free!! The Sunrise looks great. My wife and I were in 8428 Aft Balcony and it was great. You could see some wear still , but the room, balcony and view was great. I think my comments are coming across as mainly negative, but I know I take for grated a lot of the great things that are on every Carnival cruise ship. As I mentioned...loved the 2 week cruise, but there were a few things (Theater and Comedy Club) that I wish was back to the original way.
  10. Here are a few pics of the locks. I also put in a pic of the map onboard.
  11. I do have a few. The Panama Canal really would have been better if I had bought the video that Carnival provided. The first set of photos will be from the ships and vessels that where around before we went through the locks. Its very boring if you dont care about the canals history.
  12. So, to get out of your 'hair', for those that want info, please ask, and I will answer the best I can. On Lido - press buttons to open sliding doors. Big Theater only has 2 decks, 4 and 5 Walkways are a little narrow If you are in 'Drinks ON Us' program, you may have to tip large to get another drink within 10 minutes (you're allowed one every 5 minutes) ---after 2 drinks in 10 minutes, I dont mind one every 30 minutes 555 Steakhouse is kind of hidden on 4th deck next to coffee place 3 deck Lobby was PACKED most days 5 deck Red Frog was PACKED most days (Clears throat) ship was packed Casino didnt really have a bad smoke smell I didnt find the machines to be tight at all. Saw many winners I just wasnt one of them. Did ok, just not great Serenity had many saved seats..only tried twice. Then gave up Food was great Guys Burgers was pretty empty, which was a surprise As usual for us, the Carnival service was very good Maybe not so much for the Red Frob Pub on the 5th. Seemed pissed off I didnt even want to order anything they looked so mad!! Getting off of the ship was fine. Had to cross the street and go to a Taxi stand and stand in line for a cab. After 45 minutes, I got an Uber. We would have been waiting another 30 minutes at least at the corner of 50th Street and 12th Ave. Left out quite a bit, but just wanted to give an overview. I have most of the FunTimes if you need to see them.
  13. Panama Canal was great! If you are An Engineer Project Manager Finance Director Safety Director Environmental Advocate Historian or History Buff The history and construction of the Canal is great. And to see it is really beautiful Its more beautiful when you understand what happened to get it constructed. Half Moon Cay was a location that we had not been to before. So it was strange using my Sail and Sign Card there for purchases. Its a Carnival owned site that had a free buffet about 5 minutes from the entrance. The buffett was decent,and you will see some servers from the ship on the Bahamian Island working. Well, Im going to wrap this up since a lot of my report and pictures arent showing up. We attended a Captains Party which was very nice. Free appetizers and drinks. Speaking of appetizers, I was on this ship for 14 days and didnt see escargots at all !!! Its become a favorite ( never would have tried it if it wasnt offered on the ship). That was a MAJOR disappointment.
  14. For those that have knowledge of the Quest presentation, it was held in the 'Theater', which is called the Liquid Lounge. And there are probably a lot of benefits to this new layout. I am used to having decks 3, 4 and 5 forward be the Theater. Well, its just 4 and 5 here. I hate it. The layout is not as good as the other. More people and fewer seats. The seats on the 4th floor are removable. Thats probably a huge benefit to Carnival. Some of you may love the new layout. To me, its not even close to being as nice as the old layout. The Sports bar couldnt hold the NBA Finals any longer, so they postponed SeaSide movies and showed the NBA Finals outside. Being outside after sundown, I ate a ton of Seafood!!! and the food was awesome. But I will say that the Lobster Rolls taste more like a seafood salad roll than a lobster roll. It was still good, and you go 2 for $12. Costa Rica Limon was nice. The heat was close to unbearable!! We sat and had coffe and wifi for $6 at a local coffee spot. I like going to local spots. There is not much English here as Cozumel and Cayman. All of the prices are in local fares. Not much to do if you dont have an excursion by just walking around. There are a few coffee shops and a Casino. To get to local restaurants will take about a 15 minute walk from the port. Once again, it was nice to see all of the people with walkers, scooters, etc, getting off of the ship and enjoying themselves. I mentioned that that my iPhone app (Carnival Hub) wasnt updated. Make sure you update your app. before getting onboard. I couldnt reserve dinner at the Italian place, 555, or Your time dining .
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