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After seeing all of the many negative reviews about the refurbished Carnival Sunrise etc...anyone concerned if there will be similar issues with the Radiance?

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I am. I foolishly booked a transatlantic  (which is filled with sea days) on this ship in June. I actually thought it was a new ship when I booked it. I am not looking forward to being crowded together with less space for 13 days. I swore I would never sail the Sunshine again, but I am hoping that they will learn from their mistakes on the Sunshine and Sunrise.  

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After the Sunshine reviews, and now the Sunrise, I'll only book one of these refurbished non-NEW Carnival ships if my other half insists on it. Carnival has so many wonderful cruise ships to choose from, so I'll go with something a bit different from the non-NEW ships (who was it that always talked about the NEW Carnival Sunshine?).

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3 hours ago, HectorAchilleus said:

I am. I foolishly booked a transatlantic  (which is filled with sea days) on this ship in June. I actually thought it was a new ship when I booked it. I am not looking forward to being crowded together with less space for 13 days. I swore I would never sail the Sunshine again, but I am hoping that they will learn from their mistakes on the Sunshine and Sunrise.  

We are on the TA also.  I have zero trepidation about sailing on the Radiance.  Not sure whether you think she is new or an expensive overhaul has to do with how many people will be on it.  The TA will be totally different experience.  

 

That said, they did not think they did anything wrong.  They learned plenty from the Sunshine and improved on the Sunrise (different shipyard and work company) and there are different features.  Relax, we will have a blast.  Have you joined the roll call? 

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2 hours ago, fyree39 said:

After the Sunshine reviews, and now the Sunrise, I'll only book one of these refurbished non-NEW Carnival ships if my other half insists on it. Carnival has so many wonderful cruise ships to choose from, so I'll go with something a bit different from the non-NEW ships (who was it that always talked about the NEW Carnival Sunshine?).

I am not sure I get your point about the Sunrise, are you implying it is not new?

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2 hours ago, jimbo5544 said:

I am not sure I get your point about the Sunrise, are you implying it is not new?

 

The implication is well-founded. . . It is NOT new. 🙂

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If you enjoy a crowded lido marketplace, more crowds, less public places, a smoke filled casino, and a very warm and crowded comedy club, then this is the ship for you. All of these problems have been well documented on the Sunrise, and I would expect them to carry forward to the Radiance. This is not hearsay on my part, I experienced it  on the Sunrise this past June..

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My guess is if you don’t like Sunshine or Sunrise, you won’t like Radiance. On the other hand if you like Sunshine or Sunrise, you will like Radiance. 

 

I have not sailed on Sunrise, and Jimbo mentioned Carnival learned from Sunshine and improved Sunrise. However, the comments I have read online concerning Sunrise on this and other sites sound very similar to reviews concerning Sunshine.

 

From my perspective the Sunshine class of ships are very polarizing. It appears the majority of people either love the ships or dislike the ships, with a much smaller percentage of people falling some where in between. 

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39 minutes ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

My guess is if you don’t like Sunshine or Sunrise, you won’t like Radiance. On the other hand if you like Sunshine or Sunrise, you will like Radiance. 

 

I have not sailed on Sunrise, and Jimbo mentioned Carnival learned from Sunshine and improved Sunrise. However, the comments I have read online concerning Sunrise on this and other sites sound very similar to reviews concerning Sunshine.

 

From my perspective the Sunshine class of ships are very polarizing. It appears the majority of people either love the ships or dislike the ships, with a much smaller percentage of people falling some where in between. 

That goes to say for any ship. Let's take the Fantasy class. Some people hate how the design is loud and gaudy. We could even take the Oasis class on RCI. Some people love the ship's size while others hate it!

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We are set to sail on the Radiance next August 31 - September 6. I have to say, some of the reviews of the other two refurbished ships was making me a bit nervous.  Possibly, we are going at a time when some of the kiddos are back in school and that would cut back a bit on the crowds.  We are the "go with the flow" type so it would have to be really bad for us not to have a good time on any ship. I've also found that what some complain about wouldn't necessarily be a complaint of mine. I love our itinerary for this cruise to Bermuda and the dates of it work for us perfectly.  Two wins right there!  

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We are booked on the inaugural sailing. I hadn't given a thought about overcrowding in the public spaces until this post. However since it is a port intensive itinerary, I'm hoping for the best. We sailed Victory a few years ago, I consider it one of my favorite.

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I am booked on April 2021 on her at a good price. I have sailed on Sunshine, which while not my favorite ship still had alot going for her. Fun is where you find it and I can find spots without the crowds on any ship.😜

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21 hours ago, glrounds said:

 

The implication is well-founded. . . It is NOT new. 🙂

It was a leading question.  Neither I, nor Carnival claimed she was new.  

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To refer to the ships as refurbished shows a built in bias from the beginning. One does not simply transform a ship into a new experience and call it refurbished. I have cruised enough to know to discount many of the subjective opinions of people I don't know. Even more so if I do know them.

 

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Another one of “those” threads. Loved my sunrise cruise. One of the best ever. 

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On 8/24/2019 at 5:48 PM, jojolee1968 said:

After seeing all of the many negative reviews about the refurbished Carnival Sunrise etc...anyone concerned if there will be similar issues with the Radiance?

No concerns and no questions.

We love cruising and still see many positive things about Carnival product.

But we are not fools.

Cruise lines "revolutionize" and "amplify" their ships with the only purpose: making more money.

Will there be similar "issues"? Yes, of course.

What you call "issues" is not an issue for cruise lines. This is their money. Or, to be precise, your money.

So, you either accept this or not.

With no questions and no concerns... 🙂

Happy cruising!

 

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I'm not worried at all. The May 30th cruise is very port intensive. I expect while on board a lot of sleeping will be going on

.I just want to know who's bright idea was it to have two ships with such similar names? 

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