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  1. I don't think Enchantment has complementary steam and sauna rooms as does the Grandeur? If so, THAT'S a big letdown!
  2. Yes. You are correct. It's very convenient and if you use a credit card that earns reward points to pay your room charges you'll get points on those casino charges
  3. On the weekends many of the calls get routed to their Caribbean Call Center where they seem less experienced and/or don't have the same systems access (Just supposing-don't have the real info). While they are all nice I've also had experiences where it's taken an inordinate amount of time.
  4. I have sailed Carnival & Celebrity equal amount of times (18 each) and they are as far apart a cruiseline can be. I have sailed both line's flagship twice (Horizon & Edge) and there really isn't any comparison. Obviously I enjoy both lines but for totally different reasons. Carnival definitely appeals to the first time cruisers who are looking to be entertained and looking for lots of energetic excitement. Celebrity appeals to the person who values aesthetics as part of the vacation experience. On your 7th day on the Celebrity Edge you will find art and design details that you never noticed before. It's like staying at a 5* South Beach Miami Luxury Resort Hotel, and that's the vacation experience they are targeting. Carnival, not so much. The Horizon literally doesn't even have ONE piece of real artwork. What flies for art is cityscape photos on plastic. The dining experience on the Celebrity is much more sophisticated (You'll never find Escargot or Frogs legs described as something that you've never had before but you should try out on Celebrity as they do on Carnival!) Having said that I LOVE,LOVE my Guy's Burgers! Carnival's Steakhouses are pretty much on Par to what Celebrity Specialty restaurants offer. Think of Carnival as Walmart and Celebrity as Nordstroms and you get the idea.
  5. There is TCM. The CBSN news channel is terrible, really awful. Basically it shows news clips segments in 10-15 min. max segments followed by 5 minute pauses in programing where nothing is shown. The segments aren't necessarily live so there's lots of re-broadcasted segments. The new TV service is VOIP and the picture quality is terrible(Not enough bandwidth). It's OK for the entertainment shows but CBSN was literally unwatchable, with static interference obscuring the picture. This was apparent on the Sunrise as well as the Horizon.
  6. That one point may be so but Celebrity's Blue Chip program is far,far inferior to Royal's Club Royal Program.
  7. Here's a shot of the FunTimes meal hours, Port Day on the left, Sea Day on the right.
  8. One other helpful hint is that the Cloud 9 Spa refurb took out the complementary steam & sauna in the locker rooms, which are available for everyone to use regardless whether you have a thermal suite access. What they did instead is create a complementary co-ed sauna that's literally right as you walk into the locker room hallway (it's to the right just before the Men's locker room and it's unmarked). For the first several days it was either turned off or the security door was actually closed so you couldn't even have a peak inside. About half way into the cruise they did turn the sauna on. It's an unusual compromise and unique to this ship. All new builds and even the Sunshine have a small single sex sauna in the locker room area. The benefits to that are you don't have to have a restrictive swim suit on but instead can just have a towel around your waist.
  9. I didn't either until I looked at the daily planner(paper copy)
  10. To answer some of your points, I did not check out the Jogging Track since that's not something I use. I really like the gym setup on this class of ship. Reason being is that the ceilings are high enough to accomodate differnt types of weight training machines. For example they have those cable weight machines that also have the pullup bars for you to do chinups,pullups, and hanging leg raises. On the newer ships such as the Dream & Vista class the Fitness Center has low ceilings so they can't accomodate cable weight machines. Also nice that they have a water fountain to stay hydrated during your workouts. I would agree the best tactic regarding meals is going on off times. Have a late lunch(after 1:30) on a seaday and you'll have a better chance of avoiding crowds. I would recommend sitdown breakfasts in the Dining Room if you like a more peaceful and relaxing morning meal-go BEFORE 9am! Having said that they realized that the buffet doesn't have adequate capacity so there are multiple areas you can get made to order eggs: Lucky Bowl,Seafood Shack,The Deli,Cucina. I will differ slightly from a previous poster to say I was happy with our room attendant. Yes, it is now request only for turndown service but we request it and we do get the cabin refreshed;mainly just the bed turndown and new towels. A hint: if you use your in room pool/beach towels and expect fresh ones replaced at evening turndown that's not ALWAYS what happens. So if you want fresh towels in the morning for a port day excursion I would advise you going to the Lido Deck and replacing them yourselves. This has happen to us on several ships and I think it's just the pool towels not ALWAYS being available for the room attendants to exchange at evening turndown and not because the attendants are incompetant. Oh I never mentioned anything about the Playlist Production shows. There are three brand new shows only previously performed on the Horizon( I have seen them multiple times on the Horizon). They are GREAT and I highly recommend them! One thing that continues to annoy me about Carnival cruises in general is their VERY,VERY lax rules on dress at the Lido Buffet. On all Carnival ships one is allowed into the buffet and take food with NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO COVERUPS. I have seen a woman in a string bikini with no shoes and her bum and breasts basically exposed go get food. I have seem guys with no shoes, shirt, and in wet swim trucks, dripping with water, go get food on the buffet line. I think it's pretty pathetic and really shows lack of class, manners and decorum.
  11. Just off the Sunrise. I DID NOT like that ship and would not sail on the Sunrise again. Way, Way too crowded. om the other hand I've sailed the Sunshine twice and loved that ship and would be happy to sail the Sunshine again! The refurbs of the SUN RISE & RADIANCE are NOT THE SAME as what they ahve done on the Sunshine. They have spent less money on decking over unused spaces (Look at the deck plans for the Serenity Spance on Deck 14 - on the Sunrise and Radiance it's less THAN Half than what's on the Sunshine. And that's not even including the Sunshine's Serenity area on Deck 10. They also did not deck over the atrium on Deck 10 over the Buffet area on the Sunrise or Radiance, again creating LESS Space than the Sunshine. And of course the Sunshine they converted the Aft pool to Restaurant and seating space for the Buffet, lessing the crowds there.
  12. Just got off the Sunrise (8 Night Bermuda). We had Cabin #8206, Inside. Agreed there's no drawers. What they did from the former Triumph is substitute a refrigerator where the drawers used to be. There's now 1 drawer on top of the refrigerator but that's where the hair dryer is and it's too small for any thing else. The small little 2 door cabinet is still there, and there's 2 small nightstands. We had three closets but only two have one shelf each. USB ports (2!!!) at the headboard and 2 in the corner of the desk. One American outlet and one European outlet. Bathrooms are all new with 6 shelves- 3 on each side.
  13. You also may not be aware but Carnvial has totally changed their in Room TV offerings. They are now using VOIP as their main TV offerings. The ONLY News stations is CBSN, which is a streaming only news station No CNN, Fox MSNBC, HLN, nothing. The reception is LOUSY and CBSN itself is lousy. Basically the programming is 10 minutes long then there's a break of about 3 mins, then another 10 mins of news then another 3-4 mins break, and the cycle repeats. It's not even necessarly live; the programs are repeated and probably only half of the news on any given hour is live. No other American Major TV Network is broadcasted. There's Travel Channel,TCN, Food Channel, and some other ones like those. This new VOIP service started on the Horizon and it will be everntually rolled out to the entire fleet.
  14. I was on the same sailing and would agree with almost everything posted. Here is sone of my intital thoughts as posted elsewhere. I just disembarked the Sunrise this morning (8 day Bermuda) and while I had a nice time I REALLY, REALLY didn't like this ship and will NOT Sail on that ship again. On the other hand, I have sailed the SUNSHINE twice and loved that ship and would gladly sail on the Sunshine again! They made some interesting compromises with the new refurbishments that negatively affect the cruising experience. Basically they cheaped out on maximizing the space and therefore there's not enough room for the amount of passengers they added in the refurb. Some of the compromises is NOT filling in the atrium space on deck 10 above the buffet and NOT expanding Deck 14 to give a bigger Serenity area. Compare either the Sunrise or Radiance with the Sunshine and you'll see what I'm talking about. The overall flow of the Sunshine makes SO much more sense by concentrating all the new kid amenities toward the back of the boat. Waterslides, ropes course, kids club, teen club-everything for the kids on the Sunshine is in the back of the boat. The amount of deck and pool space allocated to the Serenity Area on the Sunshine is so much better! Also by removing the Aft pool and putting in more seating for food there's less overcrowding in the buffet. Also You have JiJi's which IS NOT on either Sunrise or Radiance. Lucky Bowl is a totally different Asian food concept and actually the OPPOSITE of Mongolian Wok StirFry. Lucky Bowl is all SOUP NOODLES. Each day there's 3 different choices of Asian styles-Chinese, Korean,Thai,Vietnamese; BUT they are all HOT SOUP with noodles and other ingredients and spices (Pork, Chicken,Beef). It's all very tasty but TBH after a morning out on a hot beach the last thing you would want is HOT NOODLE SOUP! It's not open for dinner. The good points is the rooms are all new including the bathrooms;USB ports(2!!!) right at the headboard. The aft pool is a nice place to handout. Guys burgers and Pizza excellent as usual. Good pasta for lunch at Capitanos ( Hint: DON'T order the meat lasagna, it's nothing like it's supposed to be-neither Italian-American nor Italian). Spacious gym. If you're on Your Time Dining-USE THE APP to reserve your table; SO, SO Much easier and no lines! Be prepared for crowds, day and night on Deck5. Of course the ship makes it worse by putting the photographers literally RIGHT in the main walkway paths; not one, not two, but at least 4 photographers right in the walkway paths every night! Buffet is crazy busy. It's obvious that they had to sacrifice food space for seating space but it's way, way too small for the amount of people the ship holds.
  15. I just disembarked the Sunrise this morning (8 day Bermuda) and while I had a nice time I REALLY, REALLY didn't like this ship and will NOT Sail on that ship again. On the other hand, I have sailed the SUNSHINE twice and loved that ship and would gladly sail on the Sunshine again! They made some interesting compromises with the new refurbishments that negatively affect the cruising experience. Basically they cheaped out on maximizing the space and therefore there's not enough room for the amount of passengers they added in the refurb. Some of the compromises is NOT filling in the atrium space on deck 10 above the buffet and NOT expanding Deck 14 to give a bigger Serenity area. Compare either the Sunrise or Radiance with the Sunshine and you'll see what I'm talking about. The overall flow of the Sunshine makes SO much more sense by concentrating all the new kid amenities toward the back of the boat. Waterslides, ropes course, kids club, teen club-everything for the kids on the Sunshine is in the back of the boat. The amount of deck and pool space allocated to the Serenity Area on the Sunshine is so much better! Also by removing the Aft pool and putting in more seating for food there's less overcrowding in the buffet. Also You have JiJi's which IS NOT on either Sunrise or Radiance. Lucky Bowl is a totally different Asian food concept and actually the OPPOSITE of Mongolian Wok StirFry. Lucky Bowl is all SOUP NOODLES. Each day there's 3 different choices of Asian styles-Chinese, Korean,Thai,Vietnamese; BUT they are all HOT SOUP with noodles and other ingredients and spices (Pork, Chicken,Beef). It's all very tasty but TBH after a morning out on a hot beach the last thing you would want is HOT NOODLE SOUP! It's not open for dinner. The good points is the rooms are all new including the bathrooms;USB ports(2!!!) right at the headboard. The aft pool is a nice place to handout. Guys burgers and Pizza excellent as usual. Good pasta for lunch at Capitanos ( Hint: DON'T order the meat lasagna, it's nothing like it's supposed to be-neither Italian-American nor Italian). Spacious gym. If you're on Your Time Dining-USE THE APP to reserve your table; SO, SO Much easier and no lines! Be prepared for crowds, day and night on Deck5. Of course the ship makes it worse by putting the photographers literally RIGHT in the main walkway paths; not one, not two, but at least 4 photographers right in the walkway paths every night!
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