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534 Carnival Charleston Cruise Reviews

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glynnis_thorpe@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it was the cheapest and I had kids, in laws, parents....basically a large group of people traveling with me. I had been on this ship before and knew it wasn't a luxury cruise. However, I was expecting ... Read more
rtibits
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
This is a very smelly ship. Cigarette smoke was everywhere and they even allowed it in a common area. There is a bar that you must walk by and sit next to for many of the activities and this is a smoking bar. You will reek of smoke all day ... Read more
Rbk123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Let me start out by the few positives 1) excellent and attentive cabin steward, Rigoberto 2) excellent waitstaff: we had anytime dining and the waiters and waitstaff remembered all of our names even when they saw us out ... Read more
littlebeachcomber
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this is my first cruise and I think that might make me a bit more forgiving. My husband and I chose to cruise out of Charleston because it's only an 1 1/2 hour drive from our house. This was to be our ... Read more
Eddie-1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We got an extended balcony cabin on the back of the ship, we were excited to spend a lot of time on the balcony, But! that didn't happen because it was just dead air & hot out there, the way it was designed there is absolutely no ... Read more

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jsfromsc
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
854 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Embarkation: We chose this cruise because we were taking our whole family, kids and grandchildren and would be able to drive to Charleston in under 2 hours. Port of Charleston was very disappointing. It was unorganized. The AC was not ... Read more
Andersoncd
Member Since 2005
1 review
46 forum posts
19 helpful votes
We have sailed on the Sunshine before, but mainly chose this cruise due to the itinerary and the embarkation port in Charleston, very close to home. Speaking of embarkation in Charleston, try your best not to arrive until they tell you to. ... Read more
chvygrl10
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Embarkation went very smoothly as it usually does the 2 times we've left from Charleston. This was the easiest it could have been. We were on the ship by 12:30. The only problem we had was the woman that gave us our sign & sail cards ... Read more
wwoodham
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I booked this cruise last year and after doing so, I read numerous bad reviews of the Carnival Sunshine and how Carnival was cutting back. I went in hoping for the best, but not expecting as much. I also heard that getting on in ... Read more
CharlestonD
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from what we could classify as a 2 star experience cruise remarking that this will probably be our last cruise with Carnival. Which is unfortunate. Our previous experiences on Carnival Fantasy and Legend ... Read more

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lisaharbour45@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Great time on this older ship. We had cabin M3 (porthole) and had plenty of room. Our steward I Kommang was an absolute delight. He went above and beyond making sure that we had everything we needed. Since I bought alcohol for my room, he ... Read more
ReginaKing
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Let me start out by saying I choose the Carnival Ecstasy that sailed out of Charleston S.C on May 29,2016 because of the ports and the convenience of sailing out of my home port. That is the only decent thing I can say about my experience ... Read more
mcrob62@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
21 helpful votes
First off let me say that I was super skeptical after reading all of the negative reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and to my delight I experienced nothing that was said about all the negative reviews. My family and I ported out of ... Read more
bingo3
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
1,220 forum post
9 helpful votes
Just off the Sunshine for a 4 night cruise out of Charleston to Nassau, Bahamas. This cruise was with myself, hubby and our 2 grandchildren, 6 and 8 years old. I chose this one because I have wanted to take the kids while they would still ... Read more
carolina797
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had a great time, I recommend the Sunshine Ship, they have a lot of activities, the services from the crew members are incredible, the room was little, but the staff always kept it clean and neat. The only thing I would add to this trip ... Read more

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Judya2505
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I went on this cruise with a friend, my second cruise (first one on Carnival). We choose this cruise since it went out of Charleston, close to where I live in Myrtle Beach. First off, I was not impressed with the parking situation at the ... Read more
fathead22
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was the first cruise for my husband and myself. The others in our party had been on cruises before. I read lots of books beforehand so that I would know what to expect and I must say I was extremely disappointed in almost ... Read more
jessltappy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Initially the excitement for our cruise was beyond belief, however when arriving to Charleston it dramatically decreased. Everyone was rushed through the embarkation process as if we were in a cattle barn. The customer service during the ... Read more
schoolathome2012
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We would never do this cruise again. We are in our 50's & our kids 23 & 13 yrs old. If you are not interested in drinking, gambling & partying, forget it. There was very little to do with our kids. I should have listened to ... Read more
Nomorecarnivalcruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My cabin was nice. My cabin steward did a great job. After that, the service was at best below average. The dining room and bar service was horrendous. It took us as long as 2 and 1/2 hours to have dinner on 3 different nights. I ... Read more

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lakemurraykid
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
1,828 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
The reason we chose this cruise is because we were invited to join a group of 14 friends and was a college graduation cruise. My DH and I were on the 5/21 sailing along with 14 of our friends. I think all 14 had issues with this ... Read more
galbr46031
Member Since 2004
1 review
18 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Giving this an "average" is generous. It had moments of average and many moments of below. I have to agree with EVERYTHING the person below me said about this cruise. User: Dkeill. In fact we are standing in that line in his ... Read more
Dkeill
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, but since my folks are avid cruisers, we had a good idea of what to expect. This was a journey that went from terrible to mediocre on the best days. We were told to arrive at the port in Charleston at 11:30 AM ... Read more
RNC725
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Check in was a snap, within 15 minutes of entering terminal I was walking on the ship. We were quite early so rooms weren't ready, we headed up to the lunch buffet and after lunch rooms were ready. I was guiding a group of 28, everyone was ... Read more
ggoldsm590
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
33 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our 5 day cruise out of Charleston , SC on the Carnival Ecstasy was so much fun. We had great weather. The ship is a smaller class but was clean and comfortable. Crew was very nice. Food was great. We only had dinner in the main dinning ... Read more

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