Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews

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Zarkcah
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
Our room had a smell from plumbing. The rooms were nicely decorated but we're generally old and needed refreshing. Food was mixed. Some was great and some inedible (prime rib, for example). Wait staff was great but overworked. Coffee was ... Read more
uncleg
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
677 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Its hard to have a bad time while on a cruise. That said I had a good time, but of my 12 cruises this was my least favorite cruise and ship. The ship, to me appeared to be run down and not nearly as clean as other ships I have been on. ... Read more
5starchick
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We normally cruise with Royal Caribbean, but we didn't want to drive to Florida with our toddlers. We've never been to Dominican Republic,so we chose this cruise. We heard negative things about Carnival, but we like to see for ourselves. ... Read more
Tobyti
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it was going out of Charleston, and we would not have to drive a long distance. It's an old, small terminal. The process getting on and off went fast. We visited 3 ports. On 2 of those days, it rained. ... Read more
rosepimj
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our 5th Carnival cruise in the past 6 years and our first from the Port of Charleston. Parking in Charleston was very troubling - mostly from a process perspective. Long lines to check our boarding passes twice before we ... Read more
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Speedricerh
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
First we went on the sunshine because of the convenience (only 6 hours to the port of Charleston SC by car) and also for the ship. With carnival we have gone on two different Fantasy class ships and we wanted something bigger/nicer. As ... Read more
gamecoc430
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We love cruising from the port of Charleston, SC. Only about a two-hour drive for us from home. This was the first time we have cruised on the Sunshine, and boy, were we surprised! What a great ship! We usually take the Ecstasy class ... Read more
cruznjan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,482 forum post
2 helpful votes
My cousin chose this cruise to celebrate her retirement. The service was great, the meals were okay and the crew was very friendly. It was good to be able to drive to a cruise port. Because I have a handicap placard, I was not charged for ... Read more
cherrycokezero
Member Since 2010
1 review
162 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Cruised the Sunshine out of Charleston on 11/6/16 to Nassau & Freeport. Worst embarkation EVER! Will never cruise out of Charleston again. But, despite the embarkation fiasco, it was an enjoyable cruise on the Sunshine. We had an ... Read more
spotsadog
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
We thought of taking a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Baltimore, but doing so costs us a whole day at sea. I would rather take that day in a foreign port than at sea. Being from Tidewater, I truly appreciate the convenience of leaving from ... Read more
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captainmayeye
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
this was the second cruise for my wife and I both being on Carnival. The first was a 5 day cruise last Oct. out of Norfolk Va and the second being this past week on an 8 day cruise also out of Norfolk .Everything on board was exceptional ... Read more
grandmaR
Member Since 2007
16 reviews
787 forum posts
•Background information- This was my 26th cruise - my third with Carnival. I had my 79th birthday on the cruise. I use a mobility scooter because I can't walk far or stand for long. My partner was a younger woman friend. It was ... Read more
D Walton
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
Food was served cold most nights in the dining room. Guys was our savior. Food selection in dining room very limited. The entertainment or lack of, was horrible. The Floor shows are 2nd rate and they no longer have a show band. It's ... Read more
renaibr
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
127 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Hi I chose this cruise because it left from NYC, so no flying and I was off from work for a few days. It was as a belated celebration for my husband 50th birthday and we left our four kids at home .This was my third cruise on carnival. I ... Read more
Optifire
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
2,128 forum posts
5 helpful votes
My husband and I have not sailed Carnival for about 12 years. While doing some research for a group cruise we came upon the Carnival Sunshine out of NYC to Canada for 5 days at an incredible low price. Upon checking the past reviews on ... Read more
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mtsnd1900
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
724 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
My wife and I have been on many cruises, including our three most recent aboard Carnival. We did the Sunshine last year to the Caribbean. For this sailing, we opted for a short, 5 day getaway sailing from NYC and going to ST John and ... Read more
tomyduece
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Okay, where to begin, let me start by saying this was my second cruise and my wife’s 40th so I am seeing some things for the first time. We paid for the FTTF (Faster To The Fun) and I believe it was exactly that for the better part. ... Read more
mftinvermont
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
After a 11-12 year hiatus of cruising we decided to come back after doing the "Disney Thing" with our son this January with Royal Caribbean. We had such a fantastic Royal Caribbean cruise we decided to take another in October, ... Read more
A&Jfamily
Member Since 2007
1 review
3,009 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This was a Anniversary get-away (also combining our birthdays) as well as a first time cruise with dear friends. We love the Sunshine, and especially the Alchemy bar and all the food options from JiJis to Sushi to Steakhouse. We have ... Read more
diffchic
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary. From the minute we arrive I felt like a superstar. I was pleased with everything Free meal at Jiji. They treated us so well. Every time I left my cabin and came back it was ... Read more
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johnandtomnyc
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Carnival offers a great trip at a reasonable cost and delivers. The Sunshine is excellent and renovated. My partner and I are Platinum with this cruise line so we are always treated well. No wait to board and a lovely welcome at NYC ... Read more
Fredwina
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The Carnival Sunshine was a very pleasant surprise to a jaded cruiser like myself. I have cruised Carnival before and have been very disappointed, but the Sunshine has inspired me to give the line a closer look! The public spaces, the ... Read more
Sugarbones77
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
Went on this Carnival Canadian Cruise because we couldnt afford the Alaskan cruise lol!-Anyway had a great time-We cruised October 8-13; I went with my husband. 2 adult tickets including prepaid gratuities and port fees came to $1200 ... Read more
davch
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Fun is the Fun Cruise Line. It's been many years since I've sailed on a Carnival Fun Ship. I've cruised a few times on other lines and established a family during the interim. This time I sailed with DW, 10 year old DD, and 1.5 year old ... Read more
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Sugarbones77
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Hubby and I just came back from this Carnival cruise from NY to Halifax and St Johns bay Canada. We always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise , but too pricey, so we did the next best thing--Canada! We had a great time--the interior state ... Read more
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