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phillyf
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
748 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We wanted to cruise out of NY for the July 4th weekend and decided to give Carnival another try. This was our 15th cruise, 10 on NCL, 4 Carnival and 1 Celebrity. My wife, brother in law and I wanted some much needed R&R. My wife and I ... Read more
Dave30000
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
I would not cruise on Carnival again. I had purchased Faster to the Fun so I will admit that embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly however, these were the only activities on this cruise that did go smoothly. Prior to disembarking ... Read more
Coolmom1950
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is a great weekend getaway trip, our first on Carnival. Room steward was great! Food okay and entertainment, well entertaining. A few glitches were with dining. We have The Your Time Dining and in order to use this you needed to ... Read more
UsedtoBeKati
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
16 helpful votes
Considerations: • We are a family of three in our 30’s with a 3 year old • We didn’t eat in the MDR • We didn’t go to any of the shows or comedy acts, so I can’t comment on the space or ... Read more
Barb1954
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
20 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Just got off of a 4-day cruise from New York to St. Johns. When I got on the ship (it was my first time on Sunshine) I thought how beautiful it looked and how clean – very understated, but nice. Unfortunately, this was not my ... Read more

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sharahulda
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We saw whales on the way out to sea this cruise, and that should of been an omen. THAR SHE BLOWS, becase this cruise kept on blowing. Well, actually it started before that with our arrival at the teminal when everyone was told, as rhey ... Read more
seek1
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
15 helpful votes
This was not my first cruise, however, it was my first and last with Carnival. The only reason we booked this cruise was because we live in NJ and it sailed from Manhattan. The food in the lido buffet was pathetic. Nothing in the buffet ... Read more
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sshs
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
98 forum posts
7 helpful votes
I would have liked to give it a 3 (average), but of the nearly 40 cruises we've been on, it was definitely in the bottom 10%, For me, the crowded nature of the ship - a result of Carnival adding cabins and reducing the public space when ... Read more
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Long neck 567
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Cruised Carnival in past.always a great experience. This cruise was the worst ever. Staff not friendly, food service awful, dining room waiters didn't even pour our water and were so frazzled forgot stuff. Food either undercooked or ... Read more
narrow56
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
736 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Background information-My husband and I (both 29) have been on several cruises before. This was our first time cruising with our 2 year old daughter. We drove to the cruise terminal in Manhattan from northern NY. It was pretty easy to get ... Read more

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Casino Player
Member Since 2004
11 reviews
3,616 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose this cruise because it was on a ship we haven't been on before and it was going to Canada. Later in the year we are going to the Caribbean. Therefore, we were not interested in going there now. Also, this is our ninth time to ... Read more
NiceBob7
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
12 helpful votes
I been on a couple cruises with Carnival to Canada already. Sunshine is a refurnished smaller ship than the four other Carnival ships I been on.. They added more rooms took away other stuff. But did not realized the dining and Lido Buffet ... Read more
MostlyLegal
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This cruise was chosen for a family reunion; 15 family members set sail out of New York for a short cruise to Canada. The New York sail away was wonderful – past lower Manhattan, the Freedom Tower, Ellis Island and the Statue of ... Read more
Longstockingpippi1
Member Since 2016
1 review
80 forum posts
3 helpful votes
It was the first cruise for my daughter and I. She is 31, severely handicapped and uses a wheelchair outside of the house. I wanted to try a different sort of vacation for us since Disney and Universal (definitely NOT Universal) are too ... Read more
Reesa123
Member Since 2010
1 review
42 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Like others I was a little stressed after reading some of these reviews but have to say my experience was excellent. It was a 4 day cruise to St. John/Canada. I have been to that port several times before so just got off the boat to shop ... Read more

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Blondy-grl
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
First Carnival cruise! We didn't want to fly to go to a port so we drove from VA to NY. I have been on Royal Caribbean cruise ships before so this was a first carnival experience for my husband and I. We were celebrating our 15th wedding ... Read more
Akroncruiser73
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Took my kids and mother. We had two rooms side by side and they were clean and we had plenty of space. Kids loved the animal towels. Food was great and service excellent. Loved Emma and the roaming party. Dinner in the main dining room was ... Read more
TracyLane72
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because my family was going on it and I was looking for something to give my daughter in the way of a vacation after her graduation from high school. The overall experience was very positive, but there were some issues. ... Read more
kwalker1158@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
My friends (three couples in all) and I chose this cruise because it was leaving from our city. Convenience is a good thing. Embarking and disembarking could not have been easier. This is the easiest port I have gone in and out of. We ... Read more
Mimiandpop
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Have cruised on Royal Carribbean, Norwegian and Celebrity for 10+ cruises. This was our first cruise on Carnival and was selected because it left out of Norfolk and did not entail having to fly to a departure city. Embarkation: could ... Read more

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JCI337
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The primary reason we chose this cruise was convenience; we live in the Norfolk, VA area. Though the cruise got off to an auspicious start (the ship came in several hours late due to the Harborfest celebration at Town Point Park), it ... Read more
Afchicana
Member Since 2012
1 review
36 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We chose this cruise as we live within 3.5 drive of the Cruise port and the ship had a many dining venues and bar options as well as the 3 deck serenity pool area. We were cruising to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and left our ... Read more
chvygrl10
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Embarkation is always easy from Charleston. I did hear of some nightmares but if you gt there around 10:30 or 11 you will be fine. Going through customs only took us 15 minutes. We only had to walk straight from the xray to the counter to ... Read more
Andersoncd
Member Since 2005
1 review
46 forum posts
22 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
wwoodham
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 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

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