26 Carnival Sunshine Bermuda Cruise Reviews

I choose Carnival Sunshine because we were able to depart from Charleston, SC. where I live! It was my first cruise and loved it! We cruised to Bermuda and Princess Cays from September 28-October 5th! Everyone was so nice and friendly! Our ... Read More
I choose Carnival Sunshine because we were able to depart from Charleston, SC. where I live! It was my first cruise and loved it! We cruised to Bermuda and Princess Cays from September 28-October 5th! Everyone was so nice and friendly! Our Steward LD (for short) kept us comfortable the whole time! Robert from Romania (Head Server) was awesome! One can tell he thoroughly enjoyed his job! He kept us entertained and was on the ball with his service! I would rate his service an 11!!!! The shows, food, Lido Deck, music, service, people and everything was wonderful! We also enjoyed the buffet.the ice cream and pizza! The the crew was friendly and accommodated us with all our needs. Shopping on the ship was awesome, I found some good deals for myself and family. I will do it all over again very soon!! Thank you very much Carnival Sunshine!! See you soon! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife's birthday was on the 12 of September. Bermuda was her first choice and Charleston was an easy commute from our home in NC. It was to be my birthday present to her. Once on board we were met by the "happiest and ... Read More
My wife's birthday was on the 12 of September. Bermuda was her first choice and Charleston was an easy commute from our home in NC. It was to be my birthday present to her. Once on board we were met by the "happiest and friendliest" crew compared to all our previous 13 plus cruises. While the Sunshine did show some "bumps and bruises" showing her age; the crew definitely made up for it. We all thought their most positive attitude stemmed from the top: Captain Lorenzo. To quote a familiar military phrase, " he leads from the front." His pleasing personality was always on display. Most significantly to this writer was the effort he and "Freddie," the head of Guest Services went to on my wife special day : having her picture taken with the Captain, Champagne at the dining table, special birthday cake, singing Happy Birthday by the Matte D's and personal appearance by the Captain and Freddie to wish her a Happy Birthday. My wife's reaction is hard to put into words but she did say at the time, "this will be remembered as the most special birthday and one I will remember the rest of my life." I think besides my wife's misty reaction - all in attendence also got a little moist around the eyes. The rest of the cruise was a very happy experience with the ever present greeting from every crew person, "Good morning or Day" with those broad smiles. To sum up this review, "we just finished a cruise with the happiest crew in the Carnival fleet." Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because it was our anniversary and it was going to Bermuda. We have been to Bermuda twice before and loved it. We had friends going with us who had never been there. We were supposed to go to Princess Cay first then ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was our anniversary and it was going to Bermuda. We have been to Bermuda twice before and loved it. We had friends going with us who had never been there. We were supposed to go to Princess Cay first then Bermuda. We were supposed to spend a day and a half in Bermuda. Because Princess Cay sustained damage due to the hurricane, we were sent to Nassau. For some reason it too longer to get to Bermuda from Nassau than it would have from Princess Cay. Our time in Bermuda was cut short by a third. We didn't arrive in Bermuda till after noon and by the time we docked and approved by customs, it was well after one oclock before we could go ashore. We took the ferry to Hamilton arrived about 3:30. We wanted to take a bus to St. George, which would take about 45 minutes. The last ferry from St. George to the Dock Yard was 4:30pm. Most of the shops and sites close about 5:30/6:00pm. The next day we had to be back on the ship by 11:30am. Not time to really see the island. Very disappointed about the change in schedule and no reimbursement from Carnival. Princess Cay is in the Bahamas as is Nassau and according to the map a little lower. I don't understand why it took longer to get from Nassau to Bermuda than it would have from Princess Cay to Bermuda. Our friends were also extremely disappointed. The entertainment on the ship was great and the ship had the best cruise director we've ever had a cruise. I must say the food was so much better than what we had on the Esctacy in June. Desserts were wonderful, Wait staff very friendly and called us by name. Cabin was fine, plenty of closet space, Carnival is not very stringent on hand washing as other ships such as Norwegian. The buffet dining room needs some reconfiguration. The hanging lights don't line up with the tables. A lot of people bumping their heads including us. I gave the overall rating a poor because the main reason we went on this cruise was to go with our friends to see Bermuda. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise ever so we choose a 7day to Nassau Bahamas and a overnight in Bermuda. I only saw my 16y old at breakfast and Dinner plus the 2 shore excursions he made a bunch of friends his age doing their entertainment and ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever so we choose a 7day to Nassau Bahamas and a overnight in Bermuda. I only saw my 16y old at breakfast and Dinner plus the 2 shore excursions he made a bunch of friends his age doing their entertainment and activities all over the ship ( I highly recommend taking the "Restless Native Catamaran " shore excursions in Bermuda) I have to give a Shout Out to these's people they made our experience very memorable " James, Thai , Andy, Adam, Christian, with the games like Clue, Guess Who, trivia's ect and we must not forget the Comedians " Cowboy, Kim Harris, Al Cats " . Our first dinner was at the Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse , the rest of the Dinners we eat a the" Sunrise Dinner " we got so spoiled , Henry & ----- table number 517 knew our names and had our drinks , they worked so hard for us I have to say "Thank You " I give them a 10 out of 10 thumbs up.. We did not want to leave the Sunshine ship it only felt like 3 days next time I'll be taking 10 to 14 days ... Definitely will go again !! The only thing that need to be more smoother is when we got to the port in Bermuda getting Off the ship was so crowded everyone wanted off at the same time , we had an excursion at a certain time but for some reason you let the people who did NOT have excursions go at the same time I thought the Excursions had priority off the ship first ? Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a difficult deck plan.Cabin was very nice I had a balcony 7249. Dining was very good except they did not follow my request that I had book from May 2017 for a table for two only.After talking very firmly with them this was resoled, We also dined at the Fahrenheit Steak house, the manager had very poor customer service skills, she however apologize for not greeting us. Entertainment and Activities was very good.Overall service was GREAT!!. Ports and Shore excursions was great I did the Island tour of Bermuda and it was wonderful.I also meet some wonderful people on board in including staff and cruisers,Overall this was a wonderful cruise and I would do this again. Capt. Greene Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but ... Read More
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but not a mega ship. Large enough to not feel crowded. She had a major refit in 2012 changing from the Destiny to the Sunshine. My wife and I found her layout different than other ships and a little awkward at first to navigate. As always, our cabin steward was excellent and attentive. It is a personal opinion that industry wide, I have noticed a slight downward trend in food quality on the various lines. We make a point to dress and eat in the dining room for supper and for most breakfasts. The menu offerings were varied with some new items, but many of the familiar items and favorites seemed to be missing. Also portion sizes have shrunk a little. Not really a huge deal due to the fact that you can order pretty much all you want. We also make a point to try the Specialty options at least once a cruise. Some high points from The sunshine are the Havana Bar and its tastes of Cuba (gratis) and JiJis (15$ per person). JiJis is an inspired asian dining experience that was so SO worth it. Also I highly recommend trying the Chef's Table experience. It is worth every penny from start to finish. Just come hungry. Entertainment was on par with cruising. The stage shows were good but not wowing, although we had a master magician amaze us. This cruise had some of the best comedians we have seen and with fresh material. There was plenty to do on ship as usual. One really nice feature on the Sunshine is a 3 deck Serenity area at the fore of the ship. The service aboard was fantastic as usual. Our ports of call were Bermuda and grand Turk. Bermuda was beautiful. We, as a rule, do not book excursions, but rather "freestyle" and venture forth on our own. I took my time and did some research on Bermuda before our cruise and found some great travel options. The public transportation passes cover both ferry and bus. We spent some wonderful time travelling around and across the island, catching many sights and activities for less than the cost of one ship excursion. I highly recommend going to the Fantasy and Crystal caves, and a visit to St. George. Grand Turk is small and very flat. There are some neat sights there and some great shopping. Our whole goal was to sit beside the pretty blue water and do some snorkeling. We even managed to swim with an octopus for a while. There was plenty of beach sitting with free lounge chairs and clamshell shelters. Never did it feel crowded. And found an amazing little snack shack, The Beached Whale. I would definitely recommend this trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for ... Read More
We are frequent cruisers and have cruised primarily with Carnival. Carnival only offered one cruise to Bermuda so we thought it would be a great opportunity to visit. Embarkation Carnival implemented a boarding time selection for check in. We chose 12:30pm as our check in time and when we arrived, there was confusion and chaos. The 12:30pm check in was meaningless and the staff didn't know where to direct us. It took us nearly 21/2 hours to get boarded. Ship We have sailed on the Carnival Sunshine before in 2013 for our European Cruise. The ship had issues then. While on board in 2013, there were several nights where we heard a loud banging noise below our floor (Deck 2). It sounded like someone left a large metal door open or something was not secured and was banging with the rolling of the ship. When we reported it, the crew came to our room but could not identify the origin of the noise. We heard the same sound again this time. In addition, we noticed that the ship was in need of general overall repair. The window in our stateroom was rusty all around the frame and had rusty water (condensation?) leaking from the frame, the shower clogged 3x and water seeped out of the drain next to the toilet, and we had the smell of sewage in our room through most of the trip. Base boards or molding was missing or rotted around the columns near Senor Frogs eatery, and there was quite a bit of rust on various parts of the ship. For us, the icing on the cake was the need to post a cleaning person 24/7 at the entrance to the casino because something (brown sewage?) kept seeping through the tile floor. Dining The food was good overall but the evening buffet left something to be desired. We decided to skip eating in the dining room and ate at the buffet the night we left port (see itinerary change below) . The food was dry and tasteless and not up to Carnival's normally higher standards. Itinerary Probably the strangest thing of all was the itinerary change. A week prior to departure, we received an email stating that the itinerary had changed. From: Bermuda - Mon - Arrive 1pm, Wed - Depart 5pm To: Bermuda - Mon: Arrive 1PM, Bermuda - Tue: Depart 5pm (spend the night at sea) Bermuda - Wed: Arrive 8:45AM - Depart: 5:45PM. We asked both the crew and the people of Bermuda why the change and the crew said it was a business decision (?) and the people of Bermuda said they had no idea why Carnival did that. Weather WAS NOT a factor. Consequently we had to go through customs again on Wed morning which delayed our debarkation from the ship and caused us to miss the ferry to another part of the island. Summary Overall we enjoyed the cruise and Bermuda but wished that Carnival would have addressed the areas we mentioned, especially the itinerary change. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden ... Read More
My husband and I enjoyed our Carnival Sunshine cruise to Bermuda... The Sunshine reminded me of an older mini Vista. Some rust here and there but otherwise clean and still in great shape featuring all of the 2.0 upgrades and cute wooden doors. Shows were entertaining and the food on the ship was great and consistent! We decided this cruise to eat in the MDR every night however did enjoy the lunch options at both JiJis and Cucina del Capitano. We purchased the Cruising the Vineyards package and found it an excellent value for five bottle of wines or champagnes to enjoy with our dinners, they would recork and store in the cellar for us when needed and then back the following night to the table. In the dining room they acknowledged we were celebrating my birthday and our belated anniversary by singing to us and bringing small cakes...nice touch! We had Emma Nixon as our cruise director and she was excellent, we loved her...she was fun and her and the entertainment team kept everything running smooth all week! There was always something to do, too much at times! Epic Rock and the Lipsync battle were our overall favourites fo the week. Our room steward was absolutely wonderful, as was our waitstaff team, they were all so friendly and we never had to ask or want for anything! We did the behind the fun tour and really enjoyed seeing and learning all about how the ship and crew functions and of course meeting and having photos taken with the captain. The embark and disembark process was slow and we had priority...only real downside to leaving from Manhattan port. The port: Bermuda was absolutely beautiful, so much to see. We did not do any Carnival excursions this cruise instead the first day we took the ferry to Hamilton and walked to the cathedral, parks, restaurants and shopped for awhile. The second day in port we hired a blue flag taxi driver who came highly recommended and saw almost the entire island in just over six hours. The third day we took the shuttle to Warwick Long bay and walked the path to Horseshoe bay beach stopping for photos and swimming along the way. Everyone on the island was so friendly, it was breathtakingly beautiful...we can’t wait to return again someday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read ... Read More
So, I review a lot... I like to be fair, and as someone who has taken quite a few cruises, I feel like I can be fair and give an honest review. I am giving it a "3" as a generous gesture... I battled between a 2 and a 3. Read on... you decide: So, lets first start with the GOOD: I love the cruise director and her staff. Emma has a great deal of energy; she personifies a "fun ship". She is supported by Jax (as fun and energetic as Emma) and Deonne (don't ask if he is related to Eddie Murphy..he is not), and Tai. They all add to the fun that Carnival works on creating. As a seasoned cruiser, we had been on Carnival years ago, but still left it as a last resort cruise. After we went on The Magic however, it turned out attitude around and we have been on a couple more since. We found that we like Carnival better because they keep it youthful. Just because we are over 50 doesn't mean we do not like current music and activities. Carnival seems to be more likely to have a smattering of current music thrown in with their oldies... other cruise lines seem to have missed this. The other good things... I will always give props for having them adding in the 2.0 restaurants (Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana), a self-serve soft serve machine available 24/7, and hot chocolate machine right next to the coffee.... these are all little food things that make the trip so nice. We went to JiJi's Asian Specialty restaurant -- it was so good we went back the next night. It's the best $15 you can spend anywhere on board. Breakfast is awesome at Blue Iguana, lunch at Guys Burger, pizza or the Italian Cantina. ALWAYS get the Chocolate Melting Cake for dinner... no need to look elsewhere. These are things Carnival excels at. So on to the AVERAGE. Not good, not bad... just annoyingly expected -- the shows, the Lido, the pools. Shows: always 4 guys, 4 girls, usually with a costume extravaganza tripping through the 60's. 70's. 80's, etc... its all fine just as we expected. Very few things new and special. We usually do not feel worried if we miss a few... we know essentially how they are going to be. In the Rock show they did have a nice video screen display that kicked it up a notch. Other than that, you can go pretty see this on any ship. The Lido -- the food has the same fare, nothing that makes you feel upscale or special, but it feeds 3000 people several times a day... so meh.... We actually opted to stay away from the Lido Marketplace, and except for a drink or dessert, we ate elsewhere. The Pools -- there are only 2 -- one quite small at the base of the waterfall on the Serenity Deck (over 18yr) and the main pool - the Beach Pool which is slightly bigger, but always overrun by screaming kids. They need 1-2 more pools to even out the pool-to-sunbather ratio... the waterfall pool was pretty cold as well, so needless to say, there were not that many passengers in pools, just hot tubs. As expected, the beds in the cabins are flat and old (except the little mountainous ridge where they push them together) and the water didn't drain in the shower. Since I find this on almost every cruise, I chalked that up to average. Ok, so here is the BAD and the "What were you thinking?" Carnival section -- these are the things that has caused us to reconsider taking Carnival again: 1) Dirty windows. Sorry, it sounds minute, but everywhere you wanted to look out of the windows, all you saw was dirty filthy. If just once they tried to clean them, before, during, after the cruise, I would have chalked it up to bad weather, whatever. This also was the same on the last Carnival we were on, and I realize, this is a cost cutting measure, that makes the entire ship look filthy dirty. I would not have noticed anything else being dirty had I been able to look out of our departure and seen the Statue of Liberty, or the turquoise waters of Bermuda, or anything not covered by filthy dirty windows. To even take a photo, you have to stand on a chair and lift your camera over the top of the windows... in the dining room etc, you are just out of luck... bleckh. 2) Just as we reach our room, our room steward approaches us, and says "when would you like your room clean, in the morning or evening?" We were totally taken aback as one of the big things people always talk about while cruising is that their room is magically clean every time they enter. We hesitantly chose morning and then he had us sign a paper saying we aggreed to that. I felt like I was just cheated by an insurance company. It was weird and left us with a bad taste for Carnival's cost cutting measures and our cabin steward. 3) The itinerary. We were supposed to reach Bermuda at 1pm on Monday, and not leave until 5:45 on Wednesday. Just before the cruise left, we received notice that due to "operational considerations", they were arriving Monday, leaving on Tuesday evening, and coming back to port Wednesday morning and leaving again on Wednesday night. They whole reason we took this itinerary was the appeal of not having to get back to the ship. All other cruises give you a short visit and then you spend the rest of the time getting back to the ship before it leaves. This itinerary was so appealing. We had already been invited to a barbecue dinner with friends of friends, and so we ended up getting a room and staying in Bermuda rather than having to hurry back. It was inconvenient to say the least. Not one crew member could answer the question with any reasonable answer as to what they were doing with the ship, and why they could not do it at a different time. 4) the Thermal Suite at the SPA -- we booked a spa deck cabin and paid a premium for this (they are about $400 more than the other cabins). This gives us unlimited access to the thermal suite, which we had on the Magic about 2 years ago... we were excited to be back and enjoy this... again, another main reason for booking this itinerary on this ship. When we got there, they said that it was being repaired and that it would be open Sunday morning, then Sunday afternoon... then, Monday morning I was so frustrated because it finally opened right before we got to Bermuda. Now that we were in port it was relatively useless as well since our touring time was needing to be condensed. After the Thermal Suite opened, only about half of the lounge chairs heated up, the steam/rain showers didn't work at all, the Laconium was cold rather than warm and the Eucalyptus steam room had no scent. The regular steam room worked great if that helps at all.... The spa was a useless mess. Everyone who either paid for the thermal suite or a spa cabin should have received a refund. Overall maintenance was lacking -- they lost water pressure on the last morning we were there and toilets would not flush (ew) and coffee makers etc were struggling. Overall, everything just feels old and tired and like they are putting band-aids on everything until they go to drydock. I would guess they have a lot of crew turnover as everyone just looks at us with a sad grin and a "sorry..." look on their faces. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the location, destination as well as the ship.It was perfect for us. It has a lot to offer like the water works area,sport deck was excellent. My grand children 10,11,12 fully enjoyed the rope course , the water racing slides,pool table, foose ball, chess , bean bag toss and mini golf. The pool itself is small but very nice and refreshing. Ship looks beautiful and clean. All the staff was very friendly. We used the public restrooms a lot as we were out of our cabin most of the day and they were all clean .It was nice to see top management out and about often, not only to observe that all is running well but to stop and visit with families making them feel welcomed. It was a true delight to my grand children to play a game of foose ball and chat with the Hotel Director , Niksa P. I have been on many cruises where you may get a hello greeting from upper staff and that is it as they are very busy understandably. A fantastic Cruise , food was great in buffet as well as dining rooms. We fully enjoyed both. Dining room staff at our table was spot on perfect. The kids did go to the kids club a few times and really liked it but we stayed busy with activities and shore excursions that the kids didn't go everyday. .We had room service one morning and they were very prompt and enjoyable. We did the Dolphin Play Excursion, pricey but they did a great job with the kids. You can take photos of your family but you are not up close to capture alot as your family is in the water with dolphins so about 50/50 were ok pics so we did buy from the company as well...pricey too but worth it. Wonderful Memories. We also did the Crystal Caves and Aquarium tour with zoo. Caves were Awesome Aquarium and zoo very small and so so. We stopped at a light house for the kids to climb as well. We had a fantastic beach day at Horseshoe Bay. So pretty there, yes lots of people but restrooms and place to eat and drink and a life guard on duty. We took the bus at 7.00 a person each way. The bus area is right off the ship .. easy ... We got our moneys worth for our family and have made memories for our 3 grand kids forever Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We choose this cruise because some dear friends of ours were renewing their vows for their 25th anniversary. This was the worse Carnival experience ever! The shower curtain was too short and water flooded the bathroom floor every time we ... Read More
We choose this cruise because some dear friends of ours were renewing their vows for their 25th anniversary. This was the worse Carnival experience ever! The shower curtain was too short and water flooded the bathroom floor every time we showered. Consequently, we had to request extra towels to place on the floor to absorb the water. We pre-ordered a case of water and did not receive it until the night of the second sail day after calling to complain 3 times and once again at Guest Services. The cabin steward did not make any animal shaped towels until I approached him and REQUESTED one. (Day 3). I realized a bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau De Toilette was missing from my cabin the morning of debarkment. Because we were exiting the vessel, I did not contact security, but called Carnival to express my concern. I was told by the representative that "Carnival is not responsible for any lost or missing items as per their contract." I asked the representative if that meant that any Carnival employee could enter a cabin and remove items with no recourse. She replied, " We certainly will investigate the allegations; however, Carnival is not responsible for any missing or lost items as per our contract." I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH CARNIVAL SUNSHINE! We will be using another cruise line for our upcoming family reunion. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the ... Read More
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the reviews on this site, I thought we would be just fine because we had realistic expectations of the cruise. Unfortunately, this cruise did not meet my expectations. The Good: I was very pleased with our housekeeper. He kept our room clean, was quick to clean it, knew our names, was friendly, was thoughtful and all that I could ask for in a housekeeper. He was the best service we received on our cruise. The room itself was also very nice and larger then I am used to on a cruise. We booked an oceanview room and the size was far better then are our last cruise where we had an interior room. I loved that this room had lots of drawers to put things, my luggage fit under the bed, and there was an end table on both sides of the bed. I loved Bermuda. It was awesome and a great port to stop at. I also really enjoyed sailing out of NY and enjoyed the view leaving NY. The Carnival Hub app is awesome and well worth the $5 to communicate with other people traveling with you on the boat. The Bad: Now, Carnival is known for being an affordable cruiseline. That being said, I did not think our trip was cheap, so I did have certain expectations. We did pay $1000 per person when all was said and done with the room, gratuities, and drink package for only 4 days so this was not a steal in price by any means. Most service on the boat was very slow, especially the drinks. When we finally did get drinks, they were sometimes wrong. I was disappointed by the lack of variety in the shows. When I traveled with Norwegian I was blown away by the entertainment. With this cruise, the only entertainment seemed to be comedy shows. I get that for one night, but I wasn't impressed that this was the entertainment on all four nights.There were a few other things going on like a game show etc, but now shows like acrobats or magicians or anything like I had seen with Norwegian. As I mentioned I got the drink package and I completely understand why you can't order two alcohol drinks at the same time. What I don't understand is why I couldn't order non alcoholic drinks with an alcoholic drinks. So I couldn't order a bottle of water and milkshake at the same time or a margarita and a bottled water at the same time for example. And because service was slow, this became frustrating to wait in line and then not be able to get two things at once. It made me really question why I got the drink package because I felt like I ended up wasting so much time in line, whereas people who were buying as they went could purchase two things at one time. We purchased the internet package and shouldn't have. It was so slow you could barely use it. I did talk to Carnival and they refunded my money on that, which I appreciated. Cleanliness really surprised me. Although I didn't necessarily feel like things were dirty, I felt there was not enough emphasis on it. I didn't see people sanitizing and cleaning the way I did when I took a trip with Norwegian. Noise. This trip was filled with kids in the hot tubs and running around. I generally am not a person who cares about this, but I do think it's worth noting as it would bother other people. The only time it upset me was when people were being rude in the middle of the night screaming or drunkenly yelling in the hallways. The So-So: The food was not bad, but it was not great either. There were plenty of options for me and one night I did have a really awesome prime rib, but overall I would say pretty average and what I expected from a cruiseline. This met my expectations because I had realistic expectations of the food. You're not going to get an unforgettable meal, but definitely lots of options and you won't go hungry by any means. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
we have been on many carnival crusies in the past and enjoyed with little problems. this on started with problems once on the ship. The app almost never worked, and need the app for almost everything to keep track of spending to ... Read More
we have been on many carnival crusies in the past and enjoyed with little problems. this on started with problems once on the ship. The app almost never worked, and need the app for almost everything to keep track of spending to entertainment Without the app it was hard to know what activities and pools were included in price., request from housekeeping took forever. Getting off ship they ruined my luggage. The food was hit or miss.Some nights at dinner the food was good other times too overcooked. The shore excursion to bermuda which was the aquiriam and snorkle was disapointing. not the best snorkling place or zoo.There was always a line at coustomer service due to everyone having so many problems The muster drill did not make anyone feel safe. The areas were so badly packed with people you could not even get to your assigned sation.. An up note,the entertainment was great and engaging. Good job Emma and entertainment staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My family and I are Gold members as we have taken many cruises on Carnival. This cruise along with myself was my husband, son 18 and daughter 10. In the past we have only taken a couple of Royal Caribbean cruises as we were very satisfied ... Read More
My family and I are Gold members as we have taken many cruises on Carnival. This cruise along with myself was my husband, son 18 and daughter 10. In the past we have only taken a couple of Royal Caribbean cruises as we were very satisfied and happy with the switch to Carnival many years ago. However, after this cruise, we will be giving Royal Caribbean another shot. I will break down my review in sections. Cabin: We had an ocean view cabin #1476 and it was horrendous! From the day of embarkation when we entered the cabin it had the worst and most nauseating smell of mildew, sewage and "feet." LOL! I spoke with the guest in the cabin next to ours going aft and they complained of the same thing. I also heard a lady staying a few cabins down on our side complaining to the cabin steward of the same problem. We brought this to our cabin steward's attention right away but he didn't do anything until the 3rd night when we complained to guest services. That evening when we stopped by the cabin after dinner they had a "blower" that is used to dry floors and coffee beans to mask the odor. However the smell returned the very next day. Also the carpet had a huge stain that was wet near the vanity seat in front of the mirror the whole time. Also, the bathroom showed mold specifically in the sink and around the sink area. The cabin never had a "clean" feel to it. Our first day when checking in we discovered dirty pillow cases and a stain on the sheet that appeared to be blood. Also, my son broke out with a rash on both of his arms and my right arm broke out in little bumps. At that point I was freaking out and went to guest services again where they were adamant that it was not bed bugs and stated that we may have been allergic to the detergent they used. To be fair, we never seen any bugs in the cabin but since being off of the ship for a week, both my son and my arms have cleared up. Very strange but goes back to the cabin not being very clean. Our cabin steward, though very nice was not efficient at all. One morning he knocked once and barged into our cabin while we had the "snoozing" sign up and while we were in the process of getting dressed. We never received the robes we requested. In the past they were already in the closet upon check in. I also noticed there were not toiletries in the bathroom like in the past. Also, we received a letter and complimentary bottles of water for being gold members which stated we would also receive our gold pins (as we normally do) on every cruise including this one but we never received them. Usually on a cruise we like to go have breakfast while the cabin steward services the room then come back take a little rest and then go take part in the activities for the day, return in the late afternoon for a little nap then shower again and get ready for dinner and the nightly entertainment. However, in this cabin we couldn't feel totally comfortable because of all the issues. Plus I kept worrying about the possibility of bed bugs. Ship: The Sunshine was formally the Destiny which was a very old ship. The refurbishment in my mind was a hit and miss. All of the public areas are gorgeous and I like that the ship didn't have that gaudy décor. However, certain areas certainly had the look and feel of an older ship like the outside decks on decks 3 and 5 and the cabin which had peeling paint on the bunk beds and the bathroom area. Also, while the Sunrise dining room is beautiful and grand, our assigned dining room the Sunset was seriously lacking any ambiance. Service: As stated our cabin steward was very nice, but not too efficient. The dining room staff was mixed. Our head waiter wasn't the most personable and he didn't remember simple requests/likes for each night. For example, we liked lemonade with dinner and each night we had to request it. Plus we were a party of 4, and he would bring lemonade for 2 or 3 and we'd have to request it for all of us. To me that's just common sense. However, as the week went on he got a little better. The two assistant waiters were very nice and very efficient. The staff on the lido deck were great as when we would be seated at a table for breakfast or lunch they would come by with the drink cart to give us juice, water, lemonade and ice tea. That was a nice touch and I really appreciated that. The guys at Red Frog Rum bar on the lido deck were great and they made the best drinks out of all the bars on the ship. Some of the bartenders in other parts of the ship were not the friendliest but were efficient. The staff at guest services and Camp Carnival were great. Food: This is a biggie for me. When I go on vacation I like to indulge in good food, and the fact that I get a few days where I don't have to cook is great. We have always loved the food on Carnival. However, I have to agree with recent reviews in which other travelers stated the quality has gone down. It definitely has-especially for dinners in the dining room. We usually like the chilled soups for our appetizers. However, the soups were room temperature and when they poured the chilled strawberry and mango soups onto our bowls they had a nasty foam on them which means they had sat out too long-thus those soups being room temperature instead of being cold, key word on the menu is "chilled." The prime rib was served on two different nights-lack of variety and the taste and quality was not there. The choices for the entrees were not good. They had things like "baked ziti with peas and ham" what in the world?? Lobster and filet mignon were not offered, UNLESS you wanted to pay an upcharge. One night crème brulee was on the menu which we normally enjoy on Carnival. However, this time it was bad, the custard part had curds on it and it was all of this wet syrup-just bad execution on a fine dessert. Speaking of desserts, there weren't many good choices at all. The exceptions were a banana and white chocolate bread pudding on the last night that was delicious. And of course the warm chocolate melting cake is always a hit. The food on the lido deck was decent. I tried the Asian stir fry spot for lunch one day but it was way too salty. I also tried the Italian spot one day for lunch and it was good. Guy's burgers were good as always, but you have to go at a busy time-as strange as that sounds, so you're getting a fresh burger and not one they already cooked and is sitting there. I did not try Blue Cantina. Also, the desserts on the lido deck were not good with the exception of caramel cheesecake-that was delicious! Breakfast, we ate some mornings in the dining room which were good. I especially liked the banana bread and banana cream pie. The pancakes weren't good-cold, grits didn't taste that good as they were kind of watery. But for the most part the food and service was good. Breakfast on the lido was very good and the choices were very good. While the food wasn't terrible, we were definitely disappointed in how the quality has gone down especially at dinner time. Port of Call: We only had one port, King's Wharf, Bermuda. Bermuda was absolutely beautiful!! I would actually like to go there for a land vacation. But it was HOT!! Also, this was not our favorite port due to how the lay out was (I'll explain) and that was the sentiment among the people we met through out the week. Strike one, upon getting off the ship there was a crazy long line of passengers from Carnival and from Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. We wanted to get a private cab or one of the little buses like in other ports to take us around to see the island. Usually in other ports as soon as you disembark there are a ton of cabs/tour drivers hounding you to go with them for a tour, that costs much less than Carnival's excursions. I guess the majority of passengers had the same idea. The only problem is we could not catch any taxis and there was no one out offering their services. Therefore, EVERYONE got into this long line to catch the little bus/van style vehicles to Horseshoe Bay beach in which they charged $7 per person. Upon arrival at the beach it was hot and there were lines for the bar, the lunch shack and to rent umbrellas and lounge chairs. It was $45 for one umbrella and 2 chairs. The water was absolutely beautiful and the kids had a great time. For someone like me who is not a beach person it wasn't as fun. We had decided prior to arriving in port that we would do a tour of the island, then be dropped off at the beach so that the kids could have beach time. After either take the ferry or the bus back to the port area and check out the shops. However, between the line to catch the bus/van vehicle to the beach and the horrendous line to catch the transportation from the beach it was not feasible as Those lines killed so much time. Then there was a crazy line at the port to board the ship. I've never seen a line longer than a few folks at a time, this line was as long as a New City block. I have never experience anything like this at any other port. Several folks in the crowd thought this was a plan by Carnival and the tourism department of Bermuda to make money together by discouraging travelers from taking private tours outside of the cruise line's over priced excursions. I just felt that although Bermuda was beautiful we did not get to enjoy it as much as we had hoped. Faster to Fun: Totally worth it!! Embarkation and debarkation was a breeze and it really helped when we had to go to guest services. Thank you for reading my very long review! Safe travels! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Cruised with a group of 6 friends/family. Because I consider Carnival cheap and cheerful, I had realistic expectations. There's lots of fun to be had, plenty of activities (good cruise director and staff), and while the ship does ... Read More
Cruised with a group of 6 friends/family. Because I consider Carnival cheap and cheerful, I had realistic expectations. There's lots of fun to be had, plenty of activities (good cruise director and staff), and while the ship does hold more people than it probably should, it is a big ship, so one can find peace if you know where to look. We did not dine in the MDR but booked specialty dining every night. Jiji was the absolute winner. In addition to Carnival, I've cruised on RCI, NCL, Cunard and Windstar, and Jiji is the best food I've had at sea. The steakhouse was very good; the Italian restaurant very good as well. We dined at Jiji twice -- just amazing. Do not miss it. Many reviewers remark on the crowds, but if you do your homework you'll know how to avoid them. One of the best tips I learned from other reviews was taking your tray from the Marketplace and walking to the back through the Havana Bar. Plenty of seating, plus beautiful views. Re breakfast -- you can bypass the Marketplace all together, go straight to the Havana Bar, and you'll find the omelette station as well as beverages. The Marketplace food was fine -- simple and good, and healthy choices as well. Get the Carnival HUB app -- it's free and very informative, particularly regarding places to eat -- it tells you every place serving food / drinks at any given time. The only time the lines were a bit much was when everyone returned from port (Bermuda). The lines at Guy's and the pizza place were really long. I went to my cabin, ordered room service, and had a peaceful lunch. Remember, there are lots of smaller places to eat -- check the HUB app. We went off on our own in Bermuda and had a beautiful day. Great gym, wonderful spa. My friends bought the day pass for the spa and loved every minute. The casino is a riot of fun, as it should be. Live bands, nightclubs all good. One plus was good placement of the teen / kids areas -- far from where the adults were. Barely saw them, bless their hearts. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing ... Read More
Everything was nice about this cruise except the comedy shows. They only had a PG show the first day. Everyday after that they were all R or X rated. 4 times a day, even at 7:15. We are not prudes, but we don't like hearing the F word a 100 times, and distasteful material. What happened to the funny shows? The main shows were good, Also we played some trivia games which were fun. There were many choices of food everywhere. Had your time dining, and getting a ticket on deck 5 was a snap. Also let us have a booth for just the 2 of us. Going to Bermuda was so much better than the short cruises that have gone up to Canada in the past. We stopped going on the short ones because we couldn't take Canada anymore. Tired of being chilly. So except for the complaint about the comedy, we enjoyed this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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
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 obvious they are cutting corners and staff is limited. No nightlife except for the casino. The staff where all very friendly. They all really work hard to be helpful. The bars where under staffed and getting a drink was a challenge. The food has always been good on all of the previous cruises and I'm not a picky eater, most of it tasted like hospital food. Entertainment, Nightlife, Music, Floor Shows etc. where all absolutely a joke. This was a short but expensive Cruise and I knew when we had to wait 45 minutes to get in the dining room the first night, it wasn't looking good. I guess everyone else shared the same dining experience. We walked right in the next 2 nights and we opted out on the dining room the last 2 nights. The Fun Ship ain't no fun anymore! This was my 6th cruise with Carnival and unfortunately my last. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
only had to travel 15 minutes to port. Rooms were great, but received very poor service in anytime dining. Recommend people sign up for designated time. anytime dining is like a mase that is difficult to get through. Service was lousy and ... Read More
only had to travel 15 minutes to port. Rooms were great, but received very poor service in anytime dining. Recommend people sign up for designated time. anytime dining is like a mase that is difficult to get through. Service was lousy and food was not what we ordered. But I will definitely cruise the sunshine again. Overall we had a great time. Free drinks in the casino, cookies in the room, Free bottle of wine, and we won another cruise. You can't beat those odds. Our Cabin Steward was fantastic, and the help from guest services was terrific. Smoking areas were the best we have ever seen, as many people would agree. Loved the three levels of Serinety, as well as the late movies. Great cruise except for anytime dining, buffett was ok, but a lot of cold fish. Guys was fantastic as was the omlet bar for breakfast. As a former restaurant mgr., I can assure you the hot foods were not hot. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews ... Read More
Before embarking on our cruise, I read a ton of reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and was shocked at how many were negative and sometimes over-the-top negative. It is a shame that those who felt the need to write such negative reviews had such a miserable experience on what should be one of the best times of their lives. As with anything in life, our vacation was far from perfect but it was a heckuva lot of fun and I just wanted to share our mostly positive experience on the Carnival Sunshine as well as realistically and calmly addressing the less-than-perfect aspects of our cruise. We sailed the Carnival Sunshine 10/1 - 10/8 from New York City to Bermuda and back with 3 days in Bermuda. My wife and I were a little worried about this cruise since we have experienced crowded Carnival ships before with long lines and this ship recently added more cabins and took away common spaces when it was transformed from the Carnival Destiny to Carnival Sunshine. But, actually, we were pleasantly surprised with how well-designed the ship was. FOOD We rarely encountered long lines for any of the food we ate. Guy's Burger Joint is excellent and we were never more than 5th or 6th in line. Also, the line moves quickly and there are actually two lines approaching from either side of the place. The burgers are excellent, fresh and the topping bar lets you design it anyway you want. The Lido Buffet has multiple stations with the same food accessible from two sides so you can pick the quickest station and side. The assortment of food there is not great, much stuff gets repeated but there is usually a thing or two worth choosing. For breakfast, we would grab a thing or two from Lido then go to the Omelet station. There are two of them in the Havana Bar. We usually went to the one where Cucina Del Capitano is. We were never more than 3rd or 4th in line, each got an omelet then had them give us a few hash browns, sausage links, bacon, ham or whatever else they had there. We would eat in the Havana Bar which is quieter and more comfortable than the Lido eating area. For lunch, we alternated between Guy's Burgers or Cucina Del Capitano. At dinner time, Cucina Del Capitano is an upcharge restaurant but it is free for lunch. You get a menu from the maitre'd table, select your pasta and what ingredients you want in it including, chicken, garlic shrimp, Italian sausage, etc., then they give you a pager to summon you when it's ready. So you can go to the nearby Havana Bar, order a drink, take a few sips and then your lunch is ready. Their food is good and plentiful. For dinner, we would get a hot sandwich from the deli which only takes a minute or two to make and top that off with a few items from the Lido Buffet or just some pieces of cheese or bread if nothing looked very good. The deli hardly ever had a line and their sandwiches are very good, especially the turkey wrap or ham and cheese. We also got pizza once or twice. Sometimes the pizza counter had long lines but usually just a few people and it went fast. The pizza is nothing special but it's fine. We never set foot in the main dining room as we don't care about dressing up and we have no desire to sit an hour or two listening to the life stories of strangers while waiting for food that is overrated, over or under-cooked, often just lukewarm and sometimes cold, etc. We would rather get food that is not fancy but perfectly good so we can eat it and get back to whatever activities there are onboard. Each to their own. DRINKS We got the CHEERS drink program and were concerned about whether or not we would drink enough to make it worthwhile. It cost us $50 per day each plus gratuities for a total of about $690 for the 7 day cruise because we couldn't start using it until the second day due to some New York state law. We ended up getting about 75 drinks, almost all of them alcohol drinks so we figured we about broke even. The thing that made the CHEERS program worthwhile was that we never gave a thought to the cost when buying drinks. If we thought we only want half a drink or so, instead of not wasting the money, we just got it because it was already paid for. It gave us a kind of drink freedom. We read about it being tough to get a drink due to crowding at bars. That was occasionally true but not often. If we saw a bar that looked too crowded, we just looked for another bar. There are plenty of them. The drinks were uniformly excellent and the bartenders work very hard to make them so good. It is amazing the amount of work that goes into making some of the drinks and I was very impressed with the quality of the drinks and professional abilities and demeanor of the bartenders. ENTERTAINMENT We were disappointed a bit with the shows. The Playlist Production singers/dancers were just okay, nothing special. They did do a great job with the Epic Rock Show on the last night of the cruise. There was no magician on this cruise which was unusual. The shows are only about 45 minutes long which is shorter than they used to be but for the quality of these shows, it was about right. We enjoyed greatly the Hasbro Game Show and Love & Marriage show, mostly due to cruise director Emma Nixon's hosting ability and charm. She was delightful but I didn't see as much of her around the ship as I have of previous cruise directors. As to her staff, I saw very little of them also. Everything you read in reviews about the Limelight Lounge is true. You have to get there 20-30 minutes early to get seats where you can see the stage. If you get there too close to showtime, you will have to sit off to the side and watch the show on a TV screen. We saw two comedians, Larry Omaha and Lenny Schmidt. Lenny was okay but he had the bad habit of complaining when people didn't laugh at a joke he thought was funny. Larry Omaha was very funny and did a great job interacting with audience members without being mean-spirited or embarrassing them too much. Other than production shows and comedy, there were the usual trivia games where you honestly answer the questions, get 17 right out of 20 and lose to somebody who wrote the answers in as they were given. That gets old. They had a band called Deja Vu that sounded fairly good as we passed by them playing in Ocean Plaza a couple of times but we never caught there full act. We should have. Patrick is the piano player in the Piano Bar 88 and he is kind of snarky but very affable and entertaining. Beware, he has rules that must be obeyed! SMOKING We are smokers. Don't hate us. We were disappointed at how few places there were to smoke. You can smoke in about half of the casino and casino bar. If you are smoking on the wrong side of a pole at the casino bar, they will make you move. I enjoyed playing the poker machines (and did fairly well on them). There are 12 poker machines - 6 on each row back-to-back. The weird thing is that you can smoke at the 6 machines on one side but not the other. The casino was the only place you could smoke inside the ship. There were a lot of smokers on the ship so we were packed like sardines into one side of the casino bar and scattered around on empty slot machines, window sills, etc., anywhere we could find an ashtray. Outside, you could smoke in a small section on one side of deck 3 and a small section on one side of deck 10. There really should be one more bar in the ship, probably the sports bar since it was right off the casino, where smokers could smoke. POOL AREAS We didn't spend much time around the pool as we are not ones to bask in the sun but it seemed like a nice area and I often saw empty chairs. The Serenity Deck is fairly nice but it is hard to find an unoccupied chair near the pool on that deck. The one time we used the Serenity Deck pool, we used a couple of chairs just down the steps from there as they were the only ones available. Forget about getting the comfortable looking clamshell loungers as they are always taken or reserved. The serenity deck bar is kinda boring looking and since we couldn't smoke up there, we only got a drink there once. STATEROOM We had previously sailed on the Carnival Miracle and Legend which are similarly sized ships. The Carnival Sunshine is a bit smaller but it didn't feel small at all until we got to the stateroom. We had a balcony stateroom, number 8181, and found it to be smaller than ones we had on the other ships. Even though it was smaller, it still was more than adequate and, as always on Carnival, laid out intelligently so there is plenty of storage. The shower was a good size but the shower sill is right where your left foot would go when sitting on the toilet which was a bit inconvenient but hardly a deal-breaker. The bed was comfortable as always but the pillows were not firm enough for our liking. We ordered coffee, apple juice and danish from room service each night for the next morning and they were always on time or close to it. The coffee from room service is actually pretty darn good. I tried to get coffee from the Java Blue Cafe as that was included with our CHEERS package but they don't have regular coffee there. What they do is mix espresso with hot water and pass it off as American coffee. It was awful. However, their milkshakes which are free with the CHEERS package were excellent. Dadan was our room steward and, along with his assistant Anthony, they did a wonderful job keeping our room clean, our ice bucket filled, our towels replenished, answering our silly questions and of course, creating towel animals. Dadan is not the most expert towel-making steward we ever had and never stuck eyes on any of our towel animals but we enjoyed the animals and photographed them just the same. We left tips in an envelope with a thank-you note written on it every other day of the cruise. I am always concerned that if we don't leave our tip until the last day that the room steward will get concerned that we are going to stiff them and I don't want them worrying about that. EMBARKATION & DEBARKATION Embarkation felt like a nightmare as we stood in line for our Sail & Sign cards for about 45 minutes. While we stood in that line like cattle, people with disabilities were summoned in front of us as well, I imagine, as people who purchased the Faster to the Fun program. It seemed like we were there for an eternity. However, once we had our cards, it was not long before we were in line to board the ship and the whole process from parking lot to ship took a little over an hour which is probably not so bad. But it's so hard to just stand there and watch people who arrived after you get ushered past you. Debarkation was pretty smooth. We each had one suitcase and one carryon. We checked our suitcases in for embarkation but walked them out for debarkation. We stayed in our cabin until the last minute before we were supposed to leave at 8:30. We found an elevator to the atrium lobby after a few minutes and found a couple chairs there to wait. Deck 8 was supposed to leave the ship at 9:15 but a Carnival employee came up to us at about 9:00 and told use we could disembark. After a long walk along the ship and a long cattle call round-and-round to hand our declaration slip to Customs, we were up to the parking lot by about 9:30. An hour from room to parking lot is not bad. BERMUDA & SCOOTERS We never ever do cruise line shore excursions. We do not enjoy being led around and subject to the whims and schedules of others. We prefer to find our own way around and enjoy the freedom to explore when and where we wish. Again, each to their own. Bermuda is beautiful! It's a fairly long walk from where the ship is docked at Kings Wharf to the stores and ferry but not too bad. They had a free shuttle but it didn't seem worth the wait to us. On our first day, we took the ferry to Hamilton to shop. We walked around Hamilton for a couple dozen blocks and did not find much interesting in the way of shopping. We did stop at a nice Irish pub named Flanagan's for a drink on the balcony overlooking the street and harbor which was pleasant. On our second day, we rented scooters to tour the island. We had read many reviews about how dangerous it is to ride scooters in Bermuda and were a bit nervous. My wife was not that experienced as she had only ridden a scooter once before years ago but the instructors at Oleander Cycles there at the port were very friendly, patient and helpful. They had her ride around the block three times before declaring her fit to ride. We decided to go to the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo which was almost 17 miles away. That ride took us about an hour and a half as we kept pulling over to let traffic go by as it got nerve-wracking with so many cars, trucks and buses coming up on us. The aquarium/zoo was fairly small but only cost $10 each and was absolutely delightful. The had seals, an alligator, flamingos, tamarin monkees, giant tortoises, parrots, and assorted other colorful birds, reptiles and fish. We really enjoyed ourselves there. The snack bar was expensive but the burgers and fries were tasty. After leaving the zoo, we headed to Horseshoe Bay Beach. If you go there by bus, they let you off at the top of a long, steep hill which you have to walk down and back up again. With scooters, you can go to the bottom near the beach to park. The beach was spectacular! The water was a perfect temperature even in October with nice waves for body surfing. The sand is supposed to be pink but it looked like regular sand to me with red grains in it which I guess gives it a pink hue in certain conditions or lighting. We then headed back to the ship and ended up putting 35 miles each on our scooters for the day which doesn't sound like a lot but we felt every mile of it. Three times during our trip when we stopped, Bermudan citizens turned around and came over to check on us to see if we needed anything. Twice, a couple of nice Bermudan gentlemen also on scooters gave us helpful directions. The third time, it was a woman in a car with her friend who saw us looking out over the water toward the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas which was leaving the port and the woman thought we missed our ship. She was prepared to give us a ride or offer whatever help we needed. The citizens of Bermuda are the friendliest we have encountered in any of our travels. The scooters we rented were for 24 hours so we were able to park them at our ship and go out the next morning to do some shopping around the port before returning them to Oleander Cycles. Overall, we found the scooters to be an incredible adventure that we will always remember. It is hard to get used to driving on the left side of the road but we did. There was one time I looked the wrong way and pulled out into oncoming traffic that I hadn't noticed. There was one time where a truck came way over into our lane and almost ran us off the road. The reason why we found the scooters to be a great adventure is because we survived the experience without falling or getting hurt. We realize that we were lucky as many people do get hurt on scooters in Bermuda and we would think very hard before taking that chance again. Still, though, a great memory! We were planning to rent a Boston Whaler on our third day and tool around the harbor but Carnival decided to cut our day short by 5 hours due to perceived threats from Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storm Nicole. Neither storm was anywhere near the vicinity and we felt it was just Carnival preferring we spend that extra 5 hours worth of money on their ship instead of in the port. Hurricane Matthew never did threaten Bermuda but Tropical Storm Nicole became a hurricane a week later and did substantial damage to Bermuda. I hope the nice people we met and everyone else there came through as best as can be expected. OVERALL EXPERIENCE My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed all four cruises we have taken and plan to cruise again. We may try the Norwegian Breakaway as they also sail from New York and we have never sailed on anything but Carnival but we would not hesitate for a second to cruise Carnival again or the Carnival Sunshine. I believe to give something a five-star rating, it has to be just about perfect and few things are. I gave this cruise four stars but if I had the option, I probably would have given it 4.5 stars. I hope this review has been helpful and I hope everybody who reads this review will enjoy their cruises as much as we did. Bon voyage! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other ... Read More
I was very happy to sail on the Sunshine, Carnival did a wonderful job. We lucked out this week while others were unsure of their sailing to the Caribbean, Bermuda was beautiful. We did have rain the first day but that was it all other days was clear sailing. Leaving out of NYC was good (I never experience a problem) we waited a bit for the ship to clear, and was boarding in no time. We went up on deck for lunch, the buffet had a variety of items and all that I ate was very good. We did sit in back as there was more seating. While we were eating the announcement stated cabins were available. We dropped off our carry on and began exploring the ship. I had an inside spa cabin 11004, this was a nice inside cabin, quiet and close the the spa. We did a spa tour and while I always felt the spa prices were higher than what I would usually pay I decided the special seaweed wrap was something I wanted to do but never did. My husband chose the hot stone and bamboo. He loved it. What I had was one of the most enjoyable treatments I had in a long time. It was 2 hours and when I was done, I could barely walk alone and my body was so relaxed. I would do this again. Check it out!!! and no I didnt buy the items suggested but it was one of the best treatments. We had anytime dining, I chose this because we were traveling with my sister and brother in law and was unsure of what time they liked to eat dinner. When you have this, you must go on deck 5 and get a reservation. The first night was the only busy night, we decided to use the Italian Restaurant as we had a free night there. While I heard poor reviews, I will say I thought the food was very good, service was excellent. So we made a great choice. Every other night the line for dinner was no more than a 10 min wait. We did eat one night at the steak house, as we were celebrating birthdays, and anniversaries. The food and service was excellent. I love the lamb chops amazing!!!. While we are talking about food, I enjoyed every dinner, the food was good and so happy to see the cold soups still on the menu!!. The first day we got to Bermuda, we decided to stay on the ship, and enjoyed the sunshine and spa. The next day, we did a Carnival tour, I still do Carnival tours instead of private the price is a few dollars different and its worry free. We did the 5 hour tour of Bermuda. I enjoyed this, we had time to shop and our tour guide was excellent. The next day we were going to plan a beach day but due to ships needing to come in due to the storm that week we had to leave early so we didnt do the beach. I was ok with it as I know I will be back and now I know what I didnt see and what I want to see in the future. Bermuda was very nice, expensive but I dont shop and I eat on the ship. I was looking for knee socks for my two little grandsons as I love the Bermuda attire. I want to share with you that the ship did not feel crowded at all. I loved the ship and the crew was excellent. not sure why people say horrible things about this ship because I liked it. If you are looking for a ship that you can walk through and enjoy this is a mid size ship. I am not a huge mega ship where if you are on the aft, it takes a long walk to get to where you want to go. I would also like to share, the martini bar was excellent!!! I would do another cruise with Carnival on the Sunshine again and again. You will love the cruise but remember, you make your fun, it's your vacation so enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It wasn't a hit and run cruise but rather a stay put in one port get to really see the island type of cruise. We found our stateroom to be roomy and clean. We spent many an hour on our balcony. It was unfortunate that we left Bermuda hours ahead of schedule kind of killing the last day that we had planned. But now we have a reason to go back! The food on the ship was both delicious and plentiful. And always came to the table hot, that is very important to us. The cocktails were well made and strong, the way we like them. We found the ship easy to get around after the first day or so. The nightly Dive In Movies were a great way to spend an evening if you're not into sitting in the lounges or piano bars. We would definitely recommend this cruise to our friends. And will plan other cruises on Carnival's cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside ... Read More
This was my third cruise, all with Carnival. The Sunshine is a beautiful ship, and very nicely remodeled. We did a 7 night cruise from NYC to Bermuda in October. Yes, risky weather, but all in all very good. Cabin - we had an inside cabin, deck 8 forward - best place ever to have a room. It was centrally located, and only one deck from coffee. NIcely appointed, and plenty of room for the two of us. I mean, you only sleep and shower there. Our housekeeper was only seen once, on the 2nd day, when we happened to run into her. The towel animals were always there. I was disappointed that they no longer give you chocolates at turn down. There are no ice buckets unless requested. Overall, clean and nice. Casino - I don't gamble, but my one comment about the casino is that it needs better ventilation. The smoke easily wafted several floors up, and there was no way to get to the other side of the ship on deck 5 than to go through it. So we basically ran and held our breaths. Food was very plentiful, and pretty good. There is only 1 buffet area on Lido, with two identical stations in the middle for carving. Desserts, as normal, looked pretty but didn't have much taste. It was a pleasant surprise to see Eggs Benedict on the breakfast buffet. Plenty of choices. My only issue, if I had to think of one, was that finding fresh fruit after breakfast was difficult (unless you wanted melon pieces). Beverages were standard, although for tea you now may choose only green or Lipton. The MDR had a nice menu. They had the American Table menu most nights. Had 2 elegant nights, one with lobster, the other with prime rib. Our waitstaff was wonderful, as always. They always knew our names and were very friendly and attentive. There were only 2 evenings that I recall having a 'didya ever' appetizer. I actually steered away from the chocolate melty cake because the doneness is so unreliable. Once it was perfect, next time it wasn't even cooked - it was just warm puddingish cake. We were placed in the Sunset dining room. The 'dine at your time' people were placed in the Sunrise (2 story) dining room. I would prefer to see that arrangement switched, but the food would be the same in either. Guys burgers were good, fries were tasty, but burgers were greasy. For lunch, try the Mongolian Wok stir fry or the Cucina pasta bar - they're both free for lunch, but extra for dinner. Havana bar has nice munchies for lunch too for free. Can you tell I don't like to spend extra when I get comparable items for free? I spend wisely. My biggest gripe - I look forward to the tradition Afternoon Tea that they do on sea days. First, you have to dig for it in the FunTimes - it's buried in the 'Still Hungry' section, and not even listed in the itinerary. We arrived to find that you must now pay $1.95 if you want anything other than green or Lipton tea. I understand doing that on the buffet, but for Teatime? I was appalled that they'd nickel and dime us over a teabag. and $1.95? I can buy an entire box of teabags for that. Shows - The Hasbro game show and the Love and Marriage shows were both great. They should do those more often. The production numbers weren't so hot. There is no live music, it's all recorded. They've done away with their sets - only one or two movable pieces, or just risers most of the time. They have a flashy video wall that changes images constantly. I wasn't impressed. And the talent was mediocre. For the 'Rock' show they couldn't even harmonize. The comedians were good - they need to be put in the main lounge instead. We didn't have comedians on the 2nd half of the cruise because we had to leave Bermuda early due to weather heading up the coast. The activities crew did an awesome job as always. I finally won an authentic 24 karat gold plastic ship on a stick! The sportsquare is a lot of fun for all ages. Two pool tables (don't expect to play a real game of pool - the balls rock with the boat). Bean bag toss, twister, shuffleboard, basketball - all good fun. The waterslides were a blast. The skycourse was an adventure. From the floor it looks easy peasy. Once you're up there, those 15-20 feet make a big difference. And there's no turning back once you start. I'm happy to say I completed it! The Rockin 80s glow party on Lido was a blast. Emma is a great CD. Lots of pep, energy and personality. We decided not to do any Carnival excursions, and just wandered on our own. The bus/ferry pass was a good bargain $31 per person for 2 days. The shops at Dockyard are interesting, and there are the standard 'carnival hawked' stores like DI, etc. But there are a few local stores as well. Most shops close around 5ish, which is closer to 4ish. The towns are nice, people are friendly. Food and goods are expensive, as everything is imported from (mostly) the US. The Glassworks was a favorite place of mine. Snorkel Park Beach at the Dockyard is ok if you want a beach and a beer, but definitely get out to the other beaches like Horseshoe Bay. If you get 4 or more people together you can get a taxi directly there for 7 each - faster than bus. Overall, the Sunshine has been my favorite ship to date, and the cruise was wonderful. They utilize every single inch of that ship, sometimes too much so. There is no room to get around to the Lido buffet except to go through the Guy Burger line. And on Deck 4 trying to get from one end to the other requires that you go through the Limelight Lounge (where they do comedy). Which isn't bad until there's a function in there, and you have to jump decks. The new internet plans are cool too. I would definitely recommend a cruise on the Sunshine! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I been on many cruises. This was the best to date. This is one ship I will be looking to sail with again. The crew works hard, and all are very friendly. There is many food choices for anytime you think you need to eat. Many of the crew ... Read More
I been on many cruises. This was the best to date. This is one ship I will be looking to sail with again. The crew works hard, and all are very friendly. There is many food choices for anytime you think you need to eat. Many of the crew you talk to remember you name. The drink waiters were not pushy, you are not bothered all day asking if you are thursty. I found that to be very nice, some ships I been on, If you didn't have something in your hand, they bothered you untill you did. The layout of the Sunshine is good. Easy to find your way around the ship, without getting lost at every corner. My only complaint is that anytime you got near the casino, you knew it by the smoke smell. The casino could be ventalated beter. Hope to be onboard again soon. Thanks for reading Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We planned this trip almost a year and a half ago, and choose both Carnival and the Carnival Sunshine for my parents to renew their vows on the ship. Overall, Carnival went above and beyond for my parents the entire ceremony was ... Read More
We planned this trip almost a year and a half ago, and choose both Carnival and the Carnival Sunshine for my parents to renew their vows on the ship. Overall, Carnival went above and beyond for my parents the entire ceremony was amazing, even the staff loved it! This was our second Carnival cruise since our cruise on the Carnival Triumph in 2009 so it has been a while but the Carnival Sunshine was an amazing ship, in great condition all around and her staff were excellent. Big shout out to Melissa who put together the entire ceremony she went above and beyond. Only minor complaints were more MDR food options, and a better midnight buffet. Our cabin, a Oceanview was perfect for three in a cabin and the entertainment were great as well. We loved this trip so much, we booked it again next year on the Sunshine as well! Full review will posted on the Carnival Boards as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a ... Read More
This was my second Carnival cruise, but the first leaving from Manhattan. Living in NJ, it was very convenient. I opted for car service over the train and it worked well. The first time a I traveled solo and this time I traveled with a coworker/friend. We had the 1-1:30 embarkation window and arrived pretty much at 1pm. There were lines, but that was not unexpected. Embarkation went smoothly. By the time we go on board, the rooms were ready so we directly there. I was pleased with the room (more below). It was a cool, gray day but we did head outside to take in the sights heading out of the city. It was warm enough to lay out at the pool starting the next morning and through the final sea day of the cruise. Spa--we were in a spa room so I took advantage of what came with it. I used the Thermal Suite as much as I could and did 2 free yoga classes (one class was cancelled since the ship was rocking too much). I also did 2 sessions of "Body Sculpt Boot Camp" -- great workout, but walking was not fun after the first session (pulled muscles). I also took advantage of the free sunrise stretch class and the free abs class as much as possible. To reward myself, I did get a mini-facial and reflexology on a special. Dining-We at in the MDR, Lido buffet and had room service. The food was fine. I was able to find something to eat wherever we were. We had your time dining and only waited on line once to check in for dinner. Enjoyed an adult milkshake at the coffee/dessert cafe on deck 5. Also enjoyed cocktails at the Alchemy Bar. Entertainment-My friend saw the show on the first night and said it was ok. I went to the rock show and left. I thought is was pretty bad. I did go to a trivia game and had fun. On sea days, laying out at the pool was our main form of entertainment. Service-No complaints. Bermuda was the only port on this cruise. We didn't book any excursions through the ship, so I can't speak for how they went. We booked a rum cruise ahead of time as well as a walking tour in St. George. While on the island, we booked a glass bottom boat tour (nighttime). I was pleased with all. It was really hot and humid, so sightseeing was a sweaty venture! We used the public ferry and bus to get around. Unfortunately our last day in port was cut short (noon instead of 5pm) due to the storms in the area. We visited the National Museum which is very close to where we docked. I recommend for the views alone! Debarkation went smoothly. We arrived home to the same gray, cool day as the day we left. Four ships were docked the same morning, so there were a lot of people out on the street. Even so, I would leave from NYC again simply because I don't have to worry about a flight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 4.1

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