5 Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Canada & New England

Carnival tried but just couldn’t quite pull it off. Transport from LGA was on time but the driver was not used to driving in NYC. It took an hour and a half to get to the port. The cabin was ready and almost clean. Notified in advance, ... Read More
Carnival tried but just couldn’t quite pull it off. Transport from LGA was on time but the driver was not used to driving in NYC. It took an hour and a half to get to the port. The cabin was ready and almost clean. Notified in advance, Carnival dining service failed to take notice of my food allergy and every meal was an exercise in finding food. The Hop-on/Hop-off excursions were an exhausting time of breathing bus fumes or waiting. The guide in Portland was delightful. The St. John and Halifax guides sounded tired. The Kennebunkport tour was fun. The “art auction” is not really an auction but rather a fast and loud sale. The casino was smoke filled. Disembarkation is where true misery resides. Regardless of advance reservation for a wheelchair, we waited for two hours while loud obnoxious people got chairs and nice people did not. Finally, after most people had gone off the ship, we were helped into (more bus fumes) and a mad dash to the airport -- total time from 8:30am-2:00pm. We were minutes away from missing our flight. Some others missed theirs entirely. I will never do another Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
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
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 cleaned and decorated with something nice. The hospitality on this ship is amazing great ppl. We meet great ppl as well. The food was awesome morning noon and evening. We kinda over ate. I enjoyed the casino and the drinks. They all were very informative. They told us to go eat in the Sunrise Dining room which was great. the food drinks (top shelf) everything Emma and Sandy had the boat rocking all day long. I wish I could go back to Canada again Overall great experience and thank you Caetano for making my cabin feel like my home THANKS CARNIVAL I WILL BE CRUISIN WITH YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
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 dining options, the overall cleanliness of the ship, and professional, friendly and courteous attitude of staff and crew added up to a very pleasant trip! The ship itself is laid out very well. For a small ship, it never felt crowded, but did offer a variety of public venues for every taste. You could party or relax as you wished. Our group made an excellent purchase of Faster To The Fun, which made boarding and disembarking a breeze, bypassing much longer lines. We had priority access to many features on the ship, including shorter lines for customer services. Well worth the price, I highly recommend this to any potential cruisers on Carnival. Our cabin was available fairly quickly and with Faster To The Fun, our luggage was delivered before we got there! The room, a balcony on the seventh deck, was small, but clean and convenient. We even had a partial view of the bridge, which was fun. The bathroom, while small, was conveniently laid out so that even someone as big as I am did not feel cramped. We visited the spa on the first day, entering the drawing for spa certificates, of course. (One of our group even won a certificate!) During the tour, most of our group signed up to take advantage of the Thermal Suites in the spa, with dry and moist heat. The absolute favorite was the heated chaise lounges, great for relieving aches and pains, and so relaxing! There was a deal offered for access for the entire cruise, if you go, take advantage! The food variety was extensive, suiting every taste from Guy Fieri's Burger Joint to the specialty restaurants, including Italian, steakhouse, and Oriental choices. One of our group has severe food allergies and she was accommodated with ease. The staff was very helpful in navigating the selections available. I loved the Mongolian Wok lunch and the juicy burgers as Guy's Burger Joint. The main dining room selections often offered surprising choices, including escargot and frog's legs appetizers, as well as vegetarian and meat and potato entrees. My favorite entree was a vegetable lasagna, very tasty and gooey with cheese. I wander at night, so finding well-lit areas was a delight. I worked on my crafts, ate pizza at the 24-hour pizzeria, and talked to other early/late birds. I can't say enough good about this trip. The only truly serious complaint I had was the safety drill. One of our girls is handicapped and has trouble standing for long periods of time. The drill lasted for an hour! Unreasonable and a blemish on an otherwise delightful cruise. Carnival Sunshine, find a way to expedite your safety drill or accommodate those who cannot stand so long! Overall, I would tell everyone to enjoy a vacation aboard the Carnival Sunshine, I know I did! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We were celebrating our 40th anniversary. I am in a wheelchair and was worried about being able to get around, no problems there. People were so nice and considerate. We didn't move around so much, as to stay out of people's way. ... Read More
We were celebrating our 40th anniversary. I am in a wheelchair and was worried about being able to get around, no problems there. People were so nice and considerate. We didn't move around so much, as to stay out of people's way. When we booked the cruise, I read online that we could bring 2(750ml.) of wine onboard in our carry on luggage. We ended up having to check that bag, because it was too big for me to carry and my husband wouldn't be able tom push my chair. It was supposed to be served with our dinner with a corkage fee.If someone had been there to help us when we arrived, we could have avoided this whole situation.We finally got our bag around 10:00pm. There was a letter attached. It basically said that no alcohol is allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.We could have gotten it back on the last day of the cruise, but wasn't worth the humiliation. There was a gift card in our stateroom for dinner in one of 2 restaurants. Our steward left us a $50.00 gift card for the spa. Overall it was a very good cruise. Guy's burgers were awesome. Lido Market was good, not great. Cuchina del Capitano was good. The entertainment was awesome, from the hypnotist at Viva Variety to the Love and Marriage Show to the Epic Rock Show on the last night of the cruise. I read a lot of negative comments before we sailed that just weren't true. I went back and read them again, and I have concluded that these are people that travel a lot. Some have cruised more than 20 times. Melessa was our cruise director. She did an excellent job! She has quirky little laugh that becomes contagious. If you're sailing on the Sunshine, you're sure to have a great time. Even with the wine mix-up, I would still sail with Sunshine again, hopefully next year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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
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 much money, too much aggravation and too little reward. I am so glad we had such a bad time at Universal. If we hadn't I never would have tried cruising. This will be our new vacation! I don't think Carnival is the cruise-line for us but we still had fun. Plenty of food and lots on the ship to explore. Since I've never cruised before I don't know what other ships are like. But I know I would like a cruise ship that has and enforces an adult pool and a kids pool. An adult hot tub and a kids hot tub. Is there such a cruise-line? I aim to find out, one by one. Since my daughter wears diapers I was not able to go into the pool or hot tub, nor did I try. I don't think you would want her in your pool/ hot tub (and she is not allowed), so what makes you think I want kids in my adult pool/ hot tub? I have a cruise set up on the NCL Pearl next March to the Caribbean and one of my daughters aides is coming with me. I got a good price (I think?!) So it will be neat to have someone to take turns caring for my daughter. On the Carnival sunshine I had a balcony spa room 11032, it is accessible and a nice room. However on the outside deck next to the room is the recycling bin that would slam shut whenever someone used it, very annoying. No I never talked to anyone about it. It took me about two days to get up the courage to try the main dining room, wish I tried it sooner. My daughter doesn't "wait" very well, so I thought that she would become disruptive. She didn't, she and I loved the food and she ate soo much! The Lido buffet was a disaster, trying to push the wheelchair with one hand and hold a food plate with the other. It was awful and no staff offered to help me....ever. And again I didn't ask for help. There were so many people running around the buffet, it was really bad. The last thing was the Muster drill. I headed down to my assigned area and was intercepted and herded into the game room with some other wheelchair users, and cane users. And we waited, and waited....no one ever showed up. I could see a crew member in the hallway and I went and told him that we had no one in charge in the room with us. He just smiled at me and said OK, not sure if he understood English or not. No one ever showed up so we just left. I gave myself my own muster in my room by reading the info and trying on the life preserver. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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