5 Carnival Sunshine Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

Cruise dates fit our schedule well. As we ended up with 24 in our group (not planned) all with my time dining it was quite a surprise that we never had trouble with seating for dinner. We actually had a group of tables 3 of 7 nights and ... Read More
Cruise dates fit our schedule well. As we ended up with 24 in our group (not planned) all with my time dining it was quite a surprise that we never had trouble with seating for dinner. We actually had a group of tables 3 of 7 nights and on other nights group members tried out different venues which was fun to share with each other later. We loved Hostess Rashida and tried for Head Waiter ElPedrio with success. The Daily Chicken is rather tasteless but the Port Menu which changes each day offered many tasty entrees. Everyone raved over the salmon, trout, flank steak. Try to time my time so you aren’t rushed to get your main course by showtime. The waiters are required to stop everything to perform. We only had that happen 1 time we made sure to be very early or late most of the week. We only did breakfast 1 time on LIDO the rest we went to the dining room and had excellent experience. This is contrary to other reviews we read which surpirsed me. We always requested a back table to enjoy looking out at sea. Eggs, Omlettes, pancakes, waffles, etc were great and bacon cooked crispy to order did not disappoint. Ports - DR We found a taxi driver to take us to the TRAM, RESTAURANT, AND SOUVENIOR SHOP in Puerto Plata. Our driver stayed with us even up the tram. Of course we treated him to lunch. The cost so reasonable $90, $30 tip, $20 tip driver manager. Round trip was 3-4 hours. Puerto Rico - we decided to just walk to shopping found the Cathedral, Umbrella Street, Genesis Cafe, just enjoyed a beautiful day. Our cousin went the rain forest which she said was fantastic (another contrary report to some on this site). St. Thomas - we have been before so we had a mission to revisit Crowne Jeweler (not associated with ship) traded in some jewelry for upgraded diamonds went to and from on Cruise shopping tram ($4/person each way). Going with the shopping expert (Debra) was a great way to avoid going through cruise port shops to find a taxi which might have cost a little more. We walked right into a parkinglot next to ship, boarded the trams and away we went. Grand Turk - last stop we took my parents off ship - was quite a long walk for Dad but he made it. We (4 of us) rented a golf cart from Grand Turk Adventures. Jim had to walk about 2 blocks to pick up but was then allowed to drive up to benches at taxi stand to pick us up. The cart seemed to have some issues so we stopped at stand and traded for a different cart which was quite better. The draw back was not all carts had island maps but I had downloaded one to my phone which once we got orientated work just fine. We found our way within sight of Lighthouse, visited a couple churches, salt flats, etc. Nice value $75/day plus refill gas ($12). There was another rental group at the port for $100 + gas which might have been closer but this worked for us. Entertainment - The Lobby Bar was the focal point when Felipe (Cruise Director) would arrive. He would keep everything hopping and participants would often be rewarded with a free drink or bottle of bubbly. He was very good and we loved watching him entertain. Cassidy-Rae was new in piano bar Putting music and a bit of comedy together. We should have gone to see her instead of Tim Young Comedian. She proved you can laugh without vulgarity. Young was so vulgar we didn't go back. Later in the week Joe Marlotti arrived and his 1st show was in the Liquid Lounge - it was a nice crowd but plenty of seats. He appeared to be toned down a bit but had us laughing so we did go to his last show on the last night he didnot disappoint I only heard 1 vulgar word but the MC cant speak a sentence without 2 minimum vulgarities his claim is that if you cant take it from him the show is not for you (WHAT?). Anyway seek out the good comedians that can use the whole dictionary of the english language to make you laugh. I would add that we attended night shows in the liquid lounge without ever fighting for a seat as other reports might lead you to believe. There is ample seating on the lower floor and above. Finally we did attend the Veterans Gathering, hosted by Felipe, it was quite wonderful to respect and honor the many veterans on board. Of course my Dad (91+) was the only WWII in attendance - we were very proud to be there to hear the fine remarks from Carnival and the Veterans who chose to speak. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I cruise with my 2 teenage daughters, 14 and 16 this was our second time on the Sunshine. We had a great trip. It seems like people find things to complain about on the Sunshine since it is a older ship, but we have really enjoyed ... Read More
I cruise with my 2 teenage daughters, 14 and 16 this was our second time on the Sunshine. We had a great trip. It seems like people find things to complain about on the Sunshine since it is a older ship, but we have really enjoyed ourselves on it. The only problem with the Sunshine is that it is a little harder to navigate than some of the other ships. We are going to cruise on the Sunshine again next July when it comes to Charleston SC. I enjoy Grand Turk because the pool and the beach area is right off the ship. We enjoyed San Juan. But it is not very handicap accessible. My mother is in a wheelchair and it was very hard for her to get around. Carnival has cut out some of the things that they use to do to make the trip a little special. You can tell that the employees are over worked but most of them are still very friendly. I feel like most people would love to cruise but its not for everyone. But if you go look for the good things not the bad. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because the itinerary was awesome with the ports.Rooms were clean and kept up every night, Food could have been better on the buffet for lunch and dinner. Not to many choices and everything seemed the same ole same ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the itinerary was awesome with the ports.Rooms were clean and kept up every night, Food could have been better on the buffet for lunch and dinner. Not to many choices and everything seemed the same ole same ole.Breakfast was our favorite meal of the day. We chose to hang out half our cruise in the piano bar at night. The piano man Eden Parker was very talented and energetic. We enjoyed this the best and that is what made our experience so much better. Things we did not like was we had to go through the casino to get to the atrium, fun shops,lobby and other entertainment. Ports do not cater to wheelchair cruisers. No public transportation or excursions for disabled.My Mom was very disappointed and stated she will not cruise again. This was her second cruise which turned out to be a big let down, The ports were great for us because we paid on shore and did tours for reasonable prices. I probably will not cruise Sunshine again but we are dedicated to Carnival and will continue to cruise through them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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
We selected this cruise for the ports. The only one we had visited was Grand Turk. There were 4 of us-myself, my grandson, my sister and her daughter. If I had to rate this cruise on temperature in ports it would fail greatly but that was ... Read More
We selected this cruise for the ports. The only one we had visited was Grand Turk. There were 4 of us-myself, my grandson, my sister and her daughter. If I had to rate this cruise on temperature in ports it would fail greatly but that was something Carnival could not control. I did ask one of our tour guides the best time of the year to visit and he said Dec-March. We drove down on Friday leaving home about 4:30am and reaching the Country Inn and Suites about 3:30. With 3 women in the car we had lots of potty breaks and driver changes. The grandson slept the entire way except for the food stops. The hotel was nice and clean, the room was great, and a great breakfast was served. We drove to the port and parked no problem. There was a long line at the first entrance but we went to the one it said on the boarding pass and were parked in minutes. Check in went smoothly (except for one grouch but we ignored her and kept going. Nothing else was said and were on the ship in minutes. We were on the fifth floor in a handicapped accessible room as my sister is in a wheelchair. My grandson was in a room across the hall by himself due to a glitch at work with his sister who didn't get to come because of work at the last minute. We enjoyed this area with the exception of the strips across the hall. We understand why they were there but some a wheelchair could cross without throwing the rider out and some not. Sis rode through the Shake Spot backwards all the time because of that. We enjoyed the activities we did. We would have enjoyed going into the Liquid Lounge from our floor but it was more like bleacher seating up there. No where for a wheelchair so they all had to be downstairs. Let me say our service was wonderful! Faruk was our room steward and he did a marvelous job. The rooms were always clean and the ice bucket full. Our dining room servers were Dalforinio (Dal), Nyoman, and Melanie. Our drinks were always there waiting for us and extras appeared without asking. Dal always pushed my sister out to the elevators and one night all the way to the room. I will say the one day we ate brunch was a bit of a let down. Our server was a different Nyoman from our nighttime server and his service was bad. He never brought me anything to drink (another waiter finally got me something) and I never got my dessert because he totally disappeared with never a smile or word except "your order". We only did three excursions because very few are wheelchair accessible. In St Maartin our tour director was Dennis the Menace. He was very knowledgeable and very punctual. We did the Butterfly conservatory and he kept us on track to visit the other places so we had time to shop. On St Kitts we did the 10 Best of St Kitts with York. It was very interesting but by the time it was over I was nap ready. We just got off and walked around the port area in San Juan because nothing looked like Sis could do it or sounded very interesting. And it was hot! When we got to Grand Turk we did the Family Beach Break and thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn't get the drivers name but he was loads of fun. Good food, free drinks, free umbrellas, a nice beach. My grandson walked out for a long time before it ever got over his knees but he is over 6 feet tall. They also had water toys out in the water for the kids. Disembarkation was a total mess. As FTTF we were told to be in the Sunset dining room at 8:30am and we were there on time. We were not allowed in because it was full of self assist people so the handicapped had to fill the Atrium with very little space for us to sit. An hour later they finally let us off the ship because it took them so long to unload luggage. My opinion is that they should let handicapped get off and out of the way so everybody else is not held up by the wheelchairs and slow movers. We heard lots of gripes about that while waiting in line to leave. To sum it up we really enjoyed the trip, even the heat. People were very good about holding the elevator doors and getting close so all of us could get on. We even had two couples hold the line so we could go into the Liquid Lounge when they opened the doors. No was impolite that we met only helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
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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