24 Carnival Sunshine First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise ... Read More
First time cruiser who traveled with a group of 18 from age 3 up to 63. Ports of call included Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. Check in was relatively painless despite the fact that the computers went down at one point. The Cruise Director (Chris "donkey" Salazar) was very funny and entertaining. The service was almost always impeccable. Our waiter for the week was Tenaka, aka Mr. T. He was entertaining and very good at his job. After the first night when he found out our daughter has a tree nut allergy, he always got her food first and made sure it was safe for her to eat. We took in a couple of the comedic acts including one PG and one adult show. The shows are pretty short and were both decent enough to entertain us. All of the shows that Donkey hosted were a lot of fun, starting the second night with the "Welcome" show and ending with the "Love and Marriage" show later in the week. We did the Atlantis Dolphin Cay Deep Water Swim at Nassau and the entire family had a great time. The picture prices are outrageous, but it is what it is and a once in a lifetime event. Unfortunately our snorkeling excursion was cancelled at Freeport due to rain. The sun did come out later and we shopped a bit at the marketplace, just off the ship. My biggest gripe was that some shows were scheduled at times were you couldn't attend them unless you decided to forego the sit down dinner. In my opinion, with a slight time adjustment, this could be avoided. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my first cruise ever and I have a fear of water and boats. Overall I have to say Carnival Sunshine did a really good job. The room was better than I thought and the crew was awesome. Every time we left the room, we came back ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever and I have a fear of water and boats. Overall I have to say Carnival Sunshine did a really good job. The room was better than I thought and the crew was awesome. Every time we left the room, we came back and the room was cleaned and the guy who maintained the room for our deck was great. Always smiley and friendly. There was tons to do. We went with a group of 16 for a wedding and always found something to do. We had a blast. I gave Carnival Sunshine a high rating. The only complaints I really have is I paid extra for the spa balcony room and I didn't find any extra perks. I thought we were to have access to a part of the ship that was adults only on the very top deck, but the whole ship was open to everyone of all ages. Also, when we tried to book spa appointments we were turned down due to no openings. However, while I was standing there other people walked right up and asked for a massage and they told them yes. I don't know if you have to be a VIP or something to get priority access, but it was pointless for us to pay extra on the spa deck. Also, it was frustrating when we did get in to get a massage they used half of our time on the clock to sell us products. If I'm still on the clock for my 90 minute massage, they shouldn't be talking to me about products. The ship was completely full and it was packed! We had 3 days at sea before we reached port and you never could find a chair to lay out. People would lay towels down to reserve their chair and never came back. Someone needs to rethink this whole process. Maybe someone goes around and monitors chairs. As far as food the dining room was really good, but the buffet was just okay and sometimes they closed down. If you missed that window for the buffet then you were just out of luck. Also, I felt everything cost so much. Some drinks were like $10+ and the cruise itself was high. We attended a family members wedding on the cruise and Carnival Sunshine did a great job. They did any exceptional job on the wedding pictures and video, but be prepared to spend a lot of money to get the pictures and video. The dining room was great especially if you are with a group of people. We tried all kinds of different food and there was lots to choose from and you could get multiple items. They had an app you could use to chat with each other, but internet costs a lot of money to get. Would I book with carnival again? That's tough to say, because I was afraid of being on a ship. I have a fear of water. I only went since it was a family member getting married. We had one day that we hit some rough waters. If I didn't have anxiety about that, then yes I would book a trip with them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, San Juan, Grand Turk This was our first cruise as a couple. My wife had been on a Carnival ship with several family members, about 10 years ago. Boarding: We had booked our cruise at a ... Read More
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, San Juan, Grand Turk This was our first cruise as a couple. My wife had been on a Carnival ship with several family members, about 10 years ago. Boarding: We had booked our cruise at a relatively low rate, so we had TBA cabin assignments and dining times. We were given a boarding start time of 12:30, but we arrived at 10:00 and were onboard by 10:30. Our porter assigned us to cabin 6348, but we ended up being upgraded to a Spa cabin on Deck 10 (perhaps because of our early arrival) and as a result, our bags were not delivered as expected. By 7:00, we went to Guest Services and they brought us to the luggage room, but our bags were not there. We went up to the 6th deck and were delighted to find our bags right in front of 6348 (good thing we had remembered the cabin number our porter had given us, because it wasn't written anywhere and hadn't been entered into any system.)  Dining Room: We had Your Time Dining, and I would recommend it to others who are laid-back travelers. I would recommend against it for finicky cruisers who like to eat on a schedule and would be irritated waiting a little while for a table. I suspect other reviewers will note that there sometimes was a line for YTD, and probably you'll read some complaints. Here is how YTD worked for us: we went to the assigned place on Deck 5 aft, where there was a table with 2 staff ladies (Zoanne and Julia) who had laptops with an application that displayed the open/taken tables, times each guest had been seated, etc. The first night, we waited in line about 10 minutes to receive a pager, and we sat down and listened to a performer for about 15 minutes before it went off. We tried to return it to the table, but the nice lady instructed us to bring it downstairs to Deck 3 aft (Sunrise Restaurant) and present it there. We did, and we were seated right away, at a 2-person table beside another couple (also at a 2-person table) who clearly had cruised many times before, based on their comments about the loud propeller sound and the fact they knew we were allowed to order multiple appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We noticed the propeller sound but it didn't bother us. The food was terrific and our water glasses were always filled. The first 2 nights, several guests in line with us complained that YTD had worked differently (apparently better) on previous cruises. Indeed, there was a wait for us each of the first 2 nights, but the "waiting area" was in a prime bar/entertainment spot, so we were untroubled. Zoanne and Julia, however, did appear mildly stressed - either due to some glitches in the process, or perhaps because they had received complaints from others who were irritated about waiting in line.  On the 3rd night, we were seated at table 304, which happened to be at the front of the dining room (incidentally, it appeared to us YTD guests are seated around the circumference of the dining room, with assigned-time diners seated in the "inner circle." Whether true or not, we had excellent service every night and the only mild disadvantage was we were usually unable to see the nightly "show" which consisted of a head waiter singing a song karaoke-style while the wait staff lip-synced or sang along while doing a few choreographed dance moves - some more enthusiastically than others.) We fell in love with table 304, because its location and setup fit us perfectly: my bride is deaf in her right ear, and table 304 was set up so we were seated side-by-side, which allowed me to sit on her left side and both of us to observe the dining room better. It was also quieter there. Our wait staff, Yauheni (from Belarus) and Monika (from Slovakia), were very nice and attentive. Robert (from Romania) was also nice, but less talkative. The next night, we decided to try requesting table 304, just for the heck of it. We told Zoey and Julia we would wait as long as it took. It was 5:30 when we received our pager, and after 1 hour listening to a great guitarist named Andy Ferguson, we checked again and the table still was not ready. They offered us a different table, but we told them we didn't mind waiting, and, while they apologized profusely that they had made us wait so long, we opted to continue listening to music until the table was free. After 2 hours, the table still wasn't free. At about 8:00, our pager went off and we brought it to Zoey and Julia, who both cheered excitedly and told us we were the first ever guests to wait 3 hours for a table! They didn't understand our insistence on sitting at table 304, but we all had fun commiserating on the challenge together. When we got to the table, Monika and Yauheni had been alerted we had waited a long time, and we just laughed it off and had another great meal. The next night, without us asking, Z and J asked us if we wanted table 304, and we did. We expected a long wait this time, and again we found Andy playing in the pub and ordered drinks and played shuffleboard while we waited. By this point, when we were seated at "our" table, it felt like home. We continued to dine at table 304 the rest of the cruise and loved it. The food choices were great. The menu was divided into 2 halves: Every Day, and Tonight. The Every Day appetizers, entrees, and sides were on the menu each night, while the right side of the menu changed from day to day. My favorite Every Day entree was the Indian Vegetarian option. There also was a "Didja" appetizer each night - one was ceviche (amazingly tasty uncooked fish in lemon juice), another alligator fritters, another escargot, another frog legs, another tartar, etc. Each meal had a beef, pork, chicken, fish, veggie, and "comfort food" option. Most nights, I ordered from the right side of the menu, usually fish or chicken.  Other Dining: The Lido deck had some good options, including burgers and fries, burritos, cooked-to-order pasta, sandwiches, and pizza. The sandwiches and pizza were open most of the day and evening. Sandwiches took a long time to get - 15 minutes minimum. The pizza was not good. The burritos were fine, but no cilantro - and the burrito bar usually wasn't open when we went by for a bite. The pasta was good, but be careful if you eat it for lunch lest you spoil your dinner. The burgers were very good (not Mickey-D's style) and sautéed onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and condiments were available buffet-style near the burger bar. Soft-serve ice cream, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, coffee, and water were available 24/7 - all that was free. We didn't try sushi, steak, or a few other not-free restaurants on the ship. I wished the lido deck had more variety for a light snack during the day or in the evening, such as cookies, fruit, bread, or something to tide us over until the next meal. Room service was available too, but the phone hold time was long - 10 minutes or more. We did opt to have continental breakfast in our rooms a couple mornings, and the coffee, cereal, juice, toast, English muffins, and yogurt were nice to have in the quiet of our cabin. You could order it using a door hanger to be delivered anytime after 5:00 AM. The coffee was excellent everywhere on the ship. Entertainment: We are not party-type people by nature, but there were always several types of entertainment to choose from. This included a live band that played 3 or 4 times a night. There were also two solo guitarist who alternated sets around the ship. Our favorite was a Buffalo-based singer songwriter named Andy Ferguson, who told us he would be moving to Nashville, TN soon. Andy's winsome spirit and wide ranging song lists, along with his beat boxing ability and masterful use of loop and harmony pedals, made him a delight to listen to night after night. He took requests thankfully and had a great attitude with the audience.  There were also outside movies, a comedy club every night, and other shows like a Newlywed Game, but we only attended one or two of those. The pianist at the piano bar wasn't very entertaining and a little awkward. The live band was very good and they even invited audience members to sing songs with them karaoke style in an event called Superstar Karaoke. That was really cool to watch.  Activities: We played several games of trivia throughout the week, which were fast-moving (20 questions in 30 minutes) and always started right of time, with the exception of pub trivia, which was slower paced and had only ten questions in a hour time frame. No complaining though, we won free drinks each time we played.  We loved the water slides, which was a surprise because they don't look that big from the ground. They take between 10 and 20 seconds to get to the bottom and they feel very fast. You can race against each other on the green and blue slides and a digital display tells you your time (my best time was a little under 10 seconds, which felt blazing.) The yellow slide has several sections of total darkness. It was fun meeting little kids while we waited in line (never more than 10 minutes for us). We played shuffle board on the deck several times and loved it. We never felt like it was too busy and we never had to wait more than 5 minutes to play. Some of our games lasted 30 minutes or more. We didn't play Corn Hole, although the ones who did looked like they were having a great time. The wind presented an added challenge for both games. The kids on the ship seemed to really like ping pong and basketball which were available all the time.  After one of our excursions, when the ship wasn't very full, we tried the ropes course, which was minimally challenging but a lot of fun. Note: bring closed toed shoes or they won't let you on the course (I had forgotten my boat shoes so I wore my wingtips.) Also note they will close the ropes course and water slides when it is extraordinarily windy, but there is always plenty to do.  Spa: We had Cloud 9 Spa privileges with our (upgraded) room. The eucalyptus sauna was awesome and sitting in there for 10 minutes or so helped clear my bride's sinuses each day. We also sat side-by-side on the heated tiled chairs (we were told they were designed by a chiropractor) for several hours while reading our books. The chairs were comfortable and looked out over the water. I wouldn't recommend paying for spa privileges, however; we did not pay for any extra services, massages, facials, acupuncture, because they were quite expensive. One night we received a call to our room to let us know my bride had been selected (supposedly by a raffle) to receive a $30 discount off any treatment. It turned out the least expensive service was a $50 hair treatment. Needless to say, we did not redeem the offer, partially due to our mild irritation at receiving what amounted to a telemarketing call to our cabin. We were looking forward to the partners massage class on the penultimate day of the cruise, but when we arrived for the class, one of the workers told us the spa director had a meeting and the class was cancelled. Probably the best part about the spa privileges was our matching Cloud 9 Spa robes, which were very high-quality and comfortable. Ports of Call: St. Maarten -  We had booked the Surf & Turf (ATV Buggy and Speedboat Adventure) Excursion ahead of time, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience for us. We got to see the entire island, meet locals, observe some wildlife, and experience the pleasure of an adrenaline rush more than once. Our guides were great and I would book this excursion again in a heartbeat. After being led to a tender boat and taken to the excursion spot, the 22 of us on the excursion were divided into two groups. Half of us were selected to drive the buggies first, and the other half rode on the speedboat first. We were in the buggy-first group. There were 3 buggies available, and each held 4 people. My bride and I were paired with a mother and her daughter. I drove first. A major caveat: about 3/4 of the 2-hour buggy portion was city driving, in heavy traffic. The traffic consisted of a broad variety of good and bad drivers, aggressive and passive, both locals and rental-car tourists. For this reason, this excursion isn't for everyone. I LOVE to drive, and the (relatively intense) challenge of navigating a dune buggy through city streets on a foreign island, following closely behind the guide, was like playing a real-life video game. The buggy is a high-powered machine, and learning to use the brakes, blinker, and mastering the touchy throttle were great fun for me. The guide stopped several times to show us various features of the island, including feeding iguanas (there were at least 50 of them), holding sea urchins, and driving up a steep, rock-peppered trail. We drove through both the Dutch and French sides of the island, which were different from one another in noticeable ways.  After we reached the bar where we met the boat-first group, we got on the speedboat (the guide directed us all to put our shoes in a bag, we realized later it was to prevent getting sand in the boat) and we rode to a beautiful rock just offshore, where we snorkeled with flippers in water about 15 feet deep for about 20 minutes. It was glorious. We saw sea urchins (which we could identify because of the Urchin Man we had met earlier), small swordfish, and many ocean plants and fish. Back on the boat, we drank rum punch and toured the island, including seeing some of the most expensive yachts in the world, such as the one owned by Bono from U2 and another by the president of Victoria's Secret. We got to see a plane land at the famous "most dangerous airport in the world" and, amidst sharp turns and accelerating, we rode back to port. Our top speed was 65 MPH, a speed that made communication (and practically breathing) impossible, but put smiles on our faces that lasted until long after we had gotten off the boat. Our guide was so nice and his wife and daughter greeted us back on land. We loved this excursion and hope this review might encourage a few other daredevils to try it as well. San Juan -  "The City of Cats" is how I will ever remember San Juan. This was a unique city. We began the day walking the perimeter, which consists of a huge wall that once protected the city from invaders. All along the path outside the wall, feral cats prowled and slept. Many were tame and allowed us to pet them. It was neat. Inside the wall, we walked to the castle, but we didn't feel compelled to pay admission to see the inside (I am doubtful whether the inside was any more interesting than what we saw.) There was a beautiful cemetery that was open to visitors, and we spent an hour or so walking through it.  We ate sandwiches and drank mango mojitos (with puréed mango) at Mavi, which had friendly servers and free WiFi. We finished the day drinking Puerto Rican coffee before embarking. Grand Turk - A Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville greeted us as soon as we disembarked, and it turns out this is the only hint of civilization on the island. After walking nearly 2 miles toward downtown on the main road (during which a personal car passed us only about once every 5 mins) we were met by a Canadian couple walking the opposite direction who told us there was nothing downtown. The only other vehicles on the road were occasional shuttles full of cruisers, presumably belonging to an excursion company carrying passengers to their excursions. We proceeded down a 1/4-mile dirt road to a completely empty, beautiful beach. We were baffled at the serenity there. As we walked along the shore back toward the ship, we encountered a rusted-out ship that had been beached. A young man approached us and told us he had gotten onto the ship and there were still captain's logs and other items on the ship. It appeared he only occupation of the islanders - indeed, the island - was to do business with cruise ship passengers. We wondered whether the island had been hit hard by a tropical storm as had occurred in St. Maarten, but after doing some research, we found no such evidence. All the buildings - with the exception of Margaritaville - were boarded-up and in disrepair. In short, while we had a special time during our couple of hours on Grand Turk, we would not book another cruise that included Grand Turk as a port of call. Ship: It took us a day or so to learn to navigate the ship, and by midweek we had it mostly figured out. It was easy and quick to get from place to place, even while staying on an upper deck, and we rarely took the elevator.  Our cruise was in late November, and it was very windy and stormy for a few of the days, with some periods of 12-14-foot waves, and several excursions on Grand Turk were cancelled for safety reasons. The ship rocked noticeably, but neither of us experienced seasickness and I found it exciting. At night, it was comforting, like being rocked to sleep. During the day, walking felt like we had imbibed a few drinks, and we both stumbled around considerably. But we were on a boat, and that was part of the experience for us. One interesting feature of the boat was the necessity of walking through the casino to get to the aft parts of the ship. Smoking was allowed there, and we didn't like smelling smoke each time we passed through. This was merely a mild annoyance though, as the walk only took 30 seconds. Tipping/Gratuity: A $12/day fee was added to each of our accounts automatically, and it showed up on the second-to-last day. We had been tipping as we went along - not to mention 15% was added automatically for each drink we ordered - so we asked Guest Services to remove the fee. They did so immediately, and we tipped our stateroom folks and dining staff generously instead. Debarkation: We waited until our deck was called before we even made our way near the disembarkation deck, and in retrospect, this seemed like a good choice. We were impressed with the organization of the process, and there was no stress and we weren't irritated at all by the process, which took around 30 minutes. Excursions: Surf and Turf (ATV & Speedboat Adventure) - St. Maarten, 11/24/15 This was an amazing excursion for many reasons. The guide was very friendly and full of joy - he seemed to love his job - and I loved driving the buggy. A strong note of caution for anyone considering this excursion: the route consisted primarily of city driving, including driving on high-traffic roads at speed and pulling out across traffic onto busy streets. The same challenges with ordinary city driving presented themselves, such as cars pulling out in front of us, trucks crossing the center line, and driving at a speed that was by no means slow. The driving intimidated the other couple in our buggy to the degree that neither wished to drive. I was delighted the entire time, because I love to drive cars. If there was a highlight, it was when we took a true off- road route that no car, and few trucks, could have negotiated. It required significant driving skill to climb the hills and drive over the boulders we encountered in the brief (5-minute) off-road portion. The speedboat/snorkel part was equally fun, but very different. We only snorkeled for 15 minutes or so, but my wife and I had a terrific time and saw amazing sea urchins and other fish. The other passengers in our boat were not interested in snorkeling and remained on the boat to drink rum punch. After snorkeling, our guide gunned the motor and took some hard turns, to the mild dismay of one older lady who clearly was out of her comfort zone, but to the excited whoops of me and my wife. He got us up to about 65 MPH as we headed back to the port. He told me at that speed, the boat was only about 2/3 opened-up. We stopped by the airport and was able to watch one plane land on the famous runway. We passed numerous enormous yachts, and our guide called out several of them by name and told us who the famous owners were. That was a pretty neat thing to see. When we reached the port, the guide was greeted by his wife and young child, and he accepted our tips and praise with humble gratitude. As a lover of adventure AND driving, this excursion was a 10/10. I would book it again given the opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
9 of us went on the cruise, flying in from London. It was awesome. The best time ever. My kids aged 12 and 14 made so many friends with the american children. Dancing on deck at night time was my highlight, it was so much fun. Donkey the ... Read More
9 of us went on the cruise, flying in from London. It was awesome. The best time ever. My kids aged 12 and 14 made so many friends with the american children. Dancing on deck at night time was my highlight, it was so much fun. Donkey the CD was fantastic. My only complaint was the drinks were very expensive, I didn't get the drinks package but still spent a lot of money. The shows and comedy club were great. There was so much to do onboard. I cant afford to fly to the USA again, but I think I will book the Vista for the school holidays next year. We didn't do the shore excursions as we organised our own. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our cruise came on the back of a 3 day stay in Orlando. From arriving at Port Canaveral to boarding the ship was seamless and faultless, the checking in staff were very polite and very informative, only bad thing about getting on board ... Read More
Our cruise came on the back of a 3 day stay in Orlando. From arriving at Port Canaveral to boarding the ship was seamless and faultless, the checking in staff were very polite and very informative, only bad thing about getting on board is all the greedy people destroying the buffet laid on for embarkation, I have no problem with kids but at least keep them under control. All the destinations were amazing, getting off and on the ship again was easy and efficient. Once you get past the rudeness of some of the passengers this was an enjoyable cruise. The highlight for us was the Sunshine Restaurant, we ate here all week, the service was outstanding and the food is better than some high class restaurants we have been to, a big thank you to all the staff in the busy environment. The only down side to this is getting to this restaurant, you have to go through the Casino (a smoking area) and as non smokers is a filthy place to walk through prior to eating. Bar staff were all great and as far as entertainment was ok, The comedy lounge was funny most of the time and the comedy lounge manager actually forgot the name of the act on our last night, give me an okey dokey. what's your name!! Donkey the Cruise entertainment Director was on point at all times, very energetic, very funny, very good and only willing to help anyone, sir we salute you. The bad bit, this gent will give you a presentation about shopping at the destinations, he is clearly identifying "preferred" shops, nothing wrong with that as long as you tell the truth, he pushes Diamonds International very hard, so many stores around the USA, all diamond directly from the mines, no middle man which means you get a great price, he even shows off one of his rings! Now for entering Diamonds international you get a free heart shaped pendant worth $149, we fell for it, got our free pendant, looked at it and the label said "made in China", trying to convince people on holiday to shop and make certain claims is not really the thing to do. Our room with balcony sea view was perfect, cabin staff were perfect and we also made use of the Spa on board. Please be warned, all adults get charged $96 each for gratuity's on board, they add this to your account, you get informed the next day. you have no choice but to pay this. Any treatments in the hair dressers & Spa, please check the price as they all add gratuity on top of price advertised so be careful. We are looking for our next cruise, in the main a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was our first cruise, we cruised with 6 family members ages 13-81. We were very impressed over all with the Sunshine and the Carnival staff. We arrived in Port Canaveral and had prearranged parking and the Raddison. Being that we ... Read More
This was our first cruise, we cruised with 6 family members ages 13-81. We were very impressed over all with the Sunshine and the Carnival staff. We arrived in Port Canaveral and had prearranged parking and the Raddison. Being that we live local; we were able to drive from our home to the parking lot in about 2 hours. The arrival was smooth and their shuttle service was great. We were a little nervous as we had never been through the arrival process and were able to manage check in and were on board by 12:30 pm. We loved the party that was on the Lido deck as we waited for our rooms to get ready. I booked our cruise through Carnival and our state rooms were on different decks, this created us to have a little bit of creativity on meeting up for meals and other activities. I know next time to book a little differently. Also, being first time cruisers we did not know how to activate limited spending charges on our kids sign and sail card. I had not given them spending privileges for my credit card and I added cash on their cards as soon as we boarded. I did not know I needed to give them permission to spend after that as the staff member that helped us with that did not specify this. Our first night our kids went and ordered a drink and were not able to pay for it. I was already in bed, so my husband went the guest services to make it right. He was not allowed to make changes on our account so he had to come back and get me. The guest service provider was the rudest staff member that we had all week. She did not explain to my satisfaction how it was that I added cash on my children's specific cards and yet they were not able to use that money. She then, as she was helping me, took a phone call and did not address me to let me know that my account was good to go. I am glad this was not the norm for the week as I was pretty upset over how rude she was to me and my husband. Sea Day/Formal: We loved the party/ DJ on the Lido deck. We spent this day laying out by the pool enjoying the music, sun and fruity drinks. The wait staff was very friendly and we loved Guy's Burger Joint. The burgers and fries were a high light of our trip. I loved having our family getting dressed up as we never go anywhere to get that fancy! Half Moon Cay: We got up early and were able to be on the first tender to go over. We rented snorkel equipment and a clam shell. As a family, while grandma watched from the beach, we were able to be the first in the water. It was amazing to see starfish, sea turtles, rays, and many other sea creatures. We had a clamshell that was located next to the water sports shop. It was a very long hot walk to get lunch, especially for my Mam. We were able to get in line and go back to ship around 1, so we missed most of the long tender lines. Nassau: We did not have an excursion booked so we explored on our own. Again, we got off the ship very early. Next time I would like to wait a little longer as for awhile it seemed as though we were the only tourist around. We did get some great "deals" at the Straw Market being early. We walked around Bay Street and had conch fritters at the Bearded Clam. It was very hot, so we finished up and reboarded. Freeport: We had an excursion booked at Paradise Cove. I can not say enough good things about this excursion. Great snorkeling for the experienced and great staff. We also loved the little straw market right off the ship. After our snorkel we had time to come back and shop. We were able to sample local beer and a conch salad. Vendors were very very nice and helpful. There were some local artisans who were working on projects right at their booths. This was my favorite port. Dining: For breakfast we ate in the lido buffet, there was a wide variety of breakfast foods and it was all good. We also had breakfast burritos from the Blue Iguana and they were delicious. Lunch Guy's Burgers was the bomb. We also enjoyed the tacos from Blue Iguana. The pizza were not our favorite. Dinner We chose as a family to eat in the MDR every night. We had anytime dining, the only evening we had to wait was Formal Dining Night and it was perfect as we had time fro pictures while we waited. Every night we were able to sample different entrees. Our kids are pretty adventurous eaters and we tried escargot, frog legs, crab, lobster, alligator, as well as more traditional fare as prime rib, steak, fish and various others. We loved the warm chocolate melting cake and tiramisu for dessert. Activities: We (as a family) enjoyed a wide variety of activities. Our 13 year old twins loved making new friends in Circle C. We enjoyed top notch performances in the Liquid Lounge with the nightly shows. Tommy Drake was very funny in both the family friendly and adult comedy show. We also saw Don Gray, and he was enjoyable. Other things we did were- Dive In Movies, Mini Golf, Sports deck, 80's night dance party, Mardi Gras Party, shopping in the Fun shops,the gym, eating all the free ice cream we can hold, enjoying room service, towel animals, and last but not least Jaime Dee is AMAZING at what she does. There was something for all ages. Cabins: We had 2 cabins both inside. Our 3rd floor room seemed much more spacious than the one on the 7th as we had a upper bunk instead of a trundle. Both rooms were kept very clean by our stewards and they did a great job throughout the trip. Loved our towel animal! In all, we loved our first cruise and aren't sure why it took us so long to try it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First cruise will definitely be our last which is unfortunate because it was enjoyable to see man different places in the same week however the drawbacks of the cruise way out weight the benefits. First off, the only thing good about this ... Read More
First cruise will definitely be our last which is unfortunate because it was enjoyable to see man different places in the same week however the drawbacks of the cruise way out weight the benefits. First off, the only thing good about this ship was Camp Carnival but even that had its drawbacks & the waterpark. My 4 year old had so much trouble with the heavy ship doors by the time the staff helped her the to restroom it was too late and she had an accident. They then proceeded to leave her in the wet clothes and not call me for an outfit change, I was very upset by this and she was embarrassed as she is not a child to have accidents. If she didn't enjoy herself so much in camp she would have definitely not returned. Next the boat was redesigned to add more rooms however nothing else was accommodated for, therefore the cafe was too small, the lines were too long everywhere, the pool was too small, there were just too many people on board for the size of everything else. Too much space was given to the adults only area, if you wanna be on a cruise with no kids take an adults only cruise. The one kids pool was so small that my little one could not even wade in the pool due to it being overrun by older children. Thank god the waterpark had a toddler slide otherwise getting wet on the boat would have been a pipe dream for my daughter. Lastly, the biggest problem everyone had was the elevators, they just didnt want to work and when they were in order you waited FOREVER to ever see one. When one finally did come you were lucky to get a spot inside of it. I am no stranger to stairs or exercise but it gets tiresome trying to lug a child up and down the stairs for the whole vacation. Needless to say, this was a horrible trip and relaxing was not something that could be accomplished. If your brave enough to try carnival, pick a different ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My daughter decided to get married on Carnival's Sunshine on January 29, 2015. There were 36 people in our group and the age ranged from 4 - late 70's. We had a place to stay in Florida so we parked our rental car at a parking ... Read More
My daughter decided to get married on Carnival's Sunshine on January 29, 2015. There were 36 people in our group and the age ranged from 4 - late 70's. We had a place to stay in Florida so we parked our rental car at a parking facility about 5 mins from the cruise terminal. The cost was reasonable, a secured lot and service was great. Everyone in our party experienced nothing but the best in service, food and entertainment. The kids loved camp carnival, the younger group (20-30) loved the bars, excursions and comedy shows (they didn't mind the half hour line up to get in), the middle aged group (40-60) enjoyed the great room and meal services, all the food options and entertainment and the older group (65-80) loved the relaxation, the ports of call and meal options. Half of the group have not cruised before and the other half have cruised with several different cruiselines and many areas of the world. For the cost, this cruise was a great bang for the buck. The ship was in great shape, lots of storage in the rooms and the main areas were very inviting. All of us ate in the main dining room choosing the late sitting at 8:15 nightly. There was a large variety menu so all pallets were pleased. There were a couple of times the baked potatoe was only warm but other than that the meals were great. The steakhouse was amazing and worth every cent of the $35 charge. I strongly recommend you dine there. None of the older group participated in the excursions however the younger crowd did Atlantis in Nassau which they said was 'ok'. They said they would not do it again. They did a beach excursion in St. Tomas and loved it. In San Juan, some did a bus tour of the city and they said it was a great value and the rest of the group just walked the city themselves. The only draw back on the Grand Turk stop was we were only there for 6 hours. It was not long enough on the beach for most of us. Arriving early in the morning would have been better. The sail back to port was longggg, 37 hours. We left Grand Turk at 6pm on Thursday and got back to Port Canaveral at 7am Saturday morning. There was entertainment all over the ship all the time. There was stuff to do that appealed to all ages. Pictures are very expensive and the backgrounds are cheesy and need to be updated however the quality of the photographs is great. We had a balcony cabin (8235) and I would never cruise again without one. We used it all the time and it made our trip more enjoyable. The location of our room was just under the lido deck and not far from the elevators on the 8th floor on starboard side. Our only complaint on that was you could here chairs being moved around on the deck above during the night (I assume by workers setting up). This was a minor issue and not enough to wake us up or keep us awake. We were nervous about the wedding as you are planning from a distance without being able to see the venues. The coordinator at Carnival's office and on the ship were second to none. They took care of everything. The wedding went off without one single issue, the food was amazing as well as the service. The ceremony itself was performed by a minister from Turks and Caicos and he did one of the best jobs I have ever seen at a wedding. All the guests couldn't believe how classy the entire event was. If you have any questions about wedding planning and what we experienced I will be happy to help. Our trip was simply PERFECT!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We took our first cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine. Not only was it our first cruise experience, but it was our first holiday cruise. The staff aboard the Sunshine are amazing. Jamie our cruise director was the best ever, I have never ... Read More
We took our first cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine. Not only was it our first cruise experience, but it was our first holiday cruise. The staff aboard the Sunshine are amazing. Jamie our cruise director was the best ever, I have never seen anyone with the energy and enthusiasm she has for her job. She did everything possible to make our first cruise one that we would never forget. We had the best service you could imagine. The staff were friendly and the ship was spotless. Dining in the Sunset Dining Room was perfect. The Matre De Ante was superb and made our dining experience fun, fun, fun. His staff provided great service and entertainment. The meals were delicious. Magdalena the dinner host was always working to make sure everything was perfect. Our bar waiter was Andres and he was so friendly and helpful. Our wait staff Darnico and Adrian always had a smile on their face and provided excellent service. The team head waiter Svetislv provided us with a smile everytime we saw him and excellent service. Slavika was so friendly and helpful too. The entertainment staff was also excellent. The shows were amazing and the entertainers were captivating. Lodaska was so friendly and helpful as our bar waiter during the eventing shows. Jimbo at Guy's Burgers had a smile waiting for us every time we got a burger, and by the way they were delicious. Throughout our cruise the photographers captured every moment. Adrian at the photo desk was so very helpful also. Morgan with the Sports Staff was the sweetest young lady and always offered her smile. We will choose Carnival Sunshine for our next cruise. We rate it A+++++++++++ in every category. Thank you Carnival Sunshine for make our first cruise memorable.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was my very first cruise, so I went into it with an open mind. The family members that I traveled with had all cruised before on other ships, and they were not as happy with this one. However, with nothing else to compare it to, I ... Read More
This was my very first cruise, so I went into it with an open mind. The family members that I traveled with had all cruised before on other ships, and they were not as happy with this one. However, with nothing else to compare it to, I loved cruising on the Carnival Sunshine. It only took me one day to get used to the layout of the ship. Our room steward was always nice and greeted us all by name every time he saw us. Our room was always tended to when we were at breakfast and again at dinner. We had late dining in the MDR every night and I adored our wait staff! Most of all our head waiter, Georgicá, but all of our waiters were very charming. We all brought drinks to dinner, so after the first night, they scooped our glasses up to fill them with ice as soon as we sat down. Our food was delivered in a reasonable amount of time and it was all delicious! I also enjoyed the food at the buffet and we brought our food into the Havana bar to eat since we liked the atmosphere and views. The shows put on by the Playlist Performers were very entertaining! We even had one of the male performers booty dance down our aisle twice in one night. My aunt and I participated in the conga line on Latin night and had a blast! The cruise director, Jaime Dee, was so funny and personable. We enjoyed watching the shows she did during the cruise. The embarkation process went very smoothly and we were in our room as soon as we got on board. Debarkation was also done efficiently. We didn't have to fight a big crowd to get off the ship. I am already planning my next cruise, this time with my husband, and will definitely consider going back to the Carnival Sunshine! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Sailed on the Carnival Sunshine this past week. The food at the buffet line was barely enough to sustain life due to a lack of flavor. Dining room experience was a little better, but not by much. Hendrick from housekeeping did an ... Read More
Sailed on the Carnival Sunshine this past week. The food at the buffet line was barely enough to sustain life due to a lack of flavor. Dining room experience was a little better, but not by much. Hendrick from housekeeping did an excellent job in keeping up the room. Sathill and Francisco were two of the best waiters at the dining hall. Day 3 of cruise smelled paint fumes, advised Guest Services. They denied any work being performed. Went back to room and smell was not there. Also on Day 3 our assigned House Keeper disembarked. He said he did not like the way he was being treated and decided to retire. Day 6 of cruise kids could not find their "souvenir" sunglasses. They were knock offs and were not where they had left them. If the new housekeeping staff did take them, the knock offs must have been good enough to pass for the real deal. $10 sunglasses.... hope they are enjoyed. After lunch returned to the smell of paint fumes. Our son was hoping to sleep for a bit. Had to remove him from cabin due to the overwhelming smell and notified Guest Services. First response was "you have had this complaint early on in the cruise and now you complain again (?)". A crewmember was sent to verify the obnoxious odor and advised it would be handled within the hour and apologized. About an hour later our son returned to take a nap, but the staff advised him to leave as they were installing an Ozone Machine to "purify the air" and also to change cabin filter. He was told he could not be in the room. I was mad because I also hoped to rest up before our last dinner at sea. 2 hours later machine was still running. Advised guest services. They said the machine would be removed shortly before 4 pm. At 5:10 machine was still running. Notified guest services and complained to supervisor, who said the machine would be removed promptly and that this was "the best they could do". Arrived late to dinner. Made the most of what was left of dinner with our friends. We found day 6 to be our decision maker on the Sunshine. Staff did not merit our claim(s) and management unconcerned with the fact that we had lost our (privacy) (room) for most of the afternoon. Found this to be quite disturbing. Will never sail onboard the Carnival Sunshine with family again. First time cruiser. Bad Impression.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
If you are like me, you probably read some of these reviews and were scared to sail on the sunshine. However, we just returned and had a great time. I won't lie, some of the things in the reviews are true, but we found nothing that ... Read More
If you are like me, you probably read some of these reviews and were scared to sail on the sunshine. However, we just returned and had a great time. I won't lie, some of the things in the reviews are true, but we found nothing that appalled us or caused us not to have a wonderful time. I will say, it is evident this is an older ship and the advertisement of new is a bit misleading, however I have seen other companies such as RC do the same. We did find the deck plan a little confusing at times, but again if this is enough to ruin your entire vacation then you would be better off staying at home. The elevators were slow but we just used the stairs. I could see if someone is not able to do stairs this could definitely be a bother. The ship did shutter at times but nothing that made me feel uncomfortable, unsteady, or even the slightest bit concerned; after all you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I did not witness any leakage or sewer smell as described in other posts. I would say the thing that bothered us the most is there is only one small family pool on the entire ship. We have two small kids that love to swim so this was an important feature for us. While crowded at times, we were still able to enjoy the pool. I wouldn't go out of my way to book the Sunshine again but if it met our timing and financial needs, we would not hesitate. If anyone is already booked and concerned, I hope this helps! Enjoy your vacation and don't sweat the small stuff. After all, you are there to enjoy yourself and nothing is ever perfect. If you want to nit pick the ship to death, this is probably not the ship for you. Then again, Carnival is probably not the cruiseline for you either as is aimed more for the budget conscious versus the luxury cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
I hardly think that this ship should be advertised as NEW! However you could tell that a lot of remodling had been done to clubs and restuarants. The guys cleaning the rooms never even called us by name but maybe once the whole trip. ... Read More
I hardly think that this ship should be advertised as NEW! However you could tell that a lot of remodling had been done to clubs and restuarants. The guys cleaning the rooms never even called us by name but maybe once the whole trip. Food: The sushi place was good and affordable since you had to pay for it. The Itialian place was better than the dinning room food. Didn't really care for the Asain place but guys burgers were always good. Ice Cream machines were working some days and some days not. Dinning room food was hit or miss and you had to always wait to be seated and sometime dinner took near 2 hours and with a seven year old I was ready to just get up and leave some nights. The lobster was good, shrimp were not. They were greasy and to much batter. Servers were nice and friendly most nights. However we only had the same waiter twice. The chemist bar was the best bar and made the best drinks. It was like watching an artist. Casino was in a weird spot and you had to walk through it a lot of the times to get to where ever else you may be going. My child wanted to play those games.. lol The pool is way to small for this ship which I always find crazy. But the new addition with the water slides was a big hit. We found oursleves trying to snag a seat up by them so you could at least go get wet when you wanted to. The adult pool area was nice but someone threw up in it so it was closed 2 different times and one time the water was real cloudy and just didn't look like it should. Bars: Piano bar was fun and the little Dutch girl playing was funny and entertaining. The Liquid Lounge where the shows were was nice and good size. The Marcus Monroe show was great we watched both shows. The other shows were just all right. The talent was great but the choice of music was kind of strange. All the bars have been re done and are nice. The lime light lounge was so small and crowded and unless you got there early forget it you were not getting a seat. Ports, Costa Maya was like lets make a deal it was almost so over whelming and some what nasty. Should have did a shore excursion there to get away from the town. Cozumel we swam with the dolphins whitch was worth the money. It was a great expierence. Mohagany Bay was the best beach stop and the skylift is a must! Over all I think I am ready to try another brand. Carnival is good for the money but the food seems to dissapoint more times than not. And I am not into buffet food so I would like the sit down dinner to be good. If Red lobster can make it good I would think the Carnival could make it better.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our first criuse. We flew in early to Orlando and took the Carnival shuttle to Port Canaveral arrving at about 11:00am or so. Embarkation was smooth and not chaotic at that time of the day. The ship was beautiful and the crew ... Read More
This was our first criuse. We flew in early to Orlando and took the Carnival shuttle to Port Canaveral arrving at about 11:00am or so. Embarkation was smooth and not chaotic at that time of the day. The ship was beautiful and the crew was wonderful. The crew did a great job at keeping the ship clean and really took care of their guests at every turn. Cruise Director Jamie has to be the best in the industry! Went to the comedy club just about every night ( I suggest getting a Punchliner - good stuff!) as well as a show. The spa was heavenly! Loved having the unlimited access because we had a Cloud 9 cabin. Many adults (including my husband and myself) napping on the heated loungers or in the steam rooms. Not really any complaints other than being totally hooked!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We just returned from our Southern Carribean cruise onboard the Sunshine. Had it not been for the wonderful friends we traveled with and the many travelers we met, this would have been a cruise bust. I will start with the positives: ... Read More
We just returned from our Southern Carribean cruise onboard the Sunshine. Had it not been for the wonderful friends we traveled with and the many travelers we met, this would have been a cruise bust. I will start with the positives: embarkation was painless despite having to wait several hours for everyone to receive their luggage (we packed our carry-on for this contingency), JiJi and Cucina's were worth the extra fees, our room steward, Ardana was attentive as was our main dining room wait staff...a big shout out to Big Al (see negative for more on that story), & to our deck server, Putu who kept us well hydrated as we lazed in the sun:-). Now for the negatives. We were well aware that the Sunshine was a recently renovated older ship but were unconcerned as we had twice cruised onboard the Carnival Sensation a numer of years ago & had received excellent service both times. Unfortunately, this was not the case during this one. Our first night we dined at JiJi's & as noted above thoroughly enjoyed. We had selected "Your Time Dining", so for the second night (formal night), we had a wait of approximately 45 minutes due to the volume of diners. We were seated at approximately 8:30. Our server, Elmer advised if we wanted 2 lobster tails to order at that time as they stopped serving at 9:15. Really? Despite many attempts at engaging our wait staff, thanking them with each course served, we were met with silence. A grunt of acknowledgement would have been better than nothing. Our food was served lukewarm at best. Unfortunately, this was a first cruise for one of our friends & the experience left her as cold as the baked potato we were served. We eventually left our table prior to dessert, the service was that poor. We did submit a complaint & were assigned second seating for the remainder of our cruise & received excellent care by Big Al & others. However, the food quality was just not as we remembered nor anywhere as good as served onboard the RCL Oasis we sailed upon in January. The renovated areas seemed poorly designed to accommodate the number of cruisers. For instance, to attend a comedy show, cruisers had to stand in line prior to each showing or stand during the show due to limited seating. The venues are too small. Many areas of the ship required going through the casino and/or going up/down flights of stairs to access the correct elevators to your destination, difficult for travelers with disabilities. Balcony rooms do NOT have refrigerators, prepare as we did to bring a collapsable cooler. Our room steward kept it filled with ice, thank you Ardana. Overall the crew were efficient but unfriendly. The lack of attention to detail evident throughout. Many experienced cruisers expressed the same concerns. Is the crew disgruntled or new? It wasn't clear but something is amiss. We purchased excursions for Aruba & Grand Turk. Aruba was chaotic & disorganized. We arrived early but departed 30 minutes late. Grand Turk was better organized but cruisers are essentially limited to the port following the excursion. Curaçao was gorgeous. We elected to wander the area on our own & were grateful we did. Unfortunately, a friend became ill requiring the attention of the ship's medical staff. They were very knowledgable & professional. Has Carnival cut too many corners to keep their cruises relatively inexpensive? Not sure. Would we book the Sunshine again? Not a chance.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
If Carnival Sunshine is just Lipstick on a Pig like so many cruisers have claimed, well then she's a beautiful pig with the prettiest lipstick we have ever seen ! This was my families first cruise, so we have nothing to compare her ... Read More
If Carnival Sunshine is just Lipstick on a Pig like so many cruisers have claimed, well then she's a beautiful pig with the prettiest lipstick we have ever seen ! This was my families first cruise, so we have nothing to compare her to, but The Sunshine has made us cruisers for life. We drove from Canada to NOLA for the third sailing from that port, through ice storms, and crazy driving conditions with a very small trailer hitched for our luggage. We knew when parking we would have to unhitch it and take up two parking spots, but they were so nice to only charge us for 1 spot, which was very reasonable. We were all dreading the lines to embark, as we had read it is a long and tiresome wait, and we seemed to be in line behind 200 others, but we moved along very quickly, and before we knew it we were handed some tasty cocktails on The Lido. My son and daughter-in-law had some tacos and our 11 year old went strait to Guys Burgers, and he thought they were so good, I think he had at least 1 a day. We were told it would be awhile before our cabins were ready, but my son decided to go check after spending about 1/2 hr on The Lido, and our room and luggage had been delivered already. Our family of 5 had two connecting Spa Deck 11 cabins, 11028, and 11030. When looking at the deck plans we were very worried that we would be too close to Serenity/and Lido where noise was concerned, however it turned out to be the perfect rooms for us, we were literally 4 steps away from a door leading right onto The Serenity Deck, and then a flight of stairs down to The Lido. One small flight of stairs took my daughter-in-law and I to The Spa, where we both spent quite a bit of time. The first evening I spent a few hours in salon fixing a pre-cruise hair disaster, and they did a wonderful job. The next day hubby went for haircut, daughter-in-law went to get the nails done, and my son and daughter-in-law also had a hot rock massage. Hubby and I even had our teeth whitened on a port day during a special, and for the final result, it was well worth the money, and since we had quite a bit of OBC this is what we chose to treat ourselves to. The MDR was not easy for us to find, getting there was somewhat perplexing. We did anytime dining, which was perfect for us, however our first night our waiter was a bit odd. He brought my husband not 1, not 2, but 3 meals that he did not order, not sure but there might have been a language barrier there. I told him I was dying to try the warm chocolate melting cake, but was already so full, and ordered the light orange cake instead, but he served me both the cakes. I took one of them back to the room. The first evening we went to Limelight Lounge. Our daughter-in-law is a very good dancer, and it was not long before she had everyone up dancing. My hubby even line danced, so I knew he was having a great time. The lightshow was amazing ! Our 11 year old was so busy we hardly saw him. He spent a great deal of time on The Sports Square, playing mini-golf, shuffle-board, and The Arcade. We went to register him for Camp Carnival, but there was never anyone at the desk. He never did register, but found friends his age to hang with. Hubby loved The Redfrog, where they held afternoon karaoke, where he could sing (in fact is was one of the selling points when trying to convince him to go on a cruise) All adults got the drink package. It was well worth it for hubby and I as I like to drink the fancy drinks. I never thought I would even come close to drinking up to the 15 drink limit, but I did get close a few times, especially on sea days. Our ports of call were Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Son and daughter-in-law went to an all inclusive adult beach, the rest of us just got off the ship to visit the shops and buy a bottle of rum and back on the ship in Jamaica. We figured if we were going to skip an excursion we would do it in Jamaica as we are going there for a wedding and will have plenty of time to explore. We explored the ship, had drinks and munchies in all the bars, had the water park all to ourselves, there was absolutely not another soul in sight on The Sports Square, and we soaked in the sun, played mini-golf, and relaxed on The Lido, and watched a movie. We really wanted to try The Steakhouse, but when we went to make a reservation they were all booked up, but put our name on a list saying they would call our room if there was a cancellation, but said that rarely happens. An hour later we get a call saying one of the reservations were cancelled and if we could get down there by 5pm they could fit us in. We are so glad we did. It is one of the first things we bring up when asked about our cruise. What an excellent dining experience. I had lobster, and hubby had a surf and turf. My French Onion Soup was the best I have ever tasted, and if I came home with one problem from this cruise, is that any other French Onion Soup that I have from here on in...will be so poor in comparison ! We never went to Comedy Shows, but son and daughter-in-law did, and really enjoyed each one. Hubby and I went for The Karaoke held before the comedy acts. If there is one thing that bothered us about this cruise is that they made everyone that was there for the karaoke show, and anyone who had come early to get a seat for the comedy show get up from their seat and go wait in line again for the Comedians. We had never been on a cruise before, so figured this was just what they do. It did not affect hubby and I as we were heading to The Piano Bar, but did not think it was fair to others. Everyone should spend a bit of time in The Piano Bar, quite small, but we enjoyed ourselves, and for some reason the drinks tasted even better in there. We all attended a Meet and Greet, and met so many great people. Had some tasty drinks, and some cruisers gave everyone little trinkets of ships and a smiling Sunshine, and Christmas ornaments ! We held a 50/50 draw and gave the proceeds to St Jude. We all had t-shirts made up, and took many pictures. The rest of the week in the MDR we had the same wait staff, aside from the last evening when hubby and I went alone. We enjoyed all the food. Our 11 year old shocked us when he ordered alligator, and everyone enjoyed that. We ate at The Buffet for Brunch, and there was something for everyone, and altho the hot food was not hot enough, and the cold food was not cold enough, it was still good and a lot of selection. We liked the way it was set up, there were never any lines and we had no trouble finding a seat. Our 11 year old and I went down for late night snacks a few evenings for cookies, and pastries. Our 11 year old loved room service, and the cake and cookies are excellent. He had a grilled cheese that he said was really good. Hubby and I went and gave pizza cook a tip near end of cruise, because our 11 year old must have put him to work 3 or 4 times a day ! We loved Grand Cayman. We went on The Party Boat, snorkeling, and lunch on the beach. We ordered our lunch on the boat, and by the time we got to the tables on the beach our food arrived, and it was very good. We had time on the beach and then back on The Party Boat, where we danced to music, played games, had more tasty drinks, and a lot of fun. In Mexico we chose to go see The Tullum Ruins. It was not an excursion to remember thanks to a couple that kept being late for the bus after every stop. Our guide had to go find them every time, and instead of talking much about our excursion he spent much time explaining to us all how important it was to be back on the bus on time or he would have to leave. The couple that kept us waiting must not have heard him, but he never did leave them behind either. We were suppose to have beach time, but that never happened, and we had to rush through The Ruins, so what I did see was through my camera lens. We realized afterwards that we were not rushed at the end of our excursion when we had plenty of time to walk through the shops and look at ridiculously over priced merchandise. We did get a nice picture of us at the end to the tune of like $20.00, but it was not the highlight of our cruise. We never got to The Hasbro Games, or The Morning Show. Our 11 year old went to all the shows and enjoyed them. It always looked like a lot of people were playing trivia and in the casino. We missed one restaurant all together, never running into it until embarkation morning when we went down to Lido for breakfast. We chose to carry our luggage off, and were one of the first to get off the ship and face the long ride back home to Canada. I think we will cruise The Sunshine again. She turned us into forever cruisers, so much so that we have booked a B2B on NCL Getaway and Carnival Breeze !   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was the first 7-day sailing out of the US for the Sunshine, so it was loaded with loyal repeat cruisers. Over 200 passengers were Platinum. On top of that, it was a Thanksgiving cruise, and my 3 kids had the whole week off, so the ... Read More
This was the first 7-day sailing out of the US for the Sunshine, so it was loaded with loyal repeat cruisers. Over 200 passengers were Platinum. On top of that, it was a Thanksgiving cruise, and my 3 kids had the whole week off, so the ship was loaded with kids. Not a typical week at all. The weather was bad all week, so the seas were rough, especially on the first and last full days. As the former Destiny, the first cruise ship over 100K tons, the Sunshine has enough size to minimize the motion. It was never difficult to walk, and items were not sliding off flat surfaces, but some people felt seasick, just the same. We had just been on a cruise off Novia Scotia that was worse, so it did not bother me or my family. The second Fun Day at Sea was much better, and the sun even came out for a while. That day and the morning in Jamaica were the only times we saw the sun. That being said, it was not cold and did not rain much, so you could still relax in the pools and hot tubs on the lido deck with protection from the wind, and enjoy the new water slide. Wind, sometimes increased by the forward motion of the ship, complicated miniature golf on the top accessible deck. I give Carnival credit because we did not cancel any of our port visits, as many other ships had to do that week in the Caribbean. We also did not strand anyone in a port because the tenders could not bring them back, as I heard happened in nearby Belize that week. The worst that happened is that we anchored on the south side of Grand Cayman instead of in the Georgetown harbor in the SW corner of the island. The tender ride was just as short, but the Spotts Bay alternate cruise terminal is in a residential area so you have to take a taxi to really do anything. There are resorts and a public beach within walking distance, but I did not know that at the time. Anyway, the weather was too rough to want to go to a beach. The food was the standard Carnival 7-day cruise menu, which I love, with the addition of tom turkey on Thanksgiving night. My fourth Thanksgiving on Carnival. The turkey is good but you don't get to see the whole thing and carve it up the way you want, as you would at home. You also have to turn down a nice steak to order the turkey. Actually, they would bring you both, of course, but I feel like a pig doing that! The cruise director's entertainment staff did a yeoman's job of entertaining passengers who were inside the ship more than they probably expected to be that week. All three of the young women running the trivia and karaoke were affable and effective. For us as well as a crowd that grew every night, the highlight was the ship's rock and roll band with lead singer Criss Cain, right out of college on his first contract. His voice was phenomenal, and he energized the crowd to dance for hours from his stage in the new Ocean Plaza in the middle of the promenade deck. We skipped a lot of the production shows just to see his whole sets. Alas, Criss's Sunshine contract is over, but he has started another one on another Carnival ship. At first I thought it was a cheap maneuver that Carnival renamed the ship. I would not have even gone on it had it not been in New Orleans, one of the easiest ports to get to for us. After being on it for a week, I can see why they renamed it. The interior was very significantly redone. Not just remodeled but redone. For example, while the highest cabins were on deck 10 previously, cabins were added to the front of the ship on decks 11 and 12, and a new deck 13 was put on. Actually they call it 14. Thus, the weight should be higher than 100,000 tons now. Some of the differences, I noticed on the website before the trip, but most of them I didn't notice until we got there. Several times I thought, they couldn't have changed that. I must be remembering it wrong. But later in the week I found a deck plan of the old Destiny, and found that all of my suspicions were actually correct. The midship dining room where we ate on the Destiny, is now a single level dining room, unique among Carnival ships. On what used to be its second-level, they have substituted a library bar/game room, the piano bar, the up-charge steak place, and an up-charge sushi place. The atrium bar is round and in the center of the atrium, rather than triangular and up against the glass elevators like it used to be. Our cabin was steps away from that bar, which was my favorite place on the Destiny. Our cabin was a strange configuration, being on an outside wall but not having a window or porthole. I did not remember there being cabins on deck three before. It was a great location. When we entered the main show lounge in the front of the ship, I thought it had been reduced from three decks to 2. Well, that is why. They removed the bottom deck and stuck some cabins in under it. A Carnival ship designer realized that the forward main lounge space went unused after the second show every night. A large space in the new restaurant in the back of the Lido deck would also go unused after dinner. The Destiny's disco took up prime space on the promenade deck. The designer realized that the Destiny disco's space could be reused as is the highly successful Ocean Plaza on the dream class ships. The three-level show lounge on the Destiny was too cavernous a space for a nightclub, but if it were reduced to two decks, it would be more intimate, the designer thought. Instead of having fixed seating, the bottom floor could have seats that are moved away after the last show to reveal a larger area on which people could dance. The Cuban restaurant already has great ambiance for salsa dancing. The idea was pitched to superiors and made it up to the top. As a result, on the Sunshine, late-night dancing is now held alternately in the back of the Lido deck (in the Cuban restaurant) or in the front of the fourth deck. Without taking up any permanent space. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Overall we had a good time . It was our first cruise and we have learned for the future. Don't get a cabin at the back of the ship. Getting to some decks was tricky and we just about got it at the end of the cruise. Beds and linen ... Read More
Overall we had a good time . It was our first cruise and we have learned for the future. Don't get a cabin at the back of the ship. Getting to some decks was tricky and we just about got it at the end of the cruise. Beds and linen good, bathroom small but OK . Housekeeping very good The excursions with Carnival are expensive so we booked independently, Carnival did not seem to like this and were most unhelpful when we asked where to get the shuttle to take us to the coaches .Check and re check information as we were told our embarkation time was 8am by one person 7.30 by another .Information that was supposed to be put through the door never arrived. Food on lido deck OK but very repetitive. Restaurants good but queues horrendous Would choose another cruise operator in future, very aimed towards Americans. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Hi, this was our first cruise so nothing to compare to really but we did all rate this as our best holiday ever (previous holidays villas in Florida and all-inclusive in Turkey and Egypt) Our rooms, 3 interior, were all lovely, cleaned ... Read More
Hi, this was our first cruise so nothing to compare to really but we did all rate this as our best holiday ever (previous holidays villas in Florida and all-inclusive in Turkey and Egypt) Our rooms, 3 interior, were all lovely, cleaned twice daily. The beds very comfy. Only noise from some annoying females in next room. Soap, shower gel and shampoo provided. We didn't get towel for pool in our room, although kids did. Over all the ship is fantastic, there are still problems sadly but none of them spoilt our holiday. Leaks with noticeably stained carpets and buckets, strange smells, lifts not working. We enjoyed all the entertainment, The Playlist productions were particularly good. We spent three nights in the Piano bar which we all enjoyed but you need to get there early as space limited. The table magician in the main restaurant was very good. Queues for guest services were very long and as live music was playing nearby it was difficult to hear staff. On the last night we spent over 50 mins waiting to settle our account.Booking excursions was very easy although expensive, we decided to book 'On Your Own' trips to Pisa, Rome and Pompeii for 6 it cost over $1000 ouch. The guide on the coach for the Rome trip was rubbish. We had been warned that queues for tickets at Pompeii were very long, not so. Also Carnival charge roughly $30 if you want a trip with tickets, this is a rip off, Pompeii tickets are 11 euros for adults, 5.50 euros for 18 - 25 yr olds and free for under 18, just make sure you take photo id to prove ages. Carnival were charging 17 euros for shuttle buses off ports, in Marseilles we didn't bother, in Palma we went on local bus to city center for 1.5 euro each. Embarkation was confusing and we ended up joining the wrong queue and only found out when we got halfway though the process of setting up the sail and sign cards. We then had to join another queue and when we got on board go to guest services and join another queue to sort it all out...frustrating. The food was great, there was something to please everyone and we loved trying the 'Didya'. Our 15 year old was too shy to join the kids club and too young to join the over 18's. So we didn't bother with most of these as a family.Overall we had a fantastic holiday and will definitely cruise again. link to our youtube video: http://youtu.be/Jr3kcBBXw9s   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
This was me and my husbands first cruise, so we had no big expectations. Embarking on the ship was fast and our cabin was ready. We had a balcony room which I was very glad for. It was most enjoyable to sit outside and watch the sites. The ... Read More
This was me and my husbands first cruise, so we had no big expectations. Embarking on the ship was fast and our cabin was ready. We had a balcony room which I was very glad for. It was most enjoyable to sit outside and watch the sites. The room was spacious enough, and the bathroom was also. Very simply decorated, but nice. Our cabin steward was very friendly, and accommodating. Dining experiences: JIJI's Asian restaurant was extremely good, and the service was exceptional. We had the late dining time, which I think was good to avoid children, and allowed to shower after a day of excursions. There were a lot of children on this cruise, which surprised me! I found that many were very rude, running down the halls, running with food etc, certainly a lack of parental control. There was plenty of choices on the menu, and the desserts were very good. I thought the prices of the drinks were quite high ( $8.75) though. There were many options in the evening for entertainment. The Casino was quite large, there was a comedy show- which was very good, and there were several different acts over the course of the cruise. There were several bands, and solo music acts. We really enjoyed Robbie Litt in the Red Frog Pub. Several bar areas with live music. There were some dance productions, which were good, and other variety of acts, that were hit and miss. (former Cirque Du soliel act was horrible- likely fired from the Cirque) We booked all of our excursions pre-cruise with people we spoke to on cruise critics- this was an awesome decision, as the excursions were far less money, as well as the groups were very small, which gave us a chance to get to know those on the tour. My only real issue with the cruise was in regards to the Serenity deck(over 21 ). This deck really lacked shade/umbrellas for those lounging there. I got up on each of our 3 sea days at 5:30 am in order to save an umbrella(one of 5). There were people sleeping on that deck, in order to get the seats they wanted. Those who did not use the Serenity deck baked like cookies in the sun, as there were no umbrellas or shade in those areas. If you did not get to the Serenity deck by 7am there were no loungers avail at all. There is a very annoying large screen at the pool area that they play Cheers(yah, you heard me) re-runs all day. Carnival... REAllY??? How that fits into the FUN 2.0 I am really confused!We met some really nice people on this cruise. Really enjoyed our dinner companions. All in all, we had a great time, saw so much, have wonderful memories! Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We have only previously cruised with Disney so my expectations of Carnival were set somewhat low, considering this cruise was around $3000 cheaper than a similar cruise with DCL in the Med in a similar cabin. I was travelling with my 14 ... Read More
We have only previously cruised with Disney so my expectations of Carnival were set somewhat low, considering this cruise was around $3000 cheaper than a similar cruise with DCL in the Med in a similar cabin. I was travelling with my 14 year old son and husband. We choose the cruise based on more value for our money and the ports. Unfortunately we lost Monaco and Majorca and had these replaced with Athens and Izmir, personally both of which I didn't rate much. But I guess for those who like their history, they will have enjoyed them. We flew in the day of the cruise and arrived in Venice around 2.00 pm, following a delay with our flight. I arranged my own transfers with a company called Suntransfers. They were excellent, I have used them before. The only lines were where people put tags onto their luggage. I had already done ours, so they went straight onto the ship. We arrived on the ship at around 3.00 and headed straight to Guys. I had booked cabin 8117, which was a balcony and was situated forward. Compared to DCL, the cabin was small, especially when the sofa bed was fully out; it was very difficult to walk around the bottom of the bed. However that said, we did get use to it. The bed was lovely and comfortable and my son who is nearly 6 ft tall slept well on the sofa bed. The cabin was lovely and clean and everything in it looked very new; plenty of storage, more so than DCL. All main areas of the ship were clean and bright and I thought well set out. There were plenty of bars and places to sit on an evening. On sea days the pool areas and sunbeds were very busy as you would expect. I did see towel stickers been put on loungers by Carnival staff and I also saw them asking under 21's to leave the Senerity area with their parents and this freed up loungers in that area. Most days I stayed at the back of the boat near the water slides, so I could have a quick cool down. Ladies if you go on the slides, I suggest wearing some swim sorts or swim suit, otherwise you may lose your bottoms and your top could move too!! Those slides are very fast. We ate in the Market place for lunch most days, which was always busy. If you walk through to the Havana Bar, Ji, Ji or Cucina Del Capitano area, you will find plenty of seating away from the hustle and bustle. There are also other offerings for lunch and breakfast. My DS most days had the burgers from Guys. We never paid for any of our meals and always had dinner in the main dining hall. We were on MTD. There were big issues with this place, if you arrived after 6.45. Some evening there were large queues and guests were given pagers to come back later, up until an hour later. We always sat in the same area with the same staff and this worked well. One evening I had to send my main meal back as it was cold, my starter had also been cold so I asked to see the Head Waiter. It never happened again and each night both head waiters checked with me to make sure everything was okay and that the food was hot enough. My only comment would be that some thought needs giving on how to improve desserts, but I think this is an American thing. Most of the cakes tasted the same; I even find this happens in Disney restaurants. I loved the fact that we could have hot chocolate on an evening. The entertainment on board was very good, we enjoyed the comedians especially the British ones, but I would say that being a Brit! Another tip is to make sure you get here early to get a seat, especially when the playlist productions take place. My DS loved the Teen club, but he did comment that he didn't care for the structure of it compared with DCL. Apparently on Carnival you have to join in if you are in the club, whereas with DCL you can sit and watch!! Kids! Overall we really enjoyed the cruise and would happily sail with carnival again. I would also happily sail on the Sunshine again, complete with leaking ceiling and buckets! It's a real shame that Carnival have pulled out of the Med.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We sailed on Carnival Sunshine on the June 7th sailing and we had an amazing experience. Boarding was quick and efficient. We arrived around 11:00 (embarkation was at noon) and were onboard at approximately 12:30. Our room wasn't ... Read More
We sailed on Carnival Sunshine on the June 7th sailing and we had an amazing experience. Boarding was quick and efficient. We arrived around 11:00 (embarkation was at noon) and were onboard at approximately 12:30. Our room wasn't ready however (they still hadn't vacuumed) and we had to wait until 1:30. In the meantime, we ate at Guy's Burger Joint which was fantastic. I also did a tour of the spa. Later on I did some laundry. The laundry room on Lido Deck is a little cramped. The one on Deck 8 is bigger and seems to be less crowded as well. Our cabin was a spa interior on Deck 11. If you have reduced mobility and want a spa cabin, I would highly suggest getting one on Deck 10. There are only 2 elevators going up to decks 11 & up and it literally took sometimes 15 minutes before the elevator actually arrived. It gets worse when it's about an hour before sail away since everyone is coming back on the ship. Deck 10 has I think 6 elevators. Around the middle of our cruise however, a lovely gentleman gave me the "trick" which was to press on both arrows when requesting the elevator. After that, we only waited max 2 minutes. The cabin itself was good. A little small but it's to be expected with an interior. They brought us a crib for the baby but it was a metal crib that looked like a hospital bed. Our son moves a lot when he sleeps so it just wasn't working for him. There is a lot of storage and the bathroom is super clean. Water pressure in the shower was great. The only thing is we didn't have a shampoo and shower gel dispenser until the third day. We did have our Elemis products and obviously preferred those anyway. We had your time dining which worked out great for us since we were travelling with our 8 month old. The waiter team we had was fantastic. We requested to be with them for the entirety of our cruise. Both my husband and I were very satisfied with the food that was served. We would give the baby the soup appetizer and he loved it. Service was quick but it never felt as though they were kicking you out to make more space for other diners. We never felt rushed. We always had a highchair for our son ready as we arrived. After supper, we always went to the Havana Bar which was AMAZING. I'm a salsa dancer and the band was great. They played a variety of music (salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia). They also had great music when they would take breaks, more urban though like Reggaeton. Major plus here was that we could bring our baby and let him sleep in the stroller while we had some adult fun since there is no minimum age like in the Liquid Lounge. There are no kids running around though. I think we saw maybe one four or five year old on one night. We ate breakfast and lunch most times at the Lido Marketplace. We would go a little "off" hours because it would tend to get crowded and it would become difficult finding a table. The food was great. Lots of choices for us and we would give yogurt to our baby. The only thing that seemed odd to me (or just wasn't thought of) was that there is no changing table in the main dining room bathroom. I had to change my baby lying down over the sinks which proved to be quite a challenge. Thankfully there was a lady from housekeeping who was always more than willing to help and oddly would always walk in or be cleaning the bathroom when my baby needed a change. Thank goodness she was there to lend me a hand. Our itinerary was fantastic and was the main reason we chose to sail on Carnival Sunshine. We were not disappointed. Overall we had an amazing experience and would definitely sail again on Sunshine. Port 6 - Messina - We took the Godfather tour with Carnival and most definitely recommend it. We saw parts of Sicily that you cannot see by visiting on your own. Towns on top of cliffs. Driving on road that you feel as if if someone were to shift in the bus, you'd go tumbling down into the abyss. Canoli that are out of this world and a beautiful landscape. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
First time cruiser. I didn't pay much attention to reviews before I left, thought I would make my own decisions. Not sure where the $155 million went. Others said the same. Main pool was closed most of the time so we got a $50 ... Read More
First time cruiser. I didn't pay much attention to reviews before I left, thought I would make my own decisions. Not sure where the $155 million went. Others said the same. Main pool was closed most of the time so we got a $50 room credit. I guess I didn't realize how bad the smoking would be. There are designated areas but they weren't enforced. First morning at breakfast getting salsa at the salsa bar and a man standing there smoking right over the food. We also were eating at the table near by. We said something to the waiter and he said they weren't supposed to smoke there but "people do". Not supposed to smoke on Serenity Deck either but some did. We could hardly be on our balcony as cabin in front of us smoked and they seemed to sit on balcony a lot smoking. Carnival needs to figure a way to separate smoking and non- smoking. I should be able to be on my balcony (that I paid more for) and not have to be bombarded with smoke. Food was good sometimes and mediocre others. Asian and Mexican food was good as it was cooked to order. Hamburgers were ok but already sitting in a warming bin. Dining room meals were hit and miss. Our dining room waiters were excellent!!! We saw many arguments over lounge chairs. You were not supposed to reserve chairs but most people did. Watched one lady throw a fit over someone taking her chair while she left to eat. Screamed and cried for about 45 minutes to security. Really? It's a lounge chair. We took our chances on chairs and eventually got them. What is with you people going out at the crack of dawn, wrapping up in towels and sleeping while saving several chairs? We had our latte one morning on the deck. Got out there about 7a.m. And all the chairs on the Serenity Decks were full with towels and books. Most people didn't show up to there chairs for a few hours. Not a very fair way to handle seating. Our water shut off in the middle of a shower and our toilet quit flushing one day. They were quick to fix both. Girls at coffee bar were great! Couldn't be in casino if you don't like smoke. Entertainment was good in Liquid Lounge. Comedians were hit and miss with one making fun of someone in audience that obviously had some special needs. Very uncomfortable for everyone. Did one shore excursion and it was a waste of money. We did much better on our own and saved a lot of money. Spent 30 euros each for gondola ride and water taxi back and forth to boat Carnival charged 88 per person for same thing. Most people said they are on Carnival because of the price. I can see that. Carnival is cheap if you want to take a cruise. They have very poor customer service if you have any issues. The customer service on the ship was decent but not if dealing with Carnival directly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Let me preface this review by saying that this was actually my very 1st cruise. I went with my wife and another couple to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. So to make it a bit more special I booked the balcony on the "Cloud 9" ... Read More
Let me preface this review by saying that this was actually my very 1st cruise. I went with my wife and another couple to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. So to make it a bit more special I booked the balcony on the "Cloud 9" spa level. Warning the 1st paragraph is all about the horrible situation we were on for the inaugural sailing and most items were fixed by time we disembarked. We arrived in the Venice port and waited for about an hour after embarkation started only to be greeted with our room key and a letter stating our rooms will not be ready until 5pm that night. The letter also stating we would get a free lunch at their premium steak house and a $30 on board credit to pay for a water taxi to mess around in Venice while we waited for our room. We thought "not bad" since our plan was to just throw our bags in our room and go explore Venice anyways. By the time we got on the ship, left our carry on bags with the front desk and ate lunch; it was almost 5:00pm. So we decided to enjoy free champagne they were serving on the ship and went up to our rooms. When we got to the room our floor was on, we were met with over dozen workers that were putting tile down, stripping wires, and replacing ceiling tiles. We could not even get to our room door. So we stuck with our original plan and went out into Venice. After a great time (except it rained) in Venice we returned to the ship around midnight. Our floor was still not finished and we could not get into our rooms. It wasn't until 1am we could get into our rooms. However, when we entered our room there was a metal trash can catching a leak in the ceiling, the toilet didn't work and the water pressure was extremely low. Every morning on the ship we were woken up to workers in our hall way working. We had a lot of of foot traffic from otehr people because the spa was on our level and that was the only place to get a shower and go to bathroom for almost the entire front of the ship. Are toilets would go out multiple times a day and usually at the worst possible time. I was afraid to go #2 in my own cabin because the toilet might not flush and the cabin would stink. We would lose water mutliple times a day, sometimes in the morning when we were in the rush to make our shore excursions. The pools didn't work, which I didnt mind because I dont use the pools and it was kind of cold. However, since the pools, "splash Zone", and sports area were all closed for all buy one day, they let the children play and hang out on the serentiy deck where the adult pool and spas were. There were tons of other problems but I won't get into it. Now onto my review of the ship when it was working. Embarkation: Again, my 1st cruise so I really dont have anything to compare it to. Embarkation was at noon, our zone number got at around 1pm. We were on the ship around 2pm. Public Rooms: Sorry not sure was public room mean specifically. However I can say most public areas, including casino, bars, bathrooms, and lounge areas were always clean. you could definitly tell the ship was refurbished because everything look new and shiny. Cabin: Throwing out all the problems I had. The cabins are actually quite nice. Roomy and the setup is done very well. Again the shiny new look was in the cabins as well. The shower was great and the bathrooms were good. The bed was kind of firm but that is how I like it anyways. Fitness & Recreation These were not so go due to two problems. 1. the sports square was not completed until the last day on the ship. However, even if it was done, I found it to be kind of disappointing. The rope course really didn't appeal to me and did not look fun at all. 2. the fitness room did not have free weights yet which was a bummer for me. Also any class or anything you do in there, I seemed to get hounded by fitness staff to buy services. Enrichment: Again any kind of enrichment classes or trying to go to the spa was met with pushy fitness/spa people trying to sell,sell, sell. The ship did not offer too many things for enrichment and not sure its because the ship wasnt ready or thats how Carnival cruises are. Rates: Whats the one thing you can say about Carnival? Most times they have the best rates when it comes to cruises. When looking for a European cruise, nobody came close to what I paid for the Carnival Cruise. Dining: Dining was great and not so great. Casual dining Great!. The 24 pizza place is tasty and convenient. The new "Fun 2.0" eateries were awesome. Guy's Buger joint was great. If I was on the ship during lunch, I hit Guy's. The Blue Iguana was great for breakfast. You could get a breakfast burrito and/or heuvos rancheros every morning. The couple we were with ate at the JJ Asian and said it was very good. We ate at JJ Asian for dinner ($12) and was very good and worth the money. The steakhouse we ate for lunch we had free and was excellent. I would have paid the money to eat there if we didn't get it for free that day. The main dining room was kind of disappointing. The food was good, but its pretty much what you would get in a nice banquet style wedding. This is because of the limitations of serving food banquet style but was hoping for a little more. Again not great but good. The only thing I hated was the breakfast buffet. There were long lines to get coffee and the food never changed. It was your typical, eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast and what not. But again it was buffet and even for a buffet the pancakes and things were not very good. I preferred my burritos in the morning. Entertainment: Was very good and quite surprised at that. We saw the adult comic almost every night because the couple we were with preferred them. Me and the wife caught the last stage show and was great. We both wish we could have hit some of the earlier stage shows during the cruise. The casino was your typical casino and I had fun there. Service: Great! I would have guess hundred of people probably would have walked off that ship if it wasn't for the great people that work on this ship. They were friendly and very helpful. It made me kind of sick watching some of the other guests yelling at some of these hard working people. Like it was their decision to sail the ship when it was not finished. Again, I would consider the service was great in a normal setting, but to also give this good of service on an unfinished ship was astounding. Shore Excursions: I did not use one Carnival Shore excursions for two reasons. First, the ship was not finished and i felt that I should not give Carnival anymore of my money until it was fixed. Second, the excursions are over priced especially if you have 4 people in your party. On every port we either pre-booked a private excursion or found a guide when we left the ship cheaper than what Carnival was offering. I'm sure this is normal on all cruise lines and recommend not using cruise line excursions, but warn you to do your homework on the places you are going to first. Value: Again the value for the ship was good. Drinks do seem overpriced but were not far off than I would pay at a normal bar. Also the drinks were poured very liberally so I only had to drink half the drinks I usually drank. Overall: Very good ship. If the Sunshine ported out of Florida and not New Orleans, I would probably try and book on it again. However, I would recommend anyone to try one of the Fun 2.0 ships that Carnival has. I will probably book a cruise on the Carnival Breeze due to it porting out of Miami. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.6
Entertainment 5.0 3.6
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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