7 Carnival Sunshine Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise due to the itineraries and so glad we did. We travelled with 2 of our closest friends for my 50th. 8 days of nothing but FUN!!! The staff was simply amazing and always accommodating! The ports of call where amazing! ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the itineraries and so glad we did. We travelled with 2 of our closest friends for my 50th. 8 days of nothing but FUN!!! The staff was simply amazing and always accommodating! The ports of call where amazing! Aruba, Caucasus and Grand Turks! Cabins, although small as in all cruise ships, were wonderful! Food was plentiful.The only thing that I can actually say I was disappointed in was the pool. It was small for the amount of people that the ship holds, so we just didn't go in. The Serenity Area for adults was awesome, be careful getting into the hammocks, but once you are in, you will not want to come out! I highly recommend the Land and Sea excursion booked from the ship. We had a blast. We live near beaches so when we travel we want to see the island, learn their history, this did just that. Afterword, we were taken to a submarine and saw a World War II Sunken Ship...won't tell you the story behind it, that would be a spoiler alert! I would recommend this ship to anyone, just refurbished in 16, the ship is beautiful! Hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Chose this cruise because of where it was going and the ports of call, the dates and where is was sailing out of. The ship was recently redone so I figured it can't be too beaten up or worn out. I was disappointed with how hard it was ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of where it was going and the ports of call, the dates and where is was sailing out of. The ship was recently redone so I figured it can't be too beaten up or worn out. I was disappointed with how hard it was to get chairs on the deck or serenity deck, Way too crowded. And the Limelight lounge was a ridiculous set up that if you sat to the side of the stage, you got to watch the whole show on a monitor. That was stupid. I earned enough points in casino (1500) to qualify for free drinks...problem being, you place an order and it takes them 45 minutes to get the drink to you. By then you have moved on to a new machine. I had qualified for free drinks for 2 days and got exactly 2 free drinks for all the time I spent in there!!!! THe Alchemy bar was really slow on taking and serving drinks. . Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Fun is the Fun Cruise Line. It's been many years since I've sailed on a Carnival Fun Ship. I've cruised a few times on other lines and established a family during the interim. This time I sailed with DW, 10 year old DD, ... Read More
Fun is the Fun Cruise Line. It's been many years since I've sailed on a Carnival Fun Ship. I've cruised a few times on other lines and established a family during the interim. This time I sailed with DW, 10 year old DD, and 1.5 year old DS. Carnival is the best ship for kids (I've never ridden on Disney which I hear is great, but pricey). This can be bad if you don't like to crazy of a hoard of children. We sailed the Sunshine during the off season in October so there wasn't the rush and roar of kids, far more retirees, than I remembered from Carnivals past. I was told by Camp Carnival there were 200 kid passengers, which isn't a lot out of 3000 passenger. We saw very few teens, quite a few baby/toddlers. Camp Carnival was always less than 10 kids, often just 3 or 4. It was nice. My DD was a first time cruiser, at first she was reluctant camper, but on the last 2 days she did not want to leave the camp carnival area for the video games (she loves Minecraft) and made a friend. We also let DD the freedom to check in and out of the camp carnival area. The ports are normal, excuse to get out and stretch your legs, try out some local fare and buy some souvenir trinkets. I've done St. John and Halifax many times. I was only off the ship with the family to walk the enclosed mall, to the park. Halifax I stayed in. DS had lots of in the suite, he taught himself to clime the bunk ladder. Unlike at home we let him make a mess of crumbs, knowing the wonderful room steward would vacuum up the crumbs. He loved to run up and down the LONG hall -- so much energy. He loved to investigate the pirate ship in the playground for 2-5 year olds. We only sad they only let DS play in the camp carnival play area from 8AM to 10AM on sea days accompanied by us. For other hours meant leaving him alone in childcare which we are not ready to do. Overall food was good and fresh, better than average (for mainstream cruise lines I've done). As extras we did sushi and asian restaurant. The asian restaurant was good appetizers (soup and shimp dumplings) but disappointing mains -- too salty and too much soy sauce. I don't remember the dessert so it must not have been any good. The sushi was good quality -- but the sushi boat only comes with 3 pieces per person so I had to order more. I liked the main dining room breakfast (wonderful corn beef hash), even if the menu was the same every day. We had MDR dinner twice and both times they messed up a bit of our order -- too many dishes, missing dishes, missing drinks. MDR takes a long time if you aren't into a long leisurely chat or slow time dinner. Lido was fine, solid breakfast, with lunch choices of mongolian stir fry (though I think it was quick boiled), to order pasta, sandwich bar, mexican bar, burger joint, 24 hour pizza, ice cream machine, hot coco. The taste bar on 5th floor had surprising foods. The 1 day chocolate dessert special was small, -- I guess they don't do chocolate festival anymore -- probably too wasteful. Entertainment choices was satisfying. Great cruise director in Emma Nixon -- her enthusiasm and british wit (sorry I though she was Australian at first) really was cute and infectious. I don't know how she doesn't lose her voice entirely, she seemed everywhere -- from Dr Suess story time, to game shows, to PA announcements, to Karaoke MC. For the youngters and young at heart there is the big (for a ship) water park with 3 slides, elevated rope course (scared the jeebus out of me, but some of the kids went on a bunch of times), mini sports area -- it was very few folks due to the cool weather and many retirees on board, but it was still open and available to do. Comedy club comedians and piano bar player were skilled -- but the entertainment went from clean PG to hard R after 10:30. Lots of cursing and adult stories at night. I didn't go the the night club area -- which is converted from the main performance area after dark. The Sunshine Casino was big and busy. I won a few bucks, and got a free drink fro sitting a the table game. Lots of new slot machines. Great ending with the fastest disembarkation ever -- we went out with the first group at 8AM and were off she ship at 8:10AM. 2 customs agents were fast and professional in check our our docs and waving us through -- even with 2 green cards and an immigration extension letter. All in all a great time -- carnival makes a great use of its space and lives up to its moniker as the Fun Ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Embarkation was excellent, on board within 30 minutes of arrival. The room was in excellent shape and to our surprise we had a refrigerator in the room, all of the comments suggested this was not the case on the sunshine so we brought ... Read More
Embarkation was excellent, on board within 30 minutes of arrival. The room was in excellent shape and to our surprise we had a refrigerator in the room, all of the comments suggested this was not the case on the sunshine so we brought a cooler to adapt. We found no problems with understaffing, Bar staff were prompt at returning to our table for refreshing our drinks and always smiling and fun. Had a ball with Cruise Director Donkey, the voice from above, and enjoyed the shows , piano bar, atrium bar entertainment, Red Frog pub, a few trivia contests, the previous cruisers party etc.... Dining room staff were enjoyable and attentive to our needs, found the food to be cruise perfect. We enjoyed all of our ports of call. Upon arrival back to Port Canaveral there was a problem in the terminal that delayed debarkation but Carnival staff (donkey) kept us informed and nobody was showing any signs of irritation, things happen, Got off the ship about an hour late but sailed right through customs with no other issues. Would definitely cruise the Sunshine again with no hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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
I have been on many different Carnival and Disney ships, and to walk into the atrium and see the big shiny Sun, I knew fun was sure to follow! The crew on board were so friendly and bright and Jamie Dee needs to be the new Carnival ... Read More
I have been on many different Carnival and Disney ships, and to walk into the atrium and see the big shiny Sun, I knew fun was sure to follow! The crew on board were so friendly and bright and Jamie Dee needs to be the new Carnival Ambassador! There were so many awesome and fun activities, and she was a ball of fun! I loved Red Frog and Ocean Plaza, which is where I spent a lot of time when not donating to the casino. The casino hosts were kind in teaching me some of the games, though I still kept donating! JiJi's is, by far, one of the best dining experiences EVER! The pork belly and duck are TO DIE FOR!! I really enjoyed the layout of the piano bar, 88, as it was intimate and Lacey, our pianist was OUTSTANDING and extremely personable, plus ADORABLE!! The Serenity Deck was awesome! We loved lounging out at night the first few nights, then after our room changed we spent more time on our balcony. The only "downfalls" I found were our first cabin had a large banging noise in the beginning, but we were lucky to be able to move, however-this wouldn't have ruined my cruise as when I'm on the ocean, I find my peace of mind. Your Time dining in the beginning was a bit hard until we found a comfortable flow. We are a roll with the punches type of cruisers. The Punchliners is small and weirdly shaped but we made a point to get there early to sit facing the stage, however if we didn't then we sat on the side and watched through the tv and enjoyed anyways. In the end, I really loved the ship and any flaw that anyone could mention a happy and silver lining could be found! We sail her again October and can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Let me start off this review with the fact that I have been in the Travel Industry for over 25 years and traveled all most of the cruise lines. I had a small incentive group on the Carnival Sunshine the week of February 9-16, 2014. It has ... Read More
Let me start off this review with the fact that I have been in the Travel Industry for over 25 years and traveled all most of the cruise lines. I had a small incentive group on the Carnival Sunshine the week of February 9-16, 2014. It has been a couple of years since I was on a Carnival ship and my expectations from the reviews was that I was not going to have a good time nor would my group. Honestly, the reviews I read on here are not even close to the same ship I was on, the ship is beautiful and it was nice to see carnival change out the neon look for a more upscale LED lighting look. If you are looking for problems then of course you are going to find something wrong with a ship, plane, hotel or a destination but if you just enjoy what you have and the experience taking place, in my opinion all will turn out well. Ship- I could not tell that it was an older ship as the billion dollars that Carnival put into this ship made it shine like it was brand new. I loved most everything about the ship and will highlight the positives and list out the couple of odd things (please do not read into this as negative, as I have no negative things to say in my review). Food- The food was very good in the main dining room and I was pleasantly surprised every night. You must try the Guys Burger joint as they have the most delicious cheeseburgers. In general all the food was really good, would like to see the buffet change up a little each day and was not a huge fan of the scrambled eggs each morning. Now here is what I found to be odd, the buffet does not have an omelet station inside the buffet area, if you want a cook to order egg or omelet, you have to go to the Havana Bar which has a small breakfast set up offering a smaller selection of breakfast items. I found the location of the Havana Bar to be odd as on most ships the buffet area takes up the entire back of the ship but on the Carnival Sunshine the Havana Bar (also the location of the Chinese and Italian specialty restaurants during the evening) takes up the back of the ship. Entertainment- As I told the people in my group on the first day – “if you are not having fun this week, then you just are not trying”. Carnival does the best job on the sea of keeping people entertained and the Carnival Sunshine did not disappoint. Not even sure where to start with this, the shows in the Liquid Lounge are top notch and I really enjoyed them. The live entertainment throughout the ship are all great and I have to comment specifically on Andy Ferguson who was the guitar soloist on this cruise, keep a look out for his name as he is going to be big one day, he is just that good and entertaining. Carnival just knows how to make people have fun and on this ship they did parties in the Atrium on a few nights and let me tell you it was a blast. I will end my review talking about the ship staff. Everyone from all departments are just so nice and friendly and are genuinely doing so to make the trip fun and enjoyable. Butch (Cruise Director) is so lively and upbeat all the time and personable and just a joy to hear each day and see on stage. I highly recommend the Carnival Sunshine and plan to travel on her again. I was working this trip and will say it was an “amazing” cruise experience and one that I will never forget. Wish I could say that about some of the cruises I have taken in the past on other cruise lines who sell themselves as “a good time”. Carnival knows how to have FUN and in my opinion the Carnival Sunshine is an amazing fun ship.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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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