7 Carnival Sunshine Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a difficult deck plan.Cabin was very nice I had a balcony 7249. Dining was very good except they did not follow my request that I had book from May 2017 for a table for two only.After talking very firmly with them this was resoled, We also dined at the Fahrenheit Steak house, the manager had very poor customer service skills, she however apologize for not greeting us. Entertainment and Activities was very good.Overall service was GREAT!!. Ports and Shore excursions was great I did the Island tour of Bermuda and it was wonderful.I also meet some wonderful people on board in including staff and cruisers,Overall this was a wonderful cruise and I would do this again. Capt. Greene Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Am part of a group that plans ahead and travels together. We will have a good time together no matter what. I was a little disappointed with the room steward. When on board, I had to hunt her down. My request was simple.. ice everyday and ... Read More
Am part of a group that plans ahead and travels together. We will have a good time together no matter what. I was a little disappointed with the room steward. When on board, I had to hunt her down. My request was simple.. ice everyday and just turn down service at night with of course a towel animal. Received no service that night and towards evening of the next day, she told me she would service my room in the daytime as she had too many at night... really? Dining room 2d night service was beyond horrible. We were able to switch our section thanks to any time dining and our service was never better! The piano bar which I usually enjoyed was ruined by the entertainer, she talked way too much in between songs and her language was so foul, I had to leave... not even the adult comedians could top her Shows were good. Comedy club was fantastic Casino was fun and not at all smoky as some say on other ships. Saw quite a few big winners! Getting on and off the ship was well organized Overall entertainment was good. Bar service was good Staff very friendly and accommodating overall I would definitely cruise on Sunshine again Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was a GFWC Woman's Club (all of Florida) fundraiser for Hacienda Girls Ranch. Florida Fabulous Flamingo Flock... People would say oh, you're with that ladies group. Yep, that's was us, all 90+++ & a few ... Read More
This was a GFWC Woman's Club (all of Florida) fundraiser for Hacienda Girls Ranch. Florida Fabulous Flamingo Flock... People would say oh, you're with that ladies group. Yep, that's was us, all 90+++ & a few husbands (10)... I had Priority boarding & it was swift and easy. One of my cabin mates was on a walker, but needed a wheelchair to board and they were very accommodating. Also disembarkation was a super breeze. Ordered wheel chair the night before & when we got to location we were whisked away, straight to customs, zipped through, still in wheelchair and across the street to garage where staff left her and I went for car. Porter went with me to car & loaded luggage. Again, very nice. Weather was good, except for the rain in Grand Turk which made everyone boarding look like we were having a wet tee shirt contest. Ship is smallish compared to other ships I have sailed on, but o.k. overall. I was disappointed in size of Ocean Suite but since I had seen the pictures, I knew it would not match other, larger, Carnival ships. I really dislike the way their galley is, to me, in the way of navigating the ship. Out, up over down around. Our wait staff in Sunset Dining room, Norwell, Dora and John were wonderful. Very attentive to our needs. Downright funny at times and we dressed them in flamingo headbands, heart headbands, flashing flamingo while they danced.. Called many of us by our names & remembered what your drink preference was. Food, overall was good. I had read that table cloths were done away with except for formal night, so not a surprise. To me that is a perk in cruising. Lido was crowded but we always found a seat. Bit disappointed in food selection, seemed like less than other ships. A lot of fried foods, which I do not eat. However I found other goodies. We did the Italian restaurant & it is top notch. Try it. Not really expensive either. $15 per. Entertainment was good the 2 nights we went. Theatre is really a lounge which was different. A lot of strobe lights, almost blinding, so many that the next night my cabin mates did not want to go...Don't know about the activities, but we as the WC group did a slot pull on the last sea day. Now that was a hoot and we hooped and screamed when we had a "high roller".... Made a lot of $$ for our fundraiser doing that and had several people on ship contribute to our cause, Hacienda Girls Ranch, when they found out what we were doing.. There were only 2 ports, Amber Cove which I had never been to. We did a tour, overview of area. Bus was very nice, Clean, a/c, excellent driver, tour guide was nice, but limited English, very limited. Grand Turk was the other port and we got off, did some shopping, checked out the John Glen memorial. There is a giant pool right there which, in the past, I have taken advantage of. Both ports were very clean in portside shopping areas. Over all I would recommend this cruise if you want a short, 5 day get away. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I choose this cruise because my friends told me to go with this ship. I never been on a cruise and im glad I pick this ship...The staff was amazing....Im hoping to go next year...but with the family this time....I love the dining to just ... Read More
I choose this cruise because my friends told me to go with this ship. I never been on a cruise and im glad I pick this ship...The staff was amazing....Im hoping to go next year...but with the family this time....I love the dining to just sitting on deck...I went for the balcony because i have a outside i can go to...Im glad i did pick the balcony you would love it....I did get sea sick and the staff help with that..eat green apple and drink plenty of apple juice...thanks ya for that...I owe ya one...but after that was over i enjoy my trip.This trip like any other is very memorable and worth investing...The only problem i really had...I want the captain to be more visible to certain nights.. The captain should appear at least for captain dinner... Overall of my trip i love but only two complaints was sea sick and the captain sure been around more. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I would first like to say that I was excited and curious because of all the negative reviews of the Sunshine. We chose her specifically for the itinerary since our party of four had a combined wish to see Aruba and Grand Turk and for the ... Read More
I would first like to say that I was excited and curious because of all the negative reviews of the Sunshine. We chose her specifically for the itinerary since our party of four had a combined wish to see Aruba and Grand Turk and for the Serenity decks ( always our favorite part of ships). We weren't disappointed. Even with the CDC delay at the port for embarkation ( which I was actually glad since the ship would be super clean) things went fairly well. So glad we opted for Faster to the Fun as we were first in line to finally get on and would not have wanted to be in that crazy line behind us. Prior to this, we used the Fly Snooze Cruise package from Comfort Suites in Cocoa Beach. All transportation was taken care of and our room was adequate(could use a little updating) plus free breakfast buffet and we were set. They were apprised of the delay at the port and modified transportation accordingly. Finally... ON THe SHIP! Our party had an inside Spa cabin and a balcony Spa cabin adjacent to each other on deck 12. Perfect location!! We were steps from all of the Serenity decks (3 in all!)and it was a surprisingly quiet floor when the door to the outside decks closed. Our cabins were 12021 and 12025 respectively. It turns out my hunch for 12021 was correct and it was a larger inside cabin with plenty of walkaround space on both sides of the bed and with a mini bar fridge much to the delight of my sister in law and her partner. Beautiful cabins...loved the décor and hues and the balcony for 12025 was quite large with a lounger, 2 chairs and a table. It was covered as well and the 4 of us spent many hilarious hours out there people and sea life watching. We also had the much maligned Your time dining which went off without a hitch. We checked into the system on Deck 5 near the Taste Bar and either got a pager or a seating immediately. It was just a short walk down the back stairs to the lovely Sunrise dining room. We had the new American Table menus and they were pretty decent. I missed having the complementary lobster on elegant nights but the Feast menu was pretty delicious as well. I made up for the lobster in shrimp extras lol. While I prefer having table cloths all of the time, the table settings were still very nice. Food was excellent and service impeccable. We also enjoyed the Lido Buffets, room.service breakfast ( though we sorely missed the smoked salmon selection) and the other offerings. We really liked sitting in the Havana bar for our casual meals as it was cool and uncrowded and they played great Latin music. Also, there were little Cuban tapas on offer at breakfast and lunch which were delicious! The Mongolian wok at lunchtime was fantastic but we never did try the Italian pasta buffet. I received a complimentary birthday dinner at either Jijis or the Cucina and we chose JiJis. It was served family style and it was delicious... Plenty of food for the 4 of us and we are big eaters! Truly authentic Asian specialties...best Kung Pao I have ever had. We also tried Guys burgers occasionally and the Iguana cantina tacos and burritos. All delicious! The Guinness float in the Shake place is not to be missed! The only annoying thing was the people trying to get out of washing their hands! Employees were stationed at food entry areas to make sure handwashing was happening and it was in everyone's best interest to use the auto washers and the waterless rub but there are always those that have to buck the system. It would serve them right to get ill but the 4 of stayed perfectly healthy. I was glad of the safe measures taken on board (condiments were given out by a crew member and not handled by guests, etc). The ship itself was configured a little differently than we were accustomed but it made it more interesting to find the hideaway places like the Limelight lounge, etc. The Liquid Lounge was smaller than other ships theaters and for some reason caused me and my brother in law to nod off every time we went in there. We preferred the previous format of shows that were done in the Vegas style with dancers rather than the multiple.mediocre singers and lacking sets, maybe that is why we couldn't stay awake in there! Bed hoarding and reserving continued to be a.problem but the crew initiated the timer system toward the end of the cruise. We noticed people on deck before light placing items on chairs and then not arriving until 9 or 10 am. That could use more policing but it puts the crew in a bad position and it shouldn't have to be that way. We were very lucky with weather and sea conditions throughout the cruise and we loved all of the ports and are anxious to return to them for a second or third look. Beautiful sea conditions for our sail and snorkel in Aruba, visibility was fantastic and I actually free dived and.touched the wreck of the Antilla. Curacao was stunning with its architecture and we welcomed the rain shower in the afternoon after a day of walking and sightseeing. Grand Turk was pristine and we had a.wonderful day at Jack's Shack playing with Topher. The water was crystal clear turquoise and the Turk's Head beer went down a little too easily. We enjoyed our trek to the Conch graveyard and stayed away from the crowds at Margaritaville. I celebrated my 50 th birthday on the last seaday and it was my best birthday ever! Although we prefer the smaller ships with more outdoor space and decks, we will gladly return to the Sunshine as she has a lot to offer and is unique in her layout. People of course with their habits remain the downside to any cruise and the casino was horribly smoky but all in all she is a great ship and we had a wonderful cruise. Two in our party were first timers and.loved every minute of it...this was my seventh and DH's sixth so we had pretty good comparisons. Her decor is understated compared to others and that can be good or bad depending on your preference. The Serenity bar could stay open longer in the evening as we noticed it was really happening about the time it was closing and it was.close to the hot tub! It closed between 430 and 5 and the one evening it was supposed to be open late it was too windy for the top deck. If you are sitting the fence trying to decide to sail on her, giver her a go, you may be pleasantly surprised! We certainly were! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Overall the ship is in good shape, but it is missing a few things that a cabin really should have in this cruise market. The cabin we were in had no refrigerator. The only way to keep things cooled was to get a bucket from the bar and ... Read More
Overall the ship is in good shape, but it is missing a few things that a cabin really should have in this cruise market. The cabin we were in had no refrigerator. The only way to keep things cooled was to get a bucket from the bar and fill it with ice or to use a 6 pack cooler. There also is no interactive TV on the ship. To keep track of your balance you had to wait in line at a kiosk. You also can not get things such as messages, menus, and activities on your TV. You also can not get movies in your cabin. I would think a ship which was refurbished not too long ago would have had these items. The food in the dinning room and steak house was excellent. However the Lido Deck food left a lot to be desired. The service on the Lido Deck was poor. Tables were not cleaned and the serving staff acted as if you were a bother to them. Plus when you return from a shore excursion and your hungry, if it is past 4:00 you better be ready for pizza, sandwiches, or a hamburger. Everything else is closed up. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Ill be completely honest - i was a little anxious about spending 8 days on the sunshine since it is smaller than the Dream, Breeze, etc. but, i was highly impressed with how much there was to do with so many days at sea! Our itinerary ... Read More
Ill be completely honest - i was a little anxious about spending 8 days on the sunshine since it is smaller than the Dream, Breeze, etc. but, i was highly impressed with how much there was to do with so many days at sea! Our itinerary included 4 sea days and 3 port days (Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk), which is mainly the only reason i have for not giving this cruise the 5 Stars is deserves! Overall, the cruise was great - one that will be very memorable and as always, Carnival delivers! Destinations: We've traveled on Carnival more than enough times to count, but finally decided to visit Aruba and Curacao, hearing how amazing these ports were. Frankly, we were disappointed in them compared to many of the other tropical destinations. We did the Sail & Snorkel W/ Beach Barbecue in Aruba which was a nice excursion, but personally i was not impressed with the water, nor the atmosphere which felt like you were in Arizona (no offense to those who love Aruba and its natural beauty). In Curacao we did an island tour which was just okay, took us to some of the most rural and run down parts, where a woman on our tour even had her bag stolen out of the bus! The tour obviously did more than accommodate which was very nice, but left us little time to enjoy the port, aka the nicest part of the island. Grand Turk...BEAUTIFUL! Obviously, if you've been there you know, but this one is everyones favorite - the water, the atmosphere, everything!!! The Ship: Idk why this ship has gotten so many mixed reviews, but we absolutely loved the design, the people, the atmosphere, the entertainment, and especially the food! The casino could have been a little bigger; for those who like to gamble late night - make sure you pick your machine or stay at your table because they fill up fast! The nightclub, Liquid Lounge, isn't open every night, which was a little disappointing but they made up for it at the Havana Bar late night. The crew, especially the Hotel & Guest Services Managers are delightful, The HR and Food Managers will make your vacation worth while - take time to introduce yourselves to all these wonderful people! The layout can be somewhat tricky as its different than any other ship! Cuisine: The Havana Bar is one of the places we ate breakfast and lunch everyday on the back of the boat (Deck 9 - aft) and is nice because not many people crowd back there. We never even went into the dining room once - we ate at the spirality resultants (Jiji's and Cucina) EVERY NIGHT! We loved the special attention we got, the waiters/waitresses (Shimray, our waitress at Jiji's, was the main reason we kept coming back) were very reliable and greeted us every night! We loved how the restaurants were never too crowded either. Bonsai Sushi is one that we ate at on the last day which was delicious, a must try! The Steak House, Ferenheit 555, was not worth he money in our opinions. If you want a great steak or lobster, the formal nights in the dining room do it right the same way! There were so many dining options on this ship, including the buffet, and lets not forget Guys Burgers or those delicious Burritos! This truly made the ship a lot more enjoyable!!! Entertinament: Entertinament on this ship was pretty good! The comedians were funny in certain shows, especially Don Grey, but we really didn't see much of the stage shows, which i heard were very good! Our entertainment was in the casino most nights (and sea days), although the lido deck always had something going on from a party, to the hairy chest contest. The club, Liquid Lounge, (if you count that as entertainment) I'm not thrilled with, and wasn't so the last time i was on this ship. Its a nice idea to have the theater turn into the club, but it doesn't work - too bright and open, and doesn't have the "night club" feel most people want! Crew/Service: Everyone on this ship was polite and friendly. One of the few ships I've been on (like the valor) where everyone you meet is personable, and wants to be your friend! We enjoy meeting new people, and the Carnival Sunshine is the best place to do it! We are good friends with some of the higher up officers which mad it nice to see them, but we also made so many new friends that its impossible to forget about this cruise! Our cabin steward was very nice, and always had our rooms clean. Everyone on this ship is G.R.E.A.T.!!!! Overall, our experience on this cruise was well worth every penny! As said before, the destinations were the only disappointing thing on this cruise - excluding Grand Turk! I would recommend the Carnival Sunshine to everyone, just maybe not this itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
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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