Sail Date: August 2019
This was our very 1st cruise, and even though we got rained out in our ports of call and some on the ship,we had a blast! i don't think we were even in Half Moon Cay 2hrs when the Captain pulled the plug, we were thankful for a ... Read More
This was our very 1st cruise, and even though we got rained out in our ports of call and some on the ship,we had a blast! i don't think we were even in Half Moon Cay 2hrs when the Captain pulled the plug, we were thankful for a Captain looking out for our safety! i honestly can't say enough about the staff/crew, they were all amazing! ESPECIALLY when it came to the elderly & special needs on board. I'm one to watch people, and i observed over and over the special care & priority that they took with the elderly and special needs, i was highly impressed! even if you don't drink/party {we don't} you will have a great time on board! also, the cruise director, Adam Cornes, was awesome & SO funny... I would go again just to hear him! i've also got to say, i was very pleased with our room steward, Joel, a very nice man & very diligent! I'm already in the process of planning another Sunshine cruise with my sisters, for my 50th birthday next year! Lova Mull Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
First off let me say that I am not an avid cruiser. This was my 5th cruise in a 20 year span. My family and I have always cruised Royal Caribbean and decided to give Carnival a shot since the port is only 3.5 hours from our home. To begin ... Read More
First off let me say that I am not an avid cruiser. This was my 5th cruise in a 20 year span. My family and I have always cruised Royal Caribbean and decided to give Carnival a shot since the port is only 3.5 hours from our home. To begin with I had a lot of questions about the Carnival process and came here to Cruise Critic for help and it paid off. Learning the little tricks of the ship and shore excursions from past guest definitely added to our experience. Let me start with the embarkment process. First you will arrive at the port and the folks there will unload your vehicle for you and take your luggage onboard for you. Make sure you tip the guy a few bucks! Then you will be directed to park. Be prepared to walk about 200 yards to the main building for check in. Not a bad walk at all. Have your Birth Certificate and Driver's License in your hand. A passport is great but not necessary. Once in that building you move pretty quick. They will then direct you to the charter buses outside to take you to the boarding ramp. Tip the bus driver a few bucks! Once you are on the boarding ramp you will be directed to the security baggage check line. You will then place your carry on onto a scanner machine where the friendly security folks will run it through their machine. After that you are on your way! The total time my wife and I spent at the port was about 25 minutes total and we did not purchase "Faster to The Fun" from Carnival. Once onboard you will notice friendly/Inviting staff that will answer any question. Your stateroom will not be available to 1:30 so head up to Deck 9 and grab lunch and try everything! Be aware that the tea is unsweet and the cups are very small. Once our room was available we headed up and settled in to our cabin. Our cabin number was 11008. It was on the Serenity Deck level which is adult only. Our cabin steward was Emerson and he was awesome. He made our stay comfortable and answered every question we had. Our room was a balcony suite and worth the extra money. The bed was very, very comfortable and I am very picky about where I sleep. The pillows were vey soft and big. The room itself was bigger than others we have stayed in on RC and perfect for two adults. The bathroom was big as well. The soap that is supplied for guest on the ship does not lather well so bring your own. In all our cabin was great with exception of the soap so all is good so far. After we got settleed we headed out to explore the ship and found ourselves at the Serentity Spa. Big mistake! The staff there were friendly and took my wife and I on a tour of the spa. Big mistake. They were boarderline pushy about selling their products and it detered my wife and I from ever going back in there even though we had free spa treatment vouchers given to us because we booked a Serenity Suite Room. On to the food! The Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse is the best. You will not regret it. The steaks are amazing. It cost my wife and I $38 a piece to eat there and it is a 4 course meal! The cheese cake is huge and unlike anything Ive ever eaten in the cheesecake world. Amazing! It was so good, we ate there twice. The ships buffet on deck 9 was good but Guys Burgers was great. I ate alot of Guys Burgers and they are free. The breakfast buffet is good and has just about everything you could ask for. The coffee is below average and the juices provided were average but satisfiying. On tuesday night my wife and I tried the Main Dining room. They seated us right away but that was it. We sat there for about 10 minutes and that was it. We got up and left. We then went up to the Cucina del Capiitano restaurant. It was great. The best Italian food we have ever eaten. Now for the entertainment on the cruise. The shows were good and the cast were above average performers. Adam the cruise director was great and James kept everyone laughing. However Ty was rude at times with guest and at one point told a lady that came in the wrong door to never do that again. He told her this over the PA system and made that lady look like a child. She reacted to his lecture alot better than I would have. That was totally uncalled for on Ty's behalf. Very unprofessional. Onto excurisions. Half Moon Cay was the best!! Better than any beach we have ever seen. Make sure you get off the boat early to get the best chairs but if you dont, no worries they have plenty. You do not need towels from the boat. They provide them on the island. The sand there is unbelievable and the water is perfect. The most amazing beach ever! Did I mention amazing enough about this beach? Bring your own snorkle gear and an inflatable float. It will save you money and you will have plenty of room to just float around and enjoy the sun. No beach that RC or Disney has can compare to Half Moon Cay! Now about Nassau. My wife and I booked the Blue Lagoon VIP Beach Day. It was just ok. The beach was rocky, very dangerous if you are elderly or someone with previous health injuries like neck or back surgery The staff on Blue Lagoon were very nice and attended to our every need. The VIP excursion came with snorkle gear and bottled water all day. The lunch buffet was really good and the staff was was very friendly. Also if you decide to do this exersion bring water shoes and towels! YOU WILL NEED WATER SHOES!!!!! Very rocky beach. Our overall experience was good with Carnival. The only problems we saw that Carnival could do much better at is the muster drill that happens pre-sail and exiting the boat for excursions. It is organized chaos and causes stairway roadrage with guest. Guest are literally shoulder to shoulder and nobody can move. if you dont like confined spaces wait till the crowd clears to head out. The disemarkment process was well organized. You have a choice of carrying your own luggage off or checking your luggage. If you can carry your stuff then do it but if you pack like my wife, check your luggage. The process is super easy and they will call you by tag numbers depending on the tag number you pick the night before disemarkment. No worries. If you check your bags, they will be waiting on you in the building where the US Customs Security team await. The US Customs Officers are friendly and do a great job getting you through the line fairley quickly. Once you get through customs, you and your luggage will then be directed to the charter buses to take you back to the parking lot. If your luggage is heavy, the porters there will carry them for you to the buses. Tip them! When you get to the buses they will load your luggage on trailers to carry them back to the parking lot. When you exit the buses at the parking lot, your luggage will be right there waiting on you. No worries. Then off you go back to the real world. We really enjoyed our first Carnival experience and will probably do it again. 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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Absolutely awful cruise to go on as a honeymoon, should have just spent the entire week in Charleston instead of getting on the boat. Cons: Drinks should not include 18 percent gratuity for just grabbing a beer out of the cooler and ... Read More
Absolutely awful cruise to go on as a honeymoon, should have just spent the entire week in Charleston instead of getting on the boat. Cons: Drinks should not include 18 percent gratuity for just grabbing a beer out of the cooler and should not be around 8 ish per beer. Toilets had no water in them and I had to fill the toilet with water just to get everything down. Breakfast was awful, lunch selections good, service at dinner all but two nights was terrible and should not have charged us the extra server tip. Definitely not worth the money. Not enough selection of engaging events for mid 20 year olds when it rained all day when we were at seas on those specific days. Did not purchase alcohol package and glad we didn’t bc you can’t even use it at half moon cay. Had our drinks confiscated from us at the beginning and they didn’t give a damn about returning them to us at the end of the cruise. 1 bottle of wine per person and they couldn’t even return it to us. Lunch on half moon cay was decent but had to stand in a line forever to get it. They sit you like a foot from dinner guests and we personally like space when we eat. Don’t want to listen to others conversations. Things advertised on website are not the same as what is actually on ship. Laundry rooms suck and do not dry clothes even though they advertise as being new. Pros Nice room stewards Half moon cay is beautiful Overall: would not recommend this to a young couple who have other bills to pay, they will stick you with every little thing they can. Will not be going on carnival again. Nothing is engaged towards our age group when weather doesn’t allow you to lay by pools. If someone from carnival sees this they should just refund our money bc it was not geared towards our age group as we walked around bored the two days it rained when we were at sea. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had some time off for spring break. There were four of us all adults who were out of school for the week and in need of some relaxation and vitamin sea. We picked this cruise for the 8 days and haven't been to any of these ports ... Read More
We had some time off for spring break. There were four of us all adults who were out of school for the week and in need of some relaxation and vitamin sea. We picked this cruise for the 8 days and haven't been to any of these ports before. I personally think that vacations are what you make of them. They can be as busy as you choose or as relaxing as you choose. No not everything will always be perfect but if you let people or things stress you out then shame on you, it defeats the purpose of vacationing. This cruise was absolutely AMAZING. We have never been on the Sunshine before and we loved the different layout than those ships we've been on in the past. We loved how they had all the food places in the different areas of the ship. We always love the DELI, and GUYS burgers did not dissapoint. We didn't try the italian or wok place except for breakfast so cannot comment on that. They had food/snacks in the Havana Bar and by the Ocean plaza that were never as busy as the lido buffet. Food in the dining room this cruise was superb. Every single night we each tried multiple appetizers or entrees and loved them all.(oops not ALL there was one pasta dish that I didn't like the sauce of) Some appetizers we liked we ordered seconds or thirds of and had no problem getting them served. Lobster night and filet mignon nights were delish, prime rib was done perfectly, in the past we've had problems with steaks or lobster being too done but not this time. Enjoyed a good variety of desserts with baked Alaska being my fave. We did have my time dining every night and it went fairly smooth. We had to wait for a few minutes each night but that wasn't a problem, we just signed in online & it texted when our table was ready so we'd have a drink at the Red Frog Pub or Alchemy Martini Bar. Unfortunately not the same wait staff each night but we still had pretty good service. We also did do breakfast in the dining room most days and the food/staff were just as good early morning. I loved the steak & eggs(yes same filet mignon at dinner) and the brunch mac & cheese was almost as good as Noodles & Company. We definitely put the midnight pizza bar to the test. Hit it all but one night after casino, shows, or piano bar and it was good and very very busy(so take your patience with you). The cruise director MIKEY is awesome. I think he was the best we've seen. Always energetic and friendly. Don't miss the 80's trivia in the atrium bar IT WAS A BLAST. Get seats to enjoy the entertainment and laughs :) His assistant Nicky from England was fun and top notch as well. We did play trivia throughout the week and the hosts were fun and witty. Music around the ship was plentiful and enjoyed by all. We loved Cassidy Rae Wilson in the Piano Bar. It was her last week working so she is back to Australia until the fall, but we hope to cruise with her again. The gentleman that plays on the stairwell outside of the sports bar, pixels photo area, and above atrium bar was so good. I feel bad that I forget his name but he played tunes that everyone enjoyed, oldies thru current definitely a good singer. The duet of Young Patches were pretty good as well they played through different areas of the ship. They are from Cali and definitely look hipster :) RB & The Sunshine Band always had good tunes as well. Their 80s night was great!! Don't miss the Red Frog Bar on this ship . 1/2 price happy hour every day with fish bowls and other special drinks. They have karaoke, shuffleboard and foosball in the back as well. The Punchliner Comedy Club had some good talent for sure. Missed one night but they sure did put smiles on our faces. ADULT SERENITY AREA ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW !! This is the best from our 13 cruises. We've been on Carnival and 2 RCCL and this was just so relaxing and had so much room and on three decks. LOVED IT :) Aruba: what a beautiful place. We spent the day at MooMba Beach, Aruba and it did not disappoint. We changed clothes at the Holiday Inn and very much enjoyed this port. We had booked on our own a sunset sail with The Jolly Pirate and had an amazing time on that 5:30-7:30pm excursion. It was good for adults as well as the several families aboard seemed to have a good time. Curacao: another beautiful place. We spent the afternoon at the Renaissance hotel right at the port. It has two infinity pools and a small beach. It was nice, quiet and very relaxing. Absolutely breath taking and not very crowded at all. You can get a day pass at the resort by just walking up. Amber Cove Dominican: we had heard there were lazy rivers, pools, zip lining, volleyball etc..... right at the pier so we did not make any plans for this day. We slept in, ate breakfast and spent a few hours here. They have $10 buckets of beer and lots of fun stuff to do. You can zip line all day for $20/person. Everyone we saw here seemed to be enjoying themselves. We will definitely do this again. The other couple we were with tried to get a taxi to the beach but it was on the other side of the island and they wanted $60 each way for a taxi, needless to say they enjoyed the area right at the port. PS) As you made read in other reviews from this week DISEMBARKING was not fun. There were delays and our ship arrived late plus we had to clear customs. Lots of people were not off the ship till 10:30 or later and people were pissed.......... This is why cruise lines suggest you fly out in the afternoon in case of issues. Lots of people missed flights etc..... sad for those who had this happen but it is what it is and hopefully everyone made it home safely Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Our cabin steward was excellent, but that was about all; he was named Lamphong and he was great. Otherwise, the cruise was fairly mediocre, stopping in several Caribbean ports including their manufactured island in the Bahamas. We had a ... Read More
Our cabin steward was excellent, but that was about all; he was named Lamphong and he was great. Otherwise, the cruise was fairly mediocre, stopping in several Caribbean ports including their manufactured island in the Bahamas. We had a veranda room looking out at the very aft of the ship, which cost more than the regular veranda rooms. We were surprised to find a dinky veranda, no larger that the others on either side of the ship. The main dining room featured formica tables without table cloths; I thought they perhaps could add to this truck stop theme by placing squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard, and perhaps hot sauce, in a little stainless steel holder. Much better was the Havana Bar on the Lido deck, which featured excellent omelettes each morning. Also, the hamburger stand by the very small pool was great. No bathrobes, no binoculars, nothing extra. This ship, unlike other Carnivals, did have a library with more than a dozen books, and it did have ample launderettes. The prime rib was paper-thin and tough, but the steak and eggs for breakfast in the main dining room had a small fillet mignon. Overall, this ship and cruise did not compare to a similar one we took a few months ago on Holland America. The ship itself is ship-shape, and we give them high marks for the embarkation and disembarkation process as well as luggage delivery. Carnival knows how to move people. The entertainment was fine. I'll confess that we'd already taken shore excursions to the ports we stopped at, so we benefited from low population around the pool on port days. It was harum-scarum at the pool on sea days. This was a adult cruise, so I can't comment on kid's activities, but Carnival has a great reputation for that sort of thing. Overall the best thing I can say is that our cabin service was superior. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We cruised on this ship when it was the Destiny and had a great experience. This was the total opposite. Let me first say that our cruise director Mikey was AMAZING. I’d sail with him as CD again any day, he went above and beyond. ... Read More
We cruised on this ship when it was the Destiny and had a great experience. This was the total opposite. Let me first say that our cruise director Mikey was AMAZING. I’d sail with him as CD again any day, he went above and beyond. Pros: JiJi Restaurant was wonderful! Make sure to try the pork belly, pot stickers, and the wide noodles. This is family style dining so everyone gets to try each dish. Service was amazing! Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse is a must! Our top choices were the smoked oysters, essence of tomato shots from the chef, and of course the ribeye. Great service & great food. Cons: This is the first cruise I’ve ever been on that most of the staff were rude or just plain ignored passengers. We normally tip very well, but walked off this ship without tipping above those already billed. The lido buffet was AWFUL! The only thing we ate in there was breakfast 3 times and two salads for lunch. Same bland, greasy, over cooked food every day. Not sure what was going on with the elevators but they were slow and most of the time blew by your floor. Waited more than five minutes several times. Maybe the elevator problem had something to do with children allowed to play in the elevators. An example, we entered an elevator with a approx 12 year old boy sitting in the floor eating an ice cream cone. The boy was laughing at the fact he had pushed all the buttons and was just riding up and down. His buddy was doing the same in the adjacent elevator. Want a deck chair? Better get up at 5 am to reserve one. Staff were allowing passengers to hold chairs by placing their belongings there for hours at a time. Want peace on the Serenity deck? Better find a better place, like front row center at a heavy metal concert. No where to sit, loud, kids running around. I think Carnival really missed the mark when the started doing away with the aft adults only pool areas. Did I say the staff? We had Your Time Dining, one side of the dining room was pleasant and the other actually gave me a dirty look. The bright spot was Nestor and his team including Jennifer who never stopped smiling. I’d give the other wait staff’s name that gave me a dirty look but he never gave us his name & didn’t spend enough time at our table to notice his name tag. We did enjoy our room steward but the cabin aft deck 7 had an odd amount of dust everywhere. Also we had a mildew smell in our cabin that seemed to be coming from the drain. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We sailed on the Sunshine in June 2018 and we enjoyed the ship so much, that when we returned home we booked a New Year's Eve cruise on her. Even chose the same cabin. I don't want to be redundant, so I won't repeat ... Read More
We sailed on the Sunshine in June 2018 and we enjoyed the ship so much, that when we returned home we booked a New Year's Eve cruise on her. Even chose the same cabin. I don't want to be redundant, so I won't repeat everything from my review of our June cruise, but I do want to let everyone who hasn't sailed on the Sunshine know that the negative reviews I have read are way off the mark. The ship is clean and the crew is wonderful. Always cheerful and helpful. This cruise was just my wife and me, no kids, and we had an absolute blast. We have our own way of cruising, so maybe our opinion doesn't apply to everyone. First, we rarely visit the main dining room...ever. It just takes too long for us, no matter the food or service. We did enjoy the steak house very much. We went on the first night for the free bottle of wine. We highly recommend JiJi's Asian Kitchen. Outstanding food. Also Bonsai Sushi. Guy's burgers of course, and the pizza was great. The lines moved along, no long wait. Buffet was very good when we tried it. Not everything is perfect, never is, but when I read reviews that say "it's always cold" or "it's inedible" I just have to laugh. Simply isn't true. The Alchemy bar is our favorite bar, great bartenders. The Havana Bar too. Helpful hint: You can order great coffee drinks here and avoid the lines at Java Blue. New Year's Eve at sea was so cool, definite bucket list. Kissing my baby at midnight while the ship blows its horn was unforgetable. Then dancing on the Lido deck with 3000 of my best friends. Awesome experience! Missing Amber Cove on January 1st due to high winds was a bit of a let down, but I never heard anyone complain, or saw any fighting over deck chairs (we were poolside when the announcement was made about Amber Cove). It is what it is, don't let it ruin your day. We decided to take a nap (a little hungover). We didn't go on this cruise for the ports anyway. Grand Turk is always fun. Walked the beach to Jack's Shack for a few drinks and a swim. Then back up to the Whales Tale for one more cocktail. (maybe two) Finally, a shout out to Mikey, one of the best CDs on any ship, anywhere. Always a pleasure. Also to Agus, our room steward, and Parviz at the Alchemy Bar. Thanks guys, you all helped make our vacation fun and relaxing. And to all the nitpicky, negative Nells out there....um, never mind, why bother. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I compare this cruise to past adventures on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC which we love. I blocked out any negative reviews regarding Carnival and ended up loving this cruise. Here is the real lowdown on the Carnival Sunshine. ... Read More
I compare this cruise to past adventures on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and MSC which we love. I blocked out any negative reviews regarding Carnival and ended up loving this cruise. Here is the real lowdown on the Carnival Sunshine. Let’s start with the things I loved. CABIN-The location of our spa room 11030 was amazing. It was steps from the waterfall and the all adults serenity deck. The size of the room was perfect and had down to the water views from the balcony .Access to the spa relaxation room and steam rooms made this room category a great choice. Make sure that you book high floors on this ship. I will explain later. Our very friendly room steward, Dhimas stocked our room with all of the beverages and items we ordered prior to the trip. He also kept the ice flowing. Loved him. He kept that room clean and ready for us. We had no trouble getting around the ship once we found out that you can walk the entire length of the ship on deck 5. That allowed us to always find elevators to our cabin on the 11th floor. FOOD-While the buffet is small and nothing to write home about when compared to other ships we’ve sailed, Carnival offers additional restaurants for breakfast and lunch like Guy’s Fieri’s Burgers and the taco/burrito Blue Iguana Cantina spots as well as the Asian/Italian , MDR and pizza area of the buffet. We never made it to Bonsai sushi which we know would have been great. The food was simply awesome! The specialty JiJi’s Asian and the Cucina Del Capitano were terrific. I am still dreaming about lamb chops and short ribs and a NY strip that was so tender. I am also still craving that rose crème brulet and the melting chocolate cake with the ice cream. The waiters and waitresses dance and sing at dinner every night. That is wayyyy beyond the call of duty but neat to see. If you sail this ship please note all options for breakfast on your hub app. Walk through the very limited main buffet to JiJi’s Asian and the Cucina Del Capitano Italian in the AM to get to wonderful omelette stations. They also open for free lunch also. Most don’t know that they are there for breakfast and lunch. Also try the breakfast burritos and tacos at Blue Iguana Cantina on the deck and there is also a small breakfast served on deck five near the coffee shop. And those Guy Fieri burgers and fries are amazing. We never tried the steakhouse but loved the steak in the main dining room at no extra charge. FRIENDLY PEOPLE-. We made a ton of friends on this cruise. The passengers were comfortable, having fun and willing to share with you unlike other cruises. Mikey the Cruise Director is worth mentioning. I have never met the Director on any ship except this one. He made sure that he reached out , shook our hands and checked on us. We don’t where he gets soooo much energy but we hope they are paying him well! He kept the fun going on this ship. PORTS-We visited Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Getting on and off the ship was fast and problem free. No tenders! Yeah! We loved our ports. St. Kitts requires an excursion. It can be a sketchy port beyond the shops. That turned into a relaxing day back on the ship. All the others were enjoyable with no booked excursions. Grand Turk and St. Maarten have great beaches right off of the ship. We found a beach in Puerto Rico that we walked to near the Fort. So now for the things that certainly didn’t kill our trip but were in our opinion, areas for improvement. We also heard other passengers complain about these particular areas which make them worth mentioning. POOR CONNECTIVITY-Internet is horrible and nonexistent on this ship. I repeat nonexistent! No one is in the fifth floor internet café because there really isn’t available internet with a plan or not .I paid for a plan as well as my husband. It never worked on my Apple 8. He seemed to have text capabilities and facetime on his Apple 7 plus. I asked for a full refund for my portion and received one. We had to search for internet in the ports to post pics etc. You really have to disconnect from the world on this ship. The Carnival HUB app was helpful and provided activity information in a flash with or without the internet plan. That app seemed to be the only thing that worked on my phone. Royal Caribbean has the best internet hands down. Business travelers would be in trouble on this ship. BAD SMELLS AT TIMES-We smelled sewage with deodorizer smells on the 5th floor on down to 3rd which is unfortunate because the dining room is on those floors. We weren’t sure if they were from bathrooms or some other area. I used the ladies bathroom near the MDR and didn’t smell it in there so the source was something else. They must resolve that issue. That’s not appetizing when you are headed for dinner on the same floor and I couldn’t stay in a room with that. Some guests had that issue. Booking a high floor gets you away from this issue. Some also complained about old urine smells near the toilet in cabin bathrooms. We experienced that too. I believe that this is due to the age of this ship. I usually Lysol clean the bathroom anyway when I arrive. Yes, the casino was smokey but aren’t they all? I wish they could vent it somehow or ban smoking there. I still managed to play slots and enjoy that area. PIXELS PHOTO GALLERY- The picture Pixels gallery was confusing. We never found some pics. They throw up pics in no real order and you must search for your faces through hundreds of photos. Who has hours to do that? Norwegian has solved that issue by computerizing the photos and grouping them by room number. They take your picture and attach it to your room number. You can see them all on a screen with no major hunt. We bought no pictures on this ship. It was too frustrating to find them all. ENTERTAINMENT-Entertainment was so-so! Djs on the Lido deck were good. I cracked up at the sailaway party. They had it but we were delayed in sailing away so it kinda fell flat this time. I know Carnival is known for its sailaway parties but the delay wasn’t their fault. I enjoyed the 70s Dance show and the Killer Beaz comedian. Other comedians were weak. We aren’t into audience participation shows and they were really into that. Motown show was messed up with the performers sitting on stools singing with bottles of water. They said a performer was ill and missing. The crew was talented but that was a weaker show. Other cruises have big themed costumed stage shows. The magician was weak too yet was interested in hawking his instructional dvds at the end of the show. Lounge bands were average. The shows kept us busy I suppose. Movies on the deck were more enjoyable or reading on my balcony. DÉCOR- This ship was built in 1996 and was refurbished in 2013. A lot of the neat restaurants were added at that time. The ship décor seemed 80ish to me and reminded me of an old Atlantic City or Vegas Casino .It is an older ship. They have done their best to keep her going. I prefer newer ships but the décor didn’t kill my cruise. It was ok. There was some rocking of the ship during our return due to rough surf. It was nothing serious and there were no signs of mechanical issues that some were still talking about from the listing incident some weeks ago. OVERALL IMPRESSION-The positives outweighed the negatives on this ship. We truly enjoyed our cruise , the spa amenities of the spa room category and the many ports. The food alone and great service would entice us to rebook on one of their newer ships. Carnival will definitely see us again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Wanting to go to the southern Caribbean we choose this ship, big mistake, the food in the buffet was the same every day, looked very brown and greasy. Looking for peace and quite we retreated to the so called Serenity adults only ... Read More
Wanting to go to the southern Caribbean we choose this ship, big mistake, the food in the buffet was the same every day, looked very brown and greasy. Looking for peace and quite we retreated to the so called Serenity adults only retreat !,only to find that people were up at 7 am with there towels to reserve sun loungers !, there is a notice not to do this but still people reserved and some did not use them until well after 11am. There were also individuals with ghetto blasters and music systems blasting out noise most times we visited. I have problems to understand why this area is called Serenity when even music is belted out over the ships own speaker system.We cruised on Norwegian Epic last year and the serenity area there was truly quite. Abandoning the buffet we ate dinner in the restaurant on dekk 3, wonderful food and really exceptional friendly and attentive staff. The minus was the stench of sewage every day from the lift shafts leading to the lower decks,really overpowering and nauseating. Disembarkation was very inefficient it took over 2 hours after the 1st guests disembarked for us to get off the ship. Not recommended for anyone wanting peace and quiet. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Great get away just before the busy holiday season. MIkey the Cruise Director is fantastic. Keeps the crowds involved and entertained. Wonderful staff from top of the ship to bottom.Onboard entertainment was great so loved they get the ... Read More
Great get away just before the busy holiday season. MIkey the Cruise Director is fantastic. Keeps the crowds involved and entertained. Wonderful staff from top of the ship to bottom.Onboard entertainment was great so loved they get the audience interacting with the team. Bingo is getting more expensive with lower prizes. The food coming out at MDR could be warmer. Sometimes i got cool food so sent it back. Perhaps the Bartenders in Red frog pub deck 5 could know a little better english. I ordered a Rum Jumper when i signed the slip i saw i got a painkiller. We didnt order room service as we are pretty low key folks, but our friends did daily coffee and hot water came hot. Great selection of sweet rolls. As we have been to all the ports before we did not do any shore excurisions just got off and walked around the port area and enjoyed a few cold ones while the wifes shopped. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Mikey was best cruise director on 7 cruises we have taken. He was very involved in everything. Always made passengers aware of all the activities, and so much energy. Crew was great; always greeted where ever we went, asked if we needed ... Read More
Mikey was best cruise director on 7 cruises we have taken. He was very involved in everything. Always made passengers aware of all the activities, and so much energy. Crew was great; always greeted where ever we went, asked if we needed anything.. Room steward greeted us upon arrival, gave his business card, and we saw him daily, he was very good. Food was great, plenty of options. Would have been better if burrito place and Guy's was open longer. Italian and Asian restaurants were delicious and worth $15 per person charge. Only negatives; size of lounges for comedy and shows couldn't get a seat to adult shows, and getting to main dining room was difficult; from AFT having to go across deck 5 thru casino and down to deck 4. Embarkation and Debarkation were smooth. Would recommend not scheduling popular events during late dining, we had to choose; going to our late dining time or attending event. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Did a Back 2 Back (B2B) with the first trip on deck 1 inside aft. Embarkation was extremely quick. Ship layout is a little weird, will get to that. Staff was excellent (like usual). Dining room was the quickest I've ever had. We ... Read More
Did a Back 2 Back (B2B) with the first trip on deck 1 inside aft. Embarkation was extremely quick. Ship layout is a little weird, will get to that. Staff was excellent (like usual). Dining room was the quickest I've ever had. We had the first service and were out many days prior to 7 pm. Probably has a lot to do with the Main Dining Room (MDR) having so many two seat tables. That and the staff was just quick. The Limelight lounge (were comedians were) was the weirdest part of the ship. First it was tiny, I mean real tiny. That and a lot of the seats you can't even see the stage, you have to watch the TV screens. I loved the comedians (some of the best I've seen in a while), but to get in you needed to wait in line long before the show to even get in. Another thing, there are two doors on the side of the stage that have doors to a hallway and stairs. People walk through while shows are going on. The Liquid lounge (main theater) is small, but makes for some great viewing. If you want to sit close or for that matter on the main floor, go early or forget it, not many seats. The aft part of the ship is a little deck 9 (Lido) is a little weird. The Havana restaurant and a couple others are back there. They were ok, but just so much different than any other ship I've been on. Second part of B2B we moved to deck 12 a spa balcony. Loved the room for size (much bigger that our other one) and the ability for fresh air. Serenity decks are forward on this ship an multiple decks. Just above our room was lounge chairs and people would be our there early dragging chairs. If you are a light sleeper be prepared. Slept like a baby in the inside room, best sleep in months. Not so with the deck 12 experience. Theremal spa. This was our first experience. I'm hooked. We added the spa package to the inside room and it came with the second room. I have eigth move cruises booked and I've added the spa to each except one (one was way too expensive). The thermal chairs were out of this world to relax in and we used them sometimes multiple times a day. Only negative is some of the chairs didn't get very hot, so you had to check. Also, one of the steam rooms was intermitten on temperature. After a couple days I complained and they finally fixed it. That only lasted a day or so, if was hit or miss after that. Yes I'm still hooked, I hear some other ships thermal spas offer more (can't wait). Cruise Director was Mikey. I've had others that were favorites, I think he just took their place. He is so friendly and outgoing. I've seen him multiple times and he with stop you to shake your hand and see if you need anything. Chair hogs were in heaven. The Serenity deck overlooks the Lido and there are a few clamshel chairs. People were getting them early in the morning and putting hats, books, towels, ect.... and keeping them all day and night. I actually seen a guy getting up to leave and he told his friends in the next chair that they were going to dinner and would be back (classic chair hog). Dissembarkation was the fastest I can remember. A little trick, get a porter. They were so worth the tip. Cuised a couple months ago in Jacksonville (small terminal) and didn't use a Porter and it was crazy. As always this cruise was great. Staff was excellent, as most are. Ship layout is a little different, but not to bad. We will be back for a 13 day cruise in two months, so that said, I'd do it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise for my anniversary. And had been wanting to sail to these cruise ports. As for the ship itself in my opinion the decor was nice nothing special. Although The serenity deck with the waterfall pool was a nice feature ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my anniversary. And had been wanting to sail to these cruise ports. As for the ship itself in my opinion the decor was nice nothing special. Although The serenity deck with the waterfall pool was a nice feature to the cruise ship. But I Could tell it was an older ship. As to the Entertainment I've seen better but overall it was good. I'm not into the casino, or the comedy clubs scene so I can't comment on them. I've sailed with carnival and other cruise lines and overall it was a nice boat, very nice cabin attendent Dan , wait staff was good and the cruise director was funny . I wasn't looking to be wowed because of other reviews I read about this ship. I was just looking to have a fun, safe trip since the other cruises the week right before mine had some mechanical problems so I was just happy to cruise with no problems, and enjoy my vacation Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I have cruised over 20x including carnival, royal and ncl. My new bride has never cruised and I wanted to try a cruise with her to see if she would like it and be ok with sailing with the idea we would book a Mediterranean cruise if she ... Read More
I have cruised over 20x including carnival, royal and ncl. My new bride has never cruised and I wanted to try a cruise with her to see if she would like it and be ok with sailing with the idea we would book a Mediterranean cruise if she did enjoy cruising. I assured her these new large ships were safe and enjoyable, I explained the food was good etc.... Forward to the Sunshine, the most horrific cruise experience I have had in over 25 years of cruising. The food was sub par in the main dining room so I decided to try the steakhouse, I spent $100 for dinner and wine only to be served supermarket quality steak. The ship leaned and caused a news worthy panic, I understand electro-mechanical issues happen but the handling of the situation was deplorable. We were sitting in the piano bar drinking wine and trying our best to have a good time, the ship leaned, glassses and bottles fell from tables, people were screaming and we were not sure what was happening. My wife looked to me for guidance and I remained calm, I looked to the 2 crew members in the bar for guidance and 1 jumped up, grabbed his iPad and ran out, the other started to cry. At this point I became nervous and decided we should leave the area, my wife noticed all the panic and she started to panic. Another passenger told everyone to lean on the hallway wall, again no direction from the crew. When the ship leveled out we did not discover until the next day the cause of the incident, a circuit breaker for the stabilizer had tripped, it happens, crew members running and crying should never happen. I’m trying my best to convince my wife that cruising is not like this, the next morning we wake early and head to the serenity deck, blue sky, cup of coffee warm sun, finally relaxation.... at 8am the speaker behind our loungers starts blaring the ships events every 20 to 25 minutes, serenity?? More like insanity! The next day the cruise line applied a $ 50 pp credit to our sail account, the bottle of wine I lost in the wine bar was more than that combined with the realization my wife may never cruise again, a passion of mine that I want to enjoy with her makes me blame carnival for the worst cruise ever. When the ship reached the first stop some passengers needed medical care while others refused to reboard and flew home. I later found out they received a full refund and paid airfare with a $250 cruise credit, when I called the cruise line to demand a refund they explained that I did not fly home. I was never offered the option and a follow up call from a supervisor did not offer any compensation. I emailed the carnival media rep and the ceo, no one is responding, all I can do now is let everyone know how they treat their customers. Ironically this cruise put me at VIFP gold status, LOL,, don’t worry I will be taking my business elsewhere. The cruise line downplayed the incident but I’m sure they were not there to witness customers in wheelchairs or walking around with life jackets at dinner. My wife has had open heart surgery, we don’t need this aggravation. If you want details on the Sunshine please leave me a message but I have to recommend Royal or NCL! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose carnival sunshine to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. The port of calls were Amber Cove, Saint Thomas, San Juan, and Caicos ‘s and Turks. We noticed that the ship seemed to be at full capacity of people, making it very crowded ... Read More
We chose carnival sunshine to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. The port of calls were Amber Cove, Saint Thomas, San Juan, and Caicos ‘s and Turks. We noticed that the ship seemed to be at full capacity of people, making it very crowded on the inside and outside of the ship. Every evening dining we would spend over 2 1/2 hours in the dining area due to service being maxed out. Due to that we would miss several shows. During the morning and lunch times, you would be lucky if you got a server to get your order for a soft drink. Inside the hallways where the rooms were had a very bad smell of sewage and the floor on hallway one you could feel holes underneath the carpet making it where people would almost fall.The first night we had no hot water in our room. When we ported at San Juan, the ship was delayed from leaving due to mechanical failure. When they finally got the ship back in operation they stated that we would not be stopping at Caicos and Turks. The main reason we decided to cruise with carnival was to visit Caicos and Turks for our anniversary. The captain decided to give each person a $50.00 dollar reimbursement. I don’t feel that $50.00 made up for a port of call that I paid more for. When contacting carnival customer service the answer I got was I’m sorry that you had a bad experience and I will have this looked into. No offers of refunds or discounts at all. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We had a great vacation on the Carnival Sunshine. There were some bumps along the trip, but not enough to impact our vacation. The boat had just completed a two week dry dock, so it is normal to find issues after preventative ... Read More
We had a great vacation on the Carnival Sunshine. There were some bumps along the trip, but not enough to impact our vacation. The boat had just completed a two week dry dock, so it is normal to find issues after preventative maintenance. There was flooding on one floor which was addressed and taken care of immediately. We had electrically issues requiring us to stay in San Juan six additional hours. This resulted in cancelling Grand Turk. Carnival was quick to refund each passenger their port fees and an additional $50 per person on our Sign and Sail cards. While this may not seem like a lot to some, I would rather the Captain error on the side of safety than take any risks. The boat is showing her age with a good deal of rust and wear and tear showing up on the vessel. The staff was excellent and Mikey the Cruise Director is fantastic. His energy level is beyond measure and he worked hard to ensure that everyone had a great time. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but ... Read More
We have been cruising for several years now on multiple lines. We are very familiar with Port Canaveral and enjoy sailing from there. Embarkation was fast and easy. Probably one of the best in our history. The Sunshine is a large Ship but not a mega ship. Large enough to not feel crowded. She had a major refit in 2012 changing from the Destiny to the Sunshine. My wife and I found her layout different than other ships and a little awkward at first to navigate. As always, our cabin steward was excellent and attentive. It is a personal opinion that industry wide, I have noticed a slight downward trend in food quality on the various lines. We make a point to dress and eat in the dining room for supper and for most breakfasts. The menu offerings were varied with some new items, but many of the familiar items and favorites seemed to be missing. Also portion sizes have shrunk a little. Not really a huge deal due to the fact that you can order pretty much all you want. We also make a point to try the Specialty options at least once a cruise. Some high points from The sunshine are the Havana Bar and its tastes of Cuba (gratis) and JiJis (15$ per person). JiJis is an inspired asian dining experience that was so SO worth it. Also I highly recommend trying the Chef's Table experience. It is worth every penny from start to finish. Just come hungry. Entertainment was on par with cruising. The stage shows were good but not wowing, although we had a master magician amaze us. This cruise had some of the best comedians we have seen and with fresh material. There was plenty to do on ship as usual. One really nice feature on the Sunshine is a 3 deck Serenity area at the fore of the ship. The service aboard was fantastic as usual. Our ports of call were Bermuda and grand Turk. Bermuda was beautiful. We, as a rule, do not book excursions, but rather "freestyle" and venture forth on our own. I took my time and did some research on Bermuda before our cruise and found some great travel options. The public transportation passes cover both ferry and bus. We spent some wonderful time travelling around and across the island, catching many sights and activities for less than the cost of one ship excursion. I highly recommend going to the Fantasy and Crystal caves, and a visit to St. George. Grand Turk is small and very flat. There are some neat sights there and some great shopping. Our whole goal was to sit beside the pretty blue water and do some snorkeling. We even managed to swim with an octopus for a while. There was plenty of beach sitting with free lounge chairs and clamshell shelters. Never did it feel crowded. And found an amazing little snack shack, The Beached Whale. I would definitely recommend this trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We drove up to cocoa beach the night before and stayed at International Palms that had a park and stay option, if you wanted to park your car off port. Embarkation went more smoothly than past cruises and were on the ship within 30 ... Read More
We drove up to cocoa beach the night before and stayed at International Palms that had a park and stay option, if you wanted to park your car off port. Embarkation went more smoothly than past cruises and were on the ship within 30 minutes after arriving to port and dropping bags off. We chose the Carnival Sunshine because of the ports it traveled to interested us the most. Our favorite thing about the ship were the new food options we never had before on other Carnival ships; BlueIguana, Cucina, Fahreneheit 555 steakhouse, and Guys Burgers. We only dined 2 times in the main dining room. We did the steakhouse the first night because they do a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner, plus it was our anniversary cruise so they surprised us with a glass of champagne and a dessert that was not on their menu. We dined the following two nights in the dining room and didn't have that great of an experience as opposed to other carnival cruises where we dined every night there. We chose your time dining for the first time. The first day, elegant night, we waited almost 30 minutes for dinner. I just remember service was a little all over the place and my food came out cold. The following night was better, but we went a third night and ended up leaving after our appetizer because it took so long for it to arrive; we were missing other events on the ship. We ended up eating at the lido buffet or other restaurants on the ship the rest of the time. The cabin was nice, we chose front of the ship to be away from elevators and were close to the front decks of the ship. My only complaint was the bridge hung over our balcony and obstructed some of the pictures I would take on my canon. The entertainment was amazing on the Sunshine. Chris our cruise director was the best one yet and really got involved with everyone on board the ship. Our room steward provided excellent service throughout our whole stay and made sure our room was always perfect. We booked all 4 of our excursions through Carnival. I recommend doing the Ultimate Snorkeling Adventure and beach break in Grand Turk if you enjoy snorkeling. They bring you to the wall where it drops off to 7000 feet, then a much shallower reef. In Puerto Rico we did the Eat, Drink, Walk tour which was a guided tour that stopped at various restaurants and monuments. It was very informative but I wouldn't do it again. We did have the best Pina coladas though and sampled the local cuisine. In St.Kitts we did the Rail and Sail which was one of the best excursions for sure! You learn a lot about the culture of St. Kitts and Nevis as you go around the island and have open bar rum drinks. You finish the excursion sailing on a catamaran back to port. St. Maarten we did the Beautiful 3 island tour which brought us to two different spots to snorkel. First stop was Creole rock which has pretty coral and fish, the second spot we were suppose to see sea turtles but the water was too murky. The excursion also brought us to two different beaches and stopped at Maho beach to watch a plane take off. Disembarking the ship took longer than previous ships. It was disorganized and people getting off when their deck wasn't called. Our biggest complaints about this ship was the public area were too crowded, maybe since the refurbishment? Also there were too many kids and teenagers running around the ship and not looking out for where they were going. The comedy club was too small, compared to other ships. It was just set up badly so you had to be there early or you would have to stand at the bar or sit in one of the corners of the club and watch on the tv screens. All in all we had a great trip and the negative moments don't take away from our overall experience. I'm glad we got to vacation on the Carnival Sunshine but we are looking forward to vacationing on other Carnival ships, maybe some bigger ones! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The Carnival Sunshine is a Destiny-Class ship that was originally designed to carry 2,600 passengers. After a $150M refit and rechristening in 2013, space to fit 400 more passengers was added—a more than 15% increase in passenger ... Read More
The Carnival Sunshine is a Destiny-Class ship that was originally designed to carry 2,600 passengers. After a $150M refit and rechristening in 2013, space to fit 400 more passengers was added—a more than 15% increase in passenger capacity—but no more crew were added and it certainly appears no more space in the common areas was added to accommodate that increase. As a result, every day on the Carnival Sunshine is a struggle with our fellow passengers to compete for limited space at the various eateries (that don’t have additional expense, that is), limited numbers of tables/chairs to enjoy your food, limited numbers of deck chairs to enjoy the outdoors, and limited space to enjoy the shows. The overcrowding on the “new” Carnival Sunshine is maddening, frustrating, and quickly douses enthusiasm for the cruise experience. We are cruising as part of a large family group and this 8-day Cruise was chosen because of the Sunshine refit and the extra cruising day. However, both of these things are now playing against us. We are now halfway through the cruise but are eagerly anticipating the last day—an emotion we have never experienced on a cruise before. This is our 6th and will be our final Carnival cruise. It is also, unfortunately, our most expensive and most disappointing Carnival experience. The overcrowding is not the only issue. Carnival offers a basic and an upgraded internet data plan. Both are very expensive. You can try the basic plan but will likely find it relatively useless. So they then advertise the upgrade for an additional $45 and mention “satellite internet “ fast enough to Skype on. We do NOT recommend it as even the upgraded plan has limited coverage on the ship and moves at a snails pace—certainly not fast enough to accomplish much of anything. At guest services, one passenger complained but the crew member pointed out that his phone WAS connected and Carnival made no guarantees about the speed. As I write this, I am in port using Verizon’s travel plan and not the Carnival internet package I purchased. We purchased an aft ocean view suite and it was a good size with a jacuzzi bath tub. Unfortunately, our second morning here we woke up to find the bedroom carpet flooded after a pipe in the bathtub busted. This meant we were effectively kicked out of our room for 2 days while they shut off the electric, did the plumbing work, disinfected and cleaned the carpet, and brought in industrial blowers to dry everything. We couldn’t use the tub or shower and, in order to bathe, had to stand in line at guest services to trade out our key card for an empty cabin, lug our toiletries across the ship to a small interior cabin with a tiny shower to bathe, and then stand in line again to trade the key card out again to get back in to our cabin. For these two days of problems—on At Sea days, nonetheless—Carnival’s guest services offered $150 onboard credit. I scoffed and told them that was ridiculous. Guest Services said that $150 is what 2 days of losing our Suite is worth. However, I pointed out I was paying $700 per day so those 2 days were worth $1400 to me. I was told: “Tough. In these situations, Carnival makes the rules.” We were not the only people with problems. Another couple in our party in an extended aft-balcony State Room on Deck 6 can not use their balcony because of about 1-2” of standing water that has not been remedied since Day One. Still an additional couple with the same class stateroom on Deck 7 have complained about paint splatter and grime coating their balcony door and poor service from their room steward. One other guest I met staying in a Serenity-level balcony state room tells me there is a foul smell in their bathroom that, after 4 days, has yet to be remedied. As for our steward, we have had great service from her and her assistants. The deck supervisor was responsive and helpful during the two days of problems dealing with flooding in our cabin. While our wait staff lacks the showmanship of some other waiters, they are still very responsive, respectful, and kind. So all in all, the crew we have dealt with—aside from guest services—have been awesome. A couple positive notes—the entertainment has been good. Dave in the Piano Bar is so great, the comedians have been top notch, and the illusionist Jackson Rayne was captivating. Unfortunately, the theater now doubles as the dance club and is much smaller than on other ships and the shows and karaoke bounces around the ship in small venues that means fewer seats and more run-ins with other frustrated guests. In conclusion, I must STRONGLY encourage any would-be cruisers to avoid Carnival Cruise Lines altogether—or at least the Carnival Sunshine. I truly believe there is a systemic problem with Carnival Cruise Lines that has been growing worse and we have experienced it on each cruise we have taken since 2010. From a formerly very loyal Carnival cruiser—who has avoided joining his in-laws on one of their annual Royal Caribbean cruises—I strongly recommend going with another cruise line. We will be switching to Royal Caribbean next year and won’t look back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
This was a 8 day cruise and we choose this cruise because we a cruisers who love Carnival Fun atomosphere and the vibe. We had a awesome time on this ship and i can tell you the staff is top notch and the activities were fun and i will ... Read More
This was a 8 day cruise and we choose this cruise because we a cruisers who love Carnival Fun atomosphere and the vibe. We had a awesome time on this ship and i can tell you the staff is top notch and the activities were fun and i will recommend this ship to any cruiser. We had a balcony room 6202 and our cabin stewarad Ida was awesome and work hard providing great service. july 31 we went to St Marteen it was kind of depressing with all the hurricane damage. August 1 St Kitts is a beautiful place .August 2 San Juan PR it was beautiful and my wife birthday was the same day..August 3rd we went to Grand Turk and it was beautiful and i saw my future ship the carnival Horizon. We ate at The Steakhouse twice and the lobster was delicious. we ate at Cucina Del Capitano it was great. The casino was lively and i had great time i won a jackpot Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This cruise was more about fun and relaxation than the itinerary. This was the first cruise my DH and I had without children. We were in Spa Balcony room 11031. The room had plenty of storage space, had a mini fridge, small couch and ... Read More
This cruise was more about fun and relaxation than the itinerary. This was the first cruise my DH and I had without children. We were in Spa Balcony room 11031. The room had plenty of storage space, had a mini fridge, small couch and table. The balcony had two chairs and a small table. Our room steward, I Ketut, was friendly and attentive. We requested fresh ice each morning and evening and it was always taken care of. This room was the perfect location for us- especially once I learned how to use short cuts to get to the different venues. The room was only 3 doors from the serenity pool. I’m an early bird so I was outside by 7 each morning enjoying the view, cooler breeze and was able to get a decent lounge chair location. Bonus: with the room so close, I could go back to the room for bathroom breaks, grab anything I forgot or check on hubby who was sleeping in. Getting from the front of the ship to the back was easy from our room. Go out to the Serenity Deck, go down one flight of steps on the left side and walk across to the back (Sports area), go inside and take elevator down to Sunrise Dining Room (breakfast, Seaday Brunch, Teatime), Casino, Ocean Plaza, Red Frog Pub, and Liquid Lounge. Because of the layout of the restaurant and atrium we would take the elevator to Deck 5 Mezzanine and take the stairs down to Deck 3. We really enjoyed the Comedy Shows each evening. Especially Tommy Drake and John Mulroney. Don’t miss these shows- we went to all the PG shows and were able to stay up and see a couple of the Adult shows- all were hilarious. We ate all our evening meals in the Sunset Dining Room at the 8:15 time. I would have preferred the earlier time. We were very well taken care of by Allan, Jennifer, and Nigel. They remembered our names and preferences. Plus they were very friendly and added to making our vacation a fun and wonderful time. We ate breakfast back in the Havana Bar area where we had made fresh omelette sand fruit and pastries from the Marketplace buffet. During Seadays we ate at the Sunrise Dining Room, where Brunch was served until 1 pm. Lunch was usually Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana and my favorite, the Italian Restaurant (free at lunch, $ in the evening). As I researched our cruise, here are some of the most informative sources I used: Cruise Critic,- Reviews and Boards, TheJellyBeans.net - YouTube videos with tips and tours and EeCcTravels.com - Videos and Blog. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We really didn’t enjoy our time on the ship! The serenity area had so many under 21 year olds it was ridiculous!! No one said anything to them! Then of course you had those who saved chairs for over 3 hours! Kids running everywhere on ... Read More
We really didn’t enjoy our time on the ship! The serenity area had so many under 21 year olds it was ridiculous!! No one said anything to them! Then of course you had those who saved chairs for over 3 hours! Kids running everywhere on the cruise too. Cabin was horrible! This cruise needs a band or some better entertainment at night! Movies where great if you could find a chair to watch it in. Leater was amazing at the my time dining! We loved him! Ports where great, we enjoyed each place and the beach’s. The ship definitely needs a bigger pool for serenity area. It was packed. We usually cruise in February so this was definitely a different experience. We were just extremely disappointed with our cabin and the response we received from Nadia. Just didn’t care we never slept!! It went on and on the whole cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Good cruise I was a little nervous because of all the bad reviews but they seem to be improving. We had the best cruise director Mikey Gibson and it was his first cruise on the Sunshine he moved from the Fantasy so glad we had him he is ... Read More
Good cruise I was a little nervous because of all the bad reviews but they seem to be improving. We had the best cruise director Mikey Gibson and it was his first cruise on the Sunshine he moved from the Fantasy so glad we had him he is great, according to him he will be there for at least 2 years. Most all the staff we saw and talked to were great. Food was great. We tried your time dining for the first time we loved it, never had to wait to be seated and will never go back to assigned seating. The first night was slow service (we only had this wait team once) but each night after that we had great and fast service. I see all the complaints about the main show room and the comedy club but we just showed up early and always got a good seat. Now I will say it is ugliest Main show room that I have seen on Carnival and I found the chairs on the floor that they move each night not to be comfortable but we just sat up in the balcony. Now there were a couple of negative things one is the movement and rocking of this ship it moved more than any ship we have been on. And second was the Lido deck and serenity decks it was next to impossible to find chairs on sea days and we only needed 2 together but they were either taken or saved with towels I know this is a problem on all ships but not this bad. I would cruise the Sunshine again as a matter of fact I may be booking her for next year on the Southern route. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Embarkation- Port Canaveral Port was very organized, we arrived at the port late due to our private shuttle dropping us late. So we were placed in the late arrivals line. No problem at all because it moved very fast. We were on the ship ... Read More
Embarkation- Port Canaveral Port was very organized, we arrived at the port late due to our private shuttle dropping us late. So we were placed in the late arrivals line. No problem at all because it moved very fast. We were on the ship within 20 minutes. Cabin - Balcony our keys were already at our room when we got onboard, our room was ready and we met our steward who was waiting and greeted us. Room was clean and ready for us upon arrival. Food - Blue Iguana Taco Bowls are THE BEST! There was so much food onboard It was hard to decide what to eat. The chicken tenders on Lido was exceptional. The midnight buffet had small selections. My only issue is it ended early and if you are a late night eater the only thing available is the Deli or Pizza. Pizza was so darn good I ate it almost every day. Serenity Is beautiful but was often times crowed. I enjoyed the trivia each day and board games, the fun squad was so much fun. Miley the cruise director was personable and would always be up on Lido eating after hours and saying hello. The casino staff and bar tenders were very nice and made sure to keep the drinks flowing. Comedy show & late night magic show was fabulous along with the love and marriage show. Steakhouse dinner was very good and filling. Overall I enjoyed the ship and look forward to going on it again. Read Less
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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