3 Carnival Sunshine Spa Cruise Reviews

This is the first review I have ever written. We have sailed on Carnival 31 times and this was a big disappointment. We primarily went on this ship for Cloud 9 Spa. We have something to compare it to because we were on the Dream and the ... Read More
This is the first review I have ever written. We have sailed on Carnival 31 times and this was a big disappointment. We primarily went on this ship for Cloud 9 Spa. We have something to compare it to because we were on the Dream and the Breeze Cloud 9 Spa class. We thought we would try the Sunshine because of the new Spa... what a mistake, it was shy of everything. No thermal pool, inadequate steam room, showers were outside the bathroom area instead of inside. They did have a rain shower with lousy shower heads. The Fahrenheit restaurant was $35.00 a person plus tip and we were celebrating our son-in-laws 40th birthday, they were told and never even mentioned it. People were in there with shorts, t-shirts and sandals. We were dressed up and felt like we were in Denny's. There were no table clothes and the waiter tried to tell us how to order our steaks and the lobster meal was in 3 little finger pieces. For surf'n turf the steak was 1" x 2" and burnt and we ordered it rare. They did not serve everyone at the same time and they did not even know how to serve a $200.00 bottle of wine but they knew how to charge us $18.00 for the corkage fee. The meal experience was a disaster and a very expensive one. We mentioned it to the Food and Beverage Manager and he seemed to be very concerned and sent us a bottle of wine. As far as the Lido food is concerned, everything is the same very repetitive seemed like it was always made from left-overs and extremely, over the top, salty. The food was also very greasy. Our ankles and hands were swollen on the whole trip. This is the first time this has happened to us in 55 cruises. The dining room service was good because we had a good waiter Nilson. However, his assistant was very sick and then she was off for 2 days and came back still sick and coughing, needless to say, we caught her cold, all 4 of us. She should have never been on the floor serving food. Carnival's food has really gone down hill in quality and quantity. There was a time when Carnival had the best food, it has really changed for the worse. The ice cream is ice milk and the pastries are now of a very low quality... they have cheapened everything everywhere you look.We also had to beg for soap in our Room 12011, room stewart was on the aggressive side, not a comfortable situation. He said he was only supposed to give it out on the first day only until we questioned him as we know better from being on the Breeze and Dream then he said he would do it just for us as a favor. I should have never of tipped him. No ice bucket lid until we asked for it 2 days later in the room. He kept putting the long decorated pillows on the floor at night and then on the bed during the day they need a little more training on cleanliness. My advise to everyone, always bring a can of Lysol spray. We will have to think twice about going back to Carnival. We just got off another ship Holland America Zuiderdam and there is such a big difference and that is why I wrote this review. There was a tremendous comparison. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
This was about sailing on the Sunshine not really about the ports, been to these ports before. Let’s start with the embarkation we walked right on once we checked in grant it we platinum so very quick at checking. The balcony was nice, ... Read More
This was about sailing on the Sunshine not really about the ports, been to these ports before. Let’s start with the embarkation we walked right on once we checked in grant it we platinum so very quick at checking. The balcony was nice, but no mini-refrigerator in the cabin? I believe in the past whether we booked interior, ocean-view or balcony we had a mini-frig? Our cabin steward was great; he kept our Ice bucket full and put a bucket for the wine. Nice size shower, but the rest of the restroom was tight; the door couldn’t be opened if seated or if someone was at the sink. The Cloud 9 Spa was short changed during the upgrade “No” Thalassotherapy pool  it does have Thermal suite, the laconium dry steam and two steam rooms one is aroma therapy and the other one is oriental steam. Last minute booking so no cloud 9 spa room where available, we brought the couples pass for $149.00 for the 8 days. The Signature Dining was amazing; we loved the Cucina del Capitano, Jiji’s Asian kitchen and of course the steakhouse. The food and service where well worth it the $12.00 p.p. charge for Cucina’s and Jiji’s. The steakhouse is $35.00p.p. I would highly recommend it lots of fantastic food. We did not get to the sushi restaurant, but other we talked with said it was good. They also had a self-serve beer tap by the pizza/deli on the lido deck restaurant and self-serve wine bar in the library (We did not try either of these) maybe next time. The 3 levels of the Serenity deck where very nice, although there is only one hot tub, the pool with waterfall was beautiful and it seemed to have plenty of lounges. We didn’t go to the theater shows, because we had seen the shows before, and others had said the theater was small. Which we found out for ourselves during the past guest party it was full, when we arrived 5 minutes after the party was to start ended up with a seat on the upper level and got a piece of salmon and one beer each. Not like parties it the pass. All the other 2.0 upgrades where great: Alchemy bar (Our Favorite), Guy’s burgers, Sea-day brunch, Blue iguana café and Punch-liners.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This was our first time cruising with Carnival but it certainly will not be our last.Like others we had done our research on the cruiseline itself and also on the ship itself,and like others we had read both positive and negative reviews ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Carnival but it certainly will not be our last.Like others we had done our research on the cruiseline itself and also on the ship itself,and like others we had read both positive and negative reviews so like always we got ready for our cruise with an open mind and now I can positively write an utterly positive review due to myself and my husband having had a fantastic time aboard her. We started our holiday with an overnight stay in Barcelona at the lovely hotel Arc La Rambla situated on Las Ramblas and in a perfect position to get to the cruise pier the next morning.We booked a taxi at 10.30am and arrived at the port 5 minutes later check in was a breeze with no crowds at that time and we were sat in the upstairs waiting area 15mins later.Embarkation began at 11.30am and we were on the boat for 12.00pm. We went upstairs to the Lido Deck and we were enjoying a tasty taco by 12.15pm.We then relaxed in Serenity until we could go to our cabin around 2pm. Our cabin was a Spa Balcony on deck 11 perfectly situated for the serenity area,the cabin itself was lovely and spacious with a more than adequate balcony.Included was entry to the Spa and a free class each,at this point I must mention there are two steam rooms,a thermal suite but NO thalassopy pool in the Spa area.If you do not have a Spa cabin, entrance is $25.00 per day.Bathrobes were also included in the package but the slippers that were advertised as part of the package were none existant and only when we inquired were we told by the steward that these hadnt been sorted out yet,but he did fetch us a pair with Marriot hotels displayed across the front(Strange).The dining options on the Sunshine are superb,with a high quality throughout,we particulary liked the variety of food options available on the Lido deck these were:- Blue Iguana Cantina:-open for breakfast and Lunch Guys Burger Bar:- We cant speak highly enough of this place,the rumours are true,the burgers particulary the Ringer are the best we have ever tasted and the fries oh my goodness these are absoulutely delicious very very moreish!!! Then you go through to the Lido Buffet area,were there are several stations although they are not all open at the same time,there is a good variety of food on offer in here again delicous and the food that is meant to be warm is exactly that warm.Also in this are is the 24hr Pizza de Capitano,the Pizza slices here are so tasty. Wandering through the buffet area,you come to JI JI the Asian Kitchen,at lunchtime they present a mongolian wok make your own stir fry via the chefs and they cook it for you fresh its free and once again delicious.At night it becomes an amazing restaurant book here early in your cruise because we can almost guarantee you will want to come a second time for a fee of $12.00 this is a bargain eatery. On the opposite side is Cucina de Capitano a lovely Italian Restaurant at night with a $12.00 fee,at lunchtime a free pasta bar all made fresh by the chefs.Take the order form from the waiter when entering,find a table,you then tick,which pasta,sauce and filling you want then take it back to the chefs to cook and your meal is brought to your table when ready,restaurant quality pasta for free. In the middle of these two restaurants is the Havana Bar,where there is entertainment at night,but also combined with the afore mentioned restaurants is also a great place to eat your breakfast and lunches with a lovely quiet atmosphere.In a morning the pasta bar and mongolian wok make made to order fresh omelettes .It was lovely having breakfast in this area as you can sit by the huge aft windows and gaze at the lovely views. On deck 4 midships is the steakhouse Fahrenheit 555 a lovely elegant dining experiance with a fee of $35.00 it was worth every penny or dollar,I enjoyed the surf and turf ,it was amazing so tender. We were on Your time dining with our main restaurant being the Sunrise the food was lovely in here.But the one and only sit down breakfast we had in here was very dissappointing the service on this occasion was very slow and the food that was meant to be warm was freezing,we did observe that not many people came down to eat breakfast in the MDR. Punchliner Brunch:- This was held on the one and only seaday in the Sunrise Restaurant,the food was lovely and a comedian came out on the hour for ten minutes it is held from 9.00am-1.30pm,its free and no reservations are required. The taste bar we didnt try but basically it offers small bites from the different eateries around the ship,changing each night we saw a few people pick up plates and head down to the restaurant with them,to eat as appetisers. The shakespot and Java cafe offer for a small fee shakes and coffees.We felt in this area there could have been more comfy seating as it was a huge empty soulless place lacking atmosphere. There was always lots going on around the ship and the entertainment was top notch although a couple of the comedians we found a little dissapointing,the Ocean Plaza area came alive at night with a fantastic duo who sang anything from 80s music to American Rock,The singer Zach Majors in the Red Frog Pub also gave a good performance.Lovely cocktails you can find in the Alchemy bar ,oh and do try the Martini tasting in here,its an experiance !!! Check your balance at the sail and sign machines located in the Atrium and you might have a surprise, a credit of $63.78 dollars each had been credited to our account this was for a nine day sailing everyone got this reimbursed,I think it was for overpaid port taxes. Although this was a port intensive cruise we had gone on the Sunshine with a view to enjoying a nice relaxing ship while everyone was off sightseeing we wanted to relax on board and we did just that,we did see visitors being allowed onboard ship,mainly crew members families but there was no problem with this and on one occasion there was a few health and safety drills for crew taking place onboard and although this was noisy for a couple of hours it was reassuring to observe all the safety procedures that the crew were taking part in. We disembarked in a few ports;-The shuttle bus to get to Marseille cost 14.00 euros return each and shuttle to Livorno centre cost 5.00 euro.In Naples we docked very close to the hydrfoils,these are very regular and go to Capri,Sorrento and Ischia etc. When sailing into Venice try and get a sunlounger on the Starboard side as about 11am you start to approach Venice and this sail in is absoulutely stunning you sail through the little Islands and eventually past St Marks.If you are sailing out of Venice you need to get a seat Portside. Embarkation was easy and stressless,it can be early but I think Carnival take note of your departure details in your paperwork you fill out online beforehand and they refer to this before giving you your disembarkation details. All in all we had a fantastic cruise on the Sunshine and can highly recommend her to all. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Carnival Sunshine Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.9
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 5.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.7
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 3.0 4.1

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