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Charleston Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Ship
Destination
Charleston

Traveler rating

Excellent

124

Very Good

102

Average

83

Poor

47

Terrible

47

Cruise type

Family Cruises

409

Romantic Cruises

120

First-Time Cruisers

89

Senior Cruises

65

Entertainment Cruises

50

409 Charleston Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


kindergartencrocodile avatar

kindergartencrocodile

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Pleasantly surprised & pleased

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We had not been on a Carnival cruise for almost 50 years! We were VERY pleased with our 5 day cruise and as far as VALUE for your money it really was pretty awesome. My husband and I are "Seniors" and do a lot of ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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RyleeM

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Family made it fun - ship needs something

We sailed 12/28/19-1/2/20 with our adult children and 5 grandchildren aged 3-17. We had 3 balconies and an inside cabin. The ship seemed understaffed, though everyone on staff was nice. This is the first time the ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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corvetteatthelake

6 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

GOOD 5 DAY GETAWAY FROM LOCAL CHARLESTON, SC

Booked this cruise because we could drive to the port and do a "Snooze and Cruise" at the local Best Western. Hotel provided parking and shuttle to and from the port. Embarkation was delayed an hour due to the ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Yup

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Stormy hell

Ship felt loud noisy during a bad storm part of ceiling came down. Stateroom 6017. On the bow. Not a good place during a severe storm Ambulatory assessable cabin was decent sized and easily fit my ecv. But not ...
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Sail Date February 2020


judagar avatar

judagar

3 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

1st time on Sunshine

My wife and i have cruised about 30 times since 1992, so we have seen the cruise industry change in regards to service, food and prices. We were needing a get-away this January and we booked a 5 day cruise on ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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shughespb

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Not all that great

This is was our second time aboard the Sunshine and honestly our first trip wasn’t that great. We sailed on the Sunshine when it was in Florida (Orlando maybe?) and was hesitant to sail on it again but simply ...
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Sail Date December 2019


Animalgirl27 avatar

Animalgirl27

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

One of my least favorite cruises due to poor quality food and old ship

I will start off saying that I am a highly experienced cruiser having sailed on most of the cruise lines. I booked this sailing because I never sailed out of Charleston and wanted to do something pre-Christmas. The ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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wecruiseoften143

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Missed an entire day of cruising with no compensation and so much more

Watch out because Carnival decides on a case by case basis when they will compensate for stuff they feel is something they want to or not. We missed an entire day of sailing and disembarked at midnight because of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Panthers1986

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Carnival Sunshine Disappointing

I booked this cruise because it was a convenient port I could drive to. Our cruise was set for boarding at 8am on Saturday nov 2. We got an email the night before stating that it would be pushed back to 7pm. So we ...
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Sail Date November 2019


Travel N avatar

Travel N

6 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Good little short Cruise

1. Name of ship-Ecstasy 2. Room #M76 3. Date: Oct 20-25 If you find anything helpful, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Good service staff and the small ship with small crowds was a nice ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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SCGamecock80

4 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Would Recommend

Chose this cruise due to length (8 nights) and ports visited (St Thomas, St Maarten and San Juan) plus it left out of Charleston SC which was convenient for our family cruise. I would recommend the Sunshine. Staff ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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bingo3

7 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

Sunshine review Sept. 22-28, 2019

We cruised Sept. 22-28 on the Sunshine, originally for 1.5 days in Bermuda, but diverted due to hurricane Jerry to Princess Cays and Nassau. We were disappointed as Bermuda was the main reason we booked the cruise ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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shelnj18

4 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable cruise

Although we are seasoned cruisers, this was only our second cruise on Carnival. Last year, we cruised on the Triumph out of NOLA and had a really great time! With the exception of rain we had a great time! We did ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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Lschad1

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

A waste of money

I chose this cruise because I had a pleasant experience with Carnival 2 years ago on the Carnival Liberty. I should have chosen another cruise line, the first trip seemed to be a one-off lucky good time. SHIP ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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woodie841

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Fun and inexpensive...but you get what you pay for

I'm not sure that I've ever given a negative review of a cruise before but there is a first time for everything ... We live in Charleston so we were very excited to sail out of our home port. Avid cruisers, we've ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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FirstTimeCruiser4573

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Overcrowded, sewage smell, misleading, unsupervised children. SUPER STAFF!!!

We chose the port of Charleston because we did not want to fly to Florida, the cost of the flight for 2 adults and 2 children would have been almost as much as the price of the cruise. So we drove 8 hours to the ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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airkiwi

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Not great, not terrible... FTTF and more

Previously we’d been on Princess 2x, Royal, and Norwegian. First Carnival trip and picked this because the port was convenient. We purchased Faster To The Fun, which was a mixed experience. Check-in was ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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Bugsmomtlc

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Customer service staff rude!

I chose this cruise because of the port location and it looked very kid friendly with the pool/water slides. Our room was so hot that it was cooler outside than in our cabin. We reported it and were told by ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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epatrick

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great time on Sunshine!

This was our 11th Carnival Cruise and we have cruised on RC and Disney. Chose this port because it is only a 5 hour drive for us. Embarkation: Stayed at Wyngate in Mt Pleasant because they have a park and cruise ...
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Sail Date June 2019


acecase avatar

acecase

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Not the ship for a relaxing cruise.

I'm writing this from the perspective of someone who wants a relaxing cruise, as apposed to someone who wants to party. If you are looking to get, and stay, loud, this may be the ship for you. This is only my second ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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dingoguy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Should have invested $400 million on a new ship!

Our 14th Carnival cruise and we chose The Sunshine. We had 1 inside and 1 balcony, cabin was pretty well average, bathrooms seemed smaller than most. Dining was challenging at best. Food has gotten downright ...
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Sail Date May 2019


LuckyBill avatar

LuckyBill

4 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Older lady wondrous Crew-z

We just returned from a 6 day cruise on the Ecstasy. I booked late and you were able to arrange a table for 6 at our preferred time. I admit I had low expectations for our 19th cruise as we just wanted to insure ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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Jwlaws85

1 Review Written

Amazing ship and crew

This was our first cruise and Ecstacy sure did set the bar high. From the moment my 11 and 8 year old boys seen the ship till the last day unloading the excitement never stopped. Kyndall Fire was our CD and she was ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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AnthemOfTheSeas

1 Review Written

A Bahamas Cruise

We boarded on the ship within 20 minutes of parking the car it was truly a breeze. Once we got on at around 1:20 the room were not quite ready so we explored a little bit and went to are room. The location of a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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dsh3346

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Rock and Roll

The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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