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Carnival Sunshine

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,158 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Sunshine?

Pro

Ship offers updated bars, restaurants and revamped kids' spaces.

Con

Adults-only areas, while lovely, are a bit small.

Bottom Line

Former Carnival Destiny underwent $155 million makeover, and the improvements are noticeable.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2018
First esthetics... Pretty cool job on the refurbishing. Our cabin was tidy everyday and our Stewart made sure we had more than we needed in our room! Great job with a clean, comfortable feel! Public bathrooms were clean. However, our ... Read More
First esthetics... Pretty cool job on the refurbishing. Our cabin was tidy everyday and our Stewart made sure we had more than we needed in our room! Great job with a clean, comfortable feel! Public bathrooms were clean. However, our balcony windows were dirty along with balcony itself and chairs. We noticed a lot of the chairs on the Lido deck were extremely dirty and needed to be replaced. The metal siding on the chairs appeared rusted and cloudy. The chairs being dirty bothered me because it’s a simple fix. We notice paint chipped often on the Lido deck as well. The beach pool sign was painted sloppily which demonstrated a lack of care by the maintenance staff. Service... Mikey was enthusiastic and entertaining. We loved the energy he exuded. The morning show was broadcasted to basically its entirety on the Lido deck. Big buzz kill. If I wanted to hear their conversation or presentation I would’ve gone. It interrupted the jams by the pool. There were never enough bar tenders. On the Vista they walked around and were readily available but not so much on the Sunshine. The dinner service was slow and nobody refilled our drinks freely. It had a very unorganized feel. At one point we ordered a vodka rockstar, received the vodka on the rocks and the rockstar arrived separately 15 minutes later. Either the sea was super calm or our Captain was the king of the ocean. We never felt the ship move. It seemed to glide along and never felt rough. It was absolutely incredible! Security- ugh! There was an incident in the main pool where a kid was bullying in a very obvious manner. He shoved several kids under. He grabbed my son by the neck. The life guard blew his whistle. My man had to tell the kid to stop. Then another man actually jumped into the pool after he observed the kid spitting in the faces of 3 other kids. The man pulled the kid out by his life vest. Yeah entire crowd clapped and cheered as security did very little to help. It was totally pathetic. That mans vacation was inconvenienced because the parent or security team basically sucked. The food—- omg! It was pretty good when you could find some! How about there’s no food available in between the lunch and dinner change over. The Guys Burger joint was the only thing open and if you didn’t want a burger... you could try the deli or pizza place. You can imagine the lines for either of those, so you’re somewhat forced to do room service. There was very little open and they’d close one of the buffets... so that line was stupid long. In short- you need more food options available at all times during the daytime. The cool thing about a cruise is making your own itinerary. So that was frustrating. The Mongolian bar was awesome if you had 40 min to wait for your meal... I was not impressed by the food options or service to say the least. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
After 3 previous Carnival cruises on smaller ships (4,5, and 7 day) we chose an 8 day itinerary on a large ship with plenty of activities for children. We have always experienced excellent service on deck, in room, dining, etc. This ... Read More
After 3 previous Carnival cruises on smaller ships (4,5, and 7 day) we chose an 8 day itinerary on a large ship with plenty of activities for children. We have always experienced excellent service on deck, in room, dining, etc. This ship, while having an incredible cruise director (Mikey) and activities, had much to be desired in the way of service. After 8 days of spending at least a few hours lounging on deck ... not a single person asked if Id like a drink. The dining room was super slow and while very personable, they never quite got it all together. Our room steward was okay ... but nothing like previous cruises. All that aside, however, there was one MAJOR drawback to the Sunshine. There were ZERO areas for lounging with an open view of the ocean. Either walls of glass in Serenity area (blocking air flow), solid walls with rails on decks, or a view to the inside towards the pool. On last day I did find the jogging track had a few chairs set up facing the water for a few hours. I look forward to the views all year long, so for me this was absolutely the worst scenario. Other than that ... a good cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
First, this is not my first Carnival Cruise; so, I am not comparing Carnival to another line or Carnival to some fantasy of what a Cruise should be. Second, the Memorial Day cruise seems to be a popular graduation gift. There were a ... Read More
First, this is not my first Carnival Cruise; so, I am not comparing Carnival to another line or Carnival to some fantasy of what a Cruise should be. Second, the Memorial Day cruise seems to be a popular graduation gift. There were a lot more families, and a lot more 18-20 year-olds than usual. There were very few of the 20s-30s dating/newly wed passengers. In short, the cruise had a very different personality than a usual Carnival Cruise. The Bad: The internet was atrocious. Paid nearly $100.00 for the middle plan. Facebook could take up to 5 minutes to load. I never could access Messenger or Notifications. Often the body of an email would never load. It wasn't any faster to use their computers. Kept getting messages to upgrade to the most expensive plan for an additional $44.00. I really felt this was a bait-and-switch. The food was really mediocre (again compared to other Carnival cruises). Again, I felt this was a bait-and-switch to encourage dining in the specialty restaurants. The food court was limited. One half was a mirror image of the other. The hot food station was heavy on carbohydrates and fried food. Often it seemed that the same thing was just renamed from day to day. Often what was at the hot food station would be on the dining room menu as well, which really lowered the appeal of the dining room. The desserts were unexceptional and tended to be variations of the same thing. There was not a lot of variety. Warning: anything with a mousse will be made with so much gelatin that it will be like chewing rubber bands. The Mexican food station was mixed. The burritos were good, but we threw out the tacos because they were so bad. Perhaps the burrito was good because I did not add a meat. The dining room was a huge disappointment both in food and service. The majority of the waiters are Indonesian. The do not understand English well. Example: I ordered the malted chocolate cake. I even pointed to the menu. I was served the molten chocolate cake instead. Every meal had a similar mess up. Most annoying was that a member of my group is named Sally. The waiter insisted on calling her "Shelly" the entire cruise. Weirdly, the waiter refused to serve a frozen margarita. He argued back and forth until the person at my table relented and had it on the rocks. The best kept secret as far as food is the food station on deck 5. The selection is more limited than the food court, but they have some unique things such as fresh wraps and chips & salsa. The salad bar also has fresh ingredients instead of starches floating in carbohydrates. There are no deserts as it is next to the specialty coffee shop. The breakfasts of deck five are also good. The production shows were terrible. In the past, the formula was to have a male singer, a female sing and six to eight dancers. This cruise had eight men and eight women who were expected to sing *and* dance; consequently, the dancing was quite limited. I do mean limited. The waiters in the dining room did more complex choreography. Instead of choreography, we got a lot of posing and strutting... and bumping, grinding, and twerking which was probably not appropriate for a family cruise. What *really* was not appropriate was the male strip. Granted the guy only went as far as a pair of square cut briefs, but the movements were pretty strong. There was an announcement before the show that their would be a "Magic Mike Moment", but it seemed clear that many parents had no idea what that meant. Also, however brief, the dry humping during the Epic Rock show was out of place. As to the singing, well when the male singer blows his voice out during Bohemian Rhapsody and has to speak-sing the rest, there is a problem. Others had such pitch problems that I actually looked forward to the recorded vocals. The sets consisted of an LED grill, projection screens and a metal platform. The same arrangement was used for all for shows and it was really boring. The use of computer graphics might have been interesting in 1999, but it is nothing that one has not seen at the local shopping mall. The graphics themselves looked like something from the 90s as well. The one exception was the Epic Rock show where the graphics and the actors were synced so that it look as if the actors were actually affecting the images, e.g., breaking glass, throwing fireballs, etc. The cafe musician/singers seemed low energy. It was as if they dragged them off street corners in Seattle and offered them a free cruise. Hasbro seemed to be sponsoring the games. Clue would have been fun had the clues been where they were supposed to when they were supposed to and if "Mr Green" had not decided that his character was a jerk and not been rude to the players. The disembarking was hell. I wish I could bold and underline this. The reason was that people were jumping the line. The entertainment director flat out said that they would do nothing to stop us if we did the same. We left the cruise with a very bad taste in our mouth. We had a car full of angry people all the was to the airport. If you follow the rules, you are penalized. If you break the rules, you are rewarded, We did not take any shore excursions this year. The ports have the usual array of made-in-China/India crap that masquerades as local crafts and the usual jewelry stores. Caribelle Batik in St. Kitts has quality clothing and accessories made locally. It isn't cheap- a man's shirt is $50.00, but it is quality. Sint Maarten is the most authentic port. Yes, you will be approached be some aggressive street vendors, but it really is a minor annoyance. There is a really nice gelato shop with a beautiful garden. The Good: I admit that I have rolled my eyes at the Las Vegas Baroque of Carnival Cruise ships as much as anyone. This ship has none of that. It is designed in a modern and simple way. There are some fun choices. The doors to the cabins look like cabanas and the banquets in the food court have striped awnings above. The problem with simple; however, is that is shows everything and hides nothing. The ship was looking a bit shabby, but is is going into dry dock in October and hopefully will get a bit of a make-over. The Cruise Director, Mikey, is a half-pint, South African, Tasmanian Devil whirling around the ship at all times. He was really the only thing that made the cruise bearable, though he is oddly fond of twerking, which is not a pretty sight. Read Less
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