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8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

8 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Carnival Sunshine

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,191 reviews
Why Choose Carnival Sunshine?

Pros

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

Cons

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: August 2018
I've been on many different cruises, I am a platinum cruiser on carnival, and this was by far the best crew of any I have experienced, they all seem to get along very well and everyone was very helpful and friendly throughout the cruise. ... Read More
I've been on many different cruises, I am a platinum cruiser on carnival, and this was by far the best crew of any I have experienced, they all seem to get along very well and everyone was very helpful and friendly throughout the cruise. It really does make a big difference. Sure the sunshine isn't shiny and new anymore but it still has a ton of nice features and many improvements have been made since the last time I cruised with carnival almost 2 years ago. A list of a few improvements below. 1. Embarkation (Check in faster) cards now in rm, also apt times help. 2. Debarkation was much smoother. 3. Special dietary request were never a problem for anyone at guys burger or at the maître d' in the dining room ( veggie burgers or tofu for my vegan fiancé) . 4. You no longer have to wait in a 30 minute line for any time dining outside the dining room, the pager idea is a great improvement. 5. Carnaval app, made communication great on the ship, most cruisers know that the Internet is super slow in the middle of the ocean so I don't recommend purchasing a Internet package unless you're willing to wait about five minutes per page LOL but if you just want to text somebody back and forth on the ship in your group (family or friends) it's a great idea, my fiancé had saved us some seats for the show, and I ran back to the room, a few floors away and towards the back of the ship, it was nice to receive a text from her asking me to get her a sweater because she was cold in the theatre or show area ( texting only takes a few seconds to receive on the ship), worth the five dollar fee. A little about the crew. 1. The dining room staff was amazing, they all worked very well together (Jephson was amazing and very personable ( felt like we truly made a new friend), I putu and Depi were also wonderful. 2. Our rm. steward (Jaqueline) was amazing, and always available and friendly. 3. The cruise director Mikey was by far the best one we have ever seen ( friendly to everyone, really showed that he loved his job), always keeping things fun and keeping plenty of activities going throughout the entire cruise. Vegan or vegetarian options on the ship, 1.Tofu steak and stir fried vegetables is available every night, 2. if you let the maître d' know you want vegan food, and they will make vegan stirfry and chefs choice using tofu every night if you want it. 3. Guys veggie burgers are available just about anytime you can add a few fries on the side and make a small salad at the bar out of the lettuce and other great toppings they have available. 4. for breakfast without waiting in the dining area you can go to Lido deck and have oatmeal with requested soy milk, and granola as well as fresh fruit. , If you're just vegetarian you can add French toast or something like that as well. We chose this option many mornings, as dining in the dining room for breakfast seemed to always take close to an hour and some mornings we didn't want to spend that much time at breakfast. So to sum it up, with the many improvements made and the fact that the sunshine is going into drydock she'll have a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting among other things. I think she is definitely worth your time, as they say the crew really does make a big difference, and while she doesn't have bicycles in the air, she does still have racing slides and Curvy slides, a challenging ropes course, and a fun sports Square. Definitely a good value for the money, we may even have to make a trip to South Carolina as she is sadly leaving her current home port of Florida soon. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose the Sunshine because a good friend, whom we met while cruising, recommended it. He and his wife enjoy the Sunshine because of the very large Serenity deck for adults only and the nice pool. They weren't kidding and we were just as ... Read More
We chose the Sunshine because a good friend, whom we met while cruising, recommended it. He and his wife enjoy the Sunshine because of the very large Serenity deck for adults only and the nice pool. They weren't kidding and we were just as pleased with the Serenity area as they were. The Sunshine boasts the best Serenity deck of any ship we've been on so far. It spans 3 tiers and includes a hot tub and a pool with a waterfall feature. There were always loungers available which is more than I can say for other ships with adult-only areas. The top deck does not offer a view of the Lido deck but it overlooks the ocean and the breeze up there is wonderful. We've been on ships both smaller and larger than the Sunshine. We also picked this ship because it included Curacao on the itinerary. We'd previously been to Aruba and Bonaire so this trip completed our visit to the ABC islands. Among the very helpful and friendly Sunshine staff, there were a few people who stood out to us. Although we didn't get to know him personally, we really enjoyed the Cruise Director, Mikey. I'm not sure where he gets all that energy but he was terrific. Everyone we spoke to had nothing but good things to say about him. The next crew member we'd like to recognize is our cabin steward, Jacqueline. She was on top of everything and even honored our request for a unique towel animal. (She created a giant penguin out of a blanket and towels.) She serviced the room twice a day as was our preference and took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk to us; always with a big smile on her face. I hope we get her again in the future because she was such a pleasant person. We'd also like to mention the awesome Piano Bar Entertainer; Adam Mitchell. We visited the piano bar every night except for Aruba night because that was his night off. Adam genuinely wanted to play what people wanted to hear. He even learned a song that I requested and played it not once but a few times over the course of the cruise! The room was packed every night by 9:15 - quite a feat seeing as it opens at 9. He has no trouble engaging a crowd and playing to the room. We started getting there at 8:45 to claim our seats! I appreciated the fact that he wasn't going overboard with the adult humor but rather maintained a good (and classy) balance. The bar staff for the piano bar is very attentive and always appeared to be happy. Ivan and Grace were the perfect duo for that venue. I'd often see Ivan making his rounds and singing along while Adam played piano. A little about the ports we visited... We stopped in Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk. We'd been to Aruba before so we were comfortable taking a taxi to the beach. The cabs and buses are plentiful in Aruba so it makes traversing the little island very easy and inexpensive. Our group of 6 opted to be dropped off at the pier on Palm Beach - a common drop-off and pick-up spot for tourists. We enjoyed a slightly windy, yet still sunny & beautiful day at the beach. Afterward, we rode back to the port, hopped on the ship to shower and get into regular clothes and then walked to the nearby shopping district. Shops close up early so we really only got to visit some of the outdoor vendors before heading back to the ship for dinner. I'm not exactly sure what people do when the ship is in port until 10:00pm because not much seemed to be open. I am guessing bars and restaurants would be but get your shopping done early because the stores were closed by 6pm. I'm sure there are evening excursions. We just hadn't wanted to miss dinner on the ship. We're usually pretty content with Carnival's dinner offerings. Our next port was Curacao. My in-laws had made friends with a local tour guide on their last visit so we had a personalized tour lined up. She and her niece met us at the port and took us all over the place. They spent the whole day with us, actually. We stopped at the famous Liquor Factory, where we were the first patrons of the day, and sampled Curacao liquors. Chocolate was my favorite! Afterward, we toured downtown where she pointed out landmarks. We decided that we'd like to stop at a beach for a couple hours so she took us to Mambo Beach. The beach area is very small but it's clean and there are facilities and shopping on the premises. There's a Starbucks there also. We ended our visit at Mambo Beach with frozen pumpkin-flavored drinks that were delicious and refreshing - and not overpriced. Toward the end of the day, we went to the shops and marketplace near the fort. We found a few fun souvenirs to take home. Our last stop was in Grand Turk. We knew ahead of time that we'd be parking ourselves at Jack's Shack as this has become a tradition for our family. The water was clear but there was a fair bit of seaweed this time. We took inner tubes with us and were able to float out past the seaweed where the bottom was pristine white sand. We were hoping to see Jack's dogs - Topher & Calypso - but were greeted by local island dogs who must have though Jack's Shack was a good place to be for the day because they stayed with us the whole day. Thankfully, they were not obnoxious when we got our lunch - Jack's Shack's famous jerk chicken. Topher and Calypso did make an appearance about halfway through our visit. We were happy to see them and got a chance to play in the water with Topher. He's such a ham. I know a lot of people go there just to see Topher & Calypso. After we'd had our fill of fun in the sun, we headed back and walked around the shops for a short time before getting back on board. There were so few negatives, they aren't even worth mentioning. Yes, the ship is a little worn but she's going into dry dock in 2 weeks and I'm sure she'll be amazing when she is a fixed up! She just needs a little paint and maybe some venues rearranged to better locations but there really wasn't much to complain about. All in all, it was a really good vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We researched for months to choose this cruise and we wasnt disappointed. We flew to Orlando the day before to make sure we didn't miss the boat. Embarking went smoothly. Muster did not go very well.. it was a hot day and one or two ... Read More
We researched for months to choose this cruise and we wasnt disappointed. We flew to Orlando the day before to make sure we didn't miss the boat. Embarking went smoothly. Muster did not go very well.. it was a hot day and one or two people passed out from the heat. We got an interior room. It was nice and CLEAN.. The food was good. The entertainment was was nice. We booked a specialty dinner at JiJi Asian restaurant. I highly recommend this restaurant...we did an excursion on Dominican Republic and visited a rum distillery. On Grand Turks anither ship was docked. The beach was packed. we took a taxi to a other beach 10 minutes away and laid on the beach all day.. I wanted to book our next cruse before debarking but that didn't happen. .i truly enjoyed our first cruise, at this point, I'm researching my next cruise. Read Less
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