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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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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Aruba
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Grand Turk
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine - Carnival Cruise Line

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: December 2018
We chose this ship because we wanted a New Years cruise. First, I will start with the good. Embarkation was very fast. Mikey, the cruise director tried his best but was letdown from the Vista, which we sailed on last year. Our dining room ... Read More
We chose this ship because we wanted a New Years cruise. First, I will start with the good. Embarkation was very fast. Mikey, the cruise director tried his best but was letdown from the Vista, which we sailed on last year. Our dining room staff Eric; Carlos and Iketut were incredible and fun. Now the bad. We were supposed to dock in the Dominican Republic but were not able to land due to weather, nothing Carnival could do but disappointing when we were ready for 2 ports. However, there were there did not appear to be any alternative plans made in case we couldn’t dock. The buffet menu was almost same everyday. Staff on ship just looked miserable and many were just rude. We went to walk on the track but apparently during the day it’s not possible because the track path is covered in loungers forcing you to walk through the games area, interrupting the games. The photographers were horrible. Normally we have too many pictures to choose from but the bulk of these pictures went in the bin. The New Years pictures had the words chopped off or parts of our bodies missing. Also for the Veteran Appreciation we took a group picture and were then charged for it. Way to appreciate us. The staff in Pixels Gallery couldn’t have been more unaccomodating and rude if they tried. Having the pictures sent digitally as they were on The Vista would have been better. They were available on the hub so you could see them almost immediately. There were activities that were cancelled and we had no idea until we sat there for a while. Finally, a curfew should be enacted. There were children running around well past midnight. We also had a domestic fight that we had to call security for. Other than that we did enjoy the company of the other cruisers. They were definitely a friendly and fun bunch. Ship could use some remodeling and updating Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Overcrowded ship, not enough employees, long waits for food at dinner (6:00 seating), food quality in dining room noticeably lower than all my past cruises. Our cruise director made too many loud and annoying announcements. He ... Read More
Overcrowded ship, not enough employees, long waits for food at dinner (6:00 seating), food quality in dining room noticeably lower than all my past cruises. Our cruise director made too many loud and annoying announcements. He interrupted the poolside movie twice and it took over 20 minutes for anyone to turn it back on (and it did not start in the right place). No one seemed to notice it had turned off until guests went and told someone. Room dusty and no robes in cabin anymore. Room service (sandwiches, etc.) no longer free. Evening stage shows noticeably worse than in years past. No lobster on elegant night (unless we paid $20 per person). Lobster has been a part of all the other cruise elegant nights we have attended. I couldn't believe how far downhill Carnival had gone since my last cruise 2 years ago. This was our 6th cruise together (16 people), and it was unanimously and by far the worst with many disappointments each and every day. There were never enough lounge chairs (fights and yelling broke out on board on the pool deck on the day that we couldn't stop at Amber Cove and had an unexpected "fun" day at sea). Once the announcement that we wouldn't visit Amber Cove was made, people were running and grabbing chairs out of the chair stacks, fighting over them ,and even bringing the chairs off their balconies just to have a place to sit. In the stateroom, the sofa "bed" for the third person was an absolute joke. A mattress, longer than the small sofa, was placed on top of the loveseat size sofa, and the overhang of the mattress was supported by a pillow on the floor. The bed was not suitable for an adult and we were not warned that it would be this short. Carnival, please provide better service and stop cutting amenities. Your longtime customers notice every cut. If you continue to cut corners and cut costs by serving low quality food and reducing amenities, I believe you will see a downturn in the type of clientele you attract. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
3rd time cruising on the Carnival Sunshine, picked this itinerary as it fits our schedules perfectly and we've gotten used to spending Christmas in the warm weather. We had an aft extended balcony cabin on Deck 7. We often ate at ... Read More
3rd time cruising on the Carnival Sunshine, picked this itinerary as it fits our schedules perfectly and we've gotten used to spending Christmas in the warm weather. We had an aft extended balcony cabin on Deck 7. We often ate at the specialty restaurants and also had late dining. Didn't use the buffet, but it looked fine at a passing glance, had a couple of pizzas - they were OK too. Staff were great with the exception of a bartender at the Alchemy Bar (first time I have ever made an official complaint on a cruise ship and this includes all cruise lines we've traveled on). Ports of call were fine, sometimes it's nice to get off the ship and other times it's nice to stay on board. We cruise to relax and somewhat go off the "grid" but there was plenty to do. We managed to entertain ourselves quite nicely throughout the entire cruise - they call them "fun" ships for a reason. Weather was warm, the beverages were cold and the service was excellent - seriously what more could you ask for. We've booked on Carnival Magic for next Christmas. Read Less
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