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8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral

8 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Port Canaveral (Orlando)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 5
    St. Kitts
  • Day 6
    St. Maarten
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • 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: February 2019
We were on the Sunshine for 29 days to get out of winter! Carnival does some things great and other things are awful...I'll explain in more detail later, but in my opinion, what is wrong is the fault of Corporate policies of not ... Read More
We were on the Sunshine for 29 days to get out of winter! Carnival does some things great and other things are awful...I'll explain in more detail later, but in my opinion, what is wrong is the fault of Corporate policies of not enough staff to handle the job. all of the crew members we had contact with were trying their hardest to do a good job, but it was evident that they were over worked to the point that prevented them from getting things RIGHT. Another passenger said "Carnival is the Wal-Mart of cruising". I would say, it's more like the "dollar store". What's GREAT: 1. The shows--they were fresh and he singers and dancers worked well together as well as being very talented. 2. Sea Day Brunch/ late risers breakfast--we've been saying for years, that ships should have an omelet station open till at least noon. What's GOOD: 1. The food itself has improved over the last few years, or maybe it was just our chef. 2. Serenity area at no cost--unfortunately, it's not big enough to handle everyone who doesn't want pool time around kids splashing. 3. Guy's Burgers (best on ships) and Blue Iguana restaurants--both are good food options. 4. The Havana Bar area--except at busy breakfast times, it's a nice place to relax and have a drink or light snack--the Cuban bites are great especially the coconut pies! 5. Cabin steward service. Once they know how you like things, all is good. But they too are overworked--they are out in the hall ALL DAY and ONLY PLATINUM and DIAMOND guests get their rooms cleaned twice a day. What's AWFUL: SERVICE IN THE MAIN DINING ROOM. We had fixed dinning for dinner, so our dinner was OK (most nights the steak items had to be sent back because they were overdone). Sea Day Brunch service was terrible. We love to have breakfast in the MD, but we only got the RIGHT ORDER once out of at least ten visits to the MDR breakfast. After day two, we complained and the maitre 'd told us to ask for him--the wrong meal was delivered to our table on day #3 right in from of him. There are NO wine stewards/drink people and the waiters are WAY OVER WORKED--no wonder they cant get it right... Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I did not chose. My brother did and we went with him. He choose this trip for 2 reasons. 1 It was in the Eastern Caribbean 2 It had a cabin type 4j we had good weather, the food was good, but not great. the entertainment was ok. I ... Read More
I did not chose. My brother did and we went with him. He choose this trip for 2 reasons. 1 It was in the Eastern Caribbean 2 It had a cabin type 4j we had good weather, the food was good, but not great. the entertainment was ok. I liked the Sunshine better than the Dream or the Libertyonly thing that I did not know was the cabin was a handicap room until I paid my final payment. Because it did have a larger bathroom but it is not a good room to make into a king size bed. our room was 7103. most of the food seems bland, it is like they try too hard to make fancy food. It would be nice if they had some just plain food. besides burgers. The soft serve ice cream is bad. I have not found it to be good on any of the previous 5 cruises I have taken. I have traveled with 3 different cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my third cruise; 1st to Alaska and 2nd to the Bahamas, so we wanted something with a lot of variety. The ports did not disappoint, and the weather was extremely cooperative. We had absolutely no rain, and the temps were mostly in ... Read More
This is my third cruise; 1st to Alaska and 2nd to the Bahamas, so we wanted something with a lot of variety. The ports did not disappoint, and the weather was extremely cooperative. We had absolutely no rain, and the temps were mostly in the 80s and sunny! We got on the boat in record time! Everyone I talked to was amazed by how quickly we were on the ship and enjoying lunch. The only line we encountered was through the TSA . Our "appointment time" was between 12:30 and 1, and we were already eating at Guy's Burger Jt by 12:15! Debarking was pretty tedious, but the port did the best they could. The ship had its pros and cons. We adored the Serenity pool, the hammocks and the fact that we could almost always get somewhere to lounge. We also loved the ropes course which we were told only exist on 5 other ships. The ship looks kind of dated and frazzled, but the staff was wonderful. The food was not as good as the Carnival Bahamas cruise we were on last year. I was disappointed my lobster tail was mushy, and the prime rib was bland. Coffee service was not even offered. But everything was plated beautifully and the service was delightful. Our cabin, 7316, was my first experience with a balcony. This particular room had a larger balcony that included a lounge chair in addition to 2 tables and chair. Loved it! The room always had some sort of white noise buzz which didn't bother me, but it did my husband; I think we were located near the laundry. 7th level had us close to all the action though. Here's what I was disappointed in; we had precious little time in each port. I'm not sure if that's a Carnival thing, or if you can even research average cruise line's port times. The main reason to cruise to me is to visit new countries, so I want the most time possible there. We felt rushed, especially since we never got off the ship on time. I'm also not thrilled with how a few of the ports have been "Disneyfied"; sanitized to the point that one is felt the only point of being in port is to shop! Yuck! I was especially disappointed in Amber Cove. We were told everything we would want to do was right at the port, but you couldn't even get to the beach! We didn't do a single organized shore excursion, but we still saw plenty in each port by doing a little research and mainly using taxis. In Amber Cove, we rode to Puerta Plata and took the cable car up to the botanical garden. In St. Thomas, we drove downtown and walked around, then took a taxi to amazingly beautiful Magen's Bay for snorkeling. In San Juan, my husband had prearranged an opportunity for us to volunteer a few hours at Casa Ronald McDonald (as opposed to Carnival's prearranged volunteer projects that I wonder how much they profited from). A cab then took us to Old Town where we wondered happily for several hours in and out of forts and museums. And in Grand Turk, we walked to the recommended Governor's Beach for the most amazing snorkeling I had ever done. We easily took a cab from there to tour the town a bit and see the wild donkeys and horses. I'm certain we managed to do more, for cheaper, in the short amount of time we had in each port. I will love to do this cruise again. The ports were gorgeous, the crew was lovely, and we felt pampered and relaxed. I'd love to experience the same cruise on a different line to see if my perception would change. It definitely was a cruise to remember. Read Less
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