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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: December 2018
We always choose a cruise that stops at Saint Martin so we can spend a great nude day at Club Orient. We live halfway between Port Everglades and Port Canaveral so there are plenty of cruises to choose from. We prefer Carnival because we ... Read More
We always choose a cruise that stops at Saint Martin so we can spend a great nude day at Club Orient. We live halfway between Port Everglades and Port Canaveral so there are plenty of cruises to choose from. We prefer Carnival because we feel we get the best value and we don't like those mega ships with 6,000 cruisers. We had a boarding time of 1:00 - 1:30. Boarding went smoothly and we were able to go straight to our cabin (8152) and stow our luggage - we get everything into a 22" carry-on and a 24" suitcase plus a backpack. We found that our balcony cabin was a little smaller than we've encountered on other Carnival ships - my wife could not sit at the dresser and apply her make-up due to the refrigerator being there. This was never a problem on other Carnival ships. Our cabin steward was great. I asked him to be sure we always had ice - and he did. The food was typical Carnival - not gourmet but good and there was always something on the menu that we found appealing - usually more than one item. We were in the forward dining room at table 157 for the early seating. Wait staff was very good. The shows were typical Carnival - entertaining. The adult comedy shows were very good. The atrium area was much smaller than on other ships and was often very crowded. Disembarkation was a disaster. We do self-disembarkation. We were waiting in the Lido restaurant waiting to disembark when our deck was called. It was very difficult to hear the announcements unless you were directly under the speakers. Decks 1 & 3 were called a little before 8 AM and nothing further was called. At about 8:45 we decided to leave and made our way down to deck 3 - our daughter was picking us up at 9. It was a mob scene - people had difficulty getting off of the elevators. When we finally moved it went smoothly until we got to the baggage area. We observed many people picking-up luggage and it was evident that they were not doing self-disembarkation as many of them were using porters for their luggage. There were only four customs agents on duty - took forever to get through. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We had this cruise booked for many months. Weeks before sailing we heard on the news about the "tilt" on the Sunshine. We also had a friend who was on that specific sailing and told us not to cancel our trip, that he had a great ... Read More
We had this cruise booked for many months. Weeks before sailing we heard on the news about the "tilt" on the Sunshine. We also had a friend who was on that specific sailing and told us not to cancel our trip, that he had a great time. I personally was very apprehensive about going because of the ship tilting. But we listened and took the cruise. For starts, embarkation was "FLAWLESS". We were on the ship within 10 minutes. Here are the specifics: THE CABIN: We got an interior cabin with a king sized bed deck 7. The bed was amazing!! I wish I could've taken it home, along with the pillows and the comforter. The space was adequate for two adults. Closet space was plenty, but there could've been more drawer space. And also we found that the bathroom was too small. But... we made it work. The water temp was perfect. The shower was amazing, the water felt great. Everything worked perfectly fine including the television which gave us movies and continuous information about the cruise and activities. ROOM STEWARDS: I can only tell you that the service provided by our room stewards was awesome. We had no complaints. They were accommodating and very friendly, kept our room spotless, and they knew our names anytime they saw us. FOOD/DINING ROOM: The service in the dining room was almost always fantastic, especially our server MADE pronounced MAH DAY. He was outstanding!! We had dinner there most nights and breakfast a few times. The food was fantastic. We had the "anytime seating" so we could go eat between 5:15 and 9:30 I believe for dinner. It's a great option if you can get it. We also tried the Lido buffet, which provided a lot of different foods, especially amazing desserts, but the food wasn't always hot enough, but it did not disappoint us. We tried Guys Burger Joint - AMAZING, of course the 24 hour pizza, which also was really good. Food is available at any time. We also tried room service and it was great. Make sure you leave a tip because it's not included in the gratuities from what I was told by Carnival staff over the phone. ENTERTAINMENT: I cannot say enough about our cruise director MIKEY!!! He was AMAZING! He definitely is the right person for the job. He knows how to make you smile. He is infectious and friendly and fun! I highly recommend the Punchline Comedy Club. We saw 3-4 comedians and they were all hilarious. We went to at least 6-7 shows. We did a few activities on board such as trivial pursuit and karaoke and they were a lot of fun. STAFF: Overall, the staff on the whole cruise were friendly and accommodating. We did not have one issue with anyone. THE SHIP: The ship itself was better than what we had heard. For an older ship in the fleet, which did undergo a renovation I believe in 2013, it was very nice. It was clean. The staff was constantly cleaning. The decor was fun and classy at the same time. I loved the hallways to the cabins. The cabin doors were really cool. There is so much to see and do on this ship. Food everywhere, shows, entertainment, fun, and if you're too pooped to party, go take a nap in the amazing beds they offer. Overall, a very nice ship. PORTS OF CALL: We stopped at Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk. We unfortunately were unable to do any shore excursions so we made the best of it and did stuff on our own. We enjoyed all the ports, but our favorite was Grand Turk. Aruba offers a lot of shopping and dining and the beaches are beautiful. We did take a bus to go to eat at Hard Rock Cafe, pricey but had the best chicken wings I've ever had, and the fare was reasonable. Unfortunately we had a mishap in Curacao with an ATM (be careful of those), it ate our card. But the crew in Curacao came to our rescue and got our card out of the ATM within 15 min of being notified. Curacao was nice. Offered shopping in a really nice part of town, upscale shops, a casino and a hotel and some places to eat. The town seemed very eclectic, and had a very pretty view of the city from the ship. Again kudos to the people who helped us out. But again Grand Turk was perfect. The beaches are right by the ship, the shops are nice, and there's a massive pool right by the beach. They're all within a small area and you can walk to all of them. My only advice: Be careful when walking the beach. There are men offering to rent you an umbrella and two lounge chairs. We paid $20, but ended up asking him to take the umbrella because we didn't need it, still same price. Then a couple came up behind us and got the same set up for $10. And another couple told us they were charged $30. If you do not need an umbrella, ask them what the price is. Do not accept what they offer if it seems high, especially if there are a lot of people already on the beach because in that case they are more desperate to rent and will take whatever you will offer it seemed. If you are one of the first on the beach, expect to pay more, but I saw people bargaining so do not let them rip you off. Overall, great ports! ACTIVITIES: There were a lot of different activities available throughout the day, ranging from swimming (get there early because the kids will take up the pool, and if you go on the serenity deck, there will be tons of adults in the pool there), fitness center, activities on deck like basketball, checkers, water works (great for kids), and our favorite was the dine in movies. Blockbuster movies shown on a massive screen on the Lido deck minutes from 24 hour pizza and ice cream. We saw movies like Mission Impossible: Fallout, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, Rampage. They offer blankets and popcorn. They offer two showings a day usually, two different movies. The shopping is fun as well. Multiple gift shops on board. LAUNDRY: They have, at least on the Sunshine, 3 decks with launderettes, 3 washing machines and 3 dryers. You use your sail n sign card to buy soap and to use the machines. Can get a bit pricey if you have a lot like we did for two adults. But at least they have it available, which I appreciated tremendously. DISEMBARKATION: Disembarkation was not as efficient as embarkation. I would say it took us about 45 minutes to get from the ship to out in the terminal with our luggage in hand. It moved a little slow, but it wasn't that bad. AGAIN, FEW NEGATIVES: Bathroom was small, not enough drawer space, a few spots on the ship it didn't feel air conditioned, like by the elevators, but everywhere else was fine, and the first few days the seas were a little bit rough but then it leveled out after day 3. TIPS: Take some sort of motion sickness medicine with you, even if you have never had it before. There were a few people who told us they never in their life had it, but did on this cruise. You never know. Be prepared just in case. Again, watch out for the men on the beaches renting the umbrellas and chairs. If you want to get to the pool or lounge chairs to lay out on the deck, get there early enough. They fill up fast. Make sure you have all your documents to embark. Most of all: Do not listen to all the comments you read on this site about how horrible this ship is. We read at least 5-6 reviews about the Sunshine and 98% of it wasn't true. You have to judge for yourself. OVERALL: This cruise was great. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed all that the Sunshine had to offer. The weather was great. We sailed in November and it was in the 80's in all the ports and had no rain. We would do this itinerary again and would sail on the Sunshine again. Thanks to all the staff on board and especially a shout out to MIKEY who made this cruise even better than it was! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We really enjoyed our cruise. The first night was rocky due to strong rip currents but after that smooth sailing. The weather was perfect the entire cruise. The food was delicious and the staff awesome. I do wish there had been a little ... Read More
We really enjoyed our cruise. The first night was rocky due to strong rip currents but after that smooth sailing. The weather was perfect the entire cruise. The food was delicious and the staff awesome. I do wish there had been a little more activities during the day other than that a perfect cruise!!! Mickey was very entertaining. Our favorite thing was happy hour at red frog haha. We did also enjoy the casino. The staff in there was super friendly. I made out ahead. The kids enjoyed the waterslides and waterworks area. The racer slides were really fast. We were surprised. The dinning room food was delicious every night. I will say the dream class ships are my favorite and I would most likely sail them before sailing the sunshine again. But it is a fantastic ship with a truly caring staff and cruise director. His parties in the atrium were absolutely fun! Read Less
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