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5 Night Bahamas Cruise from Charleston

5 Night Bahamas Cruise from Charleston

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Charleston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Nassau
  • Day 4
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Charleston

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

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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Just got back and had a fantastic time! Somethings that I read and my thoughts on that: "Ship was rocking worse than others I have been on" It's a ship!! I personally love the motion and slept like a baby. However my wife and ... Read More
Just got back and had a fantastic time! Somethings that I read and my thoughts on that: "Ship was rocking worse than others I have been on" It's a ship!! I personally love the motion and slept like a baby. However my wife and son were sick the first night. Again it's a ship in the middle of the ocean. We were running hard to make Aruba on time and taking 45 knots of wind across the bow. She was movin! "Food is poor" Everyone on our group (5 adults and 5 kids) loved the food "Dining was slow" We had my time dining and again with a large group of 10 that ate at a different time every night, we never felt it took too long. "Felt crowded" My understanding is our cruise was sold out. I never thought it felt crowded. Always managed to find enough deck chairs for our large group. We saw most of the shows and never had an issue with seats. "Entertainment was so so" I'm not a big show person, though others in the group are and felt the shows were very good. I did (as always) enjoy the love and marriage and quest shows. I enjoyed 2 of the 3 comedians, I didn't care for the magician. My personal thoughts: Onboarding was VERY smooth, no reason for Faster to Fun. Cabin steward was adequate and always provided what was needed though he had a very dry personality. The cabin itself was very clean and beds were very comfy! Shower pressure was surprisingly good. The ship just coming out of dry dock I thought would have had a little more spit and polish though it was clean and crew were always cleaning. It is an older ship. Water features were fun though the scoring system for the racing slides was not working. Slides are super fast! Guys burgers never disappoints, Pizza was ok, DELI was GREAT, Buffet was plentiful and dining room was good. Overall a very good value for the money and we had a fantastic vacation looking to book a future cruise!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Did a Back 2 Back (B2B) with the first trip on deck 1 inside aft. Embarkation was extremely quick. Ship layout is a little weird, will get to that. Staff was excellent (like usual). Dining room was the quickest I've ever had. We had ... Read More
Did a Back 2 Back (B2B) with the first trip on deck 1 inside aft. Embarkation was extremely quick. Ship layout is a little weird, will get to that. Staff was excellent (like usual). Dining room was the quickest I've ever had. We had the first service and were out many days prior to 7 pm. Probably has a lot to do with the Main Dining Room (MDR) having so many two seat tables. That and the staff was just quick. The Limelight lounge (were comedians were) was the weirdest part of the ship. First it was tiny, I mean real tiny. That and a lot of the seats you can't even see the stage, you have to watch the TV screens. I loved the comedians (some of the best I've seen in a while), but to get in you needed to wait in line long before the show to even get in. Another thing, there are two doors on the side of the stage that have doors to a hallway and stairs. People walk through while shows are going on. The Liquid lounge (main theater) is small, but makes for some great viewing. If you want to sit close or for that matter on the main floor, go early or forget it, not many seats. The aft part of the ship is a little deck 9 (Lido) is a little weird. The Havana restaurant and a couple others are back there. They were ok, but just so much different than any other ship I've been on. Second part of B2B we moved to deck 12 a spa balcony. Loved the room for size (much bigger that our other one) and the ability for fresh air. Serenity decks are forward on this ship an multiple decks. Just above our room was lounge chairs and people would be our there early dragging chairs. If you are a light sleeper be prepared. Slept like a baby in the inside room, best sleep in months. Not so with the deck 12 experience. Theremal spa. This was our first experience. I'm hooked. We added the spa package to the inside room and it came with the second room. I have eigth move cruises booked and I've added the spa to each except one (one was way too expensive). The thermal chairs were out of this world to relax in and we used them sometimes multiple times a day. Only negative is some of the chairs didn't get very hot, so you had to check. Also, one of the steam rooms was intermitten on temperature. After a couple days I complained and they finally fixed it. That only lasted a day or so, if was hit or miss after that. Yes I'm still hooked, I hear some other ships thermal spas offer more (can't wait). Cruise Director was Mikey. I've had others that were favorites, I think he just took their place. He is so friendly and outgoing. I've seen him multiple times and he with stop you to shake your hand and see if you need anything. Chair hogs were in heaven. The Serenity deck overlooks the Lido and there are a few clamshel chairs. People were getting them early in the morning and putting hats, books, towels, ect.... and keeping them all day and night. I actually seen a guy getting up to leave and he told his friends in the next chair that they were going to dinner and would be back (classic chair hog). Dissembarkation was the fastest I can remember. A little trick, get a porter. They were so worth the tip. Cuised a couple months ago in Jacksonville (small terminal) and didn't use a Porter and it was crazy. As always this cruise was great. Staff was excellent, as most are. Ship layout is a little different, but not to bad. We will be back for a 13 day cruise in two months, so that said, I'd do it again. Read Less
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