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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Charleston

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Charleston

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  • Day 1
    Charleston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Princess Cays
  • Day 4
    Grand Turk
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Nassau
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    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

Watch out because Carnival decides on a case by case basis when they will compensate for stuff they feel is something they want to or not. We missed an entire day of sailing and disembarked at midnight because of their previous sailing. ... Read More
Watch out because Carnival decides on a case by case basis when they will compensate for stuff they feel is something they want to or not. We missed an entire day of sailing and disembarked at midnight because of their previous sailing. No compensation was offered for missed day except for the prorate of one day of drinking packages and internet packages. So ridiculous!! How about for people who didn't purchase those extraordinary extras?? If I wanted to pay for a 4 day cruise vs a 5 day thats what I would've done. The my time dining staff is not attentive and forgets to bring stuff (ie food you ordered, coffee, filling up water). The only way to get from the back of the ship to the front is up on the lido deck and even that requires maneuvering and through the nasty stinky smelly oh so gross casino area. The formal pictures were even set up during that area...I mean really carnival?? Move the casino area so you dont have to be near smoke. If you want to wait 45 min to get a grilled cheese or pb&j from room service be my guest-so not worth it-I cant imagine what the "paid" room service would be like for -chicken wings. The rooms were very dry and dingy-made all of us stuffy throughout the cruise. We were on the 8th floor in the back and you can hear at night the restaurants above moving chairs all night long. We bought a cake for my daughters birthday for the last day of the ship and they told us we couldnt take it off the ship. This thing was expensive and we have barely 3 pieces of a 20 piece cake. You've got to be kidding me!! The lemonade and tea on the ship was absolutely disgusting!! The lemonade was soooo lemony that you had to dilute it by 3/4 water..and they had unsweet tea-which would be fine if it was actual sweet tea and not grainy. We drank water mostly because it was so gross. Disembarking was really weird too, we always choose to carry our luggage off, and they started calling deck 1, 2, 3 and so on and then switched it by the time they got to deck 6 and added people with checked luggage to disembark now too....helloooo what happened to deck 8 people with their own luggage. Thank God we didnt wait for them to call our floor. They also said they'd start at 7:30 on the debarking info seminar and then they started at 6:45am instead. Glad we know better so we didn't have to be in the crazy rush of everyone else. We did very much enjoy the shows, nassau was beautiful..we went to Blue lagoon and it was sooo worth it! Lunch was what it was-hamburgers, hot dog, bbq chicken, rice, ff, salad, etc...nothing special, but hey it was food...make sure you bring a water bottle...you only get one soda and no refills.Also they are really expensive for items in their store-and charged $1.50 extra for using our CC. The guys who brought us to the island were hilarious!! Made the 30 min ride so worth it. They had jokes!! They had music and danced and had a congo line. So much fun!! Half Moon Cay was wonderful too-getting off the ship was fine-a little disorganized. Having to stand in line to get a ticket to pick a time to get off the ship. Same with my time dining-we had to check in every night in one area and wait in line and then finally walk down to the dining room to actually eat. Where we had to stand in line was near the smoking casino area too...so gross!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We choose this cruise mainly for the price and location. We were able to spend a couple of days in Charleston prior to boarding the ship. Granted embarkation was delayed due to a medical emergency but Carnival saved the lives of the people ... Read More
We choose this cruise mainly for the price and location. We were able to spend a couple of days in Charleston prior to boarding the ship. Granted embarkation was delayed due to a medical emergency but Carnival saved the lives of the people involved. Way to go Sunshine crew! The embarkation went smoothly despite that hiccup. Disembarking was also smooth and efficient. This was our second Carnival cruise and we had high expectations for the food. Those expectations were exceeded. I cannot comment on the buffet because there are so many other options that we prefer. Guys burgers are awesome. The blue iguana burrito boys make a mean burrito. The pizzas are really good and the deli buffalo chicken sandwich is excellent. The MDR was firing on all cylinders as appetizer, main course and dessert were on par with the best of our local restaurants. However, there are two show stopping places to dine. Sea day brunch is amazing and I am now ruined from eating ordinary pancakes ever again. The "skillet cake" appears to be an ordinary pancake but once you eat it you'll wonder why they don't serve it morning, noon and night. Also the filet mignon and eggs are can't be beat. Try JiJi's for lunch and get some mongolian grill. Also the bonsai sushi is worth the extra money. Farhenheit 555 is hot hot hot! We thought the MDR was good until we tried 555. They knocked everything up 10 notches with a phenomenal 5 star 3 course dinner. Everything was cooked to perfection. Presentation was excellent. The WOW factor was a 10. It was an excellent dining experience that I am certain to repeat. Our steward was very efficient. Our cabin, as well as the rest of the ship, was very 'plain Jane' compared to other ships that we've been on. It lacked many of the art, sculpture and architectural details that provide a WOW factor. The Serenity deck had a waterfall into a pool. That area was a bit crowded on sea day but there are literally hundreds of loungers spread over the entire Serenity area and we never had an issue fining one. The Serenity bar is excellent for Happy Hour. The only issue with the bars is the need to sign for each drink. One would think that this process could be streamlined somehow to make the bartenders more efficient. The fitness center is heavy on the aerobic machines and light on the free weight area. The water slides are fast and fun. There were 2 comedians but they were outshone by the cruise director Mikey. That guy has limitless energy and really made the cruise something special. We would have liked to seen a magic show but there was not one on this cruise. The Epic Rock show was well done. Overall, it was another great vacation and we will sail with Carnival again but most likely on a different class of ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I booked this cruise because it was a convenient port I could drive to. Our cruise was set for boarding at 8am on Saturday nov 2. We got an email the night before stating that it would be pushed back to 7pm. So we end up losing a whole day ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it was a convenient port I could drive to. Our cruise was set for boarding at 8am on Saturday nov 2. We got an email the night before stating that it would be pushed back to 7pm. So we end up losing a whole day on ship. We stayed at a specific hotel due to being able to leave our cars there and they provided a shuttle. Our shuttle took us down to port at 3pm with all of our luggage under the impression we would have somewhere to put it. Once we arrived shortly after 3 we were told there was nowhere to put our luggage so I return we sat outside of the gate with all of our luggage since we have 6 people in our party until we were allowed in at 7pm. Our safety drill did not take place until 11:15 pm. That was fun after sitting on a sidewalk for 4 hours. We were told there was a medical emergency that deflated Them and a family got left in Bermuda and they had to turn around to go get them when they were already 100 miles away. I do wish the injured person well and hope they recover but needless to say it wasn’t a great start to the trip. I recently did an Alaskan cruise on Royal Caribbean oasis of the sea. That ship was beautiful and very clean. Hard to compare to the old Sunshine boat. The boat def shows it’s age. It does not feel clean. The first night I had dirty pillow cases in my bed. Called room service to replace them And they never showed up. We also tried ordering room service on multiple occasions and waited on the phone over an hour and finally gave up. We ended up going to get pizza from the 24 hour pizza joint which taste like cardboard but nothing else was open. Internet on this cruise is very spotty and the hub app for chat goes in and out all the time as well. I do enjoy gambling and playing roulette but they only have 2 tables and the casino is VERY smokey! Another issue we had was when we went to the private island. We took an earlier boat over at 9:30 am with hopes of going snorkeling. The hut who rents us told them they were all sold out for the day. We then tried to buy a set at the market on the island only to find out they were sold out as well. So needless to say they weren’t prepared for the amount of people coming and it was disappointing. About the only thing we got from missing a day on the cruise was a refund for a days worth of internet and drink package if you purchased one. Other than that we just missed a day on ship with no other compensation. The food in the main dining room is average. Overall the trip was enjoyable but it had a chaotic start which put a bad taste in my mouth. The ship did not feel clean to me but maybe it was the age of the ship. Overall I would do it again and hope for more organization. We enjoyed the late night comedy shows. We did get to swim with dolphins at the Atlantis and I highly recommend that! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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