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Carnival Sunshine Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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1382 reviews
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Having short-ribs and a tempura roll at Bonsai Sushi.  What a treat!
We had a towel critter waiting for us each day.  I particularly liked this little Koala.
Part of the Bushiribana Ruins
in Aruba.
This was on a rugged stretch of beach in Aruba near the Bushiribana Ruins.   The beach was covered with these impromptu "sculptures" of rocks and shells piled up artistically.  What a sight to see hundreds of feet of beach filled with these!
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Good value, fun cruise despite drawbacks
"Our cruise director TJ struck the right balance of being enthusiastic without coming off as inauthentic, the Playlist cast was the best one I've had in the last few cruises I've been on, and while my wife and I only made it to one comedy show, we enjoyed it and heard good things about both comics from others.My wife and I love standup comedy, but we only went to one show on the first night because that setup soured us on it...."Read More
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6-10 Cruises

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THE BIRTHDAY TRIP FROM HELL!!

Review for Carnival Sunshine to Bahamas

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Holmes2u
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

This was my very first cruise and most definitely will be my last! This experience was horrible. the ship is old & outdated! The food was horrible & all began to taste & smell the same. The selection was even piss poor in both the formal dining area & also the lido marketplace. The cabins & water sources smelled like recycled urine & feces! I didn't pay for the drink package but wish i did after ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


Welcome Aboard - NOT

Review for Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

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Big Rig Mama
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We decided on this cruise because it was a location we could drive to from Canada with interesting stops along the way. We weren’t concerned about where it went, we just wanted to relax. It appealed to us as it had many cruising days where you can just sail, nap and relax. This one was Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Turk and Princess Cays. We like to explore past what we cal the frosting and walk the ...
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Sail Date: December 2022


As Disappointing and Ultimately Unsafe

Review for Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

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wolfmtn
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We wanted a pre holiday getaway to some warm islands. We got that, Aruba, Grand Turk, Bonaire and Princes Cay. All were great. Warm water, easy access, enjoyable snorkeling and day trips. What was bad, was the ship experience. First, the food. The main dining experience is entirely via the Carnival Hub app. If you're looking for printed menus and any semblance of fine dining and excellence, ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Interior


Challenging circumstances, but still a great cruise!

Review for Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

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honeychile
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

BACKGROUND: This was a much-anticipated special anniversary cruise for me and my husband, married over forty years, now both in our late sixties. This was my seventeenth cruise (twelfth on Carnival) and the sixth for my husband (all Carnival). BEFORE THE CRUISE: We live five hours away, so we decided to come in a day early and stay overnight so we would have no stress on embarkation day. We ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Balcony


Busy, Crowded, Budget Cruise

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CruisinChris
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

The only reason I took this trip was because I was offered the opportunity to travel with a very old friend and an extended group of her mother's friends. I flew to Charleston from Chicago and had a one-night precruise at the very nice Hotel Bennett (arranged independently). I Ubered to the port at 12 for our 12:30 check-in time (coordinated against those arriving by car from NC). The ...
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Sail Date: November 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean Suite


Good value, fun cruise despite drawbacks

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jdh008
6-10 Cruises • Age 30s

My wife and I booked this cruise under different circumstances than we normally do. On our previous cruises together, we've sought out newer ships and/or interesting itineraries that include places we've not been, even if it meant traveling to a departure port further away from us or spending a bit more to make it happen. We booked this one, however, on relatively short notice and did so largely ...
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Sail Date: October 2022

Cabin Type: Balcony


Another Great Trip

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Mt10
10+ Cruises • Age 30s

Had a wonderful 3rd time sailing on the Carnival Sunshine. This being our 1st time sailing out of Charleston. Charleston is a much more convenient option for us distance wise and it was a great place to stay the night before to enjoy. Now, the ship itself is really starting to show its age. We’ve loved this ship when we sailed on it in 2015 and 2018, but it’s in rough shape for 2022. The sports ...
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Sail Date: September 2022

Cabin Type: Interior


Past her prime

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bwallis65
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We choose a cruise out of Charleston so we did not have to fly to get to the port. We had sailed on another Carnival ship out of Charleston prior to Covid. We knew this was not a newer ship, but it was convenient. We opted for the aft facing suite which we've not had before. Bad idea! There were two rooms, one of which was practically useless except for the desk. The balcony was smaller than ...
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Sail Date: August 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean Suite


First cruise

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Fairygirl171819
First Time Cruiser • Age 20s

My parents booked this cruise for our family. Getting on the boat and checking in went fairly smoothly. We walked around the deck with the pool on floor 9 just checking everything out and we were very disappointed in how small the pool was. We were hoping that what we could do in our free time but it was just so small and filled with children or drunk adults when it was open. They had lots of ...
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Sail Date: June 2022

Cabin Type: Premium Balcony

Traveled with children


Typical Mid-Range Carnival Cruises Experience

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CleverCruisesKat
10+ Cruises • Age 30s

This was a typical mid-range Carnival experience. It met my expectations but did not exceed my expectations or 'WOW' me. As usual, the main dining room has really gone downhill and it is a shame that specialty dining is required in the evenings for an excellent meal at dinner. Fortunately, breakfast/brunch and a few lunch offerings like Guys Burgers and the pizza place, are excellent in comparison ...
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Sail Date: May 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean View


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